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I have recently entered year 10. Everybody thinks that when they join high school or comprehensive school, that they are just going to be able to mess around for the 5 years that they are there. Including myself. I have just had a big culture shock in the way that the amount of pressure you are put under when entering year 10 is ridiculous. You go from year 9 minding your own business just getting by in lessons and having a laugh, to year 10 where the minute you enter a classroom the teacher is breathing down your neck about your GCSEs, and it is stressful. I am writing this to vent my opinions and I just want to give some advice from a personal experience. Teenagers need to start buckling down when they get to comp or high school and listening in class, even doing their homework, because if they don’t and they just mess around, life becomes very hard for them. They may be sat at the back of the class knowing nothing trying to blame it on the teachers and how rubbish they are, but in reality it’s not the teachers fault as they have already taught them all of the information they need to know for their exams in year 7, 8, and 9 but they couldn’t be bothered to listen.
Speaking from experience, there are many things young teenagers don’t know before going to comprehensive school, like:
They don’t need to buy folders for all of their lessons as they’re not doing their GCSEs just yet, even though they tell their parents on the last day of the holidays that they need one for all 12 subjects that they are doing.
Another one is that they need a whole new stationary kit including pens, pencils, colouring pens, rubbers. Although they do need a pen, pencil, ruler and a rubber, there’s no need to go overboard as they just won’t need it; all you really need is a pen to do your work unless they are going to start writing in bubble writing.
The last thing is that they don’t need snazzy new trainers to go to school in, like Nike Air Force or a pair of Vans, because if people aren’t liking them for their personality they are not really a very nice friend. Furthermore, your child is only get to get a referral because of their shoes as they probably won’t meet “school guidelines”; this then will cost you even more money on new shoes from Clark’s or Shoe Zone and if you don’t put this right they are going to be put in isolation or sent home because their shoes will some how be “distracting other people’s learning”.
I’ve never really found the right balance of going back to school after a long break. By this, I mean half of your friends have said to you, “let’s meet up this summer,” and the other half are slightly off with you for constantly cancelling plans because you just want “one more lie in,” but this eventually turns into the whole six weeks of you mooching about the house eating all of the food and your mum becoming angrier by the day that there are never any of the “nice biscuits” left, when in fact you know there are no biscuits left because you are every single one of them.
Despite all of this, I just want to say that the first day of high school or comprehensive school is the start of a new beginning, and you make friends that are probably going to stick by you for the rest of your life. You may even go on trips abroad with your school, bringing you closer to people you never thought you would talk to, but when you do start talking to them you find out that they are really nice people and you regret not talking to them before.