This week we have welcomed a new arrival to crew Kahlo. Introducing Kearan!
He fits in fantastically with our quirky little bunch and he has told crew that he is so so happy to be a student at XP and that really shines through!
Kearan’s teachers have been really impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm in sessions. He has just got stuck in and is thriving.
Miss Ibbotson (Human) told me that Kearan is a superstar. She said that they have done an assessment this week and he just cracked on with it. He wasn’t worried at all. She said that he is awesome!
Miss Ridout (Science) said ‘Kearan has been amazing in my sessions!!! He is fab and should keep up the great work. He always gives amazing answers!’
What a cracking start! We are so happy to have you in crew Kahlo!
On another note…
I have noticed that this week has been especially difficult for a few members of crew Kahlo (and other pupils at XP) when it comes to their emotions and worries about the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, I would like to say that I really do feel for our students and I am super super proud of how they are handling our ‘new normal’ at school.
The coronavirus has caused significant changes in our daily lives (at home and at school) and left us feeling stressed, anxious, and even afraid. The world has experienced pandemics before, but nothing quite like COVID-19.
I have been trying my best to help my crew to stay positive and focus on the things we can control in order to make it through the coming days and months.
We have had some really lovely crew discussions about how we can try to support each other when we are feeling a bit rubbish and worried about stuff.
Here are some of the things that we thought were important:
- We need to keep washing our hands while we are at school.
- We should be mindful when we are outside for break and dinnertime. There are still classes on so we shouldn’t be too loud and we should also be sensible and safe (not jumping on each other or playing silly games)
- Talk to each other about our feelings and worries. Especially in crew.
- Be understanding of other people’s feelings and realise that everyone’s circumstances are different.
- Remember that some things are out of our control and all we can do is be there for each other.
- Try to have fun… as we did in crew to blow off a little steam on Friday afternoon. We decided to have a bit of a dance-off and a giggle.
- Focus on the positives. Remember to appreciate others and be kind to one another. Like crew did for their community meeting appreciations, which finished off our 5th week nicely.