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FAQ for Incoming Grade Six Students

  1. Will I like my teachers?

  2. Will my projects pile up?

  3. Are there thugs and bullies in the school?

  4. I am a little scared of failing. What can I do?

  5. Will I have enough time to reach my locker, get my books and get to my classes on time?

  6. Will I be intimidated by some of the kids at school?

  7. What is Student Council?

  8. Where are the Sport Études classrooms located?

  9. I keep hearing about “PED Support”, what is that?

  10. Since Sport Études classes are accelerated, will I be able to keep up?

  11. I have heard a lot about the projects required in Academics Plus. Will they be very big?

  12. Are you given enough time to complete all the projects or to study for tests?

  13. I come from a French school and have had very little structured, English instruction. Will I have a hard time with all my subjects in English?

  14. I am worried about getting lost in the school and finding my classes. Will this be a problem?

  15. I don’t know anyone at John Rennie, all my friends went to other high schools. Will it be difficult to make friends?

  16. Are there sports outside of Sport-Études?

  17. I am known as a bully in elementary school. I want to be different in high school. Can I change that reputation?

  18. What is the cafeteria food like?

  19. Are we still going to be able to see the friends that are not in the same program as us?

  20. Can we go home for lunch?

  21. When can you leave the school grounds for lunch?

  22. Are there any activities outside of sports?


1. Will I like my teachers?

  • Just like in any school, you will have your favourites, but you can be assured that you can always count on them to help you before and after school.

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2. Will my projects pile up?

  • You should use your agenda to plan your time wisely so that you can space out the work required.

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3. Are there thugs and bullies in the school?

  • Bullies are addressed immediately by staff and administration. There are a lot of ‘big’ guys, but they’re just big!

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4. I am a little scared of failing. What can I do?

  • If you notice that you are not doing so well in a certain subject, there are always people there, such as teachers, to help you. However, you must ask, take responsibility for your learning.

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5. Will I have enough time to reach my locker, get my books and get to my classes on time?

  • You are given 5 minutes in between each period to get to your lockers. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is actually enough time to do all that.

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6. Will I be intimidated by some of the kids at school?

  • In the beginning you might be a little scared, but that’s normal. After awhile, you get used to seeing the older kids around. We are often in separate hallways though, so it is not really an issue.

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7. What is Student Council?

  • A group of students that plans activities which builds school spirit, leadership skills and makes school more fun!

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8. Where are the Sport-Études classrooms located?

  • All classes are located along one hallway with the exception of Science, options and Ethics.

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9. I keep hearing about “PED Support”; what is that?

  • PED Support is a study period between 1:00 and 2:00 pm that is either optional or mandatory, depending on your situation. It is available for all students in Sport-Études who need help and is required for students who are not training at that time. There is also PED Support in the mornings.

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10. Since Sport-Études classes are accelerated, will I be able to keep up?

  • You must be organized at all times to keep up. The teachers have provided us with a tracker in case we get side-tracked. Remember, use your agenda!

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11. I have heard a lot about the projects required in Academics Plus. Will they be very big?

  • Truthfully, some of the projects are very time-consuming, but teachers understand this and will provide some class time to work on them. Remember to plan your work and use your agenda.

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12. Are you given enough time to complete all the projects or to study for tests?

  • Yes and no. Sometimes there is adequate notice, but sometimes students feel that not enough time is given to complete certain projects or study for tests. Do not take anything for granted and start working or studying right away.

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13. I come from a French school and have had very little structured English instruction. Will I have a hard time with all my subjects in English?

  • Surprisingly, it is easier than you think. If you come from an English-speaking home, it will almost be second nature because you already think in English in those classes.

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14. I am worried about getting lost in the school and finding my classes. Will this be a problem?

  • Most classes in Cycle I are in one hallway, however options, ethics and Phys. Ed. are elsewhere in the building. You can always ask the Cycle One Office for directions, or other students for help.

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15. I don’t know anyone at John Rennie, all my friends went to other high schools. Will it be difficult to make friends?

  • Don’t worry, there are many students who choose John Rennie from all over the place, including off-island because it is so popular. You will make new friends in your classes.

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16. Are there sports outside of Sport-Études?

  • Yes. There are all kinds of sports outside of Sport-Études. Some of the sports that we offer are inter-scholastically: volleyball, soccer, basketball, soccer, swim team, lacrosse, track and field, cross-country.

    We can also offer: archery, wrestling and we are open to other ideas as well.

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17. I am known as a bully in elementary school. I want to be different in high school. Can I change that reputation??

  • Yes you can change your reputation. You have to work at being polite, accept people for who they are and the way they are. You should also work at building your relationship with those that you have bullied so that they are not afraid of you and they will learn to respect you as person. You will then no longer be considered a bully.

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18. What is the cafeteria food like?

  • There is a variety of choices for every taste. Our school must follow the healthy menu initiative. There are some items on the menu that are constant such as wraps, sandwiches, salads, chocolate chip cookies. Prices are also quite reasonable. You can even purchase a meal card in advance so that you don’t have to carry around money that you might lose.

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19. Are we still going to be able to see the friends that are not in the same program as us?

  • You can see your friends at recess and lunch, depending on the lunch. Some Sport-Études students do not have as much social time because they must leave for training immediately at the lunch bell.

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20. Can we go home for lunch?

  • As Cycle I students, you CANNOT go home for lunch or leave the school grounds. You are allowed to hang out outside on the field and on campus.

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21. When can you leave the school grounds for lunch?

  • Starting in Secondary III, you will be allowed to leave the school grounds for lunch. However, if your parents want to take you out for a lunch for a special occasion, you can bring in a note, sign out and go out for lunch on that day.

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22. Are there any activities outside of sports?

  • Yes, John Rennie is known for its Student Life. You can be a part of Student Council simply by participating and attending all meetings. You can volunteer to work in the school store, volunteer for community service etc..

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