Notice for Madrid Trip

We kindly ask that all students visiting Madrid in half term, bring their suitcase and hand luggage for a quick check during crew time on Thursday 18th May. This is just to check the suitability and sizes to ensure that we have no problems with the airline. Just the empty bag is fine, but we recommend where possible that students also bring the suitcase padlock, again to avoid any potential problems when travelling.

Thanks for your continued support.

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES for DofE expedition weekends!!

We have made some changes to the dates for the practice weekend expedition and the assessed weekend expeditions in May & June.

After listening to students and also realising the amount of time staff will be taking out of their own time to cover the DofE weekends we have decided to move them to a Friday & Saturday rather than a Saturday & Sunday.

Therefore the new dates are as follows:

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th May

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th May

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th June

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th June

Students will stay with the same weekend they have already been given.

Let me know if you have any problems with this.

Cheers.

Y9 FIELDWORK 6th MARCH- Admiral and Skipper

Y9 fieldwork for both Admiral and Skipper will be taking place on Monday 6th March, the first day back after the half-term holidays.

We will be leaving school after crew at around 9.30 and we should arrive back at school before the end of the school day.

All students must bring a packed lunch, warm outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear.

Student should re-read the chapters handed to them in class which include the artilleryman (Book 1 Chapter 11 and Book 2 Chapter 7) and must examine how the artilleryman changes. Students must ‘track’ the text (select and highlight key points) and write a brief summative answer of how/why they believe he’s changed, using quotations to support their answer.

DofE practise Walk in February.

As part of the training for their practise and assessed expeditions, we have planned a day practise walk for year 9 students in February. The date for your child will either be Saturday 11th or Saturday 18th February. Those going on the 11th February are those that have their practice expedition weekend on the 6th May. Those going on the 18th February are those that have their practice expedition on the 13th May. You will know the expedition dates at your SLC.

A letter will be sent home shortly with more information about the day.

Please can I state that students MUST wear walking boots with ankle support, other footwear will not be allowed. If you have any problems with this please let me know or speak with your crew leader. They must also have a water proof jacket and trousers. These items are not optional, they are necessary for the safety and well being of your child and they will not be able to take part with out these items.

Everything you need to know will be in the letter and on the DofE page of the web site.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Cheers

Kate

DofE Expedition Weekend dates

Year 9 DofE Bronze award students will be completing 2 weekend expeditions. The first is a practice expedition, the latter an assessed expedition.

The practice weekend for your child will either be the 6/7th May or 13/14th May followed by the assessed weekend which will either be the 17/18th June or the 24/25th June.

You will be able to get these dates at the upcoming SLC’s.

Further information about the expeditions will be available very soon. If you have any questions please email me. kapharri@xpschool.org

Cheers.

Y9 Fieldwork 3rd and 4th Jan

Hello and happy new year to you all! 

Just a reminder that Y9 Admiral will be out on fieldwork tomorrow, 3rd Jan and Y9 Skipper on Wednesday 4th Jan. 

Please remember to bring a packed lunch, make sure you are wearing warm clothing (big coats, hats, gloves and scarves necessary) and wear comfortable footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty/muddy. 

We will be leaving school at 8.30 and will arrive back at approximately 3.30, traffic permitting.