New school programme helps primary school children in transition to secondary school

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Over 200 children from six South East London schools were the focus of a new programme called Moving on up, which has been designed to help ease the transition from primary to secondary school.

Head Teachers from Athelney, Elfrida, Fairlawn, Haseltine, St Augustines and Watergate schools in LB Lewisham wanted to create a fun way for their Year 6 children to meet other children who will be going to the same secondary school.

Moving on up was designed to bring up the children together in a range of circus skills and music and dance activities at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in their Laban Building in Deptford.

Coordinator Beverley Tompson, from Athelney School, said: "The plan is for children to make friends ahead of their arrival at their new school. This will help to alleviate any fears they may have."

Students from local secondary schools also came along to help and answered any questions the children had.

Children and staff wore t-shirts that were colour coded to secondary schools. This enabled children to identify other children going to the same school.

Joey Gamper from the Learning and Participation (Dance) team said:

"The Laban Building was overflowing with children dancing, singing, drumming, plate spinning, acro-balancing and juggling. Working with talented dance artists and musicians from Trinity Laban and circus workshop leaders from Cirque Nova, it was high energy creativity and fun from start to finish."

Picture credit - Jamie Simonds


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