For students, transition times are important as they are a stimulus for personal growth and development, but they do need to be handled with care or they can take a considerable amount of time and effort to overcome. Each point of transition acts as a signal for students to adapt and engage with the events, people and surroundings they are immersed in. For parents attempting to examine whether a transition has been successful, it is important to maintain a long term view. It is not just one event that makes the transition, so if there are a few initial road bumps I would encourage you to allow some time, while also utilising the support channels at the School to seek expertise and assistance where required.
As a school we believe that a focus on allowing our students to develop relationships and partnerships is critical in the success of our transitions, and a significant amount of work is undertaken to achieve positive outcomes. We undertake an extensive range of activities to assist our transitioning students. Our Heads of House met with new students and families before the start of the school year to allow them the opportunity to become familiar with their surroundings and ask questions about their new school. We have placed significant time allocations in the first week of the school year for all students to spend time with their Mentors as they develop plans and goals for the year ahead. Student buddies are allocated for our new students in older year groups, and our Year 7 students meet their teachers at a central location and are escorted to each lesson. This all comes off the back of a significant amount of communication, correspondence and guidance from our Enrolments Team, who have been the main link for families up until the school year begins.
Our first week back in the Senior School is a special one as it includes a number of important traditions and rituals for new and existing students, that although appearing either exciting or daunting - will soon become part of their daily life in the School. On Monday morning our new students in all years were presented in House groups in the DLD before a very heart-warming welcome service in the Chapel. The remainder of their day was a mix of formal academic time, enabling the students to get some ‘rubber on the road’ in terms of becoming familiar with the logistics of learning, (teachers, classrooms, learning resources, labs and log-ins) and a welcome BBQ in each House to enable the seeds of relationships to be planted as they mingled with their new house mates, young and old.
This week will also see our Prefect Induction services in the Chapel on Thursday and Friday morning, one of our most significant events on the school calendar. This is special for all our students, but particularly the new students to the School, as it highlights the importance that serving the community has in our School.
Finally, this week we look forward to the P&F Sundowner, which provides the perfect opportunity for both our new and existing families to be able to spend some time together at the beginning of the school year and develop new relationships or build on existing ones in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. If you have not already done so, you can RSVP online here.
I hope all our families have a positive start to the 2017 school year and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible at upcoming events.
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
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