Year 8: First Day at AGS 2019

Antrim Grammar School. 9am. Wednesday 28 August. Blue and yellow balloons sway gently in the last breeze of Summer and one can just detect the faint aroma of cooked sausages as it wafts amongst the crowd. What can this be? Ahead, we see a group of impeccably dressed pupils and their parents; their fears quickly allayed as some sixth formers give out signs to their young charges. A significant clue to what is happening is betrayed by the sign reading: “Your first day at Antrim Grammar School”. A quick photograph of each pupil as they pass by the iPads manned by Mr. McMahon and some Year 14 Prefects, and the pupils are ushered smoothly into the school foyer. Of course, it is Antrim Grammar School’s Year 8 Induction morning.

As happened last year, we involved the pupils’ parents more fully by offering them a breakfast of crumbly, buttery croissants and juicy hot dogs along with tea and coffee in the Stinson Hall. After this leisurely start, parents were informed about the school’s strong emphasis on academic achievement and given information on our assessment and reporting. They also heard about the importance of pupils becoming involved in extracurricular activities, which neatly fits into this year’s school theme of Owning Your Impact – of the young people developing and owning their impact as they develop in currency, character and culture.

At the same time, pupils had great fun with their Class Tutors, meeting their classmates and being given a tour of the school. All too soon it was time for pupils to return to the Stinson Hall to be reunited with their parents, enjoy the afternoon off and face the prospect of Thursday morning with a new-found confidence. Year 8: we all look forward to working with you this year!