Settling in

We’ve helped hundreds of nervous newcomers settle in, make new friends and begin their exciting St Cuthbert’s journey.  

While starting or changing school can be exciting, we understand it can also be an emotional time – for both girls and parents – and that some settle more quickly than others.

Throughout the settling in process, and her whole St Cuthbert’s journey, she will have the wraparound support of teachers and older girls. Here’s how her first term will look.

Belonging. On her first day she will:

  • Be paired up with a buddy from her homeroom class to help her settle in
  • Have a group of girls from her homeroom class to have lunch with. They will introduce her to some of their favourite break time activities
  • Meet her homeroom teacher and know her homeroom teacher will support and nurture her well-being
  • Be shown where her belongings are kept and get her student diary

Exploration:  During her first week she will:

  • Continue to develop a sense of belonging
  • Make friends and get to know her homeroom teacher
  • Meet her year group teachers and specialist teachers
  • Follow her class timetable with the support of her teacher and classmates as well as moving to specialist classes
  • Be welcomed to share some of her new learning experiences with you at drop off and pick up times

Readiness and Contribution: During her first term she will:

  • Continue to develop supportive friendships with other girls in her whanau team, her House and her year group
  • Feel like she can contribute to the Junior School community whether in her class, her year group, her House and/or her whanau group
  • Continue to have fun
  • Challenge herself by taking up new opportunities in her learning in and our of the classroom

Our care philosophy means we notice what’s going on in your daughter’s life. Is she happy, does she have friends, how does she best learn?