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03/08/20

If you’re joining our new Year 7 in September, it’s not too late to complete a Transition Workshop. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on! https://t.co/Rf2IIjDL6w

30/07/20

Retweeted From MTW NHS Recruitment and Apprenticeships

Aged 15-19 and in need of some careers guidance? are hosting a FREE VIRTUAL CAREERS FAIR this August! There will be exhibits by & ! Book here ⬇️ https://t.co/2FXfWkQyxf https://t.co/ugmrcfByFI

28/07/20

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) ON 0300 1234496. Mental health and emotional wellbeing services are open for children and young people. We are . https://t.co/PfeoNbMwBW https://t.co/l8iy5de1Sr

28/07/20

We are sorry to hear that. The link was in the last letter of term and the survey is now closed. However, if you email our Manager account we can send you the direct link via email.

24/07/20

Woody hopes you’re enjoying the summer break as much as he is... Thanks to everyone who has completed our end of term surveys, we will be using your responses to plan our future developments. https://t.co/PwZE66ugCs

23/07/20

Well done, Mia! What beautiful 🦋- drawn by hand and electronically. We hope you had fun with this https://t.co/aV8f0iTH2A

23/07/20

Miss Collins has been busy creating a display of Memory Boxes, based on an Art project from last term. What would you put in yours? https://t.co/MNINk01Pxj

22/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

🚨 Submissions for our virtual Open Mic close at midnight TONIGHT! 🚨 If you're a young musician looking to share your music with the world, visit our website now to submit your piece for our virtual festival: https://t.co/GN6Bz1JYGF https://t.co/8EaPJTEwkb

22/07/20

Don’t forget, our end of year survey for parents and carers closes tomorrow. Tell us how the year has been! https://t.co/lpXnENOcrW

21/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

Are you an intermediate DJ? Join Seb in our virtual masterclass on 30th July as he shows you how to create a mini-mix with 10 of your own tracks, and guides you through different DJ techniques! 🎚️🎧 There are only six places - claim your spot now here: https://t.co/QgrprDFGwU https://t.co/r14GVCcxsz

20/07/20

It sounds fabulous!

20/07/20

Inspired by our Live Lounge event last week? 🎵 🎶 🎵 Want some musical entertainment and challenge over the summer break? Why not join in Day and Night Virtual Festival? More details on this brilliant event at: https://t.co/DRqar0K4ps https://t.co/YbU4tZbBoG

18/07/20

Well done, Hannah. This looks absolutely delicious! 😋 https://t.co/jABW5hNAb5

18/07/20

Thank you! We’re very proud of the Virtual Choir - and this is beautiful!

17/07/20

Have a safe and happy summer everyone! https://t.co/LKgms09o5n

17/07/20

Retweeted From NHS England and NHS Improvement

Congratulations Sir ! It's a privilege to share this moment with you — and wonderful to see the recognition of your contribution to our country and . 🎖️ 💙 https://t.co/3XkiNu8pWJ

16/07/20

The Valley Park Virtual Choir have done it again! Here's their new video: https://t.co/mXaCZfZOcz - and if that isn't enough for you, tune in at 2pm when the VVP Live Lounge goes, well, live! https://t.co/vnaKbbcG4h https://t.co/3skjbCcz43

15/07/20

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

It's time! Meet ÑO at 2pm TODAY. She will share her environmental engineer career and the kind of work she’s involved in with the company’s carbon ambitions. TUNE IN HERE NOW: https://t.co/EjfdpNzakm https://t.co/H6mAWKYRW9

15/07/20

There's a new computer science workshop on our Year 6 transition page. It shows you how to make a simple computer program. Have a go! https://t.co/8GstEnLJAT

15/07/20

Calling all students! Our end of year survey launches today - you have until the end of the day Friday to feed back to us on how this year has gone. Check your inbox for the link! 📝 https://t.co/igoGaj5NVs

13/07/20

The final blog of the [academic] year... https://t.co/2BB8hEG4En https://t.co/ulHMxaQpi2

13/07/20

It’s Sixth Form Induction this week! https://t.co/ZCmLPEBux5

12/07/20

This is really beautiful! Well done!

12/07/20

- What are you waiting for? https://t.co/Pc7g23XU1s

12/07/20

Some fascinating speakers coming up... https://t.co/dtm5pplB1A

12/07/20

Mr Moore, you know what to do if you have any leftovers, don’t you? Cannot wait to see all our students’ creations 😋 🍰 https://t.co/7Dv75X7dk1

11/07/20

- With 2 days to go, it's time for the classic double take... https://t.co/lwbaYM6m8i

10/07/20

It’s Race Night at Virtual VP! Can you believe that 7K has Usain Bolt running for them? Find out your form’s performance at https://t.co/SDoKnx3aH2 - good luck! 🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/Tro0NOi2uP

10/07/20

- is Mr Fuller singing? https://t.co/fJhb0F8zqN

09/07/20

Retweeted From Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society's programme aims to change the way we think, act and talk about dementia, to make the world a dementia-friendly place for people affected by the condition. Visit https://t.co/LGXii0Oqxi to become a today! https://t.co/7Z5gvhZGdV

09/07/20

Good luck, Year 6!

09/07/20

Well done, Hannah, this looks just the thing for the end of long day! 👍 https://t.co/tB0fpoVQmA

09/07/20

- Mr Sargent is retaining his cool... https://t.co/d6peLlzLd9

08/07/20

5 days to go and Mr Smith is losing it... https://t.co/chmH8lWlhi

08/07/20

On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. https://t.co/xI2XfgzFmF

08/07/20

Are you in Year 12 and applying to become a prefect? We are looking forward to reading your application... 🤞 https://t.co/w0AwOWpdeH

07/07/20

Thank you! 😊 This was such a lovely project!

07/07/20

Back in the Easter break, Keyworker Hub children worked with Ms Collins to create forget-me-not mementoes of this unique time. Now they have been turned into a commemorative display - how beautiful these ceramics look! https://t.co/Ull0wy7PG5

07/07/20

Ooooh, delicious! Well done Tiarna, this looks so good! https://t.co/3sCZb66dSD

07/07/20

...and we hope you like it... https://t.co/eQ1bUoQOuC

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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