Secondary School Memories Part 2: Sixth Form

Following on from my previous post, here is the second post in the secondary school memories series but focusing on sixth form. I decided after my GCSE results to stay on at my high school’s sixth form due to it having the best music faculties of them all. A decsion that i don’t regret at all.

The way i could focus on certain subjects was brilliant. I took as levels in music, music technology, ict and buisiness studies as well as compulsory buisiness studies. This meant i could do as much music related stuff which i wanted during my free’s as well as work for my other subjects obvisolly πŸ˜›

Also, this is being posted on the 2 year anniversary of my leavers day from sixth form :O!!!!Before I start, here are some piccys from sixth form πŸ™‚

Music loving ❀

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More music love from yesterday πŸ˜›

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my god I look drunk!

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#flashback steel pans make music students go hyper πŸ˜› #a2music

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Love my mates πŸ˜€

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Year 12: This year started of really really well. I was making really good friends and getting on well with work. I would either be in the mac suiet or with the cafe crew during my free periods. We had a music day out for a study day which was so much fun! Although i had these home worries, i didn’t let them try to affect my school life. In Febuary 2013 during halftime, the houseswap finally happend. This absolutley deverstated me and made my depression even worse. I need to thank the music staff, my a level music group and boo for the support during this period. I was working hard but i was feeling unhappy inside. My as exams came round and i thought i did well but the depression i was suffering meant i didn’t concentrate and do as well as i thought. I then came back and started doing the work for my a2’s.

Year 13: My AS results where not as good as expected which gave me a kick into reality to work harder. I dropped buisiness which was a great descion as it meant i had more free’s and could focus on music music music. I would either be with the cafe crew or in the mac suiet. It was fun times although after a check up at the hospital and a further meeting with a suregon, i had to book myself in for the surgery to remove my thyroid. I was very nervous about this and then managed to get a lot of coursework done before my op which was good. I had auditions for uni which i got offers from all my choices.I then had my op and after my calcium episode i reutrned to sixth form and spent the rest of the time getting work caught up. I was also mucking about with my friends and it was generally just like that until my leavers day and my exams. I also managed to get my grade 7 horn with distinction as well!!

After I finished my A-Levels, I took a gap year. This was a very last minite descion but one which was the right descion. Due to my health situation and how i didn’t feel comftable or happy with my uni choices as well as being unsure on whether i had made the right descion with applying to uni, i choose at the last minute to withdraw my application and reapply for 2015 entry. Β This was certainly the right descion as i got my grade 8 horn, grade 5 theory and after thinking more carefully my application, got into universities i actually wanted to go to and now, i am at a brilliant univeristys which i love and enjoy everyone second of which is the right one for me by far. I am still living at home though but the commuting has not fazed me at all.

To end, I will post a picture of my Levers hoodies. I’m sure that once i graduate, I will have another one from my university to add to the collection, but I will always be a Wymondham High girl at heart thanks to the brilliant 7 years i had there.

#leavershoodie

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Don’t wish your school years away, they go a lot quicker than you think.

The concerts i had with uni this weekend as well as one with my brass band went really well. I’m now done for my first year. Suprised how quick it went. I’m taking this week off for rest and to tidy up my cv before looking for a summer job so i can hopefully start saving for my own horn πŸ™‚

Best,

Leveridge

Secondary school memories Part 1: Year 7-11

So today marks 4 years to the day since I had my leavers day at my high school. Makes me feel old or what :O!!!! I’ll embed some photos from this time πŸ™‚

#throwbacktuesday timelords @zoe_read221b #doctorwho #leaversday #goodtimes2012

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#nationalbestfriendday ginge is one hello of a legend who i miss loads as well as year 11 times 😦

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Inspired by a post on another blog which i follow, I thought i share some memories from my 5 years in secondary school from year 7-11.

Year 7: This was a hard year. I was the only person from my middle school to go to my high school. I hated this and wanted to change to the high school in the city where nearly everyone from my middleschool went to.I was placed into abbey house which colour was purple, my form was A4 and i was in the tiffey river band. Making friends was very hard and i would often just sit in the library or wander around at break and lunchtimes. The only people i would talk to would be staff or ta’s. I don’t know why but i would do impressions to people in my year to try and get acepttedΒ and talking to people. This only got me a reputation where i was known as the special kid who did impressions. I only realised this later on. People would be screaming at me when i’d walk down the school corridors and the older kids from year 9+ would get involved too. I hated this and it all became too much just before the summer term started.School didn’t intervene with this until the summer term though…. Music was my favourite subject of them all and i got my grade 3 horn at the end of the year πŸ˜€ I slowly started to feel happier during the summer term and was in a good state of mind at the end for a great summer break.

Year 8: This year started good. Although i was still struggling with making friends and would often have to be put in a group for group activities to stop me being alone, i was talking to people. I was still doing impressions and making myself look like an idiot in order to chat to people until the summer term where people finally started to accept me as a nice person not some special kid who makes themselve look like an idiot in order to try and make friends. This was a big relif seeming as i was really hating be pressured to do this in order to not be bullied.I went on a trip to germany with school at the end of the year which was awesome. I had never played so much mario kart and pokemon in one week and had so much fun when we went to a theme park called phantasialand where the micheal jackson thriller ride was as well as lots of very scary german rides. We also had a disco on the last day which was so so fun!Β I also got my grade 4 horn! There was no change of my favourite subject too….!!! I met a certain man during this year who would certainly change my life for the better………..I ended the year feeling a lot happier than i was in year 7 and had a fantastic summer break.

Year 9: This year started alrightish. I was getting on with people although i would still often have to be put in a group or work on my own due to shyness. I went on the trip to the Belgium battlefields which was great and i also got to take part in the remembrance ceremony at ypres representing the school which was very special. I was also invited to be in a year 9 fast track music group for talented musicians within the year to do theory stuff and to focus on music more. It was so fun. We also had to choose our gcse options. I nearly didn’t do music for graphics (with my fantastic art and design skills i know…) but i choose history, rpe and music. Looking back, i should have done drama or just had a period to work because of how much i struggled with history. I went on a trip to pleasurewood hills which was very fun! In may 2010, my grandma died. This devestated me and the imediate actions my family did made me feel really unhappy. This affected my work for the rest of the year where I underperformed in everything including the exams which would decide how i would be placed in the y band during year 10 where the whole year would be mixed with people you never knew beforehand. I also made a few bad remarks which i shouldn’t have done. I got my grade 5 horn though which was good during the summer but i could not wait for the summer holidays to come.

Year 10: This year was a fresh start for me. I was out of tiffey river and into the y band with new people who i didn’t know as well as people who i knew from tiffey. Music GCSE was my favourite lesson as we would muck about more than do work. The same applied to maths (for the wrong reasons though……;)! I soon realised though that i made a big mistake with taking history as a gcse option. I was making new friends and getting better at it in comparison to year 7. I was also diagnosed with a thyroid condition. Partly due to genetics but possibly due to how sad i felt possibly i don’t know…i didn’t need surgery at that time though and it just had to be monitored regularly by the hospital which was a relief.I went on the pleasurewood hills trip again which was just as fun! I applied for house prefect at the end of the year which i didn’t get which broke my heart. I was given house ambassador though which in reality was just my head of houses way of making some people feel better about it by giving them a badge which had no significant role unlike the prefects did. I properly just wanted it for the badge and the privileges anyway.Asides from this, it was an awesome year although my year 10 gcse results where a kick into reality.

Year 11: I dropped history at the start of the year so i could have an extra study period which was the best decsion i ever took. A lot of this focus for the year was on what to do next. I had a look at many different sixth form and colleges in the area and after much carefull deliberation, I decided to apply for my schools sixth and one in the city as a backup as well as the HE college for a music BTEC incase i would completely muck-up my exams badly. I finally settled down and was happier than ever-working hard but also mucking about in lessons particularly music. I had finally felt like the real happy me had came out. My mock results where good (except for an e in english literature because i was in top set…) and my favourite lessons where music and maths (for the wrong reasons though in maths…) ;)! I got my grade 6 horn before i left and the last few weeks where awesome. Lots of mucking about and not much work done. The leavers day was great but sad, i did a dr who theme and after the final assembly, everyone was saying goodbye and crying which was sad.

Once I had finished my GCSE exams, the first day afterwards I was given some shock news about the house which devastated me. I was worrying about this for over 2 years and I had learnt how much my parents and family had betrayed and ignored me. Although this was horrible and I would often cry about this bucketloads when alone, I had a fantastic summer. Hanging out with friends, going out with mum and walking the dog for walks along the norfolk countryside in the beautiful sunshine. It was bliss. The 2 sixth form induction days i had went well, still knew what my first choice would be though……

Lots of exciting musical things happened during this period. I depped on solo horn for an adult band and after depping with them twice, I got asked to join permently! I presume the depping was my audition to join! I also got accepted to the youth band of a very famous brass band in yorkshire and i was continuing to compose and play all around norfolk. All dandy and good πŸ™‚

At the end of the summer after going on holiday to lancashire, i had the important gcse results day. I got the results which I needed but to find out whether i stayed at my schools sixth or switched to the other one which would have been closer, you will have to wait for the second blog post in this series!!!!! Sorry πŸ˜‰

Today, i’ve had my end of year recital which is the only exam i have had as everything else is coursework. Really happy with how it went, not getting home till late as i’ve got orchestera rehersal till 9 tonight in preperation for the 2 concerts we’ve got this weekend! Fun!

Best,

Leveridge