It’s not fair. It seems like the summer holidays had only just begun, then suddenly the shops are full of the dreaded ‘back to school’ gear and the start of a new term is here. Unfortunately we can’t predict what this next year has in store for you, but we can pretty much guarantee these things will happen in the first week…
1. Someone will doze off on the school bus
After six weeks of lie-ins and naps on tap, getting up at the crack of dawn for school will be a heck of a shock to the system. If someone’s not snoozing on the way in, they will be on the way home.
2. You’ll have a special ‘returning’ assembly
You know the one, where you’ll be told to set an example for younger students and that you represent the school within the community and should behave accordingly. Blah blah blah.
3. Everyone will have new stuff
New coats, new rucksacks, new stationery. You’ll spend the first few days eyeing up everyone else’s new shoes and wondering if you should have begged your mum to buy you block heels instead of ballet pumps.
4. All the boys will be a foot taller
In fact, everyone will look different somehow. How can people change so much in just six weeks?!
5. At least one girl will still have a colourful hair wrap she got on holiday
And she probably won’t stop going on about her exotic vaycay either. We get it, Louise, you went to the Bahamas.
6. There will be a new person
It’ll be really exciting if it’s a new student, and everyone will bombard them with loads of questions about where they’re from. But if it’s a new teacher you’ll regard them with suspicion until you’ve got them figured out.
7. No-one knows where they’re supposed to be
Everyone will be late to lessons while they get to grips with their new timetable – even the teachers. Fingers crossed your classes aren’t on separate sides of the school grounds.
8. You’ll do your very best handwriting in all your new exercise books
Well, for a few days at least, then you’ll fall back into your usual scrawl. Who cares as long as you can read it, right?
9. There’s a mad rush for the best seats
If you’re going to spend a whole year in the same seat in each class, you’ve got to make sure it’s in prime position next to all your mates (you want it to be as easy as possible to pass notes, don’t you?), so you can expect a bit of a scramble at the start of the first few lessons. Elbows at the ready!
10. The school will have done something totally radical
Like changing the lunch menu or moving break times slightly – and everyone will be talking about it for days.
11. There will be an outrageous rumour about something that happened over summer
It’s usually about a girl in the year above getting pregnant or someone’s brother going to jail. It’s probably completely untrue, but everyone loves a good gossip.
12. Your teachers will get right back on it with the homework
Nope, there’s no easing you back into things. And even though they’re happy to hand out homework with reckless abandon, it’ll be weeks before they mark the assignments they set over summer!
13. Everyone’s a bit smug about going up a year
If moving up a form comes with any privileges, such as a common room or jumping the lunch queue, you’ll be sure to rinse them for all they’re worth. And even if it doesn’t, you’ll still feel a bit superior to all the students in the years below you.
14. You promise yourself you’re going to buckle down with your studies
You tell yourself you’ll do your homework the moment you get home, that you’ll keep a razor sharp focus in class and that you’ll start revising for exams months in advance. But let’s be honest, you probably won’t. And that’s fine, just do your best – it’ll be the summer holidays again before you know it!
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