The Post-16 information evening has been re-scheduled to Thursday 7th November, at 5pm in XP East.
Following feedback from some students and families that they would find it a challenge to make it to the event whilst on their work placements, we have moved the event to make sure that it is inclusive for all of our X22 students.
Thanks for your continued support and communication.
X23 Skipper have been introduced to the ‘grid method’ in their art session today. They have looked at the artist Chuck Close who uses this method to create large scale photorealistic portraits.
He uses this method to ensure that the proportions are accurate. He us able to look at each individual section so he isn’t overwhelmed or overpowered by the whole image, breaking it down into more manageable areas which he can work through methodically.
Students looked at a piece of his work and used the grid method to start re-drawing his work at a slightly larger scale:
As you can see – Skipper have made an excellent start with these!
They will be using this method to create their own self portrait very soon!
I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Post-16 information evening for X22 students and their families.
Rescheduled: This will now take place in XP East on Thursday 7th November from 5 pm.
The evening will give students and families an opportunity to hear from students and staff in the Post-16 team about our offer in terms of academic studies, our partners in the Internship Academy programme and the exciting XP Diploma.
The XP Diploma combines qualifications, personal development, careers guidance and personalised pathways to prepare our students to be successful in the modern world. The programme is co-constructed by the student, parents and XP and is based around three central reflective questions:
1. What do I enjoy?
2. Who do I want to become?
3. Where do I want to go?
The Diploma is indicative of our determination to personalise the learning experience of students so that they are fully prepared to be successful in the modern world, which will be particularly pertinent to X22 students as they consider their next steps of study with XP whilst completing their work experience.
There will be additional open evenings during the course of the year, to which we will also invite external candidates for Post-16.
Crew EJN and SHA joined forces on Thursday to watch the stories on this weeks episode of Newsround.
We discussed the following:
New rules that Instagram have put in place about advertising dieting products. The pupils agreed with this rule and discussed positive body image and how social media can affect the way you feel about yourself.
We spoke about Mrs Hannam’s favourite topic (not) … Brexit and our Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has been asked to come up with a new Brexit solution before the end of September.
Burger Kings decision to stop giving plastic toys out with their kids meals. The pupils agreed that this was a good idea and would help to reduce the use of plastic and help the environment.
A swimmer called Sarah Thomas who swam for 54 hours (non stop!) for a total of 130 miles! Students said that she was extremely brave and showed lots of courage.
It was lovely to spend time together as crews and will look into joining forces again to discuss what is happening in the world.
The year 10 & 11 Health & Fitness students have started attending the Keepmoat Stadium gym this week as part of their Healthy Active lifestyles unit. They will be investigating different methods of training, principles of training and recommendations around diet and physical activity.
Crew Nightingale are already rising to the challenge of this crucial academic year. Students have reflected on their mock exams and created themselves new revision timetables for the first half term. These have been based on the areas from their mock exams they have identified as needing to improve. It has been really pleasing to see the quality and integrity of their reflections as well as the targets they have set. While the mornings this week have focused on academic growth our afternoons have looked at character growth and how we can work as a Crew to achieve and succeed. Building on successes at Sports Day, Crew have built upon on these skills – listening to each other, communicating effectively and working with each other- I have been really impressed with the conversations held and actions they have taken.I look forward to hearing Crew share their reflections during our upcoming SLCs. More on this to follow!
Two of our X21 Engineering students, Sonny and Junior were working hard today to help out a disabled Doncaster resident. We’d been asked to build some raised beds on her allotment and both boys showed great resilience and craftsmanship and quality as they went about their task. Assisted by Mr. Jackson and Mr. Green they had the job completed in one morning and we’re looking forward seeing the beds filled!
If anyone knows of any more volunteering opportunities we’d love to hear from you.
It was lovely to be invited, and to attend, X21’s end of year prom last weekend. Students arrived in unconventional style in a range of vintage cars, classic sport cars and even an articulated lorry!!! The evening was typical of the beautiful people that X21 have become and I was struck by how mature and articulate they are. Indeed, the photographer for the event sought me out to say that it was the best Prom he had ever attended and that the students were brilliant! It was a lovely way to celebrate the end of the exams and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event, particularly Kathryn Burns, Nic Mawby, Ruth Johnson and Julie Wadsley.
Finally, thank you to our fantastic students and to the parents who have supported the school over the past five years.
Can’t wait to see you all again on Results Day and in Post 16!