Jaydene’s Top Tips
Dear Single Joiners,
I know that you might be feeling nervous or quite scared (I know I was!) but I am writing this to tell you that everything WILL be okay. At KWS, we are here to make you feel comfortable, welcomed and nurtured.
During your time here, you will have many opportunities to express yourself, your hobbies and things that you love. The students and teachers will always make sure that you feel welcomed. You may be worrying…”what if I don’t fit in” or “what if I can’t do all the homework”, well do not fear because I have 3 top tips that will answer your queries.
- BE YOURSELF – Being yourself will not only help you find new friends but it will help you to socialize and remember you’re not the only single joiner.
- BE ORGANISED – Being organised is very important because it helps you to be prepared for the day ahead.
- ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS – No questions are dumb at Katherine Warington, do not be afraid to ask any questions about school or homework.
To all new Single Joiners,
I know you’re all going to be apprehensive and nervous about joining a brand new school without knowing anyone, but everyone on this website had the same worries. KWS staff eased us into new school life, without bombarding us with work and homework.
I wasn’t so sure about coming here in the beginning when there wasn’t even a school, but the school is amazing, and I regret ever thinking like that. I am sure you are also worried about homework, our teachers try to give a minimal amount and it is very rare to get a piece that is due the next day. Lessons are also fun and engaging because of the teachers, they are the most fair and fun people ever.
My top tips are to be prepared and be responsible, make sure you have everything you need and now that you are older no more blaming parents for forgetting books and packed lunches.
Dear KWS Single Joiners,
I know that you may be feeling anxious and nervous to move to your new school but trust me, I felt like that at the beginning of my journey at KWS! I am sure that you will be able to overcome that feeling and you will make friends and have fun at this school in no time. If there is anything that troubles you, the teachers are very approachable and they will be there to help you.
My positive experiences that I have had at KWS are endless: I went to Camp Wilderness, I was in the Winter Showcase, I took part in a debate competition, I was part of the school council where I had the chance to put my ideas forward and many more. I am sure that you will be able to have some positive experiences here at Katherine Warrington School.
My top tips of being a Single Joiner is to be yourself, don’t be shy and don’t worry about making friends because everyone here at KWS is very friendly. I really hope you have fun at your new school and that you will make lots of friends. Have fun!
Hello Single Joiners, Cuan here.
I am here to talk to you about the ins and outs of the emotions you might be feeling, and my top tips for a Single Joiner.
You may feel alone or scared but you don’t have to be, have a positive mindset and you will go a long way. I felt quite alone, but being in a closely knit community really aided my mental approach to school, the more friends the merrier you could say. The way to feel truly comfortable is to be yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not.
Be yourself, be friendly and be positive.
I know you might be nervous about starting at KWS as a single joiner but, trust me, it isn’t
that bad. Back in September 2019 when I was in your position, I was petrified. I had just arrived in the UK for the first time from Brazil, after living in three different countries and attending three different schools, none of them in English.
You might be thinking that I was going to enjoy a fresh start in the UK and the chance to experience something new, but, I wasn’t. I was scared of whether I would be able to make new friends. I was worried that everyone would see me as different and not want to be my friend. However, I met an awesome girl named Anna who was so much fun to be with and I immediately felt better about being at a new school and in the UK.
In a few more days, I met other amazing girls named Freya and Jemma. From then on, I have had a growing group of great friends who make coming to school so much fun and interesting. So, if I, a foreigner with a very different accent and life from everyone else, can make amazing new friends so fast, so can you!
In addition to making a great group of friends, I have some tips to keep in mind that will make your life at secondary school a lot easier. One thing I am sure about is that you are going to be getting a lot more homework than you were expecting. So, the first thing to keep in mind is to never leave your homework to the last minute! Trust me, you will regret not doing it as early as possible after arriving home from school each day. You should always start your assignments right away, even if they aren’t due for a few days. And, you should always study a bit each evening, so that you don’t have to rush to learn anything before a test.
The second thing to keep in mind is to always check both the night before as well as during the morning just before leaving for school that you have everything you need for the day. This includes making sure you have your chromebook and that it is fully charged. Third, you should always try to GO TO BED EARLY! Now that you are in secondary school, you will need to get up earlier because school starts earlier. I know because I used to get up at 7:30 back when I was in primary school and now I have to get up at 6:30 to leave for school on time.
Finally, and probably most important, always be yourself and don’t act like someone you’re not. I have learned this year at KWS that people admire others who aren’t afraid to show who they really are. I have learned to appreciate many different people and really enjoy their company in class because they are so interesting.
See you in September,