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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

Homework

Is homework the most dreaded thing about moving up to secondary school?  Even if it isn’t, it is certainly the one thing that we are asked about most frequently, even after students have been at Valley Park for some time. 

Why? Well, it is probably because homework requires a significant commitment beyond the end of the school day.  Not only that, but home learning tends to change between primary and secondary schools.  

What can you expect?

We set homework in the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) at Key Stage 3 every week, and these pieces of homework should take up to an hour each.  Other subjects also set homework, although this might only be once per fortnight, owing to the fact that your child will have a two-week timetable.

On their first day at Valley Park, your child will be issued with their homework planner, which will contain a copy of their timetable, some general information (including some subject support pages) but, arguably most importantly, also a daily diary. Students will be encouraged to record their homework when it is set in their planner so that they have a single point of reference for tracking homework when they arrive home each evening.  Parents/carers are asked to monitor and sign the planner each week (there is space to write a note, too, if desired), as it is a key means of communication between home and school; your child’s form tutor will also check and sign the planner weekly.

We know the transition between schools can be particularly challenging when it comes to homework, so do encourage your child to talk to you, or to one of their teachers or their form tutor, if they have worries or concerns.  Home learning is an important part of a child’s education, but it should not be to the detriment of their wellbeing.

Homework Support Centre

Some students prefer to arrive at home knowing that all their homework is already completed and, for these students, our Homework Support Centre takes place every day after school in the Library between the following times: 

Monday to Thursday 3.05 pm – 4.30 pm • Friday 3.05 pm – 4.00 pm

Staff are available to support students with their homework at the Homework Support Centre, and so it is an ideal opportunity for students to obtain some support with prioritising their workload, planning a piece of work or even locating the resources that they need to use. 

Students who attend the Homework Support Centre may avail themselves of the facilities provided by the Library environment, so they have a range of resources available, including computers, books, journals, periodicals and – of course – peace and quiet!  

The Library has printing and copying facilities and is open from 8:00 am daily. Do encourage your child to visit it soon after their start at Valley Park, to introduce themselves to Ms Holmes, our Librarian. Ms Holmes can always be relied upon to recommend a good reading book…

What can you do to help?

We are always on hand to support and answer questions if needed, but there are also some small things that make all the difference at home. For example, talking about new secondary school routines can help to normalise change more rapidly. Does your child have a plan for what they are going to do when they come home from school?  Will it be homework first, or a break until dinner? There is no single right answer to this question, it’s just a matter of finding the best way for your family.

Is there a quiet space available that is free from distractions at home, or would your child benefit from attending our Homework Support Centre instead? It is well documented these days that electronic devices are a distraction, but establishing expectations right from the start means that everyone knows where they stand, and it can help to avoid nightly arguments, too!

Having regular conversations about homework, and your child’s use of their planner can be very insightful and can help students to become more adept at prioritising their workload.  If your child feels overwhelmed, is it because they are spending longer than an hour on one piece of homework? You can always contact us to find out whether they are struggling with a straightforward task or (and this is more common) diligently trying to complete a task that is in fact open-ended.

It is worth remembering that the quantity of homework will build gradually for students as they progress through school and have to fulfil the increasing demands of GCSE, vocational and A Level courses. In Key Stage 3, we know that students are only just beginning their secondary school careers so, in Year 7, we are encouraging our students to acquire great independent home learning habits, ready for the future.

Clay turtle

We have enjoyed seeing FO’s quiet spot during lockdown, where she has baked and then decorated this turtle.  FO is currently at VIPS at Eastborough.