Kira’s Week

For most people, an important part of staying sane during this period of lockdown has been keeping in touch with friends and family. It’s been such an important part for us as a crew too.

As you know, we have regular hangouts every Wednesday to hear what everyone has been up to. This week, Charlotte’s been busy on her Animal Crossing game, starting her adventure on her very own island. Ava has been continuing her entrepreneurial fashion pursuits and Maddie has been spending lots of time playing games with her siblings.

However, this week we’ve been treated, as we didn’t just hear about Kira’s past week. Instead, her mum also shared some brilliant pictures with us — it’s nice to see so many smiling faces (and amazing looking cakes!)

There’s more to lockdown than washing your hands, there’s marshmallows and organelles…

Over the past week Kira has had an incredibly busy one: she’s been getting her Mary Berry on and baking for her brother’s birthday. She made some fabulous cupcakes and an excellent birthday cake. It all looks worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake — very well done, Kira!


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Alongside working hard and completing lots of school work, Kira has also been working with her mum and looking at cells and the different organelles! She’s mixed this with her artistic flair and has has produced an excellent diagrammatic model of a cell. After all that hard work its always good to relax, and Kira certainly been making the most of her down time! She’s been enjoying the sun in their pool, and toasting marshmallows as the evenings draw in. But to top it all of, Kira’s had a wonderful tea party, which looks like something straight out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

What an absolutely fabulous week, Kira!

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Keep the pictures coming, we love to see what everyone has been up to — you can send them to:

Remember, we have 2 weeks off, so make sure you give yourselves a well-deserved break! I will be sending a reminder on Monday for any work that needs catching up on as well, so check your inboxes.

Crew MRO – Heading towards the end of term!

It has certainly be a different term. One we will never forget, but it has also involved the similar qualities as any other term at XP.

  • We have shown courage to deal with all the changes and worries within the current situation.
  • We have displayed respect for our community by following government guidelines.
  • We’ve continued to develop our craftsmanship and maintained our quality of work.
  • We have shown compassion to members of our households, loved ones, extended families, our communities and of course the key workers of our country.
  • And finally we have shown that integrity is so important. Doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching. Whether that is staying at home when we really want to go out or not Googling the answers while doing a ‘hangout’ quiz!

Here is a little reminder of what we look like as a Crew…

We wish everyone a healthy 2 week break and look forward to the time when we can create an updated Crew photo.

Surprising revelations made by crew

This week we went back to basics a little for our crew google hangout. We discussed a few protocols like ‘microphones to be on mute unless you have been directly asked to speak’ and to put your hand up and wait if you have a question. I decided to go through this because our previous hangouts have been a little rowdy and off topic. When everyone talks at the same time, it’s really difficult to hear anyone.

Once the new rules had been established, we did our check in which was ‘What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?’. Now, this is where I was really surprised! There were some very unexpected answers. For example:

Broccoli, olives, ketchup (who doesn’t like ketchup!?), garlic, asparagus, shepherds pie, instant mash, coleslaw, tuna, Harry Potter dog food flavoured jelly bean and finally – a caterpillar and a worm!!

After those revelations, we looked at our crew tracker. This is where I have been keeping tabs on crew and their progress with their home learning tasks. I have shared this document with parents as well so they can see the work that is being completed and what needs to be done.

By talking about work that some members of crew have completed  – it really helps the other students understand the tasks and help each other (which has been really lovely to see)

We then moved onto a quiz which was made up of four rounds; general knowledge, films, music and capital cities. Jessy won with a massive 24 out of 25, with Arthur coming second with 21 and Tammy third with 20. Olivia has volunteered to prepare a quiz for next week and be the quizmaster. I wonder how many questions I will be able to answer!

REMEMBER – our crew hangout is every Tuesday at 12 noon and is compulsory. 

All but one crew member attended the last one, it would be SO good if we had every member of crew joining next week (and every week that we are in lockdown).

I would also like to say a big well done to Olivia, Arthur, Harrison and Max for joining Miss Vayro’s google hangout session for Hums on Mondays at 1.30 and also Nida for joining one.

Can ALL crew please ensure that they join Miss Vayro’s hangout EVERY MONDAY at 1.30 please.

This will help you with your expedition and also give you an opportunity to stay in contact with your classmates (which I think is really important).

Lastly for this week, I wanted to share some emails that I received from Mrs Collinson. She wanted to let me know that some members of crew EJN have been working really hard on their Spanish work:

Massive well done! Keep it up.


Dragons Do Exist

This week during our crew session we thought back to Wales and the time that has passed whilst we have been at XP. We couldn’t believe that this time last year, we were all getting ready to start our journey together! It was surprising to think how the quickly the time has gone…

We did an all important check-in with each other to see what everyone has been up to. Asha has been keeping up with her gymnastics, meeting her group online for practice every few days, and Oscar has been doing the same with his martial arts.

Ava has been getting creative once again, and has started her own business venture, customising fashion pieces to sell on — I’m sure you’ll see me rocking the latest line when we’re back at school!

William and Maddie have both been spending lots of time with family, celebrating birthdays or playing games with siblings, which seems more important now than ever.

Speaking of birthdays, it was Kristian’s birthday on Saturday so a big


is definitely in order. He said he had a great day and enjoyed celebrating with his family and his bearded dragon.

Yes, dragon’s do exist — here is Jeffrey, Kristian’s bearded dragon, as proof:

Anyway, stay safe Crew JNI and enjoy the bank holiday!

Crew is at 1:30 every Wednesday.

Mr Nixon will also be emailing out at the start of next week for hangouts to help go through any work that has been missed.

Crew MRO – Birthdays and Appreciations!

During our Lockdown period we have now had 2 birthdays within our Crew. There are a couple more to come in June, I’m sure these are birthdays they will never forget.

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Staff have been working incredibly hard to support students and Liam had an appreciation for his Maths teacher…

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This week also saw our highest attended Google ‘Hangout’ – Well done Crew!

Quizzy Rascals!

Had another lovely crew hangout this week (even though I lost the plot going on about Eurovision!)
Rebecca won our quiz! Well done!
A massive well done to L, Bec, Bobby, Zarina, Lily and Hubert for keep up with (or trying to!) their work. Keep going.
Make sure those of you I spoke to get their STEAM final assessment completed, thanks! Well done Stevie for getting this piece of work done, great to see you handing in work now.

This week:
Spanish :Y7 Term 3 Week 7 Mis ojos y mi pelo
HUMS:Rainforests, Location and Climate- Case Study one/Week one ANDAmazon Travel Guide
STEAM: Lesson 3 – I can describe negative human impacts on the environment (w/c 4th May)
Maths: Expedition week 1 – 4th May – Immersion and averages
ART: Colour and Kandinsky Week 4

Here’s a selection of some of our work – very proud 🙂




Crew MRO Stepping it up!

I won’t go as far as to say we are now used to our ‘new normal’ but we are definitely getting to grips with many of the new ways of doing things!

It’s been great to see all of Crew getting more involved with our Google Classroom and the daily check-ins, the Google ‘Hangouts’ and contacting each other to see how things are.

It feels like we have really re-visited those core values that we hold so dear and of course showing, above all – compassion.

Big ‘shout out’ to the following students in particular…

Also a massive well done to Ebony who completed the 3 Peaks Challenge with her Dad and members of her football team…

Finally as we start new expeditions and head into another week, sometimes it’s the small things that catch our eye in amongst the busy days. This week it was this plant called ‘Bleeding Hearts’ in my garden.

Each week we step it up and achieve more and more as a Crew. Moving forward and making progress is a real achievement in this current situation – Well done Crew MRO!

Crew EJN being creative!

Crew EJN have produced some beautiful work based on the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky during lockdown.

By Nida

By Tammy

By Bryan

By Arthur

By Jessy

By Olivia

They have also started their new expedition ‘Above all, compassion’ off with a bang by designing a storyboard to show the environmental changes during ‘The Lorax’.

By Harrison

By Arthur

By Jessy

There is a website that has been created especially for this expedition to help pupils find the tasks that they need to complete and to give them extra guidance. The link for the website is here.

Keep up the good work crew and remember that I want you to concentrate on the most recently set tasks on google classroom and try to meet your deadlines. If you fell behind with the work from the beginning of lock down – that needs to be done after you finish the new work.

Take care and stay safe!

Year 7/8 Common Mission

As part of Common Mission in year 7/8 we are launching The Book of Memories. Crew leaders will be sharing this during google hangouts. We would like you to produce a virtual (slides) or book of your memories during this time so that we can look back and reflect on our time at home.

Each week you will be given a theme to help you create your book of memories and give you ideas of activities you might be able to do at home. Your crew leader will share the introduction with you and how you can make your book and also the first theme which is “What is in my cupboards”

We look forward to seeing your ideas and sharing with us what you have been up to whilst at home.

Stay Safe Everyone

Ilinca’s Year 8

Record Breaker!!

It’s been a record breaking week for Crew JNI

Recently, there’s been a phrase used a lot by news reporters, politicians, and even me! It goes something like this: In these uncertain times…

In fact, I almost started this blog post with the same phrase before I paused and thought, what things are not uncertain… what do we know for certain? Well there is certainly one thing:

Crew JNI have worked SUPER HARD this week

In fact, it’s been the hardest that we’ve all worked since we have been away from school. Looking over the tracker for our crew, I can see that Crew JNI have completed the most work this week than since the start of our distance learning journey!

I feel humbled that even in times as uncertain as these (there’s that phrase again), that these students are still exemplifying what it means to WORK HARD. I think it’s testament to the tenacious spirit of Crew JNI to want to succeed. On top of everything else they been doing, they’ve managed to impress me and all their other teachers.

Kristian, Charlotte and Maddie were praised by Mrs Tonwson this week for completing EVERY PIECE of science work that has been set. William has also been consistently working hard since the beginning of lockdown too!

I want to give a special mention to Kira too because Mrs Vayro has noticed her going ABOVE & BEYOND in her HUMS work and completing all tasks for the new expedition, including the optional tasks as well!

There isn’t much more to say except:

Keep up the amazing work, and keep working hard, Crew JNI

I’ll leave you with this fantastically simple, creative and yet effective message from Ava to just BE HAPPY!