Year 5 & 6 students had the opportunity to visit each department at Swinton Community School this week during our annual Parent Consultation Evening.
Activities included trampolining, model rivers, Lion King rehearsals, balloon modelling and bun making. The primary children were given the challenge of collecting five different coloured Smarties – one from each department to be in with the chance of winning one of two tablet computers!
This followed speeches by Mr Morrison, Mr Brook and three students: Ellie Squire, Eve Huggett and Ellis Hancock who talked about their experience of the school.
Transition Co-ordinator, Mr Chris Brook, said: “The students were beaming as they received their Swinton Smarties after completing the challenge. The parents were really complimentary about the whole evening.”
The draw for the tablet computers will be made early next week and announced in primary assemblies.
Any Year 5s or 6s that missed out on the Parent Consultation Evening, please contact Mr Brook at school on 01709 570 586 to arrange an appointment.
During the Summer break a selection of our new Year 7 students that were due to start with us in for the new academic year were invited to the XLR8 Transition Summer Camp run by ‘Evolve – A Social Impact Company‘.
The one week course held at Swinton Community School is aimed at improving pupil interaction, self-esteem, confidence and knowledge of the school facility.
The chosen theme for this year’s XLR8 Camp was ‘My Tribe, My Land’ which enabled the students to choose their own tribe. Activities within this theme included:
- Choosing a tribal name
- Designing tribal costumes
- Dance/National Anthem
- Totem Pole/Flag
- Tribal sporting game
Each activity aimed to incorporate teamwork and interaction skills with new people which the students were able to continue within school at the start of the new term.
The tribes were able to showcase their hard work with a talent show for their parents/carers at the end of the week.
Mr Marvin Reader who helps run the Summer Camp said: “Another successful XLR8 Transition Camp at Swinton Community School for the fourth summer. My communication with the school beforehand was better and stronger than ever which filled me with confidence going into the camp. Several staff from different areas were available throughout the week as promised, this certainly helped the pupils with their lesson ideas (resources) and helped us deliver a high quality Talent show on the last day. I saw an improvement in each an every pupil just over the 5 days that I delivered in terms of confidence,social interaction and a willingness to complete the tasks set. I feel all the pupils will now know their way round the school, know who to see if problems arise and can interact with more peers due to attending XLR8“.
“I now know my way around school which I didn’t before thanks to XLR8 and the 2 week transition.”
“At the start of the week there were a few people I didn’t know and now I do, this makes me feel more comfortable for when I start in September.”
“I have learnt co-operation and teamwork skills because I usually do things on my own and I know it’s better to work in a team at times.”
We are excited to welcome Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan, on Wednesday 16th September who will host seminars for our Sixth Form and Year 11 History students as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The two part seminars will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
John Morrison, Headteacher, said:
“It is a privilege for us to welcome Joanna Millan to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit, together with our HET Ambassador. We hope that by hearing Joanna’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Joanna’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.
“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”
We would love to extend an invitation to all Sixth Form students who are able to attend on the date and time mentioned.
This will not be a history lesson, but an activity which will be remembered for a long time.
For those who plan to attend, please ensure that you arrive at Creighton Hall (bottom hall) for 1:20pm.