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    First I’d like to welcome you to this little blog of mine and thank you for being here! To be honest with you I have no idea if this is even the correct way to do it but there’s no harm in trying. Unfortunately I’m a little late to the party but I’m still hoping to be in with a chance in this competition, as not only will this be a great experience, but I also think it’ll be great to expand vocab and language etc. for my English exams!

    So, where do I start? I’ve never done anything like this before. Perhaps I should start by telling you a little about myself. My name is Freya, I’m currently Head Girl at my secondary school, and, you guessed it, I’m in my final year. Year 11. The dreaded Year 11. My current predicted grades are all 7’s and 8’s, but my target grades are all 8’s and 9’s (why my school set their target grades based on Year 6 SATS results I’ll never know) so, as you can imagine, the pressure is on.

    I’m not going to lie to you, I genuinely thought that secondary school was going to be a doddle. Oh, how I was wrong. I’m already on my third mental breakdown of the year and it’s only November. I am known to be a worrier, a stress head, an overthinker, but I never imagined I’d struggle as much as I currently am doing.

    So here’s just a little introduction about me - about my school life. I hope this little blog brings both you and I some comfort in this troublesome year ahead. And I will try to keep you updated as often as possible - unless I’m 6-feet-under in homework and on my seventeenth breakdown of the year - but until then, I’ll see you soon.

    Freya.
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    hi, i'm in year eleven too and i agree that it's pretty stressful but how are you feeling rn? have you done mocks yet?
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    I'll be following you girl! I believe you can get those 8's and 9's!!!!!
    Sameeee my school uses our year 6 sats results to basically predict our grades (plus our current levels obviously but )like wth. I dont think they understand that when i was in yr 6 my main concern was H20 just add water lmao

    How do you balance being head girl and revision for gcse's???!?! You must have so much to do!
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    (Original post by entertainmyfaith)
    hi, i'm in year eleven too and i agree that it's pretty stressful but how are you feeling rn? have you done mocks yet?
    Hi! I’m finding it SUPER stressful right now I am not going to lie. The teachers put so much pressure on these days and with the added pressure of speeches and other things with being Head Girl is just not helping! My mocks start next Monday and I’ve already lost the will to live - I DO NOT want to do them aghhh! How are you feeling? Have you started/done your mocks yet?
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    (Original post by A.N123)
    I'll be following you girl! I believe you can get those 8's and 9's!!!!!
    Sameeee my school uses our year 6 sats results to basically predict our grades (plus our current levels obviously but )like wth. I dont think they understand that when i was in yr 6 my main concern was H20 just add water lmao

    How do you balance being head girl and revision for gcse's???!?! You must have so much to do!
    Hi there! Wow okay this thing is actually quite cool there’s so many people on here. Yes I legit can’t agree more it’s so ridiculous there’s loads of people in my Year that have either improved loads since Year 6, but then there’s the others who have gone, shall I say, a little downhill since then. I’ll be honest with you, I was so buzzing when I got the badge and all that jazz when I got Head Girl, but I had no idea just how much time and effort has to go in to it.

    So far I’ve done a speech in front of the Year 6’s who were soon to be Year 7’s at the end of Year 10 and their parents, just to say hello and welcome - that kind of thing. Then I’ve done another speech in front of something like 800 people for my school’s open evening for people looking around and then recently I had to do a speech in front of the ENTIRE ex-Year 11 class! God it was mortifying! But I live to see another day hahah. I guess I knew there was always going to be that extra added pressure with the role, but I think (hope) it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ll get back to you on that one!!
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    (Original post by freyaadavies)
    Hi! I’m finding it SUPER stressful right now I am not going to lie. The teachers put so much pressure on these days and with the added pressure of speeches and other things with being Head Girl is just not helping! My mocks start next Monday and I’ve already lost the will to live - I DO NOT want to do them aghhh! How are you feeling? Have you started/done your mocks yet?
    i'm feeling okay, just done a bit of english lit work. finished my mocks thank god. i had them super early [straight after october half term] so that's one less thing to worry about rn
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    hey freya! good luck with y11!!! what subjects did you take?
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    (Original post by entertainmyfaith)
    i'm feeling okay, just done a bit of english lit work. finished my mocks thank god. i had them super early [straight after october half term] so that's one less thing to worry about rn
    Omg that’s so unfair you lucky thing! I would much rather get it over and done with like that than have to wait forever to do them. Hope they went well and I’m glad you’re feeling okay right now, I know the majority of my year aren’t!
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    Just wanted to say good luck and don't worry too much - you are obviously doing a lot of things well to be Head Girl (which I didn't know was a thing at GCSE Level, is this a common thing lol?)! There's a long way to go yet, so there's always time to improve and perfect. You'll be great!!
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    hey freya! good luck with y11!!! what subjects did you take?
    Hello and thank you! So basically my school really messed my year up with our subject options. I was on Pathway A so it meant I could take one humanity, one language and one from a HUGE list of subjects including Triple Science, PE and Media - all subjects that I really wanted to do. So after much debate I decided I would go for Triple Science as I would gain three separate GCSE’s from it and I just generally enjoyed science more. I also took History and French (the latter choice being the worst decision of my life) but nevertheless I still don’t regret choosing History and Triple Science. On top of that, of course, I have my English, Maths, ICT, Business and then another ICT course (I still don’t understand it. I think my school felt guilty for not giving us many options so have tried to cram as many in as possible.) Also, my school doesn’t have to take RE as a GCSE as we have separate ‘Theme Days’ where we focus on topics to do with RE so I got away with that one - I hated it in Year 7 and 8 before taking my options!
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    (Original post by freyaadavies)
    Hello and thank you! So basically my school really messed my year up with our subject options. I was on Pathway A so it meant I could take one humanity, one language and one from a HUGE list of subjects including Triple Science, PE and Media - all subjects that I really wanted to do. So after much debate I decided I would go for Triple Science as I would gain three separate GCSE’s from it and I just generally enjoyed science more. I also took History and French (the latter choice being the worst decision of my life) but nevertheless I still don’t regret choosing History and Triple Science. On top of that, of course, I have my English, Maths, ICT, Business and then another ICT course (I still don’t understand it. I think my school felt guilty for not giving us many options so have tried to cram as many in as possible.) Also, my school doesn’t have to take RE as a GCSE as we have separate ‘Theme Days’ where we focus on topics to do with RE so I got away with that one - I hated it in Year 7 and 8 before taking my options!
    ah ok! how come you do 2 IT courses? and same, we don't have to do RE unless we take it, but we've got core RE every fortnight. complete waste of time bc there's no hw or tests, we should really just get a free period!
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    (Original post by johnatschool)
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    Just wanted to say good luck and don't worry too much - you are obviously doing a lot of things well to be Head Girl (which I didn't know was a thing at GCSE Level, is this a common thing lol?)! There's a long way to go yet, so there's always time to improve and perfect. You'll be great!!
    Hi! Thank you very much that’s kind of you. Yes, where I’m from it’s pretty common, I don’t think I’ve ever had that reaction to be honest so maybe you’re the one missing out haha! That’s what I (and everyone around me) keep telling myself but I just can’t seem to calm the nerves! I know I’m not supposed to be, but I just don’t feel prepared at all.
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    (Original post by mez_merising)
    ah ok! how come you do 2 IT courses? and same, we don't have to do RE unless we take it, but we've got core RE every fortnight. complete waste of time bc there's no hw or tests, we should really just get a free period!
    There’s one course called ECDL which I’m sure is what quite a lot of schools do as their main ICT course, but my teacher was frustrated at the fact that many in our class were getting 100% in all 4 tests, but they weren’t actually distinguished between the people that were getting 80% and still getting the same grade. This other course (called TLM) does that, from what I remember correctly. It grades based on Pass or Fail but then there’s also another grade called Higher for the students that achieve higher percentages in the tests. It’s 30% coursework and 70% exam, which obviously I think is great as I thought they’d scrapped all coursework! Also, that RE situation seems so tedious. How annoying! I’m glad our school just takes whole days off timetable as it means you can just have a chill day and then get back to it.
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    (Original post by freyaadavies)
    Hi! Thank you very much that’s kind of you. Yes, where I’m from it’s pretty common, I don’t think I’ve ever had that reaction to be honest so maybe you’re the one missing out haha! That’s what I (and everyone around me) keep telling myself but I just can’t seem to calm the nerves! I know I’m not supposed to be, but I just don’t feel prepared at all.
    Hmm, I suppose it's because in Northern Ireland, we don't have separate sixth form colleges and secondary schools.
    Tbh it's completely natural to be worried sick, especially if this will be your first time sitting formal exams! But it's also good to forget about it all for a while, and just enjoy life! I doubt there's very many people who feel completely prepared coming up to the exams, I certainly wasn't - and it worked out alright for me lol!
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    (Original post by freyaadavies)
    Omg that’s so unfair you lucky thing! I would much rather get it over and done with like that than have to wait forever to do them. Hope they went well and I’m glad you’re feeling okay right now, I know the majority of my year aren’t!
    it wasn't very nice having to work over the half term, but at least they're done
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    (Original post by freyaadavies)
    There’s one course called ECDL which I’m sure is what quite a lot of schools do as their main ICT course, but my teacher was frustrated at the fact that many in our class were getting 100% in all 4 tests, but they weren’t actually distinguished between the people that were getting 80% and still getting the same grade. This other course (called TLM) does that, from what I remember correctly. It grades based on Pass or Fail but then there’s also another grade called Higher for the students that achieve higher percentages in the tests. It’s 30% coursework and 70% exam, which obviously I think is great as I thought they’d scrapped all coursework! Also, that RE situation seems so tedious. How annoying! I’m glad our school just takes whole days off timetable as it means you can just have a chill day and then get back to it.
    luckyyy
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    I find it hard to stay focused in the days where you just do the same old thing. I've realised that the further you get in to Secondary School, the less you learn each day. It becomes more about remembering old things than learning new things, and I hate that. For me, the school day today was just one huuuggeee procrastination. At one point I even sat in History with my phone out trying to get a good enough picture to put in this; how I managed to get away with having my phone out in lesson is a mystery to me. So yes, school was rather tedious today, but it has made me realise that I will only ever get the results if I'm willing to put the hard work in, as, to be honest with you, I can't really remember much of my lessons today. Do you ever feel like you walk around school and do all your lessons but you're so distracted thinking about all the homework, revision, sleeping, socialising, spending time with your family and attempting to have life, that you have to do? This was me today.

    Mocks start next Monday. It's Wednesday tomorrow and I haven't even created my revision material yet, let alone revised from it. Yes, I would say I'm a tad behind on the work I have to do, but right now I'm at the point already where I'm questioning myself if all this is really worth it.

    I'm already ready to throw in the towel on my GCSE's.

    Sounds pathetic, I know. But how am I supposed to revise if I haven't even been taught how to by my teachers?

    On the brighter side, I got to use lots of pretty colours and pens in History today. We made a timeline for the start of our topic 'Medicine Through Time in Britain' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excuse the TERRIBLE handwriting. Lets hope tomorrow is a much better day.

    See you soon.
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    Wow OK, so already I'm lagging behind with keeping this updated, oops sorry! But, to my defence, I was off school ill for a few days last week as I think I had the flu :eek:. Nevertheless, I'm back!
    I'm actually returning with a much more positive attitude in comparison to my last post. Although the DREADED MOCKS have started this week, I'm determined to stay happy and motivated, because if I don't, I think I will find that my grades suffer because of it. Also, I think it's really important that both you and your friends stay as positive as possible, as you're all a sort of support network for each other - keeping each other sane.

    Today I had 2 exams - Maths Paper 1 & Biology Paper 2. Fun. I thought that the maths paper wasn't too bad, but I was rather annoyed with the biology paper as my biology teacher is so rubbish I had to try and recall things from YEAR 9, which of course didn't go well. Absolute disaster. Today I have been sat in 3 hours and 15 minutes of exams - dreadful. But one thing I don't mind too much is the fact that you get to miss lessons, which is always an upside. Tomorrow I have English Language Paper 1 and French Reading. I feel fairly confident for these exams, but to be honest, with the education system these days, no one can exactly know for sure.

    In form, I also got called to the Assistant Principals office to discuss when to hold a 'Student Voice' meeting, where Head Boy and I will chair a meeting with all of the House Representatives to discuss issues and improvements for school life. Then, after that meeting, we will go to an SLT (the higher up teachers who are 'more important' than the others) and tell them what we've discussed and brainstorm for improvements. Right now I'm just pondering whether or not to be brutally honest and tell them all about how I feel the school has declined dramatically over the years, or whether to keep shtum about the whole situation. As I was appointed Head Girl - and I even told them in my interview that I was not one to keep quiet about something I felt was wrong - surely I should tell them exactly how it is? The main problem is that teachers often seem to dismiss issues that we have, as they see us as teenagers that are just moaning, not actual people that want to see/make a change. And then they have a go at us when we get so frustrated because they're not listening to us that we practically implode. GRRR!

    Anyways, I better get revising. I might watch some 'Mr Bruff' YouTube videos for my English paper and read over my notes for my French reading. At the end of the day, they're not important because they're only mocks - right?

    See you soon.
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    don't worry freya, im sure you'll fly through them mocks
 
 
 
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