Happy 1st of December!
So there are a few COL’s coming up before the Christmas break and, as always, FXP will be on hand to provide your usual refreshments. We will have our Purple Vouchers books available if you’ve not got yours yet, along with some XP Merchandise too – the perfect token gift ideas! We will also be asking parents/carers to vote on what you would like your fundraising to support in school this year!
If you would like to volunteer an hour or so to help out on one of the nights or would like to donate any cakes/bakes, please let us know! Any help is always very much appreciated.
Many thanks & we look forward to seeing you all soon.
COL dates are:
Our C24 Skipper group are making sound progress in their school topic in Spanish. This week they are expressing and justifying positive and negative opinions of school subjects.
Andy and Gwyn are holding a working group session on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 4:30pm to discuss the developments for post-16 provision at XP.
We will discuss and share ideas about the provision and the event is open to any parents.
Please can you contact the school to let us know if you will be attending so that we can get an idea of numbers.
The following students in Y7/8 have been selected for a football fixture at home tomorrow – 30th November after school at home. Please inform Mr Walker of your availability.
Courtesy of The Frenchgate Centre, our Christmas Tree was delivered today. This wonderful donation of a magnificent real tree also serves a special purpose, as it will be the collection point for gifts for the Food Bank for children.
The Trussell Trust Foodbank, based at Christchurch in the centre of Doncaster, has been doing amazing work for a number of years now. As Christmas approaches being able to add a gift or gifts to the food bag for children is a terrific thing to be able to do.
All the retailers in the Frenchgate Centre have been invited by the Centre management to take part in this XP Tree project too.
Many thanks to the Frenchgate Centre for their generosity and the Trussell Trust for all they do every day of the year.
To help decorate our amazing tree we would like to ask all our year 7 students and those students who are new to us this year to bring in a bauble for Friday (1st December) when the DofE Gardening Club will decorate the tree. Please could baubles/decorations be handed to the student’s crew leader by Friday morning.
Also, we are collecting presents for children up to the age of 18 to donate to the Trussel Trust Foodbank so if you would like to donate please drop any unwrapped presents in at the school reception or send in with your child who can place it under our tree.
Present ideas are selection boxes for all ages, toiletry sets, deodorants, soaps, shower gels, socks and stationery (pens, pencils, cute notebooks, etc).
They need to be brought in unwrapped too so we can wrap and label age wise. Students will be helping us do this. Deadline for us receiving presents in school is the 15th December.
Don’t forget that C23 Admiral and Skipper have an assessment on Tuesday 28th. The test will cover the Skeletal system, Cells, Specialised Cells and Tissues. All these topics are in your Quizlet class and should be revised there.
Also, on Wednesday we will be working with our expert, learning how to carve stone. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dusty.
Yesterday C23 launched their first book: Doncaster: What does the community owe to our miners? which looks at their understanding of the geology of Doncaster and why the mines came to be here; with the industrial and social histories that they have discovered; with the artwork that they have been inspired to create and with the stories that have compelled them to share and pass on, so that they might live on forever.
You can purchase this from the school reception for £9.95 or through our school online shop by clicking here.
This week our C22 students in both Admiral and Skipper have been grappling with Learning Targets centred on explaining school rules in Spanish, as part of our current school topic. Admiral concluded their session with a question taken from a recent GCSE Spanish reading exam paper on school rules.
Due to the Staff Days C22 students’ Extended Study homework was set today, and is due to be handed in next Tuesday 28th November (Admiral) or Thursday 30th November (Skipper). Students need to study the GCSE-style photo card (copied below left) and answer the four questions in Spanish in as much detail as possible. Click on the photo card for a hyperlink to the original document.
We are also delighted that nearly every student in C22 Admiral and Skipper has registered interest in writing to a Spanish pen-friend, and we will provide further information on this initiative in due course.
I am delighted to announce that on Thursday 23rd November at the Central Library in Doncaster the Class of 2023 are to take part in the official unveiling of their book ‘What does the community of Doncaster owe to the miners?’
The book launch will take place from 2pm and will be finished by 3.15pm. We will be dismissing students from the Central Library where they can either be collected or make their way via public transport unless you request otherwise (see below).
If you wish for your son or daughter to return to school, we ask for you to confirm that you wish us to transport them back to school. Your son or daughter will receive a letter tomorrow which asks for confirmation of this request. Students travelling back to school by minibus should arrive back in school at around 3.30pm.
**** Students need to be in smart dress for the book launch*****
As you know we have held a celebration of learning for this expedition last year which was incredibly very well attended by parents and members of the community. Sadly, due to the limited space in the venue, and our desire to take all of our students to the launch, parents will not be able to attend the book launch on this occasion.
However, if you would like to purchase the book it is going to be available to purchase for £9.95 from:
- XP School
- The Calendar Club at Lakeside shopping centre
- Tourist information at the Priory Centre in Doncaster
- Waterstones in the Frenchgate
We ask that if you purchase a book, you take a photograph of their child/relative in front of the posters in the window and email it to school for us to use as part of promotion for the book.
There will be an exciting opportunity for the students to meet and take part in a question and answer session with Laurence Edwards who is presently consulting members of the public to produce a lasting memory of the mining community in the form of a sculpture for Doncaster.
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.