Ready for high school checklist
Use our starting high school checklist to help you and your child prepare for the transition into Year 7.
Before you start
- Does your child have allergies, a health condition or additional needs? If so, talk to the high school principal as soon as possible.
- Encourage your child to participate in any transition to high school program offered to them.
- Buy school uniforms, books, stationery, school bag, drink bottle, house key and any other supplies.
- Label everything.
- Break in school shoes to make them more comfortable.
- Practise travelling to and from school with your child using their new mode of transport or travel route.
- Teach them how to use their transport app and read the timetable for the bus, train or ferry as appropriate.
- Join your school and the department on social media to get all the updates.
- Apply for a school Opal card if needed. Go to apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts or phone 131 500.
At high school orientation
- Find out about school uniforms (including sports uniforms) – where and when to buy them.
- Get a map of the school to identify buildings, entry points and bike racks.
- Note school start and finish times.
- Get details on programs the school offers.
- Make a list of book packs and school supplies.
- Learn how you can become involved in the school.
- Meet the Year 7 adviser.
- Connect with other parents on social media.
- Find out whether your child requires a device such as a laptop.
- Find out the school’s position on mobile phones and discuss it with your child.
- Talk positively to your child about the move to high school.
- Ask them what’s exciting about high school. Does anything worry them?
- Make sure your child has a quiet work area and extra stationery supplies.
- Organise personal hygiene items in school bags.
- Decide what your child will do before and after school, and what time they need to be home.
- Discuss emergency and safety issues with them.
- Remind them they can always speak to the counselling staff at their school.
- Discuss the dangers of being distracted when crossing the road or riding – including talking and texting on the phone, and wearing headphones.
- Work out a backup plan in case their travel routes change or they miss their transport
The first day
- Help set your child’s alarm. Encourage them to get themselves ready on time.
- Provide your child with money and your contact numbers in case of emergencies.
- Make sure you have the school’s phone number with you.
- Pack a healthy lunch or encourage healthy choices if your school has a canteen. Find out more about Healthy School Canteens.
The first week
- Photocopy school timetables to place in school diaries, inside locker doors and on the fridge.
- Remind your child to note all assignments, homework and events in their diary.
- Check through the timetable each night while your child packs their bag. Encourage your child to eat healthy food and get a good night’s sleep.
- Give the school your current contact details.
Encourage your teen to keep a balance in their high school life. They still need time to relax, have fun and spend time with friends and family. They also need healthy food, exercise and a good night's sleep.