Wallace Year 8 Intake Day

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The Wallace High School hosted their annual Year 8 Intake Day last Wednesday to welcome the incoming P7 pupils to the school.

Activities on the day were based in the Technology, Science, PE, Art and Maths departments with pupils also getting the opportunity to meet their new class tutors and other pupils in their class in an informal and fun manner. Current Year 8 pupils at the Lisburn school welcomed the new intake and also acted as guides throughout the day.

Saffron Cairns was one of these helpers and was delighted to share her first year experience with the P7s: “It’s been a really positive experience for me at Wallace in my first year and I’ve made lots of new friends. It was fun to see and meet all the new pupils and help them to get to know the school and also to help them feel welcome in Wallace.”

One of the P7 pupils to attend the event was Emma Farr from Ballymacash Primary School. She enjoyed her day and commented: “When I came to the front door at Wallace I was shown up to the hall to sit with my class, I was nervous about talking to new people but when I got talking I was alright. The first activity we went to was Technology and we made key rings. It was really fun because we used tools we have never used before. After this was a visit to the Maths department where we played some mental maths games. 

During our  PE visit we were put into groups for a scavenger hunt and we got a bit wet but it was so much fun we didn’t care.  In the Art department we made badges, another first for me.  Finally we went to Science, to do some experiments with chemicals. I enjoyed this because I have never done that before and loved the proper Science labs. It made me feel like a real professor. I really enjoyed the activities day in Wallace. I met some really nice friends, some really nice teachers and I am really excited about coming in August.”

Parents were also invited later in the day and were welcomed to the school by Head of Year Norma Cairns, Assistant Head of Year Gillian Carson and Vice Principal David Cleland. They also enjoyed refreshments in the canteen.

Mrs Cairns was delighted with the success of the day which has become an important day in the school calendar: “It was fantastic to see so many of our new pupils in school last Wednesday as we feel that it helps pupils feel more comfortable when they arrive at the beginning of the new school year. As ever, they seemed to enjoy the day, the varied range of activities on offer and also the opportunity to meet their new class tutor and class mates.”

Last modified: August 11, 2012