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7th July Transition Day

7th July Transition Day


On the 7th July we welcomed Year 7 to Maritime Academy, for the first time.

 

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This page will charter their journey through the day by posting photos and insights from within the classrooms, corridors. We encourage parents and carers to refer back to this page throughout the day to stay updated. Also follow our socials for further snippets of this landmark day.

 

Arriving at Maritime Academy, Assembly

Making Excellence a Habit

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Year 7 students showed immaculate behaviour and were brimming with excitement as they completed their first bus journey to Maritime Academy. It was a proud moment for staff and student alike as they were welcomed at reception and led to the main hall for their introductions from Maritime Academy Head of School Mr Evans.

Immediately there was a buzz in the room as students settled any nerves and discussed their favourite subjects and what books they were reading with their peers. The prospects of having to make new friends can be nerve-wracking when beginning secondary school, and it was warming to witness how quickly students reached out to one-another to begin forging new bonds. We look forward to seeing these connections grow throughout the day.

Mr Evans introduced himself to the students and within his speech reminded them of our main ethos: Making Excellence a Habit.

“Year 7, and from now on you are Year 7s to me, this is the beginning of our Maritime voyage. You are the first Year 7s at our school, so I am looking to each of you to be leaders and strive for excellence as we embark together.”

Students sat in the respective fleets, and after the conclusion of Mr Evans’ assembly were led by their form tutors to their classes for further introductions and to begin Period 1. We will be checking in to the classrooms and provide further updates on this monumental day.

Form Time, Period 1

Making Excellence a Habit

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Form Time was an opportunity for students to meet with their respective Fleet Leaders and begin the first steps in building their rapport. Students were asked to reflect upon Mr Evans’ Welcome, and consider what it means to be a Maritime Academy Student. They were each provided their own bag within which was their Maritime Academy stationary, and a reading book for them each to keep.

Their time in Period 1 was guided through a PSHE lesson. For some it was their first taste of the Thinking Tools, as circle maps were used to structure student’s thinking on questions like: “What does it mean to be united?”; “What makes a team effective?”. Maritime Academy values are ‘Strength, Pride and Unity’ and form time was an opportunity to consider what these values mean to them.

Across the form groups, students were encouraged to focus on their Red Hat thinking, emotions and feelings, to communicate to each other how they are feeling at the beginning of the day. Students will be asked again to reflect at the end and we hope for them to be able to recognise how these emotions have evolved throughout the day.

Period 2 begins at 10:00am, this is what our Fleet will be learning:
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Cordelia – Maths

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Euphrates– P4C (Philosophy 4 Children)

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Pioneer – PE

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Reynard– Science

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Shannon– English

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Mulgrave– French

Period 2, Breaktime

Making Excellence a Habit

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageReynard are in the Science Lab with Miss Dash, learning about the theory of aerodynamics and applying their knowledge to create their own ring wing gliders. In true Scientific fashion, students devised their own hypothesis for expected distance travelled and speed before carrying out the practical side of the experiment: launching their gliders!

At the conclusion of their lesson, each student across the year was given a cookie as a small reward for their exemplary attitude and behaviour throughout the morning and led to the playground for their break; an opportunity to relax and have a breather before going again and continuing with the high standards they have set so far.

Our social media continues to be the best place for regular updates on our Transition day and we encourage you all to keep updated with what we post online.

Period 3 and 4, Lunchtime

Making Excellence a Habit

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After breaktime, Shannon had Philosophy 4 Children, P4C, with Miss Martin. P4C is an approach to learning that challenges students to explore contemporary issues through thinking and debating. One of the themes explored today was ‘Types of Protest’ and students took the opportunity to have thoughtful conversations surrounding this.

In PE, Mulgrave were enjoying the physical exercise in the summer weather and were challenged on their teamwork skills in games such as ‘Capture the Flag’. The competition was a great opportunity for students to work together for a common objective outside of the classroom.

In a blink of a eye we had already arrived at lunchtime. The behaviour and attitude of students has continued to be of the highest standard and there was a lovely atmosphere as staff and students all sat together in the Quarterdeck to eat  lunch. Thank you to our food providers, Chartwells, for providing students with a ham salad or cheese baguette, with a chocolate dessert and fruit to accommodate. As we approach the final lessons of the day, lunchtime was a wonderful time for students to continue to bond over the experiences they have shared to this point and recharge for the last part of the day.

 

Period 5, Final Assembly

Making Excellence a Habit

The final lessons have begun and the classrooms are both calm and settled as the students have adapted wonderfully to their new Secondary School Environment.

Reynard are in English with Head of Department Mrs. Still studying poetry. They looked at a poem on global warming and, with considerations of the themes and writing techniques implemented in this piece, created their own. It was an opportunity for pupils to flex their creative muscles and the quality of the student’s work delighted Mrs. Still. The lesson concluded with a brief introduction to the book they received at beginning of the day ‘October, October’- a story about a young girl find her way through the ‘year that everything changes’. It offers an interesting parallel to our students as they face changes of their own, and we look forward to hearing student’s reflections on the book in September.

After final lesson, students returned to their form room to reflect upon the day with their fleet leaders. It was during this time they were reminded of the questions poised to them in the morning and it was an opportunity for student’s to consider and communicate how their thoughts and feelings may have changed throughout the day.

Our Transition Day concluded with a closing assembly from Mr Evans. As the chairs filled up there was an atmosphere considerably calmer in contrast to the nerves of the morning assembly. We are glad to see how quickly students have settled during the day and to witness the friendships they have made. Mr Evans expressed his pride and his thanks for the maturity each student showed and spoke of his own highlights: sitting with the pupils during lunchtime; the maturity of the pupil-leaders throughout the day. It was also a time to remind student’s of their next steps over summer, ahead of their first day in September, and this outlined expectations on uniform and conduct travelling to and from school.

And with that, the day has finally come to a close. Congratulations to our students for their application and optimism on this day, and thank you also to all staff for ensuring every pupil had a successful transition day.

We look forward to seeing you all again Year 7, in September.