WELCOME TO LOWRY HOUSE
I am delighted to be given the opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Mr Nash. I have worked here at Smithills for 15 years now and as Head of Lowry House I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to you from all of the fellow Lowry students, Lowry form tutors, the Lowry Intervention Officer Mr Hares and, of course, myself
The start of secondary school is a particularly important time in any child’s life. We know that moving onto secondary school can affect children in different ways. We aim to make the transition as smooth and as pleasant as possible, guided by the belief that learning takes place more effectively when children are happy and feel secure.
I am sure that you will be extremely nervous about joining us here at Smithills in September. However, let me help ease those nerves by explaining a little bit about life here in Lowry House at Smithills.
All of the Year 6 students will be equally divided between the four Houses. If you are one of the really lucky ones then you will be allocated into Lowry House. Each day starts with 15 minutes of form time. During form time each morning you will meet with your form tutor and your form group that is made up of 3 or 4 students from each year group. Your form tutor will complete the register and then give you any important bulletin news before working through the pastoral curriculum activities with you. Your form tutor is vitally important as they will also act as your mentor and you will have scheduled mentoring and target setting sessions with them throughout your time at Smithills. Every week there is a House assembly. This is where the whole of Lowry House get together in the main school hall.
There will also be lots of opportunities to participate in all kinds of activities, including sports competitions, cooking contests, Young Musician of the Year, Maths quizzes, the X Factor and writing poetry. Not forgetting of course our Lowry House charity fundraising. Whatever your interest, we have an activity you can get involved with and represent your House.
Importantly, though, all participants who participate in the events score points that count towards the overall House award, so please ensure that you arrive ready to give of your best. If you do then I am sure that you will really enjoy your time with us.
Our aims in Lowry House are to provide a caring, orderly, purposeful and fun learning environment in which all pupils can reach the highest level in personal, social, moral, emotional and academic standards. We want our young people to develop self awareness, self esteem and self discipline. We expect our pupils to respect and be tolerant of others beliefs and cultures in our socially and racially diverse society.
I look forward to getting to know you and in anticipation of working with you and your family in the coming years. Please if you have any questions that remain unanswered then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 01204 842382 or via email on J.Nash@smithillsschool.net.