E24 Community Meeting- Week 6

 

We are entering into the 7th week of online learning at XPE- with seemingly, no end in sight, and so our community meeting was focused around strategies to beat the screen fatigue, and a challenge to to get us all out of the house this weekend!

We started off with a brilliant check in of superhero names, based on dates of birth- some absolute, moving then onto apologies, appreciation and stands. Some fantastic work going on- as shown by the appreciation from staff and students within crew Churchill, for the work around student led crew sessions.

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Community meeting Photography Challenge

To encourage us as staff and students to get time away from the screen, a challenge was set for students to over the weekend take photos whilst out on walks out of the house, to be entered in the following categories, entries must be original, and be taken over the weekend whilst out of the house- see some of the entries posted on the challenge by students in E24-
Voting for category winners will take place in week 7 community meeting.

The categories…

1) Architecture

2) Near and Far

3) Nature

4) Food

5) Frozen

6) Technology

 

E24 Original photos, submitted by Alfie C, Chloe T, Summer, Keisha 

Crew Churchill are on it!

It’s fair to say that the start of the new term was rather different to what we were expecting!  We’re now all back to working online due to lockdown but, oh my, that hasn’t stopped Crew Churchill smashing it!

It has been great to see all crew members attending crew in the morning and we’ve had some interesting check-ins such as, following the snow last week, what would you name your snowman?  The names ‘Bill’ and ‘Bob’ were popular, as well as Clarence.  However, Aran couldn’t understand why you would want to name a snowman so hers was the ‘snowman with no name’.

A Snowman Named Just Bob: Moulton, Mark Kimball, Good, Karen Hillard: 9780824917074: Amazon.com: Books

Crew Churchill are now in the process of preparing for their Student Led Conferences (SLCs) which will be slightly different this time as they will be held online.  Crew are working hard to plan their presentations, during which they must talk about their recent expedition, HoWLs grades and academic grades.  They must also make pledges which will help them on their path to becoming the best versions of themselves.

Theone impressed everyone on Monday when she shared her presentation which she had completed at home.  It’s absolutely wonderful!

Here are a couple of slides from Theone’s presentation.  See what you think…

Pretty good, eh?

Crew, Mr. Allen and I can’t wait to meet with your parents and listen to your presentations.  We know you’ll smash it!

A massive appreciation to our Y10 families who donated items and gifts for our Christmas Hampers.  Here are Silver DofE students Mackenzie and Thomas sorting out the boxes, which will be delivered to St John The Evangelist Church in Balby and The Trussell Trust at Christ Church next week.

We’re still accepting donations, but anything received after Monday 15th December will be donated to our school’s Kindness Boxes instead.

Thank you.

Y10/E24 Christmas food hampers

Our Y10 Silver DofE students have been unable to undertake their usual charity fundraising activities this year, so they’ve decided to create food hampers for our local food banks.

We’re all very aware of the financial impact the various lockdown/tier 3 restrictions have had on our community, especially on those who have been furloughed or are self employed and unable to work.  So, in addition to the staple non-perishable items (cereals; tinned and packeted foods; tea/coffee/juice) we are specifically asking for donations of those ‘treat’ items that some families may have to go without this year.

For example:

  • nice biscuits
  • chocolates/selection boxes
  • Christmas crackers
  • mince pies, cakes, etc.
  • small gift sets (e.g. hand cream/deodorant)

If you are able to contribute, please can you send items in to be passed on to your child’s Crew Leader by Monday 15th December.

The hampers will be donated to St John The Evangelist Church in Balby and The Trussell Trust at Christ Church during the last week of term.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Kindness boxes:

The school are also collecting items for our kindness boxes, which we’ll be putting together to support families within our XP Trust. See this blog post for more information and, again, please donate if you can.

Thank you.

#aboveallcompassion

DofE Bronze Award Update

In April we told you about changes to our DofE delivery in this blog post.

We now know that students won’t be able to complete the Outdoor Expedition within the original timescales set.

Unfortunately, this means that our Y9 students won’t be awarded the full Bronze Award this academic year.

However, DofE still want to recognise and celebrate participants’ achievements so far – and rightly so! – and will be awarding a Certificate of Achievement to all those who complete the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections before the end of the year (31/12/20 is the official date but we will be setting our own school deadline, which is likely to be much earlier!)

Students will receive the full Bronze Award once they have completed the Outdoor Expedition, and we already have plans in place to get this done as soon as we can!

It is important to note that students will NOT receive the full Bronze Award if they don’t have the 2020 Certificate of Achievement before the end of the year.

We really hope you continue to support and encourage your child through their DofE journey.

Here’s the WHY:

Outdoor Education is a huge part of the XPE experience; it starts with Outward Bound and carries on through fieldwork and the DofE Awards we offer from Y9.

DofE in particular helps students build key life skills – not least compassion, resilience, and teamwork – reinforcing what our CHARACTER TRAITS, HOWLS and CREW.  We want our students to be the best versions of themselves, and truly believe that DofE helps them to achieve this.

So, here’s a quick summary of where we’re at at XPE:

 

 

 

 

 

Students have completed the Volunteering section.  This was done in school with Y9 students becoming Volunteer Reading Mentors for Y7.

 

We have asked all Y9 students to complete the St John Ambulance First Aid Course. Details have been uploaded onto the DofE Google Classroom.

I’d like to give a massive appreciation to the the following students who have been working through the weekly First Aid tasks that are being set for them:

Thomas H, Ben, Aran K, Rhys, Summer, Maclaren, Kaiden, Keisha, Theone, Eleanore and Chloe

Thank you all so much – I’m really impressed with what you’ve all done so far and would definitely feel safe being out on expedition with you guys!   

There are still quite a few of students who need to join the classroom, or who have joined but have yet to start – it is really important that they make a start as soon as possible and get these tasks done!


Many students were using out of school activities as evidence for this section.  However, once we went into lockdown, these activities were stopped and some students haven’t been able to collect enough evidence to complete this section.

However, students still need to continue with evidencing some form of physical activity and we have made some suggestions of what they could easily be getting on with: walking, running, gardening, Joe Wicks’ daily PE lesson on YouTube to name a few.

These sessions can be added to any which were previously recoded before lockdown (so you don’t have to start the 12 hours again!) but you MUST agree this with your Crew Leader. New evidence sheets are on the DofE Classroom.  

Submitting Evidence

All evidence will be submitted via the eDofE mobile app.  It’s really easy to use and I’ll be in touch with each Crew to talk them through the process.

Thank you. 

As time is ticking on, we are all finding our weeks busy, filled with new expeditions and immersing ourselves in new learning, working hard on the tasks we have been set whether it’s Hegarty maths or finding out about Fair Trade in Spanish or even reading ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell in HUMAN.

Taking part in Google Hangouts has become the norm and has greatly helped in allowing us to access our learning even more. A face-to-face chat with our teachers and learning coaches can soon set us on the right track.

Within all of this ‘busyness’ going on, I have to say that my favourite part of the week is our Crew Churchill hangout.  It is just wonderful to touch base with my crew members, hear what they have been up to, what’s been working well for them and it gives a chance to discuss if any help is needed.

It has also made me realise how much I miss you all and how much I look forward to when we can be reunited as our crew!

Here’s a flavour of just how great you all are!

 

 

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP for the most birds spotted. This means we need to up our game, as E24 are currently behind X24 in the leaderboard.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

E24 – Closing circle hangout meeting

This afternoon at 3.00pm we will be hosting a hangout for all of Year 9 across both schools to find out how they have been getting on with their STEAM immersion challenges.

Students can join the meeting by logging into their school account and going to:

http://g.co/meet/c24steam

Attendance for the launch hangout was fantastic. Thanks to all of our families for your continuing support.

#wearecrew

Checking in with Crew Churchill

It was lovely to check-in with members of Crew Churchill this afternoon to chat about how the week has gone.

Everyone was extremely positive, having now settled into regular routines for school work and free time.

It was also good to check-in with crew’s pledges which were made last week.

Here’s what Crew said:

Adam has tried to up his HUMs completion rate and this is improving.  He’s pledged to join a hangout on Monday morning during which Mrs. Parker will go through any tasks students are finding tricky.

Kyle has been ticking along nicely and kept his pledge by emailing Mr. Portman to find out what he needed to do for Citizenship.  Nice work, Kyle!

Rhys is just cracking on with his work and has completed everything he has been set!

Ruby has shared work she previously couldn’t hand in because of technical issues.

Theone has continued to work hard (as she always does) and feels really chilled!

Take a look at some of the work Theone has been completing:

As a crew, we also pledged to check out the Duke of Edinburgh classroom and make sure we’re having a go at the First Aid challenge and completing our physical section even though we’re not in school.

A great week, Crew!  Really proud of you all 😉