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.

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.


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!

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

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):


A Big Frank You!

Courage was the topic of discussion during Crew Anne Frank’s google hangout as we all joined together yet again for an online crew session. But before anything, lets check-in…


 ”If you could do anything right now, what would it be and why?”

Here are some of the things which were shared…

  • Go and see friends…
  • Play football (obviously Mr. Burke)
  • Go indoor skydiving…
  • Come back to school…
  • Go shopping…

However, the standout check-in to crew  was:

”Id make a world in which something like this ongoing virus never existed and people could live a happy life”

We really liked this check-in as not only it shows the compassion we have between students, but the compassion between the students and the world. This check-in promted us to think about the ongoing courage we have seen in the current situation…

What courage have you noticed?

We as students and as a whole crew have shown courage from the start of the virus. But why have we? Because we are in a situation which we never thought we’d be in and it’s pretty scary. We are also taking a new role in learning at home which is tricky and I think some of us like discussed in other crew session was finding It really hard and on the edge, of giving up, but we didn’t.


But most of all what about the NHS and other keyworkers. There is a list of people who are showing courage by risking their own lives to work day in, day out to help combat the virus across the world. The government has also done a brilliant job in placing restrictions and a bigger thank you for all of us out there to follow these restrictions. Instead of talking about this, Crew Frank wanted to share some images of the ongoing courage we are seeing today…














So to everyone staying safe, and helping the world in these hard times, here’s a BIG FRANK YOU!


Above and Beyond!!

Crew Frank have been working very hard over the past weeks to complete the work that has been set online.

Year 7 Maths teacher Mr Nixon sent a brilliant XP East postcard about the hard work Olivia from Crew Frank has been putting in at home.


This is fantastic Olivia, your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Keep up the good work! – You’re developing into a great mathematician.

Crew Anne Frank do PE with Joe!

Its been brilliant to hear and see all crew members taking part in PE with Joe at 9 am every morning. This has helped crew keep fit and healthy every day, Monday- Friday throughout the lock down period. It doesn’t matter how much you move or how much you turn into Spider- Man, all participation is valuable to our students like the picture above, this includes the parents too.

This is Crew Anne Frank member Caitlin showing us her fancy dress Friday workout with Joe, who has contributed every single day since the START! This is brill!

Positive vibes and motivation to kick start the week,

Enjoy and keep safe everyone,

Crew Frank

Crew Frank in lockdown!

Schooling from home is just the new norm as google hangout is for Crew Anne Frank.

Google hangout has been a brilliant tool to check in and keep an update with our Crew members. It as been vital for all crew members to check in with each other as much as possible during the lockdown period, keeping that crew spirit.

We have struggled and adapted to the new system of school and all crew members are doing fantastic. We communicate really well as a crew and this has been a big influence in the success of the continuity in HOWL’s and spirit as a crew.

By using the timetable provided and our own personalised timetable, this has given us the ability to get all our typical day to day lessons in. With deadlines for tasks and assignments, we have been trying our best to meet these. This wouldn’t be achievable without the motivation we give each other as a crew.

Away from the school work we have been working hard at, there as also been the struggle to keep yourself entertained during the downtime period. We would like to recommend some activities we have found for boosting our moral and boredom:

  • Biking, Running, Trampolining
  • Joe Wicks, Make your own workout
  • Netflix, Disney
  • Cleaning the house, DIY…with parents!

We hope everyone stays safe in these times we never thought we’d experience in our lifetime.

Crew Frank