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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We don’t like to gossip, but… have you heard what this lot are saying? Here are 12 famous faces (who let’s face it, ought to know) on the highs and lows of the rumour mill.

“People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won’t be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that’s present.”

Blake Lively sums it up perfectly – as we’d expect from a Gossip Girl.

“I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working. When I was 17, I used to get very angry because I opened a magazine and I saw myself in a picture on a motorcycle, and the headline was, ‘I’m getting married next month.'”

Did you at least get some presents out of it, Penelope Cruz?

“Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven’t done or some place that I’ve never been or don’t even know. It’s just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.”

Hilary Duff there, with a handy reminder not to believe what you read. Except on betty.

“If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.”

Actress and singer Rebecca Pidgeon knows the true cost of gossip. Which might be why you haven’t heard of her.

“I always read fan accounts instead of the news because they have all the info and make the funniest jokes about it, so that’s how I get my gossip – by stalking fans.”

Meanwhile Gigi Hadid likes a bit of gossip, as long as it’s funny.

“I guess rumours are more exciting than the truth.”

Game, set and match to Venus Williams.

“I perpetuate rumours that I’ve dated people that I’ve never actually dated.”

Hang on Ginnifer Goodwin, you mean that wasn’t true about you and Prince Harry?

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

Oscar Wilde knew that gossip was a double-edged sword.

“If people talk behind your back, it’s because you’re ahead of them.”

This piece of wisdom might explain why Zayn Malik left 1D first…

“I can’t stop the rumors from starting, and I can’t really change people’s minds who believe them. All I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me.”

You’re so right, Beyonce. Although we’ll be honest, some days it legit does feel as though we have nothing better to do than talk about you.

“When celebs get pestered by paparazzi why don’t they just start singing “Hey Jude” or some incredibly expensive song to clear?”

Mindy Kaling has the genius solution to celebrity privacy invasion: copyright law.

“Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong.”

When it came to gossip, Anne of Green Gables author LM Montgomery knew the score.

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