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Your school

Long ago most kids did not have the chance to go to school, so they never learned to read or write. Unfortunately there are still many kids around the world who are not able to go to school, or can only go for a few years.

In countries like Australia every child has the right to be educated, wherever he or she lives. There are state schools, private schools, special schools, boarding schools and online education [for kids whose home is too far away from the nearest school]. Most kids go to a school near to where they live.
 
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Going to school is not just about learning lessons and doing homework.

Check out our topic Your school and then try this quiz to test your learning skills.

Use the words from this list to fill in the blanks in the sentences:
       reading, rules, listen, learn, school, values, skills, safe, people, problems

  • You learn lots of ------ that you will be able to use all your life, eg ------- and writing, maths, computing, and science. 
  • You learn how to get on with other ------.
  • You learn about following school ----- which help to keep your school a ---- and happy place for everyone.
  • You learn about ------.
  • Communication is about being able to talk to others, to tell what you have learned, to explain your ideas, to solve -------- to think clearly and logically, and to ------.
  • School is a good place to ----- how to work together. 
  • Enjoy your days at school. If you waste your time at ------ it is your life that you are wasting.

Answers to this quiz

Making friends

girl friends/boy friends 

Life is lonely and boring if you have no friends, especially at school.

  • Some people find it hard to make friends.
  • Some people seem to make friends quickly and fall out with them just as quickly!
 

Read  Making friends to get some tips on how to make and keep friends. Then try this quiz.

Read these sentences about friendship and decide whether they are true or false

1. Accept people as they are. You can like other people even if you don't agree with everything they say or do.
2. Friends tell lies about each other.
3. Best friends can’t have any other friends.
4. If you want to be a friend then ask people about their interests. Don’t talk all the time.
5. Friends listen to each other.
6. Friends have to do everything together.
7. Friends look after each other
8. You have to work at friendship.
9. You can be friends with different people in and out of school.
10. You can be best friends as soon as you meet someone.

Answers to this quiz

School counsellors

  • All kids have problems at times, even the really clever, sporty or popular kids!
  • When we have problems we usually talk to someone we trust.
 
counselling 
 

  • Do you have a group of trusted adults? Trusted adults may be mum, dad or whoever cares for you at home. You may include other family members in this group.
  • At school you can talk to your school counsellor and teacher and get help to work through what is worrying you. Check out About school counsellors to find out how they can help you with problems at school. If you look at the topic on school counsellors you will find a lot of ‘Related topics’ at the right side of the page.

Also have a look at the topic Counselling - when you need to talk about it. At the end of this topic there is a list of organisations which can help kids and families if they are having problems.

We often hear about young people becoming so upset and stressed that they harm themselves. Instead of doing a quiz about School counsellors, maybe you could look out for kids who are always alone in the playground, kids who are upset, being bullied, need some help, are struggling with school work, don’t have any lunch etc.

You could be a kind person and try to help.

  • Talk to your teacher about what you have noticed.
  • Talk to your school counsellor.
  • Go with the person to talk to a teacher or counsellor.
  • Keep an eye out for anyone being bullied. Have a look at the topic Are you a bystander to bullying?
  • Dob in a bully. Be an active bystander and help to stop bullying.

Have you some ideas about what to do?

Then have a look at these Ideas about school counsellors that are lists in the Answers section of this topic.

Tests and exams

Do you like doing tests?

  • Lots of kids do because it helps them to know how well they are learning and what they need to improve.
  • Some kids hate them and some get really stressed about them.

You need to know that teachers use tests to help them to help you. They want to help you to be the best you can be. They understand that some kids are scared of tests and get so stressed that they make mistakes or get into a panic. That’s why they practise doing tests with you.

They teach you what to look out for when looking at the questions.

You can help yourself by looking at this topic Tests and exams.

Then try this quiz to see what you have learned to help you when you have to do a test.

See if you can answer these questions

  • What is literacy?
  • What is numeracy?
  • What does comprehension mean?
  • What do you have to do in an oral test or exam?
  • What can you do if you don’t understand something?
  • Read the section on “How to prepare” in the topic Tests and exams. How many of these tips are you doing already?
  • What advice would you give to kids who get into a panic when they have to do a test or exam? 

Answers to this quiz

Answers to quizzes and questions

Answers for quiz on your school

  • You learn lots of skills that you will be able to use all your life, eg reading and writing, maths, computing, and science.
  • You learn how to get on with other people.
  • You learn about following school rules which help to keep your school a safe and happy place for everyone.
  • You learn about values.
  • Communication is about being able to talk to others, to tell what you have learned, to explain your ideas, to solve problems to think clearly and logically, and to listen.
  • School is a good place to learn how to work together.
  • Enjoy your days at school. If you waste your time at school it is your life that you are wasting.

How did you go? Did you get 7/7?

Answers for quiz on making friends

1. Accept people as they are. You can like other people even if you don't agree with everything they say or do. True
2. Friends tell lies about each other. False
3. Best friends can’t have any other friends. False
4. If you want to be a friend then ask people about their interests. Don’t talk all the time. True
5. Friends listen to each other. True
6. Friends have to do everything together. False
7. Friends look after each other. True
8. You have to work at friendship. True
9. You can be friends with different people in and out of school. True
10. You can be best friends as soon as you meet someone. False

 
friends 

Answers for Ideas about School counsellors

1. Have you made a list of ‘trusted adults’? People you can go to if you are worried, afraid or upset?
2. Did you find out about school counsellors in your school? Who to see, where to go, how to make a time?
3. Do you know how to deal with bullying? If you, or a friend, are being bullied or you see someone being bullied? Our topics on bullying may be helpful. This is the list of these topics 
4. Do you know how to check out the organisations which can help you online if you are really worried about something and are not sure who to ask for help? Look for organisations near wherever you live by typing ‘help for kids’ – and your ‘country’ in your Search engine.

Here is a list of some organisations in Australia which you can contact by phone or online at any time.

Answers for quiz about Tests and exams

  • What is literacy? Reading and writing
  • What is numeracy? Mathematics
  • What does comprehension mean? Understanding what you hear, read or see.
  • What do you have to do in an oral test or exam? Say the answers or have a conversation.
  • What can you do if you don’t understand something you are learning? Ask for help from the teacher.

Now read the section on “How to prepare” in the topic Tests and exams.

How many of these tips are you doing already?

  • 8-11 — excellent you are really setting yourself up for success!
  • 5 to 7 – You’ve made a good start
  • Below 5 - try more ideas in the topic Tests and exams to find out which work best for you.

What advice would you give to kids who get into a panic when they have to do a test or exam? 

Our topic on “Getting clever” may be helpful to any of you who find you are having problems keeping up with schoolwork.

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