Moving from primary to secondary school

If you're going to a government primary school, you will usually go to the secondary school closest to where your family lives.

Tips for starting secondary school

  • Get to know the school buildings and grounds. You may already know the layout from going to an orientation day. Ask for a school map from the front office if you are not provided with one.
  • Learn about school routines: What time does school start and finish? What time is recess and lunchtime?
  • Learn about your timetable: It will show subjects and classroom numbers. It's a good idea to make a few copies of your new timetable to keep in different places.
  • Label all your books, equipment and personal items.
  • Get to know your public transport timetable, especially if you are not used to travelling on your own. Don't forget to have a backup plan if you miss your transport.
  • Find out about the school uniform: There will be rules for during school hours, when travelling to and from school and we're at school activities.
  • Get to know emergency and safety issues. Your school should be well prepared to deal with emergencies.

What to expect before school starts

From day one, you will experience many changes, some of which may include:

  • more subjects: A chance to learn new and different things
  • more homework
  • more responsibility: You will be responsible for getting to different classes, in different rooms, on time
  • more independence: You will need to manage yourself, your learning and your equipment
  • using lockers, and carrying your books and equipment between classes and rooms
  • working with different teachers, and adapting to a range of teaching styles
  • you may have no single classroom to call home - although many schools do have a home base for Year 7 students
  • Daily tips for year 7 students
  • Lay out your uniform the night before school
  • set your alarm and try to get a good night’s sleep
  • eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • prepare copies of school timetables for school diaries, the inside of locker doors and on the fridge
  • use your school diary to mark down assignments, homework and events
  • take regular breaks from study and make time to exercise.

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