Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year! We hope everyone had a restful and fun-filled summer break as it is time to get back into the swing of school!
After 68 days of relaxation, you might notice that quite a few people are finding school to be anything but smooth. Without a doubt, the start of a new school year is a big transition for most, if not all, of the students. This is especially the case for those who have been oversleeping and feeling lackadaisical almost every day over the last couple of months. However, there is no need to worry at all! Hundreds of students around you feel the same way too. And like any other high school year, you will soon find yourself enjoying the time you get to spend with your friends – both old and new – and looking forward to your favourite classes.
On the other hand, if you are a grade eight student who has just begun your high school life, you might find yourself facing a number of problems in the first few weeks. Unlike elementary school, high school carries much more pressure and responsibility. At times, you might even find yourself feeling somewhat stressed out due to a heavier workload and increased number of tests and quizzes. But nonetheless, amidst the stress and studying, there are many other good things about this new stage of life. It may sound cliché, but it is true when people say that high school is one of the best times a person could possibly have. Over the next five years, you will be given numerous great opportunities to find friends whom you may cherish for life; meet teachers whom you can trust and confide in; map out your future by discovering your area of interest and how you can thrive in it; and, most importantly, enjoy the wonderful years of youth by challenging yourself and doing the craziest things you can possibly think of – without breaking anything or hurting anyone of course. One way or another, you can definitely make your life here at Windermere enjoyable and unforgettable.
Finally, after all that we have said, please remember: SPREAD THE WORD!!
On behalf of the Word Committee,
Tammy Lee, Winnie Liang, & Max Miller