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Moving On to Post Primary School: A Transition Programme for 6th Class Pupils

Moving On to Post Primary School:

A Transition Programme for 6th Class Pupils

Dear Parents,

This is your child’s last term in Mary, Mother of Hope Senior National School. Their transfer to post-primary marks a new and exciting phase in their young lives. In preparation for their transfer to post-primary, we have devised a Transition Programme for our 6th class pupils. There are many strands to this programme, which has been developed over the years. In the following sections I have set out a summary of the main elements of the programme.

Transition Programme

Since they started primary school, our children have received a broad range of supports under the umbrella of Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE). As part of this, the 6th class teachers and our SEN team have devised a comprehensive Transition Programme for 6th class pupils. This explores with the pupils their hopes, fears and expectations as well as the challenges involved in moving from primary to post-primary school. The children will complete this programme as we progress through the final term.

We will be using a specially designed programme called ‘Mind the Gap’, to support pupils in their transfer. In this process we will be exploring issues such as:

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-awareness

  • Managing one-to-one relationships

  • Managing friendships

  • Dealing with peer groups

We hope to actively engage the children in an exploration of and reflection on their social world. In so doing, we hope to better equip them with the skills they need for the next stage of their lives.

Preparing children at a practical level

Life in post-primary school can present many organizational challenges to pupils. This includes:

  • managing timetables

  • planning homework assignments that have different completion dates

  • organising their books

  • organising their lockers.

To help in this, we have been sharing sample timetables with our pupils, staggering homework and getting them to bring different books in on different days. This will help them become more prepared for the organisational challenges which they may meet in September.

Transfer of information:

This involves a sharing of information in relation to our pupil’s academic performance, ability, learning style and any special needs they may have. We share this information with your child’s post-primary school in order to ensure that our pupils have their best possible start in Second-Level.

A feature of this, is the completion of the parent and pupil profiles. This gives parents and pupils an opportunity to introduce themselves to their new post primary school ahead of transferring in September. We will send these home separately in the coming weeks.

Developing links with post-primary

Coláíste Pobail Setanta, Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School and Ériu Community College are the three post-primary feeder schools for Mary, Mother of Hope Senior National School. As such, we have worked very closely with both school principals in strengthening links between the schools. This will serve to better prepare the children for transfer to post-primary.

Parent Support

We are also anxious to support parents in this important time in their children’s lives. To this end, we have asked Clare Ryan to come and talk to the parents of our 6th class children. Clare is the former principal of St. Leo’s College, Carlow and has many years of experience working with parents and helping to support them in the job of bringing up and educating their children. We would encourage all of our 6th class parents to attend.

The meeting will take place on Monday the 12th June at 7:00 pm in the library. We will send out a reminder of this meeting nearer the time.

Graduation

When all of this work is done, we will finish the year with our most special day of all, Graduation Day. It will take place on Tuesday the 27th June at 11 am. It might seem like a long way off- but time flies for children in 6th Class!

I hope that you will see from all of this that our staff are deeply committed to making sure that our pupils in 6th class are supported, prepared and equipped for the transfer to post-primary. As principal, I am very happy to meet with parents and to discuss any issues they may have. Together, I believe, we can work to ensure that all of our pupils successfully make the transition to the next exciting phase in their lives.

Yours sincerely,

Enda McGorman

22nd May, 2023



 


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