Important Skills for School and Life

You only get one chance to make a first impression

The staff of Willetton Senior High School have compiled a list of attributes that aid the transition of students into high school and life.

We realise that many students, with the help of their parents, families and past teachers have already mastered most, if not all of the social and practical skills listed. However, we feel that this kind of check list would give incoming students a better understanding of the requirements and behaviours needed when entering high school for the first time.

Social Skills

Manners are a valuable commodity. Remembering to say please, thank you, excuse me, opening doors will take you a long way

  • Give a firm hand shake and look people in the eye
  • Be aware that bad language in public may offend and is unacceptable
  • Understand the difference between formal and vernacular (slang) language and when to use them
  • Be environmentally conscious
  • Be polite and listen when others are speaking
  • Be open and accepting of cultural differences
  • Wait for people to leave a room/bus before entering
  • Don’t share your germs - if you have a cold, bring your own tissues with you, if it is severe do not come to school
  • Put your rubbish in the bin
  • Move with care around the school – do not run in crowded areas
  • Avoid moving around in large groups – it can sometimes be seen as intimidating
  • Be able to work as part of a team - learn to wait your turn
  • Listen and follow instructions
  • Accept responsibility ie don’t blame others
  • Speak quietly – don’t always expect to be the centre of attention
  • Respect other people’s belongings
  • Be strong – don’t follow others if they are going to break the rules
  • Play cool, stay cool, keep your cool
  • Be prepared to forgive – it is the glue that repairs broken friendships
  • Learn to say sorry – someone has to take the first step
  • Stand up for someone who is being treated unfairly
  • Make a good first impression
  • Wherever you are – be there – participate!
  • Try before you ask – have a go!
  • Be resilient – few things are so bad they can’t be fixed
  • Help your parents as much as possible – they do plenty for you

Practical Skills

  • Make your own breakfast/lunch
  • Address and post a letter
  • Wash and iron a shirt etc and put away the ironing board
  • Sew on a button
  • Clean your room
  • Follow several instructions in order eg read a recipe
  • Make sure you have pen, paper, file, library card etc at school
  • Know how to put things in alphabetical order
  • Put your rubbish in the bin
  • Wash and dry dishes
  • Use a sponge to wipe down a table
  • Sweep a floor with a broom (amazingly many students think it is an item used only in Harry Potter!)
  • Read and listen to instructions when first using new equipment
  • Be able to change clothes quickly for PE
  • Be able to tie a bow on an apron
  • Learn your maths tables
  • Read as often as possible, books, magazines, newspapers
  • Always tell the truth – it will work out better in the long run and it is easier to remember!
  • When watching a performance applaud enthusiastically at the appropriate time, but don’t shout out
  • Remove hats when inside
  • Return borrowed items promptly
  • Keep to the left when walking
  • Be able to give and receive a compliment
  • Be punctual and apologise if you are late
  • Ask for help when needed

 Every Day Skills

  • Know how to catch public transport
  • Get up to your own alarm clock and be punctual
  • Know your address and parent contact numbers
  • Make sure you follow teachers’ instructions
  • Choose to be pleasant and positive
  • Plan to do what you need to do
  • Respect others – treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Check your school bag the night before – be prepared and organised for the next day
  • Ensure your personal hygiene ie showering, brushing teeth, deodorant, fresh clothes 
  • Use the school diary
  • Use a computer

Always remember to Smile