The transition of our students from Year 6 to a range of secondary schools, diverse in population and size, has reinforced to us the value our school has in setting a sound foundation for the young people in our care.
There are countless success stories of transition involving Maharishi School students throughout our school’s history – including when the school was even smaller in number than it is today. Some include children of staff members – or former parents who have become staff members – others are siblings of current students who are now in secondary school. And then we have the young people who stay in touch through our alumni network, via email or phone call and those who return to visit.
The common traits of these children who make a seamless transition into secondary school are:
individuality, confidence, positive self-esteem and outlook, knowing of self, resilience, empathy and care for others, persistence, calmness, well-balanced thought and emotion, an ability to be articulate and socially adept and to handle diversity. There are so many more traits, of course, that reflect each person’s individuality. The advantage of having these traits is that they are most of the key elements that we, as adults, recognise as forming the strong foundation that young people need as they move through the most important stages in their lives – from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. These are the traits that help them make good choices and handle the challenges of peer pressure during their adolescent years.
We all love our children for who they are. Having a happy, well-rounded and balanced child should make any parent beam with delight. It is these children who, as research and anecdotal evidence have shown, are more likely to succeed in life, presuming we all agree about how we should define “success in life”.
We are proud to be part of a school community that values the holistic development of children. There is, in our opinion and experience, too much emphasis today on measuring success by a child’s reading level, their NAPLAN results or eventually, the ATAR score they receive at the end of Year 12. These aspects of learning are undoubtedly important but they do not define us. What should define us all is who we are as people and how we contribute to our world in our own personal and professional capacities.
These are the qualities that contribute to students making a successful transition from primary to secondary school.