Academy pupils give grandparents guided tour
8:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
GRANDPARENTS travelled from as far as Birmingham to visit Royal Wootton Bassett Academy today.
Year 7 students had the opportunity to invite their grandparents to the school for a special tour and coffee morning.
Fifteen students took their grandparents around the Academy and told them all about how they were getting on at their new school.
Visitors could drop in to three Year 7 classes – Art, Science and Design Technology – to see a class in action.
Jane Oades, Year 7 student manager, who helped to organise the morning, said: “We first did the morning last year and we do it in Year 7 because we think it’s quite nice for grandparents to spend the time with their grandchildren.
“It’s nice for the grandparents to be able to visualise the places that their grandchildren are talking about – it keeps them in the loop.
“We also have a lot of links with the local community and it’s part of involving the local community with the school.”
Grandparents battled through the wind and rain to get to the school yesterday morning, some from as far as Worcester and Birmingham while others were more local.
The morning also provided an opportunity for the elders to see how their grandchildren were getting on after the first few weeks at school.
Jane said: “Some grandparents had a horrible journey to get here. But they all seemed to really enjoy the morning.
“The first few weeks, the children are very quiet and a bit timid but now there’s a bit more confidence and they are making their way around the school a bit easier – it’s great for grandparents to see that.”
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