Dear Parents/Guardians

Welcome to another exciting week at XP Gateshead

We have been continuing with our new expedition  – What a Wonderful World with the Guiding question: What is our relationship with the natural world?

Students have been doing some creative writing inspired by rainforests, completing their cave art, and learning about specialist cells such as nerve, muscle, red blood, and root hair cells. We will be starting to do some microscopy work in Science this week too.

We are beaming live to the world this week! Do Your Bit Radio Broadcast

This week our students’ radio broadcast of untold stories will be broadcast from Memory Lane Radio at 2pm on Friday afternoon.

Trailers for the show will be being broadcast all week. You can listen along live on Friday using this link.

Student Assessment Information and SLCs – Dates for your diaries!

Last week we shared updated assessment snapshots with students, giving information around their HoWLs and academic progress.

Students are updating their pledges at the moment. We will then share these pledges and assessment information snapshots with you at the end of this coming week.

The next set of SLCs (Student-Led Conferences) will be taking place in the fortnight starting 13th June. In this SLC, students will show you evidence of how they are working on their pledges.

You will be able to book an appointment for your child’s SLC from next week. At this time you will also be able to ask your child questions about their assessment information snapshot. Your child will answer these questions as part of their SLC too.

As part of this process, students will be reflecting on their HoWLs every week in Crew on Thoughtful Thursdays.

Visitors

We have received visits this week from Jane Sutton who is a member of our Local Governing Committee. Jane was looking at inclusive teaching and also reading across the curriculum. Jane said of her visit – “It is like you have taken the best of primary school practice and translated it into a secondary setting”. We are looking forward to Jane’s report which will be discussed at our next Local Governance Committee meeting.

We also had a visit from John Turner. John is an educational consultant who is currently working with Headteachers in Wales to see which bits of XP “magic” can be transported into schools he is working with. John thanked students and staff for the visit and was blown away by the students’ passion and enthusiasm for the school and by the quality of their work. We look forward to you visiting again John.

Transition meetings with new families

We will be starting 1:1 transition meetings with our new families this week and are looking forward to meeting new students and their parents. These meetings are opportunities to find out more about our new students who will be starting in September and for our families to ask questions to find out a bit more about XP Gateshead. In time, our newest families will be added to our Facebook Group so please do make them feel welcome. Our community is strong because we are crew.

New Staff appointments – admin+ post at XP Gateshead

We will be interviewing for an admin+ post this Wednesday afternoon which if successful will complete our staff recruitment for next year. All new staff will join us on 6th June just after the half term break and we have been busy planning their induction to XP Trust and to XP Gateshead.

“Above All Compassion” –  XP the movie

The Edge Foundation UK have made a film about XP schools which premiered at the Samsung centre in London last week. Students have been watching some of the film in their community meeting on Friday. If you would like to watch the approximately 30 minute film then please click on the link below and enjoy. It is a powerful tribute to the aims and aspirations of XP schools across the Trust and the hard work of all the staff, students and parents.

You can watch the movie on Youtube here.

AR (Accelerated Reader)

Students should be reading their  AR books for between 20 – 30 minutes each day and crew leaders will be checking on progress every Tuesday in crew. For students to be great learners, first they must be strong readers. It would be great if you could encourage your children to talk to you about what they are reading and help to ensure that reading continues on a daily basis. In addition we hope to start a new crew reader soon which links to our current expedition.

Lateral Flow Testing

Please complete a Lateral Flow Test with your child on Sunday evening (tonight), and again on Wednesday evening and complete our website with the results before sending your child to school.

Whilst Covid infections are still falling in the community, given the size of our setting this really helps us to keep everyone safe and for our school to remain open.

If you require any extra LFT kits please let us know. 

We will continue to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so students are advised to bring multiple layers to school to keep warm. This is how we look after each other – #wearecrew

Guidance for isolation following a positive test

Any student who has a positive Covid-19 test result should stay at home and avoid contact with people for 3 days. As long as they are well they may return to school following the three days. There is no longer a requirement for students to test negative on the day when they return to school.

 

As usual if you have any questions please contact crew leaders in the first instance.

Kind regards

Mark Lovatt

Principal

Get ready for something special

Memory Lane Radio are hosting our Y7 students’ work on Friday 20th May at 2pm. You can listen live by clicking on the link and pressing the play button.

What a fantastic way for our students work to connect with their community and a listenership of over 100,000 people!

Clear your diaries, you will not want to miss this!

 

Sharing our Stories: 13/05/22

Happy Friday – here’s a selection of beautiful work from across the XP Trust this week!

To read about other stories from across the XP Trust, visit http://xptrust.org/stories

#AboveAllCompassion

Above All Compassion: The Story of XP School

Last week this beautiful film, made by Schools on Screen about XP, premiered at the Samsung Centre in London – how exciting! Now it’s available to watch on YouTube! Be sure to give this wonderful story a watch and share it with your friends and family!

Online Family Meetings

We are really looking forward to getting to know our new students and families. Our transition is set to start with an online family meeting for every child with their family.

Parents of Year 6 students joining our G29 cohort in September should expect an email from us in the next few days with details of how to book a slot for the online family meeting.

 

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We are delighted that we can now also confirm the following dates:

  • Student transition days at XP GatesheadTuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June

    • Students will join us for the two days at our school, with a range of activities to help them to get to know their new friends, new school, our staff and our ethos.
  • Information evening for parents/carers – Wednesday 29th June at 6:00pm

    • Following the transition days in school, later that evening we will host an information evening for parents/carers. We request that your children remain at home for this event if at all possible as our temporary building is limited in size. During this information evening we will be able answer your questions and share more details about the first week of school for all of our New Year 7. This is at Ullswater Outward Bound centre and begins from Tuesday 30th August until Friday 2nd September. For more information on our term dates, please see our calendars.

Beautiful work from Katie

Katie has also been trying out recipes before they were gathered in our food boxes.

Here are Katie’s socca gluten free frying pan pizza and since she had some free time, she also made the cookies.

Beautiful work Katie!

Dear Parents/Guardians

Welcome to another exciting week at XP Gateshead

Last week we revealed our big new Summer expedition  – ‘What a Wonderful World’ with the Guiding question:

What is our relationship with the natural world?

Students have already begun looking at physical geography as they explore biomes and habitats and have been learning about how the earth’s atmosphere has changed over billions of years. They have also begun to learn about cells which are the basic “building blocks” of all living things.

New Staff appointments – admin + at XP Gateshead

We have yet to appoint an admin post for next year to join our Staff Crew – we are looking for someone with experience of admin, ideally in a school setting, who in addition to normal school admin and looking after our front desk will also help us to contact local organisations to support expeditions and liaise with the Trust Communications team to help us curate beautiful work.

Further information will be available on our website from tomorrow and the deadline for applications is Friday 13th May at 12pm with interviews taking place w/c 16th May. Put the word out and if you know anyone who might be suitable for such a role then please let us know.

PE lessons 

PE lessons are back to normal times (Tuesday) this week.

XP the movie

The Edge foundation UK have made a film about XP schools which premiered at the Samsung centre in London last week. We will share the film as soon as it is made public.

AR (Accelerated Reader) book launch

As you know students have access to a virtual library of books and they were reading from this library over the Easter holiday. Students have already taken a baseline test so we have a good idea of reading ages now and this week we will be launching our AR reading programme. Students should be reading for between 20 – 30 minutes each day and we will be asking parents to support us in this – we will also reconfigure the amount extended study we set to make space to incorporate the daily reading. Further details will be forthcoming from Ms Tatters in due course. Reading is such an important skill and like all skills it needs to be practised on a regular basis; for students to be great learners then they must also be great readers.

Lateral Flow Testing

Please complete a Lateral Flow Test with your child on Sunday evening (tonight), and again on Wednesday evening and complete our website with the results before sending your child to school.

Whilst COVID infections are decreasing in the community and given the size of our setting this really helps us to keep everyone safe and for our school to remain open.

If you require any extra LFT kits please let us know. 

We will continue to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so students are advised to bring multiple layers to school to keep warm. This is how we look after each other – #wearecrew

Guidance for isolation following a positive test

Any student who has a positive Covid-19 test result should stay at home and avoid contact with people for 3 days. As long as they are well they may return to school follwoing the three days. There is no longer a requirement for students to test negative on the day when they return to school.

As usual if you have any questions please contact crew leaders in the first instance.

Kind regards

Mark Lovatt

Principal

Beautiful work from Lucy

More experimentation her, Lucy chose to mix up the pizza toast with her idea of a crumpet base.

Again, these picture could have come straight from a recipe book.

Beautiful work Lucy!

Beautiful Work at XP Trust: 05/06/22

Happy Friday – here’s a selection of beautiful work from across the XP Trust this week!

To read about other stories from across the XP Trust this week, visit http://xptrust.org/stories