What has changed now you are back to school?

What has changed now you are back to school?

We asked our readers what has changed - or stayed the same - now the new academic year has begun. Here are their answers ...

1. Time to celebrate

Our school is turning 50 years old, so we're going to have a huge party this term. The school has received loads of gifts, like chairs, desks, and even iPads. But what we really need is a new loo. Who doesn't love a brand-new bathroom?

Tracy Wong Ho-yan, 17, Carmel Secondary School


2. Screaming friends

Everyone changes after the summer. Some of us come back taller, some of us come back with a tan. But there is one thing which always stays the same - hearing my friends scream my name when I first see them!

Anushka Purohit, 14, Renaissance College


3. A giant leap

Nothing is bigger than the leap from a local secondary school to an overseas university. I used to study at a small building in St Paul's Convent School in Hong Kong, but now I'm at the University of Toronto, the biggest university in Canada. The campus is so huge that sometimes it takes me 10 minutes just to get to the next class.

Tacye Hong, 16, University of Toronto (Canada)


4. New memories

Because of our school's relocation, going back this term is a little scary. There is so much to get used to as we adjust to the school's new facilities. However, there is comfort in seeing the familiar faces of my friends. I'm looking forward to creating new memories in Tai Wai!

Anna Rai, 16, St Margaret's Girls' College


5. Even more friends

There are many new faces, so it's fun to make new friends. Also, the new teacher is very nice. I think it'll be a good term.

Tony Lau, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School


6. Double trouble?

My school term is going to be great! Double the homework and double the stress equals double the fun!

Tayyab Shahzada, 15, Sha Tin College


7. The IB blues

I've just started the IB and it's messing with my head already. At the very least, I have faith that I'll be able to handle it, because I always have in the past. Well, that's what I tell myself!

Sharon Cheng, 15, King George V School


8. Clean up your act

My school is being more environmentally conscious this term. Every day, students need to clean their classrooms after school. If the teachers find a dirty classroom, the class will be punished. I hope my class will have a "clear conscience" all the way through!

Edward Leung Mau-lam, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School


9. Aiming high

My school is still the same, but now my classroom is all the way up on the sixth floor. It means I'll be climbing a lot more stairs this year!

Fish Yu, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School


10. Scary vibe

I'm starting Grade 11 of the IB Diploma programme, meaning that I will need to manage my time better to keep up with the workload. What's different is the vibe - knowing that you are going to graduate in less than two years is a little frightening!

Mizuki Nishiyama, 16, Canadian International School


Next week:

Next Friday is "Talk Like a Pirate" Day! For our next Top 10, tell us where you would bury your treasure, and why. Send your response, together with your name, age and school, to reporters.club@scmp.com with "Top 10" in the subject field. The best answers will be published on the next Top 10 page.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What's new at school?

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