This is the column I wrote in week 6 last year and it is worth repeating this year.
It’s the time of year when we are all thinking ahead to the new year. Parents are also thinking ahead and I know that some parents are anxious as to how their child will cope next year and more importantly, who their teacher will be.
Parents worry – have they learnt enough to be able to move seamlessly into the next year level? Are they socially ready or mature enough for being in a higher year level? Will next year’s teacher understand them? Are they ready to move on?
We know that every child has areas of strength as well as areas of weakness. If ‘being ready’ for something meant that every child had to be strong in every aspect, then many of us would never have moved forward. As they move forward children mature to a point where suddenly they gain understanding. The supports the child has been getting and will continue to get will help them learn and grow. A new teacher may be the one to unlock the learning.
Parents can be anxious about who the new teacher is likely to be. Remember that children want to like their teacher whoever they are. Teachers want all of their children to have the best possible year. None of us can confidently predict whether a particular child is going to hit it off with their new teacher, because these are new relationships that are being forged. What we do, is think very carefully about every child and together decide on which teacher we believe we should place them with.
We have found that children are less worried about who their teacher is, but can be more anxious about whether they will be in a class with their friend or whether they are going to be in a class with someone they really don’t get on with. We ask the children to nominate friends and we guarantee that they will all be in a class with at least one of their friends.
If you wish us to take any information into consideration as we form classes, please email me. It may be a request to separate your child from another child. Please note that we do not accept any requests for specific teachers. Please email your thoughts by 23 November. It is almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2019.
Triadic – student, parent and teacher interviews will be held on 28, 29 November. Further information will be sent out later in the term.
Leavers’ assembly is on 7 December at 2pm (note the later start time) and is combined with the announcement of councillors and house captains. Reports and class placements sent home on 14 December. Children will visit their new classrooms on 14 December.
Carol service is on 11 December and prizegiving at Baradene at 1.30pm on 18 December. School finishes on Thursday 20 December at 12.30.