"Get Set For High School 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. We had an overwhelming positive response from teachers, parents and, most importantly, the students."
Patricia Laidler, Principal
Lea De Angelis, High School Principal
Thomas Kreiger, Year 6 Teacher
"Before the workshop, I was worried about high school. Now I know I will always have someone there to help me and I feel like my worries are gone. I think every person in Year 6 should do this workshop."
My worries are gone
Jonathon, Year 6 Students
"It helped me to express my feelings about high school, which I would never really do.
It is very helpful."
Neena, Year 6 Student
"Before, I was worried about moving to a whole different school. Now I know that I can do anything if I try.
This workshop gives kids confidence!"
This gives kids confidence
Matt, Year 6 Student
"We all feel much more comfortable about high school and are very grateful Jenny came to work with us. We feel so much better about going to high school and now can’t wait."
We feel so much better
Blaise and Tara, Year 6 Students
"Before I was stressing about high school but now I WANT to go! You get easy tips to be well-organised in high school and you learn about your diary and timetable."
Now I WANT to go!
Alex, Year 6 Student
"I was very worried about the stress of high school. But I learnt lots of different ways to make things easier, like with homework. I'll start high school with a better understanding of just about everything!"
A better understanding
Holly, Year 6 Student
"My daughter came home after the workshop feeling more confident. A lot of her queries were answered and the anxieties behind them have disappeared. As a parent, I am extremely grateful that an experience like this was available to her.
I believe it is a very valuable program."
Kelly Gibbs, Teacher & Parent of Year 6 Student
"My daughter was quite anxious over the high school experience. She found this enormously helpful and said it explained all the questions she had. She now feels that high school will be a very positive experience. Thank you for doing this for our young people.
As a high school teacher, we can see the difference this makes."
High School Teacher and Parent of Year 6 Student
"My son couldn’t wait to tell me about all he had learnt in the workshop. This program has made him very excited about high school because he has been equipped with the skills and belief that he can achieve, so long as he is prepared to do some hard work. It has had a big impact on his understanding of time management and how to prioritise tasks. He’s more focused and goal oriented. Thank you!"
He's more focused & goal oriented
Karen Och, Parent of Year 6 Student
"This has not only relieved Patrick, but he now looks forward to beginning high school. He said the workshop was great from beginning to end. He enjoyed it greatly and found it very beneficial. I believe this to be a wonderful program.
He is now less anxious to begin his new school journey."
M. Ahearne, Parent of Year 6 Student
"Emily has learnt a lot from this program -timetables, time management skills to deal with the demands of high school, getting herself organised, finding motivation to get tasks done.
Thank you for such a valuable program."
Such a valuable program
Kim Constantinou, Year 6 Parent
Hi, I'm Jenny Atkinson, founder of Sparks Education Australia, a teacher for 30+ years and author of the award-winning book, 'High School Rocks'.
As a Year 6 teacher, I was concerned seeing so many children struggle before starting high school and throughout their first year. I researched for 2 years with over 1600 students in
Year 6 and Year 7 to understand everything about their move to high school. Combined with my 30 years of teaching experience, I knew how and why children were struggling and how to turn it around. In 2013, I created my 'Get Set For High School' Program, starting with student workshops in schools.
Over the past 10 years, I've added new ways to help: my best-selling parent book, parent talks, webinars, resources and the new online student membership 'High School Hub'. Because I have a deep understanding of transition to high school for all the different perspectives - students, parents, teachers and principals - there is support available for everyone.
"Today I learnt that high school is not as stressful as you might think.
I now know a lot of tips that will save me time and make high school a lot easier."
Isabelle, Year 6 Students
"I thought it was great since I learnt so many things I can prepare for and what I can expect when I get there. I'm not scared of high school anymore. I'm actually quite excited and it's really all because of this program."
Mareesha, Year 6 Student
"This workshop really prepares you for high school and informs you about the important things you should know. It was fun, helpful and enjoyable. High school isn't as scary as I thought it would be!"
Laura, Year 6 Student
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