Grade 9 students get a tour of General Amherst

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Orientation is a great way for Grade 9 students to experience their new high school, at a slower pace with friendly people willing to take the time to show them around before they are on their own.

“A lot of the kids are shy, but that’s high school,” explained student prime minister Linden Crain. “Grade 9’s who come to this school, at first they are going to be shy but I think that we have a warm environment so we’re trying to introduce them around the halls, if they have any questions or they’re scared about something, or they don’t know where their classes are, they are more than welcome to see our council.”

Jenna Fiala, General Amherst minister of athletics, shows a group of students around during grade nine orientation last Wednesday.

Jenna Fiala, General Amherst minister of athletics, shows a group of students around during Grade 9 orientation last Wednesday.

Crain added, he remembers when he started Grade 9 and how scary it was for him, but events like orientation helped to introduce him to the school and ease his nerves.

To help make the day a little more friendly and welcoming, instead of giving the touring groups numbers, they gave them NHL teams. The groups toured the school, took the students through to their classes, showed them where their lockers will be and how to use their locks and answered any questions the students had. They also played games and allowed them to interact with their fellow grade nine peers to ensure they made new friends and recognized friendly faces.

During Grade 9 orientation, students not only got to experience the school and learn about their classes, but they also played games and got to know fellow classmates.

During Grade 9 orientation, students not only got to experience the school and learn about their classes, but they also played games and got to know fellow classmates.

“I’m really excited,” said Jayda Delgatto, new Grade 9 student. “They made it really easy to find all of my classes and my locker, so I am excited. It’s been really fun so far, I really like it. It’s helped me to get to know people.”

Crain said this year, student council is planning on changing up a few things. They are hoping to get students more involved, introduce more spirit and have fun. Their main focus is homecoming and he hopes all of the students will get involved and help showcase their school spirit.

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