New kid in a new school?

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There they were, with friends and teachers that they knew and then you got transferred to Boksburg.

And now the time has arrived that he is in an unfamiliar uniform, on his way to the new high school, not knowing a single soul and frankly, feeling utterly terrified.

So how on earth does he get through this? Here are some tips to guide your child through this tricky transition.

Find an ally. Chances are he will not be the only new child in the class or in the school. Encourage him to team up with other new kids on the block – at least for the time being, it will be someone to talk to.

Don't attract attention. Don't let him try out an exotic new hairstyle the week before school starts. Make sure he has the standard uniform. It is not a good idea to stand out from the crowd on the first day, as the only one wearing yellow socks instead of the regulation grey.

Don't be scared to ask. He must be willing to ask if he doesn't know where the toilet or the science lab or the tuckshop is. There is no point in aimlessly wandering about.

Don't keep making comparisons with the old school. There is nothing that irritates others so badly as someone who keeps on harping on about how things were done differently at their last school and how much better it was there – that was then, this is now.

Send money or lunch along. This is a stressful day and chances are he'll be starving by noon. Encourage him to take or buy a sandwich and some fruit to help him get through the day.

Accept that change is difficult. It is likely that he'll get home on the first day and feel miserable and desperately miss his old school and old teachers – well some of them anyway. But the first day is over and it will probably get easier from here onwards.

Stick to the rules. Find out what they are and encourage him to stick to them. These rules are usually there for a reason and if he gets a reputation as a troublemaker at the beginning it will follow him all through his school days.

Have your children chnaged schools? How have they handled the change?

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