The vaccine nurses are in school tomorrow for those students (boys and girls) who have consented in Year 8 (1st dose) and Year 9 (2nd dose) for the HPV Vaccine. Thank you to all those parents who have been prompt in filling the form in and sending it off to RDASH.
Today E24 looked at ways to be heard through picketing, protesting and striking.
We thought about things that matter to us and the messages we wanted to send.
Each crew at XP has a chosen charity that they raise money for. This charity resonates with the crew, ensuring all of the mindful work that is done is going towards something we hold near to our hearts. Crew Anoa’i chose Make-A-Wish UK.
Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 after a young boy, battling Leukaemia, wished to be a police officer for the day. The charity was inspired after Christopher Greicius’ family and friends came together to grant his wish ‘to be a police officer’. This kindness created a movement that would transform the lives of millions of sick children across the globe.
41 years later, Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in nearly 50 countries, across 5 continents of the world. More than 500,000 wishes have been granted since that day.
Every year, Make-A-Wish brings people together in celebrating World Wish Day on April 29th, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the charity.
This year, the charity’s campaign ‘Don’t Wait for Hope. Create it.’ stems from the fact that wish families have been some of the hardest hit by the global pandemic. Feelings of detachment and trepidation have become the new normal for everyone, but they are often felt deepest by the most vulnerable, including children with critical illnesses.
Now more than ever, wishes can bring hope, joy and a sense of normality back into the lives of wish kids and their families. We can help make life-changing wishes come true, and that’s what Crew Anoa’i did this week.
On Thursday 29th April, World Wish Day, Crew Anoa’i held a raffle to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK. We gathered several prizes, ranging from confectionery to bath bombs sets, ensuring there were lots to be won. We then collected donations and drew the winning tickets. Let’s take a look at some of our lucky winners.
In total, we raised a whopping £90 in just two days!!
Crew Anoa’i would like to appreciate everyone who donated money towards our raffle, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you everyone!!
Above all, compassion!
Lost Property W/C 26th April
Please take a look at the following items which have been found and placed in Lost Property this week at XP East. If any of the items belong to you, please go the main office to collect them.
If the items are not claimed by Friday 7th May, they will be donated to charity.
We are living in uncertain times, what students don’t expect is having the uncertainty of how they are getting home from school at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, like many other schools in the area, XP has been hit by bike theft.
At XP we feel strongly about supporting our community, showing kindness, compassion and respect. We were devastated to hear that a member of a Crew had had their bike stolen, after hearing so much about the jaunts they had been on during lockdown with their siblings on it- plus the fact it was relatively new! Therefore, we want to put right the actions of others!
Crew members wanted to help and therefore a fundraising page was set up. This had an amazing response in such a short space of time. The target was smashed in no time!! So watch this space…
Keeping with the notion of showing compassion, we were privileged to be asked if Crew Rowling could model how we ran our Crew sessions to Mrs Watson’s Crew, Crew Rashford. This was a really positive experience and there were some amazing notices, wonders and questions about what was shared. We even had the opportunity to observe Crew Rashford in one of their sessions and give guidance on writing their Crew norms. Crew Rowling were excellent role models and gave praise and useful feedback to Crew Rashford which will give them the tools to keep them going from strength to strength. This in turn led us to reflect on how far we had come as a Crew and how much we wanted to continue to set a good example for others.
Above all, compassion
Mrs Barnes and Miss Johnson
Today Crew Anoa’i were on litter picking duty. This involved the whole crew taking part in our weekly clean up session. During crew time, we collected the equipment and headed out to the field at the back of the school. There we started our hunt to collect all of the litter we could find and dispose of it appropriately. Everyone got stuck in, taking it in turns to use the pickers. We found lots of different things along the way!
Surprisingly, Crew Anoa’i found this very entertaining. It was great to see some smiles this morning whilst we helped keep our environment clean and safe. As we made our way around the field, we found more and more rubbish. It was alarming to see how much rubbish that had gathered at the bottom of our school field. Good job Crew Anoa’i were here to clear things up!
It was also really great to see everyone working as a team. James and Jacob led the way by thinking outside of the box to creatively work together to gather some rubbish on the outer border of our school premises. Great work lads!
Crew Anoa’i would like to appreciate April Crawshaw in particular for getting her hands dirty and demonstrating great cleaning up skills. Well done April, keep it up!
Be part of the solution, not the pollution!
These can be found in the XP East office. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of next week.
On Monday our E25 Spanish group began a new topic on their GCSE course, centred around the Hispanic world of Central and South America, Fair Trade, child labour and poverty…..and the production of chocolate!
Here they are, getting immersed in the new subject material via a Gallery Walk….
Lewis saw a sketch drawing in the gallery, and made a connection between learning about child poverty in Hums, and Fair Trade and the Hispanic communities of the Caribbean.
This is a great topic to explore concepts such as the inequity of life in third world countries, and how activism with compassion can directly influence the shopping habits of others – for instance we considered what products other than chocolate typically feature the Fair Trade logo, and why they may be favoured by certain consumers.
Most students didn’t recognise the raw form of cocoa beans, harvested in the Dominican Republic before being turned into chocolate, so unfortunately in the end we had to put it to the taste test! (an appreciation here to Mrs Sprakes).
There is the opportunity to teach PE for a fixed term period of 1 year at our extraordinary schools, XP and XP East. We need someone to teach PE within our highly regarded expeditionary learning curriculum.
Find out more here.