Starting high school

Going to high school will be a new experience for your child. The school is likely to be much bigger than the primary school and your child may feel a little insecure at first. However, it is also an exciting time with many opportunities and a broader curriculum.

Finding and enrolling in a school

Schools can help with enrolment questions throughout the year. During the enrolment process, let the principal know of any special circumstances, allergies, health or medical conditions affecting your child.

  • Looking for the right school? Use the School Finder tool to search all our public schools.
  • Need help enrolling your child in high school? Refer to High school enrolment for more information.

Term dates

The school year starts in late January, after the summer vacation period. Make sure you're familiar with important school dates including term dates and holidays.

What to expect in high school

This section contains a selection of helpful resources, tools and activities for you and your child starting high school for the first time.

Start by downloading our starting school guide for high school below. You can also view the e-book online.
Image: Download and print our starting school guide for high school in 2021.

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