Back to School: new shoes, an oversized uniform and Henry VIII

Next week signals the end of the summer holidays and the start of a new academic year. For many students, this can be both an exciting and daunting time, with class changes, new subjects, possibly new friends and teachers and, most students’ least favourite part, the onset of school work and homework once again.

After weeks of being able to wake up late and go to bed even later, perhaps a summer holiday Back to schoolor some fun days out with friends or family, with zero thought given to schoolwork, much less, homework, the fun of summer has abruptly come to an end and catapulted you back into school life. Yes, the thought of school may seem disheartening, but actually there is a lot to look forward to when you start the new academic year! Honestly! Hear me out- here are some reasons why returning to school is immensely exciting…

  1. Seeing your friends every day

After weeks apart, you are finally reunited with your friends. You may have seen them sporadically throughout the summer, but knowing that you’ll get to see them every day at school makes the school day so much better, and more riveting too. Now, where to start when explaining to your friends what an awesome summer you’ve had…

  1. New school supplies

Snazzy new school shoes and trainers. A pencil case that you know your friends are going to be jealous of. Fresh pencils that haven’t even been sharpened yet. If this isn’t exciting, then I don’t know what is! The start of the autumn term is made a lot easier by the new additions to your school kit, although – for most schoolchildren anyway – the two-sizes-too-big uniform that your mum bought for you to “grow into” throughout the school year is always going to be a source of contention and embarrassment. Thanks Mum!

  1. More responsibility

The start of the new school year means that you’re one year older in the context of the school hierarchy, which often means you’re given a bit more responsibility. For example, when I entered Year 6 at primary school, we were finally able to sit on the benches at the back of the assembly hall, but this was under the proviso that we set them out and then tidied them away again. Likewise, in secondary school, we all waited impetuously for the day our science teacher finally trusted us to use the Bunsen burners for experiments. These may be small steps for mankind, but they’re giant leaps of responsibility for students!

  1. New subjects

Not every student thinks school is interesting, but then a subject comes along that they’ve never studied before and they discover an interest or passion that they never knew they had. This is why the new school year is exciting, because it means an entirely new curriculum and the possibility that a passion for learning may be ignited. History never appealed to me until I learned about Henry VIII and his six wives, and then something clicked with me, so there’s every possibility that this year, you’ll find a lesson that you suddenly love! “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived”…

  1. School trips

Most year groups go on at least one school trip during the academic year and, although some may sound dull (a trip to a pond?), the prospect of spending a day outside of the classroom and being free learn independently can be really exhilarating. So, whether it’s a trip to Thorpe Park to explore aerodynamics, a residential trip to Cornwall to develop “life skills”, or a trip to a pond to engage with nature, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be fun!

So, although you may wish you could relive the summer holidays all over again, the start of the new academic year is not only exciting, but brings with it a whole host of opportunities, responsibilities and fantastic memories. You never know, maybe this is the year that you’ll get to use the Bunsen burners!