Getting ready for high school

Starting high school is an exciting time for students as well as their parents and carers. Get prepared with our 'Getting ready for high school' guide.

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.

Finding the right person if you have questions or concerns

If you have a question and want to talk to someone before your child starts high school, you can contact your local school.

Once your child starts high school, the subject teacher can discuss your child’s progress in that subject. The head teacher of a specific subject or the year adviser can also be a good place to start.

Getting ready for high school guide

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Translated guides

Our 'Getting ready for high school guide' translated in Arabic, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.


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