Head­ing for higher ground

Year 6 gets a taste of what’s to come

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

FEAR and anx­i­ety has been re­placed with ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion for stu­dents at Grafton Pri­mary School who will make the move to Grafton High School next year.

The high school hosted the Year 6 co­hort in a bid to fa­mil­iarise the stu­dents with the hus­tle and bus­tle of sec­ondary school life. The stu­dents were how­ever a lit­tle ner­vous prior to the visit.

“We were told not to mess with Year 12 oth­er­wise they’ll beat us up,” stu­dent Is­abella Mitchell said.

“Ap­par­ently you get a lot of as­sign­ments too so you’ll be do­ing home­work ev­ery night,” class­mate Bai­ley Chard added. “But I’m more wor­ried about get­ting lost try­ing to go to all the dif­fer­ent class­rooms.”

For­tu­nately, a warm wel­come from their high school coun­ter­parts al­le­vi­ated their con­cerns.

Stu­dents were split into groups and as­signed high school men­tors who showed them around the school, an­swered ques­tions and of­fered valu­able ad­vice for a pos­i­tive start to the 2018 school year.

“Don’t be scared and take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity as it comes,” Year 10 stu­dent men­tor Grace El­lis said. “It can be a re­ally fun and rewarding place if you take ad­van­tage of what it has to of­fer.”

The Daily Ex­am­iner cap­tured their tran­si­tion day jour­ney. Watch their full story on­line.

BIG SCHOOL DREAMS: Caitlin Blin­man, Is­abella Mitchell, So­phie Rowe, Pratham Shah, Bai­ley Chard, Liam Mitchell, An­neka Carl­son and Shaan­deep Singh.

PHOTOS: JENNA THOMP­SON

Grafton Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dents shown around Grafton High School by a Year 10 men­tor.

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