Crew EJN working on their teamwork

Crew EJN discussed what they thought good teamwork looked like then put this into action whilst playing benchball to burn off some of their energy!

We played against crew HMI over at XPE and are going to organise a re-match where we will meet again and test our teamwork within crew!

Our crew circled up half way through the game to discuss how they could change their tactics to win. They took it in turns to voice their ideas. Harrison was a natural leader who took the lead.

It was brilliant for our crew to spend some time outside the classroom and having fun whilst learning about eachother and developing our skills. Well done crew!

Crew EJN making pledges for this term

Crew EJN (X26) have been making pledges this week. Everyone in crew has made a pledge that they want to achieve this term. Here are some examples:

  • Finish my extended study on time
  • Have the correct equipment
  • Improve my handwriting
  • Come to school earlier
  • To be more organised
  • Listen more in sessions
  • Come to school everyday
  • Always try my best
  • To concentrate and focus more in sessions
  • To get more praises this term

As a crew, we will re-visit these pledges each week to see if we are on track to achieve them.

Well done crew EJN! Lets fulfil these pledges!

What would be your pledge this term?

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!

Well done X23 Skipper!

BODMAS!

X22 (Foundation group) have grappled today with BODMAS activities.

 

 

Working hard, getting smart…. and learning the order of operations (not the kind where you remove an appendix, Mr Shakesby!)

 

 

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 join forces to watch and discuss Newsround this week

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.

Well done crew EJN and SHA!

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!