CHOOS­ING A SCHOOL

Highfields' Own - - EDUCATION - BY DONNA JONES

If you stop for a mo­ment and re­call your school days, you’ll re­alise just how im­por­tant the ex­pe­ri­ences you had at school were for form­ing key facets of your per­son­al­ity.

The right pre-prep, kin­der­garten and pri­mary school for your child can make all the dif­fer­ence when it comes to form­ing the pro­duc­tive, healthy and happy adults they will de­velop into.

The more than 12 years your child will spend in their ba­sic school­ing will have a mas­sive im­pact on their per­son­al­ity, their so­cial skills, how they solve prob­lems and over­come dif­fi­cul­ties, and even how they view the world.

That is why it’s im­por­tant to choose the right fit of school for your child and un­der­stand their poli­cies and pro­to­cols, so you and the school can work to­gether to fur­ther the needs of your child.

By hav­ing an in­sti­tu­tion that shares your sys­tems of be­liefs, you can help to shape and mold your child into a well ad­justed, in­de­pen­dent adult, will­ing to work hard and gain the re­wards of their hard work.

The school will also be able to es­tab­lish your child’s strengths and weak­nesses and find ar­eas where your child will ex­cel and iden­tify where they may need to ap­ply more effort to im­prove.

Help­ing to recog­nise where chil­dren are strug­gling, and help­ing them over­come those dif­fi­cul­ties, can help to show chil­dren ways of over­com­ing ad­ver­sity — a les­son they can take with them into adult­hood.

What­ever your choices, be­ing the sup­port for your child while at school will take up a large por­tion of your life and will give you both mem­o­ries to trea­sure for­ever.

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