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.

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.

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!