Starting at Maesteg School
Headteacher's Welcome Mrs Helen Jones
I am delighted to welcome you to Year 7 of Maesteg School and look forward to greeting you all in September!
Our simple motto is ‘Motivated to Strive’. This means that we expect you to work hard at school and at home. We want you to develop a love of learning so that you enjoy life at Maesteg and get the best out of what we have to offer you.
You will study a wide range of subjects so will have lots of opportunities to show us what you are good at. Although classroom achievement is important, we also value our pupils who work hard at other aspects of school life such as sport, music, drama and creative arts. We want you to get involved in after school activities to explore and make the most of your talents.
Although Maesteg School is a much bigger school than your primary school, we will get to know each and every one of you as an individual. Our school is a warm, caring, friendly school where there are excellent relationships between our pupils and teachers.
I am proud of Maesteg School pupils and teachers and I look forward to September where you too will become part of our happy, hard-working and successful school. Please go to the Sports Hall when the bell goes. You will then be taken to you Tutor Group room.
Your main contact for information or to discuss any problems is your form tutor.
If your form tutor is not able to help, then you should contact your Progress Leader.
You can find the Progress Leader in their teaching rooms or the Progress Leaders’ office which is located on the first floor, next to Mr Jones’ office and near the library.
You will be put into one of 4 houses: Cadrawd, Cynwyd, Llynfi and Daren.
There will be lots of house competitions throughout the year. You can also earn house points by completing all your classwork and homework, by being helpful and friendly and trying your best.
You will have assemblies which will celebrate your achievements.
WHAT IF I AM LATE? BE PUNCTUAL
Punctuality is a key indicator that you are well organised and can manage your time effectively. It is an essential skill that you will need to develop both in school and for the rest of your life. There should be no reason for you to be late to lessons or late with homework if you remember our one simple rule of RESPECT. Respect deadlines and respect start times and you shouldn’t have a problem with punctuality. However, it can sometimes happen to even the most organised of us. If you are late into school in the morning, you must go straight to PUPIL RECEPTION where you must sign in. You will then be told to go immediately to your lesson. If you are already in school but late to your lesson, you must apologise to the teacher and explain your lateness.
WHAT IF I NEED TO GO TO THE TOILET?
Year 7 toilets available for pupil use on the ground floor. Pupils, just like teachers, are expected to use the toilets during break and lunchtime. You are not allowed to use the toilets during lessons unless it is an emergency. Then, you should ask a member of staff for permission to use the toilet and you will be issued with a pass. No pupil should be outside of class during lesson time – you will always need a ‘pass’ if you are outside of the classroom for any reason.
Homework is an essential part of developing and improving your independent learning skills. Although you learn whilst you are in school, real learning takes place when you re-learn it on your own or at home. All students at Maesteg School will have homework from a range of subjects. It will be very important that you organise your time to make sure that you complete all homework to the best of your ability and meet the deadlines set. It is very important that you record every piece of homework including the date it was set; what you have to do; the date it has to be handed in to your teacher. If you have any difficulty with the homework, make sure you speak to your teacher about it BEFORE the deadline not after it.
You can also stay in school from 3:00-4:00 to do your homework in the school library where you will have access to printers, photocopiers, and support from staff.
HOW SHOULD I BEHAVE?
We have high expectations of our pupils at Maesteg School and this is most important when it comes to behaviour. Follow our simple code of conduct: we expect you to RESPECT.
Respect your teachers
Respect other pupils
Respect your environment
Respect your uniform
We all have ‘bad days’ so in order to guide you, we also have the Maesteg School Charter of 5 simple rules to L E A R N
What will I study?
You are joining the school at such an exciting time as we continue to develop the new Curriculum for Wales.
We will further develop all the skills you have learnt in primary school. You will be working closely with your English teacher and other teachers so that you improve your literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills. We will challenge you to set yourselves ambitious standards in your learning. We will ensure in your lessons you will question yourselves and your teacher. You will become expert problem solvers. We will provide opportunities for you to use digital technologies creatively. At Maesteg School we will enable you to take risks in your learning. You will also become knowledgeable about Wales, our culture and heritage as well as looking to the world beyond. Your lessons will be dynamic and will develop your self-confidence, resilience, and empathy with other pupils in our community at school and in our local community.
All your teachers are so excited to welcome you to Maesteg School and cannot wait to begin the next stage of your educational adventure together.
What should I do at lunchtime?
We have ½ hour (30 minutes) for lunch in the school dining hall. You can either have a meal in the school Dining Area or you can bring sandwiches from home if you prefer.
We also have a Breakfast club where we serve tea and toast from 8:00am every day. There is also hot food available during morning break.
Our canteen is very popular and almost all our students choose school dinners because they enjoy the food that is on offer and the atmosphere of the school canteen.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY SPARE TIME?
We run school clubs, ‘Power Hour’ and much more.
Developing a love of reading is one of the most important life-long skills you can learn. If you choose the right books, it can also be one of the most enjoyable. You will always need a reading book with you to make sure you can benefit from our DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) sessions. You can borrow books from the library and earn House points for the amount of reading that you do throughout the year. As well as a wide range of books the library also has a quiet reading area and computers with internet access that you can use to complete homework.
School Clubs + Power Hour
We have a wide range of clubs that you can join at Maesteg School. We have a school orchestra, a school choir, a drama club, sports clubs for football, rugby, netball, hockey, athletics, gymnastics and dance. There are also clubs at lunchtime and after school for revision, catch-up and controlled assessments. There are lots of other extra-curricular activities. Keep an eye on our Activity board in school and on our website and go along and try something new!
What do I do if I’m unhappy?
We hope that this never happens once you begin your life at Maesteg School; although you will be part of a much larger school, you will be part of a House and a valued member of a Tutor group.
If you do feel sad, not included or just unhappy, then please tell someone. Problems cannot be solved if no one knows about them. Your form tutor should be your first point of contact, but your Head of Year should also be able to help. If they are not able to solve the problem or make you feel happier, we have trained counsellors at the school who you can make an appointment to speak to.
We are a ‘TELLING’ school and bullying is not tolerated at Maesteg. If you are aware that anyone is being bullied, you must tell a teacher. Each child has a right to feel safe and happy in school and we will not allow bullies to make any child unhappy in Maesteg School.
Getting to know Maesteg School:
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 2021. This year is again going to be 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 School. We would encourage you to look at the Transition presentation with your child 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
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.
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.
Expressive/Creative Arts would like to welcome you to their faculty. Meet Mrs James in this short presentation here: Expressive Arts Prezi. Expressive/Creative Arts are asking you to 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to learning all about you and ensuring a smooth transition and successful start at Maesteg School.
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.
Read the Helping Hands booklet here.
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: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to meet you all at the start of the new term!