Transition Tips 2021 Week 11

Dear Parents and Carers,

This will be our final transition tip for this term but Mr Keeling-Jones will be in touch over the summer should any of the following information need to be updated.  Please be assured we will be following any government guidance closely and will be doing everything we can to keep OPGS students and staff safe in September.

The first day of term will be Friday 3rd September for the new Year 7s. Students will need to be in school, in uniform, by 8.30am and will be dismissed at 3.25pm.  For this first day, only Year 7 and Year 12 will be in school.  This will allow us to work with the students to acclimatise them to Oakwood Park Grammar School and help with transition to secondary school.  Although this will mean they are able to have extra attention on this day in school, it does present a challenge for any students who may be travelling on public transport, as there will not be older students in uniform to follow along with.  It is therefore really important that students know where to get off of the bus and where to go to get onto the school site, and similarly in reverse for the way home after school.  Please do have a rehearsal of this over the summer if this applies to your son!

On Friday 3rd September, all students will be offered a free school lunch, although they can of course bring a packed lunch if you or they prefer.  The canteen will also be open for breaktime snacks, offering a selection of items which will all be priced at £1.  Students will need to bring cash, ideally in coins, if they would like to purchase a snack at breaktime.  They will be issued with their lunch fob, and details of how to sign up for our cashless system – it will be really helpful if your son intends to make use of the canteen facilities if you are able to set up the lunch fob over that first weekend.

Students will need to bring their PE kit for this first day, as well as the equipment listed on the kit list for day-to-day lessons.  In addition to this, they will need to bring either their mobile phone or the username and password to an email account that they have access to.  This is in order to set up password recovery on their school computer account and will be needed across the first three days of term.  We will send you the specific timetable for your son nearer the time.

We have plenty of online activities on offer to help keep students occupied over the summer break.  On the transition section of the school website you will find the transition booklet (slightly hidden under transition tips week 1), all of my previous transition tips and activities, the virtual tour of the school and information video, enrichment activities and the virtual taster day – both of these final two are excellent resources for any boys who might complain about being bored over the summer holidays!  https://www.opgs.org/year-6-7-transition/

If you have not yet had a look at these resources, I would definitely recommend doing so over the summer.

I am sure that both you and your child will have some feelings of anxiety and trepidation about the forthcoming change.  It is completely understandable and natural to have these feelings, so please do attempt not to worry too much! Try to be calm and hide any of your personal anxieties from your children as they may pick up on these.  Encourage your son to verbalise his worries (if he has any!) as I am sure that they can be easily eased – positivity is key.  You may find the following video “Moving up!” of use to prompt discussion with your son: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thnoUraeoGs

We wish you all the very best with this exciting new chapter in your child’s life!

Enjoy your summer!

Miss Beeney & Mr Keeling-Jones

Activity for Parents/Carers

  • Acknowledge any sadness your son may have about leaving but remember to stay positive about the exciting new school.
  • Remember to keep talking about secondary school over the summer and to look through any of the transition information completed.
  • Revisit any travel plans if needed.

Pupils  

  • Return to and re-complete the Activity on page 8 of the transition booklet
  • Discuss this with your parents or a friend or relative