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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...

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.