STARTING HIGH SCHOOL

IMAGINE your students leaving primary school and starting their first day of high school.

Not overwhelmed. Not anxious.

Just equipped with strategies and a mindset that will help them to be

CONFIDENT, PREPARED and READY to thrive.

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7 Ways To Help Children Cope With Starting High School

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THE GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Our workshops take Year 6 students from being worried about high school to feeling confident and prepared.

How do we know what students need?

Jenny Atkinson surveyed over 1600 students in Year 6 and Year 7 to find out their thoughts on the move to high school. She listened, researched and studied this topic, inside and out.

This in depth knowledge and insight, combined with over 30 years teaching experience, is why Jenny can offer you solutions for the transition to high school.

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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THESE REAL LIFE CHALLENGES.

YEAR 6- THEIR BIGGEST WORRIES

  • Getting more homework & assignments
  • Managing homework & assignments
  • Getting lost in a big school and being late to class
  • Using lockers + heavy bags
  • Doing more difficult work
  • Leaving old friends and making new friends
  • Having different teachers
  • Coping with exams and studying
  • Trying to fit in

YEAR 7- THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGES

  • Dealing with the amount of homework and assignments
  • Coping with exams
  • Knowing how to study
  • Being organised to handle multiple assignments & homework
  • Carrying heavy bags
  • Making new friends and leaving old friends
  • Finding their way around school & being late to class
  • Managing lockers and locks
  • Handling a bigger school with more students

"Get Set For High School is different..."

"The ‘Get Set For High School’ workshop is different because it deals with the anxieties that Year 6 students often experience and provides them with practical strategies to assist with the transition to high school.

In its first year at our school we had an overwhelming positive response from teachers, parents and most importantly, the students. We will definitely use the ‘Get Set for High School’ workshop again. Jenny’s knowledge was extensive and the quality of the service provided was very impressive."

Patricia Laidler- Principal
St Therese Catholic Primary School, Padstow

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A COMPLETE PROGRAM

We offer help for everyone involved in the transition because we understand that children are more likely to succeed when parents, teachers and children are supported and work together.

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  • Student Workshop

    This fun and informative workshop guides students through the steps of our unique Get Set For High School system. Interactive tasks keep them engaged as they develop the skills, understandings and strategies they need for high school.

  • Parent Information Talk

    Parents will leave the session armed with practical information and strategies to support their child and themselves through this transition. We cover expectations, social and emotional demands as well as the practical aspects of the move to high school.

  • School Consultation

    Using current research and worldwide best practices, we help you develop a school plan and transition framework that will work best for YOUR students and school community.

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NO HYPE. JUST PRACTICAL TOOLS.

Our workshops are fun and engaging but we’re not interested in giving children a false sense of confidence that falls apart when they hit a challenge. We provide practical tools, skills and strategies that work to prepare them for life in high school.

  • RESEARCH BASED

    We know what students need. Our workshops are based on our extensive research in Australian schools with over 1600 students, parents and teachers. We provide solutions for the issues involved in transitioning to high school.

  • PROVEN FORMULA

    Students recognise the benefits. 97% of high school students who had completed the workshop in Year 6, said that the program should be offered to ALL YEAR 6 students to prepare them for high school.

  • FULLY ACCREDITED TEACHERS

    Our dynamic workshop leaders are all fully accredited, trained teachers who love to actively engage students. We get everyone talking, moving and sharing while they’re learning!

  • STEP BY STEP SYSTEM

    We take students through our unique step by step system to give them the skills, strategies and understandings they need for a confident transition to high school.

ONGOING SUPPORT

We don't just do a workshop and then walk away. We include UNLIMITED email support for the school staff for the entire school year in which the workshop is purchased.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU.

MEETS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Our program meets specific curriculum requirements to support the emotional, social and academic wellbeing of your students.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT

GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL...

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THE RESEARCH BEHIND THE PROGRAM.

OVER 2 YEARS OF RESEARCH WITH 1600+ STUDENTS.

Through surveys and interviews, over 1600 Year 6 and Year 7 students, parents, teachers and principals told me about their experiences with high school transition. After 2 years of research I had a deep understanding of transition for the different perspectives... student, parent and school.

My research was guided by 3 questions:

Get Set For High School  was created to empower Year 6 students with the practical skills, understandings and strategies they need to thrive in high school.  So they can:

1. Be confident and not overwhelmed by their transition.

2. Cope well in challenging situations.

3. Stay engaged and enjoy their learning.

4. Take advantage of opportunities in high school.

5. Realise their full potential, both in school and outside of school.

I hope you'll join me to support the well-being and success of these children and their families as they transition into high school.

Jenny

Jenny Atkinson  - Founder of Sparks Education Australia

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