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26/02/20

Thank you to for hosting us this evening. We enjoyed meeting Year 5 parents and children https://t.co/nBzmDxC053

26/02/20

Not long now until bookings close for our free Dementia Café event! Book your spaces soon before they’re all gone! https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/2P9l8bG9Qt

23/02/20

Coffee, cake decorating and a clay workshop! Join us on March 6th for our second Dementia Café event! Click here to book your free place: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/3yle40gEKQ

21/02/20

When Park Life Digital launches on Monday 2 March, get ready to be a bit more interactive... https://t.co/9tg3weLWBS

20/02/20

Just over a week to go for our second Dementia Café event on March 6th! There are still places available. Click here to book your place: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/HiVfk8qlTy

18/02/20

If you're used to receiving Park Life Magazine through the post, then get ready for a little change, because on Monday 2 March, we're going Digital... https://t.co/GB7HdVYRJP

17/02/20

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Would you like to join our friendly team? We are looking for an IT Manager - you can find all the details here... https://t.co/NVtRnXZ34b

17/02/20

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Do you have experience in website content and social media? Come and join our team in this exciting term-time role! https://t.co/BviP2p3Z2c

17/02/20

Well done to all our Bronze Award winners last week - we hope you’re as proud of your achievements as we are. https://t.co/ZIVL61gMie

13/02/20

The launch date for issue one of Park Life Digital is Monday 2 March. The countdown has begun... https://t.co/vQTBBMSXx5

13/02/20

There are only a few seats remaining for tonight's performance of Legally Blonde, so book now to avoid disappointment! 01622 656161 https://t.co/09M8TzHhWZ

12/02/20

After a successful Christmas Party event, our sixth form Decaf (Dementia Café) team are organising another event on 6th March between 11am and 2pm, including a clay workshop. Book your free tickets now: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/BainWPzCKH

07/02/20

School music groups “The Chapters” and “Accord” have participated in Regional Festival this afternoon in Islington. Well done everyone! https://t.co/UINbvi41JA

07/02/20

6th Form students attended the Apprenticeship Fair at Mote Park this morning, hosted by . They engaged with local & national businesses, learning first-hand about the latest opportunities available.

06/02/20

Good evening, please would you call us tomorrow, or send us an email? We completely understand that some students’ journeys are inflexible owing to public transport so would like to discuss. Thank you.

06/02/20

Employers! Follow the hashtag between 12-2pm today and join in the conversation!

05/02/20

Follow the hashtag between 12-2pm today and join in the conversation!

05/02/20

Here's an apprenticeship focused parent/carer pack - just for you.  https://t.co/JGmTGBAQqI. Download the quick apprenticeship guide in 7 translated pages including Arabic, Latvian, Pashto, Romanian, Urdu, Polish and Punjabi https://t.co/HnpWHVQpY7

05/02/20

VP Alum, Sam Noakes, delivered a punchy year 10 assembly yesterday morning. Sam, a professional boxer, was recently signed by boxing promoter . He spoke about his at Valley Park and the importance of finding your passion and working hard to achieve it.

04/02/20

Our super stars, showing off how it’s done! https://t.co/QQnkbfsqGP

04/02/20

Opening night is only a week away for our latest production, Legally Blonde. Tickets are selling out... https://t.co/cHVTTvftDe

04/02/20

Year 7 students took part in the Kent Police ‘Is It Worth It?’ School Tour this morning to talk about online safety in a fun and interactive way. https://t.co/mTk15YGyfD https://t.co/4g2ZFpGTCp

04/02/20

Did you know, from April 2020, the National minimum wage for apprentices will rise from £3.90 to £4.20 but many employers will pay a lot more? Check out some of these amazing apprenticeship salaries: https://t.co/qKlPQ4OqpE

04/02/20

These five famous people studied an https://t.co/PfkG25QYkW

03/02/20

Thank you and we are excited to be getting started!

03/02/20

Want to attend an apprenticeship-related event locally and get connected to local employers? Discover opportunities and get involved: https://t.co/LCZs7vtmuA https://t.co/oA6r0IbTu2

03/02/20

Read about three who work for Kent County Council here: https://t.co/YILuUfx9XT

03/02/20

On 28 January, a group of Year 12 Psychology students went to the University of Kent to participate in a ‘Students as Researchers’ workshop with the School of https://t.co/0vk1zhjsMk https://t.co/cDgxTpPhy5

03/02/20

On 24 January, Psychology students had an inspiring talk from counsellor Janina Malyon. They saw how theoretical concepts are used beyond the classroom to support people with mental health disorders. https://t.co/M6v67RUZSJ https://t.co/gjzdPlZ8jz

03/02/20

An is real work (it’s certainly not just making tea), with the opportunity to gain qualifications up to degree level. Want to know what sectors you can undertake an apprenticeship in? You can find out here: https://t.co/5kD2hgLqQ7

03/02/20

Our scholars have turned their creativity into subject-specific works of art. We can’t wait to see the end results! https://t.co/ZN40s2eIYi

31/01/20

Fire up your career with thousands of employers offering apprenticeships right now https://t.co/ofGH2IK8rb https://t.co/MJa7J3vtiW

31/01/20

Next week Valley Park School are getting involved with , helping our students to . To start you off, you can find a quick-guide to apprenticeships here: https://t.co/RglK5D7T6k

30/01/20

Year 9 Health and Social Care students have been completing their “Baby Egg” project. Here’s a small selection of their antics. https://t.co/v9NaVaudwo

30/01/20

Our year 12 BTEC Diploma in Sport students were provided with an invaluable introduction into studying in a higher education environment last Friday, when they participated in a number of fitness tests at Canterbury Christchurch University... https://t.co/4r6lZ447qb https://t.co/3ARbePAhpj

29/01/20

With superb conduct throughout their mock exams since we returned in January, Year 11 started to unpick key revision points from the mocks on yesterday’s Focus Day https://t.co/cybSzah0Be

28/01/20

Another powerful day with - what an inspiring story https://t.co/ylC6qTbNkX

28/01/20

Maidstone Wind Symphony competition entries are coming along nicely https://t.co/z84pJxp4vT

28/01/20

Only two weeks to go until the first night of Legally Blonde. Tickets are selling out, so be sure to get yours! https://t.co/ejn0nYCULX

28/01/20

It takes so many different elements to make up a school, but our form tutors are vital. A survey of students last week told us that students feel their form tutors solve their daily problems. https://t.co/SFA2ysooSa

Ghost, the Musical

'Ghost the Musical' played to full houses most nights, but - unknown to the delighted audiences - there was an uninvited guest hovering in the rafters. Poppy Rackley grabbed her ghostbusting equipment, captured a fictional ghost, and asked her what she thought of the show...


I've just had my first night out in years.

Being a ghost myself, I was prepared to be very critical indeed (I'm known to moan - it's how I got my nickname). As the audience entered the auditorium, I headed to the box thingy where the crew sat, so I could have the best seat in the house and no one would know I was there! I'm not a big fan of the living, not since that wretched Olive made fun of my glasses and…oh, I'm getting ahead of myself – back to the show.

As Sam, Molly and Carl entered, and the lights went up to reveal the layout of their flat, I knew the show would be somewhat tolerable. Their American accents were very convincing; we've had a few students transfer from America to Hogwarts, so I had a rough idea of what they sound like. Their singing was rather good as well – better than mine; I prefer complaining, it's much more fun, they should try it.

Sam is rather surprised when he gets shot one night in a dark alley. Personally, I don't know why he was complaining, I got killed by a giant snake…in a toilet! Getting shot seems like a picnic on a Summer’s day compared to that.

Sam learns about his new-found spiritual state from a hospital ghost, and several mournful spirits. I understand their frustration, but at least they get to stay in a hospital and talk to other ghosts; it's extremely boring in my toilet cubicle.

Sam discovered he can’t hold or touch anything (it's terribly inconvenient, especially when the boys come in to the girls’ bathroom and start throwing objects through your head and you can't return the favour).  Every time he tried to pass through a door or hold Molly’s hand he failed miserably, my favourite type of failure! It actually looked like his hand passed through the object, and the whooshing sound made it seem so real.

With practice, Sam was finally able to physically pass through the door – it looked spectacular, I mean it took him longer than it took me to learn, but I guess not all ghosts are as smart as me. Anyway, you could really see his whole body pass through the door frame – how the heck did they do that?! The flashing lights that went off as he did so made us feel as exhilarated as Sam did when he passed through completely.

When Sam met the subway ghost - who moved various objects that the train commuters were holding - it was breathtaking (not that I can breathe – but you know what I mean!) A boy’s hat, a woman’s bag, a coffee cup and a newspaper all floated into the air – as though someone was using the wingardium leviosa spell! The subway ghost guy really needs to show me how he does that!

After this the audience was introduced to Oda Mae Brown - the only character who could hear Sam. How awful to not have anyone able to hear you (not that anyone listens to me anyway). What a character! She was brilliantly played and a clear audience favourite. Through her, Sam communicated with Molly, making her believe in life after death (and so she should!).

After an emotional song revealed that Carl had set up his murder (this is why I don't have friends) they received a standing ovation! And I don't normally feel sympathy, but I did find myself holding back the tears watching Molly perform ‘With You’.

I'm sorry to say that things didn't get better for Sam in the second act. His treacherous ‘friend’ Carl made a move on Molly back at her flat. As if killing Sam wasn't enough! Luckily, Sam managed to knock a photo over before anything actually happened.

After an intense song about what it's like to be a ghost (‘Focus’ – which perfectly sums it up, thank you very much) Sam managed to move a paper bag across the stage. It moved all by itself! I sense a use of the accio charm here… seriously, how did they do it?

Oda Mae was surprised to find her séance parlour crawling with ghosts! Luckily for me, I don't need a séance parlour, I just moan to people directly (which is much more fun if you ask me). One very enthusiastic ghost jumped into Oda Mae’s body. The boy playing him completely disappeared and Oda Mae actually looked like there was another spirit moving her– what great acting, it almost seemed real. Now, I've never possessed anybody before - it's seems rather unhygienic - but I'm pretty sure that's what it would look like.

The ghost of Sam’s killer got what he deserved. Whilst witnesses crouched over his dead body, mysterious demon-like creatures lifted him up and took him to hell…good riddance! I'm not pleased with how I died but I'm certainly glad that didn't happen to me - I'm sure those desperate cries for help will haunt my dreams…that is, if I could sleep!

The scene in Carl’s office – when Sam’s menacing voice is heard, although he’s nowhere to be seen – was especially effective. When the books on the shelves start flying off, well… let's just say it wasn't only Carl who jumped. I'm not sure if ghosts can wet themselves but I nearly found out there and then! Were the crew using stunning spells backstage? I don't see any other way that could have been done.

If that wasn't mind-boggling enough, Carl's phone then randomly started floating mid air! Talk about freaky! I know Harry Potter has an invisibility cloak – someone must have one in the crew! How else would it work? There was only Carl on stage and his hands were nowhere near the phone. I'm starting to believe there was some serious magic involved.

I'm normally a tough shell to crack, but I couldn't hold it in when Molly and Sam were desperate to hold each other once more (I'm quite sure a few muggles heard my moans from inside the wall because I saw a few surprised expressions when people turned around).

Oda Mae decided to let Sam use her body to dance with Molly – how bizarre! I would never volunteer my body for such purposes! Not that anybody would want my acne-ridden, pale face with my pigtails and big round glasses…anyway.

We watched Oda Mae and Molly waltz rather awkwardly around while a gorgeous purple lighting illuminated the stage, getting brighter and brighter until we couldn't see the characters. They dimmed again, revealing Sam in Oda Mae’s place, a golden light reflecting on him. It was the most romantic thing I've ever seen!

I know I'm moaning Myrtle, but just for tonight, I'm now merry Myrtle – because I don't see how anyone could moan about this show! The acting was incredible, the songs will be stuck in my head and I shall sing them to pass the time in the girls’ bathroom back home, but most importantly, it made a great change from the bleak, damp walls of a toilet cubicle.

Congratulations to all cast and crew behind the show, and the one thing I'll say is to Sam – if eternal paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be…you can share my toilet.