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Back to school! 3 ideas to welcome new students warmly
It’s ‘back to school’ time again, but are you ready to welcome new students and help them settle in quickly?
Today, we’ll take a look at some of the best school equipment for putting new starters at ease and helping them concentrate on their studies.
Equipment that can help you welcome new students
Whatever your age, starting a new school is a major change that’s often tinged with apprehension. But, there are many things you can do to make your school a more welcoming environment.
Here are just some of the ways to set up your school to welcome new students:
1) School lockers
School lockers are just plain old metal boxes, right? Not even close! School lockers are a little haven of privacy and personalisation in a sea of new sights, sounds and smells.
Give your new starters a locker and you’ll provide them with a safe space to store valuables and personal items. This will give them peace of mind, meaning they won’t have to worry about losing their (often valuable) things, or about other students finding things they might not want them to see.
They’re also a great space for unleashing a bit of creativity in an unfamiliar world of uniforms and school bells. Students can use their lockers to put up photos, magnets or decorations to make them feel a little more at home.
2) Hand dryers
All sorts of things are new and potentially scary when students first start school.
However, one thing that many schools don’t think about is their hand dryers. Although primary school kids have probably come across them before, chances are they haven’t used them without a little help.
Choose child-friendly hand dryers to prevent them fearing these machines. ‘Puff the Magic Dryer’ is designed for children under 12. This dryer is a softer option that cuts out loud, sudden noises and introduces a fun character that will help reassure your new starters.
3) Washing machines
Even if your school has uniforms, the clothes your students wear can make them feel like they’re out of their comfort zone.
Having on-site laundry facilities gives you the option to help out kids from less fortunate backgrounds, making sure they’ve always got access to clean uniforms. This approach can help reduce bullying, and studies from the US show it can increase attendance in the long-term, too.
Settling into a boarding school is an even bigger prospect, with kids away for months at a time. Fresh laundry – uniforms, leisure-wear, bedding and everything else – gives them a much-needed dash of home comfort.
Use these handy tips to welcome new students and start the year off on the right foot!
Is your school ready to roll again come the end of the summer hols? Make sure you’ve got all you need for the return to school by calling on the friendly team at Utility Rentals.