On Monday 3rd of July, the Year 6 students who will become our Year 7 cohort in September 2017 joined us at Hampton High for their Secondary Transition Day.
Each year the Year 6s are welcomed to their secondary school to get a taste of what to expect in September. They have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers and students, and hopefully make a few friends for the summer.
The students took part in a range of subjects activities including Drama, Dance, Religious Studies and History, as well as English and Maths. They also spent time in their ‘tutor groups’ participating in some ‘ice-breaker’ activities created to help them get to know each other.
At lunch time they were lucky enough to be the first Hampton High students to taste the new catering for next year! AIP provided a very delicious lunch for all the Year 6 students, and some of the teachers. The feedback from the students and staff were that is was ‘yummy’ and that they ‘can’t wait to have more’ in September!
We spoke to some students about their favourite part of the day and what they expect of life at Hampton High.
Evie, who will be joining us from Hampton Junior, said: "My favourite part of the day was the Dance. It was really fun and I'm looking forward to meeting new friends when I come to Hampton High.”
Brooke, who will be arriving in September from Heathfield School, said: "Everyone has been so nice. The teachers and the older students who have been with us today have really made us feel at home here. I can't wait to come next year."
Bailey from Buckingham Primary, said: "I really like drama and sport so am looking forward to being able to do more of that when I am here. I am looking forward to being on the football team."
Anthony from Hampton Hill Juniors, said: "I really enjoyed the RE lesson because I found out some things about the subject than I hadn’t known before. It has been easy to make friends today which has made me feel good about coming next year."
Head of Year 7 Ms Povey said:
It is always lovely to see the Year 6 student’s gain in confidence throughout the day. When they register in the morning with their parents they often look apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. However it shows excellent resilience when I see new friendships forming and students who might have struggled at the beginning of the day, leave at the end with a smile on their face, saying they can’t wait to come back in September!
I was impressed with the way the students threw themselves into the different lessons, from meditation in RE to learning a dance from Matilda in Performing Arts. Students may not have experienced these types of activities before and they were great at trying everything without hesitation!
I am really looking forward to working with, and getting to know this year group in September.