Camden News - by CATHERINE ETOE Published: 7 August 2008
Ciaren Cawley from New End primary, Ilyas Khizer from Rhyl primary, Yasmin Rackal from Fleet primary and Lauryn Kyriacou from St Mary’s Kilburn.
Newcomers have first taste of life at the big school
THE sometimes painful switch from primary to secondary school was made that little bit easier last week for a group of
11-year-olds. About 60 pupils spent four days at Haverstock School getting to know the Chalk Farm building before they join in September.
Haverstock is the only school in the borough to run a summer course for its incoming students.
It was one of just 11 schools in the country to win funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation for the project.
Deputy head Nikki Haydon, who organises the performing arts summer school programme, said: “You’ve got to make sure kids transfer successfully from primary to secondary school and get them interested in something creative.”
The course gives children a chance to try out drama, music and dancing, and raises their self esteem, she added.
Ciaren Cawley, Ilyas Khizer, Yasmin Rackal and Lauryn Kyricou all won prizes last Wednesday, the last day of the summer school.