SW12Pops wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:02 am
1. Sport teams. My friends son was excited about joining a bigger more competitive school with better teams. Problem was he then didn’t get into any as the competition was too fierce. This was a big deal.
2. They felt as a family that the other boys didn’t even realise a new lad had started and so he actually had fewer friends in a larger school.
1. I don’t know how old your son is, but at pre-prep level, all the boys get to play sports regardless of ability. It’s true that the really talented ones might be picked for house
competitions, but all children are given opportunities to better their skills - year two and three boys have the choice to join ‘squad’ which they do at lunchtime instead of play, where they learn extra skills. Also there are after school sports clubs, or even run club in the morning! One of my boys last year joined run club, worked his arse off and won medals at sports day. The previous year he’d won nothing. The opportunities are there for those who want it!
2. Every new boy that I’ve ever had join (and there’s always one or two) has immediately been invited to birthday parties, play dates etc. Teachers and class reps introduce and facilitate interaction because it can only ever benefit the whole class. Obviously it depends a little on what type of parents you get, but I’ve never met an unfriendly bunch!