Camp Transition helps prepare students for secondary school

The looks on the faces of the campers of Camp Transition was an attractive combination of nervousness and excitement.

The St Michael School-based camp, which has its motto, Helping Children Transition with Confidence, caters for 11-year-olds who are getting ready to enter secondary school in September. It was founded by directors Margaret Grant and Shauntee’ Walters, who felt entrance into secondary school was the beginning of the educational journey.

Shauntee Walters, co-director of Camp Transition.
Parents and campers gathered at the St Michael’s School to hear what about the week of activities.
Co-director of Camp Transition, Margaret Grant.

Walters said some parents believed the hard work ended with the Common Entrance examination, although it was just the beginning.

“You need your parents now more than ever . . . because this is the second major transition in your school life. So the parents need to be there,” Walters told Barbados TODAY.

“They are entering puberty, they have to deal with all the issues that arise there –  the emotional issues, the physical issues – so they definitely need their parents there to be with them.”

Meantime, Grant said the week-long transitionary workshop was necessary to help the students achieve valuable improvements in their studies and behaviour.

“There is a lot of preparation that has to be done and as long as children are emotionally prepared they tend to do better academically because they know what the challenges are, they know the major adjustments that they have to  make and therefore once we prepare them emotionally we find that they tend to do better academically,” Grant explained.

The camp examines bullying, time management, self-exploration and identity and career testing.

The educator told Barbados TODAY career planning should begin during a child’s formative years in primary school.

“Some people tend to think that career planning should start at 3rd form when children are now making subject options. But, personally, I think that career planning should start from as young as children are in primary school.

“I think from first form we can start putting something more practical in place because once you have career planning seriously in place attitudes change, focus changes and then you also have the whole thing about having a growth mindset.”

She indicated that early planning resulted in driven, focused and academically successful students.

“You are able to engage challenges, you are able to expand, you are able to expand knowledge base and so a different personality emerges. So career planning to me is at the core of any success that a child wants to achieve at secondary school,” she added.

Source: (KK)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *