Year 6 Pupils

About St Matthew’s

Some Quick Facts!

This year, we have just over 1200 pupils at our school

Supporting You

We do lots to support you during your time at St Matthew’s, but in particular, when you start with us in Year 7.

Guardian Angels - To begin with your teaching group will be assigned a guardian angel. Guardian angels are responsible and friendly year 11 pupils who will look after you for the first few weeks. They will greet your group in the morning, take you to your lessons and pick you up in lesson change overs so that you don't get lost around the school. They will be keeping an eye on you and will be there to help you if you have any questions about the school

Journals - Each pupil will be given a school journal at the beginning of the school year. You will be expected to bring it in each day as part of your school equipment. The journal is used for many things, you will be expected to write your school timetable in there so you know what lessons you have and when. You will also write in any homework given, it can be used by your parents and carers to wrote in a note to school or be used by teachers to write notes for home. There are also many pages that will help with your base subject knowledge for many areas of school. You will only be given one to last you the whole year so you must take good care of it!

Finding Your Way Around – We have a map for you to study and get to know. It can also help you to plan your quickest route from one lesson to the next. As well as this, we have lots of signs around the building, near all the staircases, to remind you which subject areas are on which floor. We also have colour coded doors for each subject, to help you recognise where you are in the building.

St Matthew’s is a Catholic school

We celebrate Mass together as a community in our school chapel, and sometimes in the main school hall.

Priests from our local Catholic churches come to help us celebrate and the RE department work hard to give pupils the chance to connect with God during their time at school.

Each morning and at the beginning of each lesson you are invited to pray with your form group and your classes this is a special time of the day and should always be treated with respect.

As a Catholic community we work hard to keep the school close to the teachings of Jesus and the word of God. Your RE lessons play a major role in this but we also expect you to keep up the high moral standards around the school including outside of the school gates when you are wearing our uniform and being a representative of St Matthew’s. You should always show others respect and be willing to lend a hand if someone is in need - we pride ourselves on being well respected in the area and trust you to keep up the good work.

Uniform

St Matthew’s School Uniform

Bottle Green Blazer with school badge

Bottle Green V-Neck Jumper with school badge

White Shirt

School Tie

Boys

Girls

Black trousers

Bottle Green Box Pleated Skirt or black tailored trousers

Plain dark socks

Black short socks, black tights for colder weather

Sensible Black Leather Shoes. The shoes should be entirelyblack with no patterns or stripes or embellishments. This means that training shoes, canvas shoes, high heeled shoes, mule or logo type shoes are not suitable.  If in doubt contact the school for guidance.

A suitable outer garment without a visible hood. Pupils should not wear expensive clothing E.g. leather jackets, designer labels.

Asuitably sized bag that can carry school books and A4 folders. Pupil journals are considered as part of school uniform and should be carried every day.

 

St Matthew’s PE Kit

Boys

Girls

Plain black shorts     

Reversible games shirt                    

Green football socks          

Trainers - indoor activity     

Football boots - outdoor activity

Emerald green badged polo shirt

Plain black shorts

Black badged jumper

Indoor trainers


Rules

We ask all of our pupils to follow these 3 instructions…

Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe

Learning

At the beginning of the school year you will be given a timetable which runs over a two-week period.

Many of the subjects you will take will be very similar to your primary school. The main difference is that where you are used to being in the same classroom with the same teacher from now on you will have a different teacher for each subject and you will have to go to a specialised classroom for each subject area.

Other Subjects:

There are a range of other subjects you will learn at St Matthew’s for just one or two lessons per week these include; Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music, Modern Languages, PE, Geography, History and ICT.

Each of these subjects are taught by teachers specially trained in these areas so you will be able to develop your skills much more than you could before.

Extra-Curricular:

As well as your timetabled lessons, there are lots of groups and clubs that you can join. We call these Extra-Curricular groups. Joining these groups is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, get involved in wider school activities and gain new skills.

Form Time

Each pupil at St. Matthew’s has a Form Tutor, who will meet you each day for Tutor Time – this is first thing in the morning.  Your Form Tutor is the key person for you throughout your time at St. Matthew’s.  It is your Form Tutor who will help you through any difficulties, help monitor progress and encourage you to get the best out of school and achieve excellent outcomes.

On Monday mornings, you meet your Form Tutor in the school yard, and they walk with you into assembly. This is led by your Progress Leader, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

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