The team hope that the answers below will provide some reassurance to the children and parents.
Thanks to all of you who posted questions on the Home Link Transition booklet. As you know things are going to be a bit different in schools when you join St Andrew’s in August so we may not have full answers to all of your questions right now.
Please be reassured that the staff in St Andrew’s will take very good care of you in August and they will explain everything to you in detail during your first week.
How busy will the school be?
There will only be half of the pupils in at a time so approximately 700 pupils. This will make the school much quieter than usual. Classes will be smaller than usual – approximately 15 in each.
What if the work is too hard?
Because everyone will be returning to school after a long period of closure teachers will begin by revising and helping you to remember things you learned in primary school.
If you are finding something difficult you should speak to your class teacher or your guidance teacher.
I am worried about meeting new people
Try to remember that everybody will be in the same position. Within a few weeks you will know everyone in your class. First year is a good time to make new friends. You will be in class with some pupils from your primary school and some from other primary schools. Young people are usually keen to get to know people in their class.
What clubs are there to join in S1?
There are lots of clubs in St Andrew’s. Some run at lunchtime and some after school. You will find information in the school handbook. Details will be available during the first few weeks of term. Due to the social distancing and hygiene guidelines clubs may not start until later this year.
What subjects do we study in S1?
You will find this information in the school hand book http://www.standrewspaisley.com/departments.html and on the Transition Zone on St Andrew’s school website
When will I get my timetable?
Timetables will be issued on your first day.
When will I find out who is in my class?
The class lists will be sent out to your primary school and they will be able to tell you before end of term.
When will I find out what teachers I have?
Your teacher for each subject will be named on your timetable which you will be given on your first day.
Will there be extra support for the new S1 as they missed their transition period?
St Andrew’s staff are very aware that you have not been in school since the end of March and haven’t had your two day visit to St Andrew so they have created a Transition Zone on the St Andrew’s website with lots of information for you. In August the staff will take time to explain everything to you in detail and make sure that you have all the information you need. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions when you start S1.
There is also a very useful St Andrew’s Academy app which you can download to a phone or tablet.
Will I get to meet or speak to anyone before starting?
If your class has already had a visit to St Andrew’s Academy you will not have another. The primary schools who have not had a visit will be offered the chance to have a tour of the school.
What will the uniform be for starting this year?
Pupils are expected to be in St Andrew’s school uniform when they start S1 in August. Your parents will receive a letter with details of the school uniform. You can also find information about the uniform in the school handbook. The basics are black trousers or skirt, white shirt and school tie, black jumper or cardigan, black jacket and black shoes.
Is there a homework club?
Some subjects offer homework clubs. This may not be in place this year due to the Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Are you allowed your mobile phone?
Yes however you must keep it switched off and in your bag during classes.
Do you need a pass for the bus?
If you think you may be eligible for a place on a school bus you must apply online through the Renfrewshire Council website – search for school transport. You will then be sent a letter detailing where you get on the bus and when your pass will be issued.
Can you play football at break?
Yes in some parts of the school campus
In chemistry do we get to blow things up in the name of science?
Certainly not! You will have the opportunity to participate in some very interesting experiments as long as you follow all the very important health and safety guidelines
Will my child be in class with some of his friends?
Yes, you will be informed of your child’s S1 class by their primary school before end of term.
Can my child go outside the school grounds at lunch time?
S1 are not allowed to leave the school campus unless they are close enough to go home for lunch and have permission to do this
How is the school going to manage social distancing?
In August the children will have blended learning which means they will spend some time in school and some time working at home. This is to allow smaller class sizes and a reduced number of pupils in the school each day. Hygiene stations will be available throughout the school and special attention will be paid to thorough cleaning of all areas. There will be staggered lunch times and class changeover times to reduce the numbers in public areas at any one time. There will also be a one way system in place to reduce congestion in corridors.
When will the kids get the chance to visit before S1?
Your child will be offered a date to visit if their class has not already had a visit to St Andrew’s.
Can my child go home for lunch?
Yes if you live close enough to the school to go home and back in the time available and you have permission to do this.
Is there a PE kit or can sports clothes be worn?
There is a basic PE kit of black shorts and white t shirt – details in school handbook. However plain t-shirt , shorts/leggings/joggers acceptable.
The members of the Home Link team in St Andrew’s Academy are Elaine Irvine, William Crockett and Trudy Rossi.
You will find them in the support corridor, next door to the Guidance base.
They are looking forward to meeting you in August!
Relax and enjoy the summer holidays and then you can look forward to moving on to St Andrew’s in August!