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Form 2 to Form 3 transition letter

Dear future Form 3 parents,

I hope your son has had a rewarding year filled with rich learning experiences. Most appropriately, thoughts of the next school year are still probably far off. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you to consider how much he has grown over the past year and give a general indication of what will be expected during the upcoming school year. My goal is to help you and your son make a smooth transition to Form 3. I’ve attached the developmental stages your son will be going through, so you can have an overview as well.

Each academic year brings new opportunities, challenges and experiences through which we endeavour to nurture your son’s growing sense of independence. In terms of the management of day-to-day life at school, student responsibility increases and parental responsibility decreases. Practically speaking, what you’ll find is that each school year teachers deal a little more directly with your son. While this looks different at each age, there are some intentional differences in his experiences and life at UCC. Some transitional changes going into Form 3, which ultimately all relate to student responsibility, include the following:

Relationships: Your son’s form teacher will continue to be the primary contact at UCC. However, your son will develop relationships with specialist teachers as well. As the number of students in Grade 3 doubles, we welcome all new boys and their families. This injection of new students provides exciting opportunities for new friendships.

Timetable: Class schedules and routines will vary and become more complex as your son gets older and gains greater independence and responsibility. He will move out of his form room from time to time in order to support the Programme of Inquiry. Physical Education will take place at the end of the day.

Action: Commonly known as community service, boys in Form 3 will begin to be pushed to apply learning to the larger community outside the classroom.

Work Management: Students are increasingly expected to manage their own work both in school and at home. It’s best if your son, with only careful and occasional help from you, completes homework on his own. He should also learn to pack the items he needs for each school day and if something is forgotten, problem solve it with his form teacher.

Recess/Playground: Recess is an important time for boys to be free to play and socialize in a self-directed manner. Boys in Form 3 join the form 4s north of the Prep for morning recess. Afternoon recess will alternate between the Prep fields and the new playground to the south. Teachers on duty will expect your son to attempt to resolve any occasional conflicts before seeking adult intervention.

Greater detail of these and many other points of transition are given throughout the Prep Family Handbook. Please be sure to keep it handy and refer to it often. It will answer questions and help guide you through both transition and with daily issues. Form lists will be released on August 31. After referring to the Family Handbook please contact your son’s form teacher with any questions.

Each new school year brings with it a fresh start. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to grow and “redefine” themselves. We look forward to an excellent school year with your son.

Warm regards,
Tom Babits
Head, Primary Division