Imagination in Action

After a long week, Crew Anoa’i needed a little break, so we did something different in Friday’s crew session. As it is Children’s Mental Health Week, we discussed the topic of ‘Expressing Yourself’. 

We asked the question…

‘What does it mean to ‘express yourself’ and what does that look like?’

Some of the responses Crew Anoa’i came up with were inspiring and it really made us all think about the expectations society has of our younger generations. The pressure our young students face each day to follow the ‘norm’ has a massive impact on their mental health. So, we decided to boost our mental health by getting creative and having a laugh.

The Squiggle Game

The squiggle game is a simple game. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Make a squiggle on your page, then let your imagination run wild! What can you see emerging from your squiggle? Here are some examples created by Crew Anoa’i.

By Théa Clarkson

By Lucie-Mae Cordell

By James Hudson

By Nikodem Parzybut

By Fin Haines

By Miss Mitchell

Join us and get SQUIGGLING!!




All things ‘new’, keep it up Crew!

This week in Crew, we asked the question…

“How are things are going so far?”

Here are a few of the responses that were given: 

Faith Farmery

During Year 9, school has changed: new crew leader, new teachers, new Covid-19 rules. We haven’t just learnt new information about topics, we have gotten used to new seating plans, new timetables and new ways of learning. We have become better at managing our time during online learning, we get to different hangouts on time. We are also better at getting the right documents open so that we can do our work. So, during Year 9 I think we have done pretty well so far.

Zachary Hague

This year it has been a new experience for everyone. Due to recent ongoing events school has closed and we have had to adapt to a completely new way of living. Personally I think that the teaching staff and students have handled this really well and are doing their best to make online learning as stress free and fun as possible.  

Lucie-Mae Cordell

So far this year I think it is going pretty well, we have all adapted to online learning. We are all turning up to lessons and not leaving half way through unless we have a valid reason. We also complete the work to the best of our ability. 

Jacob Sutton

The start of 2021  has been tough, with surprising new lockdown restrictions meaning students are having to work from home all over the country. No one was ready for these restrictions and no one was ready for another lockdown. Yet as a country we have powered through it. In our crews’ case we have all been trying our hardest to get work done from home and learn, which is particularly hard being in a global pandemic. Although, I don’t think we could work hard without the teachers support and organising lessons and hangouts while being at home!

Théa Clarkson

So far this year I think we have done amazing, especially with what has been going on. We have adapted quickly to new ways of learning. I also think the teachers have done really well with the new way of teaching and coming up with work for us to do. From the start of year 9 we have had a new crew leader (Miss Mitchell). I would like to say thank you to her because even though we’re a pain sometimes, she has been patient with us and made a lot of our crew sessions fun and unique.

James Hudson

During our time back at school after the christmas holidays i think year nine have adapted as if it was nothing. As well as that, we have also been working as hard as we possibly can. It has been a very unusual experience but it has been very rewarding because lots of people seem to be contributing lots more.This week our crew has nominated three people for ‘star pupil of the week’, students that have worked especially hard and adapted to the strange online experience and have helped others. This has been a good way to show our achievements over this online learning and makes us feel better about it.

So it seems Crew Anoa’i have been settling into online learning very well. So much so, that a few of our crew were mentioned in our community meeting this week.

The teaching and support staff of year 9 created a slideshow full of fantastic achievements fulfilled by E25. We shared this with the students and appreciated them for their consistent hard work and praised everyone for taking on the challenge of online learning during a global pandemic. Let’s see who made it onto the list from Crew Anoa’i!


Well done everyone!!


#AllThingsNew #KeepItUpCrew

Introducing … Crew Anoa’i

Back in 2020 Crew Shackleton made the decision to change our name. As a crew we felt the name Skackleton didn’t represent us and our values anymore. With Crew Shackleton gaing Miss Mitchell as our new Crew Leader, we thought it would be only right if we changed our crew name. After some deliberation, we came up with Crew Anoa’i, naming ourselves after the Anoa’i family. 

Once we settled on our new crew name, we decided to create a presentation saying why we chose it. It took us several weeks to compile all of our information. Everyone worked really hard to create this, so we would appreciate it if you could take a look. 

Here it is, the reason why we chose to be called … Crew Anoa’i.

The Anoa’i family is a family of professional wrestlers originating from American Samoa. Here are a few of the family, you may recognise a couple.

How we connect to the Anoa’i family:

The Anoa’i family are famous for their professional wrestling work. Family members including Rosey, Rikishi, Jamal, Ekmo, Umaga, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka, Afa Anoa’i, Sika Anoa’i, The Wild Samoans, Peter Maivia and The Rock have all contributed to the profession, winning multiple championships and earning themselves the title ‘Wrestling’s greatest family’. The Anoa’i family is from American-Samoan descent, their wrestling family tree goes back decades. The traditional culture of Samoa is a communal way of life, most activities are done together. The family is viewed as an integral part of a person’s life, where the elders in the family are greatly respected and hold the highest status. 

So in Somoan tradition, we have taken on the values of a tribe life, with our crew members representing the tribe and Miss Mitchell representing our Chief. We pledge to show determination and face every challenge head on whilst working together to overcome them as a tribe.

The Anoa’i Family Achievements:

  • The Anoa’i Family is the very first to have four generations of wrestlers competing in WWE.
  • 21 members of the Anoa’i family became wrestlers. 14 wrestlers with direct blood ties to the Anoa’i family have wrestled for the WWE.
  • 5 members of the family are competing in WWE currently.
  • They have 14 multi-generations of tag teams.
  • They have won 21 tag team championships in total.

As we have chosen ‘Make-A-Wish’ as our crew charity, we thought it would be interesting to share:

Over the years, the Anoa’i family has raised a lot of money for charities including Make-A-Wish. In 2017, Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa’i) raised $12,000 by helping a restaurant named Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Joe promised to donate $1 for every like their tweet received. He retweeted the message to all his followers. It went from an expected 3-4 thousand dollars to over $12,000 in a short space of time. He continues to work closely with the charity. The Rock, The Usos and Nia Jax have also worked closely with Make-A-Wish, granting children’s wishes all over the world. 

Reasons why we believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i:

  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we are a tribe, we have each others’ back. (Nikodem)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we believe crew is like a family. We strive for the greater in each other, this means holding one another to account but also helping each other when a crew member needs support. (April)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because they are a massively inspirational family and power through all challenges that are put in front of them. (Jacob)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we protect each other like a tribe. (Lucie)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because the Anoa’i family are an inspiration to us, they have supported a lot of charities. We wish to do the same and follow in their footsteps. (James)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because I think our crew represents the Anoa’i family, we work together as a team and help each other out. (Zach H)

 Our Crew Quote:

“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success, greatness will come.”

                                                     -The Rock 

We chose this quote because it really resonates with us as a crew. We have found in the past that some of our crew have struggled with finding success, but once they have consistently worked hard on a certain task, they succeeded and achieved greatness.

Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read this!

#NewBeginnings #TribeLife

To Infinity, and Beyond!

This week, members of Crew Shackleton have truly gone above and beyond – helping staff without being asked, thinking ahead and showing kindness to others. They have demonstrated fantastic HOWLs (Work Hard, Get Smart and Be Kind). I am very proud to share some of the things they have been getting up to this week.

Thea Clarkson

Thea has been contributing in sessions left, right and centre. She has been highlighted for her engagement in sessions and for asking great questions – developing her knowledge and showing enthusiasm for the topic she is currently studying. This is great to hear. Fantastic work Thea!

Faith Farmery

As crew leader, I’ve not been there much this week due to an injury but Faith stepped up and took it upon herself to ensure the register was done, helping the staff who were covering the crew session – an important job that makes sure all of her crew are accounted for in case of a fire. Faith has also been brilliant in sessions, working very hard with her writing tasks and demonstrating great work ethic across the board. It’s lovely to see her doing so well. Well done Faith!

James Hudson

James has been forward thinking this week, ensuring he is ready for session – he has gone out of his way to email staff, asking them to help him with his work. James has also shown great maturity in session, as he got straight onto task without being asked more than once – he entered the room and began reading his book without being prompted. Great work James!

April Crawshaw

April has been helping staff by offering her assistance in sessions, either by clearing up or handing things out. Staff have really appreciated having her in sessions this week. April’s confidence has improved so much this year – and we’ve only been back a month! She has shown great resilience with her work and the results are showing. I can’t wait to see her confidence grow even more. Keep it up April!

These are just a few examples of Crew Shackleton going above and beyond, other members of the crew have also achieved great things this week. I’m so proud to be their crew leader. I can’t wait to see what they all do next week!

As Buzz Lightyear would say…


Stay Positive!

This week, Crew Shackleton has been very busy! 

I thought I’d share the positive take Crew Shackleton has taken from being at home with their families. I’ve been amazed by the emails I’ve received from the parents of our crew, sharing what they’ve been up to this week.

After school work in a morning, Jacob has been helping his mum do the chores, then he’s been in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Jacob and his sister made lots of treats this week, including home-made burgers and biscuits. Don’t they look delicious! And to top it off, Jacob has been on several walks and bike rides in the countryside with his family. 

Faith and her sister have been busy decorating their dad’s house with pretty chalked patterns, showing their thanks to the NHS. Faith has also been on many bike rides, keeping fit whilst scoping the local wildlife.

Nikodem has taken the opportunity to spend some time to enjoy this lovely weather, either on his bike or out exploring near his home. He has also enjoyed completing some of his work. As we can see, he’s in full concentration mode. Good job Nikodem!

This week, Zach has been on several nature walks along the river Don. On his journey, he learnt some new skills. Zach learnt how to forage for wild plants! He picked some wild garlic with his brother and sister. I wonder what he’ll make with that.

This week Zach has been in the kitchen, baking his mum a birthday cake. So sweet! To celebrate, Zach and his family had afternoon tea in the garden. They also had the pool up this week as it has been warm. Zach has been touring round his local canal on his family’s boat, looking for all kinds of wildlife.

This week, Lilly has really enjoyed baking cakes as well as helping her parents with meals, encouraging them to eat healthy. She has spent time with her family, having BBQs in the garden and playing on the new VR headset. Lilly has been keeping her fitness up too alongside her sister. And of course, she’s been watching lots of Netflix in bed. Lilly even cut her sister’s hair this week!!!

Each day this week, after a long day at school, Woody went home to spend some quality time with his pet cat, Sox.

It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves at home, spending some much needed time with their families. I just had to share Crew Shackleton’s positive vibes during this trying time.

Can’t wait to see what you all do next week! 

Stay positive!

Rising to the Challenge!

I think it’s fair to say that, even though we’re not in school and have the challenge of working at home, our staff and students in E26 (Year7) and E25 (Year 8) are still Working Hard, Getting Smart and Being Kind.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen determination (when the work has been tricky), compassion (when helping our fellow crew members who have been stuck) and the completion of so much beautiful work, ranging from stand-out science assessments, amazing artwork, passionate speeches and marvellous maths!

Here are just a few appreciations for students and their beautiful achievements:

Oliver. S. (E26):

Jayden (E26):

Marcus (E25):

Cerrina (E26):

Raphael (E26):

Marshall (E25):


Shackleton Craftsmanship and Quality

It’s been an absolute pleasure to receive emails about some of the amazing things being done in Crew Shackleton while at home this week.

Special mention for April – what an amazingly gifted and caring young lady. Not only has she been working hard on school work, but she’s been using her sewing machine and old donated materials to make masks and headbands for NHS staff. i was clapping for April at 8pm this evening too.

If there was an exam for kindness, April would get a grade 9. Take a look at some of her handy work…

(Thank your mum for the photos!)


And it’s brilliant to get emails from teachers too showcasing the brilliant work being done in lesson at home. Mr Nixon emailed me today to share some of the amazing work completed by Lilly, celebrating the standards we’ve come to expect from her.

Take a look…

Outstanding craftsmanship and quality. I’m a HUMS teacher so I’m taking Mr Nixon’s word for it that the maths is good! Well done, Lilly.

And not forgetting other conversations I’ve had about James and his work ethic and beautiful work at home; Nikodem completing all the tasks each week on time and to a high standard; and all the students in Crew Shackleton who are showing great independance and resilience to keep going despite these challenging times.

You will all be sorely missed. Keep up the amazing work.

E25 Human Work During School Closure

It’s good to see some students already starting their online learning assignments. Here are the instructions on how to complete the work set. This was shared with students in lessons but those who were absent last week will have missed them. They must READ all the instructions on the slides/Google Classroom.

Submitting work 

  • Currently on Google Classroom, there are 2 assignments set. Students need to complete the Geography one FIRST and then the English slides. They should submit the doc on Google classroom once they have got to the end of each slide. 

What to complete and when

  • Each set of slides are broken down into ‘lessons’, students need to complete a minimum of a lesson a day or follow the ‘weekly planner’ timetable sent out my Mr Portman each week.
  • Whenever the students see a red ‘TASK’ symbol which looks like the one below they need to complete the activity on their doc.


  • On the docs, work needs to have the layout of:

           Subject: Geography/English/History

           Lesson Number:



Students need to write in Quicksand font, size 12.

If you have any questions, email me at I will be checking emails everyday and student work completion – if work is not being done, parents will be contacted.

Thank you!

E25 Sponsored Walk for the Conversation Club

On the 26/11/19, E25 will be taking part in a 5km sponsored walk or run. This will be part of their HUMAN expedition ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ and will take place during their PE session.

We will be raising money for the Conversation Club, a charity in Doncaster who supports asylum seekers and refugees. This charity is vital in creating a support network for people who have had to flee their country due to political and religious persecution.

Earlier in the expedition, we were lucky enough to be visited by a group of asylum seekers who are supported by the Conversation Club. It was lovely to see the students so engrossed in listening to the stories of each of the asylum seekers but also sharing a laugh with them too! The students were shocked by some of the reasons why our visitors had to flee, what would’ve happened to them if they had stayed and were moved by the stories of being separated from their family and the emotional impact this has. It was also interesting to hear how many misconceptions there are in society about asylum seekers and by speaking to our visitors we all learnt a lot about this.

We were pleased to hear our visitors enjoyed the experience of visiting our school as much as we enjoyed having them!

Asylum seekers have to live on only £37.75 a week and any support they receive from the Conversation Club is funded through charity and the kindness of volunteers. E25 and X25 will be taking part in this event (separately) so we have the potential to raise a lot for this charity.  We will be taking part in other fundraising activities throughout this term to raise more money towards this cause.  If each student can be sponsored £1 then it will be a massive help in reaching our target amount for the charity, but feel free give as little, or as much as you can.

Students were handed a sponsor form last week in crew but if they have lost it then they can ask myself or Miss Johnson for another one.

Without wanting to get political it is important to remember instead that these are people who just want to secure their safety. Our character traits of respect and compassion ring out in the students when they get involved with members of our community in this way and I am be proud to work with such mature and compassionate students at XP EAST.



Start the day with gratitude

So this week in Crew we’ve been focusing on gratitude and appreciation. How can we be more grateful for the things we take for granted? How can we remind ourselves of all the positivity around us when there are so many negative images forced upon us each day? How can we use gratitude to shift our feelings from negative to positive?

We started with some appreciations, then looked at this meme and discussed what resonated with each of us in Crew?

It was really interesting that our discussion took us into a way of realising that actually even in really difficult, sad, troubling or depressing situations, gratitude and spending a moment to think about either the positives in an apparently negative situation, or even looking for the things we are grateful for can help to lift us into better spirits: more contentment and happiness.

We explored the language of “cultivating a shift” – how can we take control of our emotions and feelings, to not ignore them (it’s ok to be sad, feel down, have a tough day!) – but we can choose whether we let those emotions control our mind, or whether we want to try and shift our minds into a more positive state.

We can dwell on situations out of our control. For instance, Fin showed courage and talked about his bad knee, and how it prevents him from doing activities and being as physical as he’d like to be, but he realises there is little he can do about the situation.

We discussed how this could be really frustrating or depressing. But with a shift in thinking about what good has come out of his injury – what he has to be grateful about – he could see that his friends really step up and look after him when he’s in pain, rallying around him; his friendships are strengthened by his injury!

We ended the session by writing down as many things as possible on a post-it note that we are grateful for.

Try it at home? What are you grateful for today? Can you acknowledge the things that make us depressed or sad or down, and “cultivate a shift” towards using out emotional energy to be grateful and feel positive about what we DO have?