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so you’re startinG secondary school … These pages contain loads of advice to help you as you take this important step. some of the topics included are: leaving primary school well, facing fear, the first day at your new school, worshipping God anywhere, surviving Parents’ Evening, relationships, and a whole lot more!

Pages 26 to 32 BiBle help

seven days of Bible reading notes to get you in the swing of spending time with God – the one who will never break His promises to you, will never leave you and will always help you.

Inside back cover other resources

It doesn’t stop here! Keep digging deeper into God’s Word and living life to the full with Him.


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BER WHEn M E M E R U o Y n Ca FIRsT R U o Y d E T R a T YoU s Id IT FEEL? d W o H ? L o o H sC BoUT THE a L E E F U o Y Id HoW d ’ THERE? n e r ‘BiG child do you remember wishing you were eleven or twelve and leaving for ‘big school’? Well, now you are – how does it feel? one of the things about growing up is there are lots of people watching you and learning how to do it. Right now I bet there are lots of small children looking at you and wondering what it’s like to leave ‘small school’ and go to ‘big school’. Before we look at the thrills, challenges and opportunities of a new school, it’s important to think about how you are going to leave your old school. obviously you will walk out of the gate, but how will people remember you? What impression will you leave them with?


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Before you start something new it is important to finish properly what you are already doing. in the excitement of going to a new school it would be easy to let your guard down, start skimping on your work and misbehaving at the school you are to leave. after all, you’re never going to see those teachers or some of your classmates again, right? well, that may Be true, But it’s not really the point.



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In the 2006 Football World Cup Final, Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest players in history, was playing his last ever game of international football. For years he had worked hard, played well and been a great ambassador for the sport. In the last few minutes, however, he lost his cool and head-butted an opponent. Zidane got a red card and was sent off. At the very end

of the game, the competition and his career, it didn’t really matter – the officials couldn’t punish him by suspending him because he was never going to play again. Sadly, not only will Zidane be remembered as the football genius who ended his career in shame, but he will always regret that he didn’t finish and leave well. He left in a way that didn’t reflect all his previous hard work, discipline and success.

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