Year 007 – A double agent’s account of the first year
By Becky Woods, 8E
I’m not going to lie, that first day can be awkward, confusing and above all really scary! It can also be surreal, exciting and extremely fun! I know – I was in your shoes one year ago. My feet are probably a little bigger than yours, but you get my point.
I’ll tell you straight, the first week or so is a time of feeling slightly out of your depth and getting lost, being told to go the wrong way (take my advice, try to only ask nice looking girls for directions). But as it goes on, it becomes a time of making new friends and discovering favourite subjects you didn’t even know you loved! You’ll have a blazer, which is probably a new experience for you, and you’ll get loads of new books, so be sure to get a big school bag! Honestly year 7 is as scary as everyone says it is – for about a week at the most. It really isn’t that bad! Miss Masterson is and will be a fantastic head of year and I promise you’ll find a subject that you like, even if you just like it a little bit. Pinkie swear. And yes, you do get to set stuff on fire in science. The other subjects are pretty cool too, although you might like some more than others.
Nobody understands more than I do about having the carpet pulled from under your feet. Even now I get lost in the hallways and forget a book or two. But don’t worry, you’ll be an expert by the end of the first week or so. The tweaks and traumas of secondary school never stop surprising me. There are still aspects of academic life I haven’t got used to or even experienced yet. But I’ve survived so far and so will you.
Having said that, it’s all fantastic. The West Bridgford School never ceases to amaze me. Some days it’s one of the best things in your life, some days it’s more of a challenge. But this is a brilliant school and you’ll make new friends and learn heaps. Good luck, and see you in September!