Tuesday the 30th of August marked the first day in Secondary School for the new first year students of Cashel Community School.
There was heightening levels of excitement and anxiety as the students met up in the main lobby with their new peers and surroundings.
There are big transitions in every child’s life when they start either primary or secondary school, the transition from Primary school to Secondary school is one of those life events that most people can recall in some way or other. In the main, it’s a fairly manageable period and one that parents often get more emotional about than their children
The biggest change when entering the secondary school system is probably the constant change in the day-to-day routine. There is a subject change every period, and with this subject change there is a change of teacher. It is not unusual for a student to encounter eight or nine different teachers during a typical school day. Their timetable will take a lot of getting used to. Part of this new routine will involve the organisation of the schoolbag before each day
The important thing to constantly remind ourselves is that children and teenagers are more resilient and adaptable than we give them credit for.
Remember too that within a few short weeks, their new surroundings will become more familiar and they’ll be running from the PE Hall to the Science Lab and on to the Art room without the slightest stumble.