See you soon crew Hahn…

So today was our last crew hangout of this academic year.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to those students that have regularly turned up to the hangouts, you have kept our crew together during this difficult time. Shout outs to James Sk, Jon, Sam, Sophie, Tom, Rhys and James L!

I honestly cannot wait to see you all next term in our new crew room ready for our journey into our GCSE’s.

I’ve asked my crew to spend sometime thinking about the positives they can get from lockdown over the last few months. During this time students have had to grapple with getting organised, being self disciplined, creating their own working environments, schedules and trying to do this when all around the world seems to have stopped.

I’m proud to say most of Hahn have done this and overcome a number of hurdles along the way. I believe that by reflecting on this time and learning who they are in terms of their academic learning, that this will give them an insight into them selves that will help them during their GCSE’s.

They will have already experienced many similar situations they will encounter in the run up to their exams, such as making revision plans, finding out they work better at a desk that sat on their bed or vice verse. This knowledge is the foundation to them becoming leaders of their own learning and so we will spend sometime focusIn on this  on our return.

 

So have a fab summer and stay safe, see you in August!

Kate

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Today I had an fantastic turn out of students at today’s hangout and wow it did me good to check in with them!

We did a quick check in ‘chicken’ of how we were feeling. Pleased to say most of us are feeling ‘alright’ and some a little better since finding it easier to access work and teachers. I think we are learning to accept the situation and realise that life continues and doesn’t wait for us to catch up… it just keeps on going.

I feel positive that so many were at the hangout this morning and I feel the remainder of the term is going to be spent purposefully.

Today’s session focused on the current situation in the world that has developed from the tragic death of George Floyd. I asked them to tell me what they knew about the recent events surrounding this. Most students knew about it and were aware that this has had a huge impact on the subject of racism which still seems to be a part of the world we live in even in the 21st Century.

During the protests and riots there has been a huge focus on the statement ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’. We all used our voice to express what this term means to us. There were comments such as: ‘all people deserve equal rights’, ‘people having to fight for their rights’, ‘speaking out against abuse’, ‘black people should be equal to White people’, ‘Just because our skin colour is different on the outside that we are all the same inside’.

I’m proud of the comments my crew shared and couldn’t agree with them more. However although most people will agree with my crew, sadly this is not the case for everyone, and racism and other discriminations continue within the world and within our own local communities.

Obviously all lives matter, we know that, however at this moment in time something terrible has happened and has highlighted the inequality that is still happening against black people. Therefore this is the right time to elevate that people won’t tolerate racism by bringing it to the forefront of all peoples thoughts and actions by making bold statements such as BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Until we have equality we need to highlight and work harder for those that suffer because of it. I went through this comic strip with my crew that had been shared with me by a colleague.

I love this!

It highlights that sometimes we need to go beyond treating people the same or equally and that actually we need to do more for them at certain times.

This can often be a problem we need to address in school where often students feel they haven’t been fairly treated. One student in crew (I wont name him) highlighted something that he personally experienced in school. He said that he often got told (by me) to stop talking out of turn and that when another student did it I didn’t always say something to them and that this wasn’t fair. However they explained that by understanding the difference and necessity of equity and equality he understood that because he spoke out of turn more than anyone else during crew sessions then I needed to focus this intervention on him more than someone speaking out of turn just once.

We used this to understand how although we know that all lives matter, that at this moment in time we need to focus attention on the inequality felt by many black people.

Hopefully one day we won’t need to wave banners stating ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ or protest about inequality because hopefully through using our voices now and waving those banners high enough on behalf of those who are oppressed, action will be taken to end inequality and racism and the banner we can then fly high and be proud of is ………..‘ ALL LIVES MATTER’.

Today I had a hang out with some of my crew Hahn students this morning and then had a hangout with my XP16 mentor group this afternoon.

For the crew check in chicken I asked both groups the same question,

‘ Tell me 3 words that would best describe the person you see yourself or want to see yourself being in 10 years time’

There was one recurring word that came up in 90% of answers which. is to be happy : )

There was a mixture of other words such as, Having a job, mentally well, homeowner, financially secure, sane, friends, earn a wage, responsible, successful, athletic, being employed.

For most of them ‘happy’ was the thing they said third which leads me to wonder if by managing to make the other things happen then hopefully this will cause them to be happy or at least help towards them being happy?

We went on to explore that these things that they want for their future self aren’t out of reach for any of them. They’re normal things that most people want in their lives and as parents what we want for our children. We discussed that what we do today and tomorrow etc can impact on how likely we are to fulfil those ambitions and although life has Unfortunately thrown a big obstacle in our way (CV19) we can still achieve those dreams by continuing our studies at home and learning new skills.

So, it’s important to crack on with your school subjects and keep submitting your work to your teachers, they are all there to help you, I know this because i’m in touch with them all and every time i’ve asked their support has been given. Keep doing the work you’ve been set but also find time to find out who you are and what else you like doing…..

Some students have taken up new hobbies such as photography, others are getting fitter by cycling and running and can also put this towards their DofE awards! I have post 16 students cooking for their families and baking. One student couldn’t join my hangout this afternoon because he was laying paving slabs in his garden so we will check in together later in the week.

If you spend time each week doing some studying, learning new skills, keeping active and helping out others such as your families you will easily achieve the person you want to be in 10 years time.

Don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do yesterday / last week last month etc, concentrate on the things you can still do today, tomorrow and next week, because before you know it you’ll be 10 years older.

 

 

Hahn Hangouts at Home

I’ve been lucky enough to spend 2 mornings this week ‘hanging out’ with some of my crewbies.

We’ve kinda followed normal protocol of doing a ‘crew check’ in or ‘crew chicken’ as I call it….. ‘roll of eyes from my crew’!

Our ‘chicken’ this morning lead by Tom was ‘what would you want to do next week if there was no lockdown’…….

I was quite surprised by some of the students answers, I thought they would be really dramatic and indulgent but they were things like going to the skate park and visiting grand parents. It’s those things we take for granted that we miss so much.

It was lovely to hear their voices and we’ve decided to do this 3 times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

It’s so lovely to hear students helping each other by explaining what they do to implement some structure to their day, obviously some are finding studying from home easier than others so it helps to share our experiences.

I feel very lucky to be part of crew Hahn, what a fabulous group of kids I get to ‘hangout’ with!

Have a relaxing weekend everyone, stay safe and be kind…. that includes to yourself!

Kate

This is a reminder to all parents / carers of students in Year 9, students are due to have injections for all Year 9 girls and boys against Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Meningitis ACWY on Tuesday 4th June 2019.  The consent forms were sent home with students one month ago, Crew leaders will be in contact with those parents whom the school nurse has not received their consent forms.

Barcelona Day 3

The students began the final day by sitting in the sunny courtyard of our hostel and spending time on their journals. Once we had finished our sketches of the famous landmarks or beautiful buildings in Barcelona we headed out to catch a glimpse of the Olympic Park Stadium.

With rumbling stomachs we then headed into the bustling streets to find a traditional Spanish restaurant so the students could have the opportunity to taste the delights that Spain has to offer.

Following this relaxed lunch break we returned to the hostel to gather belongings before making our second visit to the beach. The students voiced how desperately they wanted to revisit the famous food market and indulge once again in the delicious snacks that were on offer. A slight detour on our walk to the beach allowed for this. Once at the beach the students enjoyed having time to be together, playing football or just simply relaxing in the sun.

As the sun began to fade it was time to return to the hostel to get packed and ready to travel home tomorrow.

It’s been a busy three days of exploring Barcelona and brilliant opportunity to spend quality time together, explore a new city, to learn about another culture and most of all to have an opportunity to practice speaking Spanish.

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Barcelona Day 2

We woke up early on Tuesday ready for a productive day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  After a big breakfast we headed off on the metro to meet our tour guide Theo.  During our walking tour of the city centre, Theo showed us a range of beautiful buildings and explained the ideas, history and thinking behind the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and others. We learned that St George is a significant figure in Barcelona and features heavily in the decoration and extravagant carvings adorning many of the buildings in the centre.  The tour came to a close at the awe inspiring Sagrada Família.

After grabbing some lunch and quenching our thirst our travel manager Sunni organised for us to continue our work on Gaudí by visiting his house and the magnificent Park Güell.  This allowed the students to take some quiet time to reflect and draw their surroundings in their journals.

Following this we made our way back down hundreds of steps, several hills and metro stops before finally reaching the beach and getting our first close up view of the Mediterranean.  Here we were able to enjoy some quality time together, eating ice creams, playing football, building sand castles and in the case of Ethan, being buried in sand.

After an eventful day it was time to dust the sand off our feet and head back to hostel to shower off the suncream and get some well earned rest.

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Barcelona Day 2

We woke up early on Tuesday ready for a productive day in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  After a big breakfast we headed off on the metro to meet our tour guide Theo.  During our walking tour of the city centre, Theo showed us a range of beautiful buildings and explained the ideas, history and thinking behind the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and others. We learned that St George is a significant figure in Barcelona and features heavily in the decoration and extravagant carvings adorning many of the buildings in the centre.  The tour came to a close at the awe inspiring Sagrada Família.

After grabbing some lunch and quenching our thirst our travel manager Sunni organised for us to continue our work on Gaudí by visiting his house and the magnificent Park Güell.  This allowed the students to take some quiet time to reflect and draw their surroundings in their journals.

Following this we made our way back down hundreds of steps, several hills and metro stops before finally reaching the beach and getting our first close up view of the Mediterranean.  Here we were able to enjoy some quality time together, eating ice creams, playing football, building sand castles and in the case of Ethan, being buried in sand.

After an eventful day it was time to dust the sand off our feet and head back to hostel to shower off the suncream and get some well earned rest.