Starting high school can be a difficult time for students. Watch this video with your students and discuss the suggested tips to help them with the transition. Use the video as an orientation activity, or share it with students in the first few weeks of high school.

Year level



20 minutes


In class activity

Take away activity

Year assembly activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students will learn strategies to help them start high school.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to help them cope with starting high school.

Materials needed

  • Access to video: Tips for starting high school

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes (AC9HP8P02)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Reflecting

  • Inquiring

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

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Activity 1

Starting high school video

20 minutes

  1. Show students the video: Tips for starting high school.

  2. Ask students:

    • How do you feel about starting high school?

    • How can we help each other when we are starting something new?

    • How could the strategies suggested in the video help us?


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Reassure students that it's normal to feel nervous and unsure about starting high school. There are different things they can try that could help them feel more comfortable and confident. If students are struggling to cope, remind them of the support available at the school and how this could be accessed.


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