Beating the back to school blues

The summer holidays are coming to an end and it is time to take the school bag out from under the bed and think about the new year that is ahead of you. While some of you are eager to start secondary school here in St. Dominic’s Secondary School or most importantly eager to start whipping up masterpieces in the Home Economics kitchen, some others are anxious about going into an exam year. Here are a few helpful tips for a smooth, stress free, organised and enjoyable year.

1. Get your routine back! Change your lifestyle.

Over the summer I’m sure there have been many sleep ins, late nights and eating what you wanted anytime during the day. Over the weekend you should try and get a good solid few hours sleep and start back eating healthy, after all Ms Mills will be asking you what foods were the “top sins” that will be binned in Home Ec. It is important to start thinking what after school activities you will participate in this year or which sports you will get involved in.


2. This is a no procrastination zone!

It is important to create a motivating study environment before you start getting back into the swing of things. Tidy your desk, room, book shelves even your bedroom! Organise your notes from last year and put them into folders. Your study/ homework area should be pleasant, peaceful and with plenty of lighting. This is your space, so why not decorate it so yo like visiting it!


3.Excuse me where is Room 40? Follow the leader leader leader…

If you are new to St Dominic’s it is important that you find your way around the school. Be willing to meet and make new friends and they will certainly help you find your way. Don’t be afraid to ask a teacher or a member of staff if you are unsure about anything- asking for help is a sign of strength!


4. Caint, labhair, cadráil, chat, speak, talk!

If you are anxious, nervous about the new year that is around the corner, it is important that you talk to your parents, guardians, grandparents, sibling and friends. I’m sure they will whisper some words of encouragement and maybe even help you with your homework/study or even decluttering the school bag.


5. Less stress is the key to success

If you are sitting your Leaving Certificate or Junior Certificate this year it is so important that you realise that your attitude and your self belief is what will allow you to have positive yet realistic views of what you wish to achieve. To achieve any goal in life or to jump, leap or beat any obstacle you will face you must believe in your heart and mind that you are going to be successful. If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail as they say, start as you mean to go on. In the end the best feeling in the world is when you can say “I did my best”.


6. Set goals and monitor your attendance early
It is important to set goals, reflect on your goals and change your weaknesses into strengths and build your potential. Goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and given time, be it short term( this week) medium (months) long-term (by the end of the year). Take everything in baby steps and when you add up these tiny little steps you take towards your goals this year you’ll be amazed the strides you will take.


Fresh start, fresh mind, fresh  year!























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