If you think you’re not going to make new friends it’s not true. I promise you will. Just say 'hello' to the others in your form and be yourself.
I met what has turned out to be one of my best friends in the first week of secondary school.
When I started school, I put a copy of my timetable up in my room, and highlighted reminders: Monday, PE gear; Tuesday, Food Tech etc., so I don’t forget anything!
Get into a routine for getting homework done when it is set. Try to make sure you have a suitable space to work in. I have a quiet area I use at home so I am not distracted.
I would say try not to worry too much: within hardly anytime you will have settled in.
There's so much going on emotionally getting ready for a new school, if you can organise yourself it’s a big start. I suggest getting coloured folders or plastic wallets to keep the work for each subject together.
Buy an alarm clock. You don't want to be late for school!
I always pack my bag the night before and I have a special key ring for my locker key.
If you are unsure of anything, talk to your Form Tutor. They are there to help you.
You can also speak with one of the Student First Team too - they look after your wellbeing.
I’d also suggest trying out as many activities and clubs as possible as it is a good way to find friends with similar interests and hobbies to you.
When you start school, try and stay confident on the inside and the outside. Everyone is new and in the same boat.
Relax and enjoy it! In no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever, and this time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.
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