The Wallace High School welcomed its new Form One Intake group last Thursday for a special afternoon of activities entitled “The Big School Experience”. The event was the first of its kind, aimed at easing the transition from primary school and helping new pupils familiarise themselves with their classmates, class tutors and the layout of the Clonevin Park school.
Following meetings with their class tutors in their registration rooms the P7 pupils had the opportunity to chat with current first years about the daily routine os school life.
Queries about the House System, lockers and new subjects such as Technology and Design were dealt with efficiently by the Wallace pupils who are nearing the end of their first year at grammar school.
A series of fun events had been planned for the rest of the afternoon, including badge making in the Art Department, Drama Workshops and an introduction to the various sports offered by the school. Tutors from “Dance Northern Ireland” also led some dance classes which have proved to be a very popular extra curricular activity since Wallace’s Creative Events week last autumn.
Mr David Twyble, Head of Form One at Wallace, was very pleased with the success of the “Big School Experience”. ” Our form one induction day was very enjoyable for all concerned and we hope it has helped answer some queriesabout life at “Big School” . We’re looking forward to seeing our new first years again in the autumn.”
Primary seven pupils too were enthusaistic about the afternoon. Stephanie from Pond Park Primary commented, “My first impression of Wallace was that it was much bigger than Pond Park and I was a wee bit concerned about getting lost. However I already feel as if I know my way around the school – first year pupils and our class tutor took us on a tour.
The intake afternoon was really good fun and helped us get to know our new classsmates. I’ve been reading the information booklet which was given out last week and I’m really looking forward to September.”
Kyle added, “We all loved the sporting activities and the drama was good fun too.We learnt a lot about life in the big school and got to konw loads of pupils and staff. It was a great day.”
Last modified: February 24, 2016