School is the place where we have our education and learn new things,
And often where our first strong friend relationships begin.
This teaches us the things we need to know so that we are smart,
And how to get a job in this world and play our own part.
We start in nursery, where we play and laugh all day,
When we only know those first few words, and have barely anything to say.
We colour our pictures outside the line and paint things with our hands,
And we go outside and play on the swing and slide, or play in the sand!
Afterwards we move onto primary school, which isn’t much of a step,
But this is the part where the foundation of the education starts to develop.
This is where we make our first friends and we start to work hard and do our best,
When we begin the long phase of exams and preparation tests.
The middle of our major school life starts in secondary school,
When you try to fit in and learn how to do and say what is cool.
You have a bunch of tests that decide your future in university and a bit of your life,
Although it’s not the sort of journey that is stress free with no trace of strife.
Lastly you find you have finished sixth form, and have your entire future plan sorted,
Hoping to get into the university you’ve been dreaming of, the one you’ve wanted.
You start at university and that’s when the real work begins,
And when the world opens up and reveals itself and you start to see everything.
But the real school is the experience of what you go through in your life, and what you do,
Just like what they say, “Experience is the best teacher”, and at this stage, you begin to see this is true…
By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School