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it’s time for our Year 13 students to reflec





date:Dec 03,2013 source:意腾留学网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time for our Year 13 students to reflect on their college years and the opportunities they face as they continue on their journey through life. For many this is a time of great excitement, and maybe a little nervousness, as they take the next step towards their future. Whatever their emotions, all are agreed that Strathallan has prepared them well. James Park arrived in New Zealand in 2009 and remembers well his first day at Strathallan College. “I felt really nervous but this didn’t last for long. I was soon surrounded by helpful and friendly people, both students and teachers, and I quickly started to enjoy my new life at my new school.” It is the enthusiasm and support of the teachers that James remembers most and which he claims has enabled him to “get the most out of Strathallan, both academically and socially.”
As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time
Jeremy Ross also joined the College as a Year 9 student in 2009 and remembers being very excited and quickly making many new friends. “The environment at the College was both friendly and enjoyable. I always had a smile on my face, even though I had to work much harder with more homework and exams.” Jeremy acknowledges how much he has gainedM from his years at Strathallan: “I know I will miss my time here but it’s time to move on to the brighter future.” 2013  as well as the lasting friendships and the support of staff, all students agree that what you get out of your school years is equal to what you put in and there are boundless opportunities to get involved in all aspects of school life at Strathallan. Beyond the four ‘academic’ walls of the classroom, students can participate in a variety of sporting, cultural and environmental activities and it is this extra-curricular involvement that creates lasting memories and provides skills for life. For Aimee Moss, her decision to stand for the Student Council stands out as “the greatest and most rewarding” part of her school career. Aimee was elected to Council in Year 12 and went on to become Vice President in her final year. “Although my years at Strathallan have been incredibly busy with tutorials, meetings and leadership roles, I have enjoyed every minute of it.” She is also quick to offer advice to others: “If I had any words of wisdom for younger students it would definitely be to encourage them to be confident and interact with their age group on their first days at college. It was not until this year that I came across the quote, ‘don’t wait; the time will never be just right’….this is my motto and I hope others will be inspired by this message too.”
As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time
Shirin Chen agrees: “In my last two years, I was able to become more involved outside of the classroom through being a house leader and then a part of the student council and the executive council. Taking on leadership has helped me with organisation and also in developing a greater awareness of the student body. In my final year, I started to see myself as more than just a student. I think when you start to give back to the school, you gain a lot more out of your experience.”
As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time

With these reflections, we can be reassured that Strathallan continues to grow students who will be well able to face any challenges before them with confidence and play a positive role in society.2013 marks a year of change not just for our Year 13 students. The Year 6 students also embark on the next stage of their own journeys as they move from the Primary School to the College. Here they reflect on their primary years and contemplate the move to the College. “When I started Strathallan Primary School I felt welcomed by everybody and they all wanted to be my friends. The teachers were all encouraging and made me try really hard. The best thing is that everyone is supportive,whether it’s on the sports field, in the classroom or playing music. I’ve learnt that it’s better to have a go at everything than only try things I’vealready done.” - Liam Duffin “I felt nervous when I started but then a boy asked if I wanted to be friends that first week and I felt very special. I feel excited about going to the College because I know a lot of people there. I have learned many things here, from how to carry out science experiments safely to how to play games properly in sport.” - Luke McLennan “I started the Primary School six years ago and I remember being scared and nervous because I didn’t know anybody. I gradually started to make friends and soon I knew everybody. I’ve done many things and learned so much thanks to the supportive teachers and my fellow students, who make the school awesome and exciting. I can’t wait to go to the College but at the same time I don’t want to leave the Primary School. The biggest thing I have learnt is to try your hardest at anything you do.”- Joshua Grant

“Like most people I felt a bit scared but also excited at the idea of starting a new school. School soon became awesome because the teachers are kind and the students support you. I’m a little bit nervous starting the College because it means going from one of the big kids to one of the youngest however it will be exciting in a new school and it will be cool seeing my brother. The biggest thing I have learnt is to share with others and help people.” - Maddison Coelho

“One of my favourite memories is when I got to meet everybody in my class. I didn’t know anybody but that soon changed. The teachers are very kind and supportive and encourage you to do well. The main thing I have learned from Strathallan Primary is that if you believe that you can do something, you will be able to do just that.” - Alexander Murphy

“When I came here from the Pre-school I remember being in a very small lclass and I remember it being a lot of fun. The class grew and I made lots of friends. I am quite excited to be going up to the College because I will get to be one of the small children again. Life at Strathallan has been really great and I have another seven years to go.” - Charlotte Francis

“When I walked into the classroom with Oliver I was really nervous and he first few days were really hard. However, as the years progressed I became more confident and made lots of friends. The best thing about this school is the people; they are so friendly and helpful. My time here has been really enjoyable and I have learnt that I should always be grateful and always try my hardest.” - Robbie King

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