While it seems like a long time ago, it is worth considering our new year 8 students and how well they have settled in. One of the main activities organised by the school is their Welcome Service, organised by the RE department in the school.
On Wednesday 12th of October St Louis celebrated its annual Year 8 mass and it was a chance to officially welcome the new pupils, and to acknowledge them as members of our school family. It was also a time for our first years to reflect on their first month at St Louis and how they are settling in here, after all it is a huge change from primary school where you knew everyone to a big school where you might still not know everyone in your own year! Hopefully you are coping with all the new challenges being at big school throws at you, but if not here are some tips to make settling in that little bit easier:
- Get to know everyone in your form class-these are the pupils you are going to spend the next 5 to 7 years of class time with, so making friends with them will make school life a lot easier!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help-teachers are there to help you, so don’t hesitate to ask if there is something you don’t understand! The workload is a huge jump from primary school and it’s very easy to let yourself become overwhelmed. Instead of getting a bad note for incomplete homework, go to the teacher before or after class and ask them to explain it to you, they’ll be happy to help!
- Stay organized-you have a lot more subjects now, and that means a lot more books to carry to and from school. Pack your bag the night before to avoid rushing around in the morning like a headless chicken trying to grab all your books for the day and shoving them in your bag, inevitably forgetting something and earning yourself a dreaded bad note!
- Use your planner-I can’t stress this enough, USE YOUR PLANNER!! It will make staying on top of work so much easier believe me. I know you think you are going to remember what homework you have by the time you get home, trust me, you won’t. Taking a few seconds in class to write down what your teacher asks you to do will save you chasing after your classmates begging them to tell you what the work was.
- Join an extracurricular club-joining a club will not only help you become more integrated in school life, but will allow you to make so many new friends who enjoy the same things you do! With a range of activities on offer, all you have to do is ask your form tutor and choose one that interests you.
- Don’t stress-first year is scary for everyone at first, but hopefully by now you’ve come to see that there’s nothing to be afraid of! Our school is unique in the fact that we have such a friendly and close knit student body, and you’ll easily find somewhere to fit in. First year is a chance to get in to a routine when it comes to school work, and to make friends. Assessments are there to monitor your progress, not have you sitting over your books studying to all hours of the morning. So work hard, but not too hard!
Good luck to all first years and welcome to St Louis. Its cliché but these really are the best years of your life, so make the most of them!