October 2019

Primary pupils experience a taste of High School life

On Thursday 3rd October, primary pupils from across Holderness were given an early taste of High School life as they engaged in a variety of activities at Withernsea High School’s Year 5 and 6 Open Evening.

This popular annual event offers parents, carers and their children a unique opportunity to tour the school and visit all subject areas – providing prospective pupils with a full flavour of what the school has to offer.

From fiery demonstrations in Science to mini robot making in DT, each department delivered hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays of student work to a steady stream of impressed visitors throughout the evening.

Amy Dixon, whose son is currently in Year 5 at Keyingham Primary School, said: ‘I was very impressed by the event as a whole and would like to thank the school for a great insight. The staff and students helping out were great and nothing was too much trouble. The activities were very hands-on and engaged the children so they were excited about learning. My son cannot wait to start high school now.’  

Sarah Harris, Withernsea High School's Progress Leader for Humanities, used the evening to celebrate all things Geography by demonstrating mapping in a practical way. Ms Harris commented: 'Year 6 pupils became geographers for the evening by helping us to construct a 3D map of the potential Year 7 class of 2020. 3D mapping is a great tool for geographers as it gives us a visual pattern and it can be analysed for data. Thank you everyone who took part, it looks like our school buses could be very busy next academic year!' (Please see the image below)

Headteacher Mark Crofts commented: ‘The high school application process is a crucial milestone in education which sets students on a journey towards their GCSE exams and beyond into further education, employment or training.

At Withernsea High School, this journey aims to broaden the horizons of our students, ensuring they achieve excellent outcomes and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to succeed in a changing world.

I would like to extend my thanks to all who attended our Year 5 and 6 Open Evening and I look forward to welcoming pupils as members of our new Year 7 cohort in September 2020.’

Any prospective parents/carers and their children who were unable to attend the evening but would still like to take a tour of the school can do so at 4.30pm on Thursday 17th October. The tour will be led by Mr Wardman (Deputy Headteacher) who will also be on-hand to answer any questions about the school and the transition process.

If you would like further information about this tour or the school in general, please contact Mr Wardman at wardmanb@wscampus.net

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ABOVE: Primary pupils were invited to mark a map to show where in Holderness they had travelled from for the evening's event.  

BELOW: A 3D world map offered an opportunity to plot where in the world Year 6 students and their families were born. The largest proportion were born somewhere within the UK, but the geography department were also excited to see that they could be welcoming students from as far away as Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka and Thailand.