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Posted on November 17th 2020
What Year 7 Boys Say About Starting Secondary School
We're very proud of how Year 7 have settled in since joining us in September, especially in this highly unusual term. We asked six Year 7 boys to tell us a little bit about what it's like to start at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich. Here's what they told us.
Making friends was easy and we play basketball and football and have similar interests.
My favourite subject by far is English because every lesson is really interesting.
When I put my uniform on for the first time it made me feel older because I looked smarter.
I love the library here because I really enjoy reading manga and watching anime. I never expected to have this variety of choices to pick the books we want.
The first time I put the blazer on it felt very weird because I’d never worn a blazer before but now I’m used to it already.
I’m really looking forward to History in the rest of Year 7. It fascinates me because I really enjoy learning about the Romans and Egyptian and Greek gods.
The teachers have helped us settle in and have reassured us and told us very clearly what’s happening because of Covid and where to go. It was really helpful. I like Science because it’s more exciting than primary school and you get to do more things and you have more opportunities to use scientific equipment like microscopes.
Talking to older people before coming to secondary school they were saying things like ‘secondary school is bad’ and ‘you get so much homework’. But when I started it wasn’t as scary as what they had made it out to be. All of the teachers support you, especially through Covid, and they show you what to do.
Walking to school on the first day I was scared about coming into secondary school for the first time but it’s been OK.
On the first day we came in on the Friday and met the form tutor.
There’s not been as many differences between primary and secondary as I thought there might be.
I was really nervous on my first day because of how different secondary school is to primary. You go back to being the youngest in the school, but making friends was good as I had some of my best friends coming from my old school.
I feel I’ve fitted in really well.
My favourite subject is Art. I really enjoyed doing art in primary school but there it was mainly about craft and pastels but now I’m learning how to cross-hatch and shade so it’s more challenging and more fun. I found settling in to Harris Boys’ quite easy because I came in, I sat down, and I just talked to people I reckoned would be good friends. I made friends with some of them and others I still talk to sometimes. One of the things about secondary school is you have different teachers for each lesson which makes it interesting and fun.