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11 mantras for your move to big School

Posted: by Jo Tuesday, 29 August 2017 @ 14:33

Moving from your primary school up to secondary school can be a scary time. You are often leaving behind friends, and moving to an unfamiliar building with completely new teachers.

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Classes are often bigger; suddenly, you are back to being the youngest in the school; homework is a greater amount, and harder; and the school environment itself is likely to be substantially larger. 

Teachers treat you in a more grown-up way, but there are often more rules to follow and higher expectations placed on you. 

You might be a little nervous, but it’s also a really exciting time. A time to make new friends and learn new things. You may feel a little anxious initially, until the environment feels familiar and safe - but you’ll adapt within a few weeks. 

Here are some mantras that we think might be helpful, to repeat in your head, if you do feel stressed or anxious:

Mantras for when you feel there is too much work:

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  • I am learning and growing every day
  • The harder I work, the luckier I get
  • Hard work brings sweet rewards

Mantras for when you are feeling stressed:

  • Breathe, slow down, be calm
  • I choose calm over anxiety
  • I breathe in strength and I breathe out fear

Mantras for when you feel angry with another pupil, or

 someone upsets you:

  • Let it go
  • Treat others as I want to be treated
  • Today I choose happiness

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Mantras for when you want to motivate yourself:

  • Choose to shine
  • Today I feel…[pick your favourite positive word]


It takes everyone a little while to settle into a new school, but if you stay positive, and welcome the chance to learn new things and make new friends, it’s a really exciting time in your life. Enjoy!



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