It’s your first day of high school. It’s big, you’re scared and you don’t know anyone. You get to
your first class and the teacher yells at you for being late, You eat lunch alone because no one
wants to sit with you, You trip on the way to your next class and everyone laughs and you
come home with a ton of homework already and you think to yourself “how am I going to
survive five years of this?” How does one make it through five years of torture and agony?
Short answer… you can’t. High school is this crazy rollercoaster full of drama, homework and
hormones that no one can escape. Of course with the right tips and tricks the ride may be
The first step in transforming your high school experience is with relationships. You should
aim to make friends with lots of different people, who knows what you’ll get out of it. You may
learn something new, whether it be someone sporty, musical or intelligent finding people who
do different things can also help you find your thing and if that doesn’t work try talking to
people who understand you and are interested in the same things as you. The truth is
everybody has something to contribute to your growth as a person.
Try and avoid making friends with the troublemakers Not that there is anything wrong with
them i’m sure they’re very nice but lets be real they aren’t going to do you much good are they,
just keep that in mind when choosing your friends, also stay away from people who want to
put you down and make you feel bad about yourself. You don’t need that kind of negativity in
your life, though these people may want to hang out with you they are not your friends. Make
sure you surround yourself with people that make you feel good, the people you can be your
complete self around are the best kind of people.
While you’re at it find some friends of the opposite sex as well. No you don’t have to date them
or anything if you dont want to but hanging out with the opposite sex can help you get a
different perspective of things and if you want to date they can help give advice because they
do know what they’re talking about.At the end of the day we all know it is hard, if not
impossible, to get through high school happily without a few friends, but remember quality
Now that you have some friends and maybe a crush or two, lets not forget about your
teachers. Im not saying you should be a teacher’s pet or anything but being friendly to your
teachers can go a long way. They are the ones who give the grades you know so it’s in your
best interest to get them to like you,that means that you should try not to contradict them.
Even if you think your they are wrong and we all know they can be wrong, it is just not worth
it. If you feel that strongly about something, you can mention it after class making you look
like less of a know it all… speaking of which sometimes we don’t know it all so don’t be afraid
to ask your teachers for help. I know it may be a bit intimidating at first but you will feel much
better once you understand what’s going on in class. “Teachers are people too so try and be
friendly to them, they are just doing their job and if you create a good environment for them
to teach in you will benefit from it and class time will be a lot more pleasant” says year 11
Being a good student:
The second step to help with your journey is making sure you’re a good student.
Doing your homework is probably the most important. Set aside some where you will sit down
and do it otherwise it won’t get done at all. Doing your homework will not only help you
understand the work in class but will also help cement the information being taught so it will
be easier to remember for tests and things.Study, whenever you can even just reading over
things can help you a lot it can also help you see if you have any problems or question which
you can ask your teacher about asap.
Try to be on time even if you just had a class on the other side of school showing up on time
really lets teachers know you are willing to learn. Even if you aren’t the least you could do is
fake it, teachers love students who are on time and always keep them on their good sides.Pay
attention during class, the more you listen the more you absorb therefore making it easier to
understand and learn sounds simple right? Take as many notes during class as possible when
it comes to exam time you’re gonna need all the help you can get.
Try your best to stay focused, this does not mean sitting on your phone playing pirate kings.
Make sure you are always trying your best to listen to your teacher.While your teacher is
teaching that means you should be quiet no one likes to talk over top of rude people and it
makes them feel like you don’t want to be there. If you’re being a good student you might want
to keep your grades up, though you should always have some down time, be sure to focus on
having good grades. Just remember to always do your best, though getting excellence may be
easy for your best friend as long as you are doing your best and getting good results thats all
NCEA is one, if not the most stressful thing that you will face while on your journey. If you’ve
done it you will know and if not well, good luck but hey don’t worry you can get through this.
The first thing you need to know about NCEA is how many credits you need in order to pass.
According to the official NZQA website students need a total of 80 credits for each NCEA
NCEA Level 1 – 80 credits at any Level, including credits in literacy and numeracy.
NCEA Level 2 – 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 1 or above.
NCEA Level 3 – 60 credits at Level 3 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 2 or above.
This means you should make sure you pass all internals throughout the year as well as the end
of year exams in order to gain all the credits you need.
Study leave will be your new best friend, use it well. A survey of year 12 burnside students
showed the best tip to help study is to not procrastinate and and make sure you take regular
breaks to stay relaxed and focused. If you are confident in what you are doing you will be fine.
On the big day it’s crucial you show up early so you can get “in the zone”. Make sure to bring a
few blue or black pens just in case one runs out. Any items you need for your exam need to be
in a clear bag so the exam people can make sure there are no cheaters in the room. NCEA is
very important so you want to make sure you follow all the rules and do the best you can.
Make sure you go to the right room. “it’s always embarrassing turning up to the wrong room
and having to get help from the teacher while everyone is looking” says Maddy Hattan an ex
burnside student. Sarah said “I was really nervous going into my first exam. There were so
many desks and it was really hard to find your number but once I sat down I was a lot calmer
and at the end I thought I did okay”.
High school is very stressful we all know it and we know how hard it can be to balance out
school with everything else going on in your life. Be organized. Organize your study time and
the time that you spend with people, including your friends. Have a diary or planner and
write down what you will study one day, how much time you will study and at what time. Be
an active person, If you have free time don’t waste it, cherish it you don’t get much so don’t
just lay around and do nothing!
There is no point trying to make your brain function when it doesn’t want to so even if you
may have a lot of homework one night still give yourself a break every now and
again.However, try to do your homework as early as possible. Do not rush for it at midnight
and become all groggy and tired the next day. Its not worth it trust me.
Try listening to music while you work, not everyone can work like this though so if that’s the
case try working in a quiet place. Turn off your phone and television while doing your
homework. Distractions are the number one reason why you take five hours instead of one to
complete your homework that was probably due yesterday. If you really have no time to
finish your homework, talk to your teacher about it or get your parents to write a note
explaining why, your teacher should understand.
Don’t abandon your friends. Nowadays we have the advantage of social media and technology
so make the most of it. Get involved in social activities. If you’re invited to a party don’t think
twice, just go and have a great time. It’s just as important to be out having fun with your
friends then it is doing your work.
Advice for someone starting high school according to year 12 students:
Stay out of sight, don’t gain attention to yourself.
Get to know the teachers well and find a good tutor to help them if they struggle with work
or if Burnside’s education system is different than their other school’s.
Get involved early in a variety of things
Do not procrastinate.
Don’t worry enjoy the ride.
It’s not the same as in the movies, get involved, do not worry about being judged because
you will be happier if you just go with the flow.
Be yourself and get involved!
Get involved in extra clubs and do things you like doing not what the rest of the crowd likes
Don’t be afraid to be different.
Give everything a go even if you don’t know if you will like it.
Please try not to set the teachers on fire.
ITS NOT LIKE IT IS IN THE MOVIES HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL IS A LIE AND THE LOCKERS
AT BURNSIDE ARE SO BAD UGH
To stay confident because you will get there
You will survive this, you have all the knowledge you need just know you are not alone. Yes
there are bad parts but there are also good parts and once you leave you’ll look back at all
the memories because they were the best or worst 5 years of your life the point is it’s only 5
years. There is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to take a ride on the train and
gain all the right tools before you can move on to bigger and better things.
It’s your first day of high school. It’s big and you’re ready. You arrive to class early which
makes the teacher happy. You smile at the girl beside you who later becomes your friend and
you come home with a ton of homework that you do straight away and you think to yourself
“The next five years might not be so bad after all”.