Last week, as a reward for EVERY ONE of Crew Macmillan passing their passage presentation [first time!], they decided they’d like to brave the cold and go outside to have a game of ‘capture the flag’ – a game that requires teamwork, communication, and a lot of stamina!
Crew worked well together and managed to choose captains, organise their own teams, and time manage. Archie and Courtney sat this one out due to injury – Courtney looked after crew’s belongings [see below, as a coat stand…], and Archie looked out for good sportsmen!
Great work Crew Mac – we’ll rematch soon, as it was a tie – just maybe not when it’s this cold!!!
As part of their expedition “Sagas, Sailing and Steel” X24 students will be carrying out fieldwork at Sheffield Hallam University on Tuesday 25th February.
Students will be testing the strength of different materials to help them gain a deeper understanding of how Viking swords were strengthened with materials from ancestral bones.
We will be leaving school by coach at 9.00am. We expect to return at around 3.00pm.
Students will need to bring their regular stationary: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener.
They will also need to bring a pack-up lunch.
We do not expect to be outdoors for any great length of time so no specialist clothing is required.
Sheffield Hallam University have asked to take photographic and video footage of the day, but would not use student names. We will honour existing non-media consent forms. If you require any further details, or if you do not consent to Sheffield Hallam using media images/video containing your son or daughter, then please email Mr Said:
X24 students will visit Hatfield Moor during the school day next Monday as part of the immersion into their immersion into their new learning expedition.
Students must dress prepared for the weather. It is likely to be wet/muddy so hiking boots or wellington boots will be needed as a separate change of footwear, along with a plastic bag to place them in.
Students will eat lunch in school as normal.
Skipper will visit Hatfield Moor in the morning and Admiral in the afternoon.
We’re a little late in updating what we’ve been up to in crew…
But last week we had a wonderful crew breakfast, with students fulfilling a series of roles to come together and eat as a crew.
Some fantastic brews made by Courtney, Charlie and Archie on toast duty, and a discussion about our Christmas wishes for someone else – introduced by mystery pieces surrounding a number of current issues!
Students from both Admiral and Skipper will be presenting this terms learning to parents on 9th December. This will consist of two parts that link the final question of “Why should world poverty matter to us in Doncaster?”, We hope to see all X24 parents here to support such an awesome cause.
As an adjustment to the above, X24 Admiral will be presenting at XP East and X24 Skipper will be presenting at XP
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.
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!”.