Top Form Awards

Throughout the academic year, students from Year 7 have been competing in weekly competitions to achieve TOP form status. Prior to the Easter break the three forms who were successful for the greatest number of weeks in rising to the challenges set, namely 7IBA, 7ABL and 7MRO, competed in a TOP form final competition to win a group reward and establish their already outstanding reputations.

Students engaged with a number of different tasks revolving around the year group vision, ethos of their own form and the talents and skills of individuals. It was extremely humbling to see the effort and togetherness shown during the event which clearly demonstrated our students’ dedication to, understanding of and respect for the Mount St Mary’s community. As was to be expected, the final decision was an extremely difficult one to make! However, the Year 7 team would like to pass on a huge congratulations to the students in Miss Rooke’s form (7MRO) who displayed all of the knowledge and qualities required to become the overall winner.

It has been a pleasure oversee the development of students in Year 7 throughout both the transition period and academic year so far; a sentiment that Is shared by the whole year team and curriculum areas across the school. We will continue to encourage our students to maximise their capabilities whilst seeking to reward at every given opportunity. This innocent and healthy competition has undoubtedly served to unite Year 7 form groups and motivate students to be the best version of themselves to serve one another. We look forward to celebrating our next year group champions at the end of the year and develop new incentives moving forward into Year 8.

Miss Rooke – Year 7 Form Tutor (7MRO)

“I am so incredibly proud of my Form winning the TOP FORM award. As soon as Mr Hawkins mentioned the competition, you were passionate and determined to win. You helped each other in every way possible to make sure that title was rightfully ours!

Each day, you bring with you positivity, respect and a hard-working attitude- I cannot ask for more. Right from the start of September, as a team, we have shown loyalty to one another, support and kindness. MSM are so lucky to have you all as part of our community. Thank you for all you do.”

Important Dates

Keep up to date with anything going on for Year 7 here

School Closes for Half Term -

Friday 27th May

School Reopens -

Monday 6th June

Letters

Any important letters for Year 7 will be displayed here

Year 7 Team

Miss H Mulcahy

Student Advocate

Mr L Hawkins

Year Leader 

Miss L Clarke

Pastoral Support Officer

Our Year 7 Form Tutors

Mr R Wellington

7ROW

Mrs R Grayston

7SAA

Miss M Owen

7MEO

Miss M Rooke

7MRO

Mrs J Barnes

7JOB

Mr S Lawson

7STL

Mrs A Black

7ABL

Mr I Adams

7IBA

Miss H Mulcahy

7HEM

Over the past few weeks, our Year 7 Student Advocate, Miss Mulcahy, has been running group interventions with two separate sets of Year 7 students, with a focus on developing emotional resilience. Each session was based around the specific skills required to demonstrate emotional intelligence, which should support individuals with their understanding of, and ability to, express emotions and build positive relationships and self-esteem.

At the beginning of each session, students engaged with a fun settler activity which helped to establish a positive and relaxed environment that allowed for deeper exploration into each topic. During the ‘building self-esteem' session, students learnt about high and low self-esteem, why self-esteem is important, and how self-esteem presents itself in day-to-day life. The learning process was always accompanied by peer discussion, self-reflection and presented students with the opportunity to test their own and each other's knowledge. Students participated in fun and engaging games and activities and had the opportunity to apply their knowledge to solidify understanding. Students were also encouraged to get creative and produced their own affirmation posters, which they then took home with them.

The Year 7 team has observed the clear impact that each intervention session has had on the emotional wellbeing of individuals in school. When asked for feedback, one student stated, “the intervention has helped me to realise areas of school life that I find more challenging and has helped me to make new friends and become more confident.” Each student who took part said that they had learnt a lot from each session, knowledge and understanding that they have endeavored to apply to everyday life. When asked what they would change about the sessions, the main response was to make the interventions last for a longer duration!

It has been wonderful to observe clear engagement, enthusiasm and positivity from our Year 7s. As a year team, we will continue to award importance to, and promote, emotional resilience and make students aware of how extremely proud we are of their efforts to seize every opportunity given to them to the best of their ability, in an attempt to make progress. We hope to see them further embed their newly developed skills in every aspect of school life at Mount St Mary’s.