Having recently completed SLC’s, Ennis Hill have shared their academic pledges with each other. Every week they will help each other to achieve these pledges and make progress ahead of their Summer Mock exams.
Crew Bronte completed their Student Led Conferences a few weeks ago which included students reflecting on their mock examination results and considering academic pledges for the upcoming examinations in June. Check out Alzbeta’s reflections below on how she is currently performing in her History GCSE.
Ally’s pledge to ask for more ‘feedback’ and her determination to ‘test’ herself and ‘revise more regularly’ shows that she is really ‘getting smart’. In the next few weeks in academic crew sessions we are going to look at revision resources and techniques so that we are fully prepared for the challenges ahead!
Crew Bronte. along with other crews in X22, have been working hard this week delivering their speeches on Othello entitled, ‘Who is the most to blame for the death of Desdemona?’ The speeches have been recorded and will be sent to the Eduqas examination board so the students can gain a grade in Spoken Word which will complement their final GCSE grade in English. The speeches have been well prepared, thorough and detailed. Great work X22!!
In crew today we discussed the benefits of using flash cards to aid revision. It was great to see Allie and Olivia already producing revision resources for Science to help them understand key concepts. The whole crew then focussed on an element of revision they were less confident about and produced flash cards on an aspect of that subject.
These guys are on it!
This evening X22 hosted an evening of debates in front of a public audience. As part of their latest STEAM expedition students’ final product was to plan, prepare and participate in a formal debate on contentious subjects ranging from, ‘Is the world making progress?’ to ‘Was the moon landing a hoax?’ The level of debating skills was extremely impressive and the respect shown between opposing views was clearly in evidence. Pressure was increased by the presence of an audience lending real authenticity and accountability to the evening
High quality work X22.
Today in crew, Bronte focussed on practising their speaking in Spanish in preparation for their upcoming mock examination. Special shoutouts for Ben and Paige who answered the question, ‘Where do you go on your holiday?’ in perfect Spanish with superb accents. This is what the rest of crew need to aspire to!
In addition, Katie and Ally worked on a draft revision timetable using a model from the website as inspiration, they then shared this work with the rest of crew. We agreed as a crew we would share a revision timetable over the next few days so that we can start revision next week for the mock examinations that start the week beginning 10 December.
Excellent work, Bronte!!
As part of their GCSE studies students from X22 visited Cast Theatre to watch a captivating and exhilarating performance of Shakespeare’s Othello. As always our students were a credit to the school. Well done, X22!
In Staff Crew this morning, we considered the importance of crew. We started by reflecting on how crew looks, sounds and feels and shared our thoughts and ideas about how we can make crew even better. Staff finished the session by considering their role as a crew leader and what they needed to do to improve. Just like our students we wrote pledges that we will display in crew rooms so that students can hold us to account!
At the start of term crews in X22 (Y10) engaged in a number of activities linked to our Character Traits and Habits of Work and Learning to allow them to reflect on what it means to be part of XP. The activities included: service learning at Sandall Beat Woods; visiting the elderly at an Age UK Centre; leading crew activities; acts of kindness and just having fun as a crew!
Below are Bronte’s thoughts about crew and some of the things we did in the first week back.
At XP we learn about teamwork and show acts of kindness, for us it’s important to go to a school where we can be ourselves and try to make our work significant. We call this our ‘crew’,
In crew we can share ideas and be creative, for example, every week we share what we have done on the weekend to our crew and show acts of kindness by doing greetings; this happens every Monday.
In crew we all feel like we can share things with each other without getting embarrassed or scared.
We read on Wednesdays to allow us to build our knowledge of vocabulary, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure. On Thursdays we (sometimes!) have an activity day, it’s a day where we all come together and have fun which makes us succeed in team work. We also work hard by focussing on academic work to better prepare us for our upcoming GCSE’s.
On Fridays we participate in a whole school community meeting. This is an opportunity to show integrity and apologise for our mistakes, we also appreciate others that have shown us compassion and respect and we hold each other to account by making stands. This relates to our character traits of ‘Courage, Respect, Craftsmanship and Quality, Compassion and Integrity’.
To show compassion and kindness, every year our crew choses a charity to support. The charity we chose as a crew in Year 9 was Cancer Research UK. They are a non profit charity that provide money for research into cancer suppressant or curing treatment, also they fund the treatments to some degree. We organised 2 fundraising events. The first was a bag pack in Asda and the other was a sweet sale in school. In total we raised £341.09. We were really proud that we had helped others.
Below are some thoughts from us about the visit to the Goldsmith’s Centre at Sprotborough:
On the 29th of August, as part of ‘Twenty Ways to be XP!’, we went to see the elderly visitors at the Goldsmith’s Centre at Sprotbrough. We asked them questions about their life, played games with them and other activities. At first it felt daunting to meet and talk to people who you have never met but when we got to talk to them we found it enjoyable and fascinating. When we were there we played dominoes and talked to people who told us about the mines and their past lives.
On our table, there was me and 5 other elderly visitors. At first it was hard to start a conversation but after we had it was fine and we began playing dominoes. Some of them got a bit confused at first but after a few games it was fine. I got speaking to Jim who was from Scotland and had moved to Doncaster to work in the mines. He was nice and happy to talk to me. Everybody there was different and was born in many different places. All of them were happy and seemed to be enjoying their time at age UK.