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First year of High School 2019

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#1 Heather11

Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:40 PM

Having a quiet night and realising that we are half way through the year I thought I would start a thread for those with children starting high school next year.

It has come a year earlier than what we expected up to about two years ago when the SA Catholic Education office announced that they would be moving year 7s to high school.

It is child #3 who will be starting and will mean that I will have three at high school next year so the whole process isn't something completely new to us.

The school will be implementing a middle school model involving year 7 to 9, Unlike for my other two, where they had different teachers for most of their subjects in their first year of high school, their wellbeing teacher will also teach them for the majority of their subjects.

We're not sure how they will do the year 6 and 7 graduations at the primary school as previously the year 7s have an end of year Mass and also a graduation dinner.  There will be too many students to do both year levels on the same night and being a busy time of year I'm not sure how they will fit in two extra events into the calendar.

There had been some rumours that the year 6 graduation activities would be more low key but I believe that didn't go down to well with some parents.

For my other two we found out graduation information towards the end of term 3 so I guess we will wait and see what they propose.

DS is quite excited and I think it will be beneficial for him as I know he will enjoy the greater exposure to specialist subjects.

So who else is on this journey next year?  Have you finalised a school yet?  How are you and your child feeling about the big change.

#2 kshy

Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

I have 2 heading to high school in Vic next year,  they are going to the same school as their older sister.  I’m so not ready for them to go,  they are not ready!!!!

Currently trying to organise funding for DS1 who should get due to his hearing loss but it’s always a worry until it is in writing.

#3 Heather11

Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:02 PM

I know how worrying it is when special/additional needs are at play PP.  

My middle child is on the spectrum and had previously been in a special class in a public primary school.  While he was offered a spot in a special class in a public high school we chose to send him to the Catholic School.  We have been lucky that the school has a support unit and have been fantastic with him.  This is not to say that right up until he started I wasn't doubting that we had made the right decision.

#4 kshy

Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:14 PM

We do not have support classes here in Vic.  He does not qualify for a special school.  He has very unique hearing needs so it’s going to be a huge challenge next year.  He does not tolerate any loud noises or Cannot get any knocks to the head, so we are not sure yet how he can participate safely in some classes,  but we have a pretty amazing team trying to work it all out.  It will just be slot easier if he gets decent funding

Twins - double of everything.  2 laptops, 2 sets of uniforms, stationery and text books - ARGH

#5 Princess Sparkles

Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:24 PM

My middle child is starting high school next year. She is quite excited and looking forward to all the extra school sport she gets to choose from (most cost us nothing as they are run by Catholic Ed) She will be at a k-12 school with her sisters (currently years 3 and 8) and lots of her friends from both her primary school and athletics/basketball/football.

I am a bit concerned about how she will cope with increase expectations and workload as she is a perfectionist and suffers from anxiety so it could be a very bumpy year...we'll see.

#6 just roses

Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:26 PM


My DS will be 11. First high school experience for us.

#7 Kreme

Posted 13 July 2018 - 11:03 PM

My DD will be starting next year! First child at high school for us, closely followed by DS in 2020.

DD has been offered a place at a selective school so that so is where she will be headed. We are all excited and a bit nervous!

#8 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 13 July 2018 - 11:04 PM

I have one starting HS and one starting PS!

#9 Prancer is coming

Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:51 AM

Me!  My eldest is off to high school, so it is all new to us.  We are just going to our local public.  So many people have opinions to offer about what schools are good or not, but we are happy with our choice and can always reassess.  People said negative things about my choice of primary school, but it was fine.

DD needs to find her own tribe though.  She is academic, sporty, into every extra curricular activity offered and very outgoing.  Grade 6 at current school seems to be full of apathetic girls.  She is pretty good socially at making friends, but not sure how hard it is to get into other friendship groups.  

Wow Heather, 2 years graduating together sounds really problematic to organise.  High school is year 7-10 here though I think they have some sort of open plan system with grade 8s in the home groups as well.  Thinking of those dealing with additional needs, that will be me with my next child to hit high school in 2021.

#10 eponee

Posted 14 July 2018 - 11:03 AM

My baby is starting high school next year :cry: He's looking forward to it

#11 Julie3Girls

Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:31 PM

My last baby will be starting next year.
I’ll have all three in highschool together for just the one year - yr 7, 10 and 12.
Local public high school, but currently part way through the process for the extension class - done the test, and has qualified for an interview in term 3. She is already part of the gats program the high school runs for yr5 and 6 students from the feeder primary schools, so thinking its pretty likely she will get in.  Her current teacher is definite about it!

Bit sad about my littlest growing up, but she is so ready for high school. And so excited to go.
Hoping she also finds her spot socially - been some ups and downs in the last year or two, and kind of relieved that a few of the “problems” are going to other schools.

#12 Heather11

Posted 14 July 2018 - 05:01 PM

Same year levels as my lot Julies3Girls.

Good luck to your DD in getting into the extension class.

Edited by Heather11, 14 July 2018 - 05:02 PM.

#13 plantlady

Posted 28 September 2018 - 09:23 AM

When do parents generally purchase school uniforms etc for their high schooler? When is too early? I.e. too early to buy shoes as their feet may grow and need bigger size. Or too late? I.e. the uniform shop has run out of the sizes you need.

Feeling a little sad that my DS has one term left of primary school before he starts high school. Time flies!

#14 Kreme

Posted 28 September 2018 - 09:28 AM

Good question, plantlady. I was wondering about that too. Orientation isn’t until early December - is it too late to get uniforms then?

DD needs brown school shoes and she has impossibly narrow feet. So we need a long lead time to find them! Thankfully her feet appear to have stopped growing so it might be safe to get them this term. She is not happy about the colour LOL!

#15 plantlady

Posted 28 September 2018 - 09:31 AM

Our orientation is early december too but I worry its too early if I buy then. DS is very tall for his age and his feet keep growing. I worry he will have another growth spurt before the start of the school year.

#16 WTF*A*Lot

Posted 28 September 2018 - 09:32 AM

After the first 2, we tried hard never purchase uniforms until just after Christmas.

#17 Kreme

Posted 28 September 2018 - 09:52 AM

Our school has a uniform shop on site which won’t be open in the school holidays, so I think Dec is the latest I can leave it.

Hopefully the dresses have plenty of hem!

#18 bec578

Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:09 AM

Our eldest is off to high school next year. The uniform shop had a 20% off sale a couple of weeks during which Open Night for all the Year 6's was on, so I have already purchased it all. Shoes can wait until January

#19 barrington

Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

DD1 is in a PP - 12 school, so first year of high school is at the same campus.  DD1 is also very tiny, so we'll just buy the smallest size of the formal dress sometime next term, the sports uniform remains the same.

#20 peachkoala

Posted 28 September 2018 - 11:15 AM

My eldest DD is starting high school next year. She is petrified. Has been stressing about it all year. Has been crying every now and then as the year is nearly over. She is not academic, struggles at school, she is worried she is going to fail all assignments and tests next year and will struggle with all the homework. Most of her friends are going to the same school, there will be 270 year 7’s next year.

I am hoping once she starts next year she will ok.

#21 Kreme

Posted 28 September 2018 - 12:00 PM

View Postpeachkoala, on 28 September 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

My eldest DD is starting high school next year. She is petrified. Has been stressing about it all year. Has been crying every now and then as the year is nearly over. She is not academic, struggles at school, she is worried she is going to fail all assignments and tests next year and will struggle with all the homework. Most of her friends are going to the same school, there will be 270 year 7’s next year.

I am hoping once she starts next year she will ok.

If it makes you feel any better my DD is very academic, doesn’t struggle at all with school work and is also petrified of high school. She got teary during the open day and I had to take her outside to calm down! She’s going to a school where she knows nobody so that’s what is worrying her.  It’s a big change for them at a time when they’re already going through a lot emotionally.

#22 Julie3Girls

Posted 28 September 2018 - 01:32 PM

Lots of schools have sales at the end of the year for uniform for the new students.
Fortunately, our uniform is stocked through Lowes, so available during the holidays. Although they do have a big schoolwear sale in December.
But if you have a uniform shop, buy the size you think, but keep receipts and tags on until they start next year.

This one is my last baby, so a bit more emotional for me than her I think ... after 12 years of primary school, going to be strange not going there anymore.

But she is excited to go, already pretty at home there as both her sisters are there and she has been in a gats program at the high school for the last two years.  Just got her acceptance into the extension class, so all ready to go.

#23 littlepickle

Posted 28 September 2018 - 01:57 PM

I was really worried about my current DD Year 10 commencing public school as the first cohort of year 7's for WA. There were 600+ new students who started at the school on the first day - the new year 7's and the 8's. She is highly introverted and had no peers from her primary school moving across with her. Socially it has been one of the best things for her as it pushed her into seeking out new friendships with other teenagers and she has grown in confidence.
my DS (now year 8) and my youngest thrived in year 7 and found the act of having to move between class rooms / subject teachers so much better for his overall ability to concentrate.

Uniforms - if you have the funds purchase enough shirts to last the week. I always purchase the next years mid term 3 to avoid the end of year rush.

Good luck..

#24 Heather11

Posted 28 September 2018 - 04:13 PM


I was really worried about my current DD Year 10 commencing public school as the first cohort of year 7's for WA. There were 600+ new students who started at the school on the first day - the new year 7's and the 8's.

DS#2 is in the same boat as a year 6 going into the first lot of Year 7s being part of the Catholic High Schooling System.  Not sure yet if they will all start on the same day or if they will stagger them.


This one is my last baby, so a bit more emotional for me than her I think ... after 12 years of primary school, going to be strange not going there anymore.

I was only thinking this morning as I dropped DS off to school for the last day of term that there is only 9 weeks more of dropping off at the PS.  We, too, have been doing it for 12 years.  It will feel a bit strange next year.

In regard to uniform, we actually have fitting appointments at the onsite uniform shop in late November, early December.  You can then either purchase or put on hold uniforms to be collected in January.  I always purchase on the spot the items that won't be grown out of, ie hat, tie, bag, socks.  The other items I have picked up in January and they are happy to resize if necessary.

In the past I have always bought shoes in January.  This year however, DS requires dress shoes for his graduation and so I was thinking of buying his school shoes early to wear for that.  At present he just wears sneakers to school.

We have all the information and have paid for his graduation dinner. The term planner came home so we know when the graduation mass will be along with the parent transition information night and his transition visit to the school.  Year 6s and 7s will be on different days/nights for both of these events.  Because his PS is in the same parish as the HS the students moving onto that school also get to do an extra visit in week 1 of term 4.

The last term always flys by so it really won't be long before the year will be over.  It will be a little sad after being involved for so long.

Edited by Heather11, 28 September 2018 - 04:22 PM.

#25 Lalala4

Posted 29 September 2018 - 12:27 PM

I'm wrestling with what to do about laptops. She's a bit scatty, but I want to her to have a good one that will cope with her making videos and art.

Do I get a cheap or secondhand one that means she might get a bit frustrated, but it won't be the end of the world if she loses or drops it? Or do I get a better one but with a really solid case and put a tracking tile on it? What would you do?

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