An Oscar worthy performance!


Crew Rosa Parks have been looking at the use of social media. We have looked at both the positive and negative impacts that social media can have. They have looked at their own use and have made pledges such as:-

I pledge not to go on social media/phone after 8pm

I pledge not to go on social media as much as i do

I pledge to warn others about their use of social media

I pledge to pay more attention to my family

I pledge to listen to others and concentrate what is going on around me.

We will regularly revisit the social media pledges that they ALL made.

With these pledges in mind we incorporated the arts into our Crew sessions, using drama and freeze frame techniques to present some of the negative impacts of social media.

The two groups came up with their own ideas to dramatise. In the photos above Alfie is an actor on the screen in a cinema, the rest of the group are portraying the audience who are not paying attention to the screen, they are more interested in their phones.

In the second group Sareena is showing the frustration of someone not receiving an expected reply to a message on social media and throwing her iPad to the floor. In the background Holly and Maddi are portraying visibly upset youngsters who have received unkind  comments on a Facebook post. Guraaj is pointing out to Elijah and Fin that they are looking at illegal websites for their age.

It was a really enlightening and enjoyable few Crew sessions. I have some natural performers, We may see their name in lights one day!!


Crew Tomlinson – Reading to Success

Crew Tomlinson have worked exceptionally hard over the last few weeks with lots of great activities. Crew have completed their first star reading test of the year. This is to determine the progress crew members are making with their reading ability. Every Tuesday is also Tranquil Tuesday where crew have the ability to get lost in their books and have that quiet time to read.

Over the last couple of weeks crew have also researched charities and started to present the charity they would like our crew to raise money for. Crew have shown some great maturity and compassion with both the presentations and also discussions we have had.I am really looking forward to the final presentation, for us to choose a charity and start looking at ways to fund raise.

Well done crew, I am really proud of how we have come back to school and the maturity you are showing. Keep up the great work!

Freeze Frame

Crew Stan Lee had a fantastic time in our Wise Wednesday session creating a still image.


This session we looked at what a still image might look like and how they as a crew could recreate their own.

Crew working together…


Pause!! Frankie was in charge of this freeze frame.

Crew Stan Lee are back!

Crew Stan Lee are definitely back with a bang!

We have had a fantastic couple weeks back in crew, reconnecting and reflecting on the last few months.

I am thrilled with everyone’s mature and positive conduct regarding “keeping ourselves and each other safe”. Let’s keep up the great work!

With the launch of Mindful Monday crew have been researching a charity that we would like to support through the school year… I am really looking forward to the Grand Reveal, we have had some fantastic suggestions.

And lastly crew have been working on personal pledges to work on during Yr 9 these range from:

Working on passage presentation preparation.

To contribute more in session.

To support our crew ……

Just to name a few, we will be checking in and holding each other to account to reach our goals.

I am really looking forward to leading this fantastic crew all the way to the top of the mountain!



Crew Tomlinson back at it!

Crew Tomlinson have had a brilliant start to the year. They have shown maturity and courage. We have discussed HOWLS and pledges this year to make sure Crew have the best year! Some of crews pledges include speaking more in community meeting and completing work to the best of their ability.
On Thursday we had thoughtful Thursday where we discussed  HOWLs and what we aim for our HOWLs to be this year. Crew agreed we need to make sure we are helping each other to keep on track with their HOWLs and holding each other to account.
Great start to the year Crew….well done!

Crew Rosa Parks come back stronger!!

What a fabulous return to school for all the students in Crew Rosa Parks. It was amazing to all be sat in the same room again as a Crew.





Crew have been so mature in their response to the changes that are in place in school to keep them safe. They have settled incredibly well and I am so proud of every single one of them. They have all embraced their new expedition too and are working so hard. Keep it up.

A new school year heralds new pledges for Crew, here are some examples:-

I pledge to……….

Help more people

Remember to bring all my equipment every day

To focus to the best of my ability

To help and support others

To listen at all times

To attend school everyday

To contribute more in lessons

To let others speak and not talk over them

To follow all the rules to keep us safe

As a whole Crew we have pledged to help and support each other through the coming year. We are Crew!!


Crew Pipers fantastic return!!

What a great return to XP for Crew Piper. They have all settled into routines and work showing commitment and enthusiasm.

We have made our first pledges of the year as a Crew our pledge is to listen and support each other in crew.

Here are some of the pledges from Crew Piper:

I pledge to not get distracted by others.

I pledge to get to know everyone in Crew.

I pledge to bring my equipment in everyday.



Hopefully we can stick to these pledges for the next term. I have had some fantastic feedback from staff about how well Piper have been in lessons and how settled they are. BIG WELL DONE everyone. Keep it up.



X26 & X25 Coming Back Stronger!

It is wonderful to welcome back our students in Year 8 and 9 today, they have certainly returned with renewed energy and enthusiasm!

Today, is all about Crew.  Students have been spending their time today reflecting on the past few months, learning how to keep themselves safe whilst in school and most importantly reconnecting as a Crew.

I have had the pleasure of spending time in each of the Crew’s and it is great to see the students engaged, working collaboratively and happy!

What a way to start the year! #Comingbackstronger


Crew Tomlinson- Scattegories time

I can’t believe we are in our last 2 weeks of year 8, this year has flown by! Crew have worked exceptionally hard over the last couple of weeks with crew members working hard to catch up on work and make sure they end the term on a high! I want to congratulate Tom for this especially I have seen a great improvement over the last couple of weeks.

In yesterday’s hangout we had a game of Scattegories, which was quite tricky but also really fun with some impressive scores from Crew….Mrs Burnitt was really struggling on some of the categories!

This week we have had to change the time of crew hangouts and I want to thank the members of crew who have made sure they remembered the new time as it is so important that we are all involved in the calls. Next week is the last week before the holidays and I would love it if every crew member attended the 2 hangouts to say goodbye to each other, receive relevant information and play a few games. The times of the calls are Tuesday 2pm and Thursday 2pm. 

Look forward to seeing you all then!

Crew Week

This week I set a challenge for Crew to write their own blog post about what they have been up to and the beautiful work they have been designing. Here are some examples that Ilinca has collected over the week.




Beautiful work from Grace.

We have also been completing the PE challenges to try and get as many points as we can for sports day. COME ON CREW WE CAN DO IT.

Keep up all the beautiful work.


Remember hangouts this week

Miss Robinson Tuesday 1pm

Miss O’Grady Tuesday 10.30 and Friday 10.30