SCHOOL LESSONS: Kadina High students wrote and performed Getting Ready for High School skits for pupils at local schools. Back from left, Emily Yee, Sally Curran, Tia Kendall, Hannah Oliver, Sarah Penney, Brendon Yee. At front are Kyrone Steenson as The Tuff Guy and Jayden Rose as David Attenborough.
SCHOOL LESSONS: Kadina High students wrote and performed Getting Ready for High School skits for pupils at local schools. Back from left, Emily Yee, Sally Curran, Tia Kendall, Hannah Oliver, Sarah Penney, Brendon Yee. At front are Kyrone Steenson as The Tuff Guy and Jayden Rose as David Attenborough. Doug Eaton

Students take light-hearted look at the leap to "big school"

IT'S A CHALLENGE we've all faced but, as adults, probably mostly forgotten.

Yet every year when a new crop of primary schoolers makes the jump to "big school" they deal with the same feelings.

Isolation, being a little fish in a big pond, fear of keeping up with increasing pressures in class, social popularity, or even body size are some of the anxieties on primary school kids' minds when they make that big step.

A group of nine Kadina High School students have recently come to the rescue, writing and performing a series of light-hearted skits exploring the key issues.

They did a mini-travelling roadshow, playing to more than 200 primary pupils around Lismore, capping it off at Lismore South Public School yesterday.

The show is garnering rave reviews from fans.

"It was really funny. Now I'm calmer about going to high school," Year 6 pupil Dean Clements said.

Breeze Tyson from Lismore South said the skits worked better than just talking.

"They were open about it, they were honest."

Kadina High students Emily Yee and Kyrone Steenson said they were inspired to join the project after negotiating their own challenges in their first year of high school, from as simple as "getting lost" to the challenge of changing friendships.

"I really like performing and I also wanted to pass my experiences to other people," Emily said.

The program was funded by YWCA Northern Rivers in collaboration with Kadina High.

Lismore South Public teacher Mark Boronski emphasised the importance of kids staying true to themselves when they went to high school. He said "students sharing with other students" made the project more powerful.

"The kids can see real life experiences being shared. That makes a lot more sense to the kids - to hear it from someone that it's happened to."

Mr Boronski taught some of the Kadina kids when they were in primary school.

"The fact that they're now stepping up and sharing their experiences is special."



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