On Monday we welcomed 164 new Hampton High Students to the school for our Transition Day. The students were introduced to their tutor groups, and also experienced a Maths, English and 1 practical lesson. Despite the day involving an unexpected fire drill, the Year 6 students were fantastic and have made a great first impression. Obviously nerves were rife at the start of the day, however these seemed to have diminished by lunch time and new friendships were already being made.
The day was made easier by the excellent support from 12 of our Year 9 students gave. Two were assigned to each tutor group and remained with them throughout the day. Ms Povey, Head of Year 7 said, “I could not have been prouder with the way they conducted themselves, supported the Year 6 students and staff in an incredibly mature way. They were the perfect role models for our new students.” They were; Kasey Ward, Archie George, Maria Mapes, James Kersey, Lucas Welshman, Adelina Kuninscaite, Harry Prescott, Gabo Moro, Jenny Jarvis, Kieran Moses, Ollie Neville and Keira Mills.
Ms Anderson, teacher of English said “The Year 9 helpers were incredible today. They were confident, polite, helpful, responsible, articulate and set a really wonderful example for what we want our new students to be aspiring to at this school. I couldn’t be prouder of how these wonderful young people conducted themselves today – from what I saw they were superstars.”
We have had many parent comments regarding how happy and confident their child was coming home after the day. One parent in particular wrote to us on Monday evening saying: “My son is starting in September and I was really worried about him coming to Hampton High, he has Aspergers and is always the kid that gets picked on. We have been amazed with how much the school has changed. He was really nervous when he went to spend the day there this morning and really anxious. I was dreading picking him up and him saying he didn’t like it, but I was proved wrong he came out of school really happy and chatty telling me all the clubs he wants to do and how nice the teachers are. Thank you Hampton High.”