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Issue Two

Spring 2014

Sport Relief Green Power Gilby’s Fundraisers 30 Cheers for Adventure Haka Workshop Banking on Experience The Bigger Picture Over the Sea to Skype The Best of... Art ...and much more!

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VALLEY PARK SCHOOL PRESENTS

OH WAR WHAT A LOVELY

Performing at the HAZLITT THEATRE Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL from Wednesday 9th July to Saturday 12th July at 7:30pm Preview Performance on Tuesday 8th July at 7:30pm Matinees on Thursday 10th July & Saturday 12th July at 2:00pm Tickets - Adults: £10.00, Children: £7.50 Family Ticket - 2 Adults & 2 Children: £30.00 Preview Tickets - Adults: £7.50, Children: £4.00 Group Rate - 1 FREE ticket for every 10 purchased! Available from the Valley Park Box Office: 01622 656161 or the Hazlitt Theatre Box Office: 01622 758611 JOAN LITTLEWOOD’S Musical entertainment OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast Title suggested by Ted Allan

An amateur production by arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD 2


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It was Sport Relief Day at Valley Park on Friday 21st March, and each Year Group had their turn to go that extra mile... green power

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ski diary

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Year 8 student Kyle Siwek went on this year’s ski trip and kept a diary, which he shares with you here... 30 cheers for adventure 23

The annual GreenPower F24 Competition is coming up, and a group of Key Stage Four students will be competing in a car they made at Valley Park School. Park Life visited their workshop to find out more…

Windmill Hill PGL Centre was recently host to 30 girls from Years 7-9, who attended a residential cheerleading and outdoor adventure activity weekend. Park Life swung into action to find our more...

haka workshop

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When choreographer Corey Baker was invited to Valley Park to teach dance to Year 7 boys, he chose a unique approach. Park Life reporters Jack Bennett and Billy Heath experienced the workshop firsthand... centre stage

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The latest Valley Park Production was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘CATS’, and Head Boy Cree RoseYoung, who played ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in the show, relates his experiences for Park Life... taekwondo win forreswon 16

Warhammer World Last issue (p22-23) we looked at Warhammer Club. Park Life went back to see how the war was progressing... globetrotters club Year 8 students Chloe Leipnik and Akua Oppey told Park Life about Geography Club... world book day Year 8 student Roddy Lucas told Park Life about the celebrations for World Book Day this year...

Year 11 student Reswon Rai is a black belt in Taekwondo. Park Life risked life and limb to find out more...

the best of... art

over the sea to skype

the bigger picture

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How often do students get to talk to authors of the texts they study? The usual English ‘A’ Level diet ensures that writers have been in their graves for many years, but for the Year 12 Language and Literature group, the opportunity was very real… banking on experience

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CVs, cover letters and interview skills were on the agenda when a team from Barclays visited a Year 13 Business Studies lesson. Aaron Woodward reports... gilby’s fundraisers

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Year 9 student Jack Gilby was diagnosed with cancer in July 2013. Yet on Sunday 16th March he completed the Marsden March in London. Park Life found out more about his journey...

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Art students from Valley Park won prizes and special commendations in ‘The Best of... Art’ competition 27

To mark International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, History students from Year 13 held a series of assemblies across the week. Park Life reporter, William Annis, was actively involved... acknowledgements: A big thank-you to all contributors. In no particular order: E Broadhurst, K Siwek, W Annis, C Rose-Young, A Woodward, L Harrington, D Pestell, H Martin, R Rai, C Standford, J DeJong, J Bennett, B Heath, R Standing, R A Smith, J Barfield, C Grant, L Mulligan, C Leipnik, A Oppey, R Lucas, G Johnson, B Everest, J Gilby. FOR MORE NEWS & ARTICLES: Why not subscribe to Valley Park News? Go to www.valleypark.kent.sch.uk/43/news and click on the RSS Feed icon. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter or Facebook by clicking on the icons on our homepage. 3


Park Life Magazine • Issue Two • Spring 2014 Main Photo: The red mile begins. Left: Why the long face? Below left: Red-garbed sprinters make a dash for it.

It was Sport Relief Day at Valley Park on Friday 21st March, and each Year Group had their turn to go that extra mile... Biennial Sport Relief is a charity event from Comic Relief, which takes place every other year. It raises money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. The heart of the campaign is the ‘Sport Relief Mile’. Sponsored To mark this event, each year group took it in turns to go up to the school field and complete a sponsored run or walk. Students were asked to change into fancy dress or to wear something red before completing their run. In 2012, the school raised just over £4,000 for Sport Relief, so this year, the school’s fundraising target was upped to £5,000. Cheer Routine To encourage all the students who took part, the newly-formed Valley Park Cheerleading Squad performed the routine they learnt at their ‘cheerleading and outdoor adventure activity weekend’ (see pages 22-23). 4


Park Life Magazine • Issue Two • Spring 2014 Right: The Valley Park Cheerleading Squad give the sprinters a run for their money. Below Middle: A grounded Superman watches as 3 trainer-tied Year 7 students jump towards the mile marker. Below Right: Threesies?

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Park Life Magazine • Issue Two • Spring 2014 Top Left: Charlie Goddard and Jack Bisson recycle an old stepladder to make the chassis. Top Right: Jay Thurston and Jack Bisson making the chassis. Bottom Left: The chassis of the car, made from recycled aluminium ladders and broken school chairs. Middle Right: Charlie Goddard trys out the car for size. Bottom Right: Sam Tebrooke, Ben Lawler and Ben Quinney attach the roll bars.

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power Contributors: C Standford, J DeJong

The annual GreenPower F24 Competition is coming up, and a group of Key Stage Four students will be competing in a car they made at Valley Park School. Park Life visited their workshop to find out more… Engaged with Engineering

“the car will be entered to race in the annual GreenPower F24 competition, competing against 170 other cars from schools all over the UK.”

have made performs.’ The car will be entered to race in the annual GreenPower F24 competition, competing against 170 other cars from schools all over the UK. Funding

The project has been running since November 2012, and includes students from across Key Stage Four.

Valley Park have obtained funding from Toyota GB, who sponsor projects through local dealers. By the time you read this, Andrew Bullimore, Brand Manager at Beadles Toyota in Maidstone, will have visited during Focus Day to see how the project is developing, meet the students involved and present a cheque to the school.

Sustainable Technology

Goodwood

Students also gain an understanding of sustainable technology, and the engineering difficulties which have to be overcome to achieve this.

Beadles have offered support in other ways, too. Students will meet Toyota technicians to present and develop their ideas, and Beadles will provide transport to and from race events at Goodwood Motor Circuit on Sunday 8th June and Ford Dunton on Saturday 5th July.

‘GreenPower F24 is exciting and competitive,’ said Mr Standford, who oversees the enterprise. ‘It allows students to get involved in a national competition, and become engaged with engineering and technology.’

‘GreenPower Club has given me the incentive to continue other engineering projects outside of school,‘ said Year 11 student Jay Thurston, ‘and I’m looking forward to the race to see how the car that we

Park Life Magazine wishes them the very best of luck, and will let readers know how they get on in the next issue.

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haka workshop Contributors: J Bennett, B Heath

When choreographer Corey Baker was invited to Valley Park to teach dance to Year 7 boys, he chose a unique approach. Park Life reporters Jack Bennett and Billy Heath experienced the workshop first-hand...

to learn and repeat each phrase of the chant all together (reproduced below), then combine them with the moves (see photos opposite). It was quite hard, as none of the words were in English.

Māori war dance

In the afternoon, they performed to Mr Ashdown and an unsuspecting class of music students.

The year 7 boys at Valley Park School participated in a brilliant event which involved us doing a dance called ‘The Haka’, a traditional Māori war dance, which displays a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping and rhythmic bodyslapping to accompany a loud chant. You may have seen a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before a rugby match. Warm-up A New Zealand dance choreographer called Corey Baker came to teach us the Haka moves and words. We had to warm up our muscles and voices first, by jumping and running with big strides. It really got your heartbeat going. Ka Mate After the warm up, Corey taught us the Māori Ka Mate Haka. We had 8

“The kids where fantastic and very energetic and engaged,” said Corey Baker. “I hope they continue to practise the Haka and use it before their sports games and as group building.” The Ka Mate Haka Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Will I die, Will I die, Will I live, Will I live Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Will I die, Will I die, Will I live, Will I live Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru This is the hairy man Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā Who brought the sun and caused it to shine Ā, upane! ka upane! A step upward, another step upward! Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra! A step upward, another... the Sun shines!

Top Left: Corey Baker instructs Year 7 students how to chant the Ka Mate Haka. Top Right: The next stage of the process was learning how to fit the chant to the haka moves. Middle: One group of Year 7 students perform their haka to the other group. Bottom: Year 7 students give it their all as they perform to an unsuspecting music group.


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centre s ta g e Reporter: Cree Rose-Young

The latest Valley Park Production was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘CATS’, and Head Boy Cree Rose-Young, who played ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in the show, relates his experiences for Park Life...

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.

In the round

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

‘CATS’ was a highly enjoyable journey. We all gained new skills and experiences we’ll never forget.

“Theatre-in-

the-round removes the fourth wall and brings the actor into the same space as the audience.”

Left: ‘Gus the Theatre Cat’ Craig Barden & Michaela Ajani

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the actor into the same space as the audience. Apprehensive Main Photo: ‘Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats’ Craig Barden

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. Challenge 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. Choreography 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!

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Right: ‘Growltiger’s Last Stand’

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Unorthodox

Preparations

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

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!

of each cat. Looking Feline 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.

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.

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Highlight The Addressing of Cats full cast

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. Staying in character ‘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.

Spontaneity 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!

“It was an experience neither of us were prepared for!”

Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat Main singer: Harry Harding

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Dear Mr Gleadall, I was invited to come and watch your production of ‘Cats’ last Friday evening. What can I say... it was utterly brilliant! In all the shows I have watched both in the West End and in provincial theatres, it was way up at the top of the list! I was so impressed with the way in which all the cats kept in character at all times. The costumes and make-up were stunning, the dancing 14

and choreography sensational, and the vocal performances were very impressive. How amazing to have so much talent in one school! Top marks to everyone involved. I had a lovely evening, and will not forget it for a very long time. Yours sincerely, Melody Dunn Principal of the Melody Marshall School of Dance


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To Whom it May Concern, I was fortunate to be in the audience of “Cats” on Tuesday and I thought it was absolutely wonderful, congratulations to the staff responsible. I loved the way the “cats” were acting all the time and interacting with the audience. The singing also was very good.

Dear Mr Ashdown, Thank you for inviting all year five to see Cats. Everybody liked the play, even all the teachers. It was amazing about that thing in the middle that twists. Yours sincerely, Matt

Well done to everyone Sheila Tomlinson

P.S. Thank-you

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taekwondo win f or r e s wo n

Year 11 student Reswon Rai is a black belt in Taekwondo. Park Life risked life and limb to find out more... Black Belt Reswon Rai has been learning Taekwondo for eight years, and currently holds a black belt. He regularly trains in his local gym, as well as at Brompton Army Camp. Silver Medal Last September, he won a silver medal in the British National Championships, and will be competing again as this issue of Park Life goes to press.

This is the third time Reswon has won silver; the first time was in the British National Championships in 2012, and the second was in the Taekwondo British International Open in July 2013. Competing Young He competes in the 13-15 years category, and at only 13 years old, Reswon is competing with teenagers up to 3 years older than him. His Dad, and friends from his Taekwondo group, go along to support and cheer him on. Going for Gold Reswon is delighted with his accomplishments so far, and is keen to win his first Gold Medal. Park Life wish him all the best in future Championships.

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Below Left: Reswon with the Silver Medal he won at the British International Open Below Right: Silver medals don’t come without plenty of prectice, and Reswon puts in more than his fair share.


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over the sea to skype Contributors: H Martin, D Pestell Right: Author Tim Butcher gives an insightful reply to one of the many questions that Skype host Harry Martin fielded his way during the 40 minute call to his home in South Africa.

How often do students get to talk to authors of the texts they study? The usual English ‘A’ Level diet ensures that writers have been in their graves for many years, but for the Year 12 Language and Literature group, the opportunity was very real…

“The experience was rewarding and helped us understand the book even more.”

Ten years ago, Tim Butcher wrote ‘Blood River’, a compelling account of his visit to the Congo in the heart of Africa, following in the footsteps of the great Victorian explorer Stanley. Tim now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, but thanks to a laptop and a Skype connection, 5000 miles and a two hour time difference vanished with the click of a mouse. “When Mr Pestell mentioned we could try and contact Tim Butcher himself, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Harry Martin, who hosted the call on behalf of his fellow students. “I emailed him and didn’t expect a

reply, so I was quite surprised when Tim replied so quickly and was keen to talk to my class.” Students spoke to Tim for forty minutes about how he had put ‘Blood River’ together and questioned him about current affairs and the history of Africa. Questions ranging from ‘How did you remember all the conversations you had?’ to ‘How much affect is the UN having on the Congo?’ were answered with enthusiasm and in detail. The author left students with an interesting observation; Stanley’s only two white companions on his exploration of the River Congo in 1876 both came from Maidstone. “The experience was rewarding and helped us understand the book even more,” added Harry. “We’d like to thank the IT department and Mr Grant in particular for his help.” 17


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banking on ex perience Reporter: Aaron Woodward Year 13 Business Studies students discuss business skills with staff from Barclays. Clockwise from left: Aaron Woodward, Jo Simpson, Charlie Scannell, Megan Page, Pamela Bourne, Robert Glenday.

CVs, cover letters and interview skills were on the agenda when a team from Barclays visited a Year 13 Business Studies lesson. Aaron Woodward reports... The first workshop was very useful. I examined my CV with a member of the Barclays team, which highlighted areas for improvement as well as areas I excelled in. I gained first hand advice and tips on applying for jobs, recruitment processes and questions relating to the Barclays job interview. A few weeks later, another group from Barclays conducted one-toone interviews. We applied for the position of ‘Retail Banking Customer Advisor’, and Barclays filmed our interviews to be used as part of their internal training. At the beginning of the interview process, we were graded on the 18

firmness of our handshake and how we introduced ourselves. Every twenty minutes, four students were escorted to their interview. We learnt that it’s vital to arrive early in business style dress, and have all documents ready. I researched Barclays & the position I was applying for, so I felt confident when answering questions. I also took a folder containing my covering letter, CV and the questions I wanted to ask, which I’ll use as evidence for my BTEC coursework. “Preparation by the students was brilliant,” said Allen Jenkins of Barclays. “Their answers were well structured and responses to our questions were mature and enlightening. Thanks to you all for making a great day!”

“students were very courteous and respectful.” celia gilbert, barclays

“I now feel a lot more confident when it comes to interviews in the future.” Aamir Rashid year 13


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fun dr a is e r s Some of the Year 9 students who wore different ties to help raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (from left to right): Louis Payne, Tola Ogunade, Jack Gilby, Amy Marks, Beth Pilling, and Tioluwani Adesola.

Jack’s justgiving.com page is still receiving donations for the Marsden March until April 16th 2014 .

Year 9 student Jack Gilby was diagnosed with cancer in July 2013. Yet on Sunday 16th March he completed the Marsden March in London. Park Life found out more about his journey... Following chemotherapy at Royal Marsden Hospital, Jack has been in remission from Burkitt Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. He has since been fundraising for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Year 9 students paid to wear brightly coloured ties for a day instead of the uniform green and gold, to help Jack raise his £300 target.

The Royal Marsden provides world-class diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients and carries out pioneering work in cancer research.

Jack then completed the annual ‘Marsden March’ on Sunday 16th March 2014, a 14 mile walk between the two Royal Marsden Hospitals in London, from Chelsea to Sutton.

“It was easy to start with,” said Jack, “but by mile 11 it started to take it’s toll!” Jack has raised a staggering 784% of his initial target (£2,352.50), thanks in no small part to his generous peers at Valley Park School, who raised £865.00 on the tie day, and Headteacher, Mr Ashdown, who agreed to match this amount. Jack wasn’t the only student from Valley Park on the March. Fellow Year 9 student, Lois Verlander, whose Aunt passed away in 2012 from Leukaemia, also completed the Marsden March for a second time this year. “The March was easier this year, because I was more prepared for it,” said Lois, “but it was still a bit tiring because it was so hot.”

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ski diary Reporter: Kyle Siwek Year 8 student Kyle Siwek went on this year’s ski trip and kept a diary, which he shares with you here...

Friday 14th February

ch. Raining as we piled onto coa el. nn Wind picked up as we hit cha cup Ferry very bumpy. Man with o int of tea went outside - tea blew ough his face. Funny! Went thr t. France and Germany overnigh Saturday 15th February

. 5:00pm; arrived at resort ts Attempted to try on ski boo for for tomorrow and ate pasta dinner. Benvenuti in Italia!!

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Main Photo: Folgaria, Italy

Sunday 16th February

’ 1st day of skiing - in Beginners es! group - fell over about 5 tim pe, slo Started off on small ad then went to main slope. H t, fas croissants & jam for break for lasagna for lunch, and pasta dinner. Monday 17th February

ay, Continued on big slope tod over same route as yesterday. Fell on only 3 times and failed to get and off chairlifts correctly… n Steak and chips for dinner, the d 2n e Quiz night - our group cam ctly to last out of about 7 - not exa general knowledge though.

Bottom Left: Mattia Pezzato on the Piste Bottom Middle: Amy Marks celebrates keeping upright Bottom Right: They’re poles apart!


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Tuesday 17th February

Third day of skiing. Did red ed route - didn’t fall over, but knock someone else off their skiis! ny Our instructor does this fun alia” thing where she shouts “It and and we all hold up our sticks shout “Uno”. co We had an amazing dis s’ am illi to celebrate Miss W Birthday. Wednesday 18th February

, Day Four - weather very misty de ma it snowed overnight which 10 skiing very hard. Couldn’t see , top meters in front of me at the ok but cleared up in afternoon. To slightly different route today. d Went into Folgaria an have shopped, then back to eria izz amazing pizzas in the P - absolutely delicious. “Pizzeria Italia”!

Thursday 19th February

eDay Five - only fell over onc est very relaxing, a good day. B top part of skiing was getting to ing. of tallest slope, it looked amaz ing Afterwards, we had our ski ieved certificate presentation . I ach for a bronze award and an award !). falling off chairlifts (not really Friday 20th February

ay, Went on epic skiing trail tod o nd from Fondo Piccolo to Fo ella. Grande and back to Martin ough Then onto coach back thr Italy, Germany & France. Saturday 21st February

Arrived at Calais on time but next ferries delayed so had to get an one. On arrival at Huntsm y’d Lane, parents waving like the see to py hap never left. They were ture us, we were sad - our ski adven was at an end.

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“Cheerleading was much harder than i thought. It’s not just stunts and tricks - you have to learn the basics first.”

The girls complete a warm up activity called ‘bunk beds’ to prepare for the cheerleading workshop.

jazz dayal, year 7

The Valley Park Cheerleading Squad experiment with group formations.

“in the space of a weekend, we learnt a lot of new skills.” callie christofi year 9 The girls learn the dance section of their routine.

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Park Life Magazine • Issue Two • Spring 2014 Main Photo: Angel Da’Silva dares to swing on the trapeze.

30 cheers for adventure Contributors: R Standing, R A Smith

Windmill Hill PGL Centre was recently host to 30 girls from Years 7-9, who attended a residential cheerleading and outdoor adventure activity weekend. Park Life swung into action to find our more... Wacky Races The weekend began with an evening of wacky races against Towers School in Ashford. The girls, dressed in wacky clothing and crazy hair, took part in races including rolling toilet rolls with their noses.

“the highlight of our weekend was being together and creating memories.” Holly spencer, year 8

Stunts & Tumbles On Saturday, the girls took part in cheerleading workshops, led by qualified British Cheerleading Association coaches, in order to develop a level 1 cheerleading routine. They were taught stunts, tumbles, lifts & dance moves, then learnt how to perform thigh stands and cheerleading formations. Pushing Boundaries After lunch, the girls pushed boundaries and overcame fears by trying the zipwire and trapeze. After a quick change, they further

developed the stunts section of their cheerleading routine. Disco Dance-offs After dinner, they headed out to a PGL disco with other cheerleading schools, and had a great time “cutting shapes” and competing in dance-offs. An Absolute Credit After a full Sunday of cheerleading, in which the girls learnt a Valley Park cheer chant and enjoyed another adventurous activity, they performed their routine to the other schools. “They looked fantastic,” said Miss Standing and Miss Smith, who accompanied the girls on the weekend, “and were an absolute credit to the school.” Cheerleading Spirit The girls, who took home two personalised hoodies that were made especially for the weekend, are now keen to keep the cheerleading spirit alive and will be fundraising to buy matting for an after-school club. 23


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Warhammer World Last issue (p22-23) we looked at Warhammer Club. Park Life went back to see how the war was progressing... Rewarding A team went to the Games Workshop in Maidstone on Saturday 8th February. They won 6 games to 3, making two wins in a row over Maidstone Grammar School. The first team won their heat 5 games to 4.

extra! Contributors: J Barfield, C Grant, L Mulligan, C Leipnik, A Oppey, R Lucas

“It was very rewarding to see the number of club members who turned up in support of their friends,” said Ms Barfield, one of the organisers. “At one point we had 12 students, various parents and three teachers in the store.” National Finals Both teams went through to the National Finals in Nottingham on the 20th March where they competed against other schools from around England. Although they didn’t get through to the next round, the students are already planning how to adapt their play for next year’s tournament... and beyond.

globetrotters club Year 8 students Chloe Leipnik and Akua Oppey told Park Life about Geography Club... Erupting Volcanoes Globetrotters club runs every Thursday from 3:05pm to 4:00pm. We discuss global issues and fundraise for countries in need. Currently we are exploring how to make volcanoes 24

that erupt and why this occurs. It isn’t like a geography lesson as we creatively look at issues by making models and posters. We have already tackled the issue in Lesotho where they suffer from severe drought and poverty. To raise money for action aid we had a cake sale. The money raised bought lifesaving equipment such as water pumps and tools which are key elements for farming and everyday life. Environmentally Friendly We also went down to the stream behind the farm and took measurements to find out how fast it flows and noted the gradient in different areas of the stream. We’re planning to make our school greener

Above: Year 9 team member Zack Brightman challenges a new opponent at the National Finals in Nottingham.

“In the future we are hoping to go on an all adventure orienteering trip”


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and more environmentally friendly by picking up litter from behind C block and hope to create a small natural space for nature to grow and develop without disruption. In the future we are hoping to go on an all adventure orienteering trip as well.

world book day Year 8 student Roddy Lucas told Park Life about the celebrations for World Book Day this year... Reducium! Above: When you’re members of the Globetrotters Club, you start locally, and work your way outwards...

To celebrate World Book Day 2014, Year 12 & 13 drama students performed abridged versions of various children’s classics, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Gruffalo, The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh and even performed the entire sevenbook Harry Potter series in twenty minutes. Book Fair

Above: Year 12 & 13 Drama students perform abridged versions of children’s books as part of World Book Day celebrations. Right: Year 12 Student, Harry Potter, casts a confusion spell dressed as fictional wizard James Mather for the Book Fair held in the OLC.

A Book Fair was held in the OLC on Thursday 6th March, and they sold popular books including The Hunger Games and Robert Muchamore. Sixth Form students dressed as fictional characters and helped man the stalls. Treasure Hunt On Friday, they hosted a Treasure Hunt, which was a huge success. Students had to go round school with a sheet and answer questions about famous books and authors that they found on classroom doors. Students then went back to the OLC were they claimed their prize.

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t he be st of art Contributors: G Johnson, B Everest Art students from Valley Park won prizes and special commendations in ‘The Best of... Art’ competition... Prizegiving At the prizegiving ceremony, which was held at Rochester Independent College on January 21st, Year 12 student Briony Everest, who achieved 3rd place in Category B (Years 8-11), collected her award. Enthusiasm “It was nice to be surrounded by people who shared my enthusiasm for art and appreciated the effort required to be successful,” said Briony. “I love my Ceramics lessons as they’re completely different from anything else, and allow you to create something you can be proud of. It was an honour to be selected.” Judges World-renowned artist, illustrator and cartoonist Ralph Steadman, who lives in Maidstone, and photographer Rikard Ősterlund, judged all the entries anonymously and were very impressed with the standard of work submitted. Winners Sixth Form student, Harvey Hall, achieved 1st place in Category C (1619), whilst special commendations were given to Caspian Reynolds, Josh Rogers, Michaela Ajani, Hayli Cherrill, Laura Ross & Amy Pinnington. 26

Valley Park students receive their awards at the prizegiving ceremony. Top: Briony Everest and her award-winning ceramic Middle: Harvey Hall and his award-winning photograph Bottom: Caspian Reynolds and his award-winning artwork


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the bigger picture Reporter: W Annis Left: The Year 13 History Class deliver their Holocaust Remembrance Assembly.

“We were inspired by the testimony of Holocaust survivor Janine Webber.”

To mark International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, History students from Year 13 held a series of assemblies across the week. Park Life reporter, William Annis, was actively involved...

Our nerves disappeared as soon as the assembly began, and as the week went by, our presentations became smoother, and the accumulation of all our weeks of dedicated hard work bore fruit.

Our assemblies commemorated the millions of individuals who were victimized and brutally killed in the Nazi’s state of terror. We challenged typical views of the Holocaust e.g. the Jewish boy in striped pyjamas being gassed to death in a concentration camp. The Holocaust is much bigger than this and remains one of the most horrific examples of genocide in modern history.

“The assembly was informative and touching,” said Year 10 student Michaela Ajani. “We must learn from these atrocities so history doesn’t repeat itself. ”

We were inspired by the testimony of Holocaust survivor Janine Webber, (see last issue, p.16). Janine was forced to leave her family in Lvov, Poland, and come to terms with the deaths of her mother, father, grandmother & brother. If it were not for Janine’s saviour Edec, and her Aunt Rouja, she would likely not have survived.

Preparations are now being made for next year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, which coincides with the 70th year of the end of World War Two, and includes a trip to Auschwitz, organised by the History Department. We would like to give our thanks to everybody who dedicated their time to completing the Holocaust project, including the History department and the Year 13 History class. We’d also like to thank the students who politely listened to the assemblies with such respect.

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Olivia Rossiter-Langworthy as Lady Griddlebone in CATS. For more photos, turn to Pages 10-15.


Park Life Magazine Issue Two