School starts next week on Tuesday 27th August where we will be embarking on a week of crew.

Throughout the week students are required to be at school at normal time (8:30am) but finish times will be slightly different depending on the schedule for the day. Students will require a pen, pencil and ruler this week and a kit list has been sent out for Wednesday and Thursday.

The week’s schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday – In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. There is no extended study in school this week.

Wednesday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs.  Please check the kit list for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers, not their walking boots.  We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.

Thursday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please check the kit list for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers with their walking boots in their bag. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm. 

Friday – Students will be in school all day. Their week will be completed with a Presentation of Learning commencing at 2:15pm which parents are invited to attend and support students as they answer their Guiding Question.

Please refer to these important docs and ensure you and your child are familiar with them.

Against Breast Cancer Bra Bank

As part of our continued support and fund raising for Cancer Research UK, Crew Bronte from XP have been trying to raise awareness of the Breast Cancer charity in particular. Since February, we have received donations of pre – loved bras, in ay condition, and have around 150 so far. Due to this huge support, we now have a bra bank in school, and would like to continue to receive donations in order to help Against Breast Cancer with their vital funding of research into breast cancer.

Please find a link here, with a short video, explaining all about this scheme, and start collecting! To our knowledge, there are no other bra banks in the Doncaster area. The bank is located in XP School, in the library area, but please see Mrs Parker at XP East if you need any help. Thank you for your support.

Bra Recycling

 

And now we’re checked out!

What a way to end our Y8 journey: cakes, memories and a good old sing song!

Here’s our Soundtrack to Year 8, along with our proudest moments of Y8. We hope you enjoy… Thank you to Ali for introducing me to Twenty One Pilots, but the tune of this soundtrack is definitely ‘Eye of the Tiger’ picked by Mackenzie!

Aden:
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
I feel like I have had the perfect year compared to Y7! I work hard in class, I haven’t been getting into trouble, and I am managing my anger.

Ali:
Jumpsuit – Twenty Øne Piløts 
I’m most proud of my last SLC.  I have grown in confidence and I’m getting great grades!

Bryn:
I’ll be there – Jess Glyn
I chose this song because Crew is always there for me. This year I’m proud of  overcoming my challenges, like my dyslexia.

Brendan:
When I See You Again – Charlie Puth 
I’m proud of Sports Day because we had a genuine feeling of Crew. I’m looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Dakota:
Centuries – Fall Out Boy
I’m proud because I have been able to cope with situations better than I did in Y7.

Libby:
Try Everything – Shakira 
I didn’t believe in myself at the beginning of the year.  I made a pledge to “bring my enthusiasm to school every day” which I have done and I now try my hardest in all lessons.  Thank you to Mr Ryder for encouraging me. 

Mackenzie:
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
I chose his song because it reminds me of Sports Day – it was playing as I ran the last 100m of the 1200m. I’m proud because I won!

Noah:
Thursday – Jess Glynne
My proudest moment was Outward Bound, climbing up the mountain.  In the song it says “Who I am is enough” which reminds me that Crew are accepting of eachother despite our differences. 

Thomas:
Shotgun – George Ezra
My proudest moment was my last SLC.  I got great feedback and am proud of my progress.

Tom:
3 nights – Dominic Fike 
I chose this song because we spent 3 nights in Wales! This was my proudest moment because we all came together as a Crew.  We had never been through a scenario like that and it tested our ability to get on together in tough times!

Mrs Parker:
You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
I chose this song because it captures what Crew is! My proudest moment was seeing how Crew pulled together after the DD1 results, and how they supported one another to improve their overall HOWLs grades for DD2.

It is such a privilege to share every school day with this lot and I can’t wait to see what Y9 brings for us all.  Crew isn’t just for the 12 young people who sit with me in our circle every morning; it’s for me, too.  I learn so much from them every day (including some new dance moves!) They inspire me to work harder and be kinder every day and, because of Crew, I am a better person.

And now I’m checked out.

As this academic year ends, we’re already looking forward to our first week back!

School starts again on Tuesday 27th August, 8.30am.  Students will require a PE kit for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with their usual stationery (pen, pencil and ruler) A kit list has been provided for Friday’s activity.

**There is no extended study during the first week back**

Tuesday: In school with a normal finish time of 3:15.

Wednesday: In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. 

Thursday: Students are out of school today, within normal school hours.  They should wear their usual everyday clothes and bring their bags and stationery. They will also need a packed lunch and a bottle of water (provided for students on FSM).

Friday: Students need to be at school for 7.45am.  We will be out of school all day so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Students on FSM will be provided with a pack lunch.

Please check the kit list below for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers, not their walking boots.  We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm (to be confirmed during our first week back.)

Please refer to these important docs and ensure you and your child are familiar with them.  A medical form will be sent home on Tuesday 27th; please return this to us on Wednesday 28th.

Have a wonderful summer break!

 

Our new members of staff crew

Before we sign off for the Summer I would like to introduce you to our new members of staff crew.

For the last month they have been working together, first on an outdoor expedition followed by a learning expedition – just as students do when they first join us. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with them during this time. We are very luck to have joining our staff crew:

Joanne Baldwin: English Lead and crew leader at XP School

Brandon Burke: Learning Coach

Kelly Butler: SENCo and teacher of English

Sarah Hannam: History Lead and crew leader at XP School

Natalie Johnson: HUMAN team and crew leader for E26

Emily Jones: Teacher of Art and crew leader at XP School.

Henna Mistry: STEAM team and crew leader for E26.

Charlotte O’Grady: Teacher of PE and crew leader at XP East

Joseph Nixon: STEAM team and crew leader for X26

Marc Robins: Teacher of Music and new crew at XP East

Rachael Rothwell: STEAM team and crew leader for E26

Ranjana Pathmakumar: Learning Coach

 

Also part of this year’s induction group were Miss Cocliff (learning coach), Mrs Green (Post-16) and Mrs McCarthy (HUMAN team) who joined us earlier in the academic year and have all already had a hugely positive impact at XP.

Crew Young – checking out this year

Yesterday Crew Young competed in a range of inter-crew sports events held at the athletics stadium, beginning with 6-a-side football mini tournament. The quality of sportsmanship,  commitment and participation were self-evident, as was our enjoyment of our annual sports day.

Today Ella brought a copy of the anthology of poems that includes her creative prose, and shared it with Crew Young. Superb work Ella, as you now have two of your creative pieces of writing published in a book. Congratulations.

This rounds off a successful term and academic year for Crew Young, and we continue to grow in stature and character some 40 weeks after we began Year 8 going Outward Bound in Aberdovey, Wales. Until we circle-up as Y9s towards the end of August, we’re checked out…..

Lost Property

Good morning. All lost property will be laid out in the Drama space at XP for students to collect items belonging to them. Anything that is unclaimed will be sent to charity after school closes tomorrow. Please encourage your child to have a quick look.  Many thanks and have a great summer holiday.  XP Office Team

Our latest book ‘How We XP’ on sale now!

 

When XP School in Doncaster opened as a Free School in  September 2014 the story of its journey was only known to a handful of people. Now five years on, the ‘How We XP’ book launched this Summer, shares the journey to Outstanding and internationally acclaimed school and growing Multi-Academy XP Schools Trust.

Written by the CEO and Executive Principal for the XP Schools – Gwyn ap Harri and Andy Sprakes – the book’s narrative charts their journey and focuses on the design principles which make the school different and dynamic.

‘How We XP’ – a 200 page paperback – is, as described by the authors, a true story, a manual, a guide, a document to share and an invitation to try something different – to be the change.

The school signage carries the words ‘Above all Compassion’ – ‘How We XP’ is all about that. It’s an inspirational piece of work too, which has been described as ‘half story, half instruction manual, half call to arms. That equals one and a half – it’s that good’.

Preparing students for the real world is one of the most important things a school can do. This book answers many questions often asked at XP – including, how are you different, do you still follow a curriculum with expeditions at the heart of what you do and quite simply – how does XP work?

It’s all here in ‘How We XP’.

You can purchase your book from the school office or order online by clicking here.

Big Picture Learning are recruiting!

Big Picture Learning, based in Bentley, Doncaster, are recruiting for a Provision Coordinator.

They will be interviewing potential applicants w/c 13th August – if you want to be considered you must ensure your application is with them by 9am, Monday 10th August 2019.

Salary is main scale TPS or L1-6 dependent on skills

To apply please send a brief letter and CV to gail@bigpicturedoncaster.org.

To find out more about Big Picture Learning and this role click here.

School starts on Tuesday 27th August where we will be embarking on a week of crew.

Throughout the week students are required to be at school at normal time (8:30am) but finish times will be slightly different depending on the schedule for the day. Students will require a pen, pencil and ruler this week and a kit list has been sent out for Wednesday and Thursday.

The week’s schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday – In school with a normal finish time of 3:15. There is no extended study in school this week.

Wednesday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs.  Please check the kit list for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers, not their walking boots.  We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm.

Thursday – Out of school on crew activities so students will need a backpack with a packed lunch, a bottle of water, hiking boots and waterproofs. Please check the kit list for further details of the required clothing.  Please can students come to school in trainers with their walking boots in their bag. We are expected to be back at school for around 5pm. 

Friday – Students will be in school all day. Their week will be completed with a Presentation of Learning commencing at 2:15pm which parents are invited to attend and support students as they answer their Guiding Question.

Please refer to these important docs and ensure you and your child are familiar with them.