The Herald (Harare)

12 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Goodbye Christmas, Welcome Books

After all the festivities last season, the next big thing to happen is to go back to school. It is that time again for serious business. For the past few days the CBD was hectic with schoolchildren going to their respective schools as well as last-minute shopping for boarders.

Some were making their last time preparations for the busy school term ahead of them. The boarders were being ferried to different parts of the country were they will be for the next three months.

For the Form Ones it is a whole new life and different from what they were used to in primary school.

It is also a whole new spectrum or dynamic shift for the Grade Ones who were used to spending time in unproductive existence for those who did not attend pre-schools but for those who were in pre-school it is easier for them to adjust.

The first term is normally taken for granted by pupils but to others it is an opportunity to start a strong foundation in the whole year's journey towards a successful year.

For the writing classes this is the final lap into that which they have been laboured for since they were enrolled.

It is the time to put the icing to the cake and making sure they tie up all the loose ends.

If you had not been studying since enrolling in high school this is the time you have to change your attitude towards school and hope that the gods will also smile in your direction for you to pass.

To all the Form Ones remember high school is exciting but don't get caught up in the tide you might lose your footing and destroy the foundation you built for yourself by passing your Grade seven.

Make your stay in high school memorable and to avoid the mistakes of yesteryears. They always say school days are the best but make sure you enjoy yourselves for as long as it lasts for you will never get another time in high school. Remember to make them count as well.

There is nothing embarrassing and disheartening as spending fours years and fail at the end. Cool Lifestyle wishes you an excellent academic year ahead of you. Throw away all the failures, wrongs and mistakes of last year away.

Move forward in faith and hope of a successful year that is 2013.

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