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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. 💙

Betty Blue Eyes

Valley Park Productions put on a pig of a show in July 2015. We asked two of the cast how they prepared for their roles...

Josephine Biggs: 'Mother Dear'

'The story revolves around Joyce and her husband Gilbert, who've recently moved to Shepardsford, but haven't found the popularity or fortune Joyce is looking for. Gilbert is 'only' a chiropodist without his own shop, so he can't 'roll in and declare victory' as Joyce is hoping.'

'After being refused the sale of an empty shop on the parade by the villainous men on the council, the chances of Joyce and Gilbert ever being made into respected members of the village is beginning to look unlikely.'

'In revenge, Joyce and Gilbert steal a pig which is intended to be eaten at a private function in celebration of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Phillip.'

'Stealing the pig is difficult, but it's made even harder by the merciless Meat Inspector Wormold, who's on the prowl for anyone who has anything to do with the sale or consumption of illegal meat.'

'To make this near impossible feat worse, Mother Dear has no idea what to say and what not to say, which makes keeping the pig a secret even more difficult.'

'I performed the part of Mother Dear, the old and cantankerous mother of Joyce. I particularly loved to play this part as she was such a complicated person to play.'

'On the first night my slipper accidentally came off. I just picked it up, grunted, looked at the audience, back at the shoe, then shoved it back on again. The audience found it funny, whereas I was just thankful no one realised I'd tripped!' 

'At the start, I had trouble trying to figure out the correct posture for a woman of 74, but Mr Gleadall gave a demonstration which helped enormously.'

'With the assistance of Maisie Barden, who applied my wrinkles each night, and the make-up girls who sprayed my hair grey, I really did look the part! '

'I came home looking like a back-up dancer from the ‘Thriller’ music video, but it was so effective when I was onstage.'

'Undoubtedly my favourite scene was 'Pig, no pig'. All the players in this scene were completely reliant on each other to carry the song. This made it so much more effective for the audience. '

'When I first heard it, I was worried that I'd never be able to remember it. As it happened, the problem was not remembering it, but trying to get it out of our heads. By the time show week arrived we were at the point of singing it in our sleep!'

'I was quite disappointed when we couldn't use the real Betty, but I feel it would have made things a lot more difficult, trying to steer her around the stage and it would have been too much for her.'

'Overall, I'd say Betty has been my favourite show so far. After 5 months of rehearsing together, the whole cast became one big family. Standing on the stage with so many brilliant young actors and actresses, this whole experience has been an achievement for us all.'

Ben Anderton: 'Gilbert Chilvers'

'I played Gilbert Chilvers, a kind hearted man with an ambition to have his own surgery on the parade. Playing Gilbert required me to soften up like his character as he was always being pushed around by his wife and the town council.'

'When our director, Mr Gleadall, explained Gilbert's background and experience to me, I began to feel for him as a character. In my previous show, 'Miss Saigon', I played a Vietnamese General. He was a violent, mean person, so transitioning to a character like Gilbert was really interesting.'

'In preparation for the show, I often went to the farm to spend time with Betty and Hetty, our farm pigs, so they could get used to me, and I to them. This is so when it came to the show nights they wouldn't panic on stage.'

'During the song, 'The Kind of Man I am', I was required to hold a knife to Betty. She had to stay very still as this was the part of the show which required me to 'kill' her. I was afraid she would panic as I would be holding a sharp object at her! Sadly, we weren’t able to use Betty for the real show, but it would’ve been a great experience performing with a live animal!'

'When Haydn Oakley came to Valley Park to help prepare us for the show,  (see last issue) he had a session with Cathy Butler (Joyce), Josie Biggs (Mother Dear) and myself.'

'The song we chose for him to help us with was 'Pig, no pig'. Haydn gave us lots of tips to help us develop this hilarious scene, as he had performed the show in the West End.'

'What I really loved about the show was the songs. I think everyone who watched or was in this show would agree that you would get at least one song stuck in your head, especially 'Betty Blue Eyes'.

'The rehearsal for this song was hilarious and there was no one else I would rather work with on that song than Sam Murray (Mr. Allardyce). It was a great song and really catchy as were most of the songs in the show!'

Betty the Pig