Summer camp for new secondary school pupils

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Students who will be starting life at secondary school this year were given a unique transition into their new surroundings.

Youngsters who are about to enter year seven at Crookhorn College, in Stakes 
Hill Road, Waterlooville, took part in a summer camp to get to know their new class­mates.

The nationwide programme, organised by CampFirst, is designed to boost students’ confidence and give them new experiences ahead of the next academic year.

During their two weeks at the camp, children enjoyed a range of different team-building activities as well as booster classes in numeracy and literacy to get them up to year seven standards.

The students were also taken on trips to Thorpe Park and visited nature reserves to learn about the wildlife in their area.

Head of transitions at Crookhorn College, James Collins, said: ‘We are looking forward to seeing the outcome of our very first summer camp.

‘The things they will have learnt during their time here will bridge the gap from what they were being taught in July, to what will be taught in the terms ahead.’

Summer camp manager, Samantha Rueber, added: ‘We have had an excellent turn­out this year with more than 60 students in attendance.

‘I’m fairly confident that all the kids have enjoyed their time together for these past two weeks and have taken away not only new skills and experiences, but also lasting friendships.’

At the end of the two weeks, all the students gathered at Crookhorn College for a ‘graduation’ ceremony to signify the end of their journey.

The youngsters closed out the ceremony with a theatrical extravaganza, displaying everything they had learnt during their time at the summer camp in front of their friends and families.

More than 120 people were in attendance to see the fruits of their children’s labour on display to great effect.

To find out more information about what CampFirst offers young students, visit