Moving to high school is a big change, especially when you live in the countryside and have been going to a really small primary school with only a few other children.
This week on the blog, 12 year old Luke from Shetland shares his feelings about moving on to high school from his rural primary school, which has just 2 teachers and 23 pupils. I was looking for a good picture to go with this blog, and couldn’t resist including this one from the Visit Scotland website of ponies in Shetland wearing jumpers!
Anyway… here is Luke’s blog:
“There were only 2 people in Primary 7 at the beginning of last year, then 2 other kids from a bigger school on Mainland Scotland came to join us. So now the 4 of us will be going up to high school together. We will be in 2 different classes at high school although I am glad that I will still be in the same class as my best friend.
At our primary school you get to know everyone really well. In the early years when I was very little it was great that everyone from P1 to P7 was involved with all the activities together. But now that I am in Primary 7 and the oldest, I am looking forward to having more friends my own age to play with and get to know. I am also really looking forward to having more than 1 teacher and a bigger range of subjects. I think science and woodwork should be interesting. At a little school it is difficult to do sports. We can’t play team sports because there are not enough people and for things like athletics and sports days as there is not enough competition. We can join up with other small schools for competitions but it is not the same and does not happen often enough. I really like sports so I am looking forward to PE at the high school and the chance to compete against people my own age.
One thing that will be different, and maybe not so good, is having to get up much earlier to catch the school bus. Because we live in the country, the bus has to pick us up really early at quarter to eight in the morning. I am not worried about the journey which should be quite good fun. My big brother and cousin get the bus and I will know everyone else on the bus from our area.
All in all I am really looking forward to High School and leaving primary school behind.”
A big thank you to Luke for sharing his views on the blog, here’s wishing you all the best for high school.
Need advice about moving to a new school? Check out this Enquire guide. It looks at the mixed feelings that young people have about starting at a new school, gives tips on how to get ready for the big move and explains how it will be different from your primary school.
For other blog posts about moving schools, remember that you can select the blog category on the right ‘changing or leaving school’.