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Year 7 and 8s ready to join the big kids

THOUSANDS of children starting Year 7 will join new Year 8s at high schools across Queensland as one of the state's biggest changes to education kicks off in 2015.

This is the first time Year 7 is the first grade of secondary education in all schools.

With their books newly covered, bags packed and uniforms neatly ironed, many children are anticipating that first day of school with glee.

But Kids Helpline general manager Wendy Protheroe is reminding people some kids find attending new schools or starting new grades scary and frustrating.

She said transitioning through school stages is an important part of a child's development.

"This is the time that sets a bar in terms of how children develop coping strategies, problem-solving skills and ways of seeing and understanding the world outside of their family," Ms Protheroe said.

"They may be starting Prep, their first year of senior school or going into Year 12. Whatever the stage, it can sometimes be overwhelming with new challenges and uncertainties."

As Australia's only national 24/7 counselling and support service for young people, Kids Helpline can help with a range of issues, from making friends to starting high school.

The service is encouraging parents to make themselves available to their children to provide support for them while they start back at school.

Planning lunches, having uniforms ready and possibly visiting the school with children before the first day are other tips from Kids Helpline.

People aged from five to 25 years can phone the helpline on 1800 55 1800 oro to


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