I can’t believe another school year is upon us already!
As I prepare my own tribe for the return to school, my heart instinctively goes out to all the little ones that will be the ‘new kid’ this year – whether that’s starting childcare, stepping into Prep, joining a new school, or making the leap into Year 7.
We’ve all been the new kid at some point, and no matter how old you are, it’s still a scary time. Even as adults – starting a new job or relocating to a new area – the ‘new kid’ stomach-churny feeling can quickly come flooding back.
We’ve shifted schools recently, and as much as I encouraged my own kids to get involved and make new friends, when it came to doing it myself I really stumbled.
Those first few afternoons at the school gates not knowing who to talk to. The first birthday party we were invited to and I’m found shuffling nervously under a tree whilst the kids happily slot into their new friendship groups. Needless to say, the littlies negotiated out of ‘new kid’ territory waaaaay faster than me!
So, on the return to school, let’s remind our kids to include the new kid looking lost at break-time. And on the school run, let’s look out for the new parent standing nervously at the gates. Reach out, smile and say ‘hi’. That small hand of friendship could make the world of difference to their school year, and you never know – you might just make a new friend.
To get you ready for a new school year, this issue we are all about ‘Back to School’! One school shares their wisdom on transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7. And this year the school ranking system changes from OP to ATAR, so we find out what that means for our older kids.
But the summer holiday isn’t quite over yet! So, we also have a huge guide to the best family-friendly day trips across the region. How many can you tick off before you the summer is over?
And as always, with the region’s best kid-friendly events, news, reviews, products and more, it’s another bumper sunshine-filled issue just for you.
Happy New Year!