This Week in Crew Macmillan

As we end week 5 of school closures, I’d like to showcase some of the amazing things that have been going on in Crew Macmillan – a long post from me today!

Firstly, Thank you to crew – we broke the record for the amount of students checked in to hangout! Alfie and Charlie joined in, too, but left the hangout before i could get them in my picture! Next week, we aim for full attendance!

This week, I challenged crew Mac to bake or cook something. I think we have some future chefs in crew! Check out their solid efforts here:

Isaac’s Fish Cataplana:                                                   Alfie’s Ciabatta:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney’s Chocolate Concrete:                                                   Miss Cocliff’s Oaty Cookies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finn’s Toastie:                                                                              Archie’s Flapjack:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather’s Brownies:                                                                       Joe’s Cake:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricki’s baking:                                                               Milo’s Kebabs (with homemade Tzatsiki!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great effort from all involved – Vinnie also made brownies (which must have been too good to wait to take a photo of!)

In Crew Macmillan we like to appreciate people! We know how hard all staff are working, especially whilst at home – so a big thank you! This week, we have a couple of special shout outs:

 

 

 

 

 

I’d also like to highlight some fantastic work from Courtney again this week. Each week, she is going the extra mile and creating some beautiful artwork so we can keep sending some pictures to the care home to cheer residents up. Here’s my favourite from this week:

 

I’d also just like to remind crew that i’m here for any support you may need. This week, I spent an hour on a Google Hangout with Charlie completing some maths work – and did the same again today with Ricki. If you are struggling with any pieces of work, please do let me know, and i’ll try my best to work through it with you (i’m no expert on Atoms, though!)

Final thing from me today is about DofE. Mrs Parker has worked extremely hard (a big thank you!) to explain DofE changes simply. In terms of summarising the changes:

  • If you haven’t completed 12 weeks of physical activity, get in touch with me and we can change your activity to suit your 1 hours daily exercise whilst in Lockdown.
  • Our volunteering  section should now be complete, and hopefully we can sign this off.
  • To complete our bronze award, you have already done 12 weeks of skill  (board games, baking, craft or sports leaders). To extend this, we are asking all y9 students to complete this first aid course. This will take our skill to 6 months, helping us to achieve the award.
  • I’ll be in touch about DofE when we know more.

In the meantime, it’s all explained really well here – Please ensure you read this!

Phew. I think that’s the longest post i’ve ever written! Thanks for sticking with it – some beautiful work going on in Crew Mac. Let’s keep going Crew- we’ve got this, our new normal!

Over & Out. Miss C x

 

Some more examples of beautiful work being created by XP and XP East pupils.

Week 3:

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Week 4:

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We are so impressed with your work! Well done.

The Expeditionary Arts Team – Miss Jones, Mr Jackson, Mrs Cross and Mr Robins.

Working hard and getting smart

I have been looking through the work that crew EJN have been doing whilst they have been in lockdown. Some pupils are finding the whole situation more difficult to adjust to than others (which is totally understandable). Everyone deals with things in their own way. I have emphasised this during our crew google hangouts and explained that they need to be kind to themselves and just try their best.

Whilst tracking the work that crew have been completing I have noticed that Nida, Arthur, Tammy and Harrison are consistently completing tasks that they been set. These students have been working extremely hard and I’m really proud of them.

Here are some examples of their work:

Keep up the good work crew….and remember – if you need any help or support with any of the tasks you have been set – make sure you contact your subject teachers (or me)

Keep safe.

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

Beautiful work by X24 and E24

It’s been brilliant over the last 3 weeks to receive daily updates and work from Year 9 in both XP and XP East.

During their time at home students have been immersing themselves into our new expedition entitled ‘Empire’ using the the google site which can be found here https://sites.google.com/xpeast.org/c24-yr9-empire/home

Our guiding question for this expedition will be Do we need structure to make society stable?

Our anchor text is Animal Farm and we will explore the content through one of our three case studies. The other two have yet to be revealed to students…

In this post I’ve tried to capture a snapshot of the great work we have received.

Students have looked at Russia both in its past and present formation. Explored the different ideologies behind Socialism, Communism and Capitalism and how these ideologies were part of the Cold War. Analysed historical sources and the poem Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes As well as created a facebook profile on Ted Hughes using research on him and his life.

A special mention must go out to Theone for creating a facebook profile on Ted Hughes in the first person, Milo who carried out some detailed research and to Noah and Maclaren who thought about the finer details and decided whether they would have befriended him and gave him a specific number of friends.

I hope the slides give a sense of how hard students have been working from home.

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

Beautiful work by our amazing pupils

I wanted to take this opportunity to to congratulate every single pupil at XP and XPE who has completed any of the home learning tasks over the last two weeks.

I commend your dedication to your education in this very strange time!

It has been an absolute pleasure to see your artwork and has really brought a smile to our faces. So thankyou for that.

I wanted to share some of the work that has been sent to us over the last two weeks – so it could make you smile too!

Week 1:

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Week 2:

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Carry on being creative, be safe and keep in touch (we love to see your work)

Thanks again from the expeditionary arts team (Miss Jones, Mr Jackson, Mrs Cross and Mr Robins).

Crew JNI Week 1 and 2

In strange times, it’s good to have some normality. For Crew JNI that has meant regularly checking-in with each other and sharing our experiences of the past 2 weeks. 

There have been some brilliant activities going on! There’s been lots of trampolining, football, cycling and other sports, which is fantastic to hear. It’s good to know that so many of you have been getting involved during the Joe Wicks sessions each morning too (and managing to avoid ripping your trousers, unlike Mr Nixon!)

We’ve also been making more time for creative activities too. Ava produced a brilliant puzzle book for her younger cousin to help entertain her during these coming weeks. Maddie and Lydia have both written some great nonsense poetry (strange times calls for even stranger literary creations), and Charlotte has been doing some craft work with her mum. Lola has been out in the garden restoring an old bench, and helping her mum with some gardening too, and Oscar was super excited to share his creative venture with us, as he has decided to take a completely new direction in terms of his style and shaved his head!

And beyond this, there have even been some scientific experiments and investigations! Kira and her mum investigated plants and flowers, dissecting them to look at their biological makeup, making great notes — it looks just like Charles Darwin’s notebooks on flora and fauna. Kira didn’t stop there though: she did some experiments that looked at surface tension, and produced some stunning images!

Today’s crew finished with us setting some personal goals, and we’ll be checking-in with those next week.

All in all it has been a great few weeks for Crew JNI. Keep up the great work everyone!!

(Crew JNI has a google hangout every Friday at 2pm, where all students in Crew JNI should attend to make sure they are keeping on top of work and keeping up with all the goings on of crew).