By Year 9 students, William Lenard and Ryan Snowsill
By Trinity Year 9 student, Joshua Yeoh
School life is filled with a diversity of emotions, it is a giant roller coaster ride, with ecstatic highs and devastating lows. Friendships are an immensely significant part of life at school, in dealing with different emotions and powering through difficult times whether in academics, sport, or any other personal issues that may be present.
Transitioning from primary school to high school is an important modern rite of passage. You must appreciate that this is a big step for your son. If it was easy and seamless, young men would not experience the sense of having risen to a challenge, and successfully negotiated one of the steps to becoming a man.
Last week, many Trinity boys made the transition from Primary School to Middle School for the first time. Transitioning into Middle School can bring with it mixed feelings … stress, anxiety, excitement and nervousness. For parents, the key to a successful transition is to provide age appropriate emotional and practical support as your son navigates his new environment.
According to Bradley Barr, Master of Middle School at Trinity Grammar School, the environment we create at home can play a big part in how students deal with transition in those first few weeks. Bradley suggests parents keep talking with their son, perhaps even share your own experiences from school, and normalise any feelings of anxiety that your son may be feeling.
Bradley also offers these five practical tips for helping your son settle into Middle School: