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Welcome from the Academic Captains

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Week 1,
Term One, 2016

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Welcome back to the New Year! I hope you all had an amazing holiday, whether you travelled somewhere exciting or just relaxed at home. Kenta Arichi and I (Catherine Gerrard) are your Academic Captains for 2016 and we will be writing an article each week about various things like studying, school life, and generally interesting topics about the world.

Even though you may be scared to go back to school or to start a new year, you need to know there is nothing to worry about. For Year 7s, it might be daunting to come into Senior School and for the first time in a while you are the youngest. But don’t panic! Everyone around you is in the same position, and everyone above you has experienced this same feeling. All the new classes and teachers may be overwhelming, but you will soon get used to it and there are plenty of people to ease into it. If you have any questions, concerns or queries, talk to Mrs Rowe or your Year 7 Captains, Reuben Mansell and Vanessa Chuah.

For everyone else, coming back to school might be hard after spending the whole holidays staying up until 3.00am and then sleeping in until midday. However, it is important to get motivated and ready for the new school year. Here are a few tips to encourage yourself to start the new year with a positive attitude:

  • Get organised – buy yourself new stationery to ensure you have a fully stocked pencil case, and buy new exercise books to start afresh this year.
  • Colour code – assign a different colour for things of different importance in your work. For example, use a pink highlighter for formulas you need to remember, or a blue highlighter for definitions. This way when it comes time to start studying, it will be easier to find the information you need.
  • Make sure you have leisure time – you will burn out if you spend all of your time studying and no time relaxing. Ensure you leave at least half an hour each day to do things for yourself, like listening to music, browsing the internet or doing exercise.
  • Get involved – try something new, join a committee, start a new activity. Most of the time, what you remember about school isn’t the classes you had, but the stuff you did voluntarily outside of school time. You will meet lots of people and teachers with similar interests to you and you will definitely have fun learning a new skill or trying something interesting.

Last of all, don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you are feeling overwhelmed at any state or just need some advice, talk to a teacher, your Head of House, PC Tutor or any of the Year 12 students and they will be happy to help you. I hope you have an awesome year!

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