Lea De Angelis, Principal - K-12 School
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 Student
"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
We teach practical skills and strategies that are easy to remember and put into action. We break complex ideas down into simple, easily understood strategies. Above all, we make everything very doable!
Keeping students engaged is one of Jenny's superpowers! She shares the information they need, in well-paced, interesting ways to keep their attention throughout the workshop.
We get them involved ... this is not a standard, “I talk, you listen” session. Children are actively participating, doing activities and learning throughout. That's why we call it a workshop - not a talk!
We make learning fun! We target information right at their age group and present it in fun and interesting ways. Plus, we emphasise the positive & fun aspects of high school, which can help balance their worries.
"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
"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
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.
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