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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. 💙

Evita

When Valley Park Productions performed Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's Evita, booth singer Kyle Siwek kept a backstage diary of his experience...

Evita Diary

Monday: Dress rehearsal

We gathered in the hall and the cast were given their costumes ready for the dress rehearsal. After the orchestra arrived, we began to rehearse. The musicians sounded amazing and both cast & crew sang their hearts out for their directors. While some things needed fixing, it was a real help to all the actors and crew.

Tuesday: First night

The company were buzzing with first night fever. After notes from Mr G, the audience filed in, costumes and make up were applied, and the first act began. During the interval, the traditional hot cross bun was eaten by myself & fellow booth singer, Tom Dixon.

The second act began with the iconic balcony scene. Evita, played by Nicole Kakel, was raised up on a hydraulic lift (cunningly disguised as a balcony) so she can address her citizens as the new First Lady of Argentina. 

One down, four to go!

Wednesday

As Costumes & make-up were once again applied, year six students from local primary schools assembled in the hall for the matinee performance, which was given with much enthusiasm by the cast. After a short break, the cast returned to prep themselves for the second performance of the day.

'Requiem' was performed with great energy to an (almost) packed house. The interval continued a little too long as the orchestra were late for the start of act two, but that just added to the audience's anticipation.

Three down, two to go!

Thursday

After notes, I had to re-apply seat numbers to the racked seating (not going to pretend that was fun), and helped prepare goodie bags for VIP night. I sat down on my red stool, adjacent to the orchestra, ready to begin. The first act went incredibly well but the hot cross bun I ate during the interval was even better. Mmm!

The second act was performed with just as much gusto as the first and the VIPs were incredibly impressed.

Four down, only one left to go!

Friday

One of the cast member's mothers had made a cake for everyone involved in the show which was really delicious! After helping the cast get ready for the last performance, I swept the floor of the hall before sitting down on my red stool for the last time.

The first act was fantastic; the singing and orchestra sounded amazing. After the last interval, and my last hot cross bun, I readied myself to sing for the last balcony scene. 

Why does this have to end?

After a flawless second act, the audience cheered as the cast took their bows before going back stage. We cheered Mr Gleadall and give cards and flowers to the teachers. Everyone was so happy but incredibly sad that it was all over.

Mayor Moriarty's Missive

After VIP night, the Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Daniel Moriarty, wrote to the school to express his thanks. Parts of his letter are quoted here...

The performance of Evita left me somewhat breathless, yet elated to have been there to witness such a spectacular performance that would not be out of place in the West End.

I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, beautiful costumes, superb songs and singing voices, and the backdrop. A fantastic soundtrack, that is still stuck in my head, was really done justice by the strong singing voices of the cast. 

Everyone looked very comfortable on the stage and really gave their all taking on some powerful numbers.  It was that good I was convinced that it had to be a CD playing.

It was indeed a most enjoyable evening at the theatre.  I congratulate you all.  For me it will remain a fond memory of an evening I thoroughly enjoyed during my term as Mayor of Maidstone.