Week 2 Introduction
Welcome to our second week of transition, I hope you enjoyed week 1 and found plenty of information to help you start getting excited about walking through the door in September. This week we are discussing the preparations that you will need to make before you start. In the sections below you will find out more information regarding uniform, eating lunch, what your first days might look like and much more. As well as the practical preparations you will also have the opportunity to complete some assignments that our teachers have set for you, these will help prepare you for joining your new classes in September. Go to the Let’s Explore section and have a go at as many as you can now and over the summer.
Lunchtime and Parent Pay
What happens at lunchtime?
After Period 3, 11.45am all Key Stage 3 students prepare for lunch. Year 7 students are guided to the quadrangle and line up in tutor groups. There is a rota system allowing fairness of going in first for lunch; this changes every day. Year 7 students have their lunch in the Loaves and Fishes restaurant. After students have finished their lunch, they can socialise with their friends in the quadrangle. The library and IT facilities are open for any student who wants to access them over lunchtime. There are several clubs that run over the lunchtime period.
What choices are there for lunch?
At Emmanuel College we are passionate about food and committed to prioritising our students’ health and well-being. We have banished lumpy gravy, abolished soggy sprouts and eradicated anything even resembling Turkey Twizzlers from our menus. We are fanatical about finding the freshest and tastiest ingredients and combining them to create delicious, healthy meals. We operate a cashless meal system to avoid singling out students who receive free school meals.
Uniform is an important part of being an Emmanuel student. By wearing it you are showing that you are ready to learn, you are in a professional frame of mind and that you are a part of our community. It is important that you understand what we will expect in terms of uniform and how you wear your uniform.
You will be able to login to the Uniform Shop with your parent/carer and look at each piece of the uniform in more detail. You might want to start to read the uniform policy which you can find here, with your parent/carer to make sure you understand how to wear your uniform.
It is also important that you understand the expectation of wearing your uniform well when you are travelling to and from school. When you wear your uniform you are representing Emmanuel College and wearing your uniform with pride outside of College is a way to demonstrate your good character. Therefore, we expect you to follow the uniform policy when you are travelling to and from College.
The School Uniform Shop within College is closed due to COVID-19. We will not be operating an appointment system or any open selling days. However, we have a new online uniform store, where you will be able to purchase your child’s uniform.
The video and this link outlines the ways in which you can purchase your uniform this year. For more information about the College uniform, such as style guides and uniform policies please click here to view the uniform page of our website.
What happens on my first day?
We know that you will feel nervous about your first day at Emmanuel but don’t worry as this is very common. We are sure that you will have lots of questions to ask about what to do on your first day. Very soon you will get the hang of our daily routine and you will begin to feel at ease.
Your first day at Emmanuel is Monday 7 September. You will be expected to arrive between 8.00 am and 8.15 am. You will enter college via the reception where you will be greeted by members of staff and sixth formers. All new students will be guided to the main hall where you will line up in your tutor groups. A register will be taken and once everyone has arrived, each tutor group will be taken to the Sport’s Hall for their first whole school assembly.
After Assembly, you will spend some time with your tutor group. During this time, you will get your timetable, study file and spend some time getting to know one another. Your form tutor will go over some of the routines of the day and your first week.
After some time with your tutor, you can expect to begin to follow your timetable and begin your first lessons at Emmanuel. You will have break and lunch as normal but don’t worry, your form tutor will be there to guide you throughout the day.
What do I need to bring on my first day?
- You should come in full college uniform which should be fully labelled
- Your bag with essential equipment (see below)
- Packed lunch (if you require one)
- Bus fare money (If you are getting public transport)
- You do not need to bring your PE Kit
- A blue or black pen (and a spare)
- A green pen
- A HB pencil and a spare
- A pencil sharpener and an eraser
- Colour pencils
- A ruler
- A pencil case to house and protect all your stationery
- For maths a scientific calculator would be useful. The maths team recommend a Casio fx-83GTX
- A school bag to hold all your equipment. Make sure it complies with the college rules regarding bags
How is a normal day at Emmanuel structured?
Probably one of the biggest changes you will experience at Emmanuel College is the daily routine of moving from one lesson to another. Here is how the Emmanuel day is structured.
8.00-8.25 am – Arrival at college
8.25-8.30 am – Registration
8.30-9.00 am – Assembly or Tutor Time
9.00-9.50 am – Period 1
9.50-10.40am – Period 2
10.40-11.00am – Break
11.00-11.45am – Period3
11.45-12.35pm – Lunch
12.35-12.45pm – Registration
12.45-13.35pm – Period 5
13.35-14.25pm – Period 6
14.25- 15.15pm – Period 7
15.15- 16.00pm – Period 8
What happens if I get lost?
Don’t worry if you get lost. Emmanuel is a big school and it is very likely that at some point in your first few weeks there that you will get lost but don’t worry as there are lots of people who can help. Ask any member of staff who is nearby as they will be more than happy to help. You can also ask one of our sixth formers who you will recognise as they will be wearing a black blazer which is different to your uniform. Sixth formers are always happy to help students when they are in need.
Here is a map of the college
How will you travel to Emmanuel College?
Every morning fleets of busses bring students into college. Some drop students off at the top of Lobley Hill, while many others come directly into the turning circle. Most are operated by Nexus and go by the title Scholars Busses. More information can be found Here While your parents are responsible for your travel to and from college, we try and help out where we can. We certainly insist students uphold the reputation of the Emmanuel when they travel to and from college.
Catching the bus to college can be one of the most tricky things a new year 7 has to do. Fortunately you are very unlikely to be by yourself. As the bus travels closer to Emmanuel more and more students wearing an Emmanuel blazer will be getting on. As you arrive at your stop or pull into the College turning circle everyone will get off so you can simply follow the crowd. When you arrive in college come straight in, and don’t hang around outside.
Going home on the bus is again relatively simple. If you catch a bus that dropped you off in the turning circle then at the end of the day return to the turning circle and look for your bus. If you catch a bus that drops of and picks up at the top of Lobely Hill then at the end of the day follow the other students to the crossing point at the top of the hill and then go and join the queue at your bus stop. If your bus bought you into the turning circle then return there and look for your bus. (Make sure you know the number)
Some parents pay for a private coach company to bring you to college. These drop off and pick up from the turning circle. More information can be found Here
Three tips to help you are :
- Don’t hang around at the end of the day. Some busses leave around 4:10pm so there is no time to chat.
- Make sure you know the number of the bus you need to catch home. Perhaps make a note of it and keep that in your top blazer pocket so you can easily and quickly check before you get on.
- Have a practice go during the summer holiday. This will reassure you and increase your confidence as we approach September.
If you are unsure then please ask someone. At the start of term there will be plenty of staff around to help, and sixth form students or other older students will always be happy to help.
Is your child eligible for Free School Meals?
If you think that your child is eligible for free school meals then please complete the form using the link below and return this form to us by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the role of a Pastoral Lead?
Pastoral leads support the tutors in helping you. Sometimes issues arise that need a little longer to deal with than a tutor has during tutor time. This is where a pastoral lead steps in.
What should I do if I need to leave college during the day for a medical appointment?
Ask your parent or carer to write a simple note to your tutor to explain your absence.
If I arrive by car where should my parents drop me off?
The turning circle is very busy and we do not recommend that you are dropped off or picked up there. The turning circle is closed to parents at peek times to let buses in and out. A better place is Watergate park. This is a huge car park just 2 minutes’ walk for the college. Please ask your parents or carers to avoid parking in the streets around the college out of courtesy for our neighbours. The small car park below the college (used to access the Watergate fields and pitches) is out of bounds to students except the sixth form. Cars should not be parked on the road outside the college.
If I have a uniform problem what should I do?
If you are in college speak to a teacher. If something has gone wrong with your uniform at home then come to the student welfare desk, perhaps with a note from a parent and they will try and help out. There may be some uniform we can lend you, or they may ask you to work in a different area if we cant get you back in lessons.
What is the process if I need to take medication during the day?
Bring the medication in, clearly labelled, with a note from your parent or carer and take it to the student welfare desk near reception.
Should I bring a book to College
Yes. You will have formal reading sessions in your tutor group, but other opportunities may occur during the college day.
What is the role of a tutor?
A tutor is your first port of call in the morning. You see them twice a day and they are there to help and support you. They will be with you for the next 3 years so together you will be able to celebrate success and work through any difficulties you encounter.
What is the procedure if a I have been absent from College?
If you are ill on a school day then please ask a parent or carer to phone into college before 8:30am, this is important as it will help us know you are safe. When you return to college please bring a note from your parent or carer explaining your absence.
How should I apply for an authorised absence for a non-medical reason?
Emmanuel does not routinely authorise holidays during term time. If you need time off College for a different reason then please ask your parent or carer to write to the Principal for an authorised absence.
What are the rules regarding crossing the roads around Emmanuel?
The roads around college are very busy. Students are only permitted to cross the roads at the crossings at the top of Lobley Hill.
What happens if you are ill during the college day
I hope this never happens to you, but if it does simply tell a teacher.
What are the Emmanuel special events I can look forward to?
The 3 big events are:
- The Carol Service, normally one evening in the last week of term before Christmas
- Presentation Evening, normally one evening in the last week of the summer term
- Sports Day, normally a whole day hosted at Gateshead Stadium towards the end of the summer term
All three events are compulsory for all students.