Video transcript – Starting high school

Female student
You're probably thinking right now that high school is a lot bigger than primary. But that doesn't mean you have to get lost in the crowd.

You might have noticed that kids in high school are a lot bigger too, but they'll help you out if you need it.

We're in Year 7 now, but a couple of months ago we were where you are.

Female student
Feeling a bit scared ...

… and a bit excited.

We want to show you that high school can be really awesome. We’ll show you around our school and show you what it has to offer.

Female student
But all high schools are different so you have to check out what is on offer at your school.

Here's what you'll learn: English, maths, science, human society and its environment (HSIE), creative arts, languages, technological and applied studies (TAS) and personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE).

You will all know about English and maths. But science now means science labs, protective gear and cool experiments.

In Years 7 and 8, you study history and geography in HSIE. Creative arts includes music, dance, drama, visual arts, visual design, photographic and digital media.

Japanese teacher
Suki na kamoku wa nan desu ka?

Male student 1
Suki na kamoku wa Nihongo desu.

Japanese teacher

Female student
Languages are heaps of fun and you might get to travel somewhere overseas or exchange students might come to you.

Technical and applied studies, which we call TAS, could include design and technology, food technology, industrial technology, information software, textiles, agricultural technology and woodwork.

PDHPE is personal development, health and physical education. We change into our sports uniform for this.

Female student
Sport is different in every high school but you will get some really cool choices with whatever you like doing.

You'll usually have a different teacher for each subject and one for rollcall as well.

Rollcall teacher


Female student
You carry your bags to classes with you.

Most schools also have lockers or other places where you can store things.

Classes run for about 45 minutes and are called periods. Sometimes you’ll have double periods too, so you can really get stuck into something.

Female student
Years 7 and 8 are introductions to high school subjects, so you can really get a taste of everything.

[Female student takes a cupcake and takes a bite.]

That's my cupcake. I made that! What did you do that for?

Year 7 and 8 really matter. You develop new skills and ways of thinking that set you up for the rest of your high school years.

Female student
In Year 8 you choose electives for Years 9 and 10. In Year 10 you choose subjects to study for Years 11 and 12.

When you start school you will receive a timetable. It looks complicated but it actually tells you where you are meant to be and what you are studying at what time.

Female student
Whatever fun you have in the classroom, there's even more fun going on outside the classroom.

Here's what's on offer at our school for extracurricular activities.

[Vision of students playing chess; playing music and a choir singing.]

Here's what happens at lunchtime and recess.

[Vision of students lined up at a canteen window; waving; listening to iPods and dancing; sitting and talking; playing handball; playing netball; using computers; reading in the library; watching videos on laptops.]

So here's our top tips on how to have a great first year at high school.

Number 1 – meet new friends.

Male student 2
Making friends at high school really isn't that hard. Joining clubs is a great way of meeting people from all the different years.

Male student 3
The most important thing is just to be yourself.

Female student
Even if you are bringing your primary school friends with you, high school is a great opportunity to meet new people.

I first met my best friend at Year 7 camp. You make friends easily when you get involved in activities your school offers.

Female student
This leads to the next tip. Try something new! High school is full of possibilities. You really don't know what can come of them.

In high school you are expected to be more independent and organised, so you need to use a diary. Have plenty of copies of your timetable around and colour code your subjects if it helps.

Most nights you will have homework so starting a regular study routine is a good idea. Set up a quiet place at home where you can work without distractions. Know when your assignments are due and plan what you have to get done. Write to-do lists for homework and assignments and tick them off as you finish each task. Ask teachers for help with assignments if you need it.

So now you are sure to have a great year.

Group of students
Woo hoo!

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