My experiences in school varied greatly in terms of how much I enjoyed it based on what grade range I was in. Grades 1-6 went okay for me, not great, but not bad either. Grades 7 and 8 were significantly worse. I was frequently bullied at this time. It wasn't until high school that I began to truly enjoy school. I finally became comfortable with opening up, and I found it much easier to connect with my peers and the staff.
I believe that youth in care should be more frequently encouraged to converse with their student counsellor about any issues that they may have. Trying to keep your problems bottled up within yourself is a poor solution to dealing with issues in the long term, and that's why it's important for youth in care, (and youth in general) to take the step towards opening up and expressing their feelings in a healthy manner.