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24 January 2023

Psychologist’s back-to-school tips – plus day one information for our families

The 2023 school year is just days away. Yes, after weeks (and weeks ……

The 2023 school year is just days away. Yes, after weeks (and weeks … and weeks) of holidays, it’s time to dig out the uniforms, find the drink bottles, shine the shoes and retrieve that mushy banana from the bottom of the school bag.

Kirrilie Smout.

We asked leading Adelaide child psychologist Kirrilie Smout, from Developing Minds Psychology, for her top tips to help get the school year started right, particularly for our younger students.

“It’s important to have a conversation with our kids about how they feel about the school year, what their goals are, their worries, what they are looking forward to and how we can support them this year,” Ms Smout says. 

“If you haven’t done this yet – make the time. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy conversation or a serious and meaningful one. But a short chat often alerts us to helpful info, gets children thinking and reminds them that we are interested in their lives.”

Can’t think of what to ask? Here are some of Ms Smout’s suggestions …

“Don’t feel the need to cover all of these and don’t make it an interrogation,” Ms Smout says. 

“But asking just a few of these might really help your child – even more than not having a squished banana in their bag.”

Back-to-school information

Monday 30 January

Primary School

All primary students should report directly to their classrooms. Families are welcome to accompany boys to their class.

Secondary School

All secondary students should gather on Padnipadninya Tapa (front lawns) prior to 8.35am.

Staff members will be on hand from 8.15am to assist any new families with queries. At 8.35am, students will be ushered to the Neill Gymnasium for an assembly to outline the day.

For parents

The Blackfriars Parents & Friends Association would like to welcome all parents and caregivers back to the new school year with a free coffee available from the Mobile Coffee Bean van located outside Frassati Hall.

The van will be available from 8.15am to 10am. After your son has settled into his classroom or moved into the gymnasium for the assembly, please pop by for a free morning cup and a chance to meet new families and catch up with friends.

Please note that parking can be at a premium around all schools, especially on the first day back. If you plan to accompany your son into school and/or stay for a coffee, please consider parking in the streets around the campus on both sides of Prospect Road, being sure to observe any parking restrictions, and make a short walk to the school. The school gates will remain open until 10.15am on the first day.

Tuesday 31 January

All remaining students return

*The above back-to-school information has also been sent to all families via SEQTA.