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    Changes and Responsibilities.

    Responsibilities of getting older

    Now you are at secondary school you will start to become more independent and with that comes responsibility!


    As you are now at secondary school and going through puberty its much less embarrassing to look after your own hygiene! It’s time to take responsibility for it yourself.

    Here’s a list of regular hygiene habits that you should start to complete to keep your body healthy and clean:

    – Brush your teeth twice daily.
    – Floss once a day.
    – Shower or bathe once daily.
    – Wash hair regularly.
    – Wash hands regularly.
    – Avoid putting your hands in your mouth (such as fingernail biting).
    – Brush your hair at least once a day and get a regular haircut.
    – Clip and groom your fingernails and toenails once a week.
    – Take care of any injuries as they happen and until they are healed.
    – Use personal hygiene products correctly, including deodorant, feminine hygiene products, facial acne cleansers, etc.
    – Wear clean clothes and change underclothing daily.
    – Make sure that you are washing your PE kit regularly.


    This may be the first time that you are starting to get yourself to school or go out on your own with friends. Make sure that you take responsibility for you safety. Always tell someone where you are going and what time you will be back. Visit our Keeping Safe pages to find out how you can keep safe in the community.


    Not only will you start to go out on your own but you may start to stay home on your own as well. You can find out more about how to keep safe at home on our Keeping Safe In the home page.

    Remember that you are not the only person that lives in your house – it’s important that you respect others space, clean up after yourself and help out around the house. If you asked to do stuff like let the dog out for a wee, its best in the long run for all involved that this gets done. 



    As you go through secondary school you will start to become more responsible for things that you do, this includes the things that you do wrong. Children between 10 and 17 can be arrested and taken to court if they commit a crime. It’s really important to make sure you are responsible for what you do and don’t let other people force or encourage you to do things that are wrong. If this is happening to you talk to a trusted adult. And remember what you do includes what you do online so act responsibly both offline and online.

    As we get older we are all responsible for our own actions and no one else can be responsible for your actions so;

    • Be kind to others and treat them how you would want to be treated
    • Be kind to the environment and the place you live – pick up your litter
    • Be aware of your behaviour and how it might make others feel
    • Make healthy life choices such as healthy food and exercise
    • Don’t blame others for your mistakes
    • Enjoy school and try your best
    Written by: Natasha Dawe

    Specialist School Nurse Epsom