Focus on checking in, communicating and connecting

With everything that is going on around us at the moment, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the most important stuff…. connecting, interacting, and looking after one another.

If you ask any member of crew Kahlo they will probably say that I say the same things over and over again like a broken record – but hopefully, they listen when I say (almost every morning)

‘Email me if you need me, let me know if there is anything wrong’

I say it because I mean it. I always tell them that I can’t help them unless they let me know what is the matter. That goes for all pupils at XP. Every single member of our staff wants each pupil to be safe and happy and will always be there if and when needed.

This is one of the reasons why each morning during our crew sessions we have a ‘check-in’, where each pupil is asked to share their thoughts in some way. I don’t know about other crews, but our check-ins ALWAYS spark some kind of discussion, debate, or even just an opportunity for us to have a bit of a laugh.

Here are some examples of our crew check-ins during lockdown 3.0:

 

Some of our check-ins provoke insightful and interesting revelations and others just make it very clear that crew Kahlo is a special little bunch who I fit in with perfectly.

My crew knows how much I love a cat meme.

Stay safe

Miss Jones

X26 Student of the Week

Student of the week in Year 8 / X26 goes to Arthur…

Congratulations Arthur, you have been nominated by so many of your teachers for working so hard in your online lessons and producing beautiful work. I am really impressed with what I am seeing and hearing about Arthur. Keep up the hard work, it is not going unnoticed.

 

Here are some of the comments teachers made about you:

I am really impressed with Arthur. He always has his hand up answering or asking questions. He is working and trying really hard. He has been working hard since the start of the new lockdown and i think he needs appreciation 🙂 (Miss Haythorne)

I nominate Arthur. He is working really hard in all his sessions and getting good feedback from every teacher. Dedicated to having a good SLC and being prepared and creating some beautiful artwork. (Miss Jones)

It would have to be Arthur for me for student of the week. Absolutely smashing it!! Example of work – OMAM character analysis – finding quotes to support his inferences! Independently! Always answering questions! (Miss Ibbotson)
Miss O’Grady also commented on how impressed she was in the quality of the work you are producing in PE.
Well done Arthur! Let’s hope you have a happier face when you see this post than in your picture! 🙂

 

 

Crew Blessed SLCs… Up and Running!

We have had two excellent SLC evenings so far and it was fantastic to hear both Oscar and Ben speak so confidently about their strengths and weakness. They both knew what they needed to do to take their learning to the next level and equally, they could identify beautiful work that they were proud of.

A special mention has to go to Oscar, who has only been at XP a short time and this ‘online’ SLC was his first experience of this process. He coped really well and is quickly getting on board with how we do things. Well done young man!

It’s going to be a great week ahead, with lots more SLCs to come. I’m sure it will be a really positive experience for everyone!

Crew Pankhurst have been taking online SLCs in their stride this week. Very proud indeed 🙂

Rebecca’s HOWLs are phenomenal yet she continues to want to improve. Her hard work and determination are admirable.
Rebecca explained why she was proud of her assessment in Hums. She is mastering the technique of source analysis. Incredible stuff.Go for it Rebecca!

Check out that score of 4.2 in Rebeccas Hums assessment!

Ameen discussed his HOWLs. He was proud of his work in Maths and has made a pledge to push his History and Science score to a 3.0 by next SLCs. You can do it Ameen!
Ameen shared with us some extended study he was particularly proud of. Ameen told us how hard he had worked creating this piece of research.

Ameens’ research he did for Art.

Massive well done to Bobby as well! Wow. Theres no wonder you were student of the week.
I was really impressed that Bobby explained how he leads his own learning by implementing strategies for revision for his assessments. The result of his hard work is evident in his HOWLs. Bobby explained what he had learned in his first expedition ‘Fight the Power’ such as the gender pay gap and racism, it is clear Bobby is becoming a very socially aware young person. Keep working hard, getting smart and being kind Bobby 🙂

On Friday, I had the pleasure of hosting our weekly community meeting for X26. I wanted to take the opportunity to speak to my crew and their peers about seeing the positives in life at the moment.

I started our online hangout by asking pupils to have a think about what this quote means:

One of the explanations from a student was ‘When you’re unhappy you don’t feel like doing anything but when you’re more positive you have more energy and you’re happier ‘. I have to say that I agree with this. 

I described my own feelings about lockdown 3.0 and the fact that we are working in a very different way. We are all going to have good days and bad days but we must remind ourselves of the positives.

It’s very easy to think negatively about ourselves, about a situation, or about an event that has happened or is about to happen. However, it’s really important that we find positive thoughts to keep us happy and feeling good. 

Finding the positives isn’t easy and is a skill that we definitely have to work on.

Last week, I asked all the teachers of Year 8 to give me some feedback about how pupils are getting on with their online learning.

I was so impressed and it genuinely gave me a warm fuzzy feeling being able to share this feedback with X26 and especially crew Kahlo.

Look at this lot!

#wearecrew

Crew Blessed – Business as usual!

What a fantastic effort in all areas Crew Blessed have made. It really is business as usual with regards to productivity and our character development.

Flashbacks to Crew displaying COMPASSION in school towards each other and supporting others with their CRAFTSMANSHIP & QUALITY.

The level of individual COURAGE and the support for each other has shown just how strong Crew can be when things change or get tough. The support and compassion shown above has definitely moved online with our learning.

There was a heart-warming morning where Liam wanted to share an online voucher with someone in Crew. Cejay was selected by Mr Robins to receive this (based on his online efforts) and he then chose to share it further with others. If that’s not Crew I don’t know what is!

The level of INTEGRITY too has been outstanding: students finding ways to overcome IT issues and other members of Crew making sure everyone has the link for the the next Google Hangout. Everyone has really stepped up and the level of engagement compared to the first lockdown has been fantastic. I’m really proud of our attendance so far, both to Crew in a morning and to the sessions.

When Mr Robins delivers online Crew from school, it’s not uncommon to get a visit from the Lorax!

It is also true that Crew Blessed are showing such RESPECT for their teachers by not only engaging in the sessions but really appreciating them and their efforts to provide stimulating lessons. This comes up every Friday in the appreciations section of our Community Meetings.

We Are Crew!

 

Can you believe a year 8 student wrote this?

Here is a powerful spoken word piece of work from Rebecca. A moving and sobering message for us all.

13 Years Old

If I distract you, I’m asking for it,
If you touch me, you can’t control it,
My shorts too short, my dress too tight,
A boy in a tank top, well that’s alright!

When I was thirteen I was told to watch out,
When I walk down the street I’m vulnerable like a mouse,
When you were thirteen you were roaming around,
Your minds oblivious to what surround.

Your makeup is patchy, stop trying so hard,
All the good compliments, you discard,
Because bad ones matter,
And that’s what’s hard.

Not even a day old and told to wear pink,
Compared to a boy, im referred to as weak,
My future as a girl is so bleak.
Can’t even walk in a skirt down the street.

Don’t talk alot like you have worth,
Wanna be a lady, please don’t curse,
And fix your hair while we’re at it,
You look like a tired, bad addict

Yes an addict to words that put me down,
Asking myself, ‘What’s my worth?’ as I frown.

People say ‘You’re a beautiful woman’
But are my looks really just what’s important,

My privacy taken when I go to the toilet,
When I take my bag, yes they know it,
The boys in my class saying ‘It’s that time of the month’
The degrading and humiliation because of what my body does.

Don’t tell me that I look tired,
Don’t tell me, oh your weight is higher,
As I stand on the scales, numbers going up each night,
The smile on my face lost in sight.

For every one, I’m an eighty,
Twenty off in what they pay me,
Do I matter at all, no, maybe?

Because for every one, I’m an eighty,
Twenty off in what they pay me,
In respect, in privacy, in equality too,
I just want a man to know what a woman goes through.

If I’m distracting, cover your eyes,
Boys in my class, I am not a prize,
To be won, especially by people I despise,
But a girl in a tank top, that should be alright.

Crew Kahlo still smiling and having fun!

Well, what can I say!? What a strange time we are having to deal with at the moment! I have to say though, that I am a very proud crew leader and I am so impressed with how crew Kahlo has adapted.

We have had to change the way we do crew. We now have a video call every morning to have a catch-up and check-in. One of our check in’s was ‘Crew Kahlo Cuppa’ – where we all went to grab a cuppa to have a chat. As you can see, we have a few Harry Potter fans and one crew member who really loves his mum…can you spot which person that is?

I wanted to upload these photos of crew from just before Christmas. This is from our Christmas Jumper day in school with the fabulous MIss Haythorne!

This photo was taken on the last day before we broke up for Christmas, we had a bonus crew session at the end of the day. The last crew of 2020. It’s going to be weird to look back on these photos in years to come. Hopefully, by that time we won’t have to wear facemasks anymore! (fingers crossed!)

 

Crew Thunberg Pizza Party!

As a child I was quite the fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This quartet of humanoid turtles, working together to fight evil, always celebrated victory by eating an inordinate volume of pizza. And never have I seen a better way of honouring triumph than the humble pizza party.

Way back before lockdown (if we can remember such a time), back when Crew Thunberg were in Y7, our attendance was so high, that we actually won the whole school attendance league. The result of this was that, as a crew, we were asked to decide on a reward to celebrate.

For months we have umm-ed and ahh-ed about what our reward could be. With another lockdown seemingly on the horizon, a few weeks before October half term, we decided to take the decision to have pizza and watch a film.

Crew Thunberg absolutely loved their Friday afternoon crew: pizza all round, loads of games, and the Simpsons Movie. It was a pizza party that Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello would have been proud of.

Very well deserved, Crew Thunberg! Keep up the excellent work, and let’s hope for some great attendance this year as well…

So, crew Kahlo is back to full strength. We have welcomed another new student to our crew…Alex. He has well and truly fit in with our crew

When speaking to his teachers, it has been lovely to hear such wonderful feedback about Alex and how he has hit the ground running at XP. He has been working really hard and getting smart in his sessions. Here are a few things that his teachers have said about him:

Mrs. Sprakes (Spanish) – Alex shows COURAGE, he’s never done Spanish before but he’s come into Y8 and he’s giving it a real go. Awesome!

Mrs. Ibbotson (Hums) – Alex is doing great in Hums. He is always getting involved and has lots to say and input to the sessions. 

We created a crew display with our name ‘Crew Kahlo’ by adding colour to mindful colouring pages and laminated them. I think it looks great! Every member of crew also wrote a pledge that they feel is important to them to work towards in the run up to Christmas. Some of the pledges were:

  • to concentrate in lessons (Tammy)
  • to be kind (Alex)
  • to use integrity all the time (Max)
  • to remember things (Arthur)
  • to remember to bring my water bottle and equipment (Bryan)
  • to be more organised and to concentrate more (Olivia)
  • to help other people (Kearan)
  • to speak more in class (Billie – Lou)
  • to get my homework in on time (Jessy)
  • to ask more questions in class (Harrison)
  • to be in school on time (Callum)
  • to answer and ask more questions in class (Nida)

We will be checking in on these pledges throughout the term to hold each other to account and make sure we fulfil them.

The crew has also started to analyse their HoWL’s data this week. Looking at the marks they have received for ‘Working Hard; Getting Smart and Being Kind’ for each subject

Next week, we will be making pledges on how to improve our HoWLs as the year progresses.

We will be looking at how we can support each other as a crew to do this by giving kind, specific, and helpful feedback to each other.

We also celebrated a birthday. Happy Birthday, Olivia! Now officially a teenager! (Oh dear. Haha)