Easingwold transition information (for parents/carers of children attending Easingwold Secondary School in September 2015)

I noticed that some children did not pick up their letter which contains important information about upcoming transition events.  I have added the letter below for your reference: 

Dear Parent or Carer

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your son or daughter to Easingwold School in September, and to two forthcoming transition events, details of which are provided below.

Treasure Hunt Evening – Tuesday 30th June, 6.00 to 8.00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for the children (and you, if you wish) to take part in a treasure hunt around the school to help them to find their way around. The treasure hunt itself will begin at 6.00 p.m., but it doesn’t matter if you can’t get here for then as it can be done at any time during the evening.

The evening will also provide opportunities to try on and order items of uniform with representatives of Schoolshop, and to register your child for ParentPay, the cashless payment system we use for school meals and trips. You will be able to do this from 5.00 p.m., if you’d like to get it out of the way before the treasure hunt begins. To register for ParentPay, we will need to have a completed registration form. If you haven’t had chance to complete this form yet, copies will be available on the evening.

Food, prepared by our award winning chef Bob Davies and his team, will be served from 6.00 to 7.15 p.m., so why not have your tea (or dinner, if you’re posh!) here and sample our excellent school meals. I can strongly recommend the lasagne.

 

Transition Days, Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July

The 3-day transition visit has proved very effective in helping students become familiar with the school, meet some of the staff, get to know some children from other primary schools, and overcome any worries they might have about joining us in September.

During their transition days , the children will experience lessons in most of the subjects they will study in Year 7, including English, maths, science, humanities subjects (geography, history, R.E.), design technology and/or ICT, languages, and, where possible, at least one creative arts subject (art, music, drama). They will also have a session when they will meet their head of house and learn about Easingwold School’s values.

Transport

The children are welcome to travel to Easingwold School on the school buses. The bus operators have been informed and there is no need for Year 6 pupils to carry bus passes. If you need to know when and where the children should catch the bus to school, please contact the relevant bus operator (see list attached). Those travelling from York on the Reliance service will be able to buy a 10-journey ticket (£14.00), using the remaining journeys in September, or buy single or return half-fare tickets each day.

Arrival on Monday 6th July

On Monday morning staff and Student Ambassadors will meet the children as they get off the buses and direct them to the Hall where they will begin the day with a brief assembly. Students will then be organised into their teaching groups for the three days. Each group will be made up of several pupils from four or five different primary schools. Each child will be given a welcome pack, consisting of a timetable for the three days; a map of the school; details of their house, form and form tutor; a pupil handbook; and a letter outlining arrangements for the beginning of next term. (Please have a look at these documents yourself.) Each teaching group will have two student guides who will help the Year 6 pupils to get from lesson to lesson and be available to help them at break and lunchtime.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 6 students will go to their form rooms at the beginning of the day for registration with their tutors and to meet other members of their forms.

Morning break and lunch

Food and drinks are available from the Dining Hall at break and lunch time. As I have mentioned already, we have a cashless catering system. Instead of paying with cash, students and staff have electronically-held accounts. Payment is made by scanning the customer’s thumb, identifying him/her as the account holder and deducting the cost of the food from his/her account. Payment into the account can be made online using ParentPay or by cash using a machine situated in the Dining Hall. Please be assured that this is an extremely secure system; the thumbprint is converted into code (no images of thumbprints are taken or stored) and it is impossible for the code associated with the individual to be used for any other purpose than paying for school food.

We hope that most parents will have already given consent and their children been registered for ParentPay and cashless catering during the Treasure Hunt event. However, don’t worry if you haven’t managed to do so: you can send the consent form with your child on Tuesday, with some cash, and we will make sure that he/she can pay for lunch. We won’t allow anyone to starve!

A variety of hot and cold food is available, including a ‘meal deal’ consisting of a main course with vegetables or salad, and pudding, fruit or yoghurt for £2.20. Children should need no more than £3.00 per day for food and drink. Of course they are welcome to bring a packed lunch which may be eaten in the Dining Hall. There is a water cooler in the Dining Hall from which students may fill their own bottles.

What to wear and bring to school

Students should wear their primary school uniforms, if they have them. They will not need a coat unless the weather is poor. If the weather is hot, please ensure that your child wears sun screen and brings a water bottle.

Pupils should bring a pencil case containing at least a pen, pencil and ruler. No pupil will have P.E. on Monday and will know from their timetable if and when they have it on the Tuesday or Wednesday. For P.E. they should bring trainers/sports shoes, a t-shirt or polo shirt, shorts and socks.

We very much hope that your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience at Easingwold School during these events. If you have any questions about either event, or about anything else relating to the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, please contact me by email (j.butcher@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk) or telephone (01347 821451).

 

Yours sincerely

John Butcher

Assistant Head Teacher

 

School Transport Operators

 

Service Destination Operator Telephone No.
150R Yearsley – Brandsby – Crayke A C Morse 01347 878969
151R Whenby – Skewsby – Sheriff Hutton A C Morse 01347 878969
152R Stillington A C Morse 01347 878969
153R Sheriff Hutton – Farlington – West Lilling A C Morse 01347 878969
154R Sutton-on the-Forest – Huby A C Morse 01347 878969
155R Huby Stephensons 01347 838990
156R Shipton by Beningbrough Stephensons 01347 838990
157R Linton-on-Ouse Stephensons 01347 838990
158R Newton on Ouse Stephensons 01347 838990
159R Youlton – Aldwark – Flawith Stephensons 01347 838990
160R Tollerton Stephensons 01347 838990
161R Alne – Tollerton Reliance 01904 768262
162R Alne Stephensons 01347 838990
163R Helperby – Raskelf Stephensons 01347 838990
164R Carlton Husthwaite Stephensons 01347 838990
165R Husthwaite Hutchinsons 01347 821853
166R Coxwold – Oulston Hutchinsons 01347 821853