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26/10/20

Have you entered your pumpkin? Check out the last newsletter for details! https://t.co/rRQ72ep8Po

24/10/20

🎶 https://t.co/peUx5EOcpM

24/10/20

The Autumn break is here! Thank you to all members of our community for your support over the past term and we look forward to seeing everyone back, refreshed, next term. https://t.co/RbrklyRNot

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With children as young as 13 being treated for online gaming addiction and classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition, it’s something that needs to be discussed. 🎮 Find out the good, bad & ugly of online gaming in our latest blog >> https://t.co/zeMsKEiJz9 https://t.co/Ze746dFHsl

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Download the guide, become a legend⚔️ For this week's , our guide focuses on the extremely popular battle arena game 'League of Legends'. Learn about the potential risks for children & how to tackle them as a parent / carer >> https://t.co/QT5WhaYFTd https://t.co/6rxYcRzR7x

22/10/20

Are you considering joining us in September 2021? Here is a message for you from our Head Boy and Head Girl: https://t.co/VIDuzBtxBI

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

Welcome: Parents & Carers

Umbrella crayonsThe unprecedented circumstances in which we currently find ourselves have only served to heighten our anxieties, and what a time it is to make the move to secondary school!  I wonder how many parents and carers feel like their role is similar to the one pictured on the left - I think perfectly - by KH who is currently at Ditton Junior School?

I hope this section of our website will help to make you a little more familiar with Valley Park, and that it will enable you to visualise what school life might be like from September, in spite of us being unable to welcome you into the school buildings at this time.

We take great pride in our transition programme and believe that it makes a real difference in helping students to adapt and grow to meet the demands of secondary school, whilst recognising that this change is not going to happen automatically or straight away.  

As you will appreciate, we are running our transition programme very differently this year and I thought it would be sensible to set out the activities which we already have in place to help your child settle in and adapt to life at Valley Park.

Many things have already been happening behind the scenes, with my colleagues contacting our feeder primary schools to find out about your child and their future classmates. This includes information about their academic performance, strengths and weaknesses but also what they are like socially and what support they are likely to need, from the perspective of their current teachers. Most importantly, you will be receiving a link to an online form which gives you the opportunity to tell us about your child too!

Separately to this, I will be writing directly to your child to welcome them into our community. We would normally be looking forward to hosting them in our actual building for two induction days in July but it looks highly unlikely that this will be happening and so we will be creating a new email address so they can message us with their questions, things they are worried about or just little things they want to know... When we have had a chance to review these, we intend to produce a short ‘film’ to address the most common questions and hopefully to take away some of the uncertainty and worries that are, unfortunately, inevitable at this time.

As Mrs Hutchinson mentions in her introduction, we will be in touch to share some messages and tips from our youngest students in Year 7 and Year 8 – they have reflected upon their own time, right back to when they first joined us, and want to offer some words of advice and encouragement to your child, too.

When your child does start with us in September, we know they are going to be worried about certain things. They are going to take a while to adapt but please do everything you can to reassure them that we're aware of their concerns; this is what we do, year after year! Very little surprises us anymore but - if it would help to reassure you and your child - please do get in touch with us.

In September, Year 7 students start slightly earlier than the rest of the school so that they can have the building to themselves, to start to find their way around.  For the first week, we shorten the lesson before lunch to ensure that all new Year 7 students get to the canteen first and get their food before the rest of the school. There are also plenty of teachers to help students to find the right classrooms and to support them. There is a series of small but significant things that we do to make things easier for new arrivals, and September is a time when the whole school comes together to welcome our new students – our older students are always genuinely eager to help and support.

Once the academic year has got underway, we will hold a ‘Meet the Tutor’ event where you will be invited to talk with your child’s Form Tutor (the teacher who sees your child every morning before lessons commence). Whilst it will be too early in the academic year to discuss academic progress, the main aim is to welcome you to our school and to discuss how your child has settled in. It's a good opportunity to discuss ways in which we can help and any further support that may be needed, although you can of course contact us before the event itself.

The remainder of this section of the website provides some of the key pieces of information that explain more about how we operate. There will, of course, be more information in September so we have picked the most significant items for now.  Some of this information tells you about how the school runs on a day to day basis, and some of it is information we're obliged to share with you at this stage.

I look forward to meeting you all in due course and to hearing about how your child has settled in.

 

Kind regards,

 

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