Year 6 Transition

  • ***** BREAKING NEWS***** INFORMATION REGARDING UNIFORM AND TUTOR GROUPS WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK!!!!!

Welcome to the Year 6 Transition Page

 

These extraordinary times call for a change in the way that traditionally our Year 6 transition is done. This page is designed to provide you with all of the information that will help you and your child make a smooth transition to Brixham College for the 2020/21 academic year.

 

The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families. We take this responsibility very seriously and even with schools being closed at the moment, we aim to have a very positive and proactive transition process that ensures all new members of our College experience the best possible start.

 

We are striving to ensure that all  new students will settle in easily and their transition from primary to secondary school will be successful and as part of this there is a short “Getting to Know You” questionnaire that can be found HERE and E-mailed back to Mr Whittington dwhittington@brixhamcollege.co.uk. This year much of our work will need to be done remotely – but that is not to say that we won’t be posting virtual tours, meet the tutor videos and various other digital welcomes over the coming weeks.

 

One of the best ways to get to know us here at Brixham College is to follow us on our Twitter feed @brixhamcollege.

 

The most important thing however, is contact with you.  A simple online form that is requesting your contact details can be found HERE. If you could spend 2 minutes to complete this form then it will allow us to be able to contact you directly via Text Message and/or E mail in order to keep you up to date with the latest developments.

 

Your Key point of contact is:

Transition, Year 6 and Year 5 contact

Mr Whittington: dwhittington@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Latest College Position during Coronavirus Pandemic

At Brixham College we are taking our responsibilities as a school very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of Public Health England, Department of Education and Torbay Local Authority.  Senior Leaders are holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops to ensure we keep our children safe and provide a continuity of learning in these exceptional circumstances.  Whilst I appreciate that this is a worrying time for our community, the College is attempting to manage this complex situation in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed. All information pertaining to how Brixham College is operating during this period can be found HERE.

 

We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students very soon.

Mark J Eager

Principal

Brixham College

Latest Correspondence
Transition Letter 1 30/04/2020
Uniform

Information regarding the ordering and collection of Brixham College uniform will be made available in the coming weeks. Please rest assured that we are continuing to work closely with our uniform suppliers and an online ordering and collection service will be in process shortly.

In the meantime…

 

The Current Brixham College Uniform policy can be found Here

Get to Know Us - ***New Videos - now includes Healthy Living!***

Here you can hear from Faculty Leaders…

Videos *** Episode 4 now available***

Over the coming weeks, there will be a series of videos to help you get to know a bit more about Brixham College -both the buildings and the people that you might meet here every day!

In this first film – you get a first whizz around the school and meet some people on the way – there will be a new film here every week with some key information to help you settle in.

 

 

In episode 2 “Options” you get to meet more faces and see the Cashless Catering System – when you get here, you will be given a lunch card which your parents put money on using ParentPay – it means you don’t have to carry cash with you. Nice and easy! – don’t worry – it will all be explained in great detail…

 

 

In Episode 3 “The return of the 10s” you get to meet more key players and first glance at the famous vending machines…

 

 

In Episode 4 “The Haunting of Mrs Ashworth” we meet more characters from our Brixham College family  – and re visit some familiar faces…

 

Key Dates for your Diary

Obviously, we are unsure if these dates will still be possible – but we will try to honour them as best we can – you will be informed of any changes via this web page, text and Email.

 

  Time Event
Late May and throughout June 2020

Senior staff from the College to visit primary schools to meet Year 6 pupils

 

June 2020 – mornings – dates to be arranged

 

 

9 – 12 noon Enhanced provision transition visits to the College

Thursday 25 June 2020

 

 

5.30pm onwards

 

Principal’s presentation, information giving and meet the tutor

 

Tuesday 30 June and

Wednesday 1 July 2020

 

 

3.15pm – 6.15 pm Uniform fitting, ordering and purchase

Thursday 2 July 2020

 

 

 

8.45 am – 2.45 pm Induction Day 1

Friday 3 July 2020

 

 

 

8.45 am – 2.45 pm Induction Day 2

17 – 21 August 2020

 

 

 

 

College Summer School

 

14 – 17 September 2020

 

 

Year 7 Icebreaker activity days

 

Summer School
The Brixham College Summer School, is open to all Year 6 students joining us in September 2020, and runs from Monday 17 August through to Friday 21 August 2020.
Our Summer School has been designed to give our new September Year 7’s, an insight into life at Brixham College, the values we hold and strive for, as well as supporting the students to start their secondary education journey with us, being the best they can be.
The Summer School is all about developing character, leadership and how to develop and build new relationships with peers, as well as giving our new Year 7’s the skills needed to make that important and positive start with us.
Each of the five summer school days, are based on a college value, High Expectations, Knowledge, Character, Leadership and Continuous Improvement. During these days, students will begin to develop, both their understanding of what this means to them as an individual, as well as for the Brixham College community.
All activities are design to give students access to new experiences, as well as introduce them to enrichment opportunities that the college offers. Our House system is also an integral part of the college, and so a summer school house challenge will be launched at the start of the week with many key activities during each day, adding to the house challenge accumulator.
By the end of this exciting and fun packed week, a celebration of achievement will complete the week.
The cost of Summer School is £90, which covers all activities. This is a non-uniform week, with students requiring a daily packed lunch from home.
Year 7 Ice Breaker Days

The beginning of term at a new school can be a daunting experience but the Brixham College Healthy Living team try to make the transition a little easier…
The Year 7 Ice Breaker days prove to be a huge success with  Year 7 students participating in a range of exciting activities aimed to ‘break the ice’ with new friends & teachers. Based at Whitehills camp in Stoke Gabriel the students are treated to an action packed day designed to challenge but with an emphasis on fun.

 

The activities  include; Problem solving & team building, Orienteering, Shelter Building, Sticky Archery, a woodland walk, crabbing down at the Mill pond & finally a swimming session in the heated outdoor pool. All of the students make the most of the experience & enjoy the opportunity to not only meet but also work with other students who they may not have met in their first couple of weeks at the College.

 

 

As a result, the ice breaker days are a huge success & many new friendships are developed and old ones re-cemented. Those who take part are fully engaged in all of the activities provided & work really hard throughout the day.
For any further information please contact Mr Dowling – Head of Healthy Living Faculty wdowling@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Safeguarding

We hope that you are coping during these unprecedented times. The unknown fear & uncertainty of where this may lead to is extremely difficult to comprehend & understand. Added to this is that there is a lot of anxiety around, and this is being felt by our children. Reassurance, sharing & educating them about the virus & current containment strategies such as basic hygiene is crucial. We would ask you to be open & share any Government/Public Heath information with your child that is being made available on a daily basis.

Talking to children about self-isolation and social distancing

With regards to any safeguarding issues or concerns please do not hesitate to contact  Mr Richard Burden (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or the Deputy Safeguarding lead Mrs Raurie Newton in the first instance by email;

rburden@brixhamcollege.co.uk or rnewton@brixhamcollege.co.uk

 

 

Child protection during the COVID-19 measures can be found HERE

 

 

Please remember that in the case of an emergency & you are worried about a child please follow the Torbay local authorities advice;

If you feel a child is in immediate danger, please call 999.

If you are worried about a child please call the Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01803 208100 or email mash@torbay.gov.uk

Out of office hours please call: 0300 456 4876

Website : http://torbaysafeguarding.org.uk/

 

A main concern & worry for our young people is how their mental health & well being might be affected especially if restricted through isolation & the suspension of social & sporting clubs where they meet their friends & peers. In addition face to face access with some of the intervention & support services might become restricted over the next few weeks & therefore we would encourage students to use online providers such as;

  • Childline run by the NSPCC https://www.childline.org.uk/
  • Young minds for advice & support https://youngminds.org.uk/
  • XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. https://www.kooth.com/

You can find many ideas and resources HERE to help you through this current global pandemic.

A map of the College

Here is a map of Brixham College – we are not a very big site – even though it might seem daunting at first, within a week or so it will seem like you have always been here!

How many lessons do we have a day?

We have five lessons a day at Brixham College, plus a tutor period.

What are the four houses and how do we know who is in which house?

The four houses are, Venture (Red), Phoenix (Green), Pioneer (Yellow), Inspire (Blue). They are named after old local trawlers. Pupils can be identified by a faint pinstripe in the school tie.

What time does school start and finish?

There is a warning bell at 8:35 am and lesson five finishes at 3 pm. However, we also have a popular breakfast club (open from 8:10 am) and many after-school clubs/teams.

Where do I go on my first day?

On your first day make your way to the Main Hall. Please do not worry, there will be Year 7 students to show you where to go and on the first morning.

Is it true you have vending machines

Yes, this is true and they accept cash. However, these machines only work at break times.

Where can I eat my lunch?

There are number places you are allowed to eat your lunch. You are allowed in the dining hall, the picnic benches which are around the school and also on the field.

Do I have to wear my blazer at all times?

Blazers must be worn outside of the classroom. However, inside the classroom you may ask the teacher to take your blazer off.

Do I get a homework diary?

We don’t have a homework diary at Brixham College. We use an online system called class charts. Class charts will tell you your homework and when it is due in. You can also use class charts to check your merits total. Don’t worry – we will show you how to use it!

Where can I go at break time?

As a Year Seven student, you are allowed to go anywhere inside the red lines which you will find around the outside of the College at break times. For the first four weeks, you will have sole use of the LRC and also the arena by the English block.

What if I get lost?

Please do not worry,  you can ask anyone around the College if you are unsure where to go. All staff and students will help you.

If you have any more questions then please complete the contact form below and we will answer them!