A Crew walk to boost our mood and mind!

Crews Rashford, Da Vinci and Curie made the most of the morning to have a quick walk to the lake today during Crew. Although there were a few grumbles about this at first, we spoke about how a walk in the morning can set us up right for the rest of the day by boosting our energy, improving our mood, improving our mental clarity and could actually help us sleep better at night. I’m not sure they were convinced, but they certainly returned to school with smiles on their faces!

We also had the opportunity to circle up and discuss our highlights of Y10, as we look ahead to Y11. Hopefully we’ll have lots more opportunities to experience the benefits of being outdoors as we move into full-on GCSE mode, and students really will be able to appreciate the benefits of a brisk morning walk!

C27/Y10 Teacher-Student Led Conferences

Parents are invited to attend Y10’s Teacher-Student Led conferences on Tuesday 25th June.

These conferences will provide parents with an opportunity to meet with subject-specific teachers, allow students to discuss and reflect on their progress in different subjects following their recent mock exams and look at areas for development as they move into Y11.

Students will be given a booking form to share with you which will allow you to book a time between 15:30 and 18:30. These will be booked on a first come first served basis so please ask your child to see their booking form and suggest a time to meet teaching staff.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

PE extra curricular this week

Monday- No athletics practice – changed to tuesday for this week

Tuesday- Cheerleading, Athletics and cricket practice 3.15-4.30

Wednesday- Year 7 and 9 Rounders fixture away. Return to XP School at 5.30. Please tick your name off on the team sheet. Water bottle and PE kit.

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Beautiful Work This Week

Chance to Dance – Royal Ballet at XP

We were delighted to be able to welcome the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet programme ‘Chance to Dance‘ to XPE last weekend. Over two days the tech teams and over 100 pupils from five Primary Schools across Doncaster – including our own Norton Junior School –  rehearsed and then performed a specially choreographed piece based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For months the children had been working in their schools, finally joining us at XPE last weekend to meet all the other participants and share their love of dance, working together to create a beautiful piece of ballet. Performing alongside them were Isabella and Valentino, remarkable solo artists from the Royal Ballet.

Over two performances several hundred friends and family filled the auditorium at XP enchanted by the stunning piece that was received with cheers and much applause. This is the second year running that XPE has hosted this event and it was a delight to welcome back the team from the ROH and Royal Ballet. 

Blue Planet – Product Curation at 23rd Owston Scout Hall

Beautiful work from KS1s most recent Expedition ‘Blue Planet’ is on display of the walls of the Owston Scout Hall! Their guiding question was ‘How will what I do today impact the world tomorrow?’.

The art focusses on three different countries they have been learning about: the UK, Africa and Antartica. The exhibition not only showcases all of the children’s artwork but also food and drink from the countries and facts that they had learnt about each country.

Visitors from Hong Kong at XP

XP Doncaster hosted 50 Visitors from Hong Kong last week. The visitors left feeling very inspired and praised our students for being so confident and articulate – we look forward to welcoming our visitors back to XP in the future!

We’re looking for an outstanding Learning Coach (Teaching Assistant and HLTA) and Crew Leader at XP Gateshead!

Find out more here and apply to #JoinOurCrew

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Share your stories with us!

We now have a new dedicated news email so that you can send your stories, updates or ideas about potential news articles directly to us in Comms.

It might be something you or your students have achieved, a charity you’re supporting or anything at all that deserves a wider audience.

Write to us at [email protected] –  we want to hear about it, write about it and celebrate it!

Year 10 Mock Results

Now that mock exams have been marked, moderated and graded; students will be receiving the their results today. Students will receive two grade cards. The first details the grades for this set of exams. The second provides subject teachers predicted grades for the final exams in Year 11. These predictions are informed by mock grades, but also other assessments that students have done over the year as well as attendance and Habits of Work and Learning.

In addition, there will be a document which provides some context around each of the mock exams that students took. Each subject has had a slightly different approach based on students progress through the GCSE courses.

After half term, we will be inviting parents into school for a Teacher-Student Led Conference where students will reflect on their progress with subject teachers and parents. This will also provide an opportunity for parents to ask any subject specific questions directly.

In Year 11 students will sit two more rounds of mock exams in order to prepare for the final GCSEs. We of course hope and expect students to work hard, get smart and be kind over the next year to give them the very best chance of success.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact your child’s Crew Leader of subject teacher in the first instance.

Best wishes,

Mr Voltaire and the Year 10 Team.

This week in PE

Well done to the Year 7 boys cricket team for their participation in the cricket festival at Doncaster town cricket club.

PE extra curricular W/C 3rd June

Monday- Athletics practice

Tuesday – Cheerleading and cricket practice

Wednesday- Rounder match away Year 7,8/9. Please tick your name off on the team sheet.

Thanks team PE

E27 (Y10) Awesomeness Community Meeting

In today’s Y10 community meeting, we celebrated this term’s Crew achievements and all round awesomeness!

We took some time to check in on some of the student pledges made at the beginning of the term:

  • At the beginning of term, August had pledged to ask more questions in class if they were unsure of something, and that is something they have got better at this term.
  • Seth had pledged to get more praises logged than conducts and we were pleased to see that he had achieved this.
  • Leo acknowledged that, although he had made some progress, he needed to work a little bit harder to achieve his pledge of managing his distractions in class.

We will continue to check in on these throughout next term.

Please see the slides above to see which students were appreciated and celebrated for most improved attendance and most praises. Crew Da Vinci were definitely the stars of the term – testament to the great work Miss Askin is doing as Crew Leader.

Crew Leaders also nominated their Crew Superstar. Congratulations to:

  • Manveer for Crew Rashford for her consistent hard work and for always being kind.
  • Seth for Crew Da Vinci for his amazing turn around this term, coming in every day with a positive attitude and a smile on his face.
  • Olivia for Crew Curie for having an amazing turn around in sessions and being resilient with her work experience.

Miss Ibbotson couldn’t choose one person, so we have 4 Crew Superstars for Crew Marx:

  • Kiahnna: Always kid, shows up every day, works hard, is kind and compassionate! Absolute legend!
  • Violet: Shows up to school everyday with a smile and is kind to everyone that comes across her.
  • Alex: Works so hard, is always doing the right thing and is an all round amazing student.
  • Riley: Smashing school at the moment and has come a long way since Y7. He needs to be recognised for the hard work he does and how hard he is trying to do well!

Finally, we said farewell to Keegan who is leaving us at the end of term. We’ll be sad to see him go, but are excited for his new chapter. Keegan – you will always be Crew 🙂

We’re looking forward to a jam-packed final term with Y10 (again, please see the slides above for what’s coming up for them!) and I hoping we’ll have much to celebrate at the end of next term as we have this term.

Mrs Parker.

Y9 Leading Our Own Learning – Parent Drop In!

We are pleased to announce our Parent Drop-In evening. This event provides an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions and seek guidance on your child’s next steps as they transition into Key Stage 4 and begin their Leading Our Own Learning (LooL).

The Parent Drop-In will be held on Thursday, 6th June, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. During this time, you will have the chance to meet with subject teachers and gain valuable insights into what to expect for LooL. We encourage you to take advantage of this drop in event, to ensure you and your child are well-prepared for the exciting journey ahead.

We look forward to seeing you there and supporting your child’s educational development.

If you are unable to attend, information can be shared by crew leaders, please contact them for this info.

Thank you