Super Praises for our Super Y11s!

Another fantastic Y11 community meeting this morning, full of praises and appreciations for our hard-working Y11s, as you can see from our slides above!

Super shout-outs

As well as the usual praises, Miss Cocliff and Mrs Parker had some extra special shout-outs and awards for our Praise Champions (with an extra special mention for Summer, too!):

XPE’s Praise Champs:XP’s Praise Champs:
Aran Imogen

We also celebrated the following students for regularly attending our D6 sessions:

Thomas, Thomas, Lara, Corey , Chris , Heather, Courtney, Rye, Ashley and Coen.

Well done guys! The effort and commitment in attending these Saturday revision session will really pay off.

Goodbye to Little Miss Poncia!

Students also used this community meeting to offer their appreciations to our wonderful Emily Poncia, who is leaving us on Friday for her next exciting adventure. Miss Poncia has gone above and beyond with her dedication, help and support for all our Y11 students and she will be sincerely missed by us all. She may only have been with us for a short time, but her impact has been HUGE. We wish you all the luck in the world 🙂

Have an amazing Easter break, Y11.

Mrs Parker & Miss Cocliff

XP East Laying down the Law!

What a fantastic two days students across XP and XP East have had!

On Tuesday, Citizenship students, who have been studying the role of the police, and their year group were involved in 3 seminars from Doncaster Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. These included Road Safety, Gun and Knives and Exploitation. 

After a fantastic Tuesday, things only got more exciting here at XPE today…
Students listened to a talk regarding Dog Handling and were introduced to not one, but two real life police dogs! Isn’t Hudson wonderful?
If that wasn’t enough, students were given time to ask all their pressing questions in a Q&A session. Students also experienced all the equipment police officers are trained to use, including riot gear and operating police cars.
A fantastic two days had by all students and staff! #WeAreCrew

C24/Y11 Mock Exam Timetable

Y11 will be sitting their second round of mocks when they return to school after the half-term break. This timetable should help students to plan and manage their revision.

More revision resources and general information for parents can be found on our C24 Revision Support Website.

Subject teachers have also uploaded revision tasks onto their google classrooms, so students have plenty of resources to help them.

C24 (Y11) Community Meeting

We say this all the time, but Y11 really are doing us both proud! We had some wonderful praise postcards yet again as part of this week’s community meeting, and it’s lovely to see some different names this week.

Well done Y11 – keep working hard, getting smart and being kind. We’re really impressed!

Miss Cocliff & Mrs Parker x

C24 (Y11): key dates and information update

Just a quick update on some key information and upcoming dates for our Y11 students (including those all important GCSE dates!)

Firstly, we’d like to massively appreciate those students who are attending in-school and after-school revision sessions, including D6 on Saturday. There is no doubt that this level of commitment to their learning will be reflected in their final grades. Our current revision session timetable is here, but is being updated with more sessions which we’ll publish once finalised.

Although these are optional at the moment, we are targeting specific students to attend and we ask that parents support this. Teachers will be in touch with students and their parents with details of when they need to attend extra revision sessions.

In addition to focussed revision sessions, we are pleased to announce that Extended Study is back up and running for Y11 students Monday-Thursdays, 3.15-4.30. This means that students can stay for an extra hour after school to complete any extended study that’s been set or work on revision tasks with support from staff, away from any potential distractions at home. Please note that this is just for our Y11 students at the moment, but we’re hoping to offer to other year groups soon.

Here’s a quick look at some key upcoming dates – further information about each of these events will be published in separate blog posts:

1st Feb – 11th FebStudent led conferences
3rd February GCSE revision information evening for Y11 parents
21st Feb – 4th MarchMock exams 2
16th May – 24th JuneGCSEs (full timetable will be published at a later date!)
w/b 27th June (tbc)Final Word and celebrating Crew

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Angella Parker (Y11 Phase Lead XP. East): [email protected]

Mel Cocliff (Y11 Phase Lead, XP): [email protected]

With thanks, as ever, for your continued support.

Crew Finch: Giving Back

Crew Finch, along with other Y11 Crews, have been giving back to the school community by offering their help and expertise to their “buddy” Crews.

This has involved running Crew sessions for Y7 and Y8 focussing on Crew team building and character traits. For example, Dakota and MacKenzie led activities in the sportshall for Mr Currie’s Crew:

Meanwhile, Noah, Ali and Callie have been helping Y9 Crew Mercury prepare for their upcoming Passage Presentations.

Here’s Noah’s explanation of how they have supported in these sessions, by drawing on their own experiences of Passage:

“These sessions have consisted of individual peer critique and how it could be improved. Whilst others may have seen a fishbowl activity, where somebody would read out a piece of work for everyone to hear, which would then be critiqued by ourselves and others in the crew. This ultimately prepares them the best they can so that they have the best key points to make and that they have already built up the confidence to speak in front of an audience.”

Moving on – we will be focussing on how we can give back to our wider community. Crew Finch have already done some amazing fundraising for Firefly and collected items for our local foodbank, so we are looking forward to being able to make more positive impacts throughout the rest of our time together.

Y11 Learn2Earn revision rewards

Today we launched our Learn2Earn Revision Rewards scheme to Y11 as a way of recognising the hard work and commitment of those students who are attending our lunchtime and after-school GCSE revision sessions (and perhaps encourage some of our other students to attend, too!)

So, what is Learn2Earn?

  • A rewards ‘loyalty’ scheme for revision – the more sessions students attend, the more points they earn! 
  • After 5 sessions, students receive a small ‘reward’…
  • After 10 sessions, students receive a medium ‘reward’…

All completed cards will be entered into a ‘big CREW reward’ prize draw – so the more crew participate in sessions, the more chance their crew have of winning the bigger prize at the end of Y11!

Y11 students working hard in one of our lunchtime History revisions sessions.

Here is our current revision timetable. Please note this is currently under review and we’ll be adding more sessions soon:

Don’t forget that Y11 – and Y10 – students can also attend D6 on a Saturday morning, from 9am – 12:30pm, which is back up and running this weekend (15th January). D6 provides students with a relaxed and informal study space working alongside our expert Student Coaches. We are expecting these to get busier as GCSEs get closer (16th May – 24th June.)

Crew Finch’s Acts of Kindness Advent

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Crew Finch have created a ‘reverse’ advent calendar where, instead of us getting the chocolate, we give a little treat to the Year 11 team (don’t worry; there will be a few chocolatey treats in it for Crew, too!)

Our advent is very much based around on doing good things for others and making an extra effort to be kind and thoughtful on the run up to our Christmas break, which tends to be when staff and students feel a little bit more frazzled than usual!

We’ve also pledged to do other little acts of kindness over the next couple of weeks, which will hopefully bring a little bit of happiness to someone else’s day.

I really can’t believe that this will be Crew Finch’s Last Christmas* together but I’m happy that we will be spending it spreading a little bit of joy to our wider school Crew 🙂

(warning: don’t click that link if you’re taking part in Whamageddon! like us… too late? oops!)

D6: business as usual

C24 can breath a huge sigh of relief as the first set of Y11 mocks are almost over (they still have the Spanish Speaking and Art mocks to look forward to!)

However, it’s really important that students keep the momentum going with their revision all through the year, and not just before the next set of mocks (which are scheduled for March).

Click here to view our current enrichment timetable, which includes details of all the all the lunchtime and after school revision sessions available.

We are also encouraging all Y11s to attend D6 on a Saturday morning from 9am-12.30pm each week to access additional support, or just to have a relaxed space for a bit of focussed self-study away from any potential distractions at home.

For those of you who don’t know, D6 is our voluntary sixth day of school which will take place each Saturday during term time. D6 is led by ex-students of XP who are returning to provide our current students with peer to peer academic study support. There will be additional support from our school learning coaches and members of the Leadership Team.  Refreshments will also be provided.

We’re really looking forward to seeing our Y11s at D6 this Saturday!

(Please note that D6 is only open to Y11s at the moment).