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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...

01/10/20

The most beautiful rainbow has appeared over our first ever virtual open event! Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far and we look forward to meeting more of you over the next couple of days 🌈 https://t.co/MJO3nIx07q

01/10/20

Good afternoon! Not for tonight but we still have spaces available tomorrow...

01/10/20

The lectern is up, and the Head Boy and Girl presentations are underway! Good luck everyone! https://t.co/v0chBMNUtQ

01/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

“Alexa, What do I need to know about you?”💬 It’s our turn to help! This week’s focus is on Amazon Alexa. From insecure devices to privacy concerns, our guide has all you need to ensure your kids use Alexa safely. Download >> https://t.co/kUzcTtl7hx https://t.co/7vJQJgWKw2

01/10/20

Are you joining us this afternoon for a socially-distant tour? Don’t forget to bring your face covering, your ticket, and a mobile device with data enabled. 🎫 📲 😷 There is limited parking here on site but you can also park in Sittingbourne Road car park. 🚗 See you soon! https://t.co/RbAQrtsUkj

CATS

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘Cats’ was performed by our students in February 2014. Cree, who played ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in the show, relates his experiences...

‘Cats’ was a highly enjoyable journey. We all gained new skills and experiences we’ll never forget. During the winter shows, we normally perform on the stage in the school hall. However, this time was an exception. The cast were told we would be performing ‘in the round’, which is in an arena-type stage. Instead of a basic theatre, where the audience view the show from the front, the audience surround the stage instead. Theatre-in-the-round removes the fourth wall and brings the actor into the same space as the audience.

At first, we were quite apprehensive; we hadn’t performed in the round before, so we didn’t know how it was going to work. In addition to this, we were told that the stage would rotate! However, despite initial doubts amongst the cast, the stage looked incredible, and we all managed to balance on the rotating stage without too much trouble.

The major challenge for any actor performing in the round is reaching four different sections of audience, so nobody misses out on anything. We all adapted to these new dimensions impeccably and the audience were captured by every minute of our performance.

The majority of our previous shows didn’t include half as much choreography as ‘Cats’, so it came as a welcome challenge for the cast, and people managed to learn dance moves they didn’t even know existed! Indeed, many of the cast had never tried dancing before, and have since chosen to pursue their new-found skills further, increasing fitness levels and flexibility. Although, personally I’ll never be able to do the splits!

The costumes were quite unorthodox, as they didn’t resemble the original ‘Cats’ attire. Instead of the tight-fitting lycra usually associated with the show, they were actually boiler suits, but they looked very convincing, and each costume represented the unique personality of each cat. No theatre costume is complete without makeup, and for the first time we had our own makeup artists. They were a mixture of staff members and students, who were there every single night to make sure we went on stage looking as feline as possible.

Pre-show preparations ran at maximum; makeup artists arrived at 3:30pm and didn’t leave until the start of the show at 7:30pm. They used a ‘conveyer-belt’ method to ensure each cast member had their own individual makeup, with some of the makeup artists even being in the cast! Without them, the show would not have been anywhere near as good as it was. The cast can’t even begin to express their appreciation for them.

The lighting was a highlight of the show. The overture had no cast members involved. Instead, it showcased our technical talents, and still managed to engage the audience entirely. Both sound and lighting were on top form for the production, and it really managed to enhance the quality of our performance.

‘Cats’ was an intense performance, with no members of the cast leaving the stage area. We interacted with the audience during the interval; it was impressive how everybody managed to maintain their character for so long. It also gave us occasion to play with improvisation and spontaneity. I seized the moment to interact with the Mayor of Maidstone, who had no choice but to let me play with his livery collar (the gold chain of office round his neck) as if I were a cat. It was an experience neither of us were prepared for!