Guess Who’s Back?

Crew Thunberg is back, and what a start: Crew Thunberg have come back stronger than ever, and are already working hard, getting smart, and being kind!

I’ve had the absolute pleasure over the last two weeks to spend much more time with crew than before lockdown, as I’m back teaching X26 again (woohoo!) What I’ve loved most about this is I’m able to see first-hand how well Crew Thunberg work in sessions.

The levels of maturity in the conversations we’ve had have been astounding — members of Crew Thunberg across both classes have engaged in thoughtful discussions about racial inequality and gender inequality over the last 2 weeks, during their immersion for the expedition Fight the Power!

But more than this! Crew have brought these discussions from their sessions and back into crew, sharing their thoughts and ideas on how we construct an identity for ourselves and how that identity is influenced and affected by others.

Numerous times this week I’ve had to stop to  remind myself that the students in front of me are all in year 8.

The conversations around inequality, oppression, and identity have been as important and crucial to these times as any I’ve heard. Students in Crew Thunberg have excelled themselves this week in supporting each other in having these, often difficult, conversations about who they are, and who determines their identity.

I know I say it every time, but it’s just very true: this term looks like it will be our absolute best ever yet! I’m looking forward to getting back into sessions this week to see how Crew Thunberg are getting on beyond their sessions with me in maths. I’ve already seen them hard at work in HUMAN — keep up the brilliant work, everyone!

We’re back! And we’re ready for it all over again!

 

 

Crew Kahlo are back!

It’s all go at XP after our time at home during the lockdown. It’s so good to have the crew back together again. I’m really proud of crew Kahlo for settling back into their school routine (even though they’re all a bit tired). Each and every member of crew has made a fantastic start to Year 8 and has received some lovely feedback from their teachers.

For our first day back we had a full day together to re-connect and catch up.

I was impressed with their mature attitudes towards the new rules that we have to follow to stay safe in school. They also let off a little steam by playing a few games outside to get some fresh air…

We discussed ideas for crew pledges to try and help each other when we need support

The crew has had some changes this week like our first whole school virtual community meeting:

We also had the introduction to ‘Wise Wednesdays’. For our first week, we were looking at ‘Understanding Identity’. We discussed how social and cultural factors help to shape our identity. It was a chance for the crew to explore who they were as people and think about how others see them. It was challenging for some members of the crew but they grappled with the tasks and supported each other. It was lovely to have the chance to speak to them all about ‘what makes them who they are’.

Well done for having a great start to Year 8!

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!

X26 & X25 Coming Back Stronger!

It is wonderful to welcome back our students in Year 8 and 9 today, they have certainly returned with renewed energy and enthusiasm!

Today, is all about Crew.  Students have been spending their time today reflecting on the past few months, learning how to keep themselves safe whilst in school and most importantly reconnecting as a Crew.

I have had the pleasure of spending time in each of the Crew’s and it is great to see the students engaged, working collaboratively and happy!

What a way to start the year! #Comingbackstronger

 

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.

 

Checking out of lockdown!

Thank you to everyone who joined the hangout today, you made me laugh.

We had a check in of ‘what has been your worst hair cut?’ Dodgy fringes and barbers cutting ears!!
We had a Crew quiz, Bobby and Lily came joint first, well done!

Well done to Zarina who got a special mention for her maths work 🙂
Well done Bobby, Bec and Lily who have been handing in their work, great to see.

Here are a few pieces from Crew Pankhurst this week:

Lily’s work where she watched a video about Langar and wrote a short story about someone carrying out an act of kindness / compassion.

Some brilliant notice/wonders and question from Bec

Some good news by Lily

A lovely inspirational quote by Rebecca

Lily has been planting seeds

Bob has started doing an additional task! Ace.

Massive amounts of praise for you Zarina! Very proud of the work you have done in Maths and how you have shown resilience and didn’t give up 🙂

See you all on our next crew hangout!
Mrs Hannam

Its official! We have a crew name!

So, crew EJN presented their crew name suggestions to Miss Robinson in last week’s crew hangout. They were prepared, confident, and articulated their reasons for each individual really well.

I was very impressed!

After almost an hour of presenting their slides, Miss Robinson decided that our new crew name was going to be…(drum roll please)…

This is after the famous Mexican artist ‘Frida Kahlo’. You may recognise some of her artwork below:

She created a number of self-portraits as well as paintings about her disabilities.

She had a really tough time and was in a lot of pain throughout her life.

 

Here are some of the pages that Arthur in our crew prepared to describe her:

 

So, as you can see from Arthurs slides – she didn’t have it easy. She had a lot of challenges to overcome in her life – but she was so determined and courageous!

Harrison read through most of the slides as Arthur had a few technical issues and was losing connection. Harrison read really well, he was clear and confident. He showed a lot of courage as I know he was not in his comfort zone whilst doing it. Well done Harrison.

For Arthur’s last page he described why he thought that we should name our crew after Frida Kahlo…

The reasons that he gave above absolutely blew me away and actually brought a tear to my eye – thinking about how far we have come as a crew and all that we have been through!

We have been through some hard times, some challenging times, some difficult times – but we are crew and we can get through it! We support each other and back each other up.

I am a very proud, emotional, embarrassing, and ‘cringy’ crew leader – but I don’t care!

I’ll leave you with this quote from Frida which I think is VERY true.

A Word From Reuben on Kindness:

This week Crew JNI have been working really hard to get lots of work done. I have seen lots of beautiful work from everyone and it’s made me proud to be your crew leader!

It’s been interesting reading the work you guys have been doing on your expedition on kindness, and I wanted to share a piece of work Reuben has done.

It is in answer to the question:

What would the world look like without kindness?

Without any kindness, the world would be gloomy, grey and depressing. In school the teachers would be mean and harsh and give you terrible scores on everything on purpose. School dinners would be raw uncooked chicken and cold thick gravy, and all of the students would nudge each others shoulders when they pass each other in the corridor.  People would stick chewing gum under the desks and in each other’s hair.

At home my mum would be horrible and mean by giving me loads of extra chores. My sister would torment me and steal all my money. Also, my dog would bark at me and everyone else all the time, he would also poo in my favourite shoes.

When you walked outside, you would see dead grass. People would also be wearing horrible hand knitted sweaters that were made to feel horrible because they’re made of yarn filled with pollen that causes hay-fever. When you got on the bus there would be gum everywhere and the driver would be late every time on purpose. In shops and supermarkets there would be old chicken that they got out the bin covered in cold gravy.

If you met an old lady on the street she would hit you with her cane and torment me for being young…. And I would run away!!

I think it’s safe to say, no one wants to live in a world like that. Well done Reuben on such a descriptive and emotive piece of work.

IT’S OFFICIAL. CREW PANKHURST!!!

This week’s blog is written by Rebecca, Zarina and Stevie.

Emmeline Pankhurst

We wanted Emmeline Pankhurst as our crew name because she was an amazing, empowering woman. She didn’t just inspire other women but men as well, and made our community a better place. To this day thousands of people across the world have an opportunity to vote, however during Emmeline Pankhurst’s time, women did not have that choice. For her to stand up for all women takes great courage and the hate she received made her stronger as a person. All women should have the opportunity to vote. To make a life changing decision. To not have the world run by men. Without Emmeline Pankhurst, women would not be able to vote and because she changed that, we are proud to call our crew, Crew Pankhurst.

‘Without inspiring women, I don’t think I would have become to person I am today’ – Rebecca. S