Summer school helps Bishop Challoner’s new Year 7 adapt to life in secondary education

PUBLISHED: 11:57 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 29 August 2014

New Year-7 intake at Bishop Challoner's summer activity school

New Year-7 intake at Bishop Challoner's summer activity school

Bishop Challoner Federated Schools

The new Year-7 intake at Bishop Challoner secondary in London’s East End have had an early introduction to the school with a summer transition project.

Climbing... one of the new Year-7 pupils at the summer schoolClimbing... one of the new Year-7 pupils at the summer school

They had activities such as canoeing and rock climbing to building up confidence by helping them make friends and ease their transition from primary schooling.

The youngsters had activities during the first week of the summer school modelled on the recent Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

They also studied a range of topics such as Empire in History to creating their very own Commonwealth-inspired key-ring in a Technology lesson, using CAD/CAM design.

The second week involved optional projects to inspire learners into creativity.

Many students took part in a week of theatre coordinated by the East End’s Half Moon children’s theatre group at Limehouse.

They learned new techniques in drama, dance, music and art, then put everything together into one big performance at the end.

In a second project, the students went on cultural trips and visited museums and historic sites such as the Natural History Museum in South Kensington and Hever Castle in Kent.

The school’s current Years 10 and 11 were on hand to be mentors and provide a tangible link to the school. The seniors acted as role models to show the new intake what it is like to be a pupil at Stepney’s Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools.

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