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Changing schools

Taking time

Whenever you start something new it can feel quite strange until you get to know what's what- and this can take time! Do you remember learning to ride a bicycle? I bet you didn't just jump on and ride it - I bet it took lots of time, patience and practice, and probably a few bumps along the way!

Getting to know the other kids, your teacher, the school rules and your way around, will also take time, and like learning to ride a bike, there might be some bumps along the way. Some things that might help with this process include:

  • Talking to your teacher especially if you don't understand the work. It may help them to know if you did things differently at your other school. Your teacher may also be a good person to talk to if you are having any problems fitting in with the other kids
  • Let mum, dad or your carer know how you are feeling about the changes that are happening for you
  • Take it easy - don't feel like you have to have everything sorted straight away. Give yourself time to feel comfortable at your new school
  • When changes happen you can sometimes feel extra tired or cranky, so look after yourself, eat food that keeps your body healthy and get plenty of rest. You might want to check out our hot topic on Being Strong for some ideas that might help you with this

If you would like to talk some more about changing schools, you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use our web or email counselling services. We will listen to you and help you work out what might help.

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Updated: 5 December 2012