The start of school jitters (often from the parents, I know, I’ve been there) are in abundance throughout Australia at the moment with children beginning their school journeys or returning for another year. Regardless of where your children go to school or what type of school it is there, is one factor that 99.9 per cent of these children will face – change.
A new year usually also means a new class with different students and a different teacher than the year before.
This change can be quite challenging for a child and for the parents of the child as well. As a teacher and as a parent, I have witnessed this challenge from both perspectives. Although there are sometimes bumps in the road, there’s one piece of information that I can pass.
It’s that your child’s school and their teacher always have their best interests at heart.
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The process of class selection varies from school to school, but it is without a doubt a very lengthy, thought out and carefully considered process that involves numerous individuals within the school community.
This may include: their current class teacher, the teachers at the level they will progress to, the students themselves, other support staff such as counsellors, integration aides and support staff and parents. Other information such as school reports, testing, individual learning needs and general observations made throughout the year factor in too.
Whichever processes your school uses to make their selection, you can be rest assured that this information is analysed, discussed, revised and checked again, until a final decision has been made. And sometimes, as with everything, not everyone is happy.
When I found out my daughter’s class group for 2019, I was one of these unhappy people. As a parent I was disappointed that my daughter did not get put in the same class as one of her good friends, who she requested to be with (as is part of her school selection policy) who she feels comfortable and confident being around.
But then I put my ‘teacher hat’ on and realised maybe this is why they are not in the same class. To ensure they build other strong relationships and to not rely so much on each other. Let’s face it, that is the reality of life. We don’t always get what we want and we are always encountering new people. We need to change and adapt to new environments so it is important this skill is built from a young age.