A Grade Nine Perspective: STM Welcomes New Knights
By: Maisha Ahmed
This September, St. Thomas More welcomed over 460 new grade nine students to the school. It’s definitely a major transition from a small elementary school to a “big and scary” high school. However, the new Knights seem to be adjusting perfectly fine. STM did so much to make the grade nines feel comfortable: holding assemblies, having information booklets, receiving advice from older students, and giving constant reminders – these all helped make the transition from grade 8 to grade 9 much easier and smoother. The staff and students have been very kind and helpful in assisting with any issues or concerns. It’s hard not to appreciate the school’s effort to help them start this year the best way possible.
One thing I've learned is that high school is nothing compared to how it is portrayed in the media. When you walk in the first day your stomach is twisted in knots and it feels like the whole building is swallowing you up. You expect crazy teen drama, careless teachers, awkward situations, and grade twelve students that are out to get you. However, that’s not actually what happens. The reality is that you’re there to learn, have fun and be supported; it’s only hard if you make it that way.
The activities and classes available in high school are incredible and many. Not just the academic possibilities, but also the sports, clubs, and the chance to meet so many new people. It’s the time to find out who you are and belong to something you hold as important. I've seen many grade nine students getting involved with all the things STM has to offer which is awesome! I look forward to many great challenges and opportunities.
I talked to several of the new Knights and received positive feedback from everyone. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“Grade 9 is so much fun. It’s better than I expected!” – Tanya D’Andrade
“It’s not what I expected. The community, the people, going to events and representing yourself as a Knight feels good.” – Sam Moshiri
“I like being given all the responsibility and being treated more as an adult.” –Jean-luc Di Santo
“Grade 9 is so much better than elementary school!”–Kyra Hollins
“High school is a huge place, and there are so many people. I feel that it's a great way to socialize and see a new set of people every day in each of your classes.”-Bushra Haque
I’m sure they all feel proud to call themselves Knights and be a part of this amazing school. I hope they make the best of the next four years.