X24 Fundraising

As previously posted. This summer, X24 are taking part in fundraising for the toilet twinning scheme by walking 2 miles with 4 litres of fluid on their back, just a portion of what those we are trying to help do on a daily basis. Here is evidence from one students walk:

This is an opportunity to provide support for countries who don’t have the simple facility to wash their hands, at a time when hand washing is vital. To support please donate money via this link.

Crew Hawking 2 weeks until summer break

Well, it has been an unusual half term, with just over a week and a half until the summer break starts and crew are looking forward to hopefully a break in the sun, visiting the seaside, family, friends or even going abroad to those countries that are open to travel to.

Some of crew Hawking have enjoyed the relaxed rules of COVID 19 to get a chance to meet up with a friend and go out for a walk and catch up, others have enjoyed getting out cycling with a couple of friends and enjoying the freedom of riding about in Doncaster and of course keeping to the 1metre plus rule.

It has been great to hear a few voices from the crew over the past week either joining a Science hangout – Marcus (great to hear from you) or joining crew hangout (Max and Jack – last crew members standing with a super attendance to check in on crew and chat) and one to one tutorials with Helen and her big smile and stunning blue-dyed hair, retelling the tales and adventures of the different pets that she has at home.

The year group X24 that Crew Hawking is in have been asked by Mrs Goddard if they could participate in a fundraising event, something that all students were aware of and discussed before Christmas holidays (2019).  Here is a reminder of the details:

Students are being asked to walk 2 miles, with 4 litres of water (any fluid will do) whenever they get chance.

This is to raise money for toilet twinning (as we looked at before the Christmas holiday).

Just raising £10 from each member of X24 would mean that we can provide two toilet blocks to countries that need it.

There will be a funding page for contributions to be paid to (however the funding page will take a small cut for themselves).

It would be really nice for students to either film the walk or provide evidence of their journey through an app- so that we can provide evidence for those supporting the scheme.

Lessons are still happening at 2pm on google hangouts for all students to join in and support their learning so please join in and carrying on completing those learning tasks which all benefits each of you in achieving great grades.


Take Care All

Mrs Mawby (Crew Leader).


Happy July!  The month that will conclude what has been one of – if not THE – weirdest school year I’ve ever encountered (and my secondary school burnt down when I was in year 11!!!). Crew Macmillan have 2 weeks of year 9 left, and that blows my mind. 

Crew have done themselves – and me – proud during this school year. They’ve worked so hard, and adapted to our ‘new normal’ better than anyone could’ve hoped for.

I thought it’d be quite fitting to take a look at the past year, in which i’ve had the privilege of being Crew Macmillan’s crew leader – big shoes to fill, after Mrs Waterhouse!!

Take a look at our year in action… and Crew, let me know what your favourite memory has been of this year!


Not long to go now – keep up the hard work for the last 2 weeks!

Over & Out – Miss C! x

Beautiful work – Harvey Pinkney


I wanted to share the work Harvey in Crew King has been doing over the last two weeks. After struggling to keep on top of work at the start of lockdown he has done brilliantly to catch up.

Look at this work done in the last two weeks!

Well done Harvey! (Also special thanks to Miss Cocliff for her help with this)

Working Hard in Crew Hawking

The Staff at XP are working hard on the lessons to prepare for the students. Our students are really fortunate that the staff put the time in to teach the students online during COVID.  The above timetable is for all the Year 9 students to log on to Google Hangout on the days and times stated.  Students need to be on these sessions getting smart to complete tasks that have been set for them.  Can parents encourage their son or daughter to attend these sessions online.  

Mr Walker and Miss O’Grady the PE teachers are setting challenges for the students.  It is a weekly challenge of physical activity in which students complete the task and film the evidence and then send it onto either their crew leaders or the PE teachers. This is a intercrew competition the more that compete and send in their evidence video the more points for their crew  Come on Hawking! we can all do this. 

WEEK 1  – How many Star jumps in 1 minute. 

WEEK 2 –  How many press-ups in 1 minute.  

Duke of Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity to add extra qualifications to the curriculum vitae, showing employers the perseverance, compassion teamwork and many more character qualities.  There is a St John Ambulance first aid learning tasks set for students to engage with an additional skill.  Check out the details and lessons for this on Google Classroom DofE all students need to complete the First Aid. 

I want to appreciate all those students who are engaging Working Hard, Getting Smart and being Kind.  Additionally, all the parents supporting and staying in touch with me.  Keep safe and take care all.


Crew Mac Gets a Guest Blogger!!!

Crew Macmillan have again impressed me this week. Most have been really consistent with academic work, and are hitting those deadlines.

A special mention to Archie, Alfie, Imogen, Joe, Heather, Harrison and Milo –  who have a 100% hand in work rate this week! Great stuff, guys, i’m impressed!


This week also saw our first Crew Hangout with 100% attendance. 16 people in one hangout! Amazing stuff. Our check in this week was “did you have a teddy/blanket when you were a baby that you still have now?’ Most of crew were actually able to show us their baby items, which was adorable – my favourite had to be Milo’s shark, or Ricki’s build-a-bear that talks – a message that Ricki recorded when he was 4!!!


Some of crew have also received mentions this week for their work in HUMS. A shout out to Ricki, Imogen, Alfie and Finn!

Heather has also been busy this week, baking again! After lockdown, it wouldn’t surprise me if Heather changed her mind about a future career, or entered GBBO!  Great work, Heather!

This week, after 1:1 academic check ins, I had a conversation with Alfie about how he’s been keeping himself busy. So without further ado, our guest blogger this week is Alfie. Here’s what he came up with:

With the current pandemic sweeping the world and forcing us to stay at home, most of us have found ways to keep busy and entertain ourselves. I have taken this time to start painting – something I have wanted to do for a long time, but could never find the opportunity.

The main medium I work with is watercolour paint. I like using them as they allow more room for abstract subjects, and it allows me to paint without worrying about getting it picture-perfect. Watercolour is also more natural in my opinion, which is why I chose to paint wildlife with them. 

I started off initially painting butterflies – I liked the symmetry and vibrant colours, which were easier to transfer to paint. I then expanded to other insects, such as moths and eventually hornets. I later experimented with other animals, mainly sea creatures such as the nautilus.

In future, I want to be able to paint flowers, and other animals such as lions or birds. Each type of animal needs the use of certain techniques to look realistic, for example I would have to practice painting feathers before I paint birds.

Painting is a very time consuming hobby, which, to be honest, is what makes it ideal for the current situation. However, it also teaches the importance of patience, and how taking your time when working on something can really pay off. 

I hope I am able to continue this hobby – even when things get back to normal – and encourage you to give it a try. It’s immensely rewarding, and with practice, you’ll only get better and better!

Alfie Lockey”


How have you been keeping yourself busy during lockdown? Let us know – this may become a permanent blog feature!

Have a fantastic week, guys  – keep working super hard!

DofE Bronze Award Update

In April we told you about changes to our DofE delivery in this blog post.

We now know that students won’t be able to complete the Outdoor Expedition within the original timescales set.

Unfortunately, this means that our Y9 students won’t be awarded the full Bronze Award this academic year.

However, DofE still want to recognise and celebrate participants’ achievements so far – and rightly so! – and will be awarding a Certificate of Achievement to all those who complete the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections before the end of the year (31/12/20 is the official date but we will be setting our own school deadline, which is likely to be much earlier!)

Students will receive the full Bronze Award once they have completed the Outdoor Expedition, and we already have plans in place to get this done as soon as we can!

It is important to note that students will NOT receive the full Bronze Award if they don’t have the 2020 Certificate of Achievement before the end of the year.

We really hope you continue to support and encourage your child through their DofE journey.

Here’s the WHY:

Outdoor Education is a huge part of the XP experience; it starts with Outward Bound and carries on through fieldwork and the DofE Awards we offer from Y9.

DofE in particular helps students build key life skills – not least compassion, resilience, and teamwork – reinforcing what our CHARACTER TRAITS, HOWLS and CREW.  We want our students to be the best versions of themselves, and truly believe that DofE helps them to achieve this.

So, here’s a quick summary of where we’re at at XP:






Students have completed the Volunteering section.  This was done in school with Y9 students becoming Volunteer Reading Mentors for Y7.

We have asked all Y9 students to complete the St John Ambulance First Aid Course. Details have been uploaded onto Crew Classrooms.

I’d like to give a massive appreciation to the the following students who have been working through the weekly First Aid tasks that are being set for them:

Archie N, Imogen T, Alfie L, Freddi N.

Thank you all so much – I’m really impressed with what you’ve all done so far and would definitely feel safe being out on expedition with you guys!

There are still quite a few of students who need to join the classroom, or who have joined but have yet to start – it is really important that they make a start as soon as possible and get these tasks done!

Many students were using out of school activities as evidence for this section.  However, once we went into lockdown, these activities were stopped and some students haven’t been able to collect enough evidence to complete this section.

However, students still need to continue with evidencing some form of physical activity and we have made some suggestions of what they could easily be getting on with: walking, running, gardening, Joe Wicks’ daily PE lesson on YouTube to name a few.

These sessions can be added to any which were previously recorded before lockdown (so you don’t have to start the 12 hours again!) but you MUST agree this with your Crew Leader. New evidence sheets are on the DofE Classroom.

Submitting Evidence

All evidence will be submitted via the eDofE mobile app.  It’s really easy to use and I’ll be in touch with each Crew to talk them through the process.

Thank you. 

Welcome back, Crew Mac!

Welcome to the final term of Y9!

This week saw the beginning of a new term – a fresh start, in week 11 of lockdown. I don’t know about anyone else, but i’m so fed up of not being in school now – I miss crew so much!

This week i’d like to give a special shout-out to a number of members of Crew Macmillan, who have gotten straight back into the swing of work. I’d like to start off with those who have completed all of their maths work this week! Great work Frankie, Harrison, Archie & Ricki!

Other members of crew have shone in other subjects – Well done to our HUMS superstar, Heather; and super work Vinnie, Alfie and Imogen in Science!

Keep up the good work – i want to see lots of green boxes on subject trackers, not red! 

Crew should also be on with completing a First Aid course during common mission time, to boost their evidence for their Bronze DofE award. An extra special mention goes to Archie for this, as i am consistently receiving high quality work as evidence of completion. Well done Archie!

Check out Heather and Maddie’s cake, too – it’s lovely to see what Crew have been up to when they aren’t working hard on academic work! I’ve heard that Alfie has cracked Macarons, too – and even made his own pop tarts from scratch!!!

This week we had great attendance on our weekly crew hangout too. We discussed some important issues surrounding the protests and riots in America, and crew have pledged to spend some time at the weekend educating themselves more and doing some extra reading. We may never fully understand, but we can pledge to continue learning, and listening.


I’d like to end this week’s blog with something that I very rarely have to do in crew – by making a stand. I like to think that I support my crew (and all students) as much as I possibly can – so if this is the case, and you have asked for help, or we have organised a hangout – please have the courtesy to show up to the session. There have been a few instances this week where I’ve wasted a fair bit of time waiting for students who haven’t shown up, when i could have been supporting others elsewhere.

Have a great weekend – I’ll check in with you all next week – and i’ll see you again today at 2:45pm for STEAM Closing Circle!

Miss C x

Crew Hawking











Marcus Bird Box

There are a number of challenges that students have been working on, linked to the learning targets of our new expedition:

  • building bug hotels
  • building bird boxes
  • bird spotting
  • doing citizen science research in Zooniverse

Well done to Marcus who has made the bird box above and shared his craftsmanship and quality with the crew and to also helping out at home in the garden sanding down the new bench swing.  This looks amazing.

Sanding the Family Bench swing

Appreciation to Marcus.