Welcome to our new Year 8s and their families

Welcome to the Kapunda High School community.

My experience is that when students commence their secondary years there is a mixture of excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and fear.  The good news is that those emotions  are normal with the overwhelming majority of students going home on their first day ‘buzzing’ – especially about the new learning opportunities.

However, while there will be lots of new experiences and ‘highs’ in those early weeks, commencing at a new school can have its challenges.  Students come to Kapunda High School from a wide range of schools and sometimes the social relationships can take a little while to settle down as students explore new friendships.  While it is natural to be a little anxious when your child reports that their life-long best friend spent recess with another group of students, assisting them to remain calm and be resilient is always a good start.

Students are organised into home classes for adminstrative matters and some classes.  However, for English and Mathematics, students are ability grouped and in practical classes such as Technology Studies and Home Economics, they will be organised into smaller classes to ensure safety.

The Year 8 Managers are Ben Dibb and Natalie Knowler.  Lee-Anne Cummins leads our Well-Being team while Elizabeth Gary-Smith (Assistant Principal) has a focus in learning support.  Feel free to contact any of those school leaders if there is specific information you need to share about your child.

In the early days, there will be many questions.  Please feel free to post questions of a general nature as a response to this blog.  Answering them publicly will no doubt support others with a similar question.  Questions specifically related to your child are best directed through a phone call or email.