Ready for high school checklist

Here's a 'starting high school checklist' to help you and your child prepare for the transition.

This year

  • Does your teen have allergies, a health condition or additional needs? If so, talk to the high school principal as soon as possible.
  • Encourage your teen to participate in any transition to high school program offered to them.

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.
  • Discuss safe travel routes to and from school, and find out about forms for your teen’s travel pass or subsidy if applicable.
  • 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 Facebook and Twitter.

Next year


  • 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 teen using their new transport or travel route. Let your teen buy travel tickets, if applicable.
  • Teach them how to 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.

At home

  • Talk positively to your teen about the move to high school.
  • Ask them what’s exciting about high school. Does anything worry them?
  • Make sure your teen has a quiet work area and extra stationery supplies.
  • Organise personal hygiene items in school bags.
  • Decide what your teen will do before and after school, and what time they need to be home.
  • Discuss emergency and safety issues with them.

The first day

  • Help set your teen’s alarm. Encourage them to get themselves ready on time.
  • Provide your teen with money and your contact numbers in case of emergencies.
  • Make sure you have the school’s phone number with you.

The first week

  • Photocopy school timetables to place in school diaries, inside locker doors and on the fridge.
  • Remind your teen to note all assignments, homework and events in their diary.
  • Check through the timetable each night while your teen packs their bag. Encourage your teen 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.


Make sure you are familiar with important school dates including term dates and holidays.

Starting high school: A family guide (PDF 1275.06KB) is a printable checklist to help you and your child get ready for high school.


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