PUPILS at Pathhead Primary School in Kirkcaldy have come up with an innovative way to introduce their school to new pupils – through a “welcome” DVD.
And the project has been so successful it has won the school a Diana Award, founded in 1999 by the Diana Memorial Committee to act as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young people to change the world.
Head teacher, Julie Mair thought about the different reasons behind why children move schools – moving house, family break up – and how the move could be made less daunting. After discussion with pupils on the School Improvement Group, they came up with the idea of a DVD to help new pupils feel more at ease.
The group decided what to film, wrote scripts, interviewed staff and pupils and filmed many different aspects of school life.
The original film, which lasted 15 minutes, was shown to every class for feedback and the group took this into account when they filmed the final DVD which runs for half an hour.
The film shows everything from school dinners and the office to the staff and classrooms and also includes a tour of the school; tips and advice; interviews with new pupils and an introduction to the school vision and philosophy.
Now, when new pupils arrive to enrol at Pathhead, they are given their own copy of the DVD to take away and watch at home.
Mrs Mair said: “Feedback from parents and children has been extremely positive, with both finding it incredibly helpful and supportive.
“It makes the whole experience of starting a new school far less stressful or potentially traumatic for families on the whole.”