Year 6 Induction Day

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Earlier this month, we welcomed our new Year 7 intake for September 2018, for a transition day. Starting a new school can be a daunting prospect. Here at Ark Boulton we intend to make the transition as seamless as possible for both students and their family.

Staff at the academy work hard to ensure that all our students reach their full potential and develop into outstanding and inspirational model citizens within the community and beyond. We work closely with Year 6 students to ensure we have all the relevant information required to support them and offer the very best to help with a smooth transition into secondary school life.

On transition day our students took part in various induction activities. The day included tasters of lessons, assemblies, use of various ICT facilities, transitioning into secondary school life and team building activities. It gave students a chance to meet their peers and staff – seeing a friendly face or two in September always helps!

“The day was amazing and the Year 6 students were brilliant. Our student leaders who helped with the logistics of the day were outstanding and showed true leadership! Well done to all and we can’t wait to have you all back in September.” Miss Farooq, Assistant Principal.

Feature: Hear Principal Channa’s transition day speech here.

Want to help your child prepare for their first term at secondary school? Listed below are a few suggestions you may find useful from ‘The School Run’:

  • Buy an alarm clock: Ark Boulton gates close at 8.15am, so if you have a long journey you may have an early start.
  • Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous. It’s a long time until lunch.
  • Put in plenty of practice at tying your tie. You’ll need to be able to do it at speed and under pressure (i.e. after PE). Then practice putting it on and taking it off without undoing it to help speed up the process!
  • If you need to use a travel pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays.
  • Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practice until you’re confident and time yourself.
  • Buy a very big, very strong bag. You will have loads to carry. And that’s not counting the days when you’ll have your PE kit.
  • If you can, find a friend to walk with on your first day. Things won’t seem so daunting if you can go with someone.
  • Be prepared to just ‘hang out’ at playtime.
  • Don’t call it ‘playtime’ – it’s ‘break’ now.
  • Work out how you’ll be paying for your lunch – at Ark Boulton we use the fingerprint system, make sure you’re topped up if you don’t receive free school meals.
  • Find out where the toilets are.
  • When it’s PE, time is always precious, so for boys, go for adjustable waist trousers – there’s no time to be fiddling with a belt. If PE is first period, you may be able to wear your shorts under your trousers for a quick change.
  • When you are given your timetable, make at least three copies: one for your bag, one for your pocket and a spare for home.
  • Get your new friends’ phone numbers – you may need to give them a call if you have a last-minute homework panic.
  • Be organised. If you’re given a student diary or planner, use it to write down your homework – when there is so much going on, it’s easy to forget.
  • Go through your timetable and pack your bag the night before – there’s never time in the morning to find your maths book.
  • Join the library. It’s a great place to go if you want to do some homework or just have some quiet time.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go.
  • At lesson changeover, stick with someone who knows where they’re going. And don’t try to go against the flow of traffic, you’ll only get lost!
  • Relax and try to enjoy it – in no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve always been there, and this time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.

For more advice and hints and tips click here.