Year 6 Transition
Welcome to Year 6 students, parents and carers who will be joining us at Hungerhill School in September 2020. This is a new page designed to keep you informed about our transition process, and we hope to be able to post useful information over the coming weeks and months to keep you up to date. Please rest assured that we are currently looking at ways to make this year's transition process as smooth and informative as possible for all, during these unprecedented times.
First Day Arrangements
Here is a little more information regarding the arrangements for the first day for Year 7. As you are aware, the school reopens for Year 7 and 11 only on Wednesday 2nd September. Year 7 students should enter school through the Thorne Road gate (this is the small pedestrian entrance near the astroturf, not the main entrance). Any student arriving by bus (in the bus bay at the front of school) will be directed out of the main school gates and back along Thorne Road to enter the site through the pedestrian gate.
Once in the gate, Y7 students will meet on the MUGA (astroturf) where they will be signposted towards a meeting area for their Tutor Group. They will be met there by Mr Hickin, Mr Tomlinson, their Form Tutor and members of the Senior Leadership team. There will also be members of staff in the bus bay and along Thorne Road, available to support and direct students and parents - please don't worry, there will be a lot of support available for them when they arrive and we will ensure that they feel comfortable with what they need to do.
The students will spend the lesson time of their entire first day with their tutor group, most of which will be with their form tutor. They will also spend the first 2 periods with their form tutor on Thursday morning before beginning their timetabled lessons after break (P3, P4 and 5). On Wednesday morning they will receive their timetable and their planner and be provided with all the information they need to help them settle into Hungerhill. In addition, they will be given their computer log-in details and lunchtime PIN. During this time with their Form Tutor, they will also participate in a number of activities that have been designed to help them to get to know one another and begin to build relationships within their new tutor group, assisting with their settling in - these activities will be similar to what they would usually have done during their Transition days. Students are required to be in full Hungerhill Uniform, as per the guidelines in the uniform video, and bring with them all of their school equipment. They will not, however, need their PE Kit during the first week; further information will be provided about this during the week.
Year 7 students will need to bring in the work that was provided in July and hand it into their Form Tutor on Wednesday morning; this includes the transition booklet, the one-page personal profile and the maths activity booklet. Copies of the first two resources can be found on this transition page (in the 'Starting at Hungerhill pack' section) should they need another copy to complete before Wednesday. They will be able to pay for lunch using the 4-digit PIN given to them on their first morning, with the thumb print technology being set up in due course, so could we ask that you ensure that your Parent Pay account has been activated and funds have been added. The link to do this can be found in the information below.
Following on from the latest Government announcement about facemasks, students will be permitted to wear facemasks in corridors and at social times, but at this point it is not a necessity. They must be worn on public transport, of course. Facemasks will not be worn in lessons.
Finally, for further information about some of the changes to life at Hungerhill that have been necessary due to COVID, please click this link to watch our video youtu.be/irsp6ujT_QM
Parent Pay portal - REGISTRATION OPEN
We are pleased to inform you that you can now register for the Parent Pay portal and add funds in preparation for your child starting with us in September. To register, please click the link below and enter the email address you provided us with when you completed the Student Registration form in July. We have linked the email address you have provided to your parent pay account, so it is essential that you use that email address for the registration to work. Once you have registered, you will be able to add funds immediately. To return to the pay portal at a future date, you will see a link at the top of our website named 'pay portal', from where you will be able to log back in.
FSM Starter Pack
The school has successfully secured a grant from the Local Authority for all Year 6-7 students who are in receipt of FSM to receive a starter pack, containing a scientific calculator, geometry set and stationary pack. We will be in contact with those individuals to arrange collection on the week commencing 17th August.
360-degree video tour
As you haven’t been able to visit us in person this week as planned, we have created this 360-degree video tour of Hungerhill to show you around. The tour gives a nice overview of our school and shows you all of our different areas. The school may seem big but, don’t worry, you will soon find your way around!
Year 6 Transition Days and Parents Information Evening
Unfortunately, we will be unable to facilitate the transition process in the usual way this year and can confirm that the three days we had planned for the students to join us at Hungerhill will not be able to take place - safety is our number one priority. The Year 6 parents' information evening, scheduled for Monday 29th June, will also be unable to go ahead. We are working hard on a 'virtual' transition process to give students and parents the best possible transition experience in these difficult times, and hope to be able to issue further details about this early in June.
During the next week, your child's Primary School will be informing you which tutor group they have been placed in for September. We understand that the first thing that your child is likely to look at is whether they are with their friends or not and that there is likely to be an immediate reaction from them based on this. Some children will inevitably be happy with who they are with and others may initially be disappointed. As you will be aware if you have read our FAQs, we are unable to place the children based on friendship groups, we do not ask for this information from the Primary Schools, so it is important to prepare your child for the likelihood that they will not be with their best friends. Were we to have been able to visit the Y6s in their primaries and hold our Parents' Information evening as usual, we would have been able to prepare them for this in our normal way, but as we haven't been able to, we have set up a new page to explain some facts about our tutor groups which may help you give a rationale to your child should you need to.
Click here to find out more about our tutor groups.
Please have a look at our new video that explains all you need to know about our school uniform. It also gives an outline of our school rules regarding jewellery, make up and hair as well as information about bags and shoes. To order your child's uniform, please click the 'School Uniform' button in the menu bar to the right of the page; this will take you to our uniform page from where you will be able to link directly to our nominated supplier. Many of you will have received an information leaflet from our supplier (Cliffs Schoolwear) through your primary schools relating to the arrangements they have in place due to COVID-19, to view this leaflet please click here.
If you have concerns about accessing the necessary uniform and stationery, please click here for further details of how you can access pre-owned uniform.
Please watch this video to see full details on our PE Kit as well as further information about the Physical Education Department in general. We are hopeful that PE lessons will take place in September but it is likely that there will be some amendments to 'normal'. We will update on this as and when we are in a position to, once further guidance has been provided to us and plans are firmly in place.
For further details about the PE kit, including how to order the kit seen in this video that contains the PE department logo, please click here.
You may be aware that in previous years we have offered the opportunity to purchase a stationery pack through school. This year we are, unfortunately, unable to offer this due to difficulties with suppliers and the logistics of collating your orders and payments. Please see the full list of stationery that is required.
Starting at Secondary School - BBC Bitesize
We know that starting at secondary school can be both an exciting and a worrying time for both students and parents/carers. There are some great resources on the BBC bitesize webpage that have been created to help both parties prepare for this process given the additional challenges that we are all facing this year. It is well worth spending some time looking through these with your child, they and you may find them very helpful and they may prompt some important discussions between you.
In the next few days parents will be sent a link to complete the electronic 'Student Registration Form'. Part of this form will require you to give consent/agreement for a number of different aspects of school life and make choices about certain other aspects. The form will direct you to the appropriate information/permissions form for each section; you will need to refer to these to gain further details before ticking the boxes on the form. As the deadline for completing the form will be a tight turnaround, it is advised that you familiarise yourselves with these documents before the form arrives.
Click here to go to our 'Permissions Forms' page (also found in the 'Parents Section') to read through the information.
Starting at Hungerhill Pack
29th June 2020 - As you will be aware, many of you would have been joining us at Hungerhill tonight for our Parents' Information Evening. We are pleased to inform you that we have posted out a 'reinforced' version of our Starting at Hungerhill pack to your home address today. We have created a new page with more information about this and digital copies of the documents that are inside the pack should you wish to read them before they arrive at your door. Click here to visit the new page now
Online Student Registration Form
The online Student Registration Form is now live and ready for you to complete. The deadline for completion is Wednesday 8th July at 9pm. Click here to complete the form
Frequently Asked Transition Questions
We hope that you have found all of the information you have received so far helpful. If you still have questions, please check out our hereFAQs section, where you may find the answers, here
Pre-owned uniform and stationery
We are delighted to inform you that we have begun to receive donations of pre-owned uniform and PE Kit that is in excellent condition. We are washing and pressing this to make it available for collection. If you would like to enquire about the availability of this to you or you would like to donate items that your child/you no longer require, please click here for further information.
We know that times are still difficult for many young people and parents and over the summer holidays, without the valuable support network of the schools, some may feel a little more on their own. So, we have put together a list of services that may be of use over the next few weeks, should you need to access any support. Further information about the types of services they offer can be found on their websites; links are provided. Please visit our Well-being support page here to find out more.
Summer holiday updates
As we break for the summer holidays we would like to remind you to continue to check this page for further updates over the summer holidays, particularly in the week before we return in September. If there is anything further that we need to let you know, this is where we will update you. We will soon be updating you on when and how you can create your Parent Pay/Cashless catering account, this can happen once our systems update for the new academic year.
Arrangements for September
Please see the document below that outlines all of the details about the full re-opening of the school in September.