Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!
However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. It is important for children to attend transition or orientation programs offered by schools. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs.
Michael sits on the Board of many organisations including the National Centre Against Bullying. In 1985 he founded CanTeen, a cancer support group for teenagers. He is the resident psychologist on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. Michael has written several bestselling books on parenting including ‘Surviving Year 12’.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
FIRST ROW: Michael Nelson - Head of Middle School, Carey Baptist Grammar School
SECOND ROW: Pat Kenny - Head of Junior School, St Leonard’s College; Sue Cahill - Student Wellbeing Leader, St Charles Borromeo Primary School.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
FIRST ROW: Pat Kenny - Head of Junior School, St Leonard’s College; Elida Brereton - Former Principal, Camberwell High School
SECOND ROW: Michael Nelson - Head of Middle School, Carey Baptist Grammar School; Sue Cahill - Student Wellbeing Leader, St Charles Borromeo Primary School; Dr Tim Hawkes - Former Headmaster, The King's School.
As the countdown to the start of the next school year begins, parents are often fretting as much as their children. Waving goodbye to a child on their first day of school is one of the most anxious times for mums and dads, as is the transition to secondary school. Children may often become emotional, tired and stressed as they adjust to greater responsibilities and demands.