Tuesday 24 April 2018

Starting secondary school

As they get ready to move on upwards into secondary school, these sixth-class students reflect on the good times and look ahead to the challenges in store

Jack Brown (12)
Jack Brown (12)
Caoimhe Mackey (12)
Aoife Cronin (12)
Grace Sheahan (12)
Jack Lynch (12)
Cian McSwiney (13)
Anja Zauers (13)
Jack O'Connor (12)

FOR many children, primary school is a second home. Many look back on these days with nostalgic affection, because by the time they get to sixth class, primary school is a safe haven, a home from home where they are at ease.

They are the senior pupils now, revered and admired by the youngest children and entrusted with responsible tasks both by their teacher and by the school principal.

With their last term in primary school having just drawn to a close, this year's sixth-class pupils might well have come to realise that perhaps primary school is a safe harbour they will very reluctantly leave...



Caoimhe Mackey (12)
Newtown Upper National School
Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary

What do you like most about primary school?

Making new friends and playing sports.

What will you miss most about primary school?

I'll really miss my teacher, Ms Sarah Jane Dowling, because she's so nice.

What's your best memory of primary school?

When the McCarthy Cup came to visit last year.

What did you like least about primary school?

The steep hill we had to walk up to get to the school hurling pitch.

What are you looking forward to most about second-level?

Doing new subjects like Home Economics and German. I can't wait.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

Fitting in and making new friends.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A chef and own my own restaurant.

Aoife Cronin (12)
Presentation Primary School
Terenure, Co Dublin

What did you like most about primary school?

Having the same friends for eight years, from junior infants to sixth class.

What will you miss most about primary school?

Having the same teacher for the whole year and being with the same people all the time.

What's your best memory of primary school?

Our sixth-class school tour. We went to Kerry for two days and stayed in a hotel.

What did you like least about primary school?

Homework!

What are you looking forward to most about second-level?

Making new friends.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

I'm a bit nervous about the work -- things get harder at second level and I think the Irish will be very tough.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I'd like to be a famous author writing books about fantasy and magic!

Grace Sheahan (12)
St Oliver's National School
Killarney, Co Kerry

What did you like most about primary school?

I liked having lots of different nationalities in our school.

What will you miss most about primary school?

Being a senior and knowing my way around!

What's your best memory of primary school?

My Communion and Confirmation.

What did you like least about primary school?

Getting up early in the morning!

What are you looking forward to most about second-level?

Having different teachers for each subject.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

Getting lost and being the youngest again!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Maybe a heart surgeon.

Jack Lynch (12)
Scoil na mBuachailli
Clonakilty, Co Cork

What did you like most about primary school?

Being in the all-Ireland Orienteering Championship.

What's your best memory of primary school?

Coming second in Scoilavision last month -- it's a Battle of the Bands.

What did you like least about primary school?

Homework and the Friday test!

What are you looking forward to most about second-level?

Having a different teacher every 40 minutes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I'd like to join the army or the navy because they seem like interesting places to work.

Cian McSwiney (13)
St Michael's Boys National School
Trim, Co Meath

What do you like most about primary school?

Learning French.

What will you miss most about primary school?

I'll miss the way my whole class did things together all the time.

What's your best memory of primary school?

Sports day this year when sixth class played against the teachers in football.

What did you like least about primary school?

Irish -- I just don't like it.

What are you looking forward to most about secondary school?

The challenge of all the new subjects like German and metalwork and Tech Graphics.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

An airplane pilot or an aerodynamics engineer.

Jack Browne (12)
Scoil Einde
Salthill, Co Galway

What did you like most about primary school?

I liked that there was no bullying.

What's your best memory of primary school?

My first day at this school, where I started at the age of 11 in fifth class.

What did you like least about primary school?

Getting up early.

What are you looking forward to most about secondary school?

Playing soccer and learning French.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

Meeting new people I don't know.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

A primary teacher

Anja Zauers (13)
St Joseph's National School
Rehins, Ballina, Co Mayo

What did you like most about primary school?

Our school tours! They were always very good -- in sixth class we went to Dublin to see 'Aladdin' at the Gaiety.

What will you miss most about primary school?

One of my best friends -- she's going to a different secondary school than me.

What is your best memory of primary school?

Our school musical this year -- it was called 'Cinderella Rockerfella'.

What did you like least about primary school?

I didn't dislike anything.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

The work will be tougher and there will be more subjects.

Jack O'Connor (12)
Scoil na Mainistreach
Celbridge, Co Kildare

What did you like most about primary school?

PE -- we have a field near the school and on sunny days we always go out and do PE outside.

What will you miss most about primary school?

I'll miss some of the teachers.

What is your best memory of primary school?

Making the school Gaelic football team in fifth class.

What did you like least about primary school?

Art. I'm not that interested in it.

What are you looking forward to most about secondary school?

Cycling to school.

Does anything about starting second level make you nervous?

You get a locker and you have to remember the combination.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

A politician in the Dáil. My great uncle was a politician and I'd like to help people with their problems.

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