In August, as students creep closer to accepting the inevitability that school is just around the corner, anticipatory back-to-school fretting kicks in.
While our littlest ones may find it both exciting and anxiety-provoking, they may also be apprehensive about taking on more responsibility and independence. Spending recess in a new environment, meeting new friends, and adapting to a new social setting all prove to be challenging at this stage of schooling. They may describe their anxiety as “butterflies in my tummy.” They may not have much of an appetite in those days leading up to the start of school, and they may take a longer time falling asleep or become clingy. All of these are common symptoms observed by both parents and teachers come September.
For the Middle School students, their reality may be somewhat different; by now, they would have developed a comfortable knowledge of the inner workings of their school, but still they may experience anxiety as September approaches. Not being too sure about the new teacher, new curriculum, and new rules can be overwhelming! Remaining positive and assuring children that all bumps in the road have workable solutions is the best way to deal with the usual September issues. Another problem that Middle School students face is being separated from their class buddies from the previous year. Reassuring them that they can always reconnect outside class hours will probably help them to settle down.
We make every effort to ease these transitional traumas and create a “home away from home” atmosphere at RMS. The first few school days in a child’s life are crucial as students are expected to learn the rules that they will have to follow for the rest of their careers as students. Not only do they learn the ways of a new academic regimen, they are also expected to adjust to a new timetable, teachers, new students, and familiarize themselves with a new school setting. Once they become comfortable and cozy, there is no looking back! By the time October rolls around, at the end of a long and productive day, our student are rarely ready to say goodbye! Parents who once had a hard time leaving their children at the classroom door are often left hanging around in the hallways at the end of a school day, patiently waiting for their children to pack up and say goodbye to their friends. Now that truly speaks to the level of comfort that our students enjoy within the nurturing environment found at Rowntree.