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. 

Crew Hawking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Bird Box

There are a number of challenges that students have been working on, linked to the learning targets of our new expedition:

  • building bug hotels
  • building bird boxes
  • bird spotting
  • doing citizen science research in Zooniverse

Well done to Marcus who has made the bird box above and shared his craftsmanship and quality with the crew and to also helping out at home in the garden sanding down the new bench swing.  This looks amazing.

Sanding the Family Bench swing

Appreciation to Marcus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP East for the most birds spotted.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

Beautiful work in STEAM

This week I would like to appreciate a number of students for all sorts of reasons in STEAM.

We have just had our closing circle in a hangout meeting and reminded the students that we appreciate their efforts in such challenging times.

There are a number of challenges that students have been working on, linked to the learning targets of our new expedition:

  • building bug hotels
  • building bird boxes
  • bird spotting
  • doing citizen science research in Zooniverse

We’d love to see more photos from these challenges over the two-week break. But most importantly we want students to stay safe, and where possible to enjoy nature.

Here are my appreciations for the week. More images of beautiful work can be found in our expedition gallery by clicking on this link.

 

Hello Year 9

By now, you should be aware of the changes we’re making to DofE.  Here’s a link to the blog post, just in case you missed it:
These changes mean that you can carry on working towards your DofE Bronze Award.
Here’s what you need to do:
JOIN THE DofE CLASSROOM
  • We have set up this DofE Google Classroom.
  • Join using this code: 5zzd72i

  • This is so we can easily keep track of your progress.
SKILLS
  • You will ALL be completing the new Skills activities, which is a First Aid course (yes, even if you’ve already done a first aid course elsewhere!)
  • Materials, instructions and the evidence tracker can be found in the Skills section of the classroom.
  • We will set tasks on a weekly basis.
**This course should be undertaken on a Wednesday afternoon during the allocated Common Mission time.**
PHYSICAL
  • Your Crew Leader will be in touch with those of you who haven’t completed the Physical Section to discuss how you’re going to move forward with this.
  • Or, if you know that you haven’t completed this, or were yet to start, there’s nothing stopping you getting in touch with your Crew Leader now so that you can get started asap!  You just need to let them know what you want to do from the options given in the classroom post.
  • Again, everything you need to get you started and the evidence tracker can be found under the Physical section in the classroom.
If you have any questions please get in touch with me or your Crew Leader.