Starting a new school can be a daunting prospect for many pupils. It is therefore essential that new pupils to St Mary’s School settle down and feel at home as soon as possible. Both staff and pupils make it a priority to provide the new girls with assistance and reassurance as they are integrated into the St Mary’s community.
Parents of new girls are invited to an information evening in the November prior to their daughter’s starting at St Mary’s. At this function, a brief overview of the approach to learning in the Junior School is presented by the management team and department leaders. Parents then meet their daughter’s class teacher, where relevant information for the following year is shared. All new girls and their parents are invited to attend an orientation party before the new school year.
All new Form I pupils and their parents are invited to a welcoming function in the November of their Grade 7 year. On this occasion the girls are entertained by the Form Vs, while their parents are hosted by the head of school and Senior School staff members.
On the day prior to the start of the new school year, all Form Is attend an orientation day. Each new girl is assigned to a Senior School pupil who will be her buddy for the year. Various buddy events are arranged throughout the year.