Reminder POL X24 Thursday 5th December

Just a quick reminder for X24 Parents and Carers. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday .

Students in X24 Skipper and Admiral will be presenting their learning from our expedition Small Change on 5th December at 4.30pm in XP East School. Students have been working towards a number of Learning Targets focused on the GCSE text A Christmas Carol and the historical context of the period when Dickens produced A Christmas Carol. We like to invite you to hear from your son or daughter and see the work they have produced in order to answer the guiding question Why do we still need charity?  

We will also be asking, if possible, for donations to support the work of the Balby Church food and clothing bank.

FOR THE FOOD BANK: food that just requires hot water adding: e.g Instant porridge, Cup Soups, Mug shots, Instant noodles and Pot noodles (Supermarket own brands are ideal) FOR THE CLOTHES BANK: all types but the greatest demand is for jeans, joggers for men and all clothes for children aged 6-18.

 

Thank you in advance the Year 9 Team

Kings Fund Conference 2019

Today, 4 of our students not only attended the Kings Fund Conference in Leeds, but they were speakers there, too! This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students as it’s a national conference focusing on mental health and youth services across the UK, and was a chance for them to present findings from research they took part in regarding youth services in Doncaster and how they could ‘live their best lives’.

Alfie, Kate, Scarlett and Rex have been completely amazing today from start to end, taking the delayed trains in their stride (with a hot chocolate – thanks Anna!)  and keeping their composure when we arrived at Horizon in Leeds.

The conference was split into workshops and breakout areas, ours focused on supporting young people in communities using a capabilities approach.

All 4 students spoke confidently, clearly and ‘eloquently’ (a word used by a conference delegate!) and did themselves, me, Anna and Carrie from Doncaster Council, and XP, proud!

 

During the Q&A session at the end Scarlett even received a round of applause from the professionals who attended our workshop as a result of her answer to a question about the negative effects social media is having on young people. Well done Scarlett!

It’s been an absolute pleasure spending the day with Rex, Alfie, Kate and Scarlett and multiple professionals stopped us to tell us how impressed they were with the young people – one lady stopped the girls to tell them how courageous they were for having the guts to stand up and present to a room of around 35/40 people – they told her “it’s just what we do!”.

Well done – that’s how we XP!

Crew Macmillan show support for World Mental Health Day!

Year 9 is a HUGE year for our students. Speaking about mental health is vital not only for this year group, but for everybody.

To show their support, Crew Macmillan  have tried to wear an item of yellow clothing to support world mental health day.

Some students have been really innovative and stuck a yellow post it note to themselves to raise awareness!

Our community meeting also focused on the benefits of good mental health and how we can help and support each other in school. Some excellent advice given this morning, brilliant to see X24!

Crew Macmillan Host A Coffee Morning!

On Friday 27th September, Crew Macmillan will be hosting a bake sale in support of the nationwide Macmillan coffee morning.

 

Our bake sale will rely on donations of baking from crew members (and crew leader – eek!) and will take place at break time.

There will be a game of ‘dunk the biscuit in the cuppa’ – similar to pin the tail on the donkey – which will be priced at £1 a turn. Sweet treats will be priced at 50p per item!

If you would like to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support, please send in some money with your son/daughter on Friday.

Thanks in advance from Crew Macmillan!

Crew Webb at your service

Crew Webb have been listening to Miss Hannam’s crew read this week as part of their voluntary Duke of Edinburgh service. The students will also undertake a skill section, a physical section and finally an expedition in order to gain their bronze award.

Crew Macmillan talk ‘Outdoors’!

On Monday, crew Macmillan focused on WHY we DofE after our regular weekend check in.

We talked about how being on DofE relates to working together in a classroom, and identified why we partake in outdoor expeditions that Mrs ap Harri leads so fantastically.

See what crew thought…

 

Some ideas included ‘to help the community, to get the award, and to show commitment’.

Fab work this week Crew Macmillan, keep working hard!

 

X24 Eyam Village fieldwork

Students from X24 will be visiting Eyam over the next two days. This visit will take place entirely within the school day (traffic dependent), therefore students require a packed lunch.

Admiral: Wednesday 4th September

Skipper: Thursday 5th September

Students will be spending some of their time walking and so will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear, the current weather forecast suggests that we will have rain on Wednesday.