Last week, The Island Free School welcomed 125 new faces, as our future year 7 pupils visited TIFS for their exciting transition to Secondary School. After having a brief introduction from our headmaster, Mr Boyd, the children met their mentors and their Head of Year, Miss Allcock.
With a mix of both nerves and excitement, they set off for a full day of ‘taster sessions’ led by various TIFS staff. The children attended: English; a session based on describing and sampling sweets through the senses with Mrs Williams. Maths; a fun but technical building and budgeting session with Mr Williams. Science; experiments galore complete with goggles, with Mr Jones. History; a guide through the ages, demonstrated through various attires of the time and modelled by our pupils, put together by Mrs Boyd. Geography; a fabulous volcano building and testing knowledge session with Mrs Walker. The children sampled their first ever Latin lesson, with our very own (Roman!) Mrs Peace. In Art they created unique Bee drawings in the colourful ‘What would you like to bee?’ workshop. The music rooms were full to the brim with instruments to sample for a double music session, filling the corridors with a magnificent sound! Every year 6 pupil then had the exciting task of picking their own instrument for their year 7/8 music tuition, which will start in September. Pupils tested our much-loved canteen for a spot of lunch and a well-earned rest from all their hard work throughout the morning and the taster lessons continued throughout the afternoon. Mentors then welcomed parents that evening for mentor meetings.
A more relaxed 125 pupils walked into the front entrance on Friday in their PE kits, ready and raring for their morning of sporting games. Sessions were led by our excellent sports team and included Tennis and Hockey on our Astro Turf. The sports hall hosted team building activities, which gave the pupils a chance to work with their mentor group more closely. The field held ‘Capture the Flag’ and another team building obstacle course. Pupils did extremely well and really got stuck into the fun game-based sessions whilst the sun shone for us all morning, making it a huge success!
Pupils then headed in for a quick break before a full afternoon session with the inspiring ACM Gospel Choir bringing their ‘Singology’ workshop. Pupils enjoyed a vocal and physical warm up before learning various songs. A few budding young singers took to the front to perform solos, very bravely done. There was also a solo dance performance from one of our year 6s going head to head with talent from our current year 7 group who had joined for the afternoon. Late afternoon brought a final sing off; tensions were high as the two year groups performed against one another, with the year 6s being crowned victorious. An amazing effort form both year groups who put their absolute all into their fantastic performances. The hall was filled with sound and movement, and it really was an amazing atmosphere of enjoyment and smiles. A fabulous way to end a successful two days of transition!
A note from Miss Allcock and Miss Lines: “We were very impressed with how well the two days went, the enthusiasm of the year 6s shone through. We hope you all enjoyed your transition days just as much as we did. We look forward to seeing you all in September to start your journey here at The Island Free School”.
September 2018 will see the Island Free School at full capacity with all five year groups present.