Year 7 is a great year, not only is it the start of a brand new chapter, it is the basis and foundation for the rest of your school career and beyond! It can be scary, you have moved from the top of the school, knowing all the teachers and your way around, to the very bottom. Not only this but you have a much larger school, with a lot more teachers and lots more students! However, do not fear.
Will it take hard work? Yes. Will it sometimes be overwhelming? Yes. Will it be a significant change from year 6? Yes.
But, these are actually very positive skills that you need to learn to stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. At RPA we have high expectations, this means that getting organised and independent are vital and will, in turn, ensure you achieve your very best and you are proud of everything that you do. We are here to help, there are so many different people around the school that are happy to help you develop these characteristics and EVERYONE wants you to do well.
If we work together then we will achieve great things, it is as simple as that. It is always important to remember the school ethos - PARKS. Take pride, from school uniform to a difficult piece of homework. Aspire to be your very best, do not compare yourself with others but fully understand what you are capable of and then try and see if you can go even further. Be resilient, senior school is difficult but giving up at the first sign of a challenge is only going to make life much harder. You can do anything you put your mind to, intelligence, confidence and communication can all be developed and grown, there is no limit to what you are capable of if you try. There are lots of you in the year and the school so be kind. I am not expecting you to be best friends with everybody; I am however expecting you to be kind, considerate and empathetic to everybody in the year group to ensure we work well as a community.