Superstars in Crew Macmillan – Term 1!

…we’ve only gone and done it! We’ve finally reached the end of the first term in what has been one of the most weird, unpredictable times that we’ve experienced.

I wanted to end this term on a positive, and so i hope this post does Crew Mac some form of justice!

Throughout this term, Crew Macmillan have worked together on a number of different tasks and topics. We’ve learned about how stress can affect us and our sleep; and how sleep (or lack of) can affect us too! We’ve completed our Star Reader tests to find out our reading ages; and started a book club on Tuesdays, reading Pay It Forward; something we, as a crew, aspire to do this year. [check out these concentration faces!!]

We’ve laughed, cried, and everything in-between. Crew really have been incredible this term – thank you, guys!

Here are crew Macmillan working hard; and as a team, to learn about stress!

 

Possibly my favourite moments of this term, though, have revolved around some of the incredible work crew Macmillan have produced. As a learning coach in Y11, it’s not often i get to see their amazing work – so i love it when i do!! Can you BELIEVE this is a drawing that Alfie has done as an artist study?! I thought it was a photo!

Courtney has also been working hard in Art: check out this brilliant viewfinder study she was working on. Some great tonal work and shading!

In 3D Art, students have been looking at steampunk style face masks; and there are some incredible examples. I was really impressed by Archie’s, and Joe’s attempts to create one!

I also wanted to highlight this fantastic piece of work done by Ricki. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a poetry analysis so detailed. Ricki led a bit of the session, along with Jayden. The amount of writing on this piece of paper is astounding!!

And finally this term, crew have been working on going above & beyond, and trying to beat the other Y10 crews on praise. I set them a secret mission, to get the most entries on the praise form as a crew. We’ve an average of 24.7 praise entries in Crew Macmillan; WOW!

Courtney has been entered on to the praise form 32 times during this half term! Courtney has worked incredibly hard and shows up every day, works hard, gets smart, and is kind, even when she isn’t having the best day! I am so proud of you, Courtney – well done! Some of Courtney’s praise entries are:

“Brilliant conduct during DofE when MCO had to tend to a first aid issue. Crew just sat and got on with DofE. Huge amounts of respect and compassion shown.” – me!   “Excellent paired work in sessions” – Mrs Batty. “These students are working so hard continuously in all sessions.” – Mrs Johnson.  Keep up the hard work Courtney!!

Heather has been entered on to the praise form 21 times during this half term! What an achievement!!!! Heather has put in an incredible amount of effort since returning to school – in to all sessions!!! Well done Heather – keep working hard! Some of Heather’s praise entries are:

“For producing amazing work in Expeditionary Arts” – Mrs Johnson. “really working hard this week on GCSE content” – Mr Shakesby. “All these students were working really hard in Art today. They grappled with their 3D work and were thinking creatively to produce facemasks in a steampunk style.” – Mr Jackson. Well done Heather!!!

Alfie has been entered on to the praise form 39 times this half term. WOW – that must be a record?! Alfie is an incredibly hard worker, who comes in and shows kindness and compassion every single day to anyone he crosses paths with. An incredible effort, amazing work Alfie! Some of Alfie’s praise entries are:

“Great hotel conversation, well done.” – Mrs Sprakes. “Great focus throughout the lesson” – Miss Taylor. “For being really supportive and kind when they could see a staff member was upset/struggling. Sent a lovely email too to ensure the staff member in question was okay. Such kindness and compassion goes a long way. Well done guys, and thank you.” – me!!

Frankie has returned to school almost flawlessly! Frankie has been entered on the praise form 35 times!!!! this half term – how amazing is that!!!! Frankie has also been working on a Dr Who project outside of school, so has had tonnes on her plate this term – and still shows up to sessions and works hard with a smile! An absolute pleasure to have in Crew Macmillan – keep up the fantastic work Frankie! Some of Frankie’s praise entries are:

“Accurate use of the present tense (different people) in a writing task.” – Mrs Sprakes. “Excellent paired work in sessions.” – Mrs Batty. “Fantastic start to English GCSE. Focused and keen to get on. Brilliant HoWLS- Well done! Keep it up!” – Miss Johnson. Well done Frankie!!

Isaac has also returned to school brilliantly after lockdown, and has been entered on the praise form 31 times this term. An amazing achievement!!! Isaac has knuckled down so well, come back in to school and worked hard, gotten smart, and has been really kind this term. Keep working hard Isaac – i promise that it will pay off!!

Some of Isaac’s praise entries are: “Fantastic start to English GCSE. Focused and keen to get on. Brilliant HoWLS- Well done! Keep it up!” – Miss Johnson. “Beautiful work on KWL, well done.” – Mrs Sprakes. “Great attitude in lesson.” – Miss O’Grady. Such positive feedback, Isaac – excellent work!!!

Imogen comes into school every day and SMASHES IT. She is such an incredible person, who works incredibly hard, has great attendance and a fantastic attitude in sessions. Imogen has been put on the praise form 33 times this term – that’s 33 times where staff have noticed Imogen going above and beyond what is expected of her! Wow!!!

Some of Imo’s praise entries are: “Improvement in vocab test results from one week to the next, well done.” – Mrs Sprakes. “Working hard in Maths” – Mrs Johnson. “Brilliant level of focus. In depth annotations made. Lovely session where everyone was on it!!” – Miss Johnson. What a superstar – Amazing work Imogen!!!!

Joe has come back into y10 absolutely brilliantly! We’re working on Joe’s HoWLs – he’s been working incredibly hard this term, and his HoWLs grades are set to be tip-top! Joe excels in STEAM, and his maths talent is second to none – he knows way more than i do!!! Joe has received 14 praise entries this half term – what a guy!!! Some of Joe’s praise comments are as follows:

“For producing amazing work in Expeditionary Arts” – Mrs Johnson. “Fantastic start to English GCSE. Focused and keen to get on. Brilliant HoWLS- Well done! Keep it up!” – Miss Johnson. “Great attitude in lesson.” – Miss O’Grady. Well done Joe – have a relaxing half term!!!

Milo is just an absolute superstar, and his hard work really doesn’t go unnoticed. Milo is aiming high for his GCSE’s, and that doesn’t come without graft! He comes in every day, asks some brilliant questions, and gets on with his work day in, day out. Milo has also received 14 praise entries this half term – what an achievement!!!

Some of Milo’s praise entries are: “Always works hard in PE.” – Miss O’Grady.  “Worked hard and created beautiful work in the session” – Miss Taylor. “Creative hotel conversation in Spanish.” – Mrs Sprakes. Keep up the great work Milo!

Vinnie has also just been amazing this term! Coming back into school, Vinnie has really matured and adapted well to the regular school routine. He’s been working hard in sessions and i’ve had tonnes of positive feedback. He’s really engaged well in his Geography sessions, too! Vinnie has been entered on the praise form 18 times this term – Crew Mac really are killing it this term!!!!

Some of Vinnie’s praise entries are as follows: “Brilliant conduct during DofE when MCO had to tend to a first aid issue. Crew just sat and got on with DofE. Huge amounts of respect and compassion shown.” – me!! “Working so well on their assessment in citizenship ” – Mrs Burrows. “Excellent recall of knowledge in quick fire test” – Mrs Batty. Keep it up, Vinnie, and you’ll achieve amazing things this year!

Finn is an absolutely wonderful human – what a joy to be around, and to have in crew. Finn constantly asks fantastic questions, he works hard, gets smart, and focuses on being kind – this comes with being the resident comedian!! Finn has had an amazing term and has been entered on the praise form an impressive 20 times!!!

See here some of the comments about Finn this term: “Working so well on their assessment in citizenship ” – Mrs Burrows. “really working hard this week on GCSE content” – Mr Shakesby. “All these students were working really hard in Art today. They grappled with their 3D work and were thinking creatively to produce facemasks in a steampunk style.” – Mr Jackson. Amazing work, Finn – keep it up after a nice 2 week break!!

Ricki has settled properly into Crew Macmillan absolutely perfectly. He has had some tough moments this term – but has been proving to everyone what an incredible young man he is! Ricki has received 30 praise entries this term as a result of his hard work and his dedication to turning things around in school. He really has blown me away – i really hope this continues Ricki – you’re a fantastic addition to crew Mac!!!

Some of Ricki’s praise comments are as follows: “Admiral have been on fire since they returned to School. Its a pleasure to be in their sessions.” – Mrs Johnson. “Working so well on their assessment in citizenship” – Mrs Burrows. “Excellent paired work in sessions” – Mrs Batty. Keep up the brilliant work; you’re capable of amazing things!!

Charlie has also returned to Y10 almost flawlessly. She goes above and beyond every single day to help others where she can, all with a smile on her face. Charlie, you’ve been an absolute delight to have in Crew this term – I really hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work! As a result of this, Charlie has been put on the praise form 29 times this term; AMAZING!

Some of the comments made about Charlie are: “Really impressed with the last few lessons, listening, helping with equipment and putting effort into the sessions. Well done girls. Please keep it up.” – Miss O’Grady. “Great translation into Spanish, well done.” – Mrs Sprakes. “Worked hard and created beautiful work in the session” – Miss Taylor. Keep up the fantastic work, Charlie – you’ll go far!!

And last but certainly not least, Archie; who has worked like an absolute trooper this term. Archie has produced some top quality work this term which demonstrates XP’s character values. He has worked SO hard this term, he’s getting involved in sessions, and he’s being kind every day. And his efforts have been noticed by staff-  Archie has received 15 praise entries this term – along with some praise postcards!!

Some praise entries for Archie are: “Remained on task and didn’t say a word for a whole 18minutes! Record!!” – Miss Johnson (haha!!), “Working hard in Session 1. Expeditionary Arts” – Mrs Johnson. “Working hard on demonstrating an understanding of key plots in Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol” – Mrs Mawby. Archie seems to be really smashing it in Humanities; please do keep this up, Arch – i’m so excited to see what you achieve this year!

So, Crew Macmillan – it’s over and out for 2 weeks. Don’t miss each other too much… try and relax a little – you need to recover ready to work just as hard next term!!

See you soon… stay safe!

Miss Cocliff x

Part of the product for the Y8 expedition Fight the Power! is going to be a plaque that celebrates the work of Doncastrian Suffragettes. But we need YOUR help to make it happen….

From September to Christmas, the all Y8 students across XP and XP East are completing an expedition called Fight the Power! This expedition focuses upon the power of protest and rebellion, from the Peasants’ Revolt, through to the Suffragette Movement and beyond.

Fight the Power! is an ambitious study that bridges all subject, HUMAN, STEAM and the Expeditionary Arts. During this expedition students are paying particular attention to the amazing work of the Suffragette Movement, focusing specifically upon how the Suffragettes of Doncaster helped to build and improve the society we live in today.

To celebrate the work of these amazing women, all students in Y8 will be involved in raising money to produce a cast-iron plaque by a local artist that will be placed permanently in Doncaster town centre. For the rest of their lives, our Y8 students will be able to take family and friends to see how their work has positively impacted their local community by highlighting the incredible work of these unsung heroes.

Y8 would really appreciate it if you could take a look at their crowdfunding page for the project and donate anything you can:

https://www.spacehive.com/doncasters-suffragette-plaque?searchText=doncasterhttp://

Without your pledges, this won’t be able to happen!

It is really important that at this stage the crowdfunding page is NOT shared on social media -this will come a little further down the line.

If the students manage to raise enough funds for the plaque then, the crowdfunder will enter its second stage, where students will be able to raise funds to work with Sarah Smizz, another local artist. With Sarah, students will get the opportunity to help design and create trade union style banners that will immortalise the work they are currently undertaking on their expedition.

Thank you for your support with this important work.

X25 Year 9 Fieldwork

Year 9 will be going on fieldwork on 13th October as part of their ‘Welcome to the Machine’ expedition. We’ll be leaving school at 9:30AM and returning at 3:00PM, so this will not affect their drop off or pick up times, however, due to the pandemic, we ask that all students have guardian consent for them to attend.

We’ll be visiting Hatfield Moors, to collect species data and conduct scientific tests on the peatland during the day. We will be maintaining the bubbles, and wearing masks on the coaches to minimise risk of transmission, and we will be outside all day.

As part of the precautions, we ask that you fill in the following google forms, granting permission for students to attend the fieldwork on 13th October:

This outlines that if your child falls ill with covid symptoms on that day, they would need collecting from Hatfield Moors (about 40 minute drive from the school).

They will need packed lunches (school will provide FSM pack-ups), a face mask, warm layers, decent shoes and a waterproof on the day.

If you have any questions about the plans for the day or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me (jnixon@xpschool.org)

 

Crew Blessed – STEAMing ahead like super HUMANs!

As we enter week 6 of the year, Crew Blessed are working really hard in both STEAM and HUMAN. Great to see the focus and enthusiasm in these sessions, well done Crew.

Personal success for Ebony Sheppard too through her interest and high level of skill in football. We are all looking forward to seeing what you achieve in the near future Ebony!

This week we have welcomed a new arrival to crew Kahlo. Introducing Kearan!

He fits in fantastically with our quirky little bunch and he has told crew that he is so so happy to be a student at XP and that really shines through!

Kearan’s teachers have been really impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm in sessions. He has just got stuck in and is thriving.  

Miss Ibbotson (Human) told me that Kearan is a superstar. She said that they have done an assessment this week and he just cracked on with it. He wasn’t worried at all. She said that he is awesome!

Miss Ridout (Science) said ‘Kearan has been amazing in my sessions!!! He is fab and should keep up the great work. He always gives amazing answers!’

What a cracking start! We are so happy to have you in crew Kahlo!

On another note…

I have noticed that this week has been especially difficult for a few members of crew Kahlo (and other pupils at XP) when it comes to their emotions and worries about the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, I would like to say that I really do feel for our students and I am super super proud of how they are handling our ‘new normal’ at school. 

The coronavirus has caused significant changes in our daily lives (at home and at school) and left us feeling stressed, anxious, and even afraid. The world has experienced pandemics before, but nothing quite like COVID-19. 

I have been trying my best to help my crew to stay positive and focus on the things we can control in order to make it through the coming days and months. 

We have had some really lovely crew discussions about how we can try to support each other when we are feeling a bit rubbish and worried about stuff. 

Here are some of the things that we thought were important:

  • We need to keep washing our hands while we are at school. 
  • We should be mindful when we are outside for break and dinnertime. There are still classes on so we shouldn’t be too loud and we should also be sensible and safe (not jumping on each other or playing silly games) 
  • Talk to each other about our feelings and worries. Especially in crew. 
  • Be understanding of other people’s feelings and realise that everyone’s circumstances are different. 
  • Remember that some things are out of our control and all we can do is be there for each other. 
  • Try to have fun… as we did in crew to blow off a little steam on Friday afternoon. We decided to have a bit of a dance-off and a giggle.
  • Focus on the positives. Remember to appreciate others and be kind to one another. Like crew did for their community meeting appreciations, which finished off our 5th week nicely.

VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION

The last few months have been an exceptionally challenging time for both schools and health services, This has had an effect on students receiving their vaccinations and immunisations at school.  As you will be aware the school age vaccination programme was suspended at the beginning of the outbreak leaving a large number of students outstanding vaccinations.

There is a plan of recovery to ensure that all these students are caught up by the end of August 2021, Please see the dates below that are scheduled in for the 20/21 academic year in order to deliver vaccinations to the eligible students at XP / XP East School.

YEAR 10 BOYS & GIRLS SLB/MEN-ACWY 26/01/2021

YEAR 9 BOYS & GIRLS   SLB/MEN-ACWY 26/01/2021

YEAR 8 BOYS & GIRLS 1ST DOSE HPV 06/05/2021

YEAR 9 BOYS & GIRLS 2ND DOSE HPV 06/05/2021

Please Note: Due to the ongoing impact of COVID 19, NHS England have also specified that the seasonal flu programme this year will be extended to include Year 7 students. This will be the first time that Flu vaccinations will have been delivered in secondary schools. Flu vaccinations take place in December 2020.  Further information and permission letters will be sent to all parents for consent nearer the date.

If you have any questions please forward them to nmawby@xpschool.org

 

 

Crew Pankhurst – the dangers of the single story

Our Crew Guiding Question over the past few weeks for Wise Wednesdays has been:

In what ways do “single stories” impact our own identities, how we view others, and the choices we make?

We have had some really thoughtful discussions around this question. We have based our discussions around the following:

1.Where do stereotypes come from?

2.What stereotypes do the two men in “Street Calculus” have about the group the other one belongs to?

3.When, if ever, can stereotypes be harmless or even helpful?

4.When do stereotypes become harmful?

5.What does “Street Calculus” suggest about how stereotypes might impact the way we see ourselves and the way we see others?

6.How might stereotypes impact the choices we make?

There has been some really powerful responses from Crew.

We listened to the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explain the dangers of the single story. We discussed as a Crew what ‘white privilege’ is and how those in power dictate the history that we learn and the books we read.

During academinc Crew this week we focussed on STEAM and ended with a maths Kahoot!: Factors, Multiples, and Primes
Hubert was crowned champion!

Freeze Frame

Crew Stan Lee had a fantastic time in our Wise Wednesday session creating a still image.

 

This session we looked at what a still image might look like and how they as a crew could recreate their own.

Crew working together…

 

Pause!! Frankie was in charge of this freeze frame.

What does a Thoughtful Thursday look like in Crew Earhart…

This week in our Thoughtful Thursday crew session we focused on supporting each other to get on top of our academic work. Some students decided they wanted to work on revising for their test in History by studying the rise of Hitler, whilst others used this time to do additional work for Common Mission.

I was really impressed with Crew Earhart’s focus during this session. Well done to Bobby who also wrote a superb essay on how Hilter gained power in 1933.

 

Crew Webb – A crackin’ start to a new term!

After such a long time away from school, the start of the new term means a new start for Crew Webb! We have two new Crew leaders and a new Crew member – welcome Eleanor! Mrs. Collinson and I are Crew Leaders this year for Crew Webb, and we’re delighted with the way that Crew Webb have settled back into school, despite all-new routines and the demands of being in Year 10.

 
We have set our academic pledges for the year, and we have begun to discuss ideas around how we can continue to support our Crew charity. Mrs. Collinson is a new Crew Leader, and she has been made to feel very welcome by Crew Webb. We’re spending some time reconnecting, sharing stories, and getting to know one another after spending so much time apart. We shared our strengths and weaknesses as a Crew, and talked about what we can do to make Year 10 Crew Webb’s best year yet.
 
X24 have made a great start to 2020/2021, and Crew Webb are embracing all the changes to routines, teachers, and classes. There have been wonderful examples of honesty, integrity, HOWLS, and beautiful work. Mrs. Collinson and I are looking forward to being a part of Crew Webb’s journey through the academic year. There is so much to look forward to!