Friday 30th April 2021 saw Crew Macmillan take on Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100 challenge – where we decided we wanted to raise £100, by walking 100 laps of the perimeter of XP.
We trialled it… and achieved 143 laps collectively. So crew showed courage; and challenged ourselves to complete 200 laps in Captain Tom’s honour. We got ourselves ready to go…
And guess what? Continue reading
“The family of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore is inviting the world to take inspiration from his famous 100 laps around his garden to celebrate Captain Tom’s life, his generosity of spirit and the hope and joy he brought to millions.
The Captain Tom 100 is taking place on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend, from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May”.
So, as a crew, Crew Macmillan have decided we will be taking on Captain Sir Tom’s 100 Challenge this coming Friday, April 30th.
The Challenge involves completing 100 of something!
Crew have decided to collectively complete 100 laps of XP school in one single crew session. Actually, then, we had a trial run on Friday; and managed to smash that target, so we’re going to challenge ourselves to achieve 200 Laps instead!!!
We’ve set up a fundraising page to try and raise some money in aid of our chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. If you are in a position to help us to do so, the link is here.
We would love to be able to raise £100 – what a lovely amount in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore.
I look forward to taking on this challenge – come on crew, we’ll smash it!
It is great to have the crew back in school. They have all settled very well in getting into their routine and working off their Timetable. As you can see their timetable in school is very busy.
Now the crew are back, they have started to reflect on their habits of work and learning and this is where they critique themselves and their peers in crew on their HOWLS. To support their Work Hard, Get Smart and Be Kind grades each student will once a week reflect and grade themselves on their HOWLS and enter their own grades for each subject lesson they study on how they are performing in Work Hard, Get Smart and Be Kind. through this process each student will hopefully work on the subject areas where they need to improve.
How we grade ourselves in Crew. Work Hard, Get Smart and Be Kind.
What a long 9 weeks that was!
Crew Macmillan outdid themselves yet AGAIN with attendance, engagement, and achievement. It was a long, gruelling 9 weeks of completely online learning but as a crew, we got there. We supported each other; we laughed, we cried, we had meltdowns, and we built each other back up.
We spent time off screen, and during this we achieved tonnes! From indoor picnics, to nature walks, creating happy playlists and pushing ourselves to go out of the house for exercise (yes, Frankie, ASDA does count as a mental exercise, I’ll allow it!). Take a look below at what Crew got up to!
I cannot WAIT to have crew back in person, even though i don’t think any of us are looking forward to early mornings after a wonderful half term!
Parents, just a reminder of how next week will look for Y10:
Crew, please arrive for 10:15am on Monday 22nd March. We have some crew activities & COVID Testing planned in the morning, and you will be in sessions in the afternoon.
Timetable will return to normal for Y10 from Tuesday 23rd March.
Please remember: Face masks will need to be worn. If there are any issues (or exemptions!) please contact me via email. You will also need to bring a water bottle as fountains are still out of use.
Time for Crew Mac to come back and smash this term. I have every confidence that you guys will!!
See you Monday!!
Miss Cocliff x
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!
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…
Lizzie the dog
Working hard on the farm
I can see you…
A spot of nature…
A royal visit
It’s too cold outside…
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.”
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.
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…
What a start to 2021!
Welcome back, Crew Mac – even 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:
…what a long term it’s been!!!
As we’re nearing Christmas, too, we felt that as a crew, it’s important to spread some Christmas cheer.
On Thoughtful Thursday last week, we decided to highlight some appreciations for our wonderful staff. Crew receive praise postcards a lot, so we wanted to pay it back! See some wonderful words below.