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Planting memories at Fairfield High School
New students have been putting down roots at Fairfield High School by planting fruit trees. Each Year 7 tutor group has a tree they can watch growing over their five years at the school in Horfield. Alongside the trees, the students have buried time capsules, which they will dig up in 2020. These contain photographs and messages that the students can eventually keep as mementoes of their school days.
The record number of 11-year-olds who have started at Fairfield this month have benefited from the school’s unique transition programme, designed to prevent the traditional dip in performance that often happens in the first year of secondary education.
The programme includes one-to-one appointments, picnics, after-school clubs and a free two-week summer camp. There is also a website created by last year’s new arrivals, full of tips and reassurances for children moving up from primary school.
And, as mums and dads are often more nervous than their offspring, FHS holds weekly parents’ teas where Year 7 families can catch up with teachers and find out how the children are getting on.
Principal Catriona Mangham said: “We really believe that moving from primary to secondary school should be a seamless experience. We make every effort to know and understand the needs of individual children before they officially start. We want every family to be part of the Fairfield family.
Marlborough students praise new £1.19m sixth form centre
Students got a sneak peak at the new £1.19 million sixth form centre as work continues ahead of its opening this Autumn. A group of Year 11 students, who will be the first cohort to take advantage of the eight-classroom building, were given a guided tour around the building site on Tuesday.
Amy Shave said: “I like the private study area, I think that will be really useful.” Luke Davies added: “It’s good that we have our own space that is separate from the rest of the school because it gives us our own identity.”
Mr Cook, Director of Logistics, said: “It gives us an opportunity to provide courses that we are not able to do currently. We’re particularly looking at vocational courses, the idea being that we can provide something so that people living in the area don’t have to travel to Swindon and other colleges. The intention is for these classrooms to also be available for evening classes.”
When the two-storey building is completed, every room will have wireless internet connection and St John’s Family and Friends have already raised £10,000 to kit out the centre. “It’s a terribly exciting development,” Mr Cook said.