Blooming El



Dear Year 7's

You are about to embark on the biggest and, most probably, the scariest journey of your life. Okay, that may be a little dramatic on my part but secondary school is a big deal. Not as big of a deal as your wedding day, your first proper wage, or your first child but it's still a pretty big change in your life and one that you should look forward to, no matter how scary it may seem. 

I'm not here to tell you that you should knuckle down and work hard in preparation for your GCSE's. I'm not here to tell you to remember your pencil case and every bit of your PE kit (even though all of the above are very important). I'm here to tell you something much more valuable (in my opinion, anyway). 

I'm here to tell you to be brave, if you see someone being bullied, who's too afraid to stand up for themselves, then stand up for them. Be kind and helpful, if you see someone sitting alone, invite them to join you. Be confident, raise your hand and own your answers. Be kind to yourself, surround yourself with kind people, who make you laugh and feel good about yourself. Be authentic, don't follow the crowd just to 'fit' in, stand out, be an individual. Stand up for yourself. Make mistakes and learn from them. If you're feeling worried, stressed, or lonely, then talk to someone - a teacher, a friend, your parents, or carer. Don't give in to peer pressure if you feel uncomfortable. Try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Compliment your peers, your words are powerful and they have the strength to knock or boost someone's confidence. If you don't have anything nice to say, then just don't say anything at all. Be smart, be creative, and always try your best. 

I hope you have the best first day and an awesome first year at your new school. It's going to be a big old roller coaster ride but make sure you enjoy every second of it, because by the time your roller coaster ride ends, you're going to wish you could jump straight back on it.