Crew Blessed Superstars!

It’s a pleasure to get feedback from teachers of our Crew recently, with so many of them doing so well. We had 3 students named in the top 5 praise list this week – Ebony, Oscar and Cejay!

Liam was also our student of the week for his amazing consistency everyday.

It was also good to pop into their class today and see some productive reading going on from Alana, Ben and Oscar.

Crew Blessed up and running!

Members of Crew Blessed have made a fantastic start academically this term as well as showing great character traits.

This morning in Crew other students were celebrating how Luke had been supporting Year 7’s at lunchtimes and making sure they were involved in lunchtime activities. Well done Luke for showing great kindness – a fantastic role model!

Alana and Ben were given great feedback in HUMAN last week. The positivity just keeps flowing.

Well done everyone in Crew for making such a positive start to Year 10 – lets keep it up!

X26 – Year 10 – Smashing it!

X26 have come back to school with a sterling attitude! Most students are already working hard, getting smart and being kind every single session!

This morning’s community meeting highlighted the good stuff going on – along with a few reminders from our behaviour policy. We have incredibly high expectations, because we see every day how amazing X26 are!

Take a look below at the reminders and the praises highlighted this week 🙂

Great work, guys!

Miss Cocliff x

C26(Y10) & C25 (Y11) – what a cracking start!

What an absolutely cracking start to the year. Both year groups across both schools have been absolutely on it! Some of our Y10 students are already getting smart by creating revision resources to help them over the next 2 years, whilst our Y11s have come back ready to work hard for their GCSEs.

This week we held our first year group community meetings and, as you can see from the slides below, we already have lots to celebrate!

Year 10 Appreciation Slides:

Y11 Appreciation Slides:

Crew blogs:

Your child’s Crew Leader will keep you up to date with what’s happening in crew via their crew blogs. You can find these here:

X26E26
Crew BlessedCrew Frank
Crew KahloCrew Obama
Crew PankhurstCrew Mercury
Crew ThunbergCrew Rowling
X25E25
Crew PiperCrew Ali
Crew Rosa ParkesCrew Anoa’i
Crew Stan LeeCrew Parkinson
Crew TomlinsonCrew Turing

A couple of reminders:

We have asked all students to re-familiarise themselves with our dress code policy. We understand that our lack of uniform allows students to express themselves, however we do still have guidelines. If students persistently break the dress code guidelines, they will be challenged and required to complete after school reflections. We want to avoid this, so they can attend revision sessions instead to achieve their best grades at GCSE level!

Could we also ask for your support please in ensuring your child comes to school every day with appropriate equipment. This should include a pen, pencil, ruler, water bottle, and fully charged device (we don’t allow students to work on mobile phones). In Y10/Y11 we find devices are used a lot more, so please make sure students are bringing their chargers to school too! It’s vital that they have access to these devices to achieve their full potential through work in sessions and revision. Students may find it beneficial to have a notebook for revision material too, but that’s personal preference!

As ever, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to meeting some of our Y11 parents at our work experience launch on Wednesday 14th September 🙂

Miss Cocliff (X25/X26 Phase Lead, XP) and Mrs Parker (E25/E26 Phase Lead, XP East) 

Crew Blessed’s Sports Day 2022

Our day began with our Crew Mascot design. First job was to do some research about Brian Blessed who has many achievements and is known for a variety of things.

Our research led us to see that Brian Blessed is the voice of Grampy Rabbit from Peppa Pig.

With our rabbit design agreed, Cain and Mollie began drafting some ideas.

From here Lucy started to develop our mascot further.

And here he is… the Blessed Bunny!

Quiz time next…

That’s it for this morning. Onto football and Athletics this afternoon.

Crew Blessed Cracking On!

It’s been a busy start to this half term for Crew Blessed with expeditions in full flow and final products / Presentation of Learnings firmly in everyone’s mind.

Future Year 7’s (current Year 6’s) have been having a look around their new school over the last few weeks and our students have been leading the tours. Kolby did an amazing job as an ambassador, explaining what we do and how we do it.

Great job Kolby!

It is also a really busy time for fieldwork, supporting the expedition learning. Students were having a final briefing this morning before setting off to Derbyshire.

There’s no slowing down because of the heat for Crew Blessed. Full steam ahead towards the end of this expedition and this school year! Keep up the great work Crew!

X26 ‘Hold Back The River’ Peak District Fieldwork

Year 9’s current expedition ‘Hold Back the River’ has the guiding question, ‘how does water shape our world?’ 

During this expedition, our geography content is focusing on river characteristics from source to mouth, river processes, formation of landforms as well as the cause, impacts and responses of flooding. As part of this, we are applying the theory of river processes and characteristics to the field. 

On Tuesday 21st June, students will visit Edale in the Peak District, they will work together to collect data regarding the width, depth, velocity and load of rivers. We will also be capturing the beauty of a river by completing artwork.  This data collection will allow us to accept or reject our hypothesis once we have analysed our data in our maths lessons. 

Students will need to arrive at school no later than 8:15am so that the register and kit check can be completed before leaving school.

3 Peak District waterfall walks not to miss

It is also essential that all students bring all of the kit on the KIT LIST so that they are fully prepared for the fieldwork; this includes a packed lunch and water to drink. Students will need to ensure they have suitable walking boots/trainers as well as wellies or a pair of trainers they can get wet – we’ll be going in the river to collect the data!  If there are any problems in getting the appropriate kit before this, please email your child’s Crew Leader. 

Students will be returning to school for 3:15pm (if traffic allows). Please ensure that you complete the ‘Medical Form’ which will be given to students this week and return it to Crew Leaders/expedition teachers as soon as possible.

Many thanks in advance for your support with this!

Link to KIT LIST

Crew Kahlo at the end of Year 9

As they are coming to the end of Year 9, crew has been reflecting on their year. When thinking about their journey throughout the year, here are some of their highlights.

They have been looking at their HoWLs and AP grades from the last data drop. They have then made pledges each week to focus on small changes they can make to try and improve. Crew holds each other to account during this process, discussing whether they think they have been successful in achieving their pledges.

They have finished their second expedition of the year called ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ by creating beautiful work. They looked at Islamic tiles and then used rotational symmetry to design their own patterns to paint with acrylic paint.

Here are some examples from Crew Kahlo:

 

Crew also chose their options for ‘Leading Our Own Learning’ that they will be studying next year. The crew has picked a range of options such as Engineering, Citizenship, Psychology, Further maths, ICT / Computing as well as some members of the crew decided to take up the opportunity to join the ‘pushing for 4’ group that will support them with Maths, English, and Science leading up to their exams.

They cant really believe that they are coming to the end of Year 9 and going into Year 10!

Crew Kahlo going into Year 9

What a busy first couple of weeks crew Kahlo has had in Year 9!

There’s never a dull moment at XP, especially at the beginning of term. We kicked off the new year with an outward bound trip where we went abseiling off a bridge (80ft!) and caving:

On our second day of Year 9, crew took part in a number of fun challenges (working as a crew) in the morning and then played the other Year 9 crews in a bench ball tournament. We ended the day with a community meeting.

On our third day of Year 9 we walked to Potteric Carr nature reserve and then did a ‘Solo’.

When we got back to school, crew prepared for their POL to explain what they had done that week and what they had learnt from it. They worked well as a team to present to their peers and parents.

As you can see – we don’t mess about! We start as we mean to go on here at XP.

Cant quite believe that crew Kahlo are in Year 9 already – bring it on!