Your new school

It's normal to feel excited and a little apprehensive about moving to a new school. Here are some tips to help you to get to school safely and find your way around. Before you know it, high school will feel as familiar as primary school!

Getting to and from school

Travelling to school — if you're travelling by car, there may be specific drop-off and pick-up areas. If you're riding your bike, check with your school before you start about where to store your bike during the school day. If you plan to catch public transport, it's a good idea to do a practice run before you start the school year, so you know how to read the timetable, buy a ticket and you'll know where the bus will pick you up and drop you off. Maybe get an adult to walk through this process with you for the first time.

School hours, arriving late and leaving early — make sure you know your school's start, finish and break times as they might be different to your primary school. Find out what you need to do if you are late, or if you need to leave the school early, if for example, you have an appointment.

Getting around school

Orientation events - if your high school hosts orientation events before the new school year, try to attend. They will help you to get an idea of the school environment and you may meet some of your future teachers and classmates as well.

Using a school map - on your first day of school, or maybe even at an orientation event, you may be provided with a school map. Highlight important areas such as your classrooms, the library, assembly hall, administration office, tuckshop, bus stop and pick-up and drop-off areas.

Attendance at school

It is important to attend school all day on every school day unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as illness. Each lesson builds on what you've learned before and missing even one lesson or day can make a big difference. If you are not able to go to school, your parents must notify the school as soon as possible. Find out what the process is at your school for reporting absences (e.g. phone call, written note, text or email).

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