On the 25th of August, the Transition Years returned to school for a half day, where we were given our introduction to the new school year by Ms Duggan and Ms Whelan. Everyone was feeling apprehensive, including me. Some worried about whether they’d fit in, others about Minicompany and Junk Kouture, and some just worried if they’d really enjoy TY. Soon those worries melted away, and we began to realise that worrying really was a wasted emotion, as Miss Whelan says. We grew excited as we were told about all the trips we’d get to go on, and the new things we would experience, whether we want to or not, we’re going to be trying new things, even if it means stepping outside our comfort zones.
Over the course of just four days, we’ve crawled around the floor of the Activities Room, laughed as we learned who the fastest alphabet singer is, and watched an intense staring competition. We’ve learn to stop caring so much about how we look to other people, as we ridiculously tried to arrange ourselves in the order of the numbers Miss McConville called out. Some have even fallen asleep in between the excitement of these activities, taking time to relax and meditate with Miss Osborne. (Maybe relaxing too much and snoring a little!)
We’ve began to brainstorm ideas for Junk Kouture and Minicompanies, trying our hardest to come up with unique ideas. Hopefully we can bring something new to the competitions this year between us all.
One thing I never thought I’d take part in was a game called ‘speed-mating’, where we went from person to person, discovering everyone’s strengths and weaknesses (and maybe some gossip) in the hopes of finding our ideal team mates for the tough competitions we have ahead of us.
In just a few days of Transition Year, people have settled in well and made new friends. We’ve all learned to laugh at ourselves and accept that we’ll have to do the unimaginable this year. Personally, I think this year will be amazing, but extremely challenging. I can’t wait to see how we all get on with the new things ahead!
Sarah Whitty, 4C.