KIDS NEED TO MOVE TOO!
Irrespective of which state/territory or overseas country you are moving to, the following points are applicable :
- Contact your child's Present School and notify them your child is leaving. At the same time :
- obtain a Transfer Certificate where relevant;
- collect Samples of Work - either a Portfolio or a range of work samples in different subject areas;
- talk to the class teacher[s] and see if they can give you any Additional Information
- make or obtain notes on any Special Programs in which your child is involved and need to be continued. Some detail of where they are in a program would be useful.
- Make sure you Return Equipment which belongs to the school, e.g. library books, readers, etc.
- If you have Uniforms no longer of use to you, consider donating them to the Clothing Pool, or to another family.
- Consider a Thank-You to the school for what it has done. It is surprising how often people who are happy with their child's school never do this.
- Contact your child's New School and let them know your child is enrolling. Do this as soon as possible. Have the following information available :
- name, age and birthday;
- the year/class they have been in and the state/territory/country they are coming from;
- any special programs they have been in and indicate you wish to discuss these when you visit the school for child's enrolment. This includes things such as acceleration as well as programs like Reading Recovery, English as a Second Language, etc..
- When you visit the school for the first time to Enrol your child :
- take all Documentation and give it to the school during the initial meeting. You may wish to keep a photocopy for yourself;
- discuss Special Programs and your desires in regard to them. Find out whether the programs will continue or what options exist either at this school or another school;
- as well as meeting the Principal or designated enrolment staff, ensure you meet your child's Class Teacher/Year Advisor, so you know who they are for future reference;
- ensure you are aware of what Equipment [stationery, calculator, instruments, special clothing, etc.] your child must have. Most schools will provide a list, either separately or as part of a booklet of information;
- arrange a Tour of the school for yourself and your child [if not offered] so you know where things are;
- make sure you know, if your child is Not Starting Immediately:
- what day/date/time they commence;
- what things they need to bring;
- where they are to go when they arrive;
- whether they will be able to purchase Food, and what sort, during the day;
- where they have to go for Transport Options [bus/train/bicycle/car pickup/etc.] at the beginning and end of the day;
- what time they finish so you have an indication of the time they should be home following the end of the school day OR what time to pick them up;
- whether After School Care is available and its details;
- details regarding Fees and/or contributions and their payment; the dress code/Uniform requirements. I
- f they are starting Immediately, check those items listed above which still apply.
- If you wish to become involved in school activities this could be the time to ask [e.g. helping in classrooms, in the Canteen, Reading. You may wish to leave this until you have settled into your new home and your child has settled into the school.
- Check to see who you should Contact if you have further questions. This may not be the Principal or even the class teacher, depending on the circumstances.It is far better to contact the school, if you are not happy or not clear about something.
- Once you have done the above, place your child in the school's capable hands and leave as soon as you have said a brief farewell.
- If a Problem that requires your attention occurs, they will be the first to contact you regarding this.
Aussie Educator www.teachers.ash.org.au
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