Starting at Upper Elementary (Grade 3-5)

At Horizon Private School – Branch, we employ a range of practices to help support a child’s transition. We endeavor to find teachers that the youngsters will trust in order to ensure that they get the best possible start in their new setting.

Starting at Upper Elementary:

The first day of school at the Upper Elementary Section (Grades 3-5) at HPS-Br. has always been an exciting day for everyone. Beside the routines that will be followed to lead students to their classes, the staff is well prepared to welcome them with a smile that will stay with them all year long. All the staff members will endeavor to make sure that the first school day is a memorable one for the students, a day that they will happily recount and share with their parents when they go home. Icebreaker activities are prepared for this purpose.

As to how the first school day will flow, parents are encouraged to attend the Open House a day before where they will have a chance to be introduced to their child’s Home Room Teacher or Class Advisor as well as other teachers and get familiar with the school routines and expectations.

First day of school:

On the first day, parents are requested to drop their children at the school between 7:15 am and 7:30 am. This will give them a chance to find their child’s class section from the class lists, which will be displayed in the playground and hallways. Once identified, the students will line up for the National Anthem after which they go to their classes.

During the first day, teachers will make sure to lead all the Grade 3 students as well as the new Grades 4 and 5 students on a school tour and show them all the places that they will need to visit. Moreover, during the day, teachers will assign a group of classmates to peer coach the new students and to give them the support they need to settle easily and comfortably in the new environment.

Pick up and drop off times:

School Transportation Service: On the first day of school, students who are registered in the school transportation service will ride the school bus for the first time in the afternoon. They will be gathered earlier than the usual time and will practice the route they should follow every day to the bus assembly zone. This routine will continue until all the bus students are used to it. Starting from the day after, students will be picked up from their homes in the morning.

Parents who pick up their children should do so from the designated area at 2:30 pm (Sunday to Wednesday) and at 1:40 pm (Thursday).  

Students’ experiences:

It has always been our aim to create a caring, happy, and supportive learning environment for all students joining HPS-Br. To this effect, and throughout the years at the Upper Elementary school, students are exposed to different experiences. Beside the education that the school offers, the department endeavors to raise students to become independent citizens; citizens who are respectful and tolerant; citizens who are caring and honest. Moreover, students enjoy a range of exciting and enjoyable activities, which they will retain in their memory books for a long time. At the end of Grade 5, we farewell the students as we set them off on their journey to the Middle School, armed with courage and a strong desire for success. We set them off to happily and confidently face the challenges of the coming phase boldly and without fear.