From multiple classrooms to messy timetables, the transition to high school can be a daunting task.
Thanks to a program run by Chatham High School, that process has been made a little bit easier.
About 300 year five and six students from Lansdowne, Upper Lansdowne, Cundletown, Manning Gardens, Harrington and Chatham Public Schools visited the high school on Tuesday, September 10 for WOW Day.
This involved a series of interesting activities led by year nine students, peer leaders and teachers.
Chatham High School's community liaison officer Jodie Bird said the day gave students an early insight to life in high school.
"By the time they get to orientation day (later this year), they've met the peer leaders, teachers and made new friends from other schools," Jodie said.
"The year nine students will be their 'buddies' next year."
There was never a dull moment, with students taking part in cooking classes, a tour of the farm, science experiments and computer activities.
The agriculture team was on hand to assist excited students with brushing down cattle.
Each group that rotated through the activities contained students from all schools involved in the day.
Being from small schools, this presented an opportunity for new friendships to be formed.
Year five students who took part in the day focused on sport and personal well-being activities, such as three-legged races and tunnel ball.