Balcarras

Advice Year 7 2021

This page contains information for the parents of pupils due to start at Balcarras in September 2020.

Year 6 - Getting to know Balcarras

Year 6 Parents Evening - Thursday 8th July 2021

Please watch the video recording of Mr Burke's Parents Evening Presentation below:

Please watch the video from Mrs Saunders who talks about Tutor Groups and the role of the Tutor in helping your child settle into Secondary School. This is the talk that you would have been given by your child's tutor during parents evening.

Meet your Head of House and your Tutor in the videos below:

Foley, Head of House Mrs Corinaldi (7F1 Mrs McKenzie & 7F2 Mr Spring Wallis) 

 

 

Graveney, Head of House Mrs Winterbottom (7G1 Miss Baron & 7G2 Miss Wilkinson)

 

Ottewell, Head of House Mr Amor (7O1 Mrs Saunders & 7O2 Miss Moxham)

 

 

Selvey, Head of House Miss Niblett (7S1 Miss Bowstead)

 

Tour of Balcarras School

Two of our current Year 8 intake - Lola and Martha show you around Balcarras and share information on the school.

 

 

Primary Visits Presentation for Year 6s from Mrs Saunders and Mr Davidson

All Primary Schools and Year 6 pupils have now been visited and the powerpoint below shows the information that we shared with them which may be useful to revisit over the coming weeks. Please watch the video at your own speed.

Filmed on the first day of school in September for our current Year 8. Find out how your first day at Balcarras will be.

 

 

Helping your child become secondary ready

Usually at this time of the year, we invite Parents into School to discuss ways in which you can prepare your child as part of the transfer from Year 6 to Year 7. The purpose of this is to help you support your child to become more secondary ready. This would usually take the form of a talk, so we have made the talk available in the form of a presentation which follows in four parts which you can watch with your child at your own convenience. 

Secondary Ready Meeting Information

Part 1  - Introduction – outlining relationship skills, making friends, meeting new people and being an inclusive school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 - The importance of sleep and social media use

 

 

Part 3 - Sharing ideas to develop resilience skills in our child

 

 

Part 4 - The role of the tutor and supporting your child at home

 

 

Part 5 - What parents can do next to support their child

 

 

School Uniform Update & Knowing which House your child is in

Your child will receive a letter at the end of June / early July which will inform them which tutor group and house they are in. At the moment the only part of the uniform that will need to be in House colours, is the school badge. These are not only available from our uniform suppliers but are also available directly from Balcarras School (through reception).

Click here for a full school uniform list.

We have two uniform suppliers:

School Togs (changing to Monkhouse)

https://www.schooltogs.com/c/2331/Balcarras-Uniform

252 High Street, opposite Wilkinsons

For further information click here.

The Schoolwear Company

https://theschoolwearcompany.co.uk/find-your-school/balcarras-school-uniform-cheltenham.html

Universal Uniform Ltd, Unit V1 Kingsville Road, Kingsditch Trade Park

For further information click here.

PE Kit

Please watch the video below from Mr Mark Harvey, Head of PE regarding the purchase of PE Kit for September 2021. Please pay online by 12th July 2021. Access to the online payment system will go live on 6th July. The online codes to access Scopay (the online payment system) have been posted home this week.

 

Optional Items that can be purchased on Scopay

Music

Please watch the video below from Helen Chong, Director of Music regarding Music Tuition for September 2021 and read the booklet below.

Please complete both the Starter Form and pay online by 8am on 12th July 2021. Access to the online payment system will go live on 6th July. The online codes to access Scopay (the online payment system) have been posted home this week.

Are you secondary school ready? - BBC Bitesize

Secondary school can be very different to primary school, so it's good to be prepared for the change. Take this quick quiz to find out how to get ready. JavaScript is required to view this activity.

www.bbc.co.uk

PTFA

Balcarras PTFA is a committee whose purpose is to raise money to support the School.  The committee organises a number of events during the school year to raise the funds requires. We use these funds towards equipment and materials for departments and extracurricular clubs. In the past we have been lucky enough to provide every request made. In addition, we also each year provide financial assistance towards the Year 11 & Year 13 annual prom and the Year 11 leavers book.

The PTFA is a necessary & essential part of enabling the school to function at its current level.

We welcome further support and assistance from parents either as a member of the committee or just helping for an hour or longer at one or more of the numerous events we hold to raise funds.  All meetings are held in the staff room from 7pm on the following dates. We welcome all.