Camp Transition 2013 will be held at The St. Michael School from August 12-16 and again from August 19-23.
The camp caters to five categories of children who will be making the transition to various levels of their school life. These comprise students who are entering secondary school for the first time; those who are already in secondary school but who are under-performing and may have to repeat a year; those who are being transferred from one secondary school to another; those who are starting the CSEC programme in fourth form or CAPE in the sixth form, and finally those who are leaving school without any plans.
A key aim of Camp Transition 2013 is to help children develop skills to master the transitional points throughout secondary school and place them on a path to success.
Coordinator and Guidance Counsellor at The St. Michael School, Margaret Grant, in giving the rationale for the camp, stressed that the programme would help students develop coping and other skills for success throughout their lives.
She noted: “If only we can imagine the emotional trauma which many children experience as they separate from loved ones and close friendships which were built for the last five to seven years, as they leave a very familiar environment and step into a totally new one and leave small, close-knit private, sometimes single sex schools to enter large public co-educational schools…
“They move away from focusing on two major subjects to over 10 subjects with foreign languages included and say goodbye to schools where numbers were under 500 and have now to embrace a new school where the roll is between 900 and 1,200 other students. Added to all this, they have to cope with the physical, emotional and social changes which are occurring because of puberty…”
She maintained that more was involved than changing a uniform, or a primary school; and the more children were prepared for secondary school, the more likely they would surmount the related challenges.