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25/01/21

With the RSPB approaching, we are loving our students' efforts in making feeders. Here Jake has used lard, bird seed, peanuts & raisins all mixed together. He then scooped out oranges, filled them, attached string and left them to set in the fridge! Brilliant! https://t.co/0ls9G0bGPp

25/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/GPVJx66Yk6

25/01/21

This week in our Headteacher's Blog, Mrs Beales writes about one of her favourite books which she hopes inspires our budding scientists. Check it out here: https://t.co/LhH9WWJBB8 https://t.co/TZbRPX3UaV

25/01/21

We love to share our incredible 'kind hearts' that our Founding Cohort has made. Here Luca-Jay has made a light effect with the help of his Dad who is a lighting designer. This is so impressive, well done Luca-Jay! 💙 https://t.co/dEezmWvlX9

22/01/21

After another successful week of virtual learning, we're pleased to share our weekly edition of SST News with our school community https://t.co/Vc2FijZTLt. Have a lovely weekend everyone. https://t.co/DmqHaTkE9j

22/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/8ZKtIKlBcD

22/01/21

Miss Brown was very impressed with 7V this week as they have taken some great textured images after looking at the artist Paul Canning. They have produced some brilliant work from home! https://t.co/DvHzUzMGdR

21/01/21

7C have been mastering adding and subtracting fractions in Mathematics, with students using great oracy skills to explain their problem solving. Mr Fuller was particularly impressed with Christopher explaining his method, which you can listen to here https://t.co/NNnPPuCgsw

21/01/21

We love Nathan's 'Rainbow Cloud'. Whilst at home he was looking on the internet for things he could try to recreate and was inspired to draw this picture. It is brilliant, well done Nathan! 🌈#rainbow https://t.co/bb1XtFG18R

21/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/apl0kZnbCj

21/01/21

Yesterday, after school, the Humanities Department launched a new platform on Teams to encourage students to take part in ‘living History’ - they started by discussing the American Presidency! Thank you to all those students who took part, we hope you found it informative! https://t.co/RKYK7CX7og

20/01/21

We are so proud of Alfie who, during this month, has taken on the challenge of 31 miles to raise money for . He has currently raised £565 when his original target was £100. Lets help him increase this by donating here https://t.co/v1n7KKDgKT https://t.co/6Gnukf3ByC

20/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/ymfO22QIZn

20/01/21

Whilst virtual learning our Design Technology students were asked to complete some modelling using cardboard or any other materials they had at home. We have had some brilliant creations! Check out Philip's grabber that he has made https://t.co/xcIOnqmntR

19/01/21

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There has never before been a better time to nominate staff for the Kent Teacher of the Year? There are categories for every role from teachers to technicians. Anyone can make a nomination. https://t.co/2roFThmGOT https://t.co/4Vpzgg4yCh

19/01/21

Isla has done a brilliant job creating her kind heart out of tissue paper. We love the rainbow theme 🌈 💙 https://t.co/67fvA4yvui

19/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/CUiqYJo2Fw

19/01/21

Our Founding Cohort has been getting creative with their Languages & Linguistics homework this week, making flashcards for their French present tense conjugations. These early submissions are pretty and practical. We look forward to seeing the rest of your hard work on this task! https://t.co/kKzi1sR7c1

18/01/21

We love Briony's bird feeders she has made, ahead of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which she is looking forward to participating in! This is a great activity to do from home, we can't wait to see what type of birds visit her garden https://t.co/yVqYgct6wZ

18/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/gOZ5f1Jg03

18/01/21

Chloe built this in DT last week and has since had an inquisitive visitor.... 🐊 https://t.co/Zm6tKh6caW

18/01/21

This week in our Headteacher's Blog, Mrs Beales reflects on the stories behind every object. Check it out here: https://t.co/tXAUeP43XU https://t.co/pwSNkihlea

15/01/21

After another successful week of virtual learning, we're pleased to share our weekly edition of SST News with our school community https://t.co/rZ182BbUHl. Have a lovely weekend everyone. https://t.co/dnTElZF0jy

15/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/ZC7389ibNv

15/01/21

We love how different our kindness hearts are! Jamie's heart has definitely made us smile 💙 https://t.co/GyJhR4JsWG

15/01/21

Great to see 7T raising their hands and taking the pledge to put an end to bullying having watched our assembly this week https://t.co/H7GJch9VOx

14/01/21

Thank you for the treats and - we loved them! https://t.co/L7ig10N58J

14/01/21

How brilliant is Tilly's image she produced this week? She searched cartoon bodies and edited one so that the cartoon was wearing an SST school uniform. We love it and can't wait for the day that we see our Founding Cohort in their uniforms once again. https://t.co/0G6sRQReXS

14/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/aBVSb4zpeh

14/01/21

David’s kindness heart represents his love of chocolate and his kindness in sharing them with his family! This is lovely David, well done! Who else is sad that they have no Christmas chocolates left? 💙 https://t.co/Ua1CX6DZsb

13/01/21

That's great, thank you for sharing information about this service! https://t.co/Wz56qvumgj

13/01/21

If anyone is feeling particularly stressed this afternoon we advise you spend a few moments admiring this amazing sketch drawn by one of our incredibly hardworking students! Jacob has managed to capture peace and tranquility in his drawing and we think it is beautiful! https://t.co/md9hebbWog

13/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/LbRe6sEgCO

13/01/21

This is wonderful Adam, we love the added extra with 'SST' woven through! This is very impressive and will look great in our display 💙 https://t.co/1dtm9fZWwc

12/01/21

Who else is cake envious of Nancy right now? Nancy baked this amazing cake last week as part of her extra-curricular activities. We feel like we can smell it through our screens! Well done Nancy https://t.co/C32D7MMf2L

12/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/PBxJZxvPjV

12/01/21

Mrs Young was very impressed with 7H during their Geography lesson as they created some fantastic diagrams to show their understanding of Swash & Backwash, helping them to learn about coastal currents & erosion! https://t.co/daf2lVAX4R

11/01/21

During their Computer Science lesson on 'computer networking', our students posted pictures of the different network cables they could currently see, something they wouldn't have been able to do if they were in the classroom. One benefit from working at home! https://t.co/iVmZ8eHuB2

11/01/21

During lockdown we will be sharing a daily quote to keep our school community motivated and inspired during these difficult times https://t.co/fo7rJ16XNo

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

Mr C Payne - Head of Year

Name: Callum Payne

Role at SST: Head of Year

Which town did you grow up in? Sunny Margate

Do you have siblings? Yes, two sisters. One is a police officer and the other is in business. 

Which subject/s do you teach? Computer Science

What was your favourite subject at school and what did you like about it? I enjoyed Computer Science and ICT unsurprisingly. Although, I also enjoyed maths, P.E and science.

Favourite book? When I was at school, I loved ‘James and the Giant Peach’.  

Favourite film? 'Good Will Hunting' starring the late Robin Williams.

What hobbies do you have? I’ve just started learning the piano, although I’m not very good!

What’s your favourite food? Pizza! Or anything with cheese in it.

What’s your least favourite food? There is nothing I wouldn’t eat. Although, I am allergic to peanuts so that is something I would definitely say is my least favourite.

Where is your ideal holiday destination? I would love to go to Orlando and visit the theme parks.

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to do? Something in the tech field. Working at Google seems like it would be really fun!

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take three items with you, what would they be? My phone for music, a snorkel and sun cream.

What sort of house do you live in and who do you share it with? I live in a house with my girlfriend and my sausage dog Gus.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Have a big party and invite everyone I know.

What are you most looking forward to about SST? Seeing everyone in September and being a part of something new and exciting!

Callum Payne

Mrs Derrick - CEO

Name: Mrs Derrick

Role: Headteacher and CEO

Subject: Business and Economics

Favourite Book:  I love biographies.  Richard Branson is a hot favourite – The Virgin Way.  It really does sum up what has made him successful in business.

Film: Favourite Rom Com - Love Actually, Notting Hill.  I cannot choose between the two.  I love musicals, so it has to be ‘Les Miserables’.  Dead Poet’s Society is close though; it’s teaching link makes it high on the list!

Hobbies: Cooking – I love entertaining! Running, Travelling

Favourite Food: Raspberries, but anything with lemon or coffee would be a close favourite.

Favourite Holiday destination: France.  I love Provence – the people, the scenery, the food and the wine.

If you had not become a teacher what job would you like to do?  I would like to have been a successful entrepreneur. 

What is the most challenging thing you have achieved?  Workwise, working with such a big multimillion pound budget and ensuring that it balances!  Personally, taking the plunge when abseiling and bringing up two daughters!  All of which I have loved!

Why did you become a teacher?  My best friend was going to do Teacher Training and  I thought ‘that might be a good idea’!  I really liked the thought of sharing my passion for Business and Design.