It’s exciting being at school but there’s also lots of new things to learn – such as when is it lunchtime? Where do we sit at assembly? If the teacher sends me to “Run a message over to the office”, how fast should I run?
I’ve had four kids in Prep at Kew Primary School and of course, I was a Prep, many, many years ago. Here are a few tips to make your Prep year truly tops –
1 . Your parents are probably asking you about school all the time. Tiring I know, but they’re busting to hear if you’re having fun. Throw them a bone and tell them something about your day.
2. At some stage, you’ll accidentally call your teacher ‘Mum’. Don’t stress, even the grade six students sometimes make that mistake.
3. Lining up at the canteen can seem a little stressful but if you ask for something in a loud, clear voice and remember your ‘pleases’ and ‘thank-yous’, then Sally (the canteen manager), will not mind waiting while you count out two dollars worth of five cent pieces.
4. Tell your parents that the Peppercorn BBQ (this Friday night) is one of the biggest and most fun events on the KPS social calendar and that you absolutely must be there.
5. Snack and lunchtime is super-busy and you’ll probably feel you have more pressing things to do than eat but take the time to eat your lunch – sometimes ‘people’ get a bit cranky and tired in the afternoon if they haven’t eaten all day…
6. Look after your stuff, particularly hats and jumpers. If you take them off, put them in your bag. Parents get cross when bits of uniform go missing (hint: if they’re carrying-on about it, check first whether they remembered to have lunch – see no.5 above).
7. Make sure your school bag stands-out. Add some key-rings or tags so that you know which one is yours (makes putting away the hat and jumper easier as well). There’s no such thing as too many key-rings.
8. Start agitating for play-dates after school. Your success rate will be approximately one in ten requests.
9. Your parents will probably go on about friends. Ask them if they’d like to make some new friends at Kew Primary. Suggest joining the PTA, the School Council, helping out in the classroom/ canteen/ library or coming along to the Peppercorn BBQ – all good places to start (remember, they might be a little nervous, so be encouraging).
10. Show-and-Tell tells you a lot about your classmates. Some kids love it and have something to share every single day. Other kids feel a bit sick at the thought. If you’re in the first group, take a day off and let others have a turn. If you’re in the second group, make Show-and-Tell the bravest thing you’ve done this week.
11. Before you tell your parents “My teacher said I did/didn’t have to do x”, think carefully. For example “My teacher said it would be a good idea if I brought my 470-piece Lego construction to school for show-and-tell.” Parents are in the habit of checking facts. With teachers.
12. Sometimes there are special dress-up days at school, such as dressing as your favourite book character during Book Week. Costumes can be as elaborate as you like – start planning weeks in advance and present your ideas to your parents the night before the costume is required.
13. School photos are on Friday. Bring your very biggest smile and show all your teeth (if you have teeth).
14. The school week ends at KPS with the ‘CARE dance’ (a song is played at the end of assembly and everyone dances). Go crazy – it’s a fantastic opportunity to show-off your best moves.
For parents seeking actual, helpful advice, see our previous post on tips for Prep parents.