Students that come to The Currajong School make many formal transitions in and between schools: from home or preschool to school, from grade to grade, from primary school to secondary school. Some students also make transitions as they transfer from school to school or back into school after illness or other forms of extended absence. Transitions can also involve a change in family and environmental circumstances.
At The Currajong School, we understand that each of these transitions involves students’ expectations and concerns, and the processes of leaving one location, settling into another, leaving old friends, making new friends, and continuing learning and development. Transitions are not just isolated events but involve the context in which they happen.
These points of transition are critical moments in determining students’ wellbeing and learning. Many of the important transitions between educational settings occur at times of rapid student growth and development, when they are concerned about issues of identity (who am I?), relationships (how do I relate to others?) and future (what will I be?). How they approach these transitions, and how they fare through them, may be determined by many factors at home, the community and at school.
Our experience at The Currajong School, has shown us the challenges that are involved in school transitions shape students’ development in positive or negative ways. In some cases, these transitions provide students with a chance to break from previous negative experiences and make a fresh start.
A successful transition for these students is defined by key features or indicators and these contribute to their continued learning and growth:
- Developing new friendships and improving self-esteem and confidence
- Settling well into the new school life, so there are little concerns for parents
- Showing an increasing interest in school and schoolwork
- Getting used to new routines and school organisation
- Experiencing continuity in ready to learn behaviours
Times of major transition can be cause for concern and anxiety for many parents, who ask themselves the question, ‘how best can I support my child through this time of transition?‘ At The Currajong School, we believe it is our job to actively support and guide the family with this process. We have structured systems and process to support all students with transitions into, through and when they leave The Currajong School.