September 2014 - Summer Transition Programme at Youth Point
This summer 10 young people took part in the summer transition programme to help them prepare for attending high school in September. The project was aimed specifically for young people who had high anxieties about starting high school.
Over the two weeks the young people did a wide range of activities and games that look at:
The positive side of high school e.g. after school clubs, studying new subjects, more freedom, making new friends
Budgeting – bus fare, lunches etc
Getting to school on time
Organizing homework, school books, PE kit etc
The realities of high school – myth busting
Getting to know my school
The young people finished the programme with a fun trip to Flamingo Land.
Comments from the young people:
“I have enjoyed making new friends, the town challenge and going to Flamingo Land”
“I have learnt that I am a good leader on the town challenge”
“I have growing confidence for high school”
“I have learnt how to plan my homework, about my school and how to get to school on time”
Comments from the parents:
“It was really good. Amy loved it; she made so many friends too. I would give it 10/10."
“Vic found the sessions very helpful. He made a new friend who will be in his school house, feels confident about going to town on his own (previously he was reluctant to leave the house on his own) overall it was a hugely positive experience for him- we’re really pleased he went, his confidence has improved. I don’t think I would change anything. We rate it 10 out of 10. Thank you for providing it. We would recommend to others."
The leaflet for the project can be found here.