The Six Rules of Starting Secondary School


El has been in secondary school for two years now, and she would like to share with you young padawans  who are just starting secondary school all the things that she wish she had known when she started:

The Golden Rule:

Know your place. Nothing is hated more by the rest of the school than a cocky Year 7. Everyone else is a big moody teen and you are the little newbies. There is nothing wrong with that. As long as you accept that fact then you can relax and enjoy Year 7 without annoying the rest of the school and you shall be accepted.

Yes you may have been a hot potato at your old school. Yes you were at the top of the social ladder.

But now you are at the bottom. 

It’s ok. Your time will come. But for now don’t be cocky and show off. Even the Year 8s who are only a year ahead of you are still older and bigger than you so don’t annoy them. Just don’t. This is my main advice. My year spent quite a bit of time talking about how the new Year 7 didn’t know their place. They weren’t all like that. My next door neighbour joined and he’s brillo pads. I think I can safely say he’s settled down. And why is that? Because he followed my advice. 

Rule Two:

Be nice to everyone. I don’t care if he/she is of the opposite gender they are still a person. No one likes someone who is mean. Be pleasant and people will like you, you will make friends and you’ll settle in better.

Rule Three: 

Don’t annoy the teachers. This is your first year in a school that you’ll be in for many years so you need to make a good impression or at least not a bad one.

Rule Four:

Don’t worry if you don’t make friends immediately. El has made some really great friends in Year 8 that she can go bonkers with.

Rule Five:

Organise your bag the night before as this will save SO much time and prevent a lot of early morning stress. Also leave your PE kit somewhere you’ll see it like in front of the front door.

Rule Six:

The massive Year 11s aren’t that bad. If you don’t anger them

El and Jae
School of Blog

September 11, 2013. Uncategorized.


  1. Actually Mummy replied:

    Awesome post – I love this! And I love that you still use bonkers as a word. GG signed all the Year 6’s shirt with aka Miss Bonkers when they left! I’ll make sure to show her this in 3 years time 😉

  2. Patricia Campbell replied:

    Wish I’d had this advice years ago!

  3. Sameena replied:

    Congratulations Eljae
    I have nominated your blog for the Reader Appreciation Award.

    More about this nomination is at

  4. Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts) replied:

    This is a great post – and so wonderful to hear the perspective from someone who really knows. I shall be saving this for when my kid starts in a few years time. Thanks for linking up to my linky as well, hopefully others will find the advice now as well 😀

  5. AJ replied:

    Hi el & jae ,

    This is really great advice for me cause I’m goin to start year 7 so now , thanks to u , I know what to look out for 🙂
    Anyway , luv ur blog …..

    Check out my blog :

    Keep blogging girlfriends

    AJ xx

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