Transition Day July 2014
To make sure that all new members of our community felt right at home straight away, we invited parents, carers and new students to join us for a breakfast of coffee and pastries in the refectory before the students set off in their tutor groups for some taster lessons.
In English, Mrs Mead led an exercise where each student was given the opportunity to speak about their feelings on leaving primary school and entering secondary education. The session taught students some fundamental speaking and listening skills as well as sharing natural concerns regarding transition.
During the PE session, Mr Spinner introduced the students to the wide range of sporting equipment they will be using during their first year at Oakbank. The students took part in team games and relays and showed high excitement and lots of competitive spirit!
Mrs Taylor led an enjoyable Science lesson covering the colour spectrum and using tools that can easily deceive. The students were able to use microscopes and conduct basic experiments to help introduce them to the science laboratory classrooms in which they will be working in Year 7.
Students also spent time in the Art class where they decorated their own Oakbank branded House T-shirts, which they wore for the remainder of the day and were able to take home.
Towards the end of the day, parents and carers arrived for afternoon tea and watched projected images of how the students had spent the day. Throughout the activities, students had been awarded House points for effort and good behaviour and at the final assembly; a trophy was presented to the winning House of the day.
Before going home, each student was presented with a goodie bag containing a welcome book and other items, as a memento of the day.
The comments below show just how successful the day was in making sure our next Y7 cohort will join us feeling confident and ready to learn!
“I feel very welcome because of the students and teachers.”
“I loved art the most when we designed our own t-shirts.”
“I’m so excited to meet the great teachers and to make new friends.”
“I’m really happy about coming to Oakbank because it is a good, friendly school.”
“I enjoyed PE because we worked as a team and had fun.”
“I'm really excited because now I’ve got some friends and I feel more comfortable.”