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My sons first impression after his first few days of Secondary (Feel free to add yours!)

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QuintessentialOldDear Fri 06-Sep-13 09:20:20

He is generally very happy, but has noticed the following things worthy of a mention at home:

"Mum, they all have World Records of SPEED DRESSING!" He is in awe at how fast his classmates tie their shoelaces, button up their shirts and do their ties. He says, "There is this kid, he literally gets out of his blazer and trousers in ONE move, and JUMPS into his pe trousers and manage to pull them up along with his socks!" (I guess this must be the gang that has moved up from prep and knows the drill.... )

Nobody says a word in class. Everybody works. All the time.
"We line up by the classroom. We hang our blazers on the back of our seat, we stand behind our seat not saying a word until teacher tells us we can sit down. Otherwise there is Saturday detention"

Oh dear. confused

OldBeanbagz Sun 22-Sep-13 20:01:43

shock at nearly getting detention QuintessentialShadows but glad to hear that the friendships are going well.

OldBeanbagz Sun 22-Sep-13 20:00:25

The rest of the week went well and having practised the Grade 4 piece every night, she's feeling a little more confident.

I'm hoping that her teacher will be able to persuade her to join the group after Half Term as it'll be good for her to play with others.

QuintessentialShadows Sat 21-Sep-13 23:35:09

Oldbeanbagz, how did the rest of her week go? Pinkcheezy, that sounds very positive. Quite similar to our experience at Ds' school.

He very nearly got detention on thursday - I had not noticed there was a note on the parent portal to bring swimming kit.... My main concerns was friendships for him, and that seems to be going well, fingers crossed.

PinkyCheesy Wed 18-Sep-13 14:47:26

I have been amazed by my DS's first fortnight in Yr7! The school seems to be amazing at helping them settle in and he is loving it. They have vertical tutor groups (20 pupils) and there's only 2 children (girls!) in his that he knows from primary school, but there's also 1 prefect per group who takes full responsibility for the yr7s' orientation in the first few days. I think that has been key to a smooth transition.

He has made friends with a boy who has persuaded him to go to homework club with him after school, because they can use the school colour printers to do their art homework! When i tried to get him to go to this club he said no because "only geeks go" grin

I am glad to say that my early years of 5 mum-and-baby or toddler groups per week has finally paid off; I know most of the mums of the children he is meeting (there are about 6 small primary feeder schools), and in fact, lots of the teachers, who returned to work once their DCs started primary. So I can chat with lots of people at school meetings, and DS knows he won't be able to get away with anything grin grin His science teacher used to be our neighbour and his English teacher is a good friend of mine. There are definite benefits to small country schools!

OldBeanbagz Wed 18-Sep-13 14:35:59

Bit of a wobble from DD yesterday over music lessons sad

She's scared she'll forget to go to her lessons, keeps forgetting the code for the instrument store and is worrying over the music group she'd been so keen to join prior to starting the school but is now having second thoughts about sad

I will be treading carefully tonight!

QuintessentialShadows Wed 18-Sep-13 11:09:08

Lol - I think I need to know more about Jennings and Venables!

ThreeTomatoes Wed 18-Sep-13 09:41:16

ahem i've just caught up with the thread now, my post really relates only to the OP blush

ThreeTomatoes Wed 18-Sep-13 09:37:26

grin This reminds me of Jennings (by Antony Buckeridge), when this thread first popped up I just happened that same week to be reading it to dd, i meant to post it then but better late than never. Here's half term:

"Mr and Mrs Jennings drove over from Haywards Heath, eager for every detail of their son's new way of life. But they were disappointed. Jennings had plenty to say, and didn't propose to waste time talking about such dull subjects as Algebra and cough-mixture; and all their efforts to probe what they considered to be the more important side of school life, were promptly side-tracked. They had to listen, instead, to a long account of why Venables had had to come down to breakfast wearing his pyjama jacket because his shirt fell in the wash basin."

... and it goes on to dictate the hilarious conversation they continue having, with various misunderstandings, about his friends' blisters and a frog somebody found etc, while the parents try to interject with questions about school itself. I love Jennings!

QuintessentialShadows Sun 15-Sep-13 13:54:03

Ï should not laugh but see the poetic irony in that. grin
Ds has only his geography homework left. He has to plot a route on public transport direct from school to another town.

Is it time to show him the London Journey planner, or the AA website? (Not that this would have helped your dd, Lancelottie)

Lancelottie Sun 15-Sep-13 13:48:35

This week DD got lost... on the way to Geography.

QuintessentialShadows Sun 15-Sep-13 12:28:04

Thats true Takver, we also seem to be more in the loop with the work than in primary. We also had to go down to school yesterday to find a missing French book for the first French test, which is next week.

Now that they are learning some grammar and to string some sentences together, maybe ds will finally be able to use all the random Fruit and Vegetable vocabulary Madam X has taught since Y2.....

Takver Sun 15-Sep-13 10:53:49

DD is happy & enjoying things so far, especially science lessons. She's got a small group of friends - two from primary plus two new ones - who go about as a little gang, and at least one of these friends is in any given class, which is a plus.

I worry too about lack of exercise - she has 2 x 40 mins PE lessons and that is it, plus gets a school bus which stops 5 mins from the house. They offer a lot of sports clubs but unfortunately dd really doesn't enjoy either team games or dance, which are the main options, sadly there isn't any swimming based club.
However she does say that they spend a lot of time rushing from one end of the school site to the other!

ATM she only has one out of school sports club (lifesaving, pool based in winter), and I do think that as the evenings close in & the weather gets worse at weekends this isn't so great. However not sure what to do about it!

One big difference I hadn't expected from a parents' viewpoint. I had thought we'd be much less in touch with what was going on at school when compared to primary. But, because she brings school books home every night, in fact so far I see far more about what she is doing in different subjects / how her work is going.

Screwfox Sun 15-Sep-13 07:24:07

There's No excuse for classroom rules and "what is " lessons IMO. Lazy.

QuintessentialShadows Sun 15-Sep-13 00:08:59

Well, it has been two weeks, and it has been a revelation.

The morning used to be such a struggle for us, I could barely get ds out of bed. Now he is up quarter to 7, and out the door 7.15, to be in school early and in time to finish of his homework and "get organized". Long may it last!

He spends lunch time doing Touch typing in the ICT suite, and is up to level 3 already, and German club. This means he has French, Latin, Mandarin and German! He has taken on two science related after school clubs, but no sports.

Is 2 hours of games and one hour PE enough for a young boy? I think it is too little, even if he is walking to and from school, which takes 17 minutes each way, down and then up hill.

mumslife Sat 14-Sep-13 21:22:33

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Marmitelover55 Sat 14-Sep-13 08:22:09

My DD1 is loving her new school. She came home a bit tearful on the first day due to information overload, but this week has been fab.

Probably the most surprising thing is that she is enjoying PE (it was her least favourite lesson at primary school and she was always last in the class running race at sports day). She was thrilled yesterday to be one of only 3 year 7s chosen to help at the open evening in a couple of weeks. Unbelievably she has been chosen to demonstrate PE in the gym - hope they haven't got her muddled up with someone else...!

I nearly got her int big trouble yesterday when I couldn't find my phone so used the "find my iPhone app" to locate if. Unfortunately I chose my old phone by mistake and DD1's bag started beeping alarmingly in the middle of RE blush. I won't be doing that again.

aristocat Fri 13-Sep-13 19:55:49

My DS has a residential trip Oct 2-4 already! It is meant to be good for team building grin
The new year 7s have been doing Bikeability level 2. It's all go here.

Lancelottie Wed 11-Sep-13 12:40:54

DD's chief woe yesterday was, 'I accidentally sat with some year 9s at lunchtime and I was bigger than most of them so they thought I was one!'

She seems to feel that this is the faux pas of the year.

OldBeanbagz Wed 11-Sep-13 09:03:43

chicaguapa we had a few comments about lessons being boring last week as DD felt they were just covering things that she's already learnt in Y6.

But this week is a whole different story as they seem to be knuckling down to the real work!

Takver Wed 11-Sep-13 08:51:56

She also got a merit for remembering the Welsh for manuscript paper in music lesson, which she was dead chuffed about smile

Takver Wed 11-Sep-13 08:51:12

That's really sad, chicaguapa. Fortunately, fingers crossed, all going well here.

Dd seems very excited by everything, which is great because she was not looking forward to it AT ALL over the summer and was worrying about leaving friends, new teachers etc.

The only black spot to date is that her group is doing textiles not woodwork in Technology and they have spent two lessons sowing along straight lines on bits of paper with the machine unthreaded. So fairly minor!

Great excitement when she was waiting for others to be shown how to log in at IT and found GamesMaker and Scratch in the applications folder on her computer, though I did warn her this would probably not feature in lessons grin

QuintessentialOldDear Tue 10-Sep-13 22:39:26

chicaguapa what a shame! Maybe it is just uninspired this first week?
Ds says ethics is the most boring subject. Ds' geography teacher has been to Norway, and is really "hot" (ha ha) on glaciers and how the ice age has formed the land, etc. But, they are doing Europe this term.

QuintessentialOldDear Tue 10-Sep-13 22:35:37

Well, he asked his house tutor, he said "I will show you after assembly". But, assembly finished after lesson.... (I spoke to house tutor as it was Y7 Parents Welcome evening tonight) and we cleared up the misunderstanding. He will show him where the music section is so he will find it next week.

chicaguapa Tue 10-Sep-13 22:35:05

DD says her school is boring. She has spent the first lessons going through rules and discussing 'what is geography?'. She spent over 1 hour drawing a shoe, spelt 70 words in a spelling test in double English and had a maths test. She's so disappointed as I think she was ready for the extra stimulation from secondary school and maybe we had built it up for her.

But DH said that's what Y7's like. School's are measured on KS4 not KS3 so most of Y7 is spent treading water. To me it's a crying shame that any enthusiasm is ignored and then they're expected to turn it back on again in Y9. hmm And this is a successful school with a waiting list as long as War & Peace.

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