Being the ‘new kid’ is always a scary prospect. Whether your child is new to a school, new to Singapore, or simply fearing the unknown, the hope to be accepted into their new “place” is never easy. Check out these helpful hints on tips for new kids on the block.
1. Kill Them with Kindness
It goes without saying, but people are drawn to nice people. Everyone enjoys the company of someone who is kind. Show kindness to everyone. Be kind to your peers, older students, younger students, your teachers, cafeteria volunteers, and everyone you come into contact with and you will find yourself with more friends than you know what do with.
2. Patience is a Virtue
It takes time to adjust. You may get lost, you may forget names, or you may struggle with the language. That’s ok. There’s no need to rush the transition. You will have great days and rough days and everything in between. Don’t expect yourself to be fully integrated after the first week or month of school.
3. Find Your Flock
Many schools offer an amazing assortment of after school activities. Look through the list and sign up for anything and everything that catches your eye. Making friends is often easiest when you are surrounded by other people who share similar interests. If you like art, go find your fellow artists!
4. Hometown Pride
You have your own unique background and history. Be proud of your experiences and where you come from. They help make you someone worth knowing and being friends with.
5. Ask. Ask. Ask.
Everyone knows you’re new so use this time to ask as many questions as possible. The teachers and school staff are eager to help you transition and succeed and are ready to answer any question you have. Ask your peers for advice about classes, activities, and things to do in your new home. It will help you gain greater perspective and provides others the opportunity to be helpful.
Tips from SAS Elementary School counsellors on how to help your child overcome anxiety around being the new kid on the block!
New kids near and far!
With Singapore's transient community, it's important to stay in touch with friends. We have countless ways to easily stay in touch with our friends. Moving away does not mean saying good-bye forever. Keep in touch through social media or through Skype and keep your friendships going.