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31/05/20

Well done Mrs Hitch!

31/05/20

Well done, Lily! What a lovely idea and who wouldn’t enjoy receiving them as a gift? https://t.co/3Sf99QZ2xE

30/05/20

Retweeted From Mr Fuller

any of our students prepared to take the Bletchley Park Challenge? https://t.co/0CB6GQqS61

30/05/20

Thank you for letting us know. We will look into that.

29/05/20

Students, are you looking to try something different over the weekend? Here’s something for you... https://t.co/Z6G5y8Vsju

27/05/20

Retweeted From NYO_GB

We’re sorry to share this... but we’ve got some news. Sadly, we are unable to go ahead with the live performances we had planned this summer. Instead, we'll be coming together digitally for an exciting musical project so we can continue to share music as widely as possible 🎵 https://t.co/71UsMFZhXy

27/05/20

Retweeted From VIAT

There have been some amazing entries to our Transition Project so far! Well done everyone! You can see all the fantastic submissions so far, and find some inspiration to create your own, on our dedicated website. Full details here: https://t.co/D5a8ttd3L7 https://t.co/89dGDsYFsb

27/05/20

We’ve received some emails this morning from new students worried they’ve missed out on this... Fear not, you absolutely haven’t! Keep sending us your masterpieces, there was no closing date! 👍 https://t.co/Fuxag3NDkV

27/05/20

Retweeted From Mr Fuller

can our Computing students help on this one? https://t.co/WyGinoexUi

26/05/20

we love your students’ masterpieces too 😀

26/05/20

Are you joining us in September? Have you sent us some work for our Transition Project? Mrs Hutchinson has had fun today - follow the QR code for more (let us know if you can’t remember the password!). https://t.co/8XodQWBGI4

26/05/20

Retweeted From ArtWorldRecords

We should know in the next few days!!

26/05/20

Retweeted From Rob Biddulph

Did your (hopefully) world record breaking whale 🐳 🌈 make THE DOUBLE GRID? Thanks again to everyone who drew along with me yesterday. Wasn’t it nice to all be doing something cool together at the same time? 1/3 https://t.co/howCE9H5sf

25/05/20

Don’t forget to send us your 🐳 drawings if you took part in . This one is Lily’s - well done, Lily! https://t.co/77tE7bQrXb

25/05/20

Week 4 - the final week - of is here - get busy with the last 2 challenges and send us your videos! https://t.co/kPzCvQdZka https://t.co/IQgcsa5rh0

24/05/20

Retweeted From NCSC UK

Girls! If you have a love for technology, why not take the first steps towards your future career? Learn new skills needed to enter the cyber security or computing workplace with our online coures: https://t.co/ARWyaayIhv https://t.co/sGcjOZvdzx

23/05/20

We look forward to introducing you to our new neighbours, 👍

22/05/20

Wow! Welcome, neighbour... 😊 https://t.co/8eDiBEOekK

22/05/20

Looking for a half term activity? Why not cook a favourite meal/cake/dessert/breakfast and upload the recipe to our recipe collection! Full details here: https://t.co/pVXCb7LQCj https://t.co/yYE5lwdu9z

22/05/20

Wondering what to do over the break? Try this challenge... https://t.co/ow1MlJs0Gv

22/05/20

Lovely, Mrs Armstrong! 🐳 https://t.co/0S4bjl7MUU

22/05/20

Retweeted From Mrs MH

to all our teachers, you're doing an amazing job in tough times https://t.co/X8fvU5k4II

21/05/20

That’s okay, parents were allowed to join in too! We hope you enjoyed it! https://t.co/ZWle4bRw29

21/05/20

Well done Megan and Hannah - we particularly like the top hat! 🎩 https://t.co/kGowh2xBDv

21/05/20

Well done Mrs Hitch - a brilliant example. Hope you had fun! https://t.co/KpWMRiVhe3

21/05/20

Brilliant Hannah and Emily! We hope you enjoyed it - lovely pictures 🌈 https://t.co/lqWHFNxNV2

21/05/20

Lovely! Thank you for sharing - we hope you enjoyed it. Fingers crossed the world record attempt was a success... https://t.co/wD7ZSysmBb

21/05/20

Ah well done, these are brilliant! Glad you had fun, and we hope it’s a confirmed world record! https://t.co/nsl4A44K7b

21/05/20

Well done, Elisha! Did you enjoy it? We did, and we hope we’ll be seeing many more students’ (and some teachers’?) whales this evening, too! https://t.co/S12rGiExCR

21/05/20

Our thanks to Mr De Jong for making, supplying and delivering some visors for use by this week. You are a 🌟 Mr De Jong! https://t.co/YKvejebo5s

21/05/20

Retweeted From National Careers Week

Still time to get involved with https://t.co/eWjs6tTjFD

21/05/20

Well, here's a skill you don't see every day, ! Our Health & Welfare Support Manager can do this with great verbal dexterity... https://t.co/yvPw6L6WLa

20/05/20

An evocative image from William in Year 9. Sometimes no words are necessary! https://t.co/TR5674Hecg

20/05/20

Well done, Hannah, this looks great. What a great skill to have! 😋 https://t.co/VsZE328Izs

20/05/20

Many congratulations to our poetry competition winners - see their winning poems by visiting... https://t.co/fjXZR4va0e

20/05/20

Retweeted From Rob Biddulph

It’s nearly time. Have you registered at https://t.co/5BNxvXUac0 yet? https://t.co/NZC6i4EQH7

20/05/20

Today is ! Show off your skill in a 20s video or photo, and share with . To get you started, here’s our Careers Advisor showing us the Crow Pose! https://t.co/ONvWDrPsfM

20/05/20

Aren’t they just! Thank you! 👏

20/05/20

Here's the second of this week's blog posts dedicated to , this time from our Health & Welfare Support Manager. https://t.co/Z4bNwwdBfp https://t.co/2CCnrMoZ5Z

20/05/20

Retweeted From MMK Mind

They've been doing a fantastic job! Thanks for injecting some positivity into our lives while we all work from home. 💙

Sunset Boulevard

When Valley Park put on Sunset Boulevard, the cast had a few extra challenges...

"Norma Desmond"

Hannah daly'In Sunset Boulevard I played Norma Desmond,' said Hannah Daly. 'I had a lot of dramatic costume changes throughout the show. Overall, I had seven quick changes to cope with, whereas in previous shows I had a maximum of two! '

'Making sure I was on stage on time and in costume was quite overwhelming, but the audience’s reaction to them was priceless.' 

'In the final scene, Norma surprises the audience by pulling out a revolver and shooting Joe three times. The reaction every night was fantastic. I could hear the loud gasps of everyone in the audience, shocked by what's happened.Getting that reaction from each audience in turn made all our hard work worthwhile.' 

'We also filmed some other sequences that were shown at key moments of the production. For the scene where Norma takes Joe for a ride to Paramount studios in her old car, we used a real 1950s car and were in full costume.' 

'We also used the stage for filming split screen sequences during the car chase. We captured shots of Norma putting on her famous red lipstick, interacting with her butler Max and reading her 'fan' letters. '

'Filming these clips gave me extra insight into my character's motivations.'

"Joe Gillis"

Morgan Brown 1'Sunset Boulevard has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at my time in school,' said Morgan Brown. 'When we filmed the footage of the car chase scene with the green screen, I remember feeling exhilarated at being in the driving seat of such a beautiful vintage car. It felt as if we were filming for a major movie!' 

'But I don’t think anything gave me a bigger thrill than falling into a freezing pool each night! The rush that you get is shocking (and extremely wet!), but when all is said and done, I’m glad that I did it because it helped me get out of my fear of cold water!'

'I’m relieved to know that nobody took it to heart when I soaked the whole right hand side of the audience, but it happened at the best time because it cooled me down after moving around so much on stage!'

'But I'm most thankful for the increased confidence I've gained from playing the lead role. Playing such a complex character in quite a complicated musical was a challenge: I knew I'd find it hard - at first - to understand the story but I worked my way through the script and figured out how Joe would feel and react in each scene and how his relationships with other characters grew or shattered'. 

'I’m insanely thankful for the chance I had been given to play the role of Joe Gillis because this is what I love doing; I love being on stage and playing a character and making the audience believe in the story that is being told and seeing if I’m any good at doing that.'

"Max Von Mayerling"

Kyle Siwek 1'Prior to production week, a number of scenes had to be filmed both on and off the set to allow continuity of the story for the audience,' explained Kyle Siwek, 'including a scene where Norma and Joe travel to the studio in a car, and a scene filmed on stage where Norma is seen prior to the initial arrival of Joe.' 

'The scene with the car was the most interesting to film; it involved the three of us travelling to Biddenden to film with a vintage Rolls Royce. As the musical is set in Southern California, we had to take many shots from specific angles to avoid the oast house from appearing in the background!' 

'We also had difficulty filming some of the scenes where I enter the car, as I struggled to get into the seat seamlessly because of my height!'

'The scenes on the stage were much easier to film, although the three of us struggled in some shots as we had only seen the set for the first time the day before filming!'

The Sunset Boulevard Showbook

Cast members were able to obtain a hardback copy of this showbook, which tells the story of Sunset Boulevard with photos taken from the dress rehearsal of the show.