Undeniably, the leap from primary to secondary is a big part of growing up and for some it is seen as an overwhelming experience. A team of some of our Year 7 students decided to let us know how they really felt about settling in at a new school and what their first impressions of Kingdown have been just one term in.
Jack and Elisha, from Twickenham House; Jessica and Bijay, from Lords House; Sameera and George, from Wimbledon House; Louis and Aleasha, from Wembley House and Adam and Hannah, from Millennium House all contributed to the discussion.
When asked the question, were you nervous on your first day at Kingdown School, surprisingly the overall reaction was a resounding ‘not at all!!’ but as the discussion progressed, Sameera divulged, ‘It’s a big school but everyone’s really welcoming. I was actually quite scared coming in when there were 6th formers in Tutor, but they’re now like big sisters and brothers.’
Bijay supported this when he spoke about how he felt his House, Lords, was like ‘One big Family’ and how he really values having a 6th form mentor in his tutor group to share problems and to bond with.
Hannah added, ‘I could see a big difference in coming here because at my primary school there was only 150 students, but I’ve settled in great and I’ve made lots of new friends and still meet up with my old friends from primary school.’
All the representatives were extremely proud of their individual Houses and the qualities each House had. Adam exclaimed, ‘Our head of House -I feel like I’ve known him for five or six years. He is very interested in me and what I’m interested in.’
All agreed that Kingdown School opened up a wider range of opportunities for them. Sameera commented that she liked Science for all the practical experiments she has done which she didn’t get to do at primary school. Jess has enjoyed Food Technology as she got to make rock cakes. George reported how Music is his favourite subject, also adding that he had guitar lessons at primary school and he’s looking forward to starting guitar lessons here at Kingdown after Christmas.
Hannah and Elisha really enjoy English. Hannah explained that, ‘at the moment we’re studying WW1 poetry and I wrote my own poem. I typed it up and my English teacher has now put it up on the wall.’ Elisha said they’ve had assessments recently but she wasn’t worried, neither did she find them too scary.
Jack, Louis, Jess, Adam, Bijay and Aleasha all said they love PE. Aleasha shared with us that she is a county swimmer and she also really enjoys going to the trampolining and badminton after-school clubs. Jess is part of the Army Council for Forces children which she really enjoys being part of and Hannah has enjoyed attending Archery Club.
When asked to sum up Kingdown School in just one word, cries of ‘Awesome’ and ‘Proud’ resounded. However, Bijay said how rewarding it was to be a student at Kingdown as all the good things they achieve are noticed and celebrated.
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