The first year at secondary school is exciting, with lots of new subjects to get used to, different buildings to explore and new friends and teachers to meet. We understand that settling into secondary school doesn’t always happen overnight for some students, but we aim to support all our new students every step of the way. We recognise that most Year 7s are resilient and, recently as the oldest children in their primary schools, they are used to taking on new experiences and challenges.
Year 7s learn to take more responsibility for themselves, such as getting to school on time, often without parent’s help, completing homework and coping with behavioural expectations than they might not be used to. Getting into good habits, and being accountable for their actions, is something our students will be working hard to develop. There are so many exciting opportunities to take advantage of in Year 7, including a range of after-school enrichment activities. We expect our Year 7s to work hard, but we try to make sure that they all enjoy school life too.
Top Tips from last year's Year 7 students
Don’t worry about joining St Mary’s because it is a lovely place. The teachers are there to help you when you don’t understand something. Be positive from the very first day.
Don’t worry about getting lost around school as you’ll soon find your way around. There’s always someone around to show you the way.
Be brave and bold! Nothing will go wrong, you’ll have a happy start and you’ll love our school.
Stay away from any bad influences. If you have any worries or concerns speak to your Form Tutor or Head of Year who are there to help you.
Don’t worry about having lots of new teachers. They are really good, even the ones who appear to be strict at first – they are really very kind gentle and caring.
There are lots of things to get involved in at school. If you do this you’ll enjoy your time at school even more.
Introduce yourself to others in Year 7 from the start as you can make lots of new friends. Don’t just hang about with friends from your old primary school, but try to make new friends as well.
Try to gain achievement points in every lesson you have. You get these for good behaviour and working hard. They can lead to certificates, prizes and reward trips at the end of the year. Your parents also get to hear about your achievement points.
There are lots of new subjects at secondary school that you have to get used to. Try to be really positive and try your hardest. That way you will enjoy school even more.
Try to organise yourself as quickly as possible. Every evening, get your homework done, and pack your school bag so that you’re not late for school or forget things.
Get involved in enrichment activities – you can meet lots people with the same interests as you as well as learning new skills like computing, cooking or sports. You can also make friends with students in other year groups.
Year 7 Achievement Points
Week ending - 4 February 2022
Year 7 Welcome Mass
On Tuesday, 21st September we were delighted to welcome Fr Peter Sebastian, from our local parish church of St Mary’s, West Croydon, to celebrate a Welcome Mass for all Year 7 students, along with their parents and teachers. This was the first Mass celebrated at our school since the COVID restrictions were imposed.
Summer School 2021
In August 2021, fifty students from the current Year 7 and 8 cohorts embarked on a journey of performance, art, cookery, and wellbeing. Tasked with preparing a performance of one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, students were also responsible for refreshments, prop making and set dressing; a diverse and fun-filled four days.