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Form 3 to Form 4 transition letter

Dear Future Form 4 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 would 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 to help you and your son make a smooth transition to Form 4. I have 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 will 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 4, which ultimately all relate to student responsibility include:

Relationships: Your son’s Form Teacher will continue to be the primary contact at UCC. However, a larger number of specialist teachers will become increasingly important.

Timetable: Class schedules and routines will vary and become more complex as your son gets older and gains greater independence and responsibility. Form 4 students will utilize the computer labs and library more often as part of their Program of Inquiry. They will also be introduced to working in the science laboratory.

Athletics: Representing your school on a team is a special experience. This year your son will be introduced to this opportunity. While most teams select based on athletic character and demonstrated ability, every student can be on a team that makes selection based on athletic character alone.

Work Management: Students are increasingly expected to manage their own work both in school and at home. The amount of homework increases slightly and is best completed by the student, with only careful and occasional help of parents.

Student Leadership: More opportunities to develop leadership skills will arise. This happens naturally in Form life and in classes. There will be new opportunities to present at assemblies, be an eco-ambassador, peer mediator and others.

Student Conduct: Greater freedom and greater responsibility go hand-in hand. Students are expected to show growth in deportment, management of their behaviour and their relationships. Being older in their grouping, your son will be expected to set a good example for Form 3’s in meeting expectations and exemplifying the Learner Profile. As issues arise, problem solving will involve boys more and parents less.

Greater detail of these and many other points of transition are given throughout the Prep Family Handbook. PLEASE keep it handy and refer to it often. It will answer questions and help guide you through both transition and with daily issues. 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; A wonderful opportunity for children to grow and ‘re-define’ themselves. We look forward to an excellent school year with your son.

Warm regards,

Tom Babits
Head, Primary Division