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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. 💙

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.