YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP for the most birds spotted. This means we need to up our game, as E24 are currently behind X24 in the leaderboard.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

On the 4th of May- all year E24 and X24 at XP Trust will be starting their new expedition for STEAM. This will be starting with a week of immersion, adapted for the current lockdown home learning. Including experts, fieldwork and whole school Google Hangout quiz challenge!

All students in year 9 in both schools will receive a Google Hangout invitation hosted by Mr Smith and Mr Said and learning coaches. This will have key information and challenges for the week to come. 

The Hangout will be 1pm Tuesday 5th of May. 

Below is a Teaser Trailer to the new expedition- Here Comes the Sun!


Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Crew 7DP!

Monday 18th Dec- We did some Accelerated Reader because we have not done reading in Crew since last week…. though we do read in human and steam as well!

Tuesday 19th Dec- We watched 30 mins of the Lion movie and we took copious notes (notices and wonders)

Wednesday 20th Dec- Today we did a Star Reader test to make sure we are on the right colour group for our reading material.

Thursday 21st Dec – We held an XP East Community meeting, following the success of our first ever Celebration of Learning event held last night.

Friday 22nd DecOur whole school Community Meeting provides a weekly opportunity to give apologies and pledges, share appreciations and make stands for things that we feel strongly about.

Whole School Community Meeting was held in the afternoon, allowing us an extra Crew session this morning. We opened our Secret Santa gifts and held a whip-round to discuss how we were intending to spend the festive break and what we might have included on our Christmas wish list.

Special thanks to Izzy for editing our blog this week.

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Monday 11th Dec- We all checked in to Crew following the weekend and then our Crew Leader shared with us the true story of Cliff Young.  In 1982 Cliff Young was a 61 year old Australian farmer. He entered an ultra-marathon from Sydney to Doncaster in Melbourne, Australia. The most remarkable thing was he didn’t know that you had to sleep. He ran in his work boots against younger, and much fitter world-class athletes, and won. He didn’t know that there a prize and refused it, and he then shared the money between the other runners. This encourages us to do things differently than they may have been done before.     

Tuesday 12th Dec- Accelerated Reader. Next week we will take another literacy test.

Wednesday 13th Dec- Due to technical issues we couldn’t watch Lion that would help with our learning. So that we made productive use of Crew time, we read our Accelerated Reader books.  

Thursday 14th Dec- We watched 30 minutes of Lion to anchor the text we read. These were our key notices and wonders:

  1. The people were just standing there and when Saroo was lost. He asked for a ticket for Ginestlay but he got slapped in the face and told to move.
  2. Lack of compassion in the country and ignoring him.
  3. Two different parts of India and they both speak a different language.
  4. It wasn’t a very safe place.
  5. Stronger sense of community in Ginestlay than in Calcutta.
  6. Women working on the railway.

Friday 15th DecOur whole school Community Meeting provides a weekly opportunity to give apologies and pledges, share appreciations and make stands for things that we feel strongly about.

Thanks to Ella for editing this week’s Crew blog.

What happened in Crew 7DPE recently?

In one of our daily Crew sessions 7DPE explored the concept of “conflict” and Crew members contributed to the discussion of four key questions:

(1) What is conflict?

(2) What causes conflict?

(3) What happens to us when we experience conflict?

(4) How might we defuse or resolve conflict at school?

We considered the global conflict of interests on the Korean Peninsula, the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and contemporary sources of conflict in the local and national news.

We identified the “fight or flight” reflex that sometimes governs our reactions when we experience conflict, and the physiological response to it that cannot always be controlled. 7DPE then discussed how we might defuse or resolve conflict in the school context.