Back to school, kids
It’s school time again! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over.
Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school.
Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.
The First Day
Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you’ll be doing that year.
Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class.
When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you’ll know what’s allowed and what’s not.
Pay close attention so you’ll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.
You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day. But it’s a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don’t.
Make the first move and you’ll be glad you did and so will your new friend.
Moving to High School?
When you drive past the school, it looks huge! But really it isn’t.
You’re probably thinking, ‘how will I remember where my classes are?’, ‘what if I forgot my locker combination?’ or ‘what will people think of me?’
The secret is, don’t stress about anything. Take each day as it comes.
Your teachers know that this is a big change from primary to secondary school and will help you adjust.
Most year 7s have gotten used to being the ‘big’ kids of the school.
But you’re not them anymore. You are starting from the bottom again.
Which means (just like the younger years do to you), you respect your elders, that includes students and teachers.
The first day of school is your first chance to find your way around a new school, or learn the pathways to new classes in your old school.
It’s a lot to learn in one day, so don’t be surprised if you need a reminder or two.
It might help to write a few notes to yourself, so you’ll remember the important stuff, like your locker combination and that lunch starts at 12:30, not 12:10.
Before you know it, your fingers will fly as you open your locker and you won’t have to check your notes to know what time lunch starts.
A Bad Start?
What if you hate school by the end of day one?
Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort themselves out — once you know your way around the building and get adjusted to the new routine, you’ll probably feel better.
If those feelings don’t fade, talk to your mum, dad, teacher, or school counselor.
Here are a few final tips for a great school year:
Get enough sleep.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
Try your best.
Use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time.
Take your time with schoolwork. If you don’t understand something, ask the teacher.