It's the induction day visits to secondary school...

(37 Posts)
Groovee Mon 16-Jun-14 19:24:00

Ds who is 11, is off on his high school 3 day visit. Dd is already thriving at the school and he will too. But he is my baby and I will be worrying for him even though I bet he has a ball.

Anyone else feeling nervous about the transition from primary?

Sparklingbrook Mon 16-Jun-14 19:34:10

Hi Groovee. DS2 is going in September (Year 8 in these parts). V nervous as DS1 didn't thrive there at all and is now at another school. (Long story but no reason to think DS2 will have same problems)

They only get one day in July . a 3 day visit is great.

SatansFurryJamHats Mon 16-Jun-14 19:46:17

3 days? Wow! I bet that gives them a really good taste of what their school is like.

DS is off to his on Thurs. He's the only one from his school going there, but seems pretty laid back about it. I got told off for mithering him about the contents of his pencil case yesterday grin.
It doesn't help that transition staff from all the other schools have been to visit the DC and staff at primary already, whereas his school don't do that. Is that quite a new thing? I don't recall anyone coming from my secondary to talk to the Yr7 intake.

Groovee Mon 16-Jun-14 20:13:04

Our whole LA do 3 days. They're trialling some thing a bit different this year where they will team build tomorrow morning, then either do their timetable or the sports. Then Wednesday they swap and Thursday is timetable.

Dd noticed the class lists had gone up today so told me what class he is in and who he is with. His cousin will be in his year too.

I had our year's guidance teacher and a learning support teacher come to me when I was in P7, away back in the 80's.

SatansFurryJamHats Mon 16-Jun-14 20:18:49

It's fantastic that they get the class lists and timetables out of the way before Sept.

I started secondary in 82. We had no visits at all, either way.

appealtakingovermylife Mon 16-Jun-14 20:19:00

Ours is on Wed 2nd July, when the whole of ds year 6 class are away on holiday for 5 days, Mon-Fri.
The school realised their mistake months ago and tried to get the date of the trip changed but couldn't. Ds is the only one in his class going to his secondary school so am a bit gutted he will miss itsad

AtiaoftheJulii Mon 16-Jun-14 20:42:53

Argh, that was unfortunate sad

Dd3 has hers next Wednesday. She's home educated, so it will be her first day ever in school - she's looking forward to it, biggest concern is choosing an outfit ;)

fourcorneredcircle Mon 16-Jun-14 22:02:48

Atiaofthejulli be careful about outfits, many secondary schools ask primary transition students to come in their primary uniform - as she doesn't have one wearing something simple (such as black trousers and a polo shirt) will save her from being 'different'. It won't help her if she knows no one there having not come up with friends from school to have to explain why she doesn't have a uniform.

pissedglitter Mon 16-Jun-14 22:09:32

My daughter is getting 2 weeks at her secondary school, she has had 1 week already
She is loving it and can't wait until August to go full time

pissedglitter Mon 16-Jun-14 22:11:24

Atiao I recommend black trousers and white shirt/polo
For the same reasons as previous poster

AtiaoftheJulii Mon 16-Jun-14 22:27:36

Thanks four - I think as soon as anyone asks which school she's at she'll be different anyway! And she's mostly of the opinion that different is not a bad thing and sod anyone who thinks otherwise grin She won't be wearing anything that looks like uniform, because that really would just be a bit weird. And we've gone through this twice before, so we're not worried - I was just amused earlier because she was making a very careful consideration of what would be a suitably sober outfit smile

AtiaoftheJulii Mon 16-Jun-14 22:28:17

Thanks four - I think as soon as anyone asks which school she's at she'll be different anyway! And she's mostly of the opinion that different is not a bad thing and sod anyone who thinks otherwise grin She won't be wearing anything that looks like uniform, because that really would just be a bit weird. And we've gone through this twice before, so we're not worried - I was just amused earlier because she was making a very careful consideration of what would be a suitably sober outfit smile

snumpy Mon 16-Jun-14 22:42:54

Ds has his next week. They go for two days. The majority of his schools yr 6 are going to the same school so he'll know loads there. He'll get to find out which of his friends are in his form class and which house he'll be in. They also have a day of lessons up there too. I seem to remember last years yr6 coming back with goody bags from their visit.

At the beginning of of July parents are asked to a parents evening at the new school to find out how things are done eg dinner money, transport and can buy items of uniform.

Exciting but scary times ahead.

HercShipwright Mon 16-Jun-14 22:48:14

DD2's induction day is next week - but she can't go. She's in a big production at our local theatre all week, and the induction day is the day of the schools' matinee so she has a day off school, to perform. Her sister (who is at the school she will be transferring to) and her brother are also in the show. She'd rather cut off her legs than not perform, and the new school is fine about it, but it is such a shame. Only 3 kids are going there from her school and the others are boys - induction day would have been a good way to meet some girls who will be going there (she does know a couple from G&T days). Ah well.

feetheart Tue 17-Jun-14 06:49:39

I think the whole borough, and possibly the whole county, do a transition day on 3rd July.
DD is going up with 45 from her year (of 60!), has had a variety of visits from the high school staff already and is going up there today for the morning. She seems to be really looking forward to it which is a big relief, how I will cope is another matter smile

OddBoots Tue 17-Jun-14 06:59:19

We have a town wide transition day on the 3rd July too. Rather oddly dd's school want parents to come at 3pm and meet their teachers, quite an awkward time but I've managed to get the time off work, thank goodness.

WiganandSalfordLocalEditor Tue 17-Jun-14 07:05:37

My dd who has sn went on a pre taster last week with around thirty others who struggle in some way, she loved it and I was made up with how capable the staff and sen team seem. Its a real positive after feeling I am banging my head against a wall sometimes at the moment.

She too is back next week for two days and cannot wait.

WiganandSalfordLocalEditor Tue 17-Jun-14 07:09:41

I actually was talking about the two weeks thing to my Mum yesterday. I think its a great idea. Year Eleven have usually left so there would be room and it would leave space at primary for the new reception class without bundling the older kids in to the hall to play.

HouseofEliot Tue 17-Jun-14 07:13:05

9th July here only for the day. Still had nothing from the new school. All the children going to other schools have sent out loads of forms/information we have had nothing. Still not 100% sure if this is where she is going. Our appeal failed but we are high up on waiting list. Desperate to get uniform buying but the two schools have nothing in common except black shoes.

Groovee Tue 17-Jun-14 16:05:58

Well today is over, he's happy he has 3 boys he knows in his class and he has had a ball. He can't wait to go back tomorrow.

Dd isn't happy all day she's had "Your brother is a legend, your brother is so cute!" Oh and apparently he has cool astro boots!

mychildrenarebarmy Tue 17-Jun-14 17:03:15

My DD is going for her own personal transition morning tomorrow. She is home educated so they wanted to give her chance to look round the school without all the other new intake there. She can't wait.

AtiaoftheJulii she also has her outfit planned and like your daughter relishes being different and couldn't care less what anyone else thinks. Her response to "You are weird" is "So, I wouldn't be me if I wasn't weird".

She goes next week for the proper new intake day. One of her oldest friends is also starting at the same time so they are hoping they will be in the same form. I haven't told her that the Head of the Lower School has already told me he is going to put them in the same form.

circular Tue 17-Jun-14 20:04:46

DD2 has single induction day next week. Been told they do English, Maths and PE and some literacy tests. Also have new starter interview the week after, and CAT tests week after that - although they will have to be rescheduled as primary residential trip.

Further bonding residential mid-September, so sounds like plenty to help them settle in.

Shes very excited, even though seen school several times as DD1 only left last year.

HercShipwright Tue 17-Jun-14 20:10:47

CAT tests before the summer? Blimey. That's quite full on. DD2 is being slightly sad faced about missing out next week but at the end of the day. being in the show is far more important to her - performing is her raison d'être.

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 17-Jun-14 20:20:57

mychildrenarebarmy - that's really nice of your dd's school to do that for her smile Is she your eldest? One of my older daughters is at dd3's new school (but started in y9 so no y7 transition stuff) so the school at least have a good impression of home ed kids grin My ds found it reassuring when he realised that the whole process of moving from room to room for each lesson would be new for nearly all the primary schoolchildren too.

Groovee glad it went well for him! Hope the next couple of days are just as good smile

RaspberryLemonPavlova Tue 17-Jun-14 20:21:31

DS2 induction day is 7th July, but he will be there all next week for a Primary Instrumental week.

He has done 2 of these already so he is an old hand. They are amazing.

He will go on the school bus too.

We will get a letter any day now telling us what form he is in and who his form tutor, with an appointment time to go and meet the tutor.

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