We can all remember our first day of high school, and it was a little overwhelming and a bit stressful; not knowing where to go, how to open your locker and not knowing anyone. Our aim as TIP leaders is to make this often scary transition from Year 6 to 7 easier and more enjoyable. TIP stands for The Inter-Years Program. As an introduction to the TIP program on Orientation Day, we split into our groups comprising of two Year 11 Leaders and eight Year 7 girls and showed them around the school, helped them open their lockers and introduced them to some friendly faces, including our own. It was a great opportunity to get to know each of the girls in our group and start to develop a friendship with them. We have also helped them to get to know their peers and make connections with others in the group.
Since then, we have met our TIP groups at morning tea on a Wednesday on the Chapel lawn. We have chatted about their family, played games like fly and cards while sharing stories and answering the many questions they have had about Glennie. It’s been great getting to know one another. We want our new cohort of Year 7 students to feel welcome, safe and at home here at Glennie and also know that they are never alone. We hope by the end of the program that they will be able to walk confidently around the school and see familiar faces in older year levels and feel comfortable enough to come and talk to us.
We remind all girls in Years 8 to 12 that you don’t have to be on the TIP committee to support our new girls. If you see any new students, in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 looking lost or upset, please offer your assistance, smile or simply say hello. Be the reason our new girls feel welcome at Glennie!
Madeline Brassington and Bella Mott
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