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  • Transition - New Parents

    The transition from Primary to Secondary school can be both unsettling and exciting for pupils and parents alike. It is very important to us that Year 6 students feel confident about their move to Ysgol Friars.

     

    THE INDUCTION PROCESS

    Although there are opportunities throughout primary school to experience Ysgol Friars (for instance through our highly successful annual Year 5 Skills Days), the formal induction process starts a year in advance when your son or daughter starts Year 6 in September.  Our Year 7 Team Leader, Mrs Parry, will visit staff and students in their primary schools, listening to their teachers and support staff about individual student needs. We pride ourselves on the relationship we have with our Learning Community and work closely with local schools to support our Year 6 pupils.

    OPEN EVENING

    During the autumn term, Mrs Parry will visit each feeder Primary School to introduce herself and talk to Year 6 pupils about Ysgol Friars. The aim of the visit is to reduce any worries Year 6 pupils may have by talking about what to expect – she is sometimes accompanied by Year 7 pupils. The Year 6 students have the opportunity to ask questions and find out about their exciting new school. All non-catchment pupils will have the chance to visit in the summer for a similar talk once places have been confirmed. Should you wish to visit earlier please do not hesitate to contact us.

    At the end of November we invite all interested pupils and parents to attend our annual Open Evening. Following a presentation from our Headteacher, Mr Foden, families have the opportunity to tour the school and visit each department. Ysgol Friars prides itself on the displays and interactive experiences on offer during the evening – it shouldn’t be missed! If you are unable to attend the Open Evening, some visits can be arranged at alternative times. To arrange a visit please call the school on 01248 364905 to book an appointment.

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

    In the Summer Term, Year 6 students where their class teacher has recommended they may benefit from some extra sessions in school, are able to visit the school. This gives them an opportunity to make friends, familiarise themselves with staff and gain more confidence in and around the school building. If you feel your child would benefit from this additional support please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Parry.

    ‘WELCOME TO FRIARS’ EVENING

    Parents and carers are invited for an Induction Evening to meet key staff including Mr Foden, his Senior Management Team, and Mrs Parry to hear about how they can be involved with the school and to discuss any concerns. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase school uniform, find out about hiring a locker and about bus routes. We have staff available on the evening to help and answer any questions you may have.  Importantly, we will also discuss arrangements for Roll-over Day.

    ROLL-OVER DAY

    In June, all Year 6 pupils join us for a day. The pupils will be able to experience what a full day in the school is like and attend a wide range of lessons.

    DRAMA WORKSHOPS

    Drama workshops are created to support every child’s transition from Primary into Secondary School, this year’s workshops are themed around our summer production ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ where participants will have the opportunity to develop their performance skills whilst developing self-confidence.  Assisted by some of the main cast, students will take part in various drama based activities including drama games, a question and answer session and meet the famous ‘Audrey II’  all of which will hopefully smooth their transition in the Autumn term.

    PEER SUPPORT

    Peer Support makes a valuable contribution to our students’ experiences and to the ethos of the school.  These 6th Formers, our oldest and most responsible students, provide younger pupils with an initial, accessible point of contact from which to seek information, support and build life skills in a language and manner that is both familiar and acceptable. This work is constantly developing at Ysgol Friars and is a valued part of the transition process.

    The Transition process continues into Year 7 as our newly-arrived pupils are again introduced to Peer Support and members of the pastoral team. For parents there is also an opportunity for you to meet a member of the pastoral team and raise any concerns you may have through ‘Open Access’.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

    PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS

    As a school, we maintain high levels of contact with parents. Members of staff will often write to parents, contact them by telephone or invite them in to discuss issues of importance about their child’s welfare and progress. Likewise, we encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns they would like to discuss. There are regular Parents’ Evenings throughout the school year where parents can speak to their child’s subject teachers (details on the website and in Homework Diaries).

    YEAR 7 GROUPINGS

    Year 7 students are divided into eight tutor groups (DUAMELYN).  Assessment data received from primary schools is used to help place the students in their new form class.  Mrs Parry also consults with the relevant primary schools concerning pupils’ social groups.  There are up to 3 bilingual groups in each year, and our Welsh Department advises Mrs Parry about who should be placed in these groups.  Essentially, the pupils are put into form groups most suited to their needs.  We’ve found that Year 7 pupils enjoy moving to Friars because of the number of new friends they make with pupils from different primary schools in their tutor group.

    If you’d like to discuss your child’s tutor group, please get in touch with Mrs Parry at the school.  During the year, it may be possible for your child to change tutor group, but there needs to be good reasons for doing so and you will need to write to the Headteacher.

    GETTING READY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL

    You can download the leaflet for “Getting Ready for Ysgol Friars” here. This includes hints, tips and advice for starting here at Friars.

    Here's what some parents said at our 2015 Welcome to Friars Evening:

      • ‘The whole process has been so well thought out and I am amazed and pleased at the amount of staff are involved during and after the transition period.  Well done to you all (from a very happy parent)’;
      • ‘Really fell we have made the right decision coming to Friars’;
      • ‘Made me feel really at ease and definitely know we have made the right decision’;
      • ‘Brilliant school.  Looking forward to my daughter coming here.  Thank you’;
      • ‘Great organisation and good teamwork – instils confidence in school and staff’;
      • ‘Looking forward for my son to begin with you’.

    • Dedicated and enthusiastic staff
    • Broad and successful programme of extra curricular activities
    • Pleasant and challenging atmosphere - promoting endeavour and high standards
    • Exam results regularly above local and national average at KS3, GCSE & GCE levels.
    • Majority of 6th form go on to universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
      • A smile :)
      • Uniform – see link below
      • Bag
      • Pencil case with pens, pencils, rubbers etc.
      • Geometry set
      • Calculator??
      • Dinner money (£2.30) /Lunch box
      • They may also find the Induction pack below helpful.
    • Yes Please download the Induction pack.

      I hope that they find this useful.

    • Some classes are taught in Welsh or bilingually for some of their timetable.  Pupils will not be put in a class where they will not cope with the language of teaching. Pupils wishing to continue with some of their education in Welsh are able to do so.

      • The school is situated at the end of Ffordd Eithinog - follow the signs off Belmont Road.

        Postcode: LL572LN

        Map Information

        FURTHER DETAIL OR AERIAL VIEW courtesy of www.multimap.com

        • Here at Friars, we continue to operate an “Open Door” policy as regards visits by parents and prospective pupils, to the school. Should you wish to visit to talk to staff, tour the school and see what we offer, at a time to suit you, then please e-mail us on: pennaeth@friars.gwynedd.sch.uk and we will contact you to arrange a time to visit. We are always delighted and proud to show parents and prospective pupils what we do here, so will always welcome your interest.

          We would be willing for your child to accompany you and we can also make arrangements for him/her to spend some time at the school and even attend lessons so that he/she can gain first hand experience of life at the school.

          Each pupil who decides to come to Ysgol Friars will be given an invitation to spend a day at the school in late June/ early July, although there is a strong possibility that they will already have spent some time with us previous to this date.

          • If you live further than 3 miles from the school, and are within the school’s official catchment area ( Llanfairfechan – Y Felinheli) a school bus, free of charge, will collect your child. If you live a little closer a subsidised bus service is available to some areas within 3 miles of the school. - e.g. Maesgeirchen

            On the first day eligible pupils may get the free school bus in the morning and will be issued with a bus card.

            Bus from Y Felinheli leaves at around 08:20 am from the church.

            Bus from Llanfairfechan leaves the Heath at 08.20 am and the Bridge at 08.22am.

            Other sources for public transport information:

            Traveline Cymru (public transport information service in Wales) - http://www.traveline.cymru/

            Traveline Cymru - 08712002233

            Gwynedd Bus timetable - https://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Bus-timetables/Bus-timetables.aspx

            Conwy bus timetable - http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=9235&doc=29008

            Anglesey bus timetable - http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/public-transport/bus-or-coach/local-bus-timetables/

            Train timetables - www.thetrainline.com

            • Year 7 students are divided into eight tutor groups (DUAMELYN).  Assessment data received from primary schools is used to help place the students in their new form class.  Mrs Parry also consults with the relevant primary schools concerning pupils’ social groups.  There are up to 3 bilingual groups in each year, and our Welsh Department advises Mrs Parry about who should be placed in these groups.  Essentially, the pupils are put into form groups most suited to their needs.  We’ve found that Year 7 pupils enjoy moving to Friars because of the number of new friends they make with pupils from different primary schools in their tutor group.

              If you’d like to discuss your child’s tutor group, please get in touch with Mrs Parry at the school.  During the year, it may be possible for your child to change tutor group, but there needs to be good reasons for doing so and you will need to write to the Headteacher.

              • Welsh, English, Mathematics, French, Information Technology, Art, Music, Geography, History, Religious Education, Science, Design Technology, Physical Education and Games, Personal and Social Education (PSE) e.g. Active Citizenship, Health and Emotional Wellbeing, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, Careers and the World of Work, ICT Skills, etc.

                • For their own benefit pupils in Years 7 and 8 are required during the lunch hour :

                  a) to go home (or to an adult relative) for lunch or

                  b) to take lunch at school (cash-cafeteria system) or

                  c) to bring their own food to eat at school

                  ii) The Group Tutor must be informed if a child wishes to change his or her lunch time arrangements. Parents/Guardians must submit a formal request to the Year Team Leader if they wish their child to go home for lunch.

                  iii. More senior pupils are given greater flexibility. Throughout the school, pupils leaving the premises at lunch-time become the responsibility of parents/guardians until the end of the lunch period. At school a team of supervisors are on duty during the lunch period.

                  iv. The school has introduced a swipe card system for use in the school’s canteens at morning break and lunchtime. Parents/Guardians can pay by cheque (made payable to Gwynedd County Council) or pupils can credit their cards with cash using machines in school. There is a replacement fee for any card lost.

                  • Yes, pupils are given the same provision as they received at primary school. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school regularly. It will be necessary to make part-payment for these lessons.