Our last week as crew EJN

This week, crew EJN have been working on their crew name presentations that they will be showing Miss Robinson next week during their weekly crew hangout.

Crew have a few ideas about who they would like to be named after and why:

Crew have also been busy completing their home learning, creating some beautiful work.

These are for the nature page for their visual diaries:

 

Positive and motivational quotes for their visual diaries:

In other news, Olivia has been swimming in a river!!!

…and Jessy has a new dog called Callie.

We are back to school for a new term. Back to home learning and trying our best – having good days and bad days and just trying to get through and stay safe.

Crew EJN were ready for a break and a little time off last week. Luckily the weather was absolutely stunning!

This is what crew got up to:

Arthur went on lots of walks, met his grandad and took Dotty the dog for a walk and play. He had his first KFC in months (Its was delicious!) He went to Birkin fisheries for ice cream and a picnic and he saw lots and lots of ducklings. He also made a bug hotel for his garden by cutting lots of bamboo up and putting twigs around an old pop bottle in a plant pot. He also painted a pebble to say thankyou to the NHS. 

Brandan went to Cleethorpes for the day (social distancing of course) and sat and played on the beach. He also went to his sisters for the day where they had a new pool and a 7ft dinosaur sprinkler called Dino.

Tammy built a bird table and found an old colouring book to colour in. 

As well as being out in the sunshine, crew were still keeping busy with their home learning tasks.

Max has created some lovely artwork based on the artist Kandinsky

Crew EJN have also made a cracking start on their Visual Dairies for their new expedition called ‘Above all, compassion’. Here are their front covers

Im really proud of crew EJN and all their hard work. They have enjoyed their holiday and have got back to working hard with their home learning!

Well done crew!

That was this weeks quiz when we checked in today! It turns out they all know each other really well with Annie just missing out on top score as she couldn’t earn the bonus point for a question about herself.(Sorry Annie)
We also began to reminisce and share some of our top Crew memories. Crew Nightingale being five times winners of Sports Day, our own specific Crew Check ins as well as all the first academic achievements we made: SLCs, Passage Presentation and COLs and POLs.
I was also impressed that during the quiz so many of Crew were able to recognise a very blurry picture of Elliot from our time on Outward Bound in Year 7. I can’t believe that Outward Bound was 2015. Time seems to have flown by.
Hopefully these memories will help Crew as they begin to write reflections on their time in Crew for their final product a book called “How we did XP”.

One final thing I forgot to mention today, was that this week we mark the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Her legacy of improved hygiene and care for the sick lives on in the outstanding work the NHS does today.

Surprising revelations made by crew

This week we went back to basics a little for our crew google hangout. We discussed a few protocols like ‘microphones to be on mute unless you have been directly asked to speak’ and to put your hand up and wait if you have a question. I decided to go through this because our previous hangouts have been a little rowdy and off topic. When everyone talks at the same time, it’s really difficult to hear anyone.

Once the new rules had been established, we did our check in which was ‘What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?’. Now, this is where I was really surprised! There were some very unexpected answers. For example:

Broccoli, olives, ketchup (who doesn’t like ketchup!?), garlic, asparagus, shepherds pie, instant mash, coleslaw, tuna, Harry Potter dog food flavoured jelly bean and finally – a caterpillar and a worm!!

After those revelations, we looked at our crew tracker. This is where I have been keeping tabs on crew and their progress with their home learning tasks. I have shared this document with parents as well so they can see the work that is being completed and what needs to be done.

By talking about work that some members of crew have completed  – it really helps the other students understand the tasks and help each other (which has been really lovely to see)

We then moved onto a quiz which was made up of four rounds; general knowledge, films, music and capital cities. Jessy won with a massive 24 out of 25, with Arthur coming second with 21 and Tammy third with 20. Olivia has volunteered to prepare a quiz for next week and be the quizmaster. I wonder how many questions I will be able to answer!

REMEMBER – our crew hangout is every Tuesday at 12 noon and is compulsory. 

All but one crew member attended the last one, it would be SO good if we had every member of crew joining next week (and every week that we are in lockdown).

I would also like to say a big well done to Olivia, Arthur, Harrison and Max for joining Miss Vayro’s google hangout session for Hums on Mondays at 1.30 and also Nida for joining one.

Can ALL crew please ensure that they join Miss Vayro’s hangout EVERY MONDAY at 1.30 please.

This will help you with your expedition and also give you an opportunity to stay in contact with your classmates (which I think is really important).

Lastly for this week, I wanted to share some emails that I received from Mrs Collinson. She wanted to let me know that some members of crew EJN have been working really hard on their Spanish work:

Massive well done! Keep it up.

 

Earhart Crew Blog Review of the Week

Overall it was a very positive week for Earhart. We have some really notable members of Crew who have been working their socks off from day 1 of the lockdown period and have made massive efforts to do everything that has been asked of them. Mills, Charlotte, Lois Scarlett and Tyler get an extra pat on the back this week as they have completed all tasks but have also reviewed great feedback from their teachers about how well they are working through all of the online tasks set for them.

 

 

 

In the rest of Crew, we have definitely seen a lot of great progress in getting things done. Some of us were off to a slower start with work, (we don’t mind too much, we are living in a global pandemic after all!) there has been a marked increase in the amount work being produced and in the quality of it so I can’t wait to see what this week brings. There seems to be momentum building and if we can keep this up, we’ll be in the best possible shape when we finally do return to school!

We only had 4 members of Crew join us for our last hangout which was a little more disappointing. Mrs Robinson and I would really like to see a full house in our weekly hangouts so we can continue to help and support each other as Crew, with that in mind we have decided to make our Friday afternoon Crew sessions compulsory. We really want everyone to be present and in keeping with our Work Hard HoWL; arrive on time and prepared, and participate fully and mindfully. With that in mind, we’d like everyone to be a couple of minutes early to Crew (Fridays as 2pm) with their cameras on and mics off. This way, Crew will be as purposeful as possible.

In addition to this, Miss Robinson and I will be organising one to one tutorials for students via Google Hangout in order to support home learning and progress. Parents are very welcome to attend these sessions should they want to ask any questions or just check up on what work needs completing. To help with the organisation of this, Miss Robinson and I will be splitting Crew so we can give each students full attention (by splitting we mean just for tutorials etc, we’re still all Crew Earhart and will continue as normal!) We’ll be contacting students this week to organise a time to hangout:

Miss Robinson: Charlotte, Scarlett, Bradley, Alex, Bobby-Jack, Liam.

Mr Voltaire: Logan, Lois, Mills, Leighton, Tyler.

Keep up the hard work this week you lot and we’ll see you very soon!

We are Crew.

 

Footnote: Check out the baking from Mills this week for her own afternoon tea. She has kindly offered to bake me and Miss Robinson cake and fondant fancies every week until she leaves school and serve them with a brew! 🤪

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week in Crew Earhart…

This week in Crew Earhart we have been focusing on seeking out the positives of strange difficult time in our lives. The check in this week was “What are you most looking forward to when the lockdown restrictions are lifted?” A challenging question, students responses were “to go to nandos” or “see my friends again” or “see all my family again.” It is certainly times like these that make you realise what is really important in life.

We also spent time looking at the expedition work tracker and challenging each other for why work has not been completed and praising those who have been working really hard. (Charlotte, Scarlett, Lois, Tyler)  Many students in our crew have struggled to get into any sort of routine or to complete work. We are now really trying to work on this. As Mr Voltaire said in our hangout “It’s not important as such what you haven’t completed it’s about keeping up now with the new expedition” This reminded me of the C.S.Lewis quotation:

This is a really important message for students in our crew who are getting closer to entering Year 11, a very crucial year for them all.  A year we which will be made easier by being crew and supporting each other. So let’s get motivated Crew and “change the ending!”

Crew need to start taking some tips and support from our own Charlotte Beard who is absolutely smashing it at the minute! Handing in work on time and to a exceptional standard. Well done Charlotte, we are very proud of you.

Alongside completing work, Crew Earhart have been enjoying having time to themselves. Students have been going on walks, bike riding, playing football etc. Check out the photos the students took of what they have been doing!

 

 

 

 

 

Also impressive work by Mills for her GCSE coursework.

See you all on Friday at 2pm! This time can we make sure that we all put our cameras on and turn off any distractions, getting together as a crew is really important… so be present!

Crew Earhart Friday Catch-up!

It was lovely to catch up with Crew Earhart today after the Easter break. Last time we did a google hangout I set crew the challenge to have a go a baking something and it appears that Earhart smashed this challenge! From brownies, to chocolate easter cake to rice crispy buns, to cookies, we made it all. If only we were able to taste some of these delights in person!

We also spent time playing a game of ‘list it’ and discussing our latest Netflix addictions of which Tiger King was a big talking point! (if you have seen it, you will understand why).

It was brilliant to have Logan with us this week! Next week it would be great to have Bobby and Lois with us as you were missed.

I am already looking forward to seeing your faces next week.

Keep working hard… especially you Liam 🙂

 

Read all about it: Crew Earhart Checks In

It was great to catch up with Crew Earhart this afternoon for our weekly check-in. Lovely to see most faces in Crew with just three students not able to make it. Mrs Robinson and I are really pleased with how Crew Earhart are adjusting to the new ways of working and the challenges we’re all facing and it was great to see such happy and smiling faces. It certainly did us good to catch up with this lot and we hope it did for our students too.

Today, we chatted, checked in and played some games. For a little while, we did nothing, but we did nothing together! Looking forward to next week, Miss Robinson has set us all the challenge of baking something and bringing it to show in our hangout. I’ll be attempting my personal favourite; a lemon drizzle cake. Charlotte also has the great idea of us all learning to ‘shuffle’ dance too, which she is going to lead on next week!

 

In other news, here is Tyler. Still doing his bit for the community. Tyler, our own key worker, has not only kept up his paper round but has more than doubled his workload to make sure that people who can’t get out still get their daily news update and connection to the world. Well done, Tyler, keep it up. We’re all proud of you!

 

 

 

Hawking Crew

Hawking Crew is coping well with their new adjustment to working from home.  The picture above is of some of their happy faces during one of our crew sessions.  A big shout out to those in Hawking crew who have received praise from their expeditions teachers in the learning they have submitted over the last two weeks.  Well done Evan, Milla, Ashley, Jack, Kate, Marcus and Coen.  Keep smiling and keep your daily routine going.

Crew EJN out litter picking this morning

Crew EJN were on ‘Clean Up’ this morning. We were lucky with the weather – even though it was cold and fresh, the sun was shining (and I think it woke them all up a bit!)

They were a little shocked at just how much litter had found its way onto the school grounds from the car park.

 

Good work crew EJN! A great way to be stewards of your school!