Crew Catch-ups!

Fridays, at 11am, are becoming my favourite time of the week. Why? That’s when Crew Macmillan’s Google Hangouts are! We broke our record this week, with the most crew members joining so far – with the addition of Mrs Robins, too – who it was lovely to catch up with! We’re glad to say, this will be a weekly invite – you’re officially part of Crew Macmillan!

Crew seem to be adjusting well to their new routines at home – so much so, that only a couple had a few things to catch up on academically. It’s lovely to hear crew supporting each other, offering help if it’s needed.

Keep doing what you’re doing Crew Macmillan, because you’re smashing it!

During our hangout, we had a real mix of conversations. I’m a little dumbfounded at the fact that i’ve been their crew leader since September and only NOW have some of them told me about (and proceeded to show me) their DOGS! It’s really made my week seeing Max the border collie – who can high five Courtney?! – and Dotty, Mr & Mrs Robins’ Lakeland terrier x border terrier, who loves to give cuddles!

I got a reminder of how random crew really are, too. Heather updated us on her Gratitude Jar – and read us a lovely entry. Frankie gave me goosebumps by drinking a glass of milk (i thought she said it was from a camel!). Isaac said his favourite celebrations were twix (REALLY?). Alfie doesn’t have a dog, so showed us his cactus instead (Mr Robins asked if he cuddles it?!) Imogen is also to create an instructional video on how to cook scrambled eggs in a microwave (who knew?!) so i look forward to that!

I asked some of crew to share with me work they are proud of this week. Check out some beautiful work by Milo, analysing the GCSE poem Hawk Roosting:

I hope i receive some more pieces crew are proud of so i can share them!

Courtney and Heather have also shared some more beautiful artwork for us to pass to Mrs Pulham for the residents in the care home where her mum works. This is an ongoing thing, and hopefully we’ll be able to send lots of colourful pieces for everyone to see.

Courtney blew me away yesterday, too, by sending me a video of her singing Valerie by Amy Winehouse for the residents – i’m sure that will make them smile. We have such talent in Crew Macmillan!!

As always, i’ve set Crew Macmillan a weekly challenge. This one could be yummy, though – their challenge is to bake/cook something, and send me some pictures if it’s not all gone straight away. They needed a gentle reminder, though, that TOAST DOESN’T COUNT.

I look forward to seeing what they come up with. Keep working hard crew – i can’t wait to see you all.

Miss C x

Crew Macmillan: SPOTLIGHT

Crew Macmillan have been plugging away at their academic work again this week, still adjusting to our “new normal”.

Earlier in the week, i received a lovely email from Mr Pearson about Milo. Milo has been a superstar with his Spanish work:

Brilliant work, Milo. Keep this up – you’re developing into a fantastic linguist!

I’ve also seen some fantastic efforts towards HUMS work this week. EMPIRE! looks like a fantastic expedition, but also looks quite tricky! Here are some examples of crew’s beautiful work, summarising some of their learning about Socialism,Capitalism and Communism:

 

Well done to Milo, Archie, Finn, Isaac, Imogen & Alfie (Top left to bottom right) – amazing work!

Finally, this week I set Crew a more creative challenge. Mrs Pulham’s mum works in a care home where elderly residents aren’t getting visitors at the moment. I asked crew to create something – this could be a letter, a note, a picture – that we could pass on to make the residents smile. Alfie and Courtney have created some gorgeous artwork – early – the deadline is next Friday. Alfie created some watercolour flowers to bring Spring indoors, and Courtney has been learning how to use the digital art app, ProCreate, to create some sunsets – and some of our Disney favourites!

 

 

 

 

 

                   

Hopefully this will spread a little happiness – some great talent in Crew Macmillan!

Keep up the fantastic work, Crew. No matter how long this goes on, you’re making me proud to be your Crew Leader. I love seeing the work you do – it blows me away every time!

Stay safe, and enjoy the Easter Weekend. I look forward to our check-ins next week!

Miss C x

Superstars in Crew Macmillan

This week has seemed even longer than last week – and it’s Thursday, not Friday! All the days seem to roll into one whilst away from Crew.

This week has highlighted a great deal of talent in Crew Mac, though. Courtney shared some photos with me of her artwork as part of the expedition Sagas, Sailing & Steel. I think everyone will agree with me about how amazing her work is!

 

Crew will also be set weekly challenges to complete before Friday’s Google Hangout.

This week, they have been asked to look at ‘gratitude jars’ – and tomorrow, each member of crew will have a little bit of time speaking about things they are thankful for in their life. They have been tasked with making this as simple or as complex as they like – there are already some lists being compiled, but take a look at what Heather has created already…

This way, Heather can continue filling her jar with positives – and keep a smile on all of our faces! I think this will be wonderful to open at the end of the year, too!

Keep working hard Crew Macmillan. There’s loads more great stuff going on behind the scenes, and i’m proud of every one of you. Keep me in the loop with your beautiful work, so we can share it with more people and showcase how great you really are!

WFH with Crew Mac

Firstly, I’d just like to reiterate (and I say this A LOT) – that this unprecedented situation has highlighted just how AWESOME Crew Mac really are.

I’ve spent this week checking in with students in Crew Macmillan who are currently working from home, as we all adapt to what will become our ‘new normal’ for the forseeable future.

We are going to aim to check in on a Monday and Wednesday via Google Classroom – and on a Friday, we will aim to host a crew session via Google Hangouts, so we can hear each other’s voices  or see each other’s faces – I, for one, am already missing seeing Crew Macmillan’s faces every day, so hopefully this may fill a small void!

[I do expect full attendance on a Friday if possible, though!]

It’s been wonderful to hear (from both students and parents/carers) that crew Mac have adapted well to not being in school, and most of them have been cracking on with academic work, alongside adjusting to being at home for an extended period (see below some FABULOUS notes by Archie for some HUMAN work!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, though, guys, that
  your well-being comes first.

Get the work done, but take your time – I don’t expect you to work solidly for 6 hours daily – break it down a bit! Get in the garden, do some baking, tie-dye old clothing, do some knitting, or ballet (Archie!) – whatever you do, make sure it makes you smile, and send me some pictures – so it can make me smile, too!!

Parents/Carers

Don’t forget, i’m also working from home – so if there’s anything at all you need,even if you just need to chat, or have any worries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mcocliff@xpschool.org – if you prefer, we can schedule a call or a Hangout (just maybe not early morning, NOBODY wants to see that!)

Also, please do use our Parent Support Centre  for more guidance and support for whilst your child is at home.

Stay safe everyone, and stay home!

Miss C x

As part of their expedition “Sagas, Sailing and Steel” X24 students will be carrying out fieldwork at Sheffield Hallam University on Thursday 26th March.

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.

Thanks as always for your continued support.

Crew Macmillan Brave The Cold

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!!!

 

X24 Fieldwork on Monday 13th January

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.

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Unpopular opinion: CHRISTMAS EDITION

In crew this morning, crew Macmillan found out who people TRULY were.

They were appalled at my opinion on pigs in blankets… but seemed to agree with Joe about sprouts?! weird…

Anyway, here are some our unpopular opinions…. Who do you agree with?

 

 

We also used a whiparound protocol – and challenged each others’ opinions as crew, building on our debating skills too!

Breakfast with Crew Macmillan!

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!

 

 

 

X24 Superbug! STEAM POL 9th December

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