Crew Mercury’s first teenager!


So this week we celebrated Ella becoming the first teenager in Crew Mercury!

Happy Birthday Ella!

We celebrated during Friday crew treating ourselves to some Angel Slices, Mini Battenburgs and Fondant Fancies while sharing our apologies, appreciations and stands for the week.

It looks like Kaylee and Jayden are enjoying their treat!

Crew ”Mindful” Frank

Over the past couple of Monday’s Crew Frank has been looking at ways to be ”Mindful”. We started this by exploring what mindful means to us and together as a crew, we defined our meaning of this as…

”a conscious or aware of something you’re sensing or feeling in moments of life. It opens up our thoughts to what extent something is cared for in ongoing surroundings” 

As a crew, we spent time thinking of being mindful and looking at where we fit this into life. It was really clear that when we think of being mindful, its an act of stepping back and thinking of others when we act, think, or say things to each other. With prompt to think about how we are mindful, charities became a topic of discussion, and it was clear when we think of donating and raising money for a charity, we are being mindful of others who may need our help.

As a crew task for the ongoing year, we will be working towards supporting local charities in our community. As an activity, the crew spent some time looking at ways of fundraising and different charities that are close to us personally and locally to Doncaster.

Brilliant focus and hard work on the research task from Crew Frank, some unique ways of fundraising for possible local charities we can support.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!

After a long weekend break, it was nice to get back into Crew and get down to business this morning.

Today we started by reflecting upon our Accelerated Reader results from the test we completed in last weeks Tranquil Tuesday. We were all pleased to see that we had all made progress from last year and we were keen to take this to the next level.

We spent some time thinking about a previous session, ‘Why is reading important?’ and reminded ourselves that GCSE papers are set using the reading age 15 years 7 months. We discussed how much more difficult we would make it for ourselves if we didn’t reach this goal… and although GCSE’s are a long way off, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day!’

During Crew this morning we started by looking at just how much we had improved, but also how far off we were from the target of 15 years 7 months. We discovered that many of us still had work to do, but some of us were ready:

Harvey                                                                                        Shawn








I’d like to personally appreciate both boys who showed compassion towards their peers in Crew today by not bragging about how much they had exceeded the target reading age, but offering support and advise to their peers about how they too can reach the same goal and exceed it.

We decided that you don’t stick to anything unless you pledge it. So in true XP style we cut out pictures of a reading book and wrote a pledge which we thought would support us in improving our reading ages. We then agreed to include a note of just how many years and months worth of improvement we wanted, so when it lives on the wall it will be a daily reminder of our goals.

I was proud of how Crew maturely dealt with their results and supported one another to make achievable pledges. I will be even prouder to see the result when we come to the next testing period!

It would be brilliant if Crew parents could discuss the pledge your son/ daughter has made with them, and ask about their reading age and what goals they have. In school we offer reading time for 15 minutes at the start of Sessions 1 and 4 in order to reach the advised 30 minutes a day but I know some pledges included home reading too!

Dashboard update: 

I have spoken to a number of Crew parents and agreed that the blog posts will also feature an update on the praise and conduct log. Students are aware that this will happen too so the stakes are high! This weeks praise log looks like this:

We remain on the highest average praises this week too! Great effort Crew Rowling- keep it up!

Stay safe, look after yourselves. 

Welcome back Crew Mercury!

What a great start to the new year Crew Mercury have had!

I was so pleased to see everybody and to see the crew members in person.

This year we have started Crew Curriculum, and crew have really embraced Thoughtful Thursday. As a crew we looked at out most recent data for HOWLs and grades, then each member made an academic pledge.

Check out some of Crew Mercury’s pledges…



Josh – ‘I pledge to achieve a 3.0 or higher in HUMS by asking more questions’



Jayden – ‘I pledge to improve my be kind HOWLs to at least a 3.0’


Ella – ‘I pledge to improve my HOWLs in PE and crew are going to support me by giving me lots of encouragement’


Even with COVID-19 nothing has stopped us having our weekly whole school community meeting. Every Friday we have had the community meeting via Hangout and lots of appreciations, apologies and stands have been made.

Would just like to give a big shout out to Lynden for making his first stand during the community meeting. Well done Lynden! Lots of courage shown!





Crew Frank are Back!

After a rather unusual summer off, and Crew nearly being as tall as Mr. Burke now, the return of the students has been nothing but brilliant. The attitude, work ethic, and maturity has impressed me during school. Crew Frank, however, has started off the return by making pledges. Each crew member had time to reflect on Y7’s pledge to the crew and reflect on this. This enabled them to adapt and create new pledges for the start of Y8.

Here we have a beautiful display of each crew member’s pledge.

I really like this pledge that Caitlin Revell for Crew Frank made… ”I pledge to support my crew unconditionally no matter what the situation”. I love this and it just shows what the crew is. The compassion and thought that has gone into this pledge are fantastic.

Although making pledges is a really good way to set goals, it is really hard work to achieve them. This is why in the crew we always refer back to our MEGs and HOWLs, holding each other accountable for pledges we make. As a crew, we have discussed about the importance of motivating each other and picking each other up when we are struggling or feeling down or even given each other a kick to refocus.


After a few weeks off blogging, i couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to express how proud I am of Crew Rowling for their attitude, hard work and dedication to getting stuff done!

We decided to set up a new deadlines doc for this term, one whereby the students could project manage their own workload and track their progress. And WOW. I’ve been blown away… i can’t even count how many people i’ve bragged to already, and now i’m here to brag even more! Just look at all the completed tasks on here:

I mean LOOK AT IT!

A Crew average of 98% completion rate!!!

We’re working our socks off!!


So I know you want to know, how do we do it?!

Every Monday i sign on to my laptop with messages, which will usually have already been replied to:

Crew are keen to use Google Chat to check when hangouts are and send regular reminders which means no one can forget:

Sometimes we struggle and we need a helping hand, we know we can ask teachers but in our crew we have our own experts:











If we can’t resolve it over a chat, we take to a hangout:

I so wish i’d have recorded this so you could hear how well Harvey explained these tasks!

If we can’t solve the problem over a chat or a hangout, we leave it to the experts:

We continue to hold each other to account (they even catch me out!):





But most importantly, we recognise how hard people are working:

So as you can see, our fantastic outcomes are as a result of Crew continuing to maintain their fantastic HOWLS throughout lockdown, sticking together, supporting each other, holding one another to account and knowing there is no ‘i’ in team. It’s no good one of us being at the top of the mountain after all!

I couldn’t be any prouder as a Crew Leader.

To me this proves, ‘if we get crew right, we get everything right’. 

It doesn’t get much better than being blessed by these smiling faces twice a week (yes, we even get 100% attendance on those!) Keep going, we’re nearly there. I’m so proud of everything you have all achieved so far.

Thank you Crew Rowling, and your parents for all their support!

This Weeks Beautiful Work…

There has been some brilliant work this week coming out of Crew Anne-Frank. Let’s take a look at what they have been up to…

ART Work:

As part of E26’s Artwork, students have designed visual diaries for photos, observational drawings, reflections, and experiences during the lockdown, with different weeks focusing on different topics. Amelia, however, has been focusing her week on the Nature around us. Although the weather hasn’t been the best this week, Amelia and others have created some beautiful drawings and paintings of what nature is in their garden and around them. Beautiful drawings Amelia! Great Stuff!

HUMS work:

Undergoing new expedition ”Above all, Compassion” looking more in-depth into the Amazon Rainforest, Olivia has produced a detailed explanation of all the positive and negative things about building a farm in the Amazon. Brill detail and use of words to highlight such great points in your work Olivia, well done!

Crew Bingo!

Crew Frank during the last crew session played a little bit of Bingo!

The idea sprang to Crew whilst discussing possible activites we could all do to help prevent boredom during our time at home. So that’s what we did…

Crew members designed their own bingo card, looking something like this…

After a tough, breathtaking, very intense game of bingo, with numerous professional Bingo calls by the Bingo Master (Mr, Burke) 🙂 we finally gained some winners!

Game 1: 1 Line – Winner (Ava)

Game 2: 2 Lines – Winners (Charlie & Arjun)

Game 3: Full House – Winner (Arjun)

Thank you all for taking part and if you would like to try it out at home with family members or friends online, here are some easy steps to take…

  1. Using a piece of paper or google documents, create a 5×5 grid like above in the pictures. (be creative and add some colour!)
  2. Fill in the 25 separate boxes by picking random numbers between 1-80 ensuring all boxes are filled with a number.
  3. Have a bingo number generator which can be found on the web, or prepare questions for the chosen number, for example ( 5 x 5 + 4 – 1 = ) you will then have to work the sum out and cross the number out if you have it. Always remember to keep a track of the numbers you have called.
  4. Play games of 1 line, 2 lines and a full house!
  5. Finally, make sure you all have a Bingo dabber and off you go.

Next Crew session, we will be taking on quiz master Caitlin in her general knowledge quiz, keep tuned to see who wins!

Crew Mercury

Another great week from Crew Mercury, every member is producing real quality learning and also enjoying their time at home.


Kaylen has been learning many new skills during this time, including learning to play the guitar, doing lots of gardening and baking.


Have a look at this bread!


And my favourite new skill he has learnt…how to crochet! I’m sure I’ll have a new crochet buddy when we get back to school!












As well as all of this, Kaylen has been doing amazing with his online learning. He has done so well working independently! Mrs Collinson is very impressed with his Spanish saying how she is ‘really proud of his courage and commitment’.

I can’t wait to get back to school to hear all about your new skills Kaylen.

Take care everyone!

Another Week Full of Fun and Achievements! :)

Another week goes by where online learning seems to be getting easier for Crew Frank. This week has highlighted the uplift in spirits and positivity in which the entire crew has shown. Whether this is through the quality pieces of work which have been completed or the enjoyment they are having during these tough times.

Let’s take a look…

Here is Caitlin and her family taking their postponed camping trip to their very own back garden. I love this and what a brilliant idea to keep the positive vibes around the campfire. Nice one Caitlin! 🙂

Id like to also mention Amelia from Crew Frank also…

Amelia has been working super hard on her maths and perfecting every single piece of work she does. After an email from Mr. Nixon, Amelia’s maths teacher, this just blew me away…






This is year 10 work Amelia has produced and she’s only in year 7!!! Amelia never shy’s away from difficult tasks and shows real resilience in ”getting it” and then helping others around her. So well done, and keep up the good work Amelia.


The ending of  Y7 expedition ‘Only Joules and Houses’ in STEAM is yet another achievement for all those involved. Although we wish we could have finished this in school, it has been brilliant to see Olivia, Caitlin, Amelia, Charlie, Oliver, Jacob, and Thomas, show 100% engagement with tasks, making sure they are all attempted and completed whilst they are at home. Email from Mrs. Townson shows how impressed she is with you all, so a big well done!





Olivia from Crew Frank has a real passion for music and takes time to learn new instruments and sing in and out of school. To top this week off, Olivia shared with me a video recording of her singing which she had been working on for her Granny, so we could see what she had been up to. Olivia can’t see her Granny at the moment so she uses facetime to communicate with her. She says her Granny really supports her music and therefore created this video for her.


Click the link and check it out!

This is fantastic Olivia, what a brilliant voice. Keep up the good work from Crew. P.S. we love Granny!


A big well done to all Crew members for working hard at home and also a big mention to parents/carers for supporting our students. This would be impossible without your help. Thank you again!

Crew Frank