X28 Crew Darling – Smashing their Practice DofE Walk

I was excited to join my Crew last week for their practice walk (from a distance) for their Bronze DofE award. Crew Darling displayed great teamwork, support and compassion for one another on a hot, humid and challenging day. They even tried their hand at some sheep herding! Take a look at the fantastic day that was had, especially impressed with their cooking skills!

C28: Exciting opportunity for optional fieldwork to Valencia in February 2025!

I am pleased to announce that there is a brilliant opportunity for C28 students for optional languages and cultural heritage fieldwork to Valencia 14th – 17th February 2025. The fieldwork will include various cultural visits, such as a tour of the world-famous Mestalla football stadium, a paella cooking workshop, a visit to Valencia Cathedral and old town, a flamenco workshop, and a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences museum. Please see the letter below for details. Students will receive a hard copy of this letter to take home with them tomorrow morning. 

Places for the fieldwork are limited, and there is a tight turnaround on registering interest in order to secure places. To register interest for your child, please fill in the Google form linked here by no later than Monday 29th April. There will be a randomised draw to allocate places, and students will be notified of place allocation on Tuesday 30th April, as the initial deposit of £150 is then due in by no later than Thursday 9th May. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

Thank you,

Miss Barton

Crew Darling – First Week Back!

Enjoy a snippet of Crew Darling’s first week back! It has been a jam-packed week, full of activities focused on strengthening our bond as crew, and mentally preparing for the year ahead. We have worked on our communication skills, gone on beautiful fieldwork, played inter-crew games and more, all of which culminated in a POL this afternoon!

Year 9 is a rollercoaster of excitement and change, and the first week back with these unforgettable crew times sets the tone for the whole year. Looking forward to working hard with Crew this year!

X28 Act of Service – Food Bank Donations

As part of our Crew building in Year 9, we have been learning about the importance of food banks in our local community and how we can help support these charities. We are working with Thorne and Moorends food bank to collect donations of food and essential items. This is only a small part of the work and research Crews have been undertaking to better understand how to support their local communities.

Did you know, Thorne and Moorend was set up due to the amount of children going into school hungry. According to their 2018 stats, this food bank had approximately 35 people every 3 hours, who visited and collected food. As this is 5 years ago we predict the numbers will have at least doubled with the cost of living crisis happening. 

If you are able to help, these are the items that are mostly needed:

  • Tins of tomatoes
  • Tins of meat
  • Tins of fish
  • Tins of vegetables 
  • Tins of fruit
  • Cartons of UHT milk (semi and full fat)
  • Cartons of long-life fruit juice (dilute/cordial) 
  • Biscuits
  • Period products (tampons and pads)
  • Soap (body wash, shampoo)
  • Nappies 
  • Wet Wipes
  • Cotton buds (q-tips)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pet Food
  • Deodorant

We already have lots of:

  • Baked beans
  • Pasta
  • Toothpaste 

If you are unable to help with donations, please spread the word of the work Thorne and Moorends is doing.

We would like the donations to be handed in to XP reception before the 22nd of September as we will be taking them to Thorne and Moorends Foodbank that weekend.

We thank you in advance for reading this blog post and contributing,

All of Year 9 XP students (X28).