Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools
Transition Into Middle School
The move of students into the Middle School for some students and indeed for some parents can be both an anxious yet exciting time. To alleviate some of this anxiety it is important for parents and students to have an understanding of what lies ahead. For this reason we run a transition program which allows our Year 5 students to become part of the Middle and Senior School for part of a day.
On Wednesday 25 November, the Year 5 students will begin the day online working with Year 6 staff and students to help them understand the changes they will encounter, particularly relating to timetable and subject content. Following this the students will participate in a range of activities delivered by Middle and Senior School staff. There will be plenty of time in the new year for these students to familiarise themselves physically with the MSS, but this preparation in terms of regular expectations forms a crucial component of their smooth transition into Middle School.
On Tuesday 17 November, ALL of our Year 7 students participated in a Leadership Day. During this day, students were involved in a range of leadership and teambuilding activities online. The culmination of this process is the selection of the Middle School Captains and House Captains for 2021. I would like to thank Mrs Unsworth, the Year Level Coordinator, for organising such a great day!
Additionally we enjoyed a special Team Building Day on Wednesday conducting mini-challenges in the House Challenge Race Day. My thanks go to all of those students involved in the day, especially those who took on roles organising other students. Results for this, and ALL House Cup activities for MSS this year, will be released by Mrs Johns.
Our Year 10s have finished their two day Careers Research Program, conducted on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November. Thank you so much to Mr Chris Broadbent for organising these very important days.
A reminder to parents that as we enter into 2021 we will be strongly enforcing the student dress code. This will mean that all students will need to have correct footwear. Shoes need to be plain black and able to be polished. Canvas shoes, runners and ballet flats are not acceptable. Please take the opportunity over the holidays to ensure that your child has correct footwear to begin the school year.
Please also be reminded that only the School jumper may be worn at the School; with no substitutes except for the Year 12 students who have a Leavers Jumper.
A set day will be put aside for each year group to pick up art and DT works, to return text books and library books, along with handing in Matilda Donations, Service Hamper gifts and also gifts for the Giving Tree. The allocated days for MSS in general for this special visit day occur from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December, Week 9 (with Junior School coming in at the end of Week 8 on Friday 27 November). Please note that the format of the events are different for Junior School as for Middle/Senior Schools, due to the nature of the drop-offs. Separate information will be sent out at the beginning of next week. Also please note that bookings for MSS drop-offs (that adhere to strict SOPs) must be made on the separate MSS spreadsheet that will again be included in the mail early next week.
Homeroom class lists will be generated and published to parents after examination data has been analysed. We move students from class to class on the advice of their teachers, which ensures the best learning opportunity for each child. Hence there may be some changes in the Middle School. Year 9 (2021) students will particularly note new class arrangements, as many of these students have been together for a number of years and it is important for them to be able to mix and work with others as they move into senior schooling, and as they move into a greater array of elective subjects.
It has been such a busy term and students have had the opportunity to engage in as many activities as the SOPs allow. As the year draws to a close these activities will continue. As a result I have included a list of key dates and procedures to assist with your planning as we near the end of such an unusual year. Please remind students of upcoming events and times so that there will be a smooth finish to the year.
- Creative Arts Week Assembly (recorded) - to be presented during Period 5 on Thursday 26 November.
- Middle and Senior School Special Visit Days - to be held from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December. Students will be excused from regular classes for the hour before and after their nominated drop off time if needed (as staff will have access to the booking sheet).
- Speech Day Final Assembly - for the Middle and Senior Schools will be held on Thursday 3 December, during Period 5. Please note there was to be a rehearsal for Speech Day on Wednesday 2 December, which is no longer relevant...similarly, the Awards that were to be distributed on Tuesday will instead be announced during Friday’s Final proceedings.
- Final Day - The last school day is Friday 4 December. This is the day set aside for final class celebrations and activities. There will be a final assembly held online with each Year Group, which will include the announcement of Academic Subject Prizes, at 9.00am.
- Students will then join the Giving Tree Assembly at 11.00am, before final dismissal for this year.