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 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?”