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D6 is paused for this weekend as we have staff days on Friday and Monday. Most year 11 students are in school for the staff days so it would be unfair to ask them to also attend school on a Saturday.

D6 will be running as normal next week, Saturday 19th March and moving forward for both year 11 & year 10. With only a few weeks left before GCSEs start please encourage your student to attend. Just 6 sessions can make a huge difference to outcomes for students committed to improving their grades.

XP laying down the law!

What a fantastic two days students across XP and XP East have had!

On Tuesday, Citizenship students, who have been studying the role of the police, and their year group were involved in 3 seminars from Doncaster Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. These included Road Safety, Gun and Knives and Exploitation.


After a fantastic Tuesday, things only got more exciting here at XP today…
Students listened to a talk regarding Dog Handling and were introduced to not one, but two real life police dogs! Isn’t Hudson wonderful?
If that wasn’t enough, students were given time to ask all their pressing questions in a Q&A session. Students also experienced all the equipment police officers are trained to use, including riot gear and operating police cars.
A fantastic two days had by all students and staff! #WeAreCrew

Crew Stan Lee Pledges

This morning, Crew Stan Lee have been doing some excellent work on their Crew pledges.

Crew pledges are a promise you make to perform an action such as getting to Crew on time or pledging to help other students. The rest of Crew hold these pledges to account and challenge Crewmates who do not follow the pledges they make and ensure they follow them to the best of their ability. Students who follow their pledges are often noticed and praised by their peers as well as their Crew Leader.

This crew blog has been written by James one of our crew members.
Well done James.

Careers Fair

https://www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/opportunities-doncaster/doncaster-careers-week/opportunities-doncaster-live-exhibitors2022/

As part of National Careers Week, Year 10 and XP16 have a fantastic opportunity on Thursday 10th March to attend Doncaster Racecourse, who are hosting a Careers Fair with stalls from a variety of industries and Post 16 education providers and universities. The students will be leaving school for the afternoon and will be back in time for the end of the day. This will introduce them to the opportunities available in Doncaster as they prepare for their GCSEs next year and their next steps in their academic journey.

Careers Website

Please click on the link to check out all that is Careers at XP

My name is Kathryn Burns and I am Careers Lead at both schools. Please click on the link to check out all that is Careers at XP. The people most students take advice from are parents / grandparents and carers so it’s important that you know how best to support them in making their choices in their next steps on their academic journey. Please have a look and let me know if there’s anything missing or anything is difficult to navigate. Email kburns@xpschool.org 

To help your student to achieve the grades they deserve encourage them to attend D6 on Saturdays, 9am – 12.30pm. There are 11 more available Saturdays left of D6 this year, that’s 38.5 extra hours of quality revision supported by coaches who have been through the GCSE stage at XP, are experts at revision, study planning, answering exam questions. At the moment D6 is open to all our year 10’s and year 11’s.

XP/East revision website

Year 11 Crew Leaders, Phase Leads, Teachers and Learning Coaches have put together a website to support your student whether in year 11 or year 10 by creating an enormous resource bank with a range of different techniques to revise. Please encourage them to access these resources in the run up to summer exams.

D6: business as usual

C24 can breath a huge sigh of relief as the 2nd set of Y11 mocks are almost over (Just a few to mop up)

However, it’s really important that students keep the momentum going with their revision all through the year, and not just before the real deal which starts next month with Spanish speaking.

Click here to view our current enrichment timetable, which includes details of all the all the lunchtime and after school revision sessions available.

We are also encouraging all Y11s to attend D6 on a Saturday morning from 9am-12.30pm each week to access additional support, or just to have a relaxed space for a bit of focussed self-study away from any potential distractions at home. This is also open to our year 10s as they develop learning routines ready for their GCSE year.

For those of you who don’t know, D6 is our voluntary sixth day of school which takes place each Saturday during term time. D6 is led by ex-students of XP who are returning to provide our current students with peer to peer academic study support. There will be additional support from our school learning coaches and members of the Leadership Team. 

We’re really looking forward to seeing our Y11s at D6 this Saturday, there are only 9 available Saturdays between now and the end of their GCSE exams!

(Please note that D6 is only open to Y11 & 10 at the moment).

X25 DofE Fridays-Skill

We hope everyone has had a great half term and ready for the next term. As part of the students Duke of Edinburgh silver award they will be completing an hour towards their skill award on Friday afternoons. At the end of last term students chose which skill they wanted to complete. Students have chosen between sewing, beauty and board games.

We have a couple of board games in school but would be great if you have any at home that we can borrow for students to make the most of this time.

 

We are really looking forward to the students completing their DofE.

 

Thanks

X25 crew leaders.

Vaccination – Covid Vaccine Forms

12-15 year olds will be offered the vaccine via the school-based programme.

Students in Years 10 and Year 11 have been given their consent forms. Check with your son/daughter that they have taken their form. The school vaccination nurses are in school on 10th November. If your son/daughter are currently in year 8 and 9 and did not attend school on their designated covid vaccine day and so missed their chance, then you can fill in the consent form and return to the school office to be added to the list. Please read the letter that goes with consenting and return the consent form to the school office by the end of this week (15th October 2021).  (A reminder if any student has tested positive for Covid 30 days before the vaccine date they cannot have the covid vaccine).

New College Doncaster Taster Day

C25 and C24 spent the day as college students at New College today. Many thanks to Brendan, Scott and the team for welcoming XP East and XP Year 11 and 10 students to allow them the opportunity of experiencing some of the courses on offer. Students each chose 3 courses and had a session in each subject for both BTEC and A Level courses. We had lots of positive feedback and really in-depth reflection on how the day had helped students begin to focus on their next steps after GCSE. As Careers Lead at both schools I look forward to supporting students in making applications to the numerous Post 16 provisions in the area.

Year 8 and Year 9 HPV Vaccine 6th May

The vaccine nurses are in school tomorrow for those students (boys and girls) who have consented in Year 8 (1st dose) and Year 9 (2nd dose) for the HPV Vaccine. Thank you to all those parents who have been prompt in filling the form in and sending it off to RDASH.