Year 7 Students Joining Wyvern Academy In September Challenged To ‘Dream Big’
Darlington 10-year-olds who have chosen to join Wyvern Academy, which is part of Consilium Academies, in September are taking part in the ‘Move Up, Dream Big’ challenge.
The prospective Wyvern Academy students are taking part in three activities as part of this year’s challenge to enable their smooth transition to secondary school as well as participating in the first ‘normal’ face-to-face transition events in school last week since before the pandemic hit.
The new students are being challenged to think about and write down their hopes and dreams for the future and draw pictures of themselves doing their dream job, as well as thinking about and writing about the people that inspire them and what they have achieved – these could be family members, teachers, friends, celebrities, or anyone else they look up to. As part of the final challenge, ‘Lift Off!’, students are asked to make their own mini rocket, so they remember that if humans can land on the moon, they can do anything! This is their first official chance to achieve points for their allocated school Houses in September.
During the Transition Days, held last week on 5 and 6 July, the Year 6s also got the chance to experience taster sessions from Science, Art, Drama and Computing lessons. On the second day Outdoor-Ambition, a local company who provide high quality, exciting outdoor activities, offered the Year 6s an opportunity to take part in structured team building activities.
Current Wyvern Academy Year 7s wrote a letter to the Year 6s joining in September, they say:
“Here at Wyvern Academy, we have high aspirations in everything we do. We want to achieve our full potential and be the best we can be. This means that we always aim high – whether that’s in our schoolwork, our behaviour, or our dreams for when we leave school.
These three challenges will help you to think like a Wyvern student. You’ll think about your goals, how to reach them, and how to remember to always Dream Big!”
Ruth Hampson, Assistant Headteacher at Wyvern Academy, part of Consilium Academies, said:
“It has been wonderful meeting all our new Year 7 students in the traditional way, in person before the summer holidays, for the first time in two years. Transition events and activities are so important for our new students as they provide opportunities to make them to feel more confident about this important step.
“We will continue to work closely with our feeder primary schools to gain the insight we need for every child to ensure everything goes smoothly when they join us, and we can meet their individual needs. We will be following this work up in the first term with 'Meet the Tutor' events and a 'Follow-up Fortnight' where the students can choose to reconnect with their Year 6 teachers for any further transition support.”
David Clayton, CEO at Consilium Academies, said:
“Transition for our Year 6s is a huge milestone across all our schools. Joining a secondary school is a major decision and that first day can be daunting. We want every child who attends a Consilium academy to feel confident that they are joining a welcoming family of schools, which cares about every member of our community and their individual needs.”