Crew Blessed Reconnecting

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.

Crew Blessed – SLCs Complete!

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…

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 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!

 

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 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!

Crew Blessed Back Together

It was a great start to the new school year for Crew Blessed and really nice to be in the same room as each other once again.

Ben celebrated his birthday in school last Friday which was quite a contrast from last year in a Welsh valley…

Also on Friday we took part in the first virtual Community Meeting via a Google Hangout. What a great experience and thanks to technology we could still feel part of the whole school Crew.

It’s great to be back!

Crew Blessed Checkin’ Out of Year 7…

It’s been a school year no-one will forget and there have been many highs and lows.

We’ve got through it all because WE ARE CREW!

Here is a look back at Year 7 from the perspective of Crew Blessed.

That’s Crew Blessed checked out of Year 7, bring on Year 8!

We hope that everyone has a positive and healthy summer break.

Crew Blessed – We Meet Again!…

Well some of us did!

We happened to have 5 of our Crew in school last Wednesday (including Mr Robins). It was great to see each other in real life!

In other news Liam has been contributing to a community collection of painted rocks near his house. These are fantastic and will no doubt have given lots of people a smiley moment when they saw them.

Great work Liam!

As we are the newly named Crew Blessed I thought it a coincidence when I saw on Twitter that Doncaster Council has used Brian Blessed to reinforce safety measures across the town!

Crew Blessed hope everyone stays safe and well as we head into the final couple of weeks of this academic year.

 

Crew MRO – Crew Name Reveal!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce our new Crew identity.

Crew MRO will now been known as… (drum roll please)..

After lots of fantastic ideas and loads of great Crew discussions, naming our Crew after the actor and adventurer Brian Blessed seemed the best fit.

We feel he represents our Crew particularly well while being a great example of someone who demonstrates our schools character traits (and he’s a local guy too, he was born in Mexborough).
Courage
– He is an adventurer, he is the oldest person to reach the North Pole on foot and holds the World Record for being the oldest man to climb a height of 28,500 feet without oxygen supplement.
Compassion / Courage / Integrity / Respect
– His childhood dream was to climb Mount Everest, he’s tried 3 times but never reached the summit – ending one attempt to save the life of a fellow climber.
Craftsmanship & Quality
– He’s a renowned actor, writer, presenter and singer, awarded the OBE for services to the arts and charity.
Compassion
– He is the patron of several animal charities, including the charity Born Free and being appointed a UN Ambassador for Animal Welfare.
Cain in our Crew summed it up in his own words… “He’s as loud as I am and has a beard like Mr Robins.”
Brian Blessed is also a fully trained cosmonaut (or spaceman!) and has completed 800 hours of training in Russia.
Most people will also know Brian as the voice of Grampy Rabbit from Peppa Pig.
There aren’t many people that won’t have seen or heard Brian whether it’s in this children’s TV programme, the 80’s film Flash Gordon, Star Wars or performing some classic Shakespeare (the list goes on!).
One of our favourite quotes by Brian Blessed is…
So that leaves us to ‘check-out’ as Crew MRO and ‘check-in’ as Crew Blessed! Here’s to the next chapter of our XP journey.