Highfields was filled with anticipation and excitement as hundreds of eager Year 6 students preparing to start at the school in September took part in their induction.
The induction started with an assembly in the Lyceum where students were greeted by Head of Lower School, Ms Parker, before taking part in a number of taster lessons to give them an idea of what to expect from the average school day at Highfields. They also had time to get to know their form tutors and other children in their form by taking part in a number of team-building activities.
Students from Year 8 and 9 acted as ‘buddies’ and ‘junior leaders’ during the induction event, which took place on July 3rd and 4th.
Ms Parker said: “The process of moving to secondary school can be intimidating but the 'junior leaders' were at the door to greet our future students with an enthusiastic smile and the ‘buddies’ made sure that the Year 6 students settled in well and that nobody had any worries or problems.”
Each ‘buddy’ was assigned a form and attended every lesson with the Year 6 students to make sure that they were confident and happy about starting at Highfields in Year 7 in September. This ‘buddy’ programme will also continue throughout the start of Year 7 to reassure students and ensure they all get off to a good start at the school.
Year 6 students who took part in the induction said they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
One student said: “Induction was so much fun. I can’t wait to start in September!” Another said: “Before induction I was quite nervous but now I can barely handle my excitement.”