A lovely young follower of ours wrote to us, a little bit anxious about starting secondary school in the morning and asked for our advice! How sweet! 🙂
Making the move from primary school to secondary school is a big deal and it is completely normal to feel a little nervous. But trust us when we say, about two weeks in, you’ll feel like you’ve been there for months!
To calm your nerves a small bit, make sure you are organised the night before, so that nothing will stress you out in the morning. For example –
- Make your lunch.
- Have your uniform ready. Also LABEL your uniform, especially your jumper & jacket, as these are likely to be left behind. They ain’t cheap to replace.
- Have your bag ready with the essentials (Pens, copies, etc.).
- If you already have your timetable, bring the necessary textbooks. If you don’t have your timetable, pack at least your English, Irish and Maths books.
- Be on time. If you are catching a bus, get there early. You don’t want to miss the bus on the first day! Running late will stress you out.
- Go to bed early. You will reeeeeeally tired after your first few days.
On the morning, before you leave, get someone to take a photograph of you. Its a nice memory to have and in a few years you will find it hilarious.
Once your in the door, remember, you are not alone. Everyone is new to the school and everyone is nervous about making friends. If you know a few people from your primary school, great, but don’t be afraid to say hello to others. You might say hello to someone and in 20 years time, you will still be best friends 🙂
On top of meeting lots of new people your own age, you will be starting lots of new subjects and working with a large number of teachers and management, compared to primary school. It will take you a while to remember teachers names and how they run their classroom, but they will also be trying to learn your names and how you learn, so it’s a two-way street. The most important thing you can do (throughout the year) is make sure you are organised for class, have all the necessary materials with you and have your homework done. Get your study off on the right foot by setting out a rough timetable for homework/study that will work for you based around your free time and your other interests, such as football.
On the topic of other interests, choose an extra curricular activity to join in on at school, whether it is choir, basketball or whatever. This will really help you feel part of the greater school community, you’ll get to spend time with your teachers on a more social level and build up a good relationship, and you’ll make friends.
Tell your teachers if you are struggling. They are there to help you. If your school has a mentor system or buddy system in place, you can ask them for help as well.
Last but not least, ENJOY IT! Secondary school days are some of the best days of your life and you will make memories to last a lifetime!
The Shee Side Xx