From left to right: Gianna Lehnert, Heath Beggs, Zahra Kirk, Toby Hayward, Bella McMahon, Hayden Fisher
These are the thoughts of some of our Year 9 students on their first days at Long Bay College.
Gianna Lehnert 9F
Nerves and excitement was all I could feel on my first day at Long Bay College. A new school, new teachers, new environment. Everything was going to change. I distinctively remember the nerves kicking in as I entered the hallways of Long Bay College.
Even though I am new to this school I feel as if every subject has opened up new pathways for me. Long Bay College has really made me feel motivated and helped me enjoy my studies. I enjoy having six different teachers rather than having one for all of my subjects; it really helps you learn different ways and see different learning styles.
My first year of college has been incredible so far and I feel privileged to be a Long Bay College student. I have learnt various amounts of things from writing an essay to understanding the impacts of isolation and global warming in small islands. I have created new friendships with people and still have my old friends with me on this journey. Long Bay College is a school where I feel proud to be a student, the opportunities that come along the way are fantastic and endless. I am looking forward to increasing my education and expanding my horizon.
Heath Beggs 9C
When I came to Long Bay I was almost so nervous that I didn’t want to come that first day. But after two weeks I had made it into a great school rock band and we had already performed in front of the Year 12 and 13 assembly and the Year 10 and 11 assembly.
After three to four weeks into Term 1, sport sign ups started coming up. I had never played rugby before and knew almost nothing about it but I wanted to give it a go so I signed up. I went to all the fitness trainings and all the skill training, and in Term 2 we were split into teams. I got into a team with mostly Year 10s and a few Year 9s. It wasn’t the coach who taught me everything I know, but it was also my team who were very helpful and helped me to not be scared of getting involved.
Overall I think Long Bay College is the best school I’ve been to because it has had lots of kind people and lots of thing to do.
Zahra Kirk 9I
College. Something I knew I wasn’t ready for, well at least that’s what I thought. I expected college to be a bundle of unfamiliar faces and extreme amounts of work. Let me tell you, I was completely wrong. Yes, I did have the occasional nerves strike every now and then on that first day, but that was just my mind saying not to grow up.
The opportunities are endless. I didn’t feel like a helpless squirrel getting lost in crowds of people, and I have the best classmates and teachers I could ever imagine. Two terms later, I’m here, typing this up, feeling like a proper college student. I’m in the 1st Girl’s Hockey team, stage challenge, after school dance, athletics and more. I’ve made so many new friends within two terms, and always see friendly faces in the hall. I’m so proud to say that I go to Long Bay College. The next few years ahead are going to be unpredictable, but excitable.
Toby Hayward 9A
At first I was a bit nervous and found the idea of high school a bit daunting. This was probably due to films and articles I have seen of bullying and students stressed over tests. But once I had settled in, it was very different to how I had expected it.
At the start of the year I took drama. I had enjoyed it at Northcross and thought I should give it a go at Long Bay College. All the way until the start of the school year I had been regretting my decision because of these thoughts of not being good enough and being judged. But throughout the lessons I felt more comfortable acting and will be choosing it again for next year.
This year I had also taken part in the school football team. An unfortunate season so far but it has been a blast and lots of fun anyway. Long Bay College has created a very welcoming environment for me and has been fun – both sporting and academic.
Bella McMahon 9H
One of the things I have most enjoyed at Long Bay College is being challenged to do my best and improve. I feel that challenging yourself at school is an important way to get the most from your time here and to prepare yourself for life after school. For me, challenge has been doing the next level of Maths questions, lifting the flyer in cheerleading even when my arms are ready to collapse, or confronting my nerves in the school dance show.
Something I have learnt this year in learning to learn is that there are closed mind-sets and open mind-sets. To challenge yourself you need to have an open mind-set so your brain can absorb new information and you find learning interesting and exciting. I have worked really hard this year to have an open mid-set and feel that this has helped me to improve. Where can you challenge yourself this week?
Hayden Fisher 9A
Somehow, I had no idea what to expect when I walked through the gates of Long Bay College for the first time. I was unsure about my decision to go to this school, as many options had been available to me. I was nervous.
Within the first few weeks, I had made new friends (something I hadn’t been able to accomplish so quickly in any other year). The teachers seem less like people doing their job and more like people doing what they enjoy. I am currently enjoying almost every minute of school life, and can safely recommend Long Bay College to any Year 8 who is unsure of what secondary school to go to.