Crew Darling hits the fields!

Crew Darling, a wild adventure..

On Friday afternoon, Crew Darling embarked on a walk to the Lake. This was a reward for their fantastic improvement in their HOWLS this term!

This adventure involved football, refreshing water fights and hill top chats, with a lovely debrief at the end. Followed by a community meeting.  Crew really enjoyed this and clearly immersed themselves with the outside world! So much so, they wanted to document their journey in this blog post!

They were also joined by the lovely, Crew Southgate.

Blog post written by Crew Darling

(Leo is cool, Poppy has a pug, Mr Froginton, Daisy, Holly doesnt know, Anonymous Charlie, Olivia, Analeigh Pog, Logan, Joel doesnt know, Junior with all the animals, and Leighton).

 

This week in crew we have been working on our self esteem. In particular, understanding the importance of changing our perspective and seeing things we once saw as a negative, in a new positive light, in order to see ourselves more positively and the things we can do and achieve as positive. We have done this using XP character trait, courage. Courage for taking on a new perspective when it feels a little strange and the character trait respect, by having respect for ourselves.

These of course are key character traits we hold incredibly important here at XP school. We firmly believe that embracing the character traits are key to becoming the best version of ourselves. 

These character traits were further encouraged on our walk to the lake on Friday afternoon. We discussed how we would behave respectfully within the community, our community. We also discussed how we would be ambassadors for the school in the way that we present ourselves. We understood that this will determine people’s perspective of our characters. We decided that it was important to be part of a respectful culture that would help people in our community to feel safe by choosing how we engage in it.

We took the opportunity to compliment our crew members at observed opportunities and find out things about our peers that we didn’t already know by being respectful in our conversations and having the courage to praise where we may not have before. Students were very respectful to people in the community and behaved impeccably, which i am very grateful for. We also were able to enjoy the nature around us on our journey. It was a very lovely afternoon.

One of our crew was even able to score 5 skips when some of us tried skimming stones on the lake. Well done Joe!

 

 

— Developing Character Traits

Crew Kahlo at the end of Year 9

As they are coming to the end of Year 9, crew has been reflecting on their year. When thinking about their journey throughout the year, here are some of their highlights.

They have been looking at their HoWLs and AP grades from the last data drop. They have then made pledges each week to focus on small changes they can make to try and improve. Crew holds each other to account during this process, discussing whether they think they have been successful in achieving their pledges.

They have finished their second expedition of the year called ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ by creating beautiful work. They looked at Islamic tiles and then used rotational symmetry to design their own patterns to paint with acrylic paint.

Here are some examples from Crew Kahlo:

 

Crew also chose their options for ‘Leading Our Own Learning’ that they will be studying next year. The crew has picked a range of options such as Engineering, Citizenship, Psychology, Further maths, ICT / Computing as well as some members of the crew decided to take up the opportunity to join the ‘pushing for 4’ group that will support them with Maths, English, and Science leading up to their exams.

They cant really believe that they are coming to the end of Year 9 and going into Year 10!

Being a creative crew

During our crew, Ben shared with me that he had a flare for photography. During their art session they were asked to take some composition shots and this is what he did. This beautiful work was definitely worth a share and a possible nod to a modelling career for Josh

Crew teamwork makes a dream work

This term we have seen some great inter-crew activities. One in particular was dodgeball. This was really great to see crew on a wider scale. Each crew was split and mixed into new crew/teams and worked together showing character traits of respect – for one another in how they worked together to follow the rules and instructions from staff. Compassion – the understanding of how to conduct themselves during team games taking into consideration others strengths and weaknesses. Craftsmanship and quality in our skills shown in the game making sure rules were followed. Finally, integrity by doing the right thing even when they thought no one was watching, calling out their own mistakes and following the rules. Well done guys

Brilliant action shots!

X28 Crew Darling (EWI) What do our HOWLS really mean to us?

During crew time, Crew Darling (EWI) have been looking at what our HOWLS really mean to us! Crew split into three groups, focusing on working hard, getting smart and being kind.. this was then followed with a fantastic presentation to the rest of crew, sharing their thoughts and ideas about HOWLS and how they can be the best version of themselves going forward!

Compassion and Care in our Community

Students in Crew Tubman have been making birthday cards to send to the Lovely Hilda

Doncaster woman who fled Nazis wants hundreds of cards for 105th birthday

As reported in a local news article, one of Doncaster’s oldest residents who once fled the Nazis, is wanting to celebrate her 105th birthday – with hundreds of cards from well-wishers across the country.

We can definitely help you out there Hilda!

After hearing about this amazing story from our very own Miss Cocliff during our community meeting here at XP, the students were inspired to create some lovely cards to send to her and make her wish come true.

Hilda Middleton who turns 105 Years young on Tuesday inspired the students with her stories of travel and positivity which she says keeps her young. If you too, like our students, would like to send Hilda a card please send them to: Mrs Hilda Middleton, Chapel Garth Care Home Central Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster. DN5 0AR.

Some of the lovely quotes from inside the cards

“Out of all your days i hope this is one of your happiest”

and “hope your special day is as special as you.

One student added, “she doesn’t look a day over 70! She looks really good for her age!”

Happy Birthday Hilda, hope you have a lovely day from all of us in Crew Tubman

Crew EWI starting 2022!

What an amazing start to the week Crew EWI has had! Everyone has come back eager to start new expeditions and the crew spirit is just as strong as it was before Christmas. We started our week revisiting our crew norms and starting our new book.. Private Peaceful.

Here are some pictures of Crew working hard and grappling with our new text!

C24 (Y11) Mock Exam Timetable

Year 11 will be sitting mock exams over a 2 week period, starting on Monday 8th November:

Please note that Wednesday 10th November may be subject to change due to the school nurses being in to administer Covid Vaccines.

Students have been given revision resources to help them prepare for these mocks, as well as having access to Seneca (science), Hegarty (maths) and all their previous session slides on google classrooms.

Crew Marsha P. Johnson in Outward Bound!

This school year has started off with an action packed first week where X27 went to Wales!

Here are some photos alongside some thoughts from the students from crew Marsha P. Johnson…

“I really enjoyed the jetty jump because we were able to do something that some people were afraid of (heights) and we got to challenge ourselves. Also I enjoyed the hot chocolate because it tasted really good and we got it for breakfast and dinner and it tasted nice.” Billy

I liked the walk because even though we found it hard and argued with each other we still supported one another” Mckenzie  

“I enjoyed the gorge walking because we were all working together to make sure everyone was safe and not slipping over, we did this by warning each other which rocks were safe to stand on and which rocks weren’t. We also helped each other down the waterfall and not leave anyone behind.” Sienna 

“I enjoyed the gorge walk because it was funny watching everyone sliding  and falling  everywhere.I also enjoyed being shown the different plants and insects we could eat on the sides of the paths because they we weird to try” Grace

“I enjoyed doing the gorge walking, basically just watching Morgan fall over constantly. The walk was a struggle for multiple people, but we all still kept going. On the way there people were eating plants, we saw a bunch of cows, we drank river water. The food was definitely….something. Personally I didn’t like it but there wasn’t much else we could eat so we kinda just had to stomach it.” Millie

“I liked the jetty jump but it was scary. I really enjoyed the gorge walk. There were lots of rockslides. I liked the walk because there were many cool places to look at and be.” Nadia

“I enjoyed messing around with pieces of bread with my friends and jumping off a jetty and persuading other people to jump. It was funny with all the screaming and shouting. The funny thing is the scary part was climbing back up the ladder” Ewan

“I enjoyed doing the jetty jump I found it really challenging and over became my fear of the ocean heights I was very proud” Charlie

“I liked the gorge walk it was really fun because there was slides but it was hard because we had to help each other to not fall and to encourage each other” Theo:

“I enjoyed the walk to the campsite where we walked by a waterfall and found different plants that we could eat. One plant we found tasted like a green apple.” Elizabeth

“I enjoyed the gorge walking because I kept falling onto my back and it made me and Miss Taylor laugh.  It was also a new experience and I would love to do it again.” – Morgan 

“I really enjoyed the gorge walking because Morgan kept making me laugh and it was something I wouldn’t normally do. It was awesome to spend time with the crew outside of school and get to know them a bit better and have a load of fun in the outdoors”. – Kat Taylor

 

C28 Crew JEL Micro-adventure

Crew JEL have had an excellent start to life at XP. They have all settled in very well. In the first week students participated in a Micro-adventure. This involved them looking at the environment and the Eco-systems around XP. They looked at the plant and wildlife types and how they might design a garden to attract insects and birdlife to it.

We then had an expert (Dennis), come to visit Crew to speak about garden birds and to help students to build their birdboxes. The students started with a pack of pre-sawn wood and screwed it together to form the birdboxes, which were then painted, and which will be taken home and placed in the garden. Hopefully over the coming years we will be getting updates as to what birds have used it.

Check out the finished Bird Boxes. Fantastic work Crew JEL!

 

Parent Information – JEL has Crew Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and NEA has crew Monday and Wednesday.