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22/04/21

Welcome back to Cucina! We are so glad to have you back, providing us with lovely meals just like Tuesday’s chicken katsu and stir fry! https://t.co/H8jOmT5D5q

19/04/21

The first blog of the new term... https://t.co/rjeDSovd7i https://t.co/XASqauLk7R

14/04/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

07/04/21

Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

06/04/21

Flashback to last week, when we had the pleasure of hosting the immunisation team... as always our students were exemplary in their attitudes towards the team and their immunisations. Thank you Mrs Jones for organising it all so well. https://t.co/QpgoZL5Znf

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

02/04/21

Retweeted From NHS

Parents and support bubbles of school children can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now. Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms, and could be spreading it without knowing.

02/04/21

Wishing our community a safe and happy break. Thank you for all your support this past term 😊 https://t.co/lgPUooZ7m0

31/03/21

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for Lead Practitioners in English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies and French (MFL), to start in September. You can read all the relevant information, and apply, here: https://t.co/P46YUYUIfI https://t.co/Zt1A7MOIOd

31/03/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

29/03/21

The weekly blog post from our headteacher is here... https://t.co/TdregVI57Y https://t.co/wBKl0kweE9

25/03/21

Thank you, we are very proud of our performers! 👏👏👏

25/03/21

A new blog post: A Poem For Our Time: https://t.co/0ZLgeEMuJi https://t.co/EZto7EIjJK

24/03/21

Despite the challenges, our Year 9 students are continuing to work towards their Bronze awards. Take a look at some of the delicious dishes the students have been cooking up as part of learning a new skill! https://t.co/0foyfIJTSG

24/03/21

Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

22/03/21

The Music department has organised a Spring Concert this Thursday at 4pm, live on YouTube: https://t.co/71rIHeTYii https://t.co/XdETI3UwIo

20/03/21

It’s Census day tomorrow - students do you know why, and the part you play? https://t.co/PykN3cTMo8

18/03/21

Thank you !

18/03/21

Don’t forget to donate your £2 for tomorrow’s non-uniform day! https://t.co/qTeSW4xJtD

15/03/21

A positive list from our headteacher this morning... https://t.co/BCwd9l6dly

15/03/21

Our new virtual choir project is in aid of Comic Relief, and is a cover of the ELO classic, "Mr Blue Sky" https://t.co/uTbok4fZIk - so like, share, and donate! https://t.co/KBsWJGlwN5 https://t.co/GN30yZUqoo

12/03/21

Rest-assured, no-one is leaving us, but it would be a great time for someone new join us at our wonderful school! https://t.co/g2qTpsq6v0

11/03/21

This is brilliant! Well done, Topaz class - we can’t wait to see you in the virtual flash mob! https://t.co/AavhZL0r6x

10/03/21

How wonderful to see! Well done Amethyst, we can’t wait to see you in the flash mob! https://t.co/mtlO2cfzYs

10/03/21

Our Year 11 students have painted their feelings about what it’s like to be back at school... we know how you feel! 😊 Welcome back! https://t.co/ACtTAolAwP

08/03/21

Have we become masters at expecting the unexpected? https://t.co/wyGWUWqaMT https://t.co/H0xIZVgBvl

08/03/21

A massive thank you from Miss Adkins and her students to the psychologists who gave up their time to talk with them last week. It’s been such a great opportunity for them to see how psychology is used “in the real world.”

08/03/21

Apologies - we sent out a new link over the weekend and will double-check that it’s okay again today.

08/03/21

Good morning. The daily LF test is currently not able to be used as an alternative to isolation, in the event that someone is identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.

05/03/21

We love the message conveyed here in this video from . We cannot wait to have our whole community together again, we’ve missed you! https://t.co/JKFp1VEGeN

05/03/21

What can double the chance of a child becoming good at reading? https://t.co/jrqWmmDakA https://t.co/0CUhniQ2Pt

05/03/21

If you have been inspired by this week’s activities you can download your own career action planner to help get you start planning your future. https://t.co/7qyXCBkCAk https://t.co/iE25cs2VGE

05/03/21

Phew! Fortunately Teams is working as usual 😊 https://t.co/1vEHDmmBLW

05/03/21

We have some IT network issues this morning and it will likely affect our live lessons, unfortunately. Our IT Team is working hard to fix the problem and we will let our families know what the impact is shortly. Apologies.

04/03/21

And we’re off! Join our auction on our YouTube channel right now! Good luck everyone... 🖼 https://t.co/Wg0jtLDhRU

04/03/21

has teamed up with to create an interactive What’s your story? activity booklet. It’s been designed to help primary school children discover more about careers in publishing but perfect for Y7 too. We love it! https://t.co/QNQ1ClxZHP https://t.co/me22jcEiP7

04/03/21

programmes are happening this summer! Sign your teen up today to learn new skills, gain confidence, stay away from home and make a real difference this summer! Places are limited so don’t miss out. Visit https://t.co/4NgngzYqTF https://t.co/dBNEoBzevb

04/03/21

According to our Art Auction page there's only 8hrs 49mins 50secs, no wait, 8hrs 49mins 20secs, no wait... let's just say we're excited! What's more, professional artists Jack Durling and Mr Doodle have donated pieces - Have a look at our auction page: https://t.co/ILFkXSrs65 https://t.co/CpFKoPQnnj

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