4 February 2019

From the Head of Middle School

This time of year is an interesting one in the life of a teacher. On the one hand, our sights are firmly set on 2019, planning transition activities and creating class lists. On the other, it is tinged with sentiment. We have spent a year getting to know our students, working out what makes them tick, teaching them skills, sharing lots of laughs with them, and taking time to listen to them in times of stress or difficulty.  As we head to the summer holidays, we are acutely aware our time together is coming to an end.  We then part ways and start the cycle again with a new class.

This morning, our staff and students welcomed next year's new students to our Middle School Orientation Day, and our existing students had a taste of what lies ahead for them in 2019. The Year 5 boys came to spend the day in the Year 6 classrooms, the Year 6 boys moved up to Year 7, and our Year 7s spent the day at Adventure World building new relationships with the Year 8 teaching staff. Whilst all that was going on, the Year 8s moved up to the Senior School campus for the Year 9 Transition Day.

Middle School Orientation Day is an important day in our school calendar. It's an opportunity for our staff to meet the boys they'll be working with next year and it allows the boys to meet some of their teachers. It provides the new and old boys a chance to spend time together and begin to forge new friendships.  Our goal for the day is simple; to send the boys home excited for the year ahead and full of stories of the activities they participated in.  Having seen the enthusiasm, curiosity and respect on display this morning, we're looking forward to welcoming and working with all of the boys in the Middle School next year.

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Mrs Sophie Berry
Acting Head of Middle School