They’ve come through a pandemic, lived through their first global recession and a cost-of-living crisis might limit how much money their whānau can spend on them.
But the 353 Year Nine students who started at Cambridge High School last week – along with 11 new teachers and two support staff – were still full of hope and excitement.
Principal Greg Thornton, teachers, staff, and supporters moved from the crammed old gymnasium into the spacious new one for the pōwhiri and they welcomed in the new staff followed by the students.
About 80-85 per cent of the 12 and 13-year-olds had come from Cambridge Middle School, the rest from small schools like Te Miro and Horahora, with larger numbers from Hautapu, Kaipaki, Ōhaupō and St Peter’s Catholic.
Among them are future politicians, sports stars and business leaders
What lies ahead for them? Over the next five years The News will follow their progress.