en españolLa vuelta a la escuela
It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.
The First Day
Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class.
When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you'll know what's allowed and what's not. Pay close attention so you'll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.
You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day. But it's a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don't. Make the first move and you'll be glad you did and so will your new friend!
Moving to Middle School?
Sixth grade often signals a move to middle school or junior high, where you'll find lockers and maybe a homeroom. This is just what it sounds like — a classroom you'll go to each morning, kind of like your home in the school. In middle school, you might move from classroom to classroom for each subject. Your teachers know that this is a big change from elementary school and will help you adjust.
Most teachers let you pick your own seat on the first day, but by the second or third morning, they'll have mapped out a seating plan. At first, it's a good idea to write down where your seat is in your notebook so you don't forget.
Feeling Good on Day One
Seeing friends you haven't seen in a while can make the first day a good one. You also can make the day feel special by wearing an outfit you like. Maybe you got a great T-shirt on vacation, or your new sneakers put a spring in your step. If you wear a uniform, you might wear a favorite watch, a new hair band, or a piece of jewelry to show your personal style.
It can make you feel good to be prepared and have all the supplies you need. Some schools distribute supply lists before the year begins, so you can come stocked up on pencils, folders, and whatever else you'll be needing. Once you've covered the basics, you might tuck an extra few dollars in your backpack for an emergency (like forgetting your lunch money). Or maybe you'd like to bring along a book or magazine to read while you're on the bus.
Whatever you put in your backpack, make sure you pack it the night before. This prevents the morning panic when you can't find your homework or lunch box. Speaking of lunch, that's something else that can help you feel good at school — whether it's the first day or the 100th day. Help your parents pack it the night before if you don't like what's on the menu at the cafeteria. Try to include a variety of foods in your packed lunch, especially fruits and vegetables.
The first day of school is your first chance to find your way around a new school, or learn the pathways to new classes in your old school. It's a lot to learn in one day, so don't be surprised if you need a reminder or two.
It might help to write a few notes to yourself, so you'll remember the important stuff, like your locker combination and that lunch starts at 11:43, not 12:10. Before you know it, your fingers will fly as you open your locker and you won't have to check your notes to know what time lunch starts!
A Bad Start?
What if you hate school by the end of day one? Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort themselves out — once you know your way around the building and get adjusted to the new routine, you'll probably feel better. If those feelings don't fade, talk to your mom, dad, teacher, or school counselor.
Here are a few final tips for a fantastic school year:
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Try your best.
- Use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time.
- Take your time with school work. If you don't understand something, ask the teacher.
- Keep a sense of humor. One teacher we know shows his new students a picture of himself graduating high school — a grinning ape in a red graduation cap and gown. This usually makes the kids laugh, and it's a good way to remind them that school is fun!
The safety of a child is always close to a parent’s mind, particularly when entrusting the care of their child to someone else, as is the case when thousands of children travel on school buses every school day. That’s why it’s a comfort to know that children travelling by bus are in safe hands.
At Busways we care about the safety of all children, particularly those inside and around our buses. Safety is the responsibility of everyone – drivers, students and parents.
Our experienced drivers are trained to provide a safe and friendly service to our passengers.
Busways ensures the safety and quality of services by:
- Employing experienced, qualified drivers.
- Providing appropriate training for all employees.
- Maintaining high standards in fleet maintenance.
- Developing and enforcing appropriate policies and procedures.
- Offering School Bus Safety Training Program to all schools.
BUS TRAVEL = SAFE TRAVEL
Bus travel is the safest form of land based travel in Australia.
School children aged between 5 and 16 years, travelling to and from school, are substantially safer travelling by bus than other modes of transport.
According to studies undertaken by the Institute of Transport and Logistical Studies, the University of Sydney, travelling to school by bus is 4.4 times safer than walking, 55 times safer than riding a bicycle, 9 times safer than riding a motorbike and 1.38 times safer than being driven in the family car.
The Road Fatalities Australia 2002 Statistical Summary (by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau) found that bus passengers represented only 0.019% of the 3452 road fatalities occurring on Australian roads between 2001 and 2002. Of the 1085 NSW road fatalities, only 28 involved buses.
SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
The bus journey is safest when care is also taken before and after riding the bus, which is when most accidents occur. Talking with your child about safe behaviour in traffic areas on a regular basis can build their confidence and help them to feel secure. One of the best ways to keep your child safe is to practice how to cross the road safely especially before boarding and after leaving the bus.
Please make sure your child understands the safety procedure below:
- WAIT on the footpath until the bus has driven away – choose the safest place to cross.
- WATCH until there is no traffic or the traffic has stopped.
- WALK across the road, turning your head both ways to look and listen for traffic.
Other ways you can assist your child to become a safer bus traveller include:
- Arrange for an adult to accompany your child to and from the bus stop.
- Wait for your child on the same side of the road as the stopping bus.
- Never call for your child to cross the road to meet you.
- Discuss what to do should your child miss the bus or catch the wrong one.
A Student Code of Conduct has been developed by NSW for Transport to ensure students are aware of their responsibilities while travelling on our buses.
To view Busways' safety brochure which provides information about school bus safety and some simple steps to help children remain safe whilst travelling to and from school, click here
SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS IN SCHOOL ZONES
Drivers play an important role in keeping these areas safe for students and pedestrians.
While in school zones please:
- Observe the 40km speed limit.
- Stop for pedestrians at children’s crossings and follow the directions of crossing guards.
- Proceed cautiously around buses with flashing lights.
- Never stop or park in a school bus zone.
- Never stop or park near a children’s crossing.
- Always use designated drop-off areas.