Transition – Starting at Ysgol Maesteg

A Warm Welcome

We would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to all our year 6 pupils who will be joining Maesteg School in September 2020.  This year is going to be very different to our traditional Transition programme.  We would like to reassure you all, parents and year 6 pupils, that we will try to keep you informed of everything you need to know as you prepare to leave primary school and enter the next phase of your educational journey.

We have designated this area of our school website specifically for you to learn more about our school and what you can expect to happen in the first few months of year 7 at Maesteg.  You can read our Transition Booklet and look over our Transition presentation with your child.  We would encourage you to look through these resources together and direct any questions you may have to the email addresses listed and we will do our best to answer them. 

Moving from primary school to secondary school is a time of anxious excitement as pupils will not know the layout of the school or the systems used.  It is natural for this change to cause anxiety, as it is the fear of the unknown.  However, the school is a building that, with help, all our Year 7 pupils get to know very quickly.  As for our systems, there are so many people here to help you settle in, after a few days, you will wonder what worried you.  No doubt, many of you will be excited to meet new friends and to take advantage of all the new activities and opportunities that we have to offer you.  We want you to settle so that you can love the learning you will be undertaking in your classes. 

Please check this section of our website regularly as we will be uploading documents throughout the Summer Term.   Please do not hesitate to contact the school on the email addresses below.  If you follow us on Twitter, you will find updates that direct you to the website as we upload additional information.

We are so looking forward to meeting you all – it is always a highlight of the year.

With our warmest regards,

Mrs Helen Jones Headteacher and Mrs Tania Hill Assistant Headteacher

Please click here to open up a PDF of our Transition Booklet.

School Uniform

There are several ways to purchase school uniform in readiness of the new school year. Please visit the uniform section of our website here to find out more.

Meet The Tutor

You can now watch ‘welcome videos’ from the Heads of Houses and meet the tutor team on our School Houses page. This is your opportunity to put a name to your tutor’s face before tutor’s phone home (week commencing Monday 13th July). Check out the videos and Meet The Tutor PDF’s here.

Getting to know Maesteg School

Let’s hear from our current year 7 pupils on how they settled in to life at Maesteg School

Tommy’s Letter & Elijah’s letter

Below are a selection of videos that give you a taste of school life at Ysgol Maesteg.

 

Transition Tour Video 2020 // Maesteg School

Join us for a virtual tour of Maesteg School. We know that ‘lockdown’ means you can’t visit us, so please enjoy a different way of looking around the school and an introduction to some of our staff. #motivatedtostrive

Transition: Adventure Awaits

Adventure awaits for the year 6 pupils of the Llynfi Valley…

Transition at Maesteg School // Helping year 6 pupils to make the step up to comprehensive school

Mrs Hill talks us through information that all year 6 pupils need to know before they start school in September as our new year 7. This Powerpoint presentation has been converted into a video so that you can watch it safely during this ‘lockdown’ period – please turn the volume up!

Be Awesome, Go Big!

We have teamed up with PiXL and Hachette Publishers to bring you a selection of resources that will help you and your child through the transition process:

Year 6 resources can be found here.

Resources for parents and carers can be found here.

Faculty Challenges

Our Directors of Learning have been busy thinking about how they can challenge you during this period of lockdown. Click the links below to explore the activities. Have a go and see how you get on – good luck!

Here’s a challenge from Mrs Hill, click here to open the One Page Profile.

The Business & ICT challenge is here.

English have set three challenges: An Oracy one here, a Reading challenge here and a Writing one here.

Expressive/Creative Arts would like you to create a Superhero – find out more here.

Food & Nutrition are challenging you to get baking! Check out this cookie recipe here.

The Health & Wellbeing challenge is here.

Humanities would like you to explore your family tree. You can find a template here.

Languages have set two challenges: Firstly there is a video to watch on YouTube here, followed by a ‘selfie’ challenge here.

Science have three challenges for you: You can find them here, here and here.

Helping you to Succeed and Smile

If your child requires some extra help and support in their learning – below are some of the areas in our school where they will go. We have a fantastic team of support staff who are dedicated to helping our learners achieve.

Getting to know you

If your child has additional learning needs, please click on the link and download the transition booklet here. There are pages for learners and parents/carers to complete. We really want to get to know you.

 Once you have completed it, please email it to: transition@maestegschool.co.uk

We look forward to learning all about you and ensuring a smooth transition and successful start at Maesteg School.

Helping Hands

Sometimes we feel a little bit more anxious about starting at Maesteg School and that is quite normal, especially during these unusual times.

If you are feeling extremely anxious, we are hoping that the Helping Hands Powerpoint video and booklet (both below) will help you feel a lot better about expressing your opinions and remembering who you can speak about how you are feeling.

Helping Hands

Mrs Hill talks you through the Helping Hands Powerpoint

Read the Helping Hands booklet here.

Contacting us

If you have any queries regarding transition, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ve set up an email address to answer all your questions. Get in touch at: transition@maestegschool.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to meet you all at the start of the new term!