Settling Into Piper’s Hill

Welcome to Piper’s Hill!  Some thoughts on how parents and school can work together to help 1st Years settle in

Things students find difficult!

Back To School

  • The number of teachers
  • Managing a locker and key
  • Finding their way around school (we have TY students helping each class for the first month)
  • Bringing their ipad, copies and equipment to class
  • Following a timetable
  • A longer school day.  They will be tired!
  • All the different subjects
  • Week-end Homework

 

What Can You Do to Help?

  • Encourage your son/daughter to make a good start
  • Talk to them about school and how they are getting on
  • Encourage them to behave well
  • Set a regular time for homework.  Show interest in work done.  Praise good work.
  • Encourage them to attempt work they find difficult, and ask the teacher to explain it again the next day
  • Check and sign the journal weekly, and talk to your son/daughter about comments in it
  • Get to know the tutor, year head, guidance counsellor, home school community liaison teacher
  • Make an appointment to meet the Year Head if you have any concerns
  • Practical help to get students off to a good start
    • fixed time for getting upLunch
    • have a good breakfast
    • bring enough packed lunch – it’s a long day

 

  • Encourage an early regular bedtime, first years need sleep!
  • Clearly label all items of uniform
  • Leave the mobile phones at home
  • Encourage involvement in hobbies and sport
  • Consider joining the Parents Association – its a great way to keep in touch with school life