HUNDREDS of year 7 students woke up yesterday morning in a bundle of nerves but as they day wore on they realised starting high school was not as scary as they thought.
Four James Sheahan Catholic High School students told the Central Western Daily a friendly and welcoming attitude from teachers eased their nerves as they navigated around the big high school.
Kell Smith and Emily Haydon said they were nervous about getting lost but managed to survive with the help from peer support leaders and teachers.
“It was tricky to find my way around but everyone is really nice,” Kell said.
Erin Holmes is the fifth child in her family to walk through the gates at Sheahan and she was glad her siblings gave her sound advice and reassured her.
“They didn’t tell me anything scary,” she said.
She said she was most looking forward to having different teachers for different subjects.
“It’s good because you’re not stuck with just one,” she said.
“They’ve all been really nice.”
Will Tracey took it all in his stride. He said he woke up nervous but was pleased half of his friends from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School followed him to Sheahan.
He told the Central Western Daily he would tell his parents his first day was very busy.
“Learning all the timetables and things like that is hard,” he said.
But he was happy to meet new friends.
Year 7 students at Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Orange High School and Kinross Wolaroi School started yesterday whereas Orange Christian School and Orange Anglican Grammar sent their year 7s to school on Tuesday.