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As the school year draws to a close, learners are preparing for the next stage of their academic adventure. For Grade 7 learners, this means finishing primary school as seniors and beginning high school back down the ladder.
For the most part, we adults have long forgotten this experience and all that came with it. For example, do you remember how you built up high school in your head leading up to your first day? Can you recall the thoughts and emotions with finishing up with grade 7?
Speaking with various students, we refresh your memory by showcasing their views on the subject.
Siphiwokuhle Tshifhiwa Qwabe – St Dominics Newcastle
As his primary school career comes to an end, Siphiwokuhle explains, “I am looking forward to finding my limit in every curriculum. Basically, I want to go over my boundaries and explore what the world has for me.”
He does, however, hold reservations about the strenuous nature of high school life. He says his concerns involve, “Having to act like someone you’re not. Having to act like you the cool kid in every situation and being forced by people to do something that you’re not comfortable with.”
Despite this, Siphiwokuhle goes on to say that high school is a place where he may realise his full potential. This coupled with discovering who and what he is and how he plans to improve the world. However, Siphiwokuhle affirms that he will miss his primary school years, particularly his teachers.
“I am going to miss arriving at the screening gate, and just being greeted by my teachers and my fellow classmates, the love and caring that people have for each other in primary school and how you can just be yourself without being judged, bullied, or discriminated.”
Preparing for high school, Siphiwokuhle states, “Being in primary school has taught me a lot of things. It has educated me about life and about the realities of things.”
Furthermore, he emphasises that primary school taught him that making mistakes helps you obtain more significant results and grow stronger. “So, I want to implement this in my high school years and use it to my fullest advantage to tell myself that even if I don’t do well in something it’s not the end of the world.”
Zivha Maharaj – St Dominics Newcastle
Zivha is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life as her primary school experience comes to a close. “I’m excited to learn new things, meet new people, and create memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
However, one of her main concerns is that she will have to work much harder. “But I am open to any challenges,” she declares.
“I will definitely start taking my schoolwork more seriously and focus on how I treat and respect others. I also want to do more to help those in our community. I hope that in the future I can look back at my high school memories with happiness.”
As she plans to enhance herself in high school, Zivha adds, “There are many things I will miss from my primary school days, from my teachers to my friends who will be leaving us this year. High school will come with many responsibilities that I will be new to, but as I said I am ready for any challenges. Yes, I will miss the past, but I am more excited for what could be in my future.”
Amahle Mbatha – St Dominics Newcastle
Amahle says she’s looking forward to learning in a fresh and different atmosphere as her high school career approaches. She’s also looking forward to the prospect of trying new things.
Furthermore, Amahle, on the other hand, is apprehensive about how she will adjust to diverse situations in the future of her academic career.
“It signifies that I am entering a new different period in life and learning how to adapt to things being more complex than they were before,” says Amahle.
With this in mind, she emphasises how much she will miss her primary school teachers and some of her friends. “I’ll miss the activities we did as well.” She is, nevertheless, ready for the next stage of her life.
“I inquired about my older relatives’ high school experiences and how they overcame any obstacles they encountered.”
She goes on to say that she has also sought their advice when she has required it.
Jared Naicker – St Dominics Newcastle
“Since I am going to a new high school, I am looking forward to exploring new relationships with new teachers and building new friendships. I am also very enthusiastically waiting to play for their cricket team and hoping my talent will be recognised.”
On the other hand, Jared is apprehensive about the unknown as he begins a new high school.
“I am unsure about any specific rules. The school I am going to is much bigger, with lots more students, so I am concerned about blending in with new people.”
When asked what high school means to him, Jared says that he believes it entails a lot more studying and less fun after witnessing his sister in her matric year. Moreover, Jared admits that he will miss certain aspects of primary school life as he prepares to study and form new relationships at his new school.
“I will miss my two most favorite teachers, Mr. Joubert and Mr. Marilliar. These teachers have played an integral part in developing my character and I will surely miss them dearly.”
Despite being scared and worried about his high school life, Jared will not let this hold him back. “I have a positive mindset towards achieving new goals and exploring new adventures.”
Kyden Ward – Curro Mount Richmore
In terms of the future, Kyden says he’s looking forward to meeting new people and learning the ropes of high school.
He does, however, express anxiety that the workload in high school will be so excessive that he will fall behind in his studies. Something that might prevent him from participating in sports.
Regardless, Kyden emphasises that high school is extremely important to him. This is because high school is a location where he will be able to determine where he wants to go in life and where he will receive knowledge about his future.
Additionally, Kyden says he’s looking forward to finding new strategies to overcome hurdles and meet new friends as he prepares for high school. However, as he looks ahead to his future, Kyden says one of the things he will miss about primary school is playing touch rugby during break.
Ethan Twigg – Curro Mount Richmore
“I am mostly looking forward to new experiences, learning new things and meeting new people.” However, he adds that he is concerned that he might not fit in, make more friends, or deal with the new schoolwork.
Nevertheless, Ethan explains that high school means a new start for him. “I would like to do better in my subjects, to meet new people and a new version of me.” As for preparing for this new phase in his life, Ethan explains that he has set his sights on developing as a person. “I will improve every single day, and not stress but rather allow myself to learn lessons.”
As Ethan sets his sights on the future, he points out that there are facets of primary school that he will miss.
“I am going to miss all my friends because I know next year, I won’t see them again because they are all leaving. I will also miss the teachers and all the memories I made.”
Chantel Molwana – Curro Mount Richmore
While Chantel is anxious about the workload and stress of high school, she is looking forward to making new friends and meeting new teachers. “It implies a fresh chapter and turning over a new leaf for a better me,” Chantal says.
However, on the other hand, Chantal acknowledges that she will miss her primary school teachers.
Kaila Talanda – Curro Mount Richmore
As she braces herself for high school, Kaila enthuses, “I am mostly looking forward to new opportunities, new friends, and having some fun.”
With this in mind, she says she is concerned about the workload involved in high school. “High school life, to me, means big decisions of what I want to do one day, God showing me the way he has prepared for me and enjoying my time there.”
Additionally, Kaila emphasises that she intends to have a strong relationship with God to ensure she is guided through the thick and thin, not only in high school but for the rest of her life.
As Kaila puts her faith in God, there are facets of primary school that she will miss. “I think I will miss all the younger grades, since I’ve made good friends with a lot of them this year. I think I will also miss all the amazing teachers that taught me this year.”
The Newcastillian – Online News wishes Grade 7 students all the best as they prepare for the future. Don’t stress; we all made it through high school, and so will you!
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