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.
Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks in crew. We have been working hard and cracking on.
This week, crew Kahlo has been looking at ‘British Values’ as part of our crew curriculum. We have been learning about how British Values teach us tolerance and respect for others.
We even made a display in our crew room.
We then moved onto looking at the difference between weather and climate. Pupils carried out research into causes of climate change.
I wanted to highlight this beautiful work by Bryan and Jessy. For our current Y8 expedition ‘Wherever I Lay my Hat’ where we have been looking at the artist Luke Dixon for inspiration. Pupils have practiced adding lines and patterns to simplified copies of his work and also using a viewfinder to zoom in on details. I don’t know about you, but I think Jessy’s pencil-tone portrait is absolutely amazing! I only asked for a line drawing – but she went for it! We didn’t want to add any lines (like Luke Dixon does) over this drawing – so we have photocopied her work and she is adding lines to a copy so she has not one but two beautiful pieces of work!
On Thursdays, crew Kahlo has started to think about the HoWLs grades that they would give themselves for that week in each subject area and crew. Pupils critiqued each other’s grades and commented on whether they agreed with them or not. This led to loads of discussion about what ‘work hard’ looks like and how they could try and improve their own ‘get smart’ in lessons. It has been really great to have Mr. Challen in crew with us as he has been able to comment on pupils’ work in their maths lessons.
A very productive couple of weeks crew! Keep up the good work.
Crew Blessed have been enjoying reconnecting in recent weeks.
It’s been great to get back into Mindful Mondays. Today we wrote positive postcards for staff who have supported us.
Tranquil Tuesdays have been relaxing with some focused reading going on and we have taken responsibility for our own HOWLs in Thoughtful Thursdays.
Wise Wednesdays have been great to get into too, with some meaningful face to face discussions about British Values.
So, we got through our first week back after Lockdown 3.0. It was a tiring week but we made it.
Crew hit off the week with a covid test before they were able to mix with their classmates. They did really well and were really sensible about it.
To end the week, X26 crew leaders thought that it would be good for pupils to blow off a little steam and have a couple of games of dodgeball.
I was really impressed with crew as we didn’t come last! Even though we were two crew members down.
I was particularly impressed with Arthur who was throwing the balls so so far and properly took poor Kolby out at one point! He was a great sportsman and said sorry for the powerful take-out.
I hope Nida won’t mind me sharing this – but I was so happy to receive the following photos of some artwork she has been working on this weekend based on the artist Luke Dixon that we are looking at in Y8 art sessions. Nida always works so hard and has a real talent for drawing. Everything she does is presented so neatly with great care and attention. Absolutely brilliant work Nida!
Fantastic week back crew! Roll on next week.
So, we made it crew! A 9-week term online – WOWZER!
It’s been tough, but we have got through it.
There has been some wonderful work produced by crew Kahlo this term and they have worked so so hard and I’m really proud of them.
These last two weeks we have been able to log off lessons and have some time at the end of each school day to do something a little different.
The crew have been….
- Building dens:
- Taking time out to read.
- Meditating and relaxing to music.
- Creating their own perfect playlist of music.
- Taking part in a rainbow photography challenge.
- Following youtube drawing tutorials
- A world book day scavenger hunt
It’s been great to see the crew doing something a little bit different!
For our crew members that have been in school, they have been working off some of their energy by playing badminton, basketball, or busting out some shapes following ‘Just Dance’ routines with their friends. Look at Olivia go!!!
Have a relaxing 2 weeks off crew Kahlo and try to stay off those screens!
With SLCs complete and the end of lockdown round the corner, we are also heading towards the end of term 3!
It’s been a challenging term and one that has really shown the power of us as individuals and as Crew. The strength students have shown to keep producing beautiful work and attending sessions so consistently has been incredible. Everyone should be really proud of themselves.
This was all encapsulated by their Student Led Conferences. Everyone spoke clearly about where they need to improve and equally about the work they are proud of. There were honest reflections that were discussed in a mature way that was often ahead of their years. This resulted in some very proud families and a very proud Crew Leader.
Here are some pictures from those meaningful SLC evenings…
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.
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)
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!
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.
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 🙂