We hope everyone has had a great half term and ready for the next term. As part of the students Duke of Edinburgh silver award they will be completing an hour towards their skill award on Friday afternoons. At the end of last term students chose which skill they wanted to complete. Students have chosen between sewing, beauty and board games.
We have a couple of board games in school but would be great if you have any at home that we can borrow for students to make the most of this time.
We are really looking forward to the students completing their DofE.
Students today and tomorrow who hold prescribed medication at school will be handed back their medication. Students who require medication to be taken at school in the new term 2021/22 will be required to fill in the medication form.
The Google form is required to be filled in and then press send. This then gives staff consent to administer medication and for it to be kept on school premises.
Please ensure Inhalers, Epi-pens and other prescribed medications are sent into school with the child’s name and expiry date clearly visible.
X25 took part in a selection of sports activities on Friday afternoon which will contribute towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Students had to pick from futsal, rounders or a 5km walk/run. The weather stayed nice and dry with even a bit of sunshine coming through the clouds.
All the students were amazing and everyone took part in something. It was great to see on a Friday afternoon.
Crew have had a busy few weeks since returning to school and they have all made a fabulous start to the new term, which they kick started with a meditative mindful session.
It gave them all time to press reset and recharge so they could hit the ground running upon their return. It was a great chance to sit back and let them hear all the positive thoughts and feelings that they each have about their Crew. They are all so proud and supportive of each other. It also gave the opportunity for them to close their eyes and relax before the busy week ahead.
If you look closely you can see that some have their eyes tightly closed and are totally getting ‘into the zone’. Unfortunately the session was not long enough so round two will take place this week.
In X25/Y9 the student of the week award goes to Guraaj for her outstanding contributions to discussion during online sessions and her conscientious attitude to learning.
Guraaj, you were nominated by several of your peers and teachers. You continue to exceed expectations and set an example of what working hard really looks like!
I have really enjoyed working with you in our Push to 4.0 group, your love for learning is infectious! Keep being awesome, it certainly is not going unnoticed.
Here are a few comments your teachers/ peers have said about you:
My choice is a tough one. I would say this week it is Guraaj. I have no work to show as in Crew the focus has been passage and we don’t want that sharing yet until they have done it!! Gurraj has shown great HOWLS in relation to preparing for her Passage Presentation. She has also spent time helping and supporting other students in Crew to complete their work. Well done, Guraaj!
Even though Crew have not had the beginning to the new school year that they had hoped for, I have been so proud of the strength of character and resilience they have shown in adapting to working from home again. I want to praise their enthusiasm and 100% attendance even with the wifi issues some have experienced.
Crew are also working really hard on Passage Presentation, where they have been reflecting on their journey so far at XP. It has been lovely to remind ourselves of some of their wonderful experiences in Crew over the two and a half years and to look back at photos and work.
The photos and reflections show just how quickly time goes by, how far they have come and how much they have grown and matured.
I enjoyed reminiscing with them.
I hope you enjoy the photos from when times were very different for them and us.
Following the closure of our Y9/X25 bubble, we will now move to an online educational provision as shown below – this has proved to be highly effective in supporting students in other year bubble closures as engagement rates have regularly been above 95%.
Here is our protocol for online learning:
all Crew sessions and lessons will take place LIVE via Google Hangout and the timetable is highlighted below.
students will receive input from teachers and have time to complete activities on Google Classroom.
students are registered in Crew (8.30am), at the beginning of the morning session (9.15am) and afternoon session (1.15pm).
all students are expected to join each session. If a student is absent, Crew Leaders will contact home to ascertain the reason why. If a student is unable to join a session, for example, they are unwell, we ask parents to please contact the office.
Crew Leaders and Expedition teachers will send Google Hangout invitations to their classes.
invites for live sessions will be sent through email.
Crew Rosa Parks have had a wonderfully reflective and calm week in Crew time. It started with Mindful Monday when they spent time quietly colouring and listening to calming meditative music playing in the background. It was a great way to start the week and set them up for the lessons ahead. They all enjoyed it so much they have asked for a repeat performance soon.
This was followed by Tranquil Tuesday where as a Crew they spent time reading quietly to themselves.
On Flexible Friday we spent Crew time revisiting ‘What is Crew?’ During this time each one of them chose a motivational postcard for another member of Crew and wrote them a message on it. They then read them out loud to the person that they had written it to. This Crew session was one of the most emotional ones we have had for some time. The messages were beautiful and uplifting.
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!!