All year 7 students will be taking part in a presentation of learning at Tichkill Community Library on Thursday 5th April.

Students will be showing their lift the flap books, organ system games and discussing their knowledge of the Medieval Period from their last learning expedition with an audience of primary age children and their families from around Tickhill.

Students will leave and return in the school day. They will travel by minibus and spend around 1 hour at the library in four different groups over the course of the day. There is no need for students who have a school meal need to bring a pack-up lunch as the group that go out over lunchtime will be made of students that normally bring a pack-up anyway.

We will post photographs and videos where we can, subject to members of the audience granting their approval.

PE information for this term:

C24: Students are on Hockey during X block PE sessions on the astroturf and so should bring similar kit to their football kit – including shin pads. Gum-shield is optional but advised also. On Friday sessions C24 are now on a rotation of activities which starts with both Skipper & Admiral on Cricket. Dance is also running concurrently with X1 starting with this – lasting two weeks.

**Please note: As part of Sport Relief next Wednesday 21st all of C24 will be going to Bessacarr Tennis Club in the afternoon for a free taster session so please encourage your child to be organised with the appropriate kit.**

C23: Students are on Mountain biking during X block PE sessions. Students should bring warm clothes and wear tracksuit bottoms rather than shorts. Please encourage your child to complete the bike survey that I shared with them via email so I know how many bikes we need to borrow – I have only had 16 responses so far. During their Rovers session on Mondays C23 are also on a carousel of activities with Skipper starting on Cricket and Admiral on Athletics. On their Friday session C23 boys are now on Football and Girls on Fitness.

C22 & C21: Students from both C22 & C21 Skipper are starting on Tennis with Admiral starting on Hockey – the groups will swap over half way through this term. The Tennis will take place at Bessacarr Tennis Club which is a short drive away on the minibuses so please encourage your child to be organised and wearing their kit to school so we can get as much time at the Tennis club as possible.

Many thanks – any questions then please contact me via email.

School Photographs

Students were sent home with any individual and siblings sample photos today. Crew and whole school photo forms will arrive in school next week and handed out to students when they arrive.

If you would like to order photos to be delivered to the school free of charge the deadline to have forms back at Reception is Wednesday 28th March. Orders can be done afterwards online but postage will have to be paid.


As a reminder I have posted this link to our dress-code 

There is more detail in the link, but to avoid any confusion the dress code states in particular that it is not appropriate to wear earrings or false nails.

We have heard from a number of students and parents that the advice being given for piercings is now that rings or studs must be kept in for up to 6 months to ensure that there is no infection as well as closing of the hole.

As such it will cause problems if students get new piercings; our dress-code is clear, and we will ask students to remove the ring or stud.

Our dress-code has come from working with students to determine what is appropriate and modest and so it is an important point of equity that all students follow the dress-code.

Thanks as always for your support.

Mountain Biking Crew is back!

We’re pleased to announce the return of XP Trust’s Mountain Biking Crew, after school beginning Friday 16th March (3.30 – 5.15), now that the days are getting longer. Led by Chris Green we take students out for nearly 2 hours to improve their levels of fitness and to practise their off-road skills.

Unless engaged in intervention, C21 students who will complete a cycling proficiency course before their silver Duke of Edinburgh cycling expedition should also join this group to prepare themselves for the challenge, and the Crew is open to all other students on a first come first served basis (places are limited). Please note that for safety reasons the Mountain Biking Crew activities are dependent on favourable weather conditions.

This follows the Bicycle Buddy initiative that saw a professionally qualified cycle technician attend XP School recently to service our students’ bikes. The facts and stats were:

Total Bikes serviced = 17

Brake cables fitted = 9
Brake Cable outer fitted = 2
Gear Cables fitted = 4
Brake pads fitted = 4 ( 2 sets )
Brake Noodles fitted = 5 – these are the pipes that hold the cable in place at the brake caliper.
Bottom Bracket adjustments = 3
Bar end caps fitted = 4
Tyres Inflated / checked = 16
Headset adjusted = 3
All free-of-charge courtesy of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

We have decided to postpone C23’s fieldwork to Flamborough Head that was scheduled for this Friday 16th of March. The weather forecast predicts strong winds and heavy rain and having completed a risk assessment, we have decided that it would not be wise to continue with the trip.

We will instead reschedule the visit for Skipper to Tuesday 20th March. Please see our original post on fieldwork requirements for the day.

Last week of last term

As usual students and staff had a very busy last week of term. As well as COL’s, some students visited the Business Showcase at the Racecourse and C21 students unveiled the posters they had designed at Conisbrough Castle.

Here’s just a few pictures from the C21 Poetry Slam COL at the Point and the two other events.

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HPV Vaccinations 23rd March 2018

Girls of Year 8 (C23) and Year 9 (C22) will have the opportunity to have vaccinations against HPV on the 23rd March 2018.

Each Year 8 girl has taken home information and permission slips to get signed today.  Year 9 girls will take home their HPV information slips tomorrow (Tues 13th).

Please can the HPV vaccination slip get signed and promptly sent back to school so the school nurses can prepare the amount of vaccination required for Friday 23rd March 2018.