Hi Year 6s,
Going from Year 6 to Year 7 is a huge transition, especially in the circumstances involving COVID-19. You make new friends, meet new teachers and experience a year filled with wonderful opportunities, extra-curricular activities, and make many memories. I remember my first day of Year 7, and I was so nervous and scared, mostly because I wanted to create a good first impression for my teachers. But honestly, looking back there is nothing to be scared of or nervous of. There are 8 forms in a year which are: Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Jade, Opal, Pearl, Sapphire and Topaz, in which you will be put in one of these forms for the rest of your time here. Being a Year 6, going into year 7, you will find that you are in a bigger school and you are not the oldest in the school anymore- you’re the youngest. A lot of people are concerned about bullying but here at Tolworth, we have a ZERO-TOLERANCE bullying policy which all students take into account. Now, some advice I would give you is:
- Be yourself- people are going to love you for who you are and don’t change just to impress people.
- Feel at home here at Tolworth- you are now part of the Tolworth family, you can speak to anyone and we will all be happy to help you
- Make new friends- get to know some new people, ask them some questions and even if you’re shy, they probably are too
- Ask for help- the teachers are so happy to help you if you ever have a question. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and contribute as much as you can in lesson
- Most importantly- HAVE FUN! Cherish all the opportunities that come your way, take part in the things you are passionate about and have the best time you can at Tolworth.
I am a Mental Health Ambassador, Charity Rep and Pupil Librarian here at Tolworth Girls’. Like me, you will be able to step forward to be: Form Captain, Sports Captain, Environmental Rep, Charity Rep and many more roles that you can choose from. For those of you who may be into Sports or Acting or even Academic subjects, you have the chance to attend extra-curricular activities taken place during lunch breaks and even after school. What I want you all to take from this letter is to enjoy your time at Tolworth and make the most of your time here.
If you are ever concerned, scared or confused, the older years don’t bite. Feel free to ask them a question if you have one. I know how it feels to be a new Year 7 but never be afraid to ask anything.
See you soon,
Current Year 7 top tips
Here are some top tips for transitioning into secondary school from some of our current year 7 students:
- Mix in with other girls, don’t just stay with who you already know – the sooner you make friends, the sooner you’ll start to settle in.
- Don’t stress too much, the homework load isn’t too heavy, you will get used to it – you’ll also have E-praise to help you out.
- Enjoy it. The more you enjoy school, the more pleasant it will feel, and teachers seem less scary as well (don’t worry – all of them are really nice!).
- If you ever need any help you can always ask a teacher or prefect, they are always happy to help.
- On your first few days try to walk with others from your form, this way you won’t get lost as easily.
- Try to do your homework when you are first given it as this will make it less stressful for you.
- Sign up to some clubs, they are a great way to make new friends.
- Try to organize yourself by leaving books you don’t need in your locker and exchanging them between break and lunch. That will make your bag much lighter and easier to carry.
- Keep your planner in an easy to reach place such as your blazer pocket, this lets you see your timetable quickly when you need it.
- Try to make friends with people who aren’t from your primary school, be friendly to everyone.