I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Post-16 information evening for X22 students and their families.

 

 

Rescheduled: This will now take place in XP East on Thursday 7th November from 5 pm.

The evening will give students and families an opportunity to hear from students and staff in the Post-16 team about our offer in terms of academic studies, our partners in the Internship Academy programme and the exciting XP Diploma.

The XP Diploma combines qualifications, personal development, careers guidance and personalised pathways to prepare our students to be successful in the modern world. The programme is co-constructed by the student, parents and XP and is based around three central reflective questions:

1. What do I enjoy?
2. Who do I want to become?
3. Where do I want to go?

The Diploma is indicative of our determination to personalise the learning experience of students so that they are fully prepared to be successful in the modern world, which will be particularly pertinent to X22 students as they consider their next steps of study with XP whilst completing their work experience.

 

There will be additional open evenings during the course of the year, to which we will also invite external candidates for Post-16.

Crew Bronte – Academic Pledges

Crew Bronte completed their Student Led Conferences a few weeks ago which included students reflecting on their mock examination results and considering academic pledges for the upcoming examinations in June. Check out Alzbeta’s reflections below on how she is currently performing in her History GCSE.

Ally’s pledge to ask for more ‘feedback’ and her determination to ‘test’ herself and ‘revise more regularly’ shows that she is really ‘getting smart’. In the next few weeks in academic crew sessions we are going to look at revision resources and techniques so that we are fully prepared for the challenges ahead!

Crew Bronte – Othello Speeches

Crew Bronte. along with other crews in X22, have been working hard this week delivering their speeches on Othello entitled, ‘Who is the most to blame for the death of Desdemona?’ The speeches have been recorded and will be sent to the Eduqas examination board so the students can gain a grade in Spoken Word which will complement their final GCSE grade in English. The speeches have been well prepared, thorough and detailed. Great work X22!!

Crew Bronte – Revising hard!

In crew today we discussed the benefits of using flash cards to aid revision. It was great to see Allie and Olivia already producing revision resources for Science to help them understand key concepts. The whole crew then focussed on an element of revision they were less confident about and produced flash cards on an aspect of that subject.

These guys are on it!

 

 

X22 Presentation of Learning -Debates

This evening X22 hosted an evening of debates in front of a public audience. As part of their latest STEAM expedition students’ final product was to plan, prepare and participate in a formal debate on contentious subjects ranging from, ‘Is the world making progress?’ to ‘Was the moon landing a hoax?’ The level of debating skills was extremely impressive and the respect shown between opposing views was clearly in evidence. Pressure was increased by the presence of an audience lending real authenticity and accountability to the evening

High quality work X22.

Today in crew, Bronte focussed on practising their speaking in Spanish in preparation for their upcoming mock examination. Special shoutouts for Ben and Paige who answered the question, ‘Where do you go on your holiday?’ in perfect Spanish with superb accents. This is what the rest of crew need to aspire to!

In addition, Katie and Ally worked on a draft revision timetable using a model from the website as inspiration, they then shared this work with the rest of crew. We agreed as a crew we would share a revision timetable over the next few days so that we can start revision next week for the mock examinations that start the week beginning 10 December.

Excellent work, Bronte!!

 

In Staff Crew this morning, we considered the importance of crew. We started by reflecting on how crew looks, sounds and feels and shared our thoughts and ideas about how we can make crew even better. Staff finished the session by considering their role as a crew leader and what they needed to do to improve. Just like our students we wrote pledges that we will display in crew rooms so that students can hold us to account!

Crew Bronte: Twenty Ways to Be XP!

At the start of term crews in X22 (Y10) engaged in a number of activities linked to our Character Traits and Habits of Work and Learning to allow them to reflect on what it means to be part of XP. The activities included: service learning at Sandall Beat Woods; visiting the elderly at an Age UK Centre; leading crew activities; acts of kindness and just having fun as a crew!

Below are Bronte’s thoughts about crew and some of the things we did in the first week back.

At XP we learn about teamwork and show acts of kindness, for us it’s important to go to a school where we can be ourselves and try to make our work significant. We call this our ‘crew’,

In crew we can share ideas and be creative, for example, every week we share what we have done on the weekend to our crew and show acts of kindness by doing greetings; this happens every Monday.

In crew we all feel like we can share things with each other without getting embarrassed or scared.

We read on Wednesdays to allow us to build our knowledge of vocabulary, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure. On Thursdays we (sometimes!) have an activity day, it’s a day where we all come together and have fun which makes us succeed in team work. We also work hard by focussing on academic work to better prepare us for our upcoming GCSE’s.

On Fridays we participate in a whole school community meeting. This is an opportunity to show integrity and apologise for our mistakes, we also appreciate others that have shown us compassion and respect and we hold each other to account by making stands. This relates to our character traits of ‘Courage, Respect, Craftsmanship and Quality, Compassion and Integrity’.

To show compassion and kindness, every year our crew choses a charity to support. The charity we chose as a crew in Year 9 was Cancer Research UK. They are a non profit charity that provide money for research into cancer suppressant or curing treatment, also they fund the treatments to some degree. We organised 2 fundraising events. The first was a bag pack in Asda and the other was a sweet sale in school. In total we raised £341.09. We were really proud that we had helped others.

Below are some thoughts from us about the visit to the Goldsmith’s Centre at Sprotborough:

Noah

On the 29th of August, as part of ‘Twenty Ways to be XP!’, we went to see the elderly visitors at the Goldsmith’s Centre at Sprotbrough. We asked them questions about their life, played games with them and other activities. At first it felt daunting to meet and talk to people who you have never met but when we got to talk to them we found it enjoyable and fascinating. When we were there we played dominoes and talked to people who told us about the mines and their past lives.

Ben

On our table, there was me and 5 other elderly visitors. At first it was hard to start a conversation but after we had it was fine and we began playing dominoes. Some of them got a bit confused at first but after a few games it was fine. I got speaking to Jim who was from Scotland and had moved to Doncaster to work in the mines. He was nice and happy to talk to me. Everybody there was different and was born in many different places. All of them were happy and seemed to be enjoying their time at age UK.

C22 Preparation for Y10

I do appreciate there will be weeks where Tassomai can not be done and that the most important thing for students is that they have a rest this holiday, however if Tassomai can be kept ticking over it would be highly beneficial to students. 

I would be really grateful your support with this.

To both students and families, please have a wonderful summer and enjoy the deserved rest.

Mr Campbell