XP Gateshead Open Evening 2021

We are delighted to be able to give further details about our first information evening for prospective parents considering applying for a place for their son/daughter to start in September 2022.

This will be a virtual event beginning at 6pm on Thursday 7th October which will be broadcast live on Youtube, where you will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk to our pioneering Year 7 students about their experience at XP Gateshead
  • Meet and talk to our staff.
  • Find out “what it means to be crew” – the basis of our school culture and foundation for the development of character.
  • View the beautiful work our students have created.
  • Learn about expeditionary learning – our unique approach to learning and pathway to academic success.
  • Hear from, and ask questions of our pioneering students and staff about how they are becoming the best versions of themselves.

To register your interest in joining the event, ask questions in advance and get details on how to join via Youtube, please complete this short Google Form.

G28 Weekly update – w/c 27th September 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian

From the Ground Up

This week revealed the guiding question to our learning expedition: ‘From the Ground Up”. Students have started to explore their guiding question – ‘What do the communities of North-East England owe to the miners?’

We have established clear Learning Targets in English, Science, History, Geography, and the Arts, which students will need to achieve before they are ready to complete their final product for this expedition which will be a published book of stories, interviews and illustrations associated with local mines and the importance of coal to our region.

Food Glorious Food

Students have also started studies on a learning expedition in Maths called ‘Food Glorious Food’ with the guiding question, ‘How can food bring our community together?’ This week students have been using their mathematical skills to interpret data around food waste in the UK.

Likewise students are enjoying their Spanish and PE sessions and have a set of long-term learning targets that they are now working towards. In Spanish students have started to learn common classroom language, so that Spanish can be the language that is used most in class. In PE students are studying football skills and embarking on a series of health related fitness sessions that will help them to understand the many benefits of exercise for their bodies.

Open evening – 7th October

In other news students are helping to prepare for our Open Evening which will be a virtual event broadcast live on Thursday 7th October at 6pm. This is where prospective students (and Parents) applying for schools from September 2022 will find out more about XP Gateshead. Our first cohort of students are proud of their school and will share their experiences of joining our school and tell others about what it means to join our community at XP Gateshead.

We expect that 2 students from each crew will be nominated to be part of the live stream on the evening, to take questions from prospective parents. More details next week.

School Lunches

We are now able to provide hot meals. These are great value at £2.50 for a main and a desert and the week two menu is included below.

Students clearly enjoyed their first taste of the new school food.

We will publish details of how you sign up to parent pay on our website this week. However, in the meantime if your child would like a meal then they simply need to ask their crew leader each  morning and we will collect payment when our parent pay system is set up.

HoWLs (Habits Of Work and Learning)

Students have begun to reflect on their HOWLs (Work Hard, Get Smart, Be Kind)  – these are our “learning” behaviours and will help students to be successful in their studies. In due course students will self-assess how well they think they are doing in each of these areas and teachers will also be reporting their assessment for each student in these areas.

Covid Testing

Please continue lateral flow tests with your child every Sunday and Wednesday evening and also complete our google spreadsheet to let us know the result of the test. This couldn’t be more important at the moment and is helping to keep our community safe and our school open so I really appreciate your support in this regard. In addition it means that we avoid disruption to our crew sessions on Monday and Thursday mornings, so again we really do need your support in this regard please.

Thank you for your ongoing support in everything we are doing at XP Gateshead.

Mark Lovatt

Principal

Lunchtime today was fantastic

Many of our students enjoyed a delicious curry or jacket potato today.

As mentioned previously, each meal is £2.50 and includes main, drink and dessert. There is no charge for free school meals.

Feedback on the quality of the food from students was really positive. We’d encourage as many families as possible to take up this offer.

#beautifulwork

#deliciouswork

COVID testing this evening – Wed 22nd September

Good afternoon

This is just a reminder to carry out a lateral flow test on your son or daughter this evening and update us with the results on our Google Form.

This is such an important part of keeping our school, your son or daughter and our staff safe, we really do appreciate our support.

Hot lunches starting from tomorrow

We are delighted to be able to confirm that students will be able to eat hot lunches from our kitchen starting from tomorrow Thursday 23rd September.

Tomorrow is a week 1 Thursday on the weekly schedule:

 

Lunch will be priced at £2.50 per day. We are setting up parent-pay and should have the facility for you to make payment early next week – and the charge would include any meals taken this week too.

It is important to note that there will be no charge for families eligible for free school meals. We have an updated list of families from the Local Authority, however if you think you may now be eligible and would like to apply, here is the link to the Local Authority page where you check your eligibility.

Each morning as part of our crew protocol, we will ask students whether they need a hot meal from us, and encourage as many families as possible to take up this offer.

Dietary requirements

Gateshead Local Authority kitchens do not use Halal meat, however there is always a vegetarian option.

Please complete this Google Form if you need to let us know of any special dietary requirements that your son or daughter has, so that the kitchen staff can make sure that we can meet their needs each day.

Information about Gateshead’s offer around dietary needs can be found here. A guide for parents can be found here.

 

G28 Weekly update w/c 20th Sep 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

Just a reminder that students will return to school on Tuesday 21st September this week following our teacher day on Monday.

Students continue to settle in well and have been exploring themes from diverse communities and how they support each other, to coal and the geology of the North East. They have also been analysing local maps and discovering how line, tone, form, and shape, can be used in Art. All these ideas are connected and are part of what we call “immersion” before we reveal our first expedition and our guiding question towards the end of this week. 

School lunches

There will be a slight delay to the launch of our new school kitchen so please plan to bring packed lunches for at least the first two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) of this coming week. Our kitchen is ready (and looks great) and we are just waiting for electricians to check and test equipment and to put in a second ring circuit to ensure we have enough supply. This should be completed in the early part of this week and I will update you as soon as possible.

COVID

Please continue to  let us know if your son/daughter shows any symptoms for Covid and please also continue to test your son/daughter with the lateral flow tests provided every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Thank you for continuing to enter negative test results in the google sheet as normal – this is really appreciated and helps us to keep our school open and safe.

iPads

There has been a delay to the shipping of iPads for two reasons. Firstly due to the nationwide issues with haulage, the Logitech cases were not in stock and we did not want to give the students their iPads without the protection and additional functionality that the cases provide. Secondly, we have been presented with the option to to wait a further week when newer 10.2 versions of the iPads would be in stock, which would give you as parents better value for money.

Given that there was already a delay and it would mean just one week more, we have agreed to wait until Monday 28th September, which is the estimated delivery date for the new improved models of the iPads.

As always thanks for your support

#wearecrew

#wearexpgateshead

Lost property – Fri 17th Sep

We have one item in lost property this week: a ‘Europe:Medium’ XP polo shirt.

It would be really helpful to us if parents could add names or initials to XP branded clothing please.

Many thanks

Information Evening XP Gateshead – 6pm Thursday 7th October

We are delighted to announce that XP Gateshead will be hosting our first information evening for prospective parents considering applying for a place for their son/daughter to start in September 2022.

This will be a virtual event beginning at 6pm on Thursday 7th October which will be broadcast live over the internet where you will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk to our pioneering Year 7 students about their experience at XP Gateshead.
  • Meet and talk to our staff.
  • Find out what it means to be crew” – the basis of our school culture and foundation for the development of character.
  • View the beautiful work our students have created.
  • Learn about expeditionary learning – our unique approach to learning and pathway to academic success.

We have made the decision to host this as a virtual event this year to keep our community safe, given the current situation with Covid. We have limited space in our current building and we know there are many families that wish to find out more about our school.

Details about how to join the open evening will be posted on our website in due course. The event will be curated online so it can be viewed at your leisure too.

To keep updated about this event and the brilliant things that happen at our school, subscribe to our website. On our website, look for this box (on the side of the screen on a computer or at the bottom of the screen on a phone or tablet):

We look forward to sharing our work with you.

Mark Lovatt
Principal XP Gateshead

BEAUTIFUL WORK: Our Great Great North Runners

We would like to congratulate our runners in the Junior Great North Run this year, all running for fantastic causes. Ethan, Elyse, Tyler, Corbyn and Harris – we are so proud of the hard work you put in and the compassion you have shown for such excellent causes.

Another appreciation goes to Isla and Leighla who were there on the day to support with the running of the day too.

Well done to all of you.

Beautiful work!

 

PE Kit and dress code reminder

Good evening, just a reminder that students have PE each Wednesday, so they will need their PE kit tomorrow. PE kit does not need to be branded XP clothing but should be black socks, black shorts or bottoms and black t shirt.

Also, as the weather is starting to turn a bit chillier now, your son or daughter also will need to bring a coat to school as this is what is appropriate for the coming months. We are encouraging students to be outside as much as possible at breaks and lunch given that we are still taking precautions for COVID in school.

EWR and Elyse were highlighted by their peers in our community meeting last week as two students that exemplify our character traits; courage, integrity, respect, craftsmanship & quality, and above all… compassion.

Yesterday they gave the very first ambassador tour around our building to Mrs Salter Head of School at Green Top Primary School and Mr Butler, Executive Principal of the XP Trust.

They were very impressed with our ambassadors and the school.

Please thank our young hosts for their expert reflections on their school.

It felt like an XP school today!

Well done to all your staff for the culture you are developing.

Great work EWR and Elyse, and all of the staff and students that made Mrs Salter and Mr Butler feel so welcome.

#wearecrew

#wearexgateshead

#wearexptrust