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24/10/20

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24/10/20

The Autumn break is here! Thank you to all members of our community for your support over the past term and we look forward to seeing everyone back, refreshed, next term. https://t.co/RbrklyRNot

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With children as young as 13 being treated for online gaming addiction and classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition, it’s something that needs to be discussed. 🎮 Find out the good, bad & ugly of online gaming in our latest blog >> https://t.co/zeMsKEiJz9 https://t.co/Ze746dFHsl

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Download the guide, become a legend⚔️ For this week's , our guide focuses on the extremely popular battle arena game 'League of Legends'. Learn about the potential risks for children & how to tackle them as a parent / carer >> https://t.co/QT5WhaYFTd https://t.co/6rxYcRzR7x

22/10/20

Are you considering joining us in September 2021? Here is a message for you from our Head Boy and Head Girl: https://t.co/VIDuzBtxBI

21/10/20

Are you hoping for your child to join us on a scholarship from September 2021? Don’t forget to complete the separate scholarship application form and return it to us by 2 November. More information here: https://t.co/A14Y7W4c9S https://t.co/seQIwUWvBc

20/10/20

Well done to the members of our Sixth Form who wrote to Mrs Hutchinson to highlight students’ wish for a water dispenser and to request some inspirational art work in the common room. What would you suggest? https://t.co/JfJ5X5QeQ6

20/10/20

This finishing touches are being added to our brand-new campus sports hall, aren’t we lucky? https://t.co/PXE8OtCvlJ

20/10/20

It’s katsu curry today in the canteen! Always a popular choice, and we are delighted to be hosting a celebratory meal for our Year 7s this week, to mark the end of their first term with us! https://t.co/RxAlja3ZgG

19/10/20

Book of the Week is back! https://t.co/sdv8qppmau

17/10/20

Mr Sargent is counting the ballot papers... who will be the year group Reps for Student Council? 🤔 https://t.co/rgr7SCMA1n

16/10/20

Did you see our Decaf team virtually receiving their award this evening? Catch up here... https://t.co/PcbbbZYRsm https://t.co/63RIKY4ddg

16/10/20

Congratulations to Mrs Prebble, Ms Lowe, Mr Eacott and the whole Decaf team this evening - a well-earned award for all your hard work https://t.co/A6v0mF3VtF

14/10/20

Retweeted From Miss Smith

First Interform today with the team. ⚽️🏐 Such a good turn out from the Year 8’s - a real community feel with lots of respect shown by all participants. A positive experience for them all! https://t.co/MayGuj0zXt

14/10/20

Yesterday was Ada Lovelace day. But who was she? https://t.co/M1dfDDyWEZ https://t.co/Pzg3NYCc0X

13/10/20

The new issue of our online safety newsletter is now available... https://t.co/8BtomF76hX

11/10/20

Great to hear it went well!

11/10/20

We are pleased to hear it went really well!

09/10/20

Coming soon... the prizes arrived today! 👏 https://t.co/Jdw4o2Earp

09/10/20

Year 12 Computer Science students took part in a Cyber Discovery Virtual Workshop this morning. https://t.co/FDGoM1iLrs https://t.co/9dZwMLpXg1

08/10/20

Thank you - we loved having you and learned so much!

08/10/20

Retweeted From FrancisKnight

What does genuine engagement look like? Our artist visited , Maidstone to run workshops with Art Scholars introducing the concept of public art. They created sculptures out of paper based on the history of Springfield Mill, a new development https://t.co/UTuYRB8o1E

08/10/20

Have a read about how our students are learning about Maths in real life - https://t.co/jzKGHUrqcU

07/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

A guide to get ‘hooked’ on 👀 This week’s is all about Persuasive Design. From addiction to notifications to limitless scrolling, our guide provides all the facts to help your kids be less glued to their devices!📱 Download > https://t.co/t0ZXb4MIAi https://t.co/NFx3q3Srkb

07/10/20

A new blog post by our Literacy Coordinator, Miss Thompson. https://t.co/nuX9IeqWzP https://t.co/aw8ToviNGl

05/10/20

Throwback to May when Mrs West showed off her for - another one coming up on 7 October... students check your email for how to take part! https://t.co/AQUysAx2mq

04/10/20

saw this and thought of you 💭 https://t.co/ycyyscKKZF

04/10/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do. Only book a test if you develop symptoms. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/wIRNMYE87A https://t.co/lfIAi610O5

02/10/20

Here it is - the online version of our Open Days tour: https://t.co/cJ4LmD28aI. Thanks to everyone who has visited us over the last couple of days, but you needn’t miss out if you couldn’t make it! https://t.co/kZarDccJ6Z

02/10/20

Retweeted From Kent Youth County Council

We are looking for new members! Do you live or go to school in Kent? Are aged 11-18yrs? Enjoy a challenge and want to work on youth issues to benefit young people across Kent? If so, register your interest at https://t.co/6985FIYuYm https://t.co/ztq0lpYYBL

02/10/20

He is usually in Mrs Hutchinson’s chair... 💤

02/10/20

We have a small number of cancellations for this afternoon’s Open Event. If you’d like a last minute booking please call us on 01622 679421. https://t.co/hhDNlLmacE

02/10/20

If you didn’t manage to book for a tour on our Open Event days this week, we will be releasing all materials via our website very shortly. https://t.co/YpqZnlJFNG

02/10/20

We are getting ready for our second day of socially-distant open event tours today. Looking forward to meeting you if you’re coming and we are getting ready to release the tour online for anyone who couldn’t make it. https://t.co/PPLnCqJIdB

02/10/20

Hi, would you DM us with your availability in terms of time and a contact phone number? Thank you.

01/10/20

Are you joining us on Friday? Don’t forget the information below. If your camera doesn’t offer a QR code reader, it would be a good idea to download one 📲 https://t.co/0uDn9sau9j

01/10/20

Retweeted From Miss Smith

Students keep asking us when their club is running/ what day it is on and most of the time I have forgotten too... The department and I have created a board with all the clubs running from term 1 to make it easier to remember/ more visual for them ⚽️🎾🏀 https://t.co/Pu9INC5tQM

01/10/20

Visit https://t.co/2dea5g4uzK to pick your time!

01/10/20

Open evening by QR code tour is going well. Thank you to everyone who has joined us! https://t.co/gEbgwg6aOq

01/10/20

Actually, no! He has trained the rest of us well...

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.