by Jared, Grade 8
Looking back at our years at the Middle School, we are not only filled with very positive memories, but also some hilarious ones too. To start, let’s all go back to the very start of Grade 6. For many, the lead-up was scarier than the actual day. On the very first day of school we met the WEB leaders, the Grade 8 students who seemed so cool, as well as a whole bunch of strange new people, who would immediately be a part of our class.
All of us were praying we wouldn’t forget our locker combination, but sadly mine had to be cut open with a bolt cutter.
Grade 7 is the year when we can glide by, not the youngest and not the oldest. In Grade 8, now you are the oldest, tallest and unquestionably the coolest, yet it still feels as though you are in Grade 6 – those three years fly by very fast. Listen closely Grade 7s: Grade 8 is not any scarier.
You do not get hours and hours of homework as some may have led you to believe. Instead, Grade 8 is filled with new opportunities like Math and Science Challengers. Both are a great opportunity to practice abstract ideas in both these subjects, plus it does impress your teachers. You also have the opportunity to go to Model UN. Model UN is a fantastic experience, although at the beginning it seems incredibly daunting, it is a blast – not only do you get to feel the excitement of a speech you made, you also get to feel outrage towards the person who went after you and tore your speech to shreds.
For anyone who has been in Mr. Pollock’s class at least once, you would have heard this about twenty million times, but here I am to tell you this once more: “We are all the same but different.” In Grade 7, I felt as though I understood it, but this year it is completely clear. We all wear the same uniform, we go to the same school, and of course we are all human (or at least I hope so). We are the same on so many levels, but we each have individuality and our school celebrates this. As we move through high school, we all will have to face new challenges and tasks: provincials, university applications, entrance exams. It is our personal differences that will give us an advantage or something to differentiate us from everyone else. Currently, it seems unmanageable, but we will complete Senior School and look at it as a quick blip of time full of good memories, great friends, and amazing teachers there to back us – just like Middle School. Middle School where we were part of a unique family.
by Olly, Grade 7
My school year has been one of the best school years I have ever had thanks to my fellow classmates. Grade 7 is the best year of Middle School. We are not the new guys (the Grade 6s) or the old guys (the Grade 8s). We are the middle-aged people. We are a very diverse community, some people like athletics, others the arts and some love science. I found with this group of people that we are not what they call cliquey. Everyone (I hope) feels included and welcomed.
The majority of the Grade 7 girls are super into sports. You can ask any of the teachers and they will say that the biggest contributor to Middle School sports are the Grade 7 girls – sorry, boys! SMUS offers many sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball. I know many people who played or competed on every sports team! Now that’s an accomplishment! The Grade 7 girls basketball team became the City Champions. We were undefeated the whole season and won the playoffs.
This year, the Grade 7s were experimented on. Before you start to worry, just wait: it was a good experiment. You may not know this, but in Grade 6 instead of English and Social Studies they do one course called Humanities. This year in Grade 7, we did Humanities again! Most of the grade really enjoyed it and thought it was fun.
Our grade has many talents. Proof of this is the talent show that happens every year after our out-trips. There was singing, piano and a couple of people even claimed that they could read your mind (we all just went along with it).
From those of us who are middle-aged, we will look forward to taking over the role of being the senior citizens of the Middle School. We will also look forward to being the leaders of the school and to welcoming the new boarders from all over the world and the new day students.