While starting high school may seem daunting, two Year 7 students at Narromine High School said their participation in the Girls Academy and Clontarf programs helped make the transition easier.
Hannah Preston and Callum Hutchinson started high school on January 29 and said their participation in the programs designed to develop the life skills and education of Indigenous students has helped the pair feel "excited" about starting their high schooling days at Narromine High.
"I already knew a few mates here from the Clontarf room," Callum said.
"The program helps a lot before school and supports you a lot."
Prior to the start of the school year in 2020, the Year 6 students from each of the schools in Narromine are introduced to high school life through a transition program.
During the last two terms the students would visit the high school every third Wednesday, trying a variety of different subjects and meeting their year adviser.
Hannah and Callum both said this made finding their way around much easier, and made them both "excited" for the new school year.
So far Hannah and Callum both said the staff and students were the best part of their new venture which was helping them enjoy their first two weeks at the school.
"All the people here are really great," Callum said.
"Yeah all the people are one of the best things, because they're really cool," Hannah added.
Hannah said she was enjoying music, while Callum said PDH/PE was his favourite subject.
Both students said maths was a close second.
While high school has just begun for the two students, both already have set their sights on what they plan to do when they leave.
Hannah said growing up on a farm between Narromine and Dubbo has inspired her passion to become a jillaroo.
For Callum his future sights are set on swimming at the Olympics. Callum's performance in Wednesday's swimming carnival saw him come away with the title of junior boys champion.