We were absolutely delighted to host our Olympics themed Summer School this year and judging from the overwhelmingly positive feedback, the girls enjoyed it too! An impressive 98% said the Summer School was either ‘good’ or ‘great’, with 109 of the 136 surveyed selecting ‘great’! Every student surveyed said they would recommend our Summer School to a friend.
On the first morning, we were greeted by some anxious faces and looks of trepidation (from students and parents!) before all pupils went off to meet their form, to meet their new form mates, present their ‘All about me Projects’, play rounders and even paint their very own tile with Jane from Fired 4 U. Once the finished mural is mounted on the wall in the Quad, we will be sure to feature it in a future newsletter.
On the Tuesday, pupils were mixed into different groups and did some core skills work based on the Olympics, including numeracy bingo and TV news interviews. Wednesday was an action-packed day with the girls rotating around 8 different cultural blasts, with Japanese/Olympics themes tasks ranging from Sushi making, decorating fans and Japanese calligraphy. As the girls left the building with posters, tote bags and crabstick in their hands, they looked tired but happy- as did the staff!
On Thursday, the girls were again in new groups, meeting more of the year group. During the day, the girls rotated through 5 practical subjects, including hands-on tasks such as blossom painting in Art and making Pokémon key rings in Technology. On the final day, the girls were back in their forms producing presentations on the week’s activities which were presented at the Closing Ceremony in front of a hall packed with parents.
It was great to get to know so many of the new Year 7 students before they officially started at school and this hopefully smoothed over any concerns. In the final survey, over 100 girls selected that were expecting a good start at PGHS, with over 90% stating that the Summer School had made the transition to secondary school easier.