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:

Thanks as always for your continued support.

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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Reminder POL X24 Thursday 5th December

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.

 

Thank you in advance the Year 9 Team

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.

 

Thank you in advance the Year 9 Team

On Monday 18th November students from X24 Skipper will be carrying out service learning between 9.15 and 11.30am at Balby Church’s Big Sort. Students will have the opportunity to talk to volunteers at the food and clothing bank as well as take part in the sorting of donations ready for the food and clothing banks opening later in the week. This will help students develop their answer to our guiding question Why do we still need charity? 

A number of students from X24 have been working extremely hard both in lesson and also in the completion of their extended study. They have completed these tasks to a high standard and also made sure that they have been handed in on time.

The students that I would like to give a special mention to are Alfie Lockey (X24 Admiral), Bella Herring (X24 Skipper) and Amber Clark (X24 Skipper) who have all finished the two studies (paper cut and sharpie block design) in class and also their extended study (Artist research).

All three of these students are now well on the way to creating a lovely charcoal study for their developing and exciting art portfolio.

Alfie Lockey:

Amber Clark:

Bella Herring:

Well done Alfie, Amber and Bella! Keep up the good work!

X24 Eyam Village fieldwork

Students from X24 will be visiting Eyam over the next two days. This visit will take place entirely within the school day (traffic dependent), therefore students require a packed lunch.

Admiral: Wednesday 4th September

Skipper: Thursday 5th September

Students will be spending some of their time walking and so will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear, the current weather forecast suggests that we will have rain on Wednesday.

 

X23 Information Evening – Common Mission

In the months following their passage, X23 students have been looking at the ‘seven up’ TV programme and considering what and who they want to be, both in terms of their academic scholarship and the continued growth of their character.

X23 students are now at an important point in Year 9, where they will decide upon pathways of study and practice to compliment our core offer at GCSE.

As part of this process, students will be visiting some of the X22 and X21 sessions in the coming week and considering what is best for them in terms of their Common Mission of being both university-ready and ready for success in the modern world.

X23 students will consider the questions:

  • What do I enjoy?
  • What do I want to become?
  • Where do I want to go?

 

We would like to invite X23 parents and families to an information evening on Tuesday 19th February, from 5.00pm until 6.30pm. This will start at XP East in the performance area. During this time you will hear from Mr Sprakes about how students can compliment their core studies as part of their Common Mission. We will also discuss the criteria by which together we will consider which pathway is best for your son or daughter. For example, some students may study:

  • with a focus on their core subjects making sure that these are secure
  • an additional GCSE course
  • an additional technical qualification such as a BTEC or VCert
  • an arts award

You will also be able to go with your son or daughter to specific sessions – run by our teachers and students – which will explain the nature of some of the pathways that we offer.

We look forward to seeing you at this important evening.