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 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.

At home

  • 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.


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