That’s how I described today’s Remembrance Day service at our school this morning.

The event acted as the ‘final product’ for the expedition ‘Over the top!’ (for parents who are new to XP East, every expedition has a final product that culminates in a Presentation of Learning in front of a wider audience).

In my closing remarks I emphasised that our Y7s have been with us for just 9 weeks.

That’s. 9. Weeks.

The people who witnessed today’s event (including myself) were staggered by what they saw: 45 minutes of 11 and 12 year olds reading extracts of their creative writing, reciting poetry, explaining military links from WW1 to modern day Science and performing scenes related to their work in Drama – in front of 250 people. The transitions and movements between the 20 plus segments during the service were all conducted by students. There was no one hidden behind the curtain whispering ‘NEXT!’ or ‘GIRLS YOU’RE UP’. They pulled it off due to the hours of preparation that went on throughout the week.

The event embodied the work of expeditionary learning – drawing on disciplines from different subjects and linking them together via a guiding question, combined with developing the character of students.

What I saw today was nothing short of exceptional.

Well done Year 7s and what a start to life at XP East!

Taking inspiration from the everyday

In X-Block this week the year 8 classes have taken advantage of the seasonal transition and how this can inspire our art practices.

We did a session on creating a still life composition, firstly by looking at how some professional artists create flat lay photographs using inspiration from the everyday (https://www.haarkon.co.uk/portfolio-still-life/):

The class were given 5 minutes in small groups to select their autumnal artifacts to create an aesthetically pleasing flat lay, and I have got to say, I think that they are christmas card worthy!

The classes were also given some time to work on a still life in lesson, they each selected a leaf and were allowed 5 minutes with a drawing pen to complete a short sketch, followed by a further 10 minutes to do a second draft in pencil. The discussions that arose from working with the two media (pen and pencil) were really interesting, and the focus and attention to detail in what was produced was fantastic, great job year 8!

Here’s an example of how, in just a short space of time, Theone was able to produce some really proportionally accurate and well shaded pieces of work. I can’t wait to move onto using colours next week so we can capture what truly makes autumn so magnificent!


E25 Explorer and Pioneer using ICT in Spanish

This week our E25 students started working on their second expedition in Spanish – my school. Eventually they will be able to express and justify positive and negative opinions about their subjects and teachers, and understand and give information about their school. Here they are using ICT to work independently and to self-assess against the session rubric.

FXP are still selling Purple Voucher books

FXP are pleased to be able to offer the latest Purple Voucher Book containing 100’s of local & national money saving offers.

Buy 2018/19 book £25 & for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, receive a FREE 2017/18 book (valid until end December).

All profits go to FXP to benefit pupils at XP & XP East.

To order yours, please send £25 to the school office & we will leave your Purple Voucher Books in an envelope with your name on, ready for you to collect.

Car Park Update

Thank you for your support in making the car park a safer place for our students.

The only issue that has arisen from parents is how cars exit the car park. If parents can use the proposed routes as suggested on the picture below then we should be able to ensure as steady flow through the car park.

Once again many thanks for your support.

Rugby Fixture 7/11/18

The Rugby Fixture tonight against Hall Cross will be played at their lower site and we will back at school for around 5:00PM

Tickets are only available up to the end of this week so get your tickets fast…
FXP invite you to our first social event of the school year!
We are hosting a FAMILY QUIZ NIGHT, with a mix of questions on a variety of subjects covering several eras, so that ALL ages, (pupils, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, younger siblings, etc) are able contribute to your team effort.
Get your thinking caps on & your team together.
There are prizes for the best (appropriate) team name and a mixed hamper for the winning team!
We look forward to welcoming you all, new families and existing, to what promises to be a fab, FUNdraiser to start the school year.
Date: Friday 16thNov 2018
Doors open 6pm, eyes down 6.30pm
£20 per table/team – maximum 6 people per table/team
Includes Pie, Peas (or Beans) & Gravy
(veggie & other dietary requirements catered for)
Other refreshments including hot & cold drinks will be available to purchase on the night.
NB: Tickets will be available to prebook only for this event, so that we can be sure to cater for all guests!
Entry forms are available from both school offices and available in the car park after school this week on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October. Please complete and return entry form to school with your £20 team entry fee by Friday 9th November at the latest (first week back after Half Term hols). Include team details and any special dietary requirements.
Many thanks FXP

We’ve hit the ground running!

7 Pioneer have made a great start back at school.

They are busy preparing for the Remembrance Day service they will be holding with 7 Explorer on Friday, which all parents are invited to.

They also handed in their first drafts of their letter from the trenches. I look forward to marking them, giving praise and critique, so improvements can be made next week when we continue the drafting process.

A special mention to Aaron for his beautiful work and superb craftsmanship and quality. He had the initiative to stain his paper and add an envelope to make his letter look authentic!

A Service of Remembrance: Over the Top!

As part of our first expedition ‘Over the Top!’, E25 have been working hard learning about what life was like for soldiers during WW1. Our final product for the expedition is a little bit different – it isn’t taking place at the end of the expedition but rather in the middle and this is for a very good reason.

2018 represents 100 years since the end of WW1 and, so, we are asking students to host a Remembrance Day Service in school.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite parents, staff and visitors to join us remembering all the service men and women who gave their todays for our tomorrows.

The service will take place on Friday 9th November at 10:30am to 11:30am at XP East.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day from FXP who have kindly offered to support us.

We look forward to seeing you on November 9th.