In 9 short weeks Tapanga will say goodbye to her primary school.
She has been there since the tender age of three as she attended their nursery and now finally after all her hard work the time has come to transfer into secondary school. She has been so nervous about the change because she is going from the top of the school over to the bottom all over again, she’s also worried as the secondary school that she is going to attend isn’t her first choice and after missing the dates to be able to visit it properly we knew next to nothing about it. However after much consideration we think that it quite possibly could be a great choice after all after attending her introduction meeting, the school was really welcoming and answered all of our questions. They made Tapanga feel at ease and also told us that they have a weekend away before school starts for their new students to be able to bond with their new teachers and classmates so it’s not so daunting on the first day of term, this was something I really liked and after receiving the parent handbook I knew the school was going to be a place Tapanga is going to thrive.
The schools motto is ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’ which I particularly love, I have always said to Tapanga and my younger sisters that your attitude depends how far you will go in life and I am glad that the school is an advocate for that. They also have a lot of extracurricular activities that suit Tapangas creative side and encourage the children to take them up.
Tapanga had a little something to say on how she feels moving from primary to secondary school
I feel kind of scared because I’m going from oldest to youngest. There was so many tall year 7s when we visited other schools and I’m only small. I think I might find the work hard, but it will start to get easier with time. I can’t wait for the bonding exercises on the weekend away before we start school and to get to know all my teachers and classmates. I didn’t want to go to my secondary school because I missed the visiting dates, but when it came to the day of the test I had to take and my one on one talk I discovered it was a really nice and big school. The teachers are welcoming and I found out there were many activities I would like. The school is very coordinated as it has different houses that you stay in from year 7 but get a different head of year every year, you also get a lunch card that you have to top up and a planner. I am looking forward to starting all the different lessons and seeing how they will vary from primary school.
So in just a little over 15 weeks Tapanga will have finally transitioned into secondary school. I actually can’t believe that she has grown up so fast, I never thought that the day would come when I would say I am a parent of a secondary school child…. Eeek!.
I just hope it all goes smoothly.