New students joining Treviglas in September had the opportunity to spend a day familiarising themselves with college life last week. The students took part in a variety of teambuilding challenges, including creating ink blown images of birds; designing and building complex table-sized marble runs; and learning paper folding techniques. Further challenges included planning and building ‘earthquake proof’ towers (their success was tested by Treviglas student leaders shaking the tables) and teambuilding events, including balloon challenges which caused a lot of laughter. In addition, students spent time at the Treviglas Sports Hub taking part in a variety of exciting activities including curling, archery and ball skills including basketball.
Many of the team events involved mixing students up from different primary schools to help them develop new friendships. They were helped throughout the day by Treviglas student leaders who ensured everyone was involved and supported. The highlight of the day for many was trying the food in the college dining facilities. In the afternoon students spent time in their House groups with their new Head of House. The transfer day was a resounding success, with students reporting that they now felt much more confident about transferring to secondary school.
Chloe, a Year 6 student involved in the day, commented, “ I relaly enjoyed my day, meeting new people, including my tutor, and I am now really excited about starting at Treviglas!”
The transfer day was quickly followed by the transfer evening, which gave new students and their families the opportunity to meet with the form tutor for September, as well as meeting staff and students at the college. The transition programme continues in the summer holidays with a three-day summer school, to which all students transferring to Treviglas are invited. Emma Gilbert, Transition Co-ordinator at the college said, “As so many of our new students have already attended Inspiration Saturdays, masterclasses, sporting events and been part of our dance showcase or productions at the college, we already feel like we know them well! We look forward to developing closer links with all our new families over the next few months.”