Highly Successful Summer Scheme at Holy Trinity
MONDAY 3rd September welcomed 140 new Year 8 pupils to Holy Trinity College. For most pupils starting a new school, it can be a daunting task, but for many of the Year 8 pupils, this first day was not as nerve wrecking as it would normally be.
This was due to the fact that a huge majority of the pupils had attended a week long Summer Scheme in the College from 6th to 10th August.
The Summer Scheme, which has been operating for the past 3 years, was a weekly induction to aspects of life in Holy Trinity College. Funded through the Extended Schools Initiative, it’s aims were very simple - to give new year 8 pupils a chance to get to know each other, find their way around their new school, get a taster of what life will be like in Holy Trinity College and most importantly, to help pupils feel less anxious about joining the College in September.
The week involved team games, a tour of the school, a sports day, various curricular workshops and a closing award ceremony. Parents were able to avail of a coffee morning and Yoga or Tai Jitsu classes and they were invited to attend the award ceremony on the final day.
Since the programme was introduced 3 year ago, pupils have found the transition from primary to post primary school much easier, parents are more at ease about the transition process, and teachers have reported fewer issues with year 8 pupils in terms of fitting in and making friends than they had experienced with year 8 pupils prior to the introduction of this summer scheme.
Mrs Russell, Principal of Holy Trinity College said ‘
The Summer Scheme provided an ideal opportunity for the girls and boys to make new friendship groups and become familiar with the lay-out of the school as well as meeting some the staff. Moving from a small school can be difficult but the
Scheme enabled staff to discuss different coping strategies and alleviate any concerns that the children or their parents / guardians may have had. It also meant there were already familiar faces which the children could identify with, when they joined the College in September. We are very grateful that funding from Extended Schools has enabled the Scheme to operate and we look forward to additional funded activities throughout the school year”.
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