What a brilliant way to end a week! Crew Bronte, along with other crews from C22, set out on their first practice walk in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition later this year. Under the guidance of expedition supervisor Kate apHarri Bronte enjoyed a cold, muddy but fun-packed walk around Chatsworth Park. Crew learned how to orientate a map and how to use map symbols and grid references to work out location. In addition, Crew Bronte applied their knowledge of the Countryside Code to respect the environment they were walking in. On top of all they they got absolutely covered in mud!!!

Well done, Bronte!

Bicycle Buddy on site 09.02.18

We’re pleased to announce that Chris Hickson, proprietor of Bicycle Buddy, will be present on site this Friday 9th February to offer our staff and students a free basic service / safety check of their bicycles.

He will arrive around 8.00 a.m. and his mobile workshop (van) will be based in the car park at XP School. Staff and students are encouraged to allow this professional cycle technician to inspect their bikes, and he will make any minor adjustments or fit cables, brake pads etc. free-of-charge courtesy of Doncaster Council.

For any technical work that falls beyond his remit (and budget!) he will offer suitable advice if and as appropriate. Given that even a basic cycle service costs around £25.00 this is an opportunity that is well worth seizing…..

It is important that the C21 DofE Cycling Group ensure that their bikes are inspected by the Bicycle Buddy so that they can complete their Bikeability training in early April (details to follow).

Silver Horse Riding Expedition (general info):

For a student to participate, they will need to be a competent horse rider who can walk, trot and canter, be experienced at hacking out in open countryside and riding on public roads. They should be fit and capable of riding for up to six hours each day. Prior to the course, each participant will be required to complete a Participant Riding Questionnaire.
A general pricing we got for a student was approx £1250 and there would need to be a minimum of 5 students in a group.

Silver Cycling Expedition:

Silver Cycling Group:

Introduced students to David Pearson as the exped supervisor.
Explained need to join the Friday after school cycling club to build on fitness and experience.
David Pearson will inform students when this will start.
All group need to do the level 2 bike ability and pass. David Pearson will arrange and inform students of this date. No one mentioned any problems with the cost which is a one off payment of £38.50
Students that might have problems with any finances to let us know asap.
The DLTC will provide bikes & helmets free of charge to students for the Friday sessions and expeditions. They can also help with other gear they may need.
David Pearson will communicate with students through school email. Students have agreed to this and need to check regularly.
If at any point David Pearson or Kate ap Harri think this group can no longer continue with cycling the group will have to change to hiking.
DPE & KAP will communicate with staff through basecamp and with parents through the school website for general information.

Silver Canoeing Expedition:

Silver Canoeing Group:

Exped co ordinator is Kate ap Harri.
Students need to show a commitment to getting fit and training for their expedition. All students agreed to do this.
All students will need to do the level 2 star canoeing qualification and pass. This will start early spring and take place on a weekend over a course of a few weeks, length of which is unknown at this time. Currently this course is free of charge however this may change? Students all agreed to commit to this.
At present we do not have enough canoes, however we are looking into getting 9 through contacts we have. If we can get 9 canoes then all 3 groups can do their exped on the same weekend.If not then canoeing expeds may need to take place in the holidays.
There may be costs incurred for personal use such as dry bags, clothing etc but these should be minimal. Students agreed to this.
Sea cadets should be able to loan helmets? again not 100% sure yet.
KAP will communicate with students through school email and google classroom. Students have agreed to this and will regularly check.
KAP will communicate general info through the school website with parents and basecamp with staff.
If at any point KAP or crew leaders think a group can no longer continue with canoeing the group will have to change to hiking.
Exped dates will be set when we know how many canoes we have and when training ends.
The canoeing expeditions are dependant on the above all coming together.
Many thanks


Donate Bulbs for gardening club:

Our gardening club have been working really hard on improving the look of the front area near the school entrance. It’s coming along really well and within the next couple of weeks we hope to have the weed membrane and new bark put down.
We would like to plant a long row of bulbs along the green fence that would bloom all year round.
If you have any spare bulbs or would like to donate any to us we would really appreciate them.
Please hand any donations into reception.

Many thanks,