Advice To Grade 9’s


Written by: Alison Lieu

High school may seem like a pain compared to middle school but it’s really not that bad, at least not yet. With these tips, you’ll make it through your first year, and hopefully have fun along the way.

  1. Be Involved

Try joining one or a few clubs and sports teams; with so many different clubs and teams Harbord has to offer, you are bound to like at least one. It’s a great way to meet new friends or bond with the friends you already have. These are the things that will make high school memorable and amazing. You’ll probably remember winning a basketball tournament rather than a math lesson when you look back.

  1. Use your teachers

High school is different than middle or elementary school because you have so many more teachers and they all seem a little intimidating at times. But they’re not, they all just have a lot of students to worry about, just like you have teachers. They often will provide extra help, clarify things for you, or even give you an extension if you let them know. They can’t read your mind but I’m sure they’ll be glad to help if you approach them.

  1. Use Harbord Resources

Although you may have just started getting used to getting around the school, there are places in the school that you should use to your advantage. For example, the GLE room is not only restricted to people who are in GLE, you can get help with your homework and projects there or it can just be a quiet space to work at lunch. You have access to computers and printers – perfect for last minute procrastinators who can’t fit get into the library “at capacity”. The library, if you get there early, is a great place to work, to use the computers, or to read the latest books and magazines.

  1. Don’t Worry

Going from Gr.8 to Gr.9 may seem like a huge jump but that’s because it is. Don’t worry because it feels that way for everyone. You should not be so hard on yourself when the marks on your first couple of tests and assignments aren’t what you’re used to getting. You simply need some time to get used to the way high school works, perhaps get to know certain teachers better, and regain that confidence you had in Gr.8. Everyone takes a different amount of time to get used to the change but everything will seem easier soon.

  1. Have fun!

Of all the years of high school, Gr.9 is the year where you have the most free time. It may not seem that way now, but you will see once you get into your seniors years. But now, you still have time to go out with your friends for lunch, after school, or do fun things during the weekend. This is not to say that you will not have a life in your senior years, you just won’t have as great of one – so, enjoy it now while you can.

I wish all the Gr.9 a fabulous year. Good luck!


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