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.

 

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.

Crew MRO – Big News Coming Soon!

We are on the edge of a big announcement regarding our final Crew name!

For those that don’t know, very soon we will be known by a globally influential and recognised persons name. This person, suggested by the members of our Crew will be a representation of who we are and the things we think are important in an inspirational person.

This is a very exciting time for Crew MRO and something we’ve been actively working on since last October. Various stages have been undertaken from initial ideas to important character traits in a person and a closed vote narrowing the suggestions down from 15 to just 3.

Watch this space for the BIG REVEAL in the coming weeks!

There have also been some lovely appreciations to individuals in our Crew and from Crew members recently.

  • Hi Mollie, just wanted to say that your work since the start of lockdown has been awesome! – Mrs Goddard
  • Hi Liam, just wanted to say that your work in Maths is brilliant, and thanks for your input to the hangout on Wednesday! Excellent Liam! – Mrs Goddard

 

  • I appreciate Mr Robins because he still puts his effort in for us whilst we are not around but glad you got some peace from us.
  • I would like to appreciate Mr Robins because when I needed to know my MEG he replied to my email and told me.
  • I would appreciate my mum cause she helped me sort everything out with my work and crew hangouts.

Lots of positivity – thank you and well done!

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Crew MRO – Heading towards the end of term!

It has certainly be a different term. One we will never forget, but it has also involved the similar qualities as any other term at XP.

  • We have shown courage to deal with all the changes and worries within the current situation.
  • We have displayed respect for our community by following government guidelines.
  • We’ve continued to develop our craftsmanship and maintained our quality of work.
  • We have shown compassion to members of our households, loved ones, extended families, our communities and of course the key workers of our country.
  • And finally we have shown that integrity is so important. Doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching. Whether that is staying at home when we really want to go out or not Googling the answers while doing a ‘hangout’ quiz!

Here is a little reminder of what we look like as a Crew…

We wish everyone a healthy 2 week break and look forward to the time when we can create an updated Crew photo.

Crew MRO – Birthdays and Appreciations!

During our Lockdown period we have now had 2 birthdays within our Crew. There are a couple more to come in June, I’m sure these are birthdays they will never forget.

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Staff have been working incredibly hard to support students and Liam had an appreciation for his Maths teacher…

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This week also saw our highest attended Google ‘Hangout’ – Well done Crew!

Crew MRO Stepping it up!

I won’t go as far as to say we are now used to our ‘new normal’ but we are definitely getting to grips with many of the new ways of doing things!

It’s been great to see all of Crew getting more involved with our Google Classroom and the daily check-ins, the Google ‘Hangouts’ and contacting each other to see how things are.

It feels like we have really re-visited those core values that we hold so dear and of course showing, above all – compassion.

Big ‘shout out’ to the following students in particular…

Also a massive well done to Ebony who completed the 3 Peaks Challenge with her Dad and members of her football team…

Finally as we start new expeditions and head into another week, sometimes it’s the small things that catch our eye in amongst the busy days. This week it was this plant called ‘Bleeding Hearts’ in my garden.

Each week we step it up and achieve more and more as a Crew. Moving forward and making progress is a real achievement in this current situation – Well done Crew MRO!

Year 7/8 Common Mission

As part of Common Mission in year 7/8 we are launching The Book of Memories. Crew leaders will be sharing this during google hangouts. We would like you to produce a virtual (slides) or book of your memories during this time so that we can look back and reflect on our time at home.

Each week you will be given a theme to help you create your book of memories and give you ideas of activities you might be able to do at home. Your crew leader will share the introduction with you and how you can make your book and also the first theme which is “What is in my cupboards”

We look forward to seeing your ideas and sharing with us what you have been up to whilst at home.

Stay Safe Everyone

Ilinca’s Year 8