Transition Tips 2021 Week 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week’s focus is around managing a weekly budget for lunch and snacks and trying to make healthy food choices.

At OPGS, our school canteen offer a breakfast, breaktime and lunchtime canteen service – students will be issued with a pre-pay key fob on the first day of term which you will need to register for them on the Squid website. The Squid account allows automatic or manual top ups for the fob, and you can log into the system for an itemised list to see exactly what they have been spending their money on! The canteen will take cash from the year 7’s for the first week or so while you get sorted out with this, but then operate a cashless system, with students paying using the fob which is registered to their account, for the rest of their time in school. This is also linked to a photograph of the student, which is displayed on the canteen till, preventing them from using each other’s and making sure that they can still get lunch if they forget their fob by accident!

As it is not ‘real’ money that they are spending, some students can get carried away by this new-found freedom in the first few weeks so we have included this activity to introduce the idea of a weekly budget and to try to get them to think about making healthy choices that fit into that budget.

More information about the Squid card system can be found here:

Further information about our catering company, including allergy information, sample menus and some easy and healthy home cooking ideas to try out at home with your son can be found here:

Thank you to everyone who has filled in the parental notes for form tutors survey here:
This information will be combined with the information from your son’s year 6 teachers and will help us to allocate form groups and houses – as soon as this process is complete we will be able to let you know what colour tie you will need to buy. We will be in touch soon with more information about the transition plans we have for next term and the summer.

Next week is half term for us – we would assume it is for most of you too.  If you have not started these transition activities yet, perhaps this week will be a good time to start?  To save you from having to rummage through all of your emails, we have collated the weekly tips so far onto the school website at: (You’ll find the answers to last week’s tasks at the bottom of the page – just in case you got stuck!)

Enjoy the half term break!

Miss Beeney and Mr Keeling-Jones

Miss C Beeney – SENCo and Director of Studies, Year 7

Mr M Keeling Jones – Senior Pastoral Leader


Activity/Tip for Parents/Carers

Activity: Eating Healthily/Managing your Money

  • If you have not done so already, complete the survey at:
  • At OPGS we have a pre-paid system for paying for their lunches and snacks in the school canteen. Could your son be responsible for this?
  • During this last term could you set up a similar system for him to pay for snacks/lunches? Allocate a certain amount per day, put prices on the snacks and drinks in your cupboards or fridges so that your son has to ‘pay’ for them out of his daily budget.
  • This will help him to get used to budgeting and perhaps prevent constant snacking!
  • Is your son able to plan for healthy options? – there are some discussion prompts in the student activity that you may like to chat with him about once he has done the activity.

Pupil Activity

Activity: Eating Healthily/Managing your Money

  • Activity on p15-16
  • Is it easy/difficult to keep to a budget?
  • Do you choose healthy or unhealthy items?
  • Your parents/carers may also be suggesting a daily/weekly budget for you to purchase items at home