Welcome to Year 7
Year 7 forms have groups of pupils from our different partner primary schools. They are mixed ability groups of boys and girls who meet with their form teacher for registration each morning. Our Form Teachers are responsible for the well-being of pupils in their forms. Pupils will stay in the same form group throughout their time at St. Augustine’s.
Mentors and Buddies
Around 70 Year 7 pupils have a Year 11 Peer-Mentor. Meetings are arranged during break or lunchtimes so that positive discussions between the pupils can be an extra help with the process of moving up into High School. Often a Year 7 pupil will take a friend along to a meeting, and talk about any worries or concerns they may have. It is a good opportunity for Year 7 to get to know some of the older pupils and build up their confidence, especially during those first few weeks when they may need a little extra support, or reassurance. Responsible, caring and reliable pupils are invited to apply to be trained as Peer-mentors towards the end of Year 10, in readiness for the new intake in September. If you do not have a Peer Mentor and would like one please see Mrs Rutter.
On Thursday 27th September all Year 7 pupils will take part in a retreat day. The aim of this day to: build friendship and help them to get to know the other children in their forms. For one day lessons are put aside so that Form Teachers can organise a range of fun activities with their pupils, including name games, creating a special form box and taking part in a school trail where pupils explore the different areas of the building. During retreat day all pupils visit the school chapel and take part in special liturgies with the theme of friendship.
There are many extra-curricular activities to take part in at lunchtimes and after school. All pupils are strongly encouraged to get involved by trying some of the activities on offer. A list of the daily activities throughout the two week cycle is displayed on form notice-boards and in pupil messages during morning registration. All are welcome to join at any time of the year.
In the spring term Year 7 pupils are invited to join Handwriting Club which is organised by our Learning Support Department. (Contact Mrs Jameson for details).
Monitoring and Awards
In December staff meet to discuss the progress of each pupil and decide if it would be of benefit to move any pupils up or down in their sets. An assessment for each child based on behaviour, effort and Home learning is sent home just before the end of term. Year 7 Parents’ evening is on Thursday 31st January 2013 and gives parents an opportunity to discuss this assessment.
The Year 7 charities are the HCPT Pilgrimage Trust and LEPRA. CAFOD is also fully supported throughout the year in various whole school projects.