Starting Secondary School

Easing pupils into secondary school life | Tes

With only one week left of the school year 2019/2020 our 6th class pupils are preparing for their next adventure, secondary school. I’m sure there are a lot of different emotions about this new start. I hope the prevailing emotion is excitement- about all the new experiences to be had , new friends to be made and new goals to be achieved. That said, it’s natural and normal to feel a little apprehensive and maybe even anxious also (both parents and children alike!), particularly under the current restrictions. However even in these uncertain times, one thing we are certain of, is that you are all well prepared and ready for this next step in your education.

At the start of the year all 6th class pupils received a booklet published by Folens about starting secondary school. This is a handy reference guide. We have also compiled a list of links to workbooks, advice sheets etc. that may be useful to you now or in the future.

Workbooks, advice and sample timetables for students:

Twinkl have some great resources to get you thinking about what secondary school will be like.

https://www.twinkl.ie/search?term=transition+to+secondary+school

The SESS have created a detailed workbook that may be of use to some pupils:

Sample timetable:

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Sample homework journal:

Advice and information for parents:

The Transition to Secondary School booklet contains a lot of information about all aspects of starting secondary school. You can find it at this link:

This article on Schooldays.ie has lots of practical tips and advice for parents of 6th class pupils preparing for secondary school.

https://www.schooldays.ie/articles/transition-from-primary-school-to-secondary-school

We hope this information is of benefit and we wish you every success as you embark on this next adventure.