XP Careers – Doncaster Council Apprenticeships

Doncaster Council’s award winning Apprenticeship Team will be holding two face to face Insight Sessions on upcoming apprenticeship opportunities, giving individuals (and parents/carers) the opportunity to learn more about roles and careers at Doncaster Council.

The sessions will be held at Council Chamber, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU onMonday 30th May at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. The sessions will involve an introduction from the Apprenticeship Team, presentations from recruiting managers who will talk about their latest vacancies and some of our current apprentices will be talking about their experiences working at Doncaster Council.

The two sessions will focus on different occupational areas:

2:00pm – 3:00 pm Session 1 Doncaster Council Apprenticeship Insight Session – Manual Trades (Construction/Engineering)

Available apprenticeships include:

• Electrician • Plumber • Plasterer • Gas Fitter • Highway Operative• Vehicle Mechanic • Arborist (Tree Team)

3:30pm – 4:30pm Session 2 Doncaster Council Apprenticeship Insight – Business/Professional apprenticeships

Available apprenticeships include: • Accountancy • Business Administration • Learning Mentor

To attend, you must register through the following Eventbrite links (Friends, parents and carers are also welcome to attend). You are welcome to  attend both sessions, but you must register on each one:

Session 1- Doncaster Council Apprenticeship Insight Session 1- Manual Trades Tickets, Mon 30 May 2022 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Session 2- Doncaster Council Apprenticeship Insight Session 2- Business/Professional Tickets, Mon 30 May 2022 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

Once you have registered on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with joining instructions.

There will be an opportunity for question and answers towards the end of the session. If you would like to submit a question beforehand, please email to apprenticeships@doncaster.gov.uk

For more information please email apprenticeships@doncaster.gov.uk

X24 GCSE Spanish Grappling with Tenses

Yesterday students looked at an extended text including four different tenses, with the content all about people’s vices and bad habits. This was a very challenging text, yet students grappled and problem solved to achieve understanding. Well done X24!

Crew Macmillan’s 2021!

What a term 1B has been!!!! I started my new role as phase lead for X24 in November, when we returned to school – and it feels like a lifetime ago!!!

Crew Macmillan have had a fantastic term, yet again!!!! As we left for the Christmas holidays, I decided to take a look back on some of the things we’ve done this year – from January 2021 to now. Take a look at some of the memories below – from year 10, to year 11 – we must take lots of crew photos now! This is a real challenge when crew hate having their photos taken!!!!

Remember WAY back in March, we did a sponsored crew walk for Macmillan (even with Ricki’s broken foot?!) – and raised £135 from Captain Tom’s 100 challenge?!
… and as the summer term ended, we enjoyed a lovely crew breakfast! (until Mr V stole all the pancakes!)
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Fantastic Farming!

One of our wonderful year 11 students, Jayden, lives – and works – on his family farm. Today, myself and Mrs Sprakes were lucky enough to be invited to see the work Jayden does on the farm – and we were blown away!

Jayden is involved in all aspects of the farm, and is SO knowledgable and passionate about the workings of the farm. There isn’t one piece of machinery that Jayden can’t drive or operate! I bet Jayden could run this single handedly (sorry, dad!). He showed us today the stacks of hay bales he has sorted out – WOW. Jayden also took us both out in his tractor – what a good driver! at 16 years old, this really is impressive.

During the guided tour…
Jayden’s hard work – perfect stacks!!!

Keep up the fantastic work, Jayden. You’re doing yourself, us, and your family proud both inside the classroom and outside of it, too! Don’t we have amazing students at XP?!

Miss Cocliff x

C24 Engineers are hard at work!

Earlier this year, the year 10 Engineering students were challenged to solve a problem which was affecting classrooms across the XP trust.  We currently have Apple TV boxes tucked behind screens in around 100 classrooms, and they need to be safely attached to a wall.  The Engineers began a process of designing and testing prototype Apple TV holders around 6 weeks ago.  They calculated the most efficient use of time and materials and last week were ready to put their theory into practice!  After some initial fails and a bit of critique, the students settled into their self chosen roles.  During this week’s session they refined the production line further, and they increased their production speed from 1 completed holder last time, to 15 in this session.  We’re hoping to ramp up production considerably and hit our target of 100 completed units by the end of the term.  The students are really motivated to be working on something that will have a positive impact on not just our school community here, but also across the trust.

A number of students from X24 have been working extremely hard both in lesson and also in the completion of their extended study. They have completed these tasks to a high standard and also made sure that they have been handed in on time.

The students that I would like to give a special mention to are Alfie Lockey (X24 Admiral), Bella Herring (X24 Skipper) and Amber Clark (X24 Skipper) who have all finished the two studies (paper cut and sharpie block design) in class and also their extended study (Artist research).

All three of these students are now well on the way to creating a lovely charcoal study for their developing and exciting art portfolio.

Alfie Lockey:

Amber Clark:

Bella Herring:

Well done Alfie, Amber and Bella! Keep up the good work!

X24 have been giving kind, specific and helpful peer critiques to each other to make improvements to create beautiful work.

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They have been looking at lino cuts by an artist called Karl Schmidt. They have chosen two different designs to produce two A3 designs:

  • One using a black sharpie pen on white paper
  • One using a craft knife to carefully cut back paper.

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X24 Fieldwork 2nd and 3rd April

X24 students will be out on fieldwork for two days next week.

On Tuesday 2nd April we will be travelling to Sheffield as part of the immersion for our new STEAM expedition.  The fieldwork will take place during the day so students should arrive at school at the normal time.  Lunch will be provided.

On Wednesday 3rd April we will be on Humanities fieldwork but will need to leave school at 8am and will arrive back at 4.15pm  Students will need to bring a packed lunch and should have coats and sensible shoes for walking outside as there will be a 10 minute walk from the coach stop to our destination.