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 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 Building Background Knowledge

This week in Humanities sessions X24 students have been exploring the context of their anchor text Of Mice and Men. As the book is set in 1930’s America we have been studying what life was like at this time and recording our new understanding using a BBK note catcher. All students worked hard to expand their knowledge during these sessions but Milla and Aaisha’s work stood out in terms of it’s Craftsmanship and Quality. Beautiful work girls!

The Big Reveal

With a few hints, clues and a quick game of hangman, X24 students successfully identified all the components of the new expedition.

Over the next six weeks we will be studying the expedition entitled Life through a Lens and attempting to answer the question “How can the Arts help to uncover the past?” 

 

 

X24 Immersion continues…

In todays Humanities sessions X24 students were given an extract of their expedition Anchor Text to perform.  As the expedition is yet to be revealed the students had no prior knowledge or understanding of the storyline or characters within the novel. This meant that the students had to grapple with the text and perform their own interpretation of what they had read.

Following such an impressive performance of Romeo and Juliet at the last Presentation of Learning, expectations were high. X24 certainly lived up to such expectations by bringing the extract to life in such a believable way. The medium of drama allowed the class to analyse the two main characters and begin to form an understanding of them before we explore the text in further detail. All students were engaged in these sessions however a few stand out students were Vinnie, Archie, Sam and Joe for their sheer enthusiasm and use of characterisation skills. Excellent work boys, keep it up!

In the afternoon the students looked at iconic photographs taken across different time periods and analysed their importance. Again another session where students worked incredibly hard, especially Skipper!

So that’s the three days of Immersion. It is now time for the students to make connections  between the tasks we have done and make considered predictions about our new expedition.

I wonder which student will be successful in guessing our guiding question as we reveal all tomorrow …

 

Vinnie takes us on a tour of Alcatraz!

 

One thing we love to do in crew Macmillan is talk to each other about our interests. Last Friday, Vinnie enthralled us all with a presentation on Alcatraz, the island prison just off the coast of San Francisco.

We were amazed by his knowledge and understanding of the history and geography of Alcatraz, which is a topic he’s been researching for only the past few months. Most of all, though, we were all hugely impressed by his professional style of presentation – a sincere well done to our Vinnie!

Crew Macmillan clean up!

Crew Macmillan had a great session today cleaning up our school grounds. Sadly we didn’t manage to find anything too spectacular (only a few bits of tissue and one unidentified broken pen) but Frankie suggested that next time we should bring metal detectors – fingers crossed we find some long-buried treasure!