Reflecting on their time in Year 7 in high school

​Lexy and Leah discuss the best parts of high school.
​​Lexy (Year 8) and Leah (Year 7) attend Cleveland District State High School and over the past two years have both studied Year 7 in a secondary environment, as part of the statewide pilot program. 
As they became comfortable with their new school, they shared some of their favourite parts of high school.

What have been the best parts about high school?

Lexy: The thing I like most about high school is the music program. It has taught me a lot over the past couple of years. 

Leah: I really like the music program too, because there are so many opportunities to get involved. I like that there are different bands and ensembles you can join. It’s really fun. 

Lexy: The teachers are really nice and encouraging. It’s great to be a part of a group but the teachers still pay attention to you individually. 

Leah: I got into playing the trumpet because I heard the school’s trumpet teacher play last year and thought it was really emotional. It was an inspiration for me to start playing this year, when I joined the school.

Lexy: I remember seeing pictures of cellos on my primary school music room and always wanted to try playing it. When I got to high school, I found out that they hired cellos and I could learn how to play, so I decided to do it. It has been brilliant. 

What is your favourite subject?

Leah: My favourite subject is history because my teachers put so much effort into it. There are heaps of interactive lessons, like performances of historical events you can watch, and it really gets you interested. It’s really, really fun.   

Lexy: I have two favourite subjects, they are music and Japanese. They teach you a lot and I can speak Japanese quite fluently, which is good because when I grow up I want to go to Japan and be a famous cello player.  

Leah: When I grow up, I want to go to the Conservatorium of Music and be on Broadway.

How did you feel when you first started high school?

Leah: At the start of this year, I felt a little bit anxious. It’s such a big school and there are so many people compared to my old school. I was afraid I wouldn’t make any friends. But it turns out that everyone here is very happy and encouraging.   

Lexy: Last year, when I first went came to high school I was nervous, because it was all new. There were a lot of people from older grades, timetables and different classrooms. I got lost a couple of times but I managed to find my way around and make some awesome friends. 

Which extra-curricular activities have you joined?

Lexy: We both are in the dance program. I really enjoy it because they cater for all levels and it doesn’t matter if you’re not flexible because they teach you. The teachers are very encouraging and patient.

Leah: I like dance because there are so many different opportunities to perform, even if you’re not that great. They give you a chance and it’s fun to get to know everyone. 

Do you have advice for new Year 7 and Year 8 students?  

Lexy: I’d say don’t be lazy, be on top of your school work. There’s a lot of school work but you do learn a lot, which is good.  
Leah: My advice would be, don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t know something, everyone is really friendly. Be positive and say hello and introduce yourself to people, it will help you to make friends.