A wonderful week!

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.

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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.

They are such a wonderful Crew!!

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 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!!

 

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

 

We are Crew!!

Over the past few weeks Crew Rosa Parks have been working really hard with the school work they have been set by their teachers. A big shout out to Fin, Maddi, Andrew, Elijah, Guraaj, Josh, Holly and Georgia who consistently produce some fabulous work and hand it in punctually. Well done guys!!

Alongside this, Crew have been set an additional task and a physical challenge. The task set was to find and paint a stone with a kind and meaningful message on it. Guraaj and Andrew have some lovely examples.

Last weeks physical challenge was to see how many star jumps they could complete within a minute. Unfortunately, I have no photographic evidence of this!! I wonder why?? Are Crew getting physically lazy? This is a competition so come on Crew!!

There is a new physical Crew challenge for the coming week, this time it is how many push ups can you complete in 60 seconds? Come on Crew Rosa Parks, lets show everyone what we are made of. Don’t forget the points go towards the inter-crew competition. Don’t forget the evidence too!!

The Crew task set for the next week is a cooking task. It can be anything, savoury or sweet, it is personal choice. I can’t wait to see the results. It looks like Elijah has made a head start and has been practising.

Keeping busy.

It is the beginning of a new term. The sun has been shining and Crew Rosa Parks all seemed raring to go on our Crew hangout on Monday morning. It was fabulous to share our activities with each other that we had undertaken during the half term break. There had been numerous barbecues, lots of gardening and many bike riding experiences. Here are a few of Crew sharing what they done.

Josh had been out walking and spent time in his garden, some of it even under canvas.

Andrew had definitely developed green fingers when showing off his gardening skills. I’m not quite so sure about his brothers hairdressing skills though!!

Fin has developed his baking skills and he needs to continue with these so we can all taste his delicious servings first hand when we are back in school.

 

Keep all these activities up Crew Rosa Parks. You are ALL stars.

Crew Rosa Parks in lockdown.

Crew Rosa Parks have had another great week. There have been two birthdays, Sareena and Mrs C that were celebrated in a fun way. Virtual bingo took place……………Congratulations Elijah on your win!! Virtual charades was so funny, Fin miming Shrek, Andrew miming Forest Gump, with a wig as props courtesy of his Mum, Georgia gave us food for thought with her Harry Potter mime and there were many more superb mimes. Everyone was brilliant and it went really well. We will do it again for Rileys birthday.

The week has been busy work wise too, over half of Crew Rosa Parks have been awarded with Beautiful work for their Humanities work. Well done. I am really proud of the calibre of the work that is getting handed in. You are so on it Crew!!

We have had some more front covers shared for the Book of Memories that Crew are doing. They are superb. Thank you Elijah, Guraaj and Andrew.

Elijah has also been working on his nature section of the book.

He has shared what he can see in his garden and what he can see through his window.

A big shout out to Callum who 2 weeks ago was our gardening expert. He seems to be able to turn his hand to anything because this week he is showcasing his cooking skills.

A reminder that it is now the 2 week break for Crew, please don’t stop sharing the wonderful photos of the things that you are doing during half term, I love to see them and share them. Most of all though stay safe.

Beautiful work.

Crew Rosa Parks have submitted some beautiful work this past week in all subjects. There has been some outstanding contributions, where the content and the craftsmanship and quality has been exceptional. A big shoutout this week goes to Elijah, Joshua and Holly.

 

We have all been working on a book of memories for us to look back on when this unprecedented time has passed. Our focus last week was our front cover and we discussed many different ideas as to what we could put on there and how we could design it. Drawing, colouring, writing and computers were all put forward as to the different ways we could present it. Holly has used her computer to design hers. What a fantastic set of memories represented just on the front cover.

Next week we are focusing on Nature Week. Some ideas for Crew to be looking at and having a go at are: Whats in my garden? Make your own bug house or What do you see on your daily walk?

Have a good week with this Crew Rosa Parks. I am really looking forward to seeing the results.

Stay safe!

Year 7/8 Common Mission

As part of Common Mission in year 7/8 we are launching The Book of Memories. Crew leaders will be sharing this during google hangouts. We would like you to produce a virtual (slides) or book of your memories during this time so that we can look back and reflect on our time at home.

Each week you will be given a theme to help you create your book of memories and give you ideas of activities you might be able to do at home. Your crew leader will share the introduction with you and how you can make your book and also the first theme which is “What is in my cupboards”

We look forward to seeing your ideas and sharing with us what you have been up to whilst at home.

Stay Safe Everyone

Ilinca’s Year 8