Crew Blessed – We Meet Again!…

Well some of us did!

We happened to have 5 of our Crew in school last Wednesday (including Mr Robins). It was great to see each other in real life!

In other news Liam has been contributing to a community collection of painted rocks near his house. These are fantastic and will no doubt have given lots of people a smiley moment when they saw them.

Great work Liam!

As we are the newly named Crew Blessed I thought it a coincidence when I saw on Twitter that Doncaster Council has used Brian Blessed to reinforce safety measures across the town!

Crew Blessed hope everyone stays safe and well as we head into the final couple of weeks of this academic year.

 

Its official! We have a crew name!

So, crew EJN presented their crew name suggestions to Miss Robinson in last week’s crew hangout. They were prepared, confident, and articulated their reasons for each individual really well.

I was very impressed!

After almost an hour of presenting their slides, Miss Robinson decided that our new crew name was going to be…(drum roll please)…

This is after the famous Mexican artist ‘Frida Kahlo’. You may recognise some of her artwork below:

She created a number of self-portraits as well as paintings about her disabilities.

She had a really tough time and was in a lot of pain throughout her life.

 

Here are some of the pages that Arthur in our crew prepared to describe her:

 

So, as you can see from Arthurs slides – she didn’t have it easy. She had a lot of challenges to overcome in her life – but she was so determined and courageous!

Harrison read through most of the slides as Arthur had a few technical issues and was losing connection. Harrison read really well, he was clear and confident. He showed a lot of courage as I know he was not in his comfort zone whilst doing it. Well done Harrison.

For Arthur’s last page he described why he thought that we should name our crew after Frida Kahlo…

The reasons that he gave above absolutely blew me away and actually brought a tear to my eye – thinking about how far we have come as a crew and all that we have been through!

We have been through some hard times, some challenging times, some difficult times – but we are crew and we can get through it! We support each other and back each other up.

I am a very proud, emotional, embarrassing, and ‘cringy’ crew leader – but I don’t care!

I’ll leave you with this quote from Frida which I think is VERY true.

Crew MRO – Crew Name Reveal!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce our new Crew identity.

Crew MRO will now been known as… (drum roll please)..

After lots of fantastic ideas and loads of great Crew discussions, naming our Crew after the actor and adventurer Brian Blessed seemed the best fit.

We feel he represents our Crew particularly well while being a great example of someone who demonstrates our schools character traits (and he’s a local guy too, he was born in Mexborough).
Courage
– He is an adventurer, he is the oldest person to reach the North Pole on foot and holds the World Record for being the oldest man to climb a height of 28,500 feet without oxygen supplement.
Compassion / Courage / Integrity / Respect
– His childhood dream was to climb Mount Everest, he’s tried 3 times but never reached the summit – ending one attempt to save the life of a fellow climber.
Craftsmanship & Quality
– He’s a renowned actor, writer, presenter and singer, awarded the OBE for services to the arts and charity.
Compassion
– He is the patron of several animal charities, including the charity Born Free and being appointed a UN Ambassador for Animal Welfare.
Cain in our Crew summed it up in his own words… “He’s as loud as I am and has a beard like Mr Robins.”
Brian Blessed is also a fully trained cosmonaut (or spaceman!) and has completed 800 hours of training in Russia.
Most people will also know Brian as the voice of Grampy Rabbit from Peppa Pig.
There aren’t many people that won’t have seen or heard Brian whether it’s in this children’s TV programme, the 80’s film Flash Gordon, Star Wars or performing some classic Shakespeare (the list goes on!).
One of our favourite quotes by Brian Blessed is…
So that leaves us to ‘check-out’ as Crew MRO and ‘check-in’ as Crew Blessed! Here’s to the next chapter of our XP journey.

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.

Crew MRO – Big News Coming Soon!

We are on the edge of a big announcement regarding our final Crew name!

For those that don’t know, very soon we will be known by a globally influential and recognised persons name. This person, suggested by the members of our Crew will be a representation of who we are and the things we think are important in an inspirational person.

This is a very exciting time for Crew MRO and something we’ve been actively working on since last October. Various stages have been undertaken from initial ideas to important character traits in a person and a closed vote narrowing the suggestions down from 15 to just 3.

Watch this space for the BIG REVEAL in the coming weeks!

There have also been some lovely appreciations to individuals in our Crew and from Crew members recently.

  • Hi Mollie, just wanted to say that your work since the start of lockdown has been awesome! – Mrs Goddard
  • Hi Liam, just wanted to say that your work in Maths is brilliant, and thanks for your input to the hangout on Wednesday! Excellent Liam! – Mrs Goddard

 

  • I appreciate Mr Robins because he still puts his effort in for us whilst we are not around but glad you got some peace from us.
  • I would like to appreciate Mr Robins because when I needed to know my MEG he replied to my email and told me.
  • I would appreciate my mum cause she helped me sort everything out with my work and crew hangouts.

Lots of positivity – thank you and well done!

15 Uplifting Quotes for Positive Vibes | SUCCESS

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!

Year 11 (X22) PROM UPDATE

PROM evening is now going to be held on SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020.  The venue of Scarbrough Barracks, Sandford Road DN4 8PL.  18:45 Start. 

Please can all those attending pay by the end of June.  Contact Mrs. Mawby for further information on how to pay nmawby@xpschool.org.  There is also a closed group for the PROM which further information can be given to you on request.  

Crew MRO – Heading towards the end of term!

It has certainly be a different term. One we will never forget, but it has also involved the similar qualities as any other term at XP.

  • We have shown courage to deal with all the changes and worries within the current situation.
  • We have displayed respect for our community by following government guidelines.
  • We’ve continued to develop our craftsmanship and maintained our quality of work.
  • We have shown compassion to members of our households, loved ones, extended families, our communities and of course the key workers of our country.
  • And finally we have shown that integrity is so important. Doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching. Whether that is staying at home when we really want to go out or not Googling the answers while doing a ‘hangout’ quiz!

Here is a little reminder of what we look like as a Crew…

We wish everyone a healthy 2 week break and look forward to the time when we can create an updated Crew photo.

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.

 

This morning we had a crew session where each student brought along a parent to join our crew hangout…. a bit like bring your child to work day…..! Most students managed to come along with a parent in toe, though it seemed much to their embarrassment.

I thought this was a great opportunity for parents to get a taste of what we do in crew and allow them to engage in a crew session. Obviously crew is a little different on a hangout to when we are all sat in our circle at school but never the less we have still managed to have 3 sessions a week at 9.30am since lockdown!

During this period these have developed into an academic crew on Monday morning, a compulsory crew on Wednesday morning and then an end of the week a check in on Friday morning.

Today I began by giving parents a brief overview of a normal crew session – registration, student notices, equipment check,…. yes…. students and parents were asked to bring pen and paper so they were prepared however some naughty parents were seen scuttling off to get them…. yes I saw you! lol

Then we had our checkin or as we call it in Hahn, ‘Checkin Chicken’. I’m not sure how or when this became established, but I think its the ‘role’ of the students eyes when i say it that made me think, it’s a keeper!

After check in we moved onto our current topic. In school this would include academics, PSHE, reading, current news articles etc but since lockdown we’ve focused on our studies and how we can support each other.

Our current topic ‘Habits’ kicked off last week when i asked them all to name one bad habit they have. There was a range of different answers from biting nails, eating too much, playing on games too long and leaving windows open. I went through the list and asked parents to guess which answer belonged to their child. I was a little worried this might have caused a few family arguments but actually they did pretty well at guessing correctly, well done mums n dads!

This week is about developing good habits which we know is not easy. However there are certain skills, knowledge and resources we can use to help us develop good practises and establishing them into habits.

While we are all at home studying without our teachers and peers to in the same room to support us and our other usual school structures we need to be able to develop new ways of creating an environment that is going to help us study and we’ve been expected to adapt really quickly.

At home there are so many distractions, so many other things we need to do or would rather do, no teacher by our side to ask for immediate help or no friends to give us a quick nudge to tell us to get on with our work. We need to find a new support system and identify what things work and what things don’t. We can actually use this time during CV19 to learn more about ourselves in terms of self motivation, self discipline, accessing resources and what else can we do to become leaders of our own learning.

I asked each student to identify one new habit that they would like to develop to help them improve studying at home that parents could support them in doing each day.  Here is Hahn’s list:

James, to work on Maths every day

Rhys, to go to bed by 11pm

Cara, spread her work load out

Sam, get to bed before 11pm

Sophie, share her thoughts more

Jibba, make a planner to organise his time better

Maddi, remember to submit her work

Sureya & Tom, to do 1/2 hr English & 1/2 hour maths every day

Jon, to reduce his distractions

Next week we will discuss ‘what worked well’ and ‘Even better if’ to continue developing these new habits.

Lastly we did a quick ‘check out’ by asking parents to name one thing they were proud of their son or daughter for during the lockdown. There were some lovely answers from making parents cups of tea each day, exercising everyday, getting work submitted on time, not complaining about lockdown, taking the dog out and helping around the house…

What a fantastic crew I have and I’m really proud of all of them and I thank each of them for making my mornings at school enjoyable although sometimes slightly challenging. ; )

I can’t wait to see you all in school again!