Joining at Year 7
Joining year 7 is one of the most important moments in a child’s journey through school. This is a time when friendships are formed, when lifelong attitudes to learning are developed, and where a love for learning, and for school, can be instilled if this is handled with due care and attention by skilled staff in a nurturing environment.
At St Joseph’s, this begins in Year 6. We first offer prospective pupils and parents to our attend our Senior School Open Evening (20th September 2017 at 6.45pm) this gives pupils and parents the opportunity to explore the Senior School and try a number of different lessons. We then offer a full day in the Senior School in January of Year 6, where pupils already in our Junior School and those joining, or thinking of joining, for Year 7 get the invaluable opportunity to experience a full day in the Senior School. We believe in making this transition as easy as possible, and so all Senior School teachers have involvement in the day, and it is carefully constructed to ensure the very best experience for the children.
In June of their Year 6 we offer a further two days for transition, one in school and one with a team building focus. In 2016, this involved a morning surfing at Widemouth Bay, and an afternoon of teambuilding activities in the school’s extensive outdoor spaces. This also allows pupils joining the school a chance to form early friendships, and make connections, and for parents to exchange contact details, so children can meet over the summer and thus September of Year 7 is not such a daunting occasion.
From the moment Year 7 begins, our focus is on assimilating these new arrivals into the life of the Senior School, whether they come from St Joseph’s or elsewhere. We have a teambuilding day within the first two weeks, which has in the past been held either at Siblyback Lake or at Delabole.
Great care is taken to ensure that pupil friendships are developed, and our Year 7 tutors are always available for those in their care to share any concerns they may have. We also have a dedicated member of the Prefect team who is assigned as Junior / Senior liaison, and they are invariably more than happy to join in any event Year 7 may attend.
We would recommend that any parent interested in joining Year 7 arrange at least two consecutive taster days in school so they have the opportunity to meet St Joseph’s Year 6 class. Although they should be beware: there have been cases where children have come for taster days and have never gone back to their former school.
We want everyone joining to do so with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, and we will do all we can to make sure this is the case.
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