Crew Blessed Checkin’ Out of Year 7…

It’s been a school year no-one will forget and there have been many highs and lows.

We’ve got through it all because WE ARE CREW!

Here is a look back at Year 7 from the perspective of Crew Blessed.

That’s Crew Blessed checked out of Year 7, bring on Year 8!

We hope that everyone has a positive and healthy summer break.

Crew Blessed – We Meet Again!…

Well some of us did!

We happened to have 5 of our Crew in school last Wednesday (including Mr Robins). It was great to see each other in real life!

In other news Liam has been contributing to a community collection of painted rocks near his house. These are fantastic and will no doubt have given lots of people a smiley moment when they saw them.

Great work Liam!

As we are the newly named Crew Blessed I thought it a coincidence when I saw on Twitter that Doncaster Council has used Brian Blessed to reinforce safety measures across the town!

Crew Blessed hope everyone stays safe and well as we head into the final couple of weeks of this academic year.

 

Checking out of lockdown!

Thank you to everyone who joined the hangout today, you made me laugh.

We had a check in of ‘what has been your worst hair cut?’ Dodgy fringes and barbers cutting ears!!
We had a Crew quiz, Bobby and Lily came joint first, well done!

Well done to Zarina who got a special mention for her maths work 🙂
Well done Bobby, Bec and Lily who have been handing in their work, great to see.

Here are a few pieces from Crew Pankhurst this week:

Lily’s work where she watched a video about Langar and wrote a short story about someone carrying out an act of kindness / compassion.

Some brilliant notice/wonders and question from Bec

Some good news by Lily

A lovely inspirational quote by Rebecca

Lily has been planting seeds

Bob has started doing an additional task! Ace.

Massive amounts of praise for you Zarina! Very proud of the work you have done in Maths and how you have shown resilience and didn’t give up 🙂

See you all on our next crew hangout!
Mrs Hannam

Its official! We have a crew name!

So, crew EJN presented their crew name suggestions to Miss Robinson in last week’s crew hangout. They were prepared, confident, and articulated their reasons for each individual really well.

I was very impressed!

After almost an hour of presenting their slides, Miss Robinson decided that our new crew name was going to be…(drum roll please)…

This is after the famous Mexican artist ‘Frida Kahlo’. You may recognise some of her artwork below:

She created a number of self-portraits as well as paintings about her disabilities.

She had a really tough time and was in a lot of pain throughout her life.

 

Here are some of the pages that Arthur in our crew prepared to describe her:

 

So, as you can see from Arthurs slides – she didn’t have it easy. She had a lot of challenges to overcome in her life – but she was so determined and courageous!

Harrison read through most of the slides as Arthur had a few technical issues and was losing connection. Harrison read really well, he was clear and confident. He showed a lot of courage as I know he was not in his comfort zone whilst doing it. Well done Harrison.

For Arthur’s last page he described why he thought that we should name our crew after Frida Kahlo…

The reasons that he gave above absolutely blew me away and actually brought a tear to my eye – thinking about how far we have come as a crew and all that we have been through!

We have been through some hard times, some challenging times, some difficult times – but we are crew and we can get through it! We support each other and back each other up.

I am a very proud, emotional, embarrassing, and ‘cringy’ crew leader – but I don’t care!

I’ll leave you with this quote from Frida which I think is VERY true.

A Word From Reuben on Kindness:

This week Crew JNI have been working really hard to get lots of work done. I have seen lots of beautiful work from everyone and it’s made me proud to be your crew leader!

It’s been interesting reading the work you guys have been doing on your expedition on kindness, and I wanted to share a piece of work Reuben has done.

It is in answer to the question:

What would the world look like without kindness?

Without any kindness, the world would be gloomy, grey and depressing. In school the teachers would be mean and harsh and give you terrible scores on everything on purpose. School dinners would be raw uncooked chicken and cold thick gravy, and all of the students would nudge each others shoulders when they pass each other in the corridor.  People would stick chewing gum under the desks and in each other’s hair.

At home my mum would be horrible and mean by giving me loads of extra chores. My sister would torment me and steal all my money. Also, my dog would bark at me and everyone else all the time, he would also poo in my favourite shoes.

When you walked outside, you would see dead grass. People would also be wearing horrible hand knitted sweaters that were made to feel horrible because they’re made of yarn filled with pollen that causes hay-fever. When you got on the bus there would be gum everywhere and the driver would be late every time on purpose. In shops and supermarkets there would be old chicken that they got out the bin covered in cold gravy.

If you met an old lady on the street she would hit you with her cane and torment me for being young…. And I would run away!!

I think it’s safe to say, no one wants to live in a world like that. Well done Reuben on such a descriptive and emotive piece of work.

IT’S OFFICIAL. CREW PANKHURST!!!

This week’s blog is written by Rebecca, Zarina and Stevie.

Emmeline Pankhurst

We wanted Emmeline Pankhurst as our crew name because she was an amazing, empowering woman. She didn’t just inspire other women but men as well, and made our community a better place. To this day thousands of people across the world have an opportunity to vote, however during Emmeline Pankhurst’s time, women did not have that choice. For her to stand up for all women takes great courage and the hate she received made her stronger as a person. All women should have the opportunity to vote. To make a life changing decision. To not have the world run by men. Without Emmeline Pankhurst, women would not be able to vote and because she changed that, we are proud to call our crew, Crew Pankhurst.

‘Without inspiring women, I don’t think I would have become to person I am today’ – Rebecca. S

Crew MRO – Crew Name Reveal!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce our new Crew identity.

Crew MRO will now been known as… (drum roll please)..

After lots of fantastic ideas and loads of great Crew discussions, naming our Crew after the actor and adventurer Brian Blessed seemed the best fit.

We feel he represents our Crew particularly well while being a great example of someone who demonstrates our schools character traits (and he’s a local guy too, he was born in Mexborough).
Courage
– He is an adventurer, he is the oldest person to reach the North Pole on foot and holds the World Record for being the oldest man to climb a height of 28,500 feet without oxygen supplement.
Compassion / Courage / Integrity / Respect
– His childhood dream was to climb Mount Everest, he’s tried 3 times but never reached the summit – ending one attempt to save the life of a fellow climber.
Craftsmanship & Quality
– He’s a renowned actor, writer, presenter and singer, awarded the OBE for services to the arts and charity.
Compassion
– He is the patron of several animal charities, including the charity Born Free and being appointed a UN Ambassador for Animal Welfare.
Cain in our Crew summed it up in his own words… “He’s as loud as I am and has a beard like Mr Robins.”
Brian Blessed is also a fully trained cosmonaut (or spaceman!) and has completed 800 hours of training in Russia.
Most people will also know Brian as the voice of Grampy Rabbit from Peppa Pig.
There aren’t many people that won’t have seen or heard Brian whether it’s in this children’s TV programme, the 80’s film Flash Gordon, Star Wars or performing some classic Shakespeare (the list goes on!).
One of our favourite quotes by Brian Blessed is…
So that leaves us to ‘check-out’ as Crew MRO and ‘check-in’ as Crew Blessed! Here’s to the next chapter of our XP journey.

Race for the Prize

It’s been a busy week for Crew JNI with lots of news!

Before lockdown, each crew in X26 were in the middle of a competition. The competition was to see which crew could get the best overall praise and attendance… COMBINED! It was a big one…. The winners would receive some money to be able to take a mini-day out somewhere, wherever they wanted.

Now, before the competition was over and the winning crew decided, all crews were neck and neck. It was an incredibly close call. One week we’d hear, “Crew EJN are in the lead!” The next, “Crew MRO are in the lead!” Another, “Crew SHA are in the lead!” And obviously sometimes a, “Crew JNI are in the lead!”

It was a tense few months as everyone in crew JNI raced for the prize. Just as we were coming back into the lead again, we were plunged into lockdown, and mystery surrounded the whole competition. Who was the winner? Who had received the most praise points? When were we going to find out?

These were just some of the many, many, MANY questions asked by students in Crew JNI, so when the final figures were in last week, I breathed a sigh of relief: the Winner is:

…..

(pause for dramatic effect)…

….

CREW JNI!!!!

Well done to everyone in Crew JNI for trying really hard with that competition! I am very proud to lead a crew that works so hard, gets smart and is kind at every turn —

YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!

Now as you might’ve already noticed, there are lots of letters being thrown around when crew are identified, and that’s because lockdown has also prevented us from undergoing the Official XP Process of Naming the Crew. We’ve already had lots of ideas so far, and the two current standouts are Greta Thunberg, climate activist, and Harriet Tubman, ex-slave who freed herself and then fought for the emancipation of others.

Crew members that would like to offer an idea for someone to name our crew after need to think of somebody who embodies our characters traits of: Respect, Craftsmanship & Quality, Courage, Integrity, and above all, Compassion. You then need to make a presentation to explain why you think our crew should be named after that person and present it to the rest of us on Google Hangout.

Any questions, then please send me an email!

So to finish of, I just want to present some beautiful work that has been produced by Crew JNI over the last week or so, around the theme of nature:

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Our last week as crew EJN

This week, crew EJN have been working on their crew name presentations that they will be showing Miss Robinson next week during their weekly crew hangout.

Crew have a few ideas about who they would like to be named after and why:

Crew have also been busy completing their home learning, creating some beautiful work.

These are for the nature page for their visual diaries:

 

Positive and motivational quotes for their visual diaries:

In other news, Olivia has been swimming in a river!!!

…and Jessy has a new dog called Callie.

Thats the (crew) name of the game!

Crew SHA had an awesome hangout this week!
All students presented their Crew name. It’s going to be a difficult choice for me and Miss Robinson to make. All will be revealed next hangout with a guest appearance from Miss Robinson herself, all on our best behaviour please! 🙂

All of the presentations discussed the character traits of the person they wanted their crew to be named after and how these spoke to our XP character traits. What I don’t think everyone realised was that the students themselves were also showing courage, respect, craftsmanship and quality, compassion and integrity during the making and presenting of their presentation and it made me realise how engrained these traits have become and how they are a part of who you all are. I am so proud of you all. Well done everyone!!

Take care of yourself and each other,
Mrs Hannam