I see my daughter sitting on the lounge room couch, hair pulled up into a high ponytail, smartphone in hand and suddenly my breath catches in my chest.
How have the years gone by so fast? How could you, my first born, my baby girl, be ready to take those steps through the high school gates? How can I be ready?
It only felt like yesterday that I was walking you through the doors of your classroom for your first day at primary school. Suddenly you seem so grown up, but yet still so young.
Although I know it’s time. Time to let some of the tethers go and let you explore this world a little more on your own … just a little.
I can’t believe that my family is already at the stage of having to choose a high school!
My eldest daughter is now in her final year of primary school so lately we have been spending some time considering the best school for her to continue her education.
There is so much to keep in mind, particularly at such a young age when she still has so much growth and change ahead of her as she navigates her way through the teenage years and becomes a young adult.
When I started high school, we simply went to the school closest to our home or the same school our older siblings were already attending. I don’t remember touring any schools or being involved in any kind of discussion as to which school I should enrol in.
These days, the choice can be more than a little overwhelming. However, I’ve tried my best to keep the process as simple as possible.
I thought I would share a few tips and some of the thoughts I have kept in mind throughout this decision-making process.