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06/07/20

Don't miss this week's Transition Workshop for our new Year 7 students - we can't wait to see what you come up with! It's Creative Arts this week so let your imagination loose! Full details here - https://t.co/C6o5LWpXW1 https://t.co/1T7b76EfXf

05/07/20

Oh no! Safe to say, this is definitely the first broken arm of our Founding Cohort! We hope you feel better soon! https://t.co/7jFEWLOsvH

05/07/20

Well done to William, for his decoding skills in our weekly challenges! https://t.co/q5AlIkPzu8

04/07/20

A great job by Ujuchi with his Transition Workshop! https://t.co/Gqd8suEzLS

03/07/20

Maya attempted our Virtual Sports Challenge! First attempt: 1.49m, Second attempt: 1.65m! Well done Maya! https://t.co/d9uXKLcP79

02/07/20

Well done Rohan, for completing the final part of our Transition Workshop! https://t.co/AkxewNeDk6

01/07/20

Well done Martin- a careful coder in our Transition Workshop! https://t.co/QaVWOXMdBG

01/07/20

Would you like to join our friendly team, at our brand new state-of-the-art school in Maidstone? We are looking for a Site Supervisor - you can find all the details on our website - https://t.co/6EHOb7qQRt https://t.co/INOaFoqbF2

01/07/20

Thank you very much! We cannot wait to welcome our student community! https://t.co/L6c1J5FDxZ

01/07/20

Well done Briony for a Standing Long Jump of 181cm earning 18 points in our Virtual Sports Challenge!

30/06/20

Well done Adam for your superb work in our Transition Workshops! https://t.co/r8T29VKqEu

30/06/20

Would you like a sneak peek at our brand new school? Look no further! Students from some of our other VIAT schools have made a video to give you a taste of what's to come in September - we hope you're as excited as we are! https://t.co/lEWTzo9xa9 https://t.co/Q67X3rjlmd

26/06/20

We are looking for a Senior IT Technician to join the friendly team at our brand new state-of-the-art secondary school in Maidstone. For full details and to apply, please see our website - https://t.co/6EHOb7qQRt https://t.co/wHaWrvExDa

24/06/20

Maya was able to join a professional Teams meeting, to share with a team of botanists about her Herbarium and Daily Walks! The talk was enjoyed by all! https://t.co/mux00pjPWj

24/06/20

Week 3 of our Virtual Sports Challenge continues with the Standing Long Jump! https://t.co/cgyUXaMDRo

24/06/20

Head of Music, Mr Heaton, is next in line for our series of SST teacher profiles - find out all about him, including what he would take to a desert island, right here! https://t.co/LXhuHogIvq https://t.co/zMUEibw8wl

24/06/20

Well done to Briony, taking part in our Virtual Sports Challenges! She managed 17 Bottle Flip Landings in 60 seconds!

22/06/20

Chloe did a great job on our Transition Workshop! A promising programmer! https://t.co/oSAgpQTy5Z

21/06/20

Well done to Adam for his careful coding in our Transition Workshop! https://t.co/czqB7TQjyH

21/06/20

Ujuchi solved our Code Breaker challenge! Well done Ujuchi! https://t.co/TEhwPC2iB7

21/06/20

Well done to Dylan for using his programming precision on our Transition Workshop! https://t.co/cnDy7bU3P4

21/06/20

Jake thoroughly enjoyed his Transition Workshop task! https://t.co/EV9HR6rPKG

19/06/20

Thank you very much for joining us! https://t.co/dgY23404Rn

19/06/20

Congratulations to our winners of the first SST Quiz Night! Thank you to all of our Founding Cohort families for joining us. 1st Place: Falcone Family, 2nd Place: The CC’s and family, 3rd Place: The Priceless! https://t.co/GolVqcnruo

19/06/20

We love this BuckBooms! https://t.co/UuaCmooVS9

19/06/20

The BuckBooms made their own interpretation of SST! https://t.co/wmAKcGqciX

19/06/20

We are about to start the final round! Two teams are currently fighting for first place! https://t.co/I78vwqgSjI

19/06/20

We love this Micro-techs! Good luck! https://t.co/SLIxMzQwCj

19/06/20

Wardle’s Wannabe Winners, great to have you with us! https://t.co/XGuBCmtswY

19/06/20

Well done Quarantine Quizzers! https://t.co/gCKJgfxe2E

19/06/20

Feel the Payne, we love this! https://t.co/EQoY4M6QhO

19/06/20

Great to see you in our first SST quiz! What’s your score? https://t.co/XTCMlv992j

19/06/20

19/20! Great score so far ChimiChanga’s! https://t.co/SQstgdbk3E

19/06/20

Well done Crazy Cats! https://t.co/jSXyzx2dBI

19/06/20

Well done! That’s a great score! Thank you for joining us! https://t.co/eLCNbY9Idf

19/06/20

So are we! A great evening so far 👍 https://t.co/isJpnSs4Em

19/06/20

Connectives is completed. 3 teams now on full marks!

19/06/20

Colours Round complete! 21 teams currently on full marks! Now time for the Connectives Round! https://t.co/ahtNy4QGrd

19/06/20

And they’re off! The first SST quiz night is into Round 1! https://t.co/MPSvrqqc7d

19/06/20

Fantastic! Well done!

Teacher Profiles

As September draws closer and we look forward to meeting you all properly, we thought it might be helpful (and fun) for you to get to know your teachers a little better!

We will be adding personal profiles, which will tell you a bit about them, their interests, likes and dislikes, every week - just click on the names below!

Mrs V Beales - Headteacher

Name: Van Beales

Role at SST: Headteacher

Which town did you grow up in? Hanoi, Vietnam

Do you have siblings? Yes, I have a younger sister.

Which subject/s do you teach? Maths

What was your favourite subject at school and what did you like about it? Maths and English. I love problem solving and reading.

Favourite book? I love The Book Thief.

Favourite film? I'd have to say A Beautiful Mind.

What hobbies do you have? I love gardening.

What’s your favourite food? Anything Italian! Yum!

What’s your least favourite food? Overcooked broccoli, yuck.

Where is your ideal holiday destination? I love a city break or a mountain walk holiday.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to do? I would definitely be a florist.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take three items with you, what would they be? I'd take my Kindle, a water bottle and a pack of ginger biscuits!

What sort of house do you live in and who do you share it with? I live in a house with a large back garden that I share with my family.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? I would donate money to have a performing art suite at the VIAT Maidstone campus of schools.

What are you most looking forward to about SST?  I can't wait to see our students make the most of the opportunities and wonderful facility.

Mr D Fuller - Deputy Headteacher

Name: Mr Fuller

Role at SST: Deputy Headteacher

Which town did you grow up in? Maidstone

Do you have siblings? Yes, one sister! She used to teach at East Borough Primary School which is now part of our Trust!

Which subject/s do you teach? Computer Science

What was your favourite subject at school and what did you like about it? Mathematics, I always loved problem solving!

Favourite book? Ready Player One. Book is better than the film (I think, anyway!). I find the concept of the potential of Virtual Reality intriguing, but also makes me think of how cautious we need to be with its development!

Favourite film? Inception. Every time I watch the film I change my mind on how it is all happening and what happens at the end. I think the power of a dream is very underestimated!

What hobbies do you have? I love spending time at home with my family, and often find I have a lot of jobs that need doing at the weekend around the house and garden. I am lucky enough to still be friends with people I went to secondary school with, so enjoy spending time going for drinks and sometimes losing at poker! I am an admirer of people who play sports, but find I am far better suited as an observer rather than a player, for the benefit of all on the team!

What’s your favourite food? Biscuits! There is always a biscuit for every occasion!

What’s your least favourite food? Marmite! Possibly the worst thing you could ever put on toast!

Where is your ideal holiday destination? Somewhere warm and quiet! Beaches of Mexico and Greece are my favourite!

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to do? That’s a really tough question! I place huge value on the importance of education, so probably something related. That or owner of a biscuit factory? There could be an undiscovered demand for Mr Fuller’s branded biscuits…

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take three items with you, what would they be? Biscuits (obviously), a pillow and something to listen to music on! I would be able to spend hours on the island listening to music, laying in the sun.

What sort of house do you live in and who do you share it with? I live in a house with my wife and two cats!

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Buy that desert island!

What are you most looking forward to about SST? Watching our founding cohort shape our SST community.

 

Mrs G Gidley - Head of Student Development

Name: Gilly Gidley

Role at SST:  Director of Student Development

Which town did you grow up in? I was born in Maidstone and moved to Devon with my family when I was 4.

Do you have siblings? Yes I have a brother who is two years younger than me. He is a solicitor and lives in London.

Which subject/s do you teach? I trained as a Primary school teacher and so I teach all subjects! I love teaching P.E. and English as I love to see children’s confidence improve as they write.

What was your favourite subject at school and what did you like about it? I loved History. I enjoyed learning about the past and important dates in our history.

Favourite book? The Secret Garden - it is such a classic.

Favourite film? I love watching films and so it is very hard to pick one but I think it has to be E.T.

What hobbies do you have? I like to swim, read, garden and cook new recipes.

What’s your favourite food? Probably a curry!

What’s your least favourite food? I don’t really like cauliflower but I include lots of different vegetables in our weekly Sunday roasts.

Where is your ideal holiday destination?  Somewhere warm and sunny where I can snorkel in the sea.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to do? I would love to work with animals and care for different species whilst learning all about them.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take three items with you, what would they be?   A camera, snorkel and a fishing rod! 

What sort of house do you live in and who do you share it with? I live in a little house with my husband and our puppy (a border terrier). We have a garden which I love to spend time in gardening and reading.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?  Book a holiday for my whole family and treat my parents.

What are you most looking forward to about SST? Meeting the children!

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Mr M Heaton - Director of Music

Name: Mr Heaton

Role at SST: Director of Music

Which town did you grow up in? Ashford

Do you have siblings? Yes – three sisters!

Which subject/s do you teach? I teach Music.

What was your favourite subject at school and what did you like about it? I liked music (unsurprisingly!) but I also liked English, Drama and Sport.

Favourite book? As a child I loved “The BFG” - although it did give me nightmares!

Favourite film? Definitely Jurassic Park – it is a classic, with a fantastic score by John Williams.

What hobbies do you have? Playing various instruments, singing, learning French and playing football.

What’s your favourite food? Thai food, although I am quite greedy and will really eat anything!

What’s your least favourite food? Anything that comes in small portions!

Where is your ideal holiday destination? Southern France.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to do? It would have to be something in music - maybe a composer or an instrumental musician.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take three items with you, what would they be? A piano, and some cheese and biscuits.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Buy lots of musical instruments for everyone!

What are you most looking forward to about SST? Meeting the new students and working towards our first performance in December!

Mark Heaton