It’s school time again! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that holiday is over. Some folks feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while. Let’s find out more about going back to school.

The First Day

Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you’ll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class. Also, most government school students will start by cleaning their school premises.

When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you’ll know what’s allowed and what’s not. Pay close attention so you’ll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are.

You might already know a lot of kids in your class on the first day. But it’s a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to folks you know and new ones that you don’t. Make the first move and you’ll be glad you did and so will your new friend!

Moving to Higher Institution?

This is just what it sounds like — a classroom you’ll go to each morning, kind of like your home in the school. In most schools, you might move from classroom to classroom for each course.

Feeling Good on Day One

Seeing friends you haven’t seen in a while can make the first day a good one. You also can make the day feel special by wearing an outfit you like. Maybe your new school shoe or your new sneakers put a spring in your step.

For those staying away from home, whatever you put in your backpack, make sure you pack it the night before. This prevents the morning panic.

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Get Oriented

The first day of school is your first chance to find your way around a new school, or learn the pathways to new classes in your old school. It’s a lot to learn in one day, so don’t be surprised if you need a reminder or two.

A Bad Start?

What if you hate school by the end of day one? Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort themselves out — once you know your way around the building and get adjusted to the new routine, you’ll probably feel better. If those feelings don’t fade, talk to your mum, dad, teacher, or school counsellor.

Here are a few final tips for a fantastic school year:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Try your best.
  • Use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time.
  • Take your time with school work. If you don’t understand something, ask the teacher.
  • Keep a sense of humour. One teacher we know shows his new students a picture of himself graduating from secondary school — a grinning ape in a red graduation cap and gown. This usually makes the students laugh, and it’s a good way to remind them that school is fun!