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29/06/22

Induction day is off to a brilliant start! https://t.co/af1VpqhtTw

29/06/22

Do you enjoy a challenge? Why not try one of the competitions on the new Accessit site? Find the new Library logo on your iPad and look for: https://t.co/WPqys3fo3I

29/06/22

Join us at The Hazlitt Theatre on Wednesday 6 July for the fourth instalment of Valley Park's Arts Week, Twelfth Night - Yellow stockings optional! Get your tickets here: https://t.co/kah8rc3G44 https://t.co/ITQ3ZiHWTZ

29/06/22

Today's the day! We're really looking forward to welcoming students for the Sixth Form Induction at Valley Park. https://t.co/FZmySq9RMq

28/06/22

Only 24 hours to go until we welcome students for the Sixth Form Induction Days... https://t.co/8irQpKUcFF

28/06/22

Night at the Musicals is a VIAT trust-wide project in which students have grown in confidence and developed resilience as they prepare for the big stage. Get ready for a spectacle of talent on Tuesday 5 July at 1.30pm and 5.30pm: https://t.co/in7AcJ2xN2 https://t.co/wm4o2wdeqn

27/06/22

Get ready! Our Sixth Form Induction days are from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July 2022. https://t.co/IaO9MwumRX https://t.co/fQmcC6sYL8

27/06/22

And just like that, the exam season ends... https://t.co/vyW4JwbHz2 - this week's blog post. https://t.co/8J3jB6GQnf

27/06/22

The Dance Department at Valley Park School welcomes you to an evening of celebrating all things dance; showcasing and celebrating some of the fantastic talent we have at our school! Get your tickets for Dance Extravaganza here: https://t.co/Drd92y9tZZ https://t.co/YnskxElXuB

26/06/22

Whether you have been to numerous V in the Parks, or whether this will be your first, don’t miss out! Bring your friends, bring a picnic, settle down for the afternoon and enjoy an amazing show. https://t.co/xYMjdLdUML https://t.co/AGY2AAbJAd

25/06/22

We were so very proud of our Year 11 students last night as we said goodbye to them at Prom. They were a real credit, and had worked so hard for this moment. Good luck, everyone, with your next steps https://t.co/ilMJreh8on

25/06/22

Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty, so treat yourself to some tickets for Matilda The Musical JR! https://t.co/HksQyd0AzI https://t.co/5jrfmxU72w

24/06/22

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." Why not join us for a great night at the Hazlitt Theatre? Get your tickets for Twelfth Night here: https://t.co/kah8rc3G44 https://t.co/TJ3Zi0uOcX

23/06/22

We'd like to invite you to an exciting showcase of performances from the VIAT Primary Schools; Night at the Musicals guarantees to have you toe-tapping in your seats and clapping along to some of the world’s most famous musical numbers: https://t.co/in7AcJk9bC https://t.co/CrAYD8GcbD

22/06/22

Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on at the Dance Extravaganza at the Hazlitt Theatre on Monday 4 July. Get your tickets here: https://t.co/Drd92y9tZZ https://t.co/mHIwbnl9e1

21/06/22

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Tickets for our Year 5 Open Evening on 28 June are now available. Book quickly to avoid disappointment: https://t.co/gOGeWy4sgb https://t.co/mWZjgYYYvg

21/06/22

10 days to go until the return of the infamous V in the Park - get your tickets here: https://t.co/xYMjdLdUML https://t.co/7JZ2J3NA2R

20/06/22

This week's blog post celebrates Year 11 and 13... https://t.co/jeUsrKdF6m https://t.co/hy0wVad9I4

17/06/22

Our extraordinary student artists exhibited their works at our annual art showcase this week: https://t.co/wMURlb6f5O https://t.co/ndFUbebF2S

17/06/22

Tickets for our Year 5 Open Evening on 28 June are now available. Book quickly to avoid disappointment: https://t.co/gOGeWy4sgb https://t.co/mWZjgYYYvg

17/06/22

Year 6: Look out for this week’s transition letter in your inbox today! Read all about what's coming up for your transition to your new school, & what's been happening at Valley Park this week. Please continue to contact us with your questions at transiti….viat.org.uk

16/06/22

Our new dining hall is open for business! https://t.co/dk6WVoQxd8

16/06/22

Starting secondary school is exciting, but also a bit daunting! There are some incredible books available for students & parents to help with preparation, being independent & resilient, and making new friends. Here's our Year 6 Recommended Reading List: https://t.co/gR3tmPN17K

15/06/22

Have you had a look at our Transition Project Padlet? We cannot wait to see your contributions so that we can learn a little bit more about our students joining us in September. Check your weekly letter from Mrs Harlin for the password! https://t.co/TAvbObNw0u https://t.co/IvCsyOgoGl

14/06/22

Don't miss this great opportunity to see some astonishing artwork from our A Level students... https://t.co/jrvYvE8s5w

14/06/22

Are you excited about our Festival of Art, Literature and Music? We are certainly excited to see all our incoming Year 7 students and families attend on 9th July! https://t.co/JeG4p3KSGw

13/06/22

Have you received your Welcome Pack? It's a special set of resources that we've written just for you, to help in the smooth transition from primary school to Valley Park! We have designed this as a resource for families to discuss together – find it here: https://t.co/P0d7KezgW9

13/06/22

This week's blog post asks an oft-heard phrase during exam season... Are you Ready? https://t.co/25WMEVboUH https://t.co/e8VX58MC4r

10/06/22

Year 6: Look out for this week’s transition letter in your inbox today! Read all about what's coming up for your transition to your new school, & what's been happening at Valley Park this week. Please continue to contact us with your questions at transiti….viat.org.uk

09/06/22

Starting secondary school is exciting, but also daunting! There are some incredible books available for students & parents to help with preparation, being independent & resilient, and making new friends. Here's our Year 6 Recommended Reading List: https://t.co/gR3tmPN17K

08/06/22

Have you had a look at our Transition Project Padlet? We cannot wait to see your contributions so that we can learn a little bit more about our students joining us in September. Check your weekly letter from Mrs Harlin for the password! https://t.co/TAvbObNw0u

08/06/22

We have open morning tours for year 5 students and their parents & carers between 13-17 June. Book your tickets here: https://t.co/qfmoep1hUy https://t.co/BUJtL4wRQ5

07/06/22

Our annual art showcase is at Lower Grange Farm in Sandling on Wed 15 June between 6pm and 8pm. https://t.co/aw8ygIpB0D

07/06/22

Calling Year 10 & 12 students interested in IT, digital technology, business, STEM or project management: Sign up to the to gain virtual work experience and work with some amazing people! Get your expression of interest forms in by Wednesday 8 June. https://t.co/ZJHg8KnVQ8

06/06/22

We hope our students and their families have had a happy half term and a great Jubilee weekend. We look forward to welcoming you all back tomorrow for Term 6! https://t.co/JixW5GUpNW

29/05/22

Fancy a curry on Tuesday 7 June? Well, you're in luck, because there's still time to get your voucher for the Dining Hall Grand Opening - the deadline has been extended to 5pm on 30 May - more details here: https://t.co/NwxG0X6PAV

28/05/22

There's still time to get your voucher for the Dining Hall Grand Opening - the deadline has been extended to 5pm on 30 May - more details here: https://t.co/NwxG0X6PAV

27/05/22

The deadline for getting your voucher for the Dining Hall Grand Opening has been extended to 5pm on 30 May - more details here: https://t.co/NwxG0X6PAV https://t.co/iMvIBzy1Hv

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Posted on: June 21st 2021

Setting the bar high

I've written previously about leadership existing at all levels within an organisation, rather than just being the preserve of one or two single individuals.

When this works well, great things happen, for we increase our collective capacity for change and we find ourselves considering viewpoints different to our own and giving priority to others' passions, not just our own.

Our Year 9 students are a classic example of taking on leadership challenges and accepting responsibility for what's important to them. There’s no question of them hanging back on the off-chance they might muddle through and end up at their desired outcome by happy accident. For them, a much greater degree of certainty was required, and the way in which to achieve this was to take charge.

A number of students have benefited in recent months from the support of Young Lives Foundation, a local charity that supports young people by mentoring, befriending and acting as an advocate in challenging situations. Young Lives has made such an impact on students in Year 9 that they wanted to be able to give something back.

This isn’t very unusual, until you consider the way in which our students accomplished this. They set goals, planned their course of action and then set about achieving their vision. There simply was no thought given to sitting back and waiting for someone else to do it!

We returned from the May half-term break to find that students had already planned a publicity campaign, knew that they wanted last Friday to be a Year 9 non-uniform day, and had identified a cake sale as being a popular way to raise charity funds. 

When I was presented with the proposal, it was a complete and fully-formed idea. I can’t tell you how unusual that is! Whenever anyone (and yes, I mean teachers too!) brings me a suggested plan, I always have more questions to ask – there’s always a gap that has yet to be filled, or a piece of research or justification that has been omitted – however this time there was nothing more to add; everything had been thought through.

I can’t commend our students’ leadership enough, and all credit to them that they have raised in excess of £600 for Young Lives Foundation to date. This wasn’t a project that we set them, and it wasn’t a task that we asked them to complete. Instead, they had the vision and motivation needed to set a goal, and then they had the skill to bring this to fruition. 

So, to all our students, the challenge has been set (and the bar has been set high by Year 9!). 

What can you achieve when you take the lead?

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