We welcome our new Year 7 students to the Academy’s first SUMMER BASE CAMP during the summer holidays. Covid restrictions meant it hadn’t been possible to have a traditional Transition Week in July.
The week-long event was an opportunity to meet new friends, and take part in a programme of activities to help them get to know their new school, teachers, fellow new Year 7s, plus core values of the school – Enjoy, Respect, Achieve.
Activities included ‘I am an Explorer’ which helped them get to know each other, and the Academy. ‘I am an Inventor’ saw the young people working together to invent a structure to protect an egg from cracking when it was dropped from the top floor. Plus, they enjoyed bush craft in our woods, and classroom learning.
A camp site with bell tents to share was set up on the school field, and evenings included roasting marshmallows around the camp fire, exploring the woods, playing football and chilling out with a good book – as well as tasty camp food, and midnight feasts in their tents.
At the end of their stay, there was a celebration. to which parents and carers were invited, and each child received a special Base Camp 2021 certificate. The feedback from our new students was fantastic, and starting ‘big school’ is now not so scary.
Headteacher Mr Paul Collin: ‘It was such a pleasure to be able to have students with us over the summer during our base camp. Having stayed over all week personally I could really see our young people beginning to forge new friendships and learn new skills which would set them up well for their new school year and their years beyond at CAN. It is definitely something we will adopt next year and I hope all the students that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves’.