This week has been very quiet around St. Julian’s Primary… it may have something to do with the fact that our Year 6 children have spent the past two and half days at St. Julian’s High School. On Monday afternoon, they were walked over to their new school by their current Y6 teachers, who (gladly!) handed them over to their new Year 7 form tutors. Mr Cole, Mr Price and Mr Owen gave the children a warm welcome upon arrival and then the children were taken to their new form rooms. They were given a tour of the school and spent the afternoon getting to know the other pupils in their new class. At the end of the afternoon, the head-boy and head-girl recounted their first years at St. Julian’s High School and dispelled any horror stories about moving to high school. They did a fantastic job at putting our pupils at ease. Our Y6 teachers then walked the children back to St. Julian’s Primary at the end of the day, who were full of excitement and anticipation for the next two days.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the children walked over to the comprehensive school, themselves, and spent the day doing all sorts of wonderful activities. They had a PE lesson and also a practical Science lesson, which they absolutely loved!
These transition days really help the pupils prepare for the move to comprehensive school and put them at ease about starting Year 7. It can be a daunting time for some, but we’re grateful to the staff and pupils at St. Julian’s High School, for making them feel so welcome and for looking after them so well.
As I walked across the playground earlier, I saw some of our Year 6 pupils, who ran over to tell me what a wonderful day they had had at the comprehensive school, each of them with huge smiles on their faces.
Not long to go now! It’s always sad saying goodbye to our Year 6s, but good to know that they’ll be well looked after for the next chapter of their lives. An emotional four weeks ahead – Summer Production, Trip to Hilston Park and Leavers Assembly. Bring it on!