Published: Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:09
Twice a week I have lunch with a small group of pupils. One pupil is chosen, largely at random, and is invited to bring some friends to offer support and help sustain conversation. Once adolescent shyness is overcome these are pleasant and, for me at least, quite informative events. Unusual facts are unearthed; curious hobbies are celebrated and vigorous opinions are voiced. I particularly enjoyed my first lunch this term with a group of Year 7 pupils (S1 in Birkdale parlance) as I was able to enquire about their experience of joining the school. The boys are pleasingly positive about the experience, at least to me, although they were quick to articulate their pre-term fears: getting lost, getting into trouble with the teachers and struggling to make friends.
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