Starting Prep

​​​​​​​​​​It's a rite of passage for every child. The transition to big school is a significant milestone in a young person's life. Brisbane Catholic Education shares some expert advice about how to make the experience a smooth and comfortable transition. 

Starting school is a special and exciting time, to help prepare for the first da​y here are some useful tips from our ​experts to help new and returning students settle back into school life.

  • Start some conversations to help your child understand them​selves as a learner. This will build their confidence and belief in themselves! What strengths and talents do they bring to learning? What are their interests? You might like to share yours too!
  • The first day of school is the perfect time to learn ways of connecting with others! Set your child up for success by practising positive ways to initiate, join or interrupt conversations. Role play and practice is always an effective and safe place to start.
  • Consider a variety of tasks you could give your child to complete independently.
  • Have conversations about what to do if they are stuck and reassure them that they can always ask for help. These tasks can be as simple as opening their lunch box or unwrapping their sandwich, filling up their water bottle, packing their bag or making their bed.
  • Play some simple card, board or outdoor games that involve sharing and turn-taking. Helping your child learn how to manage their feelings and cooperate with others will help them feel more comfortable in groups.

​These great tips will help our students get off to an amazing start to their Catholic education journey.​

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