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    Talk to the principal and teachers of the school your child is leaving. Request or make a portfolio of your child’s work to take to the new school. Make a scrapbook of people, activities and memories from your child’s old school. Make a contact list of friends from your child’s old school and neighborhood. Share your new address with your child’s close friends. You might even like to give them pre-addressed and stamped envelopes so that they can write to your child. Plan a farewell party. Donate your child’s old uniform to the school’s uniform pool. When in your child’s new school and community Talk to the principal of the new school. Ask about strategies the new school has for helping new children adjust to the school – a buddy system, for example. Buy the new uniform and books if you need to. Walk around the grounds and buildings of the new school with your child. This will help your child get to know where the important things are. Your child might even be able to spend a day in the school before you move. Talk to your new neighbours or your child’s new teacher. Perhaps your child can meet some classmates for a playdate before the first day at school. If your child has special needs, talk to the new school about its facilities and support programs. If you’re moving interstate or from overseas, your child’s abilities and eligibility for support might need to be checked. If English isn’t your or your child’s first language, ask the school about support programs and services that can help.


    It’s quite common for children to move schools. It’s also normal for children to resist change and feel stressed about going to a new school. So if your child is moving schools, the best thing you can do is prepare your child for the change. You can do this by involving your child as much as you can in the process of choosing and moving schools. This will help your child see the exciting and positive aspects of the move. He’ll be a lot happier if he knows that his needs are important. Here are tips for involving your child and making the change easier: If possible, discuss the move with your child well in advance. Be enthusiastic about the move yourself. Ask your child to talk about, draw or make a list of the things she’s looking forward to about going to a new school. Ask your child to talk about, draw or make a list of the things he’s worried about. Take time to discuss each concern. Find out about schools in the area you’re moving to. Make a list of the schools and show it to your child. If your child is old enough, talk about the pros and cons of different schools. If possible, you could visit the new location and schools with your child. Find out whether there are other children moving to the same school as your child. Encourage your child to talk with these children. You might be able to arrange for your child to arrive at school with these children on the first day. If you know family members or friends who’ve changed schools recently, encourage them to share their experiences with your child.

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