Settling in from Overseas
My name is Helen and I'm from Italy. I'm 16 years old and I've been studying at the Sixth Form at Ipswich High School since last September.
At first, it was a bit difficult to get used to another learning in another language and completely change my routine; in Italy, I used to finish school at lunchtime! However, the school routine quickly became normal and I am very happy here. I've met a lot of new people and became good friends with my peers in Year 12 and 13.
I’m studying English
I still remember my first day at Ipswich High School, it was very strange. I remember that I couldn't find classrooms and I didn't know anybody, but my classmates helped me to settle in. My first lessons were tricky because it was such a shock to be taught completely in English after being taught in Italian for so long. But now, with a lot of practice and support, I'm doing well.
I love what I'm doing now and I’m totally used to timetables, lessons in English and essays. The only thing that I will never get used to are the stairs to the Sixth Form, especially when you are carrying a lot of folders and a laptop!