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.

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)

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. 

HOWLS by Crew Hawking.


LT 1 – I can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of The Peoples Health.
LT – 2  I can explain and analyse historical events and periods using second-order historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, significance and chronology.






Joseph Smith, Getting Smart in English Literature, explaining his knowledge and understanding of Stave 1 A Christmas Carol.

Joseph Smith – Getting Smart in English Literature, explaining his knowledge and understanding of Stave 1 A Christmas Carol.


Happy 15th Birthday Ashley.  Crew Hawking celebrates Ashley’s birthday with a cake kindly sent in by mum Susan.











Crew Hawking are on task producing Flashcards.

Crew Hawking are getting smart by learning about procrastination and how to revise.   In the Wise Wednesday crew lessons, they have been answering the guiding question: How can we remember what we learn?   They have broken down the content of a topic and have been working on producing flashcards to aid revising a topic. Here are a variety of flashcards produced by the crew to support pathogens revision.

Hawking are back in the classroom.

It has been great to see all the students in crew Hawking turn up on the first day back after a very long time out of school.  They have all been tremendously engaged in learning and settled very well into the new routine that requires them to be mindful of social distancing and hand washing.

Year 10 students have chosen their GCSE choice option this week and each of them got to join their new class and have an introduction lesson of their subject.  They all seem very happy with their chosen choice class and are looking forward to starting their learning and revision website on google sites.


X24 Fundraising

As previously posted. This summer, X24 are taking part in fundraising for the toilet twinning scheme by walking 2 miles with 4 litres of fluid on their back, just a portion of what those we are trying to help do on a daily basis. Here is evidence from one students walk:

This is an opportunity to provide support for countries who don’t have the simple facility to wash their hands, at a time when hand washing is vital. To support please donate money via this link.

Crew Hawking 2 weeks until summer break

Well, it has been an unusual half term, with just over a week and a half until the summer break starts and crew are looking forward to hopefully a break in the sun, visiting the seaside, family, friends or even going abroad to those countries that are open to travel to.

Some of crew Hawking have enjoyed the relaxed rules of COVID 19 to get a chance to meet up with a friend and go out for a walk and catch up, others have enjoyed getting out cycling with a couple of friends and enjoying the freedom of riding about in Doncaster and of course keeping to the 1metre plus rule.

It has been great to hear a few voices from the crew over the past week either joining a Science hangout – Marcus (great to hear from you) or joining crew hangout (Max and Jack – last crew members standing with a super attendance to check in on crew and chat) and one to one tutorials with Helen and her big smile and stunning blue-dyed hair, retelling the tales and adventures of the different pets that she has at home.

The year group X24 that Crew Hawking is in have been asked by Mrs Goddard if they could participate in a fundraising event, something that all students were aware of and discussed before Christmas holidays (2019).  Here is a reminder of the details:

Students are being asked to walk 2 miles, with 4 litres of water (any fluid will do) whenever they get chance.

This is to raise money for toilet twinning (as we looked at before the Christmas holiday).

Just raising £10 from each member of X24 would mean that we can provide two toilet blocks to countries that need it.

There will be a funding page for contributions to be paid to (however the funding page will take a small cut for themselves).

It would be really nice for students to either film the walk or provide evidence of their journey through an app- so that we can provide evidence for those supporting the scheme.

Lessons are still happening at 2pm on google hangouts for all students to join in and support their learning so please join in and carrying on completing those learning tasks which all benefits each of you in achieving great grades.


Take Care All

Mrs Mawby (Crew Leader).


Working Hard in Crew Hawking

The Staff at XP are working hard on the lessons to prepare for the students. Our students are really fortunate that the staff put the time in to teach the students online during COVID.  The above timetable is for all the Year 9 students to log on to Google Hangout on the days and times stated.  Students need to be on these sessions getting smart to complete tasks that have been set for them.  Can parents encourage their son or daughter to attend these sessions online.  

Mr Walker and Miss O’Grady the PE teachers are setting challenges for the students.  It is a weekly challenge of physical activity in which students complete the task and film the evidence and then send it onto either their crew leaders or the PE teachers. This is a intercrew competition the more that compete and send in their evidence video the more points for their crew  Come on Hawking! we can all do this. 

WEEK 1  – How many Star jumps in 1 minute. 

WEEK 2 –  How many press-ups in 1 minute.  

Duke of Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity to add extra qualifications to the curriculum vitae, showing employers the perseverance, compassion teamwork and many more character qualities.  There is a St John Ambulance first aid learning tasks set for students to engage with an additional skill.  Check out the details and lessons for this on Google Classroom DofE all students need to complete the First Aid. 

I want to appreciate all those students who are engaging Working Hard, Getting Smart and being Kind.  Additionally, all the parents supporting and staying in touch with me.  Keep safe and take care all.


DofE Bronze Award Update

In April we told you about changes to our DofE delivery in this blog post.

We now know that students won’t be able to complete the Outdoor Expedition within the original timescales set.

Unfortunately, this means that our Y9 students won’t be awarded the full Bronze Award this academic year.

However, DofE still want to recognise and celebrate participants’ achievements so far – and rightly so! – and will be awarding a Certificate of Achievement to all those who complete the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections before the end of the year (31/12/20 is the official date but we will be setting our own school deadline, which is likely to be much earlier!)

Students will receive the full Bronze Award once they have completed the Outdoor Expedition, and we already have plans in place to get this done as soon as we can!

It is important to note that students will NOT receive the full Bronze Award if they don’t have the 2020 Certificate of Achievement before the end of the year.

We really hope you continue to support and encourage your child through their DofE journey.

Here’s the WHY:

Outdoor Education is a huge part of the XP experience; it starts with Outward Bound and carries on through fieldwork and the DofE Awards we offer from Y9.

DofE in particular helps students build key life skills – not least compassion, resilience, and teamwork – reinforcing what our CHARACTER TRAITS, HOWLS and CREW.  We want our students to be the best versions of themselves, and truly believe that DofE helps them to achieve this.

So, here’s a quick summary of where we’re at at XP:






Students have completed the Volunteering section.  This was done in school with Y9 students becoming Volunteer Reading Mentors for Y7.

We have asked all Y9 students to complete the St John Ambulance First Aid Course. Details have been uploaded onto Crew Classrooms.

I’d like to give a massive appreciation to the the following students who have been working through the weekly First Aid tasks that are being set for them:

Archie N, Imogen T, Alfie L, Freddi N.

Thank you all so much – I’m really impressed with what you’ve all done so far and would definitely feel safe being out on expedition with you guys!

There are still quite a few of students who need to join the classroom, or who have joined but have yet to start – it is really important that they make a start as soon as possible and get these tasks done!

Many students were using out of school activities as evidence for this section.  However, once we went into lockdown, these activities were stopped and some students haven’t been able to collect enough evidence to complete this section.

However, students still need to continue with evidencing some form of physical activity and we have made some suggestions of what they could easily be getting on with: walking, running, gardening, Joe Wicks’ daily PE lesson on YouTube to name a few.

These sessions can be added to any which were previously recorded before lockdown (so you don’t have to start the 12 hours again!) but you MUST agree this with your Crew Leader. New evidence sheets are on the DofE Classroom.

Submitting Evidence

All evidence will be submitted via the eDofE mobile app.  It’s really easy to use and I’ll be in touch with each Crew to talk them through the process.

Thank you.