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!
- 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 up
- 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