Transitioning to Year 7
Our transition programme makes the journey from primary school to being part of the MGGS community as smooth as possible
Every year we are extremely excited to welcome another cohort of students to begin their own MGGS journey. We understand that moving from your primary school can be a stressful experience and so over the years we have honed an established transition programme that aims to make this big and important shift from primary to secondary education as smooth and peaceful as possible. We plan lots of fun and exciting events in the build-up to starting with us so that you can begin to feel more at home in our buildings and get to know our staff and teachers. We hope that at these events you will also meet your new classmates and make new friends. These events include welcome evenings, taster days, workshops, quizzes, competitions, and our Marchants Hill activity weekend.
Your Questions Answered…
If you arrive after 8.40am you should come through student reception, complete a late slip and leave it in the box on the student reception desk.
You should immediately report any loss or damage to a member of staff or to the school office. All items of lost property are handed in to the school office when found. All enquiries regarding lost PE kit should be made to the PE department. It is important that all your property is clearly named. You are asked not to bring valuable items into school and valuable items should be stored in your locker. During PE lessons, valuables will be collected in and locked away.
You are allowed into your form room from 8.00am. Morning registration in form rooms is at 8.40am. If you arrive between 7.30am and 8.00am you should go to the canteen.
There is a morning break of 20 minutes.
Lunchtime is from 1.30pm – 2.25pm.
Each student will be given her own locker to store your belongings securely. We recommend that you go to your locker at break and lunch to collect the items that you need and you will probably need to return and collect books at these times. You will need a padlock for your locker, and any valuables should either be kept on you or locked in your locker. You should not leave any valuable items unattended. During the lunch break you are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities.
You can obtain hot meals, snacks, salads, sandwiches, drinks, fruit and desserts using the canteen card that will be issued to you on Welcome Day. If you prefer, you can bring a packed lunch. The canteen is open for breakfast from 8.00am to 8.30am, and at break time and lunch time. Hot food cannot be taken into school buildings, but can be eaten in the canteen or outside.
Yes, you can, but hot food must not be eaten inside; if you have hot food from the canteen, you must eat this in the canteen or at designated outdoor seating areas. During the lunch break you are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities.
You may bring your mobile phone into school but should be switched off at all times.
If a medical or dental appointment has to be during school time, or leave of any other reason is required, an email to email@example.com is required. We request that as much notice as possible is given.
Family holidays should not be taken during term time. In such situations a leave of absence form must be completed requesting authorisation and returned to the Attendance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the date.
If you are unwell at school, you should tell a member of staff and if necessary you will be sent to the student hatch. If you are unwell at break or lunch times you should report to the student hatch yourself. If necessary, our office staff may send you to the medical room until you feel better, although in some cases it may be necessary to contact your parents/carers to ask someone to collect you and take you home. You should not contact your parents/carers directly if you feel unwell.
Yes, there are music rooms beside the school canteen.
If you need to confide in someone or share a problem, you may speak to your Form Tutor, your Head of Study or Learning Mentor in the Student Support Office, although all teachers are willing to listen and will always try to help.
Calculators can be purchased from the school. We recommend the Casio Scientific FX-83GTPlus.
Key Dates for the Year
Year 7 Transition Meetings
Wednesday, 15th May 2019 4-7pm
These will take place for parents/carers and students. Appointments will be confirmed shortly.
Primary School Visits
May / June 2019
A member of staff will visit your primary school to meet you and your teachers.
Year 7 Welcome Evening
Monday, 24th June 2019 6-7pm
For parents/carers and students, where you will meet with the other new Year 7 girls and complete some team building activities.
Year 7 Induction Day at MGGS
Thursday, 11th July 2019 8:40am-3:15pm
You are invited to spend the day at MGGS from 8.40am – 3.15pm.
Your first day of term at MGGS
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
On your first day of school your Head of Study and form assistants will meet you and then take you to your form room in time for registration.
New Year 7 Information Evening
Thursday, 19th September 2019
This is for parents/carers and students.
Your School Day
08:40 – 09:00 – Registration/Assembly
09:00 – 10:00 – Period 1
10:05 – 11:05 – Period 2
11:05 – 11:25 – Break
11:25 – 12:25 – Period 3
12:30 – 13:30 – Period 4
13:30 – 14:25 – Lunch
14:25 – 14:30 – Registration
14:30 – 15:30 – Period 5
Homework is set regularly in most subject areas and a timetable is devised so that your homework is spread out evenly during the week. Homework timetables for each subject will be issued to you when you join the school in September.
You will be given sufficient time in which to complete your homework and a date will be set when the work is to be handed in at school. If for any reason you or your parents/carers foresee any special problems preventing the work being completed on time, you need to see the member of staff before the deadline. Where necessary, staff will always try to make individual allowances in special circumstances.
You are allowed to stay in school until 5.00pm each day to attend an activity. There is also a supervised homework club until 4.30pm each day. If you wish to stay in school after 3.30pm, you must sign in at reception at the end of the school day.
The Student Planner is intended to help you to organise your studies and homework and to encourage you to adopt a disciplined approach to school life. It also provides a way that we can communicate with your parents/carers.
You will have a copy of your lesson and homework timetable in your student planner. The planner also contains a copy of the Home School Agreement, school closure procedures and Internet Use Agreement which your parents/carers are asked to sign.
You should have your planner with you in school at all times to note homework and the date when the work is due to be handed in. The planner will be signed each week by you and your form tutor.
The school asks your parents/carers to sign the planner weekly and monitor your homework.
House System and Rewards
Houses are a very important part of life at MGGS. You will be in one of six houses – Britons, Danes, Normans, Romans, Saxons and Vikings. You will be allocated to a house once you start at the school.
Throughout the year, there are lots of activities and competitions organised by the House Leaders for you to be involved in. The annual House Arts Cup is keenly contested at the end of Term 1; the winning houses of this event and others get house points which contribute to the House Cup. Sports Day is also a highlight of the year.
As an individual you will also get house points for good work, progress or special effort in school. Your house points are recorded in your planner and each term your parents/carers can see an update on SIMS Parent App. There are individual awards for individual cumulative house points totals. All of your house points contribute to the House Cup too.
The House Cup is presented at the end of Term 4.