||Never in my life had I thought
that I would have worked at an institution the building of which
would house two schools of different sectors, a primary and
a secondary school. This was initially considered by me as
a blessing because of my involvement in a doctorate programme
that focuses its attention on school transfer. However, the
mere fact that the two schools are housed in the same building
does not make transition automatically easier, apart from the
fact that I can practically see and meet the head teacher of
the main feeder primary school each and every day. And in deed,
most of the days, the primary school head teacher and I have
some kind of interaction with each other either in person, or
by telephone or just meeting casually and saying hello in the
At any rate,
these interactions are mainly concerned with practical organisational
problems between the managers of the two schools and are based on
the happy coincidence of opinion and approach of the two men. At
other levels, no other interaction is taking place between the staffs
of the two schools in the direction of transition, save for the
response of the class teacher of the primary top year pupils whenever
we invite them to participate in events like national celebrations
and games. On the secondary side, all the initiative regarding school
transfer events has been restricted to me, since nobody offered
to take up the role of the liaison with the primary schools. At
any rate, chronologically the following activities have been organised
or planned so far:
1. A talk was organised
for the parents of the first year students in late September 2001
at which the speakers were the educational psychologist of the gymnasium
and the writer.
Twelve first year students of the gymnasium have undertaken to keep
a diary regarding their transfer from primary to secondary school
for as long as they feel they have something to say about the subject.
3. The parents of the above children
took part in a focus interview on the theme of transition.
4. The first year students have been
asked to write an essay on their secondary school.
5. The top year pupils of the Phaneromeni
primary school joined in the celebrations of the national day of
6. The 4th, 5th
and 6th form pupils of the above school watched our games.
7. The students of the feeder schools
were invited to visit the gymnasium and attend lessons.
8. Our first year students were invited
by the Phaneromeni Primary School to attend lessons in their classes.
9. The two schools have co – organised
an Easter function with traditional games.
10. An exchange of teaching staffs between the
main feeder primary school and the gymnasium has been programmed
for May 2002.
11. Finally a talk and a tour of the gymnasium
for the parents of the top year primary school pupils of all the
feeder primary schools. The speakers at this open evening will be
the Phaneromeni Primary School head teacher and the writer.
I think that what I have done best as a head
teacher is the organisational and administrative work. This is understandable,
since this is the aspect of transition that interests me more. The
most difficult items of transition are the lack of time or interest
on the part of the assistant head teachers and the teachers to get
involved in a whole school approach to a school transfer induction