Moving up: fear and fun at secondary school



When I left Bushey Heath Primary School, all I could think about was the summer holidays. My trip to France, my camping excursion - all the fun things that were waiting for me. But it wasn't until towards the end of the holidays that I started to think about an upcoming event in my life, an event that would make all the difference: starting secondary school.

As I realised how close it was, I started to have so many questions: what if I misheard a question or got the wrong answer? What would the teachers think of me? What would my classmates think?

I started at JFS at the beginning of September and, on my first two days of school, it was just year seven and sixth form, so it was very quiet and easy to get around. It has now become much busier and tiring, but it is definitely worth it.

When I first started going to lessons, I was paranoid. I kept thinking I had left things behind and I couldn't think straight, but I soon realised there is no reason for that because everything is under control. Despite this, don't be fooled that it is all easy: trust me, it's not as there are many challenges, like homework and organisation - but you just have to get used to it.

More importantly, as you get into the rhythm of the school, you find that you start to be able to fill the school's expectations as well as your own.

Another shock for me has been moving from a secular school to one of the best Jewish secondary schools in England. That means that there are two more classes, Ivrit and Jewish Studies, which teach us about the language and stories of Judaism.

Even though I love my new school, I do at times miss Bushey Heath - probably because it taught me so much. I also miss a lot of my old friends, despite all the brilliant new ones I have made already.

Secondary school has started out great for me. Good luck to anyone else who is starting out - we'll all be fine!

Jacob, 11, lives in Bushey with his mum, dad, brother and dog. He loves reading, writing and football, and his favourite subjects are PE, English, Geography and History. His favourite colour is navy blue (probably because he's a Spurs fan.)

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