C21 Celebration of Learning – Poetry Slam!

Students in C21 have been exploring the question, ‘What is the point of poetry?’ as part of their Expedition Slice this term. Students have analysed poetry as part of their preparation for GCSE Literature and working with expert poets Becky Cherriman and Dan Ryder they have started to write their own poems. These poems have been inspired by the work of Ted Hughes and will be considered for inclusion in an anthology of poetry to celebrate the Ted Hughes Festival that takes place in September http://tedhughesproject.com/

I am pleased to a announce that our Celebration of Learning will take place at The Point, Arts Centre http://www.thepoint.org.uk/ on Tuesday 20 (Admiral) and Wednesday 21 ( Skipper) of February from 5.30 until 7.00 where students will perform their individual and group poems for parents and invited guests.

If guests could arrive from 5.15 and head to the cafeteria area we will start the readings at 5.30. We look forward to seeing you there!

C21 Fieldwork – Viking Festival, York

Last term students in both Admiral and Skipper in C21 worked on producing a booklet exploring the guiding question, ‘How Far Did the Vikings Forge a Legacy?’ After visiting the Jorvik Museum and a Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum, students were given a Viking artefact to study. The focus of this study included the historical context as well as the scientific properties of their artefact, covering both GCSE History and Science standards. Students then assessed the work of their peers and decided which work should be included in the final product.

The booklet has now gone to print and the culminating fieldwork will be students attending the Viking Festival in York engaging with members of the public to explain their knowledge of the Viking period and their understanding of the science of metals and their properties. We will be hoping to raise funds for future expeditions by asking for donations in return for a copy of the booklet.

Skipper will be joining the festival on Wednesday 14 February and Admiral on the following day Thursday 15 February. Students will need to wrap up warm as we will be outside for large parts of the day and bring a packed lunch. We will leave during crew on both days and we will return for approximately 3.15pm on both days. If any parents wish to come to the event we will be based in the main festival tent in Parliament Square (opposite Marks and Spencer’s) as well as Coppergate and at the bottom of the Shambles near to the DIG Museum. We would be pleased to welcome you!

Y7/8 Girls Football Fixture:

The team sheet for the Girls football fixture on Thursday 8th February is now on the school noticeboard. Those students involved should inform Mr Walker of their availability or unavailability no later than end of school on Wednesday.

As usual, players need to provide all of their own kit (football boots, black socks & shorts, shin-pads, warm top) except the XP shirt which I will provide.

Doncaster Knights’ Dougie Flockhart and his wife Kay are pictured at XP School, choosing the design created by XP students for a special edition T-Shirt.

Students Jac and Rex created the winning design.The T-Shirt will be part of a charity run/walk in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on February 17th at 9:30 am at Castle Park.

Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for children – which includes a T-Shirt. Everyone who enters the run gets into our game for free with the t-shirt.

If people don’t want to do the run but want to buy a t-shirt you can buy them. Dougie just needs numbers and sizes ASAP.  Adults sizes: £10 / children’s sizes £8

To register your interest in taking part please email Dougie at douglas.flockhart@hotmail.co.uk or you can support him through his just giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/douglas-flockhart

C22 Fieldwork 19th February

Students in C22 will be going out on fieldwork to Conisbrough Castle on the 19th February in order to further their knowledge/learning about Norman castles. Admiral will leave at 9.30 and come back to school for 12.30, Skipper will leave at 12.30 and come back to school for about 3.30 (depending on traffic). Lunchtime arrangements will not be affected so students can take their lunches as normal. Students should wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes… it will be cold!

Thanks for you continued support!

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).

C24 STEM extended study

Dear parents & guardians

This week your son/daughter will be starting to pull together learning from this expedition and starting preparations for their product. Each student will be allocated an organ/function of the digestive system on which they will create a primary school age appropriate selection of pages for a book. STEM and HUMS will be collaborating on this together with the piece of writing to be part of their assessment.
On Friday they will be given an assessment quiz which will last for 1 hour in exam conditions.
Below is a list of useful revision websites.
Many thanks for your continued support.

Do you have books at home that are still in good condition but no longer needed?

Maybe you updated your bookshelves over Christmas or received some as gifts which you’ve already read?

Don’t leave them to gather dust in your rooms, gift them to us and let our students enjoy and engage with them over and over again!

From now until Easter, #FXP are asking for donations of any books, fact and fiction that are suitable for reading ages of 12+, although we are particularly in need of TEEN/YA material for our pupils in year 9 onwards!

If you have any books that you think will be suitable please bring them to school in a bag marked FAO: FXP and we will gratefully sort them for the library. Any that are deemed too young/too old will be passed on to local children’s hospitals/hospice and charities so that other children throughout Doncaster can also benefit from your kindness as well as some that will be resold at our events to help raise funds for new books that we will donate ourselves on your behalf, thereby creating our own book-cycle.

Don’t forget to share with your family & friends who may be able to help our quest too – your support genuinely does make such a difference!

C24 Admiral Extended Study

C24 Admiral students needs to use their notes in their HUMAN books to revise for an assessment on Monday.  The assessment will cover Magna Carta, The Crusades, Richard the Lion heart, Peasants Revolt and the area they became experts in; either Baron, Peasant, Knight or the banquet.

All presentation notes/text coding notes can be found on Google Classroom.