On Monday 9th May 8 Skipper will be taking part in the immersion for the final expedition of the year. Followed by 8 Admiral on Wednesday 11th May.
Students will be outdoors all day in the Peak District and will therefore need:
A packed lunch
Warm clothing (multiple layers)
A waterproof coat
Walking boots or wellington boots -Walking boots are preferable as they will offer better ankle protection for students as they are walking.
A hat and gloves
We ask that students do not arrive in jeans for fieldwork as they are not appropriate for outdoor work.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at school.
Next week (starting Tuesday 3rd May) all students are starting new learning expeditions, and so will be doing a range of exciting immersion tasks. As such there will be no X-block sessions for this week.
The Friday session with the Rovers will still run as normal.
As part of the expedition “Keep on moving” year 8 students have been producing art based on movement. Zara (aged 13) experimented with different brush strokes using watercolour and produced this beautiful work.
Well done Zara!
Congratulations to Ben Wheatcroft and Alisha Kaur for agreeing to come with me to the Doncaster Business Conference, organised by Doncaster Chamber, at the Legacy Centre on Friday 22nd of April. The event was attended by over 200 business leaders, and politicians from across the borough to focus on how Doncaster can continue to grow. We were invited by the Doncaster company, and XP partner, Rejus to attend as guests.
The first session was concerning “Skills and Aspirations for Doncaster’. Ben and Alisha asked the first question to the panel which included Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Damian Allen, the Director of Learning Opportunities and Skills at DMBC. The question from our students was, ‘We have a creative curriculum at XP. How can business support us?’ The panel were extremely complimentary that students in Year 7 were prepared to ask such a challenging question, in a formal setting, in front of so many professionals! To be honest, they struggled to answer the question, too!! Also, Ben and Alisha, before the event started and during the break, lobbied businesses in pursuit of sponsorship for an upcoming expedition; they made a startling impact on all present!
At XP we want to connect with the world to enhance the learning of our students. As Grace Sellers in Year 8, who attended the event last year, commented in our Community Meeting, ‘I know how nerve-wracking it is to ask a question in such a formal, adult setting but Year 7 have raised the bar. Well done, Ben and Alisha!’
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Students need to spend about 30 minutes on the espanolextra website, user name xps200 password estadio . Go to topics, then split the time between days and months, then move onto numbers. Have a go at any of the activities for revision purposes, for Tuesday April 26th.
Students need to research a Central or Southern American country in terms of it’s popular sports and pastimes. Note about 10 points about the topic in English. Due for Friday 6th May, as there is a staff day next Friday. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.
7 Skipper and Admiral have their essay entitled ‘Can kindness change the world?’ to work on over the weekend. The final deadline for this piece of work is 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Both myself and Mrs Sprakes will be available in extended study on Tuesday if students require any last minute help.
XP students will be holding a fundraising day this Friday during school time. Funds raised will be donated to the family of one of our students, who unfortunately encountered a sad loss of a close family member very recently. Students will be holding a tombola, raffle, cake sale and football activities. We would be more than grateful for donations of buns, cakes, biscuits and raffle prizes. FXP have already donated a small amount of prizes for the cause. Please send any donations into school with your son or daughter before or on Friday 22nd April 2016.
Thanks in advance
This is a classroom recording of the song our students wrote with a Zulu musician called Thanda Gumede and professional band Thabo and the Real Deal. This piece of work was the culmination of five weeks of study in JOLT+ where students worked with Thanda to understand injustices of the past, including in apartheid and in the US civil rights movement, to help them write about injustices that they see around them today.
Well done year 8!!!
Yesterday our year 7’s performed Random Acts of Kindness at Lakeside Village. They handed out flowers, baked goods, sweets, drinks and chocolate to the general public asking them to ‘Pay It Forward’. There were even treats for the dogs.
Great work Year 7!!