Right now, Grade 8 students across the county are thinking about next fall – the start of Grade 9. There’s a lot to think about when getting ready for high school. Grade 8 information nights happen throughout January and February. Check out the details here.
To help Grade 8 students feel more comfortable, some Grade 9s have shared their thoughts on secondary school.
Brandon Piroli – Collingwood Collegiate Institute
What made you decide to come to attend CCI? My mom went to school here and I love the athletic program at CCI.
What do you like about Grade 9? Learning new things and having more freedom.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had and how did you handle it? My biggest challenge was homework—lots of it. I am on my own to organize the due dates and workload. I ask for help if I need it, and I make sure when I get an assignment, I start to work on it right away.
What school activities are you a part of? I use the fitness room at school, take part in Crossfit and am on a Collingwood Rep Hockey team.
What advice would you give to Grade 8 students? Do your homework, get organized, pay attention and if you need help, ask for it.
Pilar Saari – Eastview Secondary School
What made you decide to come to attend Eastview? Eastview has a special program for the Arts (Specialist High Skills Major) that lets me get a special certificate when I graduate. I’m a dancer, and this is important to me.
What do you like about Grade 9? I like the freedom and the dance program
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had and how did you handle it? When I first started high school, I got lost a lot. It’s a big change, and I couldn’t figure out where things were. But the school had lots of teachers in the hallways during the first few weeks, and they all helped. They were really friendly.
What school activities are you a part of? I don’t have time for after school activities because I go to dance class most days of the week.
What advice would you give to Grade 8 students? If you ever feel lost, just talk to a teacher. They are there to help.
Naomi Ihama-Anthony – Nantyr Shores Secondary School
What made you decide to come to attend Nantyr? Previous friends talked highly about Nantyr and the school has great sports, like flag football.
What do you like about Grade 9? I like Grade 9 because of the freedom and it makes me feel older, more my age.
What do you like about high school and what do you find challenging? A positive is meeting new people, and a challenge is lots of homework and trying not to get distracted.
What advice would you give to Grade 8 students? There is no reason to be afraid of high school. People at Nantyr are nice and therefore you can feel safe to be out going and not get judged.