Super Successful SLC’s!

Student Led Conferences are vital to our work. They put our students in charge of sharing information about their academic progress with their families. In the words of expeditionary learning guru Ron Berger, “Student Led Conferences require and empower students to take the lead role in communicating their learning” – in other words, our students know they have to be responsible for their learning and progress, and they must be able to explain to their families where they are at, and where they are heading!

SLC’s obviously looked a little different this year. They were online; students had 25 minutes to speak about a range of things, including their HoWLs data, Academic progress, how they have found working from home, and the pledges they made at the start of the year. Crew Macmillan continue to surprise me daily; and once again, they absolutely SMASHED it! They each spoke confidently and maturely, could analyse their own data in terms of GCSE grades (which is a vital skill as we head into Y11) and they were all able to share examples of beautiful work with their families. As such, i wanted to share some of the amazing work with you!

Firstly, Crew were asked to reflect on their attendance across the year. Although we haven’t physically been in school THAT much in Y10 (Thanks, COVID!) – online attendance is still absolutely vital, and it is still monitored. Some great reflections in crew; here is Imogen’s! Imogen spoke through how ‘blue’ means ‘Awesome’ – in terms of our narrative for success, this means Imo is exceeding expectations!

Students were then asked to reflect on their Work Hard, Get Smart, and Be Kind attributes in sessions. Archie and Joe provided really detailed analysis for each HoWL!

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The second time around for whole school closure. Since returning to education in the Year 2021, I would like to appreciate how well the students are coping and managing with their online learning.  Below is the timetable that Crew Hawking along with their peers in year 10 log onto daily during the week, for their lessons.

YEAR 10 / X24

Every Friday afternoon all 50 students in year 10 XP go onto the community online class where Mr Voltaire (Year 10 assistant principal) celebrates the great learning that the year 10 students are achieving. below are a few of the praises from Crew Hawking.

Jaggy is getting smart and I am so proud of him.

Symbolism in Artwork.  Evan has been working on the Learning Target: I understand and can describe how artists create meaning through their work.

Another crew member Helen Campbell of stunning graphics that she has been working on in her digital art workbook for the task Symbolism.

A Spot of Adventuring…

Lockdown 3.0…

If the challenges of school were not enough then remote learning would make it even harder.  Crew King, like the rest of their peers faced a new year full of challenges.

Globally, everything has stopped. Projects have been delayed, workplaces closed and schools shut down. The world seems to have ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. However, students continue their education through online learning and via video calls with their teachers and on the whole this has been executed very well by X24 and particularly Crew King.

“When life gets tough and you’re faced with defeat, remember somewhere in the world a flower is popping through the concrete.”

Challenging Times

I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate all of my crew and their amazing families for the support and determination that they continue to show during this difficult and challenging time.  I have exchange frequent emails, phone calls and one to ones with students and their families in order to support where I can.  I want my Crew to know that I am here for them. Keep doing what you’re doing.  Keep attending, staying safe, working hard, getting smart and being kind. This is what makes us crew and stand apart from the crowd.

Mental Health Awareness Week

There has never been a time where wellbeing was at the forefront of people’s minds.  With everyone being locked away and attached to their laptops or tablets, it was important this week that we spent some time considering the importance of mental health and wellbeing in general.

In Crew, we have and will continue to, take the time to communicate and support each other. We will continue to focus on the importance of sharing our stories and motivating each other when we feel like it’s just another monotonous day.  This week in order to break the routine we spent an hour on Friday taking time to go outside and observe nature.  It was incredible to receive photographs, which feature in this blog, from Crew members who walked their dog, kicked a football around or simply went out into the garden just to get some fresh air. Please continue to encourage Crew King to enjoy time away from technology and the beauties of nature.  Sometimes we all need to remember that the simple things in life can make use feel so much better.

Green Shoots

So spring is on its way and somehow things are looking up… For now we remain online learning but…we are crew and until our return into school  we will continue to work hard and get smart. Please remember that I am there for all Crew mates and their families.

I would like to praise all of Crew King for their photos and inspiration to write this blog. Thank you for keeping my spirits up.

Until next time… Stay strong and stay safe.

 

— Crew King- The Journey Continues…

Happy CREW Year!

What a start to 2021!

Welcome back, Crew Maceven if it is online for now!

I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that crew Macmillan have had an absolutely wonderful start to the year! Aside from a couple of internet issues, you’ve all achieved 100% attendance in sessions, and crew – INCREDIBLE. A huge thank you from me, because that means you’re engaged and learning exactly what you need to be during these difficult times. It just proves how awesome you lot are!

The last couple of weeks have highlighted just how resilient our students (and staff!) are, and everyone just seems to have stepped it up a gear, going above and beyond for each other whilst we’re limited to home learning. On Monday this week, Crew took part in Mindful Mondays, and for a bit of positivity, i asked Crew to find a quote that made them smile. This could be for a number of reasons, but positivity breeds positivity, and we found it was a brilliant way to kick our week off. I was very impressed with the maturity of Crew during this task, and take a look for yourselves at some of the quotes they picked out:


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Y10 Christmas Hamper / Food Boxes

Our Y10 Silver DofE students have been unable to undertake their usual charity fundraising activities this year, so they’ve decided to create food hampers for our local food banks.

We’re all very aware of the financial impact the various lockdown/tier 3 restrictions have had on our community, especially on those who have been furloughed or are self employed and unable to work.  So, in addition to the staple non-perishable items (cereals; tinned and packeted foods; tea/coffee/juice) we are specifically asking for donations of those ‘treat’ items that some families may have to go without this year.

For example:

  • nice biscuits
  • chocolates/selection boxes
  • Christmas crackers
  • mince pies, cakes, etc.
  • small gift sets (e.g. hand cream/deodorant)

If you are able to contribute, please can you send items in to be passed on to your child’s Crew Leader by Monday 15th December.

The hampers will be donated to St John The Evangelist Church in Balby and The Trussell Trust at Christ Church during the last week of term.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Mrs Mawby, Miss Cocliff, Mrs Batty, Mrs Collinson and Miss Wilmot (Crew Leaders Year 10)

Return of the MC…. (Miss Cocliff!)


Tomorrow is FINALLY the day I can return to work after having to self isolate for 8 days; the longest I’ve been away from Crew!

As a crew, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mrs Johnson for stepping in whilst I joined Crew on hangout from home. And a personal thank you to Charlie – who has made sure I’m able to join crew, organised everything that needs organising, and has just in general been a great deputy crew leader. I wasn’t joking about getting you a badge! 😉

It seems Crew Macmillan have still been flying the flag around school whilst I’ve been working from home, which is evidenced by the data on the praise form. Take a look at our figures so far – I’m so glad you’ve carried on being just as amazing, you have all done me, yourselves, and crew really proud!

Alfie, 60 praise entries is unbelievable. Frankie, 50!? INSANE. The fact that we have EVERYONE in crew with over 15 praise entries blows my mind – remember, praises are entered when students go above and beyond expectations in sessions, whether that relates to working hard, getting smart, being kind, or compassionate, or respectful, or showing brilliant craftsmanship and quality; it does get noticed! Let’s make it our mission for ALL of Crew to reach at least 25 praise entries by Christmas!

I can’t wait to be back with crew and give you more updates in the upcoming couple of weeks.

Remember this Friday and Monday (27th and 30th November) are staff days, so students won’t be in school; crew, make sure you’re caught up on any outstanding work; our focus as a crew is going to be on handing in all extended study on time!

 

 

Keep working hard. You’re incredible humans!

Miss C x

Crew Hawking have been working hard in their classes over the last few weeks since returning after half term. In Art they are working in the style of a Graphic Novel Artist. They could choose to do the art work in the style of many different ways: Use a grid, Trace the outlines before applying your chosen artist’s style or Use autodesk sketchbook to do a digital drawing on the Ipad. In crew they have been looking and reflecting on their HOWL grades for each of their subjects. From the data off their teachers gradings, they were then able to make pledges to better themselves in their academic studies. 

Crew Webb HOWLing on Flexible Friday

Crew Webb showed their habits of work and learning during our Duke of Edinburgh session this week by working on their outdoor first aid skills. Students worked in teams to examine case studies of outdoor scenarios that they might face in future Duke of Edinburgh expeditions once Covid restrictions change. Once Crew Webb worked through the case studies, they prepared presentations demonstrating the steps they would take to provide first aid in each case. Great teamwork and beautiful work on a Friday afternoon!

 

This week in Crew Mac!

Crew Macmillan have had another cracking week this week! I am constantly blown away by how hard they work, how smart they get, and how kind they are.

Our Mindful Mondays this week focused around our weekends. We spent our crew session catching up, speaking about positives and negatives to our weekend. Most of Archie’s weekends now are taken up by his new puppy, Ralph – and Milo can’t go football training at the minute now we’re back in lockdown! What a funny old year!

Tranquil Tuesdays in Crew Mac saw students get to grips with our new E-Library. We explored the selection of books available, and we’re impressed with the new system! Hopefully this will allow us to expand our vocabulary, and our love of reading – some of crew struggle with this, but it’s something we are working on, together! I can’t wait to settle down to a good book from the library now!!!

In crew on Wednesday, we had the pleasure of Tristan and Loris joining us from Crew Webb! Our Wise Wednesday session focused on paying our respects to mark Remembrance Day. We spoke about the sacrifices made by the heroes of our country in the wars, and we also spoke about the sacrifices our key workers have made during this pandemic. We marked Remembrance Day by creating poppies with messages of remembrance on the back, and sorted these out to make our Crew door reflect the thanks we have for the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Thoughful Thursday Y10 community meeting was a great one facilitated by Mr V. We spoke about the characteristics we need to embed to be successful, and the ones that stood out were grit, determination, and being persistent! There are examples of Crew Mac doing this every day, and I’m absolutely sure that if we continue to work as a crew, this grit will definitely pay off in terms of GCSE results next year.

This morning we began to analyse our HoWLs for this term; I’m going to keep this short as it’s a work in progress, and there will be more to come on this next week… but for now, just check out how impressive this snapshot of Crew Mac’s HoWLs is!!!

Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to Crew Macmillan this week. I didn’t have the best time on Tuesday and Wednesday and compassion and respect was shown in abundance. It’s unbelievable how lucky I am to be in the position of Crew Leader for such fantastic, kind hearted human beings. I’ll leave you with this gorgeous piece of artwork Courtney has created for our crew wall – she’s absolutely right, we really are crew!