On Monday and Tuesday this week pupils in Grade 5 completed the ‘Year 7 Taster Days’. This was an opportunity for them to meet some of their future teachers and get used to the greater independence that comes with being a secondary pupil. It also served as an introduction to the rules and expectations of a secondary pupil.
After an induction from the Second Master, Mr Pattison and Head of Years 7/8, Mr Parr, pupils were given their own timetables. Following these timetables and locating their classrooms by themselves was a new challenge for the grade 5 pupils, and they met the challenge admirably. All pupils successfully found their way between a wide variety of lessons, introductory sessions of ECAs such as debate, and a boarding induction with secondary housemasters.
The taster days concluded with a summary assembly with Mr Parr and a question and answer session with current year 7 pupils. All grade 5 pupils were awarded a certificate of achievement for completing the taster days, while special awards for ‘Best Debater’ went to F. Du, H. Jiang, and L. Ni.
The secondary teachers commented on the pupils’ excellent behaviour, attitude and organizational skills, while the pupils themselves had an enjoyable and educational two days. The Grade 5 pupils felt much more comfortable and confident about the changes that come with moving into Secondary, and are very much looking forward to starting the next chapter of their school lives.
Mr Pattison and Mr Parr will be hosting a meeting with the parents of grade 5 pupils on Thursday 6th June to discuss the transition from primary to secondary and we look forward to seeing Grade 5 parents at that meeting.