Nine Tips for Year Nines

Nine Tips for Year Nines

We've gathered some Top Tips from girls who have been through Year 9. We hope they inspire you to make the most of this year! 

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TIP 1: DAISY SAYS...

If you are starting a new school in Year 9,  it can be so scary because it feels like everybody there knows each other and you are just the 'New Girl'... But remember that God is with you, and you can be confident and assured in His love. Also: stay smiley, positive and don't be afraid to introduce yourself multiple times a day! 

TIP 2: EMMA SAYS... 

Again, being at a new school (or even just in a bigger year group) means that you can feel like a very small fish in a big pond. Keep rooted in your identity as a special and loved daughter of God, and don't worry - you will eventually get to know everybody and find your way around!  

TIP 3: NIAMH SAYS... 

I changed school in Year 7 and so starting Year 9 felt quite easy for me. My advice is not to get lazy about working hard: even though you don't have GCSEs, you are preparing for them throughout this year and it's a good chance to iron out the little things you find hard. 

TIP 4: JESSICA SAYS...

I remember Year 9 being the age that parties started involving alcohol, and lots of my friends started drinking. It's really hard to be the 'odd one out' and to stick up for what you believe: but it's so good to have clear boundaries and to keep out of situations that might be tempting or difficult for you. You don't have to stop going to parties, but it is really important to be be clear on your position as a Christian in terms of your relationship with alcohol. 

TIP 5: BEA SAYS...

I spent Year 9 fancying one boy in my friendship group, and doing everything I could do spend time with him!! My advice would be NOT to be obsessed with boys, but to build good friendships and develop your relationship with God. Boyfriends might come in the future, but this is a good year to solidify your friendships and faith. 

TIP 6: HANNAH SAYS... 

This is the year you will be choosing your GCSE options, and it can all feel quite daunting. Try and speak with some girls in Year 10 and 11, or ask older girls/women what their advice would be. Go for subjects that you enjoy, pray about your choices, and don't feel pressured. 

TIP 7: ISSIE SAYS...

I've just finished Year 9 and am about to start my GCSE year. My number one top tip for starting Year 9 is not to wish it away! I spent my time wishing I was a little bit older, because it always seems so grown-up to be doing your GCSEs. However, looking back, I had lots of fun and lots of opportunities to grow in my faith and be with my friends. Don't waste Year 9 - it's important! 

TIP 8: FLO SAYS...

Year 9 is often a year where girls can fall out, and friendships can be difficult and time-consuming. It feels like the most awful thing in the world to be in an ongoing argument, so pray regularly for protection from arguments, and for wisdom if they do happen. Ask God to give you the courage to be a peace-maker amongst your friends. 

TIP 9: LILY SAYS...

This is a year where you will grow up loads! It's hard knowing whether you are still a girl or a young woman, but it's a journey and God will guide you. Remember to pray about everything, and worry about nothing as it's all in His hands. It's exciting to grow up as a girl of God! 

Remember: God goes before you and has a plan for you. We’re praying you would start Year 9 rooted in His love!  

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