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26/02/20

Thank you to for hosting us this evening. We enjoyed meeting Year 5 parents and children https://t.co/nBzmDxC053

26/02/20

Not long now until bookings close for our free Dementia Café event! Book your spaces soon before they’re all gone! https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/2P9l8bG9Qt

23/02/20

Coffee, cake decorating and a clay workshop! Join us on March 6th for our second Dementia Café event! Click here to book your free place: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/3yle40gEKQ

21/02/20

When Park Life Digital launches on Monday 2 March, get ready to be a bit more interactive... https://t.co/9tg3weLWBS

20/02/20

Just over a week to go for our second Dementia Café event on March 6th! There are still places available. Click here to book your place: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/HiVfk8qlTy

18/02/20

If you're used to receiving Park Life Magazine through the post, then get ready for a little change, because on Monday 2 March, we're going Digital... https://t.co/GB7HdVYRJP

17/02/20

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Would you like to join our friendly team? We are looking for an IT Manager - you can find all the details here... https://t.co/NVtRnXZ34b

17/02/20

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Do you have experience in website content and social media? Come and join our team in this exciting term-time role! https://t.co/BviP2p3Z2c

17/02/20

Well done to all our Bronze Award winners last week - we hope you’re as proud of your achievements as we are. https://t.co/ZIVL61gMie

13/02/20

The launch date for issue one of Park Life Digital is Monday 2 March. The countdown has begun... https://t.co/vQTBBMSXx5

13/02/20

There are only a few seats remaining for tonight's performance of Legally Blonde, so book now to avoid disappointment! 01622 656161 https://t.co/09M8TzHhWZ

12/02/20

After a successful Christmas Party event, our sixth form Decaf (Dementia Café) team are organising another event on 6th March between 11am and 2pm, including a clay workshop. Book your free tickets now: https://t.co/lsctKuce8t https://t.co/BainWPzCKH

07/02/20

School music groups “The Chapters” and “Accord” have participated in Regional Festival this afternoon in Islington. Well done everyone! https://t.co/UINbvi41JA

07/02/20

6th Form students attended the Apprenticeship Fair at Mote Park this morning, hosted by . They engaged with local & national businesses, learning first-hand about the latest opportunities available.

06/02/20

Good evening, please would you call us tomorrow, or send us an email? We completely understand that some students’ journeys are inflexible owing to public transport so would like to discuss. Thank you.

06/02/20

Employers! Follow the hashtag between 12-2pm today and join in the conversation!

05/02/20

Follow the hashtag between 12-2pm today and join in the conversation!

05/02/20

Here's an apprenticeship focused parent/carer pack - just for you.  https://t.co/JGmTGBAQqI. Download the quick apprenticeship guide in 7 translated pages including Arabic, Latvian, Pashto, Romanian, Urdu, Polish and Punjabi https://t.co/HnpWHVQpY7

05/02/20

VP Alum, Sam Noakes, delivered a punchy year 10 assembly yesterday morning. Sam, a professional boxer, was recently signed by boxing promoter . He spoke about his at Valley Park and the importance of finding your passion and working hard to achieve it.

04/02/20

Our super stars, showing off how it’s done! https://t.co/QQnkbfsqGP

04/02/20

Opening night is only a week away for our latest production, Legally Blonde. Tickets are selling out... https://t.co/cHVTTvftDe

04/02/20

Year 7 students took part in the Kent Police ‘Is It Worth It?’ School Tour this morning to talk about online safety in a fun and interactive way. https://t.co/mTk15YGyfD https://t.co/4g2ZFpGTCp

04/02/20

Did you know, from April 2020, the National minimum wage for apprentices will rise from £3.90 to £4.20 but many employers will pay a lot more? Check out some of these amazing apprenticeship salaries: https://t.co/qKlPQ4OqpE

04/02/20

These five famous people studied an https://t.co/PfkG25QYkW

03/02/20

Thank you and we are excited to be getting started!

03/02/20

Want to attend an apprenticeship-related event locally and get connected to local employers? Discover opportunities and get involved: https://t.co/LCZs7vtmuA https://t.co/oA6r0IbTu2

03/02/20

Read about three who work for Kent County Council here: https://t.co/YILuUfx9XT

03/02/20

On 28 January, a group of Year 12 Psychology students went to the University of Kent to participate in a ‘Students as Researchers’ workshop with the School of https://t.co/0vk1zhjsMk https://t.co/cDgxTpPhy5

03/02/20

On 24 January, Psychology students had an inspiring talk from counsellor Janina Malyon. They saw how theoretical concepts are used beyond the classroom to support people with mental health disorders. https://t.co/M6v67RUZSJ https://t.co/gjzdPlZ8jz

03/02/20

An is real work (it’s certainly not just making tea), with the opportunity to gain qualifications up to degree level. Want to know what sectors you can undertake an apprenticeship in? You can find out here: https://t.co/5kD2hgLqQ7

03/02/20

Our scholars have turned their creativity into subject-specific works of art. We can’t wait to see the end results! https://t.co/ZN40s2eIYi

31/01/20

Fire up your career with thousands of employers offering apprenticeships right now https://t.co/ofGH2IK8rb https://t.co/MJa7J3vtiW

31/01/20

Next week Valley Park School are getting involved with , helping our students to . To start you off, you can find a quick-guide to apprenticeships here: https://t.co/RglK5D7T6k

30/01/20

Year 9 Health and Social Care students have been completing their “Baby Egg” project. Here’s a small selection of their antics. https://t.co/v9NaVaudwo

30/01/20

Our year 12 BTEC Diploma in Sport students were provided with an invaluable introduction into studying in a higher education environment last Friday, when they participated in a number of fitness tests at Canterbury Christchurch University... https://t.co/4r6lZ447qb https://t.co/3ARbePAhpj

29/01/20

With superb conduct throughout their mock exams since we returned in January, Year 11 started to unpick key revision points from the mocks on yesterday’s Focus Day https://t.co/cybSzah0Be

28/01/20

Another powerful day with - what an inspiring story https://t.co/ylC6qTbNkX

28/01/20

Maidstone Wind Symphony competition entries are coming along nicely https://t.co/z84pJxp4vT

28/01/20

Only two weeks to go until the first night of Legally Blonde. Tickets are selling out, so be sure to get yours! https://t.co/ejn0nYCULX

28/01/20

It takes so many different elements to make up a school, but our form tutors are vital. A survey of students last week told us that students feel their form tutors solve their daily problems. https://t.co/SFA2ysooSa

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