Back to School

Both students and teachers alike look forward to the summer break. The holidays bring time to sleep in, hang out with friends and just unwind. There is no homework or uniform, just pure freedom!

Unfortunately though, all good things come to an end. Before you have even had time to blink, it’s time to go back to school. We have gathered some tips to make the transition back to school just that little bit smoother:

1.Set Goals

Before the new school year starts, write down some goals that you would like to achieve. These can be both academic and personal. You might have been thinking about trying out a new sport, or you would like change a C grade to a B.  Perhaps you would like to have a conversation with every member of your form group or become more involved in a volunteering programme. Whatever your goals are – write them down!

Writing your goals down gives you a focus and something to work towards over the year. When things get a bit overwhelming and you feel a little lost, pull out your goals list to get back on track.

2.Get Back Into Routine (early)

When school starts, you cannot stay up late and sleep in. It is nearly impossible to wake up to a 6 a.m. alarm when you have spent the last few weeks waking up at noon.

About a week before school starts again, try easing back into your routine. Start going to bed at a more reasonable hour so that waking up is not so difficult. Force yourself to be a bit more active in the mornings. It will not be as big a shock to your system when the first day comes and you can avoid loading caffeine or sugar into your body to wake yourself up!

3.Plan ahead

Over summer many things have had time to change. If you have moved house, you might need to work out a new route to get to school in the morning. Make sure you know how long it will take you to get where you need to be. For those who take a school bus, double check that you are still on the list and the meeting point is the same. You don’t want to end up waiting in the wrong spot for an hour on the first day of school!

If you have access to your timetable before the first day of classes, get your textbooks and stationery organised so that you are ready to come to school with the materials needed. If you are starting at a new school, feeling organised and prepared can reduce the stress of being in a new environment.

4.Look on the Bright Side

While not many people look forward to homework or sitting through a double Maths period, take a minute to think about the positives of going back to school. It seems hard but there definitely are some! Friends who have been away over the break are back with new stories to share; the start of the year is a great time to catch up again.

If you were struggling a bit in class last year, you have now got a clean slate. New classes, sometimes new teachers and a new chance to start over.

It may feel daunting being a new student, but think about the new friends you are going to make and the new doors that are opened to you.


A positive attitude makes the world of difference. If you start the year off with a big smile, chances are people are going to smile back.

For new students it can be extremely intimidating joining a group of people who have known each other forever. Smile at new members of the community and welcome them in – you would hope people would do the same for you. 

Whilst it is easy to dread the start of a new school year, try to think positively about the new opportunities that will be presented. New stories, new adventures and a new you (if you so wish)! Often getting started is the hardest part of a journey, so put your best foot forward and take that first step.

Welcome to the new school year!