After an unexpected end to the school year - with big changes to schooling as we know it for the children, parents and teachers - we hope you had the time to relax and rewind over the summer holidays. Now, with the new academic year fast approaching, it’s time to reset and prepare for another busy term back at school.
The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, filled with new prospects and potential. Yet, we understand that it can also feel a little daunting for some, requiring an extra level of encouragement to ease into new routines.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some helpful tips to support your children as they prepare for the new school year that lies ahead.
Establish a routine
Whilst routines tend to slip with the odd late night during the school holidays, it may be beneficial to try to establish a succinct routine prior to returning to school. A good night’s sleep goes a long way, so having a bedtime schedule will help ensure your children are ready and raring to go, getting the most out of learning and the busy school day.
Back to school shopping
As we approach the end of the summer holidays, get your children involved with the back to school shopping. Let them try on their school uniform and pick out a new pencil case for the Prep School boys or a swimming rucksack for the youngest boys. We all love the motivated feeling of having new tools, so give them that level of excitement so they can head back to the classroom with an eagerness for learning.
Entering a new school year, and in particular, the very first day at a new school, is a big milestone and can be overwhelming for many children. Reassure your children that they are ready for the year, focus on the positives and remind them that they are going to have a great day. Ask them what they are most excited for – seeing their friends, organising their desk or showing their new teacher how great they are at Maths? If they see you engaging with them and getting excited too, they’ll be more likely to catch the bug.
Discuss any concerns
As well as focusing on the positives and finding out what your children are most looking forward to, it’s equally important to find out if there’s anything they’re unsure about. Openly discussing any worries or concerns they may have can help to put their mind at ease before starting the new school year. You could also liaise with their teachers or other parents at the school if you have any further questions.
Encourage extra-curricular activities
Encourage your children to take a look at the extra-curricular activities that are on offer. Can they audition for a part in the school play, join the choir or that sports team they’ve been talking about all summer? Encourage your children to not only do the activities they have always loved, but to try something completely new. Not only is this a great way for them to learn all about teamwork and expand their social skills, they’ll have the chance to make new friends along the way too.
With only a week to go until we see all the boys’ smiling faces, we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back for what is set to be a really great year ahead. If you’ve got any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We want to make sure that both you and your children feel safe and comfortable as we look to make this the best school year yet!