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Where has the time gone?

It's all over!

After 7 years at primary school, and 5 years at secondary school, I have finished my school life. After being up to my ears in school work, past papers, highlighters and revision cards, it is such a liberating feeling that I am now free! I am very lucky as I am someone who enjoyed my school life, even though I may have taken some of my time at school for granted. All of my teachers and friends have made my experience so fulfilling and memorable!

My time at primary school was so much fun! I remember not having a care in the world, when painting a butterfly was an hour long lesson, and learning my 8 times tables was really hard homework! I remember all my teachers and friends, the school nativity and plays, and the many school trips - especially the Isle of Wight, when golden time was the best part of the day, and diablos and tamagotchis were the entertainment at lunchtimes! When leaving primary school in 2010 at the age of 11, it didn't really sink in that I was moving on to a new stage in my life, I was just so excited about what was awaiting me at secondary school.

Not many of my best friends carried on to the same secondary school as me. This meant that I needed to build my confidence to make new friends, and form new relationships with people. Who'd have thought that the young girl waddling nervously through large school gates, gazing at hundreds of new faces, would later become a young adult, with many friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life? During Years 7, 8 and 9, I thoroughly enjoyed subjects like art, music and drama - but when GCSEs called in Year 10 I had to drop lots of the relaxing, fun subjects as it was time to knuckle down on the few subjects I had selected. The lower years of secondary school were filled with so many fond memories, some of these include our school trips to Le Touquet, Thorpe Park and of course Iceland! I will miss so many things at school such as my friends who are leaving to carry on education elsewhere or to take on apprenticeships, and classes such as my English class, that I had so much fun in! The GCSE exams that I completed recently were a lot harder than I had anticipated, but I worked so hard to achieve the best I could. The months of studying and revising continuously had left me exhausted, so it is amazing to finally have a mind free of exam stress and information!

Now that school has ended there are some things I will certainly not miss. The uniform I had to wear was Gross - with a capital 'G'! The colours of our blouses were yellow, and matched with dark brown cardigans and skirts - and yes we did look like mouldy bananas! The cardigan was heavy and a nightmare in the summer, and I am so happy that I don't need to hunt for brown tights to buy!
During the GCSE period I was revising for around 12 subjects and it was hard work!

My overall time at secondary school has been fantastic! The teachers and support has been amazing, and I have been made to feel welcomed from my very first day. I am so so lucky to have an amazing group of positive friends around me, and we have grown up together and made so many memories. I am also so so lucky that all of my close friends are staying with me as we take our next step into Sixth Form to take A Levels, this means that more fun and memories await - as well as of course hard work!

I am excited for what the future holds!


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