What a start to 2019!
It’s been a fantastic week for Crew Shackleton. After a well-deserved break over Christmas, we’ve really come back with the determination to build on a fantastic first 2 terms.
But it started with a difficult conversion. We reviewed our HOWL grades from last term, and realised (to the shock of many, to be honest) that on average, as a crew, we were bottom of year 7 for EVERY section!
“Disappointed” and “embarrassed” were a couple of words I heard mumbled amongst drooping heads. UNTIL I pointed out that even though we were bottom, it was only just at the bottom, and all of our HOWLs were above 3.0.
“We’re working hard Crew, just not as hard as the other Crews!”
Actually, Lilly, Faith, Zach and Nikodem are all on the wall of fame for smashing their megs!
So we set about how we could build on the genuine successes of 2018, thinking about our guiding question for the week: How do I hit the ground running?
We kicked it all off with a silent discussion focussing on what ‘hitting the ground running’ sounds like, looks like, and feels like. And the response was fantastic. Our ability to pick apart how we can improve and reflect on our strengths, especially at such an early stage in their XP East academic career is fantastic.
“Fin’s hit the ground running because he’s constantly got his hand up to answer questions.”
“I think Woody’s hit the ground running because he’s really focusing on getting his head down and concentrating in lesson.”
“Lilly’s hit the ground running because she’s working so hard on her tennis outside of school and still is smashing her MEGs in lessons.”
“Some of us have had a tough week and still come in and get straight back to lessons, even if they don’t feel very well.”
So, will we bottom of the year 7 Crews when we next look at assessment data? Maybe, I don’t know (year 7 are pretty amazing right now). Will we be working our socks off to work harder, get smarter, and be kinder? Definitely, I have no doubt!
Great start Crew Shackleton!