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#MovingToBigSchool project with young people

The Council is asking Year 7 and 8 pupils to get creative and help current Year 6 pupils who lost their final term in primary school to feel confident and excited about #MovingToBigSchool this September. 

The Council’s Arts and Creative Industries team, along with local theatre company Avant Cymru, are delivering this project – which encourages current pupils to share their positive experiences of moving from primary to secondary school on social media. Using #MovingToBigSchool, the posts can share the message in any form – from writing to painting, dancing and singing.

The project’s aim is to create a bank of positive content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which Year 6 pupils can search using #MovingToBigSchool. This will help them to look forward to the start of the new academic year in September 2020 – and ease any fears they may have about the transition.

The posts will be tracked and shared by the social media accounts run by the Creative Industries team and Avant Cymru. For more details about the project, email CreativeIndustries@rctcbc.gov.uk. We advise that pupils gain consent from their parent/guardian before posting their contribution to social media.

Using the #MovingToBigSchool posts, the project team is also hoping to deliver a face-to-face activity with some of the participants during September.

 “Most people can remember their first day in secondary school, and any fears they may have had over making the transition. The #MovingToBigSchool project is a fun initiative, encouraging young people who recently moved to secondary school to get creative in order to provide encouragement for current Year 6 pupils.

“I’d like to thank Avant Cymru for its partnership in delivering this project, and I look forward to seeing the contributions from our young people.”

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, added: “The change from primary to secondary school is an important time in any young person’s education – and even more so for the current Year 6 pupils, who have lost their final year of primary school due to the ongoing health emergency.

“I’d urge young people to take part in the #MovingToBigSchool project to share the fantastic experiences that secondary school life can offer.”

Posted on Tuesday 7th April 2020