Sansum Martial Arts' fun sessions to help ease primary to secondary transition for local children
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A MORAY martial arts club is set to play its part in helping local children deal with the transition from primary to secondary school.
Sansum Martial Arts is set to team up with Moray Council's Active Schools department to offer P6 and P7 children fun sessions to help make the process of moving up to the big school easier.
The group will provide some handy tips on confidence and mental resilience in a fun, safe environment. The sessions, which are free of charge, will also provide children with the chance to meet future classmates.
The sessions were the brainchild of Sansum Martial Arts co-owner Kate Sansum and Active Schools co-ordinator Craig Rowley.
Kate, who has twins who are nearing academy age, said she has noticed they are not quite as ready for the move up as children were in years gone by.
She said: "Myself and Craig got together and came up with this programme.
"I've got twins who are P6 at Mosstowie Primary School and I'm aware they're more nervous than their big brother was for going up a school because of Covid.
"Children have had their activities cut, they've not been mixing with other children and some have become quite socially awkward.
"We teach teamwork, resilience and self-belief but events will be fun-based."
Sessions will take place at Elgin Academy and Elgin High School this month.
The Elgin Academy event will take place on Wednesday, May 18, from 4pm until 5pm, with a visit from Elgin Youth Café from 5pm until 5.30pm. The Elgin High School event will take place at the same time on Wednesday, May 25.
It is hoped the events will be extended to other schools in Moray next year.
Events are aimed at children who will be transitioning to the Elgin schools, however, those transitioning to schools out with Elgin are welcome.
To register for an event, visit form.jotform.com/220963351495359.