I would like to send a huge appreciation to all the parents and pupils who have helped this term to go as smoothly as possible. XP determination and compassion have served us well!
It has been an absolute pleasure to see Crew Obama get behind the ‘Screens Off and Recharge’ initiative during the final two weeks of term. Pupils have reported reconnecting with their families and forgotten interests in a variety of ways. Siblings have called truces and gone out for bike rides together. Savvy parents have encouraged make-over challenges resulting in gleaming bedrooms, kitchens, dogs and scooters. Art and reading books have been opened and enjoyed. Pupils have tried new crafts or skills such as photography and origami. Crew Obama really are a talented bunch!
I will leave you with a few of the many images pupils have shared in Crew, and to wish you all a restful two weeks.
Massive appreciation to everyone in Crew Obama for making my first experience of Student Led Conferences such a positive one. It was inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking, to hear all about your achievements and the challenges you have faced.
I have included a couple of images of the work pupils commented on during their SLCs, but it is sadly not possible to include everyone here. It was fascinating to learn about your expedition ‘Fight The Power’. Not only did pupils share the work they were most proud of, but they were able to talk meaningfully about what they found difficult. Pupils identified where they felt the quality of their work had fallen short, and explained how they intended to improve further. This is quite an undertaking for pupils of this age. It is especially impressive when we consider the extent to which remote learning has replaced traditional classes for these children over the last twelve months. As such, grappling with this task and adapting to its online delivery, is really something!
It was also wonderful to ‘meet’ so many parents and guardians, albeit through a computer screen. Thank you all for your continued support and for the probing questions you asked during the Student Led Conferences.
This time, we will be using the wonders of modern technology to hold our conferences online via Google Meet, which we have been using for lessons during lockdown. If your child is in Crew Obama, please use this link to select a suitable time for the conference to be arranged.
Crew Obama have been following their remote lessons during lockdown. Wifi supply issues and lost links to Google Hangouts for lessons haven’t held us back! Pupils have shown great kindness by sharing links, technology tips, and helpful explanations. Great appreciation to the individuals who have managed to attend every single session this week, and be on time too!
You may have noticed that we had a little snow yesterday. Those of us in school were amazed at how quickly it came down! The first photograph of the school playground was taken just after morning Crew at around 9am, whilst the second was taken around midday.
Pupils at home were sorry that lockdown robbed them of the chance to play out with all their friends in the snow. However, Crew Obama are a resourceful lot who tried to make their own fun.
Crew Obama worked hard during the recent bubble closure. The children didn’t want to be left out of Christmas jumper day so they joined in from home instead. It was great to see so many pets joining in too! I am sorry that I didn’t manage to snap everybody, but here are a few anonymous crew members. Can you guess who they are?
Despite the bubble closure, we are still hoping to send a selection of food, treats and toys to the animals at the local RSPCA branch this Christmas. We were inspired by our hangout with an expert from the branch and we want to help. Please send any donations to our crew room (AO7) on the last day of term and we will make sure the animals get them.
Following the closure of our Y8/E26 bubble, we will now move to an online educational provision as shown below – this has proved to be highly effective in supporting students in other year bubble closures as engagement rates have regularly been above 95%.
Here is our protocol for online learning:
all Crew sessions and lessons will take place LIVE via Google Hangout and the timetable is highlighted below.
students will receive input from teachers and have time to complete activities on Google Classroom.
students are registered in Crew (8.30am), at the beginning of the morning session (9.15am) and afternoon session (1.15pm).
all students are expected to join each session. If a student is absent, Crew Leaders will contact home to ascertain the reason why. If a student is unable to join a session, for example, they are unwell, we ask parents to please contact the office.
Crew Leaders and Expedition teachers will send Google Hangout invitations to their classes.
invites for live sessions will be sent through email.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact your child’s crew leader.
PS: It was amazing to have 86% (44) students join the hangout this morning with our expert Victoria, who spoke to us about the Suffragette movement in Doncaster. What a turn out at short notice!
Year Eight were honoured at lunchtime today to receive some top flight tuition in the beautiful game from Mr Portman. Despite one spectator’s concerns for Mr Portman’s shoes, he proceeded to give a dazzling display.
The pitch was filled with gasps of amazement from the other players as he tore up the tarmac and made several shots on goal. Luckily, Year Eight had a competent keeper who was able to thwart most attempts. The match was hotly contested with great tackles, clearances and headers from pupils from all Crews. Mr Portman was ably assisted at one point by Mr Kellet and Miss Ridoult, but alas, their efforts were in vain and Year Eight were triumphant.
Well done everyone for great sportsmanship and determination. What a lovely way to spend a lunch break!
Crew Obama has decided to support the Doncaster branch of the RSPCA this term. The pupils would like to make a food bank style collection to help keep the animals comfortable over Christmas. In preparation for this, we needed to think about the kind of products which would be most useful. In addition to food and treats, pupils made suggestions such as grooming products, medication, bedding and toys.
Ms Pulham arranged for an expert from the RSCPA to join us via Google Hangout on Friday afternoon. This is greatly appreciated, so that you so much! Crew Obama prepared several questions for the expert with the aim of finding out more about the centre’s work, and how best to support them. It was great to see the children ask their questions confidently, and that a crew member was able to join in the discussion from home thanks to the wonders of modern technology!
Thank you to Josh for taking a retro Polaroid picture of Crew Obama. It looks like we have time travelled back to the 80s!
As part of our Mindful Monday activities, members of the group have been nominating charities they would like Crew Obama to support this year. This was quite a challenging task to set for a year eight group, requiring independent thought, compassion and decision making. I have been very impressed by the pupils’ work!
I would like to appreciate all the children for taking time to prepare for sharing their choice in Crew. Some children have nominated charities which have touched their lives in a personal way, perhaps by supporting a family member through illness. Others have shown compassion to strangers by selecting charities such as those which support the homeless. Pupils have considered how they could support their nominated charity, with ideas including bake sales, clothing collections, pet food banks and knitting hats for premature babies.
Crew Obama will now need to make decisions about where and how to lend their support. This will be no easy task as I am sure that all the nominated causes will be more than worthy.
Imogen using her ipad to present her nominated charity (SARI: Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to the group. An excellent proposal to support this charity by promoting its values around school. Well done, Imogen!
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: