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The First Weeks of School

Some handy tips for starting the school year on a positive note;

Main points:

  • When children start school they bring all the things they learnt at home with them.
  • Keep up the things you did with your child before they started school, like bedtime reading.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns about your child’s learning.
  • Getting your child to school on time helps avoid anxiety.
  • The best thing you can do to support your child’s academic accomplishments is to take it a step at a time by focusing on the day-to-day aspects of their learning.

What you can do

How your child reacts to starting school will depend on their personality, their background and how prepared they are for this next big step in their lives.

By now they’ll probably be responding to school in a variety of ways and most children will be experiencing some change – after all they’ll be learning, playing and interacting with new people and getting used to a whole new environment – and it will take them some time to settle in.

Some things you can do to help your child adjust to school include:

  • making sure your child knows who will take them to school and pick them up on the first day
  • laying out your child’s clothes, hat, shows and socks the night before
  • helping your child to pack their school bag with a snack, drink, lunch and a hat
  • placing a spare pair of underpants and a change of clothes in a plastic bag and letting your child know these clothes are in their bag in case of any accidents at school
  • putting sunscreen on your child in the morning if it is needed
  • showing your child where you will meet them at the end of the school day
  • ensuring they have a healthy breakfast – this is important for energy to get through the day
  • making time to chat to your child about what they did at school that day
  • developing a bedtime routine so your child can wind down at the end of the day and get a good night’s sleep – children aged five need around 10 to 11 hours sleep a night

Try not to put too many expectations on yourself or your child; if they are happy and enjoying school, that’s a real achievement.

You know your child best. If you have any questions about how they are settling in at school, contact your child’s teacher so you can talk things through together. You can contact your child’s teacher in person, over the telephone or via email, whichever suits you and your situation best.

Josh’s 100WC

Today my family are going to the zoo. I am so excited because this is the first time I have ever been to the zoo. I am so excited to see the tigers. “Kids, time to go!” Mum called out.


When we got there all I was saying was, “Mum, can we see tigers” and luckily she said yes.

When we arrived there my sister and I went to look over and then suddenly I fell.

“AAAAAAHH, HELP ME HELP” I could see my mum nearly crying. We were heading for the exit but the tiger was blocking our escape.

Lilou’s 100WC

We landed on planet Catland in our rocket ship at the tiger village. We were going on a holiday.

“Hello, can I have a smoothie?” I asked.

“Raaa!” yelled a tiger. Oh no! The tiger was chasing us and trying to attack us! Oh no! The tiger was blocking our escape! We ran towards the ship faster than a cheetah. We took off trying to find a better planet to go on a holiday. “Hey! Look at that! It is a cute little super fluffy monkey!” I yelled. ”We must be getting close to planet Arctica! It is so cute!”

Imogen’s 100WC

“Hurry up! We have to get there early to watch the tiger show. Come on, come on.” We have been going around the zoo for half an hour. Mum had to carry me around, but when we got close to the tiger enclosure I dragged her closer. I wanted to get front row to see all the action. Tigers were my favourite animal. The show started. Three minutes into the show the tiger escaped. We ran and were screaming our hearts out. The tiger was blocking our escape. How were we going to get past the tiger? We were doomed.

Milo’s 100WC

The tiger was blocking our escape, we couldn’t go around it because it was going to be risky. But then I had an idea. “See that vine over there near the river”, I said to Barry, “Take that vine and help me trap this tiger.”

Barry and I made a tiger trap out of the vine, some sticks and prickly thorn bush we found nearby. We lured the tiger away from the escape route and into our trap. The tiger let out a ROAR! It was now trapped and we now had a small opening for escape. Barry and I made a run towards the exit.

Luca A’s 100WC

Oh no! The tiger was blocking the escape! James had thought he had lured the tiger a fair way away in the mansion but it was still there and just then James noticed something… The tiger was chained to the door! James sat concealed from the tiger. He knew that he would start hearing footsteps soon. He looked through his backpack. He had already used the magical displacer item earlier to get into this place. Then he thought the tape gun. “Of course!” He thought. He took the tape gun out of his bag and used it to distracted the tiger by shooting it and ran!

Ned’s 100WC

AHHHHH… people were screaming left, right and center and I knew why. The animals at the zoo had gone on a rampage.

“Where are the the animals?” I asked mum as my voice trembled. She didn’t answer.

“Mum?” I called out. She wasn’t there. My heart sank to the floor.

“What am I going to do now?” I asked myself.

The face of a tiger was looking at me and I was terrified. I ran as fast as I could and found mum. She didn’t greet me but she did notice me. We kept on running but then we stopped. The tiger was blocking our escape!

Jack’s 100WC

I was at the zoo with my family. We went to the tiger’s enclosure.

“Ummm Mum, Dad, that tiger doesn’t look too happy and it’s trying to get out.”

Ahhhhh! The tiger got out of the cage. I was so scared I was about to wet my pants.

“Let’s go,” I yelled at the top of my voice.

“We can’t!” dad said.

“Why?” I yelled.

“Because the tiger is blocking the exit!” mum yelled.

“We’re going to die,” I said in a scared voice.

“No we’re not,” dad said.

“I’ve got an idea. Let’s go through the broken window where the tiger got out.We can dig through with our hands to get past the tiger and escape!”

Paige’s 100WC

The day started with my family going to Werribee Zoo to see the animals.  We went and looked around the zoo, I love the tigers so we spent a lot of time there.  On our way out we just realised  that we got locked into the zoo and everyone had gone home already including all the people that work there.

Then we heard a big noise, BANG! The tiger cage opened up, we ran as fast as we could to the exit.  As we were getting closer we heard a big ROAR so we stopped running and looked at the outside and the tiger was blocking our escape!

Sacha’s 100WC

My name is Molly, my mum is Amanda and my dad is Ben. My family and I all lived a normal life until one evening I was playing with my stuffed animals and soon an idea just rushed into my head. It was like electricity! I ran downstairs and said, “Mum, dad, I want to go to the zoo!” They said yes! We drove to the zoo. When we entered, I screamed, “Ahhhh there’s a tiger”. It was blocking our escape. We arrived home safely and I was too scared to go to the zoo ever since.

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