A great week with Shackleton


So we decided to upgrade our pledges from the beginning of the year and share them with Crew. We wrote down and shared our pledge in the middle of our hands, then placed stepping stones around the fingers about what we needed to do to achieve our pledge, and who could help.

It was amazing to see how many people acknowledged that Crew can help, and we can help each other to achieve our own goals and climb our own mountains.


Great work Crew Shackleton!

A great week of positivity…

Some wonderful comments appearing on the praise form for Crew Shackleton this last week or so. Great work crew!

Here’s a selection:

Zach H.: “Positive and helpful feedback for his peers in X Block Drama.” “Zach showed he is a proactive learner by asking me to sit in a seat he’d work better in. I’ve seen such an improvement in his work in class, he contributes more and I’m really happy with the number of questions he is able to get through. He also helps others around him. Keep up the good work Zach!”

Lucy-Mae: “Helpful comments and critique in X Block Drama.”

Zach M: “Zach has been really focused in todays hums lessons, he has put a lot of C & Q into his work.” “Work hard – great participation in whole class Spanish session”

Lilly: “Lily is always a superstar in maths! Her work is thorough, detailed and set out to a standard that I expect. She’s always contributing in lesson and reacts to others by agreeing/disagreeing with the class. Keep up the work Lily!”

Let’s keep it up!

An ‘Ernest’ decision…

An update from the newly christened Crew Shackleton!

I am delighted to announce the new name of our crew, as nominated, researched and voted upon by each member of our crew.

There were some brilliant nominations: Crew Hamilton (Lewis Hamilton), Crew Columbus (Christoper Columbus), Crew Spencer (Princess Diana), and Crew Edison (Thomas Edison). Presentations were carefully planned, and confidently delivered to the rest of the crew, but in the end, Crew Shackleton won!

Sir Ernest Shackleton was a courageous and bold adventurer who was famed for his dramatically failed expedition to the Antarctic. His vessel, The Endurance, became stuck in thick ice, and eventually gave way to the immense pressure of the shifting ice packs and sank.

Shackleton, The Boss, was credited for his determination, leadership and positivity in the face of adversity, which enabled him to launch a daring a treacherous rescue mission to save all 22 members of his crew.

There’s more to that story, but anyone from Crew Shackleton can fill you in with the amazing details…

I was delighted for the reasons our crew voted for this individual. As it was the name of our crew given to use during our Outward Bounds expedition, we felt it would be a great opportunity to forever remember the challenges we faced and the mountains we climbed on our first week of school together. And what a week!

Also, his courage, respect and compassion shown before his crew embodies everything we believe here at XP East.

We’ve already spent a little bit of time looking at a famous advert he placed in the newspaper to understand about the type of man he was:

Our new name marks the beginning of what has already been a fantastic start to XP East. We’ve tackled our challenges head on every day from day 1, and long may it continue!

“By endurance, we conquer.”

Great work, Crew Shackleton.