Monday 4 September 2017


Anxious about starting secondary school? Reader Katie has just finished Year Seven, so who better to share her tips on how to make it all go smoothly?

1/ Secondary school can feel like a big step, but focus on the positives not the negatives... it helps!

2/ Meet up with your friends to talk about it - you won't be the only one feeling nervous and together you can share ideas for making it all go smoothly!

3/ If you have an older brother or sister in high school, now is the time to ask for their advice and have a serious chat about how best to handle things.

4/ Be prepared. You have all summer to get uniform, gym kit and stationery sorted, so don't leave it to the last minute... you'll feel less stressed if you know it's all in order.

5/ Try to get a good night's sleep the night before you start - and sit down for a good breakfast, too. You have a big day ahead, make sure you're ready for it!

6/ Fix a smile on your face and be open, chatty and friendly to everyone. You need new friends, even if you're starting school with friends from primary, so be as friendly as you can be.

7/ Remember that it takes a while to really get to know someone, so give yourself time before trusting those new mates with your deepest, darkest secrets... a month or two in, you'll know who is a true friend and who isn't.

8/ If you are still unsure and nervous a few days in, talk to your friends and parents and get those worries out in the open so they can be sorted. Your form tutor is a good source of help and support at this point, too.

9/ School is what you make it. Don't fall into the trap of playing class clown - try hard in all your classes. You're there to learn, and if you forget that, it's your own future that will suffer.

10/ HAVE FUN!!!

Cathy says:
Excellent tips from Katie - I hope they help! If you've already done Year Seven, what would YOUR tips for new starters be? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!

1 comment:

  1. Wow
    These tips are really good
    I think the main worry is making friends
    But if there is one thing I've learned it's that you will
    Everyone is new to the situation so everyone is willing to make new friends
    Just be chatty when someone asks something and you can start a conversation going
    It's a lot scarier before you start
    But once you are settled you will love it!
    Good luck to any year sevens!
    I'm in year 10
    Love from Aaliyah xxx



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