New Yr7 Parents Evening

(14 Posts)
tiggytwig Tue 28-Jun-16 11:35:10

Has anyone been to the New Yr7 Parents evening yet? I have this tonight for my DS, any advice on what to expect?

SaltyMyDear Tue 28-Jun-16 11:39:55

Don't expect much!

I can't remember them saying anything useful at all. They just have them to reassure you.

TheDailyMailareabunchofcunts Tue 28-Jun-16 11:47:42

Ours was great. My son started high school last year and my daughter will this year.
Lots of information and it really helped my son and me feel less worried about his transition. He then did a whole day there the day after the evening. By the end he couldn't wait to go to the high school and was generally positive about everything!
He didn't have an easy time at primary but has absolutely flourished at high school and has been chosen as an ambassador to show the new year 7's around next week and talk to parents.
Encourage your child to ask questions and talk to the other children current pupils too.
By the time my son had started high school he had had about 8/9 visits and wasn't scared at all. He has transformed into a confident happy boy where at primary he was not happy.
At this time of year high schools often have performances that you may be able to get to go and see, we did that and it was a good idea.

It's an exciting happy time. Enjoy!

tiggytwig Tue 28-Jun-16 14:07:25

Salty thank you for your comment.

TheDailyMail hopefully DS's school will have the same kind of information. I know that the uniform supplier will be there so that all the parents can order / pre-order uniforms and the customery sports kit. As DS's school is being re-built into a new state of the art new school hopefully they can give us a progress report on if the build is on track to open next Easter 2017. We have had the New Intake Booklet sent to us already as well through the post.

sunnydayinmay Tue 28-Jun-16 14:28:23

Ours was basically the Head asking us all to donate as much money as possible to the school funds, and then some current year 7s speaking about their experiences.

All parents events are a bit of a scrum, compared to primary.

Cozyhome Wed 29-Jun-16 20:42:57

Hi sunnydayinmay
Same at my yr7 sch
I'm guessing it was the same sch hmm

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 29-Jun-16 21:06:43

Ours was basically the Head asking us all to donate as much money as possible to the school funds

Yep, this was the experience at my sons' school and my daughter's school. Not the same school as sunnydayinmay but in the same consortium. Standard voluntary contribution is apparently £40 per month per child.

What I particularly hated was that at both schools, parents of new Y7s were asked the question: "Before the offers came out on 1st March, how much would you have been willing to donate in order to secure a place for your child?"

Er, £0. Because they are state schools and I don't agree with bribes or corruption. And my impression of your school has just gone down a couple of notches.

Thankfully, after those initial meetings for parents of new Y7s, my experiences were a lot more positive.

sunnydayinmay Wed 29-Jun-16 22:13:35

Gosh, that is bad, thesecond. Ours,was more of a sales pitch about what wonderful things they could do with the cash, but no actual pressure.

To be fair, they are doing the school up bit by bit (science block next).

We had an hour information evening tonight, and he only mentioned money once. grin

SaturdaySurprise Wed 29-Jun-16 22:15:18

A lot of secondary schools ask for monthly contributions now, but they are voluntary. It's not bribery or corruption.

Schools keep having their funding cut and they need to make it up somewhere.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 29-Jun-16 23:07:33

We have made monthly voluntary contributions to both schools (one school for nearly five years) and I'm very much aware of why they need the money and what they use it for.

When I mentioned bribes and corruption, I was referring to the hypothetical scenario they were asking parents to imagine (paying a lump sum to guarantee your child's place). I've just re-read my comment, and I don't think my meaning was unclear. Thankfully this scenario would be illegal, but I didn't appreciate the idea being used in the sales pitch.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 29-Jun-16 23:40:11

Sorry, SaturdaySurprise my last comment was a bit stroppy. I was trying to say that I don't object to making the contributions. I object to the way we were asked for them.

tiggytwig I hope last night's meeting was useful. Some schools do another one at the beginning of the Autumn Term, which is helpful as by then you know what questions to ask.

AChickenCalledKorma Thu 30-Jun-16 07:43:15

Ours included some really useful stuff about behaviour expectations, assessment and what equipment they are expected to have, the ethos of the school and ideas about how to support them at home through the transition.

No scrum, no appeals for cash, and a free bottle of wine per table. It felt a bit like a quiz night.

The "voluntary contribution" appeal was done as part of the paperwork sent out separately.

tiggytwig Thu 30-Jun-16 09:47:40

TheSecond the meeting was great, no sales pitch on contribution to the school. Met the Form Tutor who was very nice and engaging, which did a 45 minute take on what the expectations would be required from pupils and what would be happening on the first day and weeks when they arrive at school. It was good reasurance really that the school had a good attitude on looking after the pupils well being and education.
Also had the standard uniform suppliers there selling the uniforms.grin

nicp123 Sat 02-Jul-16 17:28:15

I found our 'Year 7 Parents Evening' very intense (3 hours) but informative in particular the part about the new academic 'grading' was very useful. Parents were split into 'Forms' introduced to their child's form tutor, shown the new classroom and given complete list for subjects' tests and test results + reviews dates for the entire academic year.
The form tutor highlighted the 'new rules and expectations' of the school & answered to our questions. We also received a full pack of forms to be signed, list of school's uniform, etc.
At the end of meeting we viewed a hilarious DVD (video clips & photos) put together by the NEW Y7 cohort (with the help of some Six Formers & teachers) DVD's content included every single new Y7 pupil taking part in the 'Activity Day' organised previously by the school. During the break we had nibbles and drinks of all sorts. smile I must say that by the end of the evening I was exhausted! The next meeting is in September.

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