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Kids and family are involved in the transition to Secondary School.

For the almost teens, making that jump from primary to secondary school can be a big deal. If the family works together it can mean a lot less stress all round.

Your kids will probably be experiencing a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to a sense of loss and even fear. The move from primary to high school is confusing in many ways. Kids are having to deal with both endings and sadness, while at the same time anticipating new beginnings - this may include feelings of excitement and nervous anticipation. Old friends may be left behind and the fear of the unknown looms ahead.

Even for well adjusted children, this can be a daunting experience. If your child is struggling in other ways due to family disruption, moving to a new location, falling behind in their school work or other problems, the thought of all the change involved with secondary school can be daunting. However, there is plenty you can do to make this a positive experience for your child.

  • Do some research yourself so you can understand the emotions your pre-teen may be experiencing.
  • Remember, kids don't always know how to express their feelings, they may act out in other ways instead of talking about how they are feeling.
  • Put yourself in their shoes - think back to your first day at secondary school.
  • Make sure they are confident in their school work. It is important that reading and maths skills are up to standard before they enter secondary school.
  • Ensure you are ready as a family - take care of the practical things such as uniforms, books and school bags.
  • Be patient! It may take time for your pre-teen to adjust to their new environment. 

Helpful Links

Hong Kong Schools Guide

Hong Kong Education Bureau