Australia School Terms 2020: How to Prepare for First Day of School

Australia School Terms 2020: How to Prepare for First Day of School

School terms start next month and there must be a lot to prepare for the new term. But for the first-timers, it will be a life-changing step. Here are some tips to reduce the first day stress for both kids and parents.

In Australia, school terms 2020 will start tentatively in the first week of February. You might be worried about a number of things – whether lunch will stay fresh in the heat; whether your children will make any friends or not; will they panic and cry? The change from day care bliss to school-life chaos is huge. To reduce the anxiety, prioritise and start the orientation early.

Stages of preparation

  1. Help your child prepare emotionally to step into the big world and make them feel safe. The more familiar the place, more they will feel relaxed.
  • Make arrangements to visit the school with your child before school starts. Take a walk in the premises acquainting them to various in-house structures and areas.
  • Schools arrange information evenings for new parents. Attend these events, ask questions and clear your doubts.
  • The school may organise a teacher’s visit to your home. This will help the teacher and the pupil get to know each other in a relaxed setting.
  • If the child has an older sibling already attending the same school, ask them to describe the school, teachers and activities. Your concerns might be reduced if they have already done so.
  • Read and discuss stories about school. Formulate happy anticipation with role playing.

 

  1. Help your little ones develop social etiquettes if your kids have not attended nursery or have none of their previous friends in the school. It will help develop social skills to practise for a lifetime.
  • Invite other kids to play and share.
  • Encourage empathy towards others.
  • Teach them the importance of taking turns and listening to others.
  • If possible, let the little ones plan ideas about school activities.

 

  1. Help them develop personal responsibility. If you have encouraged self-dependence in your children, you have already assisted them to face school life. If not, this would be the right time to look into these aspects.
  • Toilet training must be perfected – how to take off certain clothing items, use the toilet, flush, wipe themselves, dress and wash hands. Though the school is equipped to handle bathroom accidents, by preparing in prior you can avoid your child from feeling embarrassed. 
  • A great deal of playing will mean a lot of mess. Let your kids know the need for washing hands, changing clothes, using aprons and coats. Personal hygiene would have to be part of self-care.
  • They have to become self-reliant about getting dressed and eating. Tell them about right cutlery and napkin habits, but don’t fret too much. Assist their independence with zippered dresses and shoes with Velcro.

 

  1. Rehearsal for learning starts now, even though first timers in school will have a lot of play time and play-based methods of learning. This will give them an academic boost.
  • Read and count together. Choose some time to be comfortable with books and read aloud. Let the child follow your finger while reading. Numbers can be introduced even in games such as counting Lego blocks or items on the table.
  • Help them recognise the shapes and patterns of their names even if they cannot write them. This will help them distinguish their items from others’ in school.
  • Don’t over burden them with too many after school activities. Wait and watch till they settle down to the new routine.

The Australia School Terms 2020 List

The tentative dates for terms are here. It is advisable to check with the school.

  • Australian Capital Territory: 
Term 1 03 February to 09 April
Term 2 27 April to 03 July
Term 3 20 July to 27 September
Term 4 12 October to 18 December
  • New South Wales: 
Term 1 04 February to 09 April
Term 2 27 April to 03 July
Term 3 20 July to 27 September
Term 4 12 October to 18 December
  • Northern Territory: 
Term 1 28/29 January to 09 April
Term 2 20 April to 26 June
Term 3 21 July to 25 September
Term 4 12 October to 17/18 December
  • Queensland: 
Term 1 28 January to 03 April
Term 2 20 April to 26 June
Term 3 13 July to 18 September
Term 4 06 October to 11 December
  • South Australia: 
Term 1 28 January to 09 April
Term 2 27 April to 03 July
Term 3 20 July to 25 September
Term 4 12 October to 11 December
  • Tasmania: 
Term 1 05 February to 09 April
Term 2 27 April to 03 July
Term 3 20 July to 25 September
Term 4 12 October to 17 December
  • Victoria: 
Term 1 28 January to 27 March
Term 2 14 April to 26 June
Term 3 13 July to 26 September
Term 4 05 October to 18 December
  • Western Australia: 
Term 1 03 February to 09 April
Term 2 28 April to 03 July
Term 3 20 July to 25 September
Term 4 12 October to 17 December

 

As you can see, Australia school terms 2020 are very comfortably arranged to make learning a pleasure. Give your little ones some time to adapt and they will love their new life.