On the first day of school, the hallways at Mayfield Secondary School were crowded with more than 400 new grade 9 students, and their parents. For the second year, Mayfield hosted their annual grade 9 orientation and Take Your Parents to School Day to help parents understand the transition into high school.
"It was funny and interesting to see the parents out of their element, a bit confused and asking students for directions," says Jessica, grade 12 student and LINK leader.
As they entered the front doors together, students and parents were quickly separated into their individual groups. Students were led by the school's LINK crew in the gymnasium and parents gathered in the school's auditorium. Parents received an overview of the school, course timetables and the opportunity to navigate the school to meet staff.
"It's just as much of a transition for the parents, as it is for students, so the purpose of is to build stronger, supportive relationships to help ease transition for students," says Jim Kardash, principal at Mayfield Secondary School. "Today will help build empathy in the parents to help them understand some of the challenges their teens face as they enter high school."
After the orientation, families will understand the structure of the school day, how the school operates, and become aware of opportunities that are accessible in order to support their teen.
"The principal provides a timetable and asks us to get to class. It provides us some perspective as to what our students experience on day one, and may experience throughout the school year," says Orlando, parent of a new grade 9 student at Mayfield.
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