Over the previous month or more, the staff of MPW have invested enormous thought, care and energy into arranging classes for the up-and-coming 2018 school year. We as a staff endeavour to provide for the best possible learning groupings to support each and every child’s social and physical growth and their intellectual and emotional wellbeing.
There are many things we can do to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, children learn to cope with change by observing those around them. So with this in mind, it is important for us all to speak positively about the opportunity to meet new friends, experience a new teacher or even having two teachers! To reassure children that it is ‘normal’ to feel anxious when we experience change and that there are strategies we can employ to give us courage to face these challenges. This might be by recognising their feelings and using self-talk to manage their feelings, such as thinking of a previous experience and remembering the feelings and how they overcame their fears. For example: the first day at school or camp, a Prep/One activity night or a Grade 2 sleepover.
A new class provides exciting opportunities to extend beyond the comfort of the familiar, to experience the wonder of the unexpected and the unknown. And while change can at times be unsettling, the staff of MPW are confident that in our collective endeavours to support children to meet the challenges of transitioning into a new class and year level, we are laying the foundations for an ever greater resilience to meet the challenges of not only the most immediate but, most importantly, to embrace the challenges that are an integral part of everyone’s life’s journey.