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  • Isolation Poem

    Apr 2020
    We received this wonderful poem from one of our SVPS pupils, which perfectly encapsulates the strange tension that we are all feeling at the moment.
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  • Message from the Head - 20th March 2020

    Mar 2020
    I would like to thank the SVPS community for all their support and kind messages over the last week.
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  • Cross Country Champions

    Mar 2020
    On Monday, our U8, U9, U10 and U11 Cross Country teams went to Ashford Prep.
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    Cross Country Champions
  • Showing their True Colours

    Mar 2020
    Year 2 have shown their true colours in a superb showcase of their amazing artworks.
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    Showing their True Colours
  • Message from Head of Science - 20th March 2020

    Mar 2020
    Last week, we celebrated British Science Week.
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    Message from Head of Science - 20th March 2020
  • COVID-19 Update 17/03/2020

    Mar 2020
    In light of the recent, ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please know that we are monitoring Government guidelines regularly to ensure we are following the most up-to-date advice at all times.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 13th March 2020

    Mar 2020
    See our Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners this week!
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  • Fantastic Frottage

    Mar 2020
    Year 4 have been waiting for a dry spell and this week the weather was kind to Year 4 as it was dry enough for them to venture outdoors, armed with paper and pencils, to gather some frottage.
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    Fantastic Frottage
  • Smart School Council

    Mar 2020
    This term has seen the School Council transition to a Smart School Council, in which all students are encouraged to get involved and make a difference.
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    Smart School Council
  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 13th March 2020

    Mar 2020
    Today, we observe huge growth in classroom technology.
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  • Forest School Soup

    Mar 2020
    During this week's Forest School, Reception observed a fire being made. 
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    Forest School Soup
  • Secret Garden

    Mar 2020
    Reception has been very busy making their bug hotel, which is still under construction in ‘The Secret Garden’.
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    Secret Garden
  • Glorious Glass

    Mar 2020
    Year 3 were inspired by the artist Hundertwasser’s love of vibrant colours and nature during their glass workshop on Wednesday. 
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    Glorious Glass
  • Message from the Head of Pre-Prep - 6th March 2020

    Mar 2020
    Last week saw the launch of our new 'Super Hoot Learning Powers' theme for this half term - collaboration and flexibility.
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    Message from the Head of Prep-Prep - 6th March 2020
  • Chinese Mandarin

    Feb 2020
    This week, the ICT suite has been buzzing with excitement as Year 6 had their first 'live' Chinese Mandarin lesson with the Dragons Company.
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    Chinese Mandarin
  • Cool Camera Coding

    Feb 2020
    In this week’s Coding Club, we decided to use the new webcams, which have been installed for our online Chinese Mandarin language lessons.
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    Cool Camera Coding
  • ‘Brooching’ the Subject

    Feb 2020
    Year 4 have been industrious and innovative while broaching the subject of Art and Design and Technology.
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    ‘Brooching’ the Subject
  • Fundraising Success

    Feb 2020
    On the Friday before Half Term, our Year 6 pupils held their annual Fundraising event.
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    Fundraising Success
  • Message from the Head - 28th Feb 2020

    Feb 2020
    As the Head of SVPS, I regularly walk around the School, popping into every lesson, introducing visitors and prospective parents to teachers and talking to the children about their learning.
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    Message from the Head - 28th Feb 2020
  • Conscious Contributors

    Feb 2020
    ‘The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.’
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  • Viking Workshop

    Feb 2020
    “Who is that fierce lady?” asked Year 2, as they approached their Viking workshop.
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    Viking Workshop
  • Leed's Castle BIG Story Writing!

    Feb 2020
    Get your creativity flowing by joining in with Leeds Castle’s competition to write an original fictional story, of no more than 900 words.
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    Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing!
  • Super Swimmers

    Feb 2020
    Swimming is the focus for this week’s PE article, a life skill that all of our pupils from Reception to Year 6 learn during their PE lessons
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    Super Swimmers
  • Fine Feathers

    Feb 2020
    Year 6 have displayed their paintings along the gallery walls outside the Art Room.
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    Fine Feathers
  • Speak out, stay safe

    Feb 2020
    Speak out, stay safe. The Pre-Prep and Prep pupils attended an assembly held by the NSPCC on the topic ‘Speak out, stay safe.’
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    Speak out, stay safe
  • Deputy Head's Message - Young Voices 2020

    Feb 2020
    On Thursday evening, Senior Choir performed at the Young Voices 2020 concert at The O2, in London.
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    Deputy Heads Message - Young Voices 2020
  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 7th Feb 2020

    Feb 2020
    See below for our Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners this week!
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 31st Jan 2020

    Feb 2020
    See below for our Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners this week!
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  • Super Spanish Speakers

    Feb 2020
    Did you know there are over 400 million Spanish speakers globally, making it the world’s second most spoken language? This week SVPS added 35 new speakers to that list.
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  • Awesome Arches

    Feb 2020
    The famous Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci once said, “An arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each other, become a strength.” In Design and Technology, Year 5 have been building on their knowledge about bridges.
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  • End of Season Success

    Feb 2020
    Well done to the U9A Rugby team, who finished off the season in style with a superb performance at the Ashford Prep School Rugby Festival last Saturday.
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    End of Season Success
  • Name the Kangaroo

    Feb 2020
    During Pre-Prep Superstars this week, Charlotte and Harry made a presentation explaining their charity event being held in Pre-Prep next week.
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    Name the Kangaroo
  • Film Competition

    Jan 2020
    As part of our multimedia topic in ICT, Year 6 have been planning what films they are going to make when they enter into a Film competition for ChildNet International
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  • Year 6's Enlightening Experience!

    Jan 2020
    Year 6 were lucky enough to visit All Saints' Church in Tudeley this week, the only church in the world to have its 12 stained glass windows decorated by the great Russian artist Marc Chagall.
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  • French Fun in Nursery!

    Jan 2020
    The Nursery children have been very busy learning French, with the help of their two French puppet friends Léo and Lulu.
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    French Fun in Nursery!
  • Silver Smarties Challenge!

    Jan 2020
    We’re giving you some Smarties to eat, but the empty tube you must keep!
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    Silver Smarties Challenge!
  • Message from the Academic Deputy Head - 31st January 2020

    Jan 2020
    As Usain Bolt said, “If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost.”
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    Message from Academic Deputy Head - 31st Jan
  • Cleopatra Came to Visit!

    Jan 2020
    Queen Cleopatra (who just happened to look very much like our own Miss McCarmick) appeared through a time portal with strict instructions for the children to get her from one side of the River Nile to the other. 
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  • Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 24th Jan 2020

    Jan 2020
    ‘We all know that children learn best when parents and teachers work together to encourage and support them.’ Robert Rosenthal
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    Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 24th Jan 2020
  • Code Crackers

    Jan 2020
    This week in 5RE, we have been looking at the Bible; undertaking some independent research to find answers to questions such as 'when was it first written?' and 'what language was it written in?'.
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  • Who wants to be an Anglo –Saxon?

    Jan 2020
    Who wants to be an Anglo –Saxon?
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    Who wants to be an Anglo –Saxon?
  • Child-run Clubs

    Jan 2020
    We have spent a lot of time this year focusing on Learning Powers in School. Thus far, we have covered Independence, Initiative, Empathy, Reflection, Tenacity and Bravery.
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  • Message from Deputy Head 17.01.2020

    Jan 2020
    "I began this term talking to the children about our two new learning powers; tenacity and bravery."
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    Message from Deputy Head 17.01.2020
  • Back to Basics

    Jan 2020
    Year 6 have gone back to basics, developing their repertoire of drawing skills. Their tool of choice were the oil pastels.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 17th Jan 2020

    Jan 2020
    See below for our Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners this week!
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  • Parents' Badminton Group

    Jan 2020
    SVS run a Parents' Badminton Group each Wednesday. Organiser, and former parent, Martin Brunt has sent the following message with information on joining the Badminton team.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 10th Jan 2020

    Jan 2020
    Congratulations to this weeks Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners!
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  • Voces8 Visit to Prep SChool

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday, two members of world-renowned a cappella group Voces8, visited the Chamber Choir to run the last of a series of workshops.
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  • X or Y?

    Jan 2020
    This week, Year 6 have been looking at equations for lines, using the x and y-axes.  Once they had identified a line's equation, they then extended themselves by plotting points
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  • Message from Head of Prep - 10th Jan 2020

    Jan 2020
    Message from the Head of Prep: "It has been fantastic to see the children racing into school each morning this week, ready to embrace all that 2020 has to offer! I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the pupils’ holiday adventures and seeing them knuckle down to their learning with such enthusiasm...
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  • Maths Week Finale

    Dec 2019
    On 29th November, the whole of the Pre-Prep and Prep School dressed up as rock stars or numbers, to help support TTRockStars and Numbots.
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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    Dec 2019
    With the General Election just around the corner, it is pertinent for us to consider why we should nurture our children’s general knowledge.  The importance of general knowledge is far more than simply knowing answers to trivia and general knowledge quizzes. 
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Dec 2019
    Super Star Courtesy Badge RG Caleb Howell Ellie–Rose Jennings RE Peyton Bernard-Thorpe Theo Hennell 1L Hettie Kemsley Henry Spencer Hettie Kemsley Henry Spencer 1T Olivia Martin Evander McInulty 2MD Hugh Wilson Adele Gruzauskas Charlotte Ellaway 2C...
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  • Scintillating Science!

    Dec 2019
    On my travels around the school this week, I could not help but notice the shrieking sound of excitement and joy. I just had to pop in and find out why Year 4 were so excited. It turned out that they have managed to make it rain!
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  • Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition

    Dec 2019
    On 4th December, the Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation held their annual Art exhibition at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea. 
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  • French Play

    Nov 2019
    In the Prep School on Thursday it was time for our annual French/English bilingual play for Years 5 and 6. We were also joined by the First Formers at the Senior School who study French.
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  • VOCES8 With Chamber Choir

    Nov 2019
    Last Friday, two members from the a cappella octet, VOCES8 visited us to work with the Chamber Choir. Together, they practised one of the songs that they will be performing at the Foundation Concert in London, next term.
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  • What a Maths Week

    Nov 2019
    This week SVPS was full of Maths! The pupils took part in many different activities designed to enrich their mathematical skills and understanding.
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  • Year 4 in Stitches

    Nov 2019
    In Design and Technology, Year 4 have been focusing on Roman mosaics, the decorative, ancient artworks that told stories and imbued beauty in both Roman homes and bath houses.
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  • Jelly Bean Maths

    Nov 2019
    Year 1 have had a wonderful time during Maths week, experiencing so many areas of Maths whilst having fun with jelly beans. 
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  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Nov 2019
    This Year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition was a hard fought contest, both in Junior and Senior categories.
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  • Read All About It!

    Nov 2019
    In Year 4 , the children are learning in English about the technicalities of writing newspaper articles, including the five Ws: Who? When? What? Where? And Why?
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Nov 2019
    As we come to the end of another busy week at SVPS, there is only a short time to take a breath before the fun continues with tomorrow’s SVPSPA Christmas Fair.
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  • Curiosity Club Day

    Nov 2019
    Curiosity Club Day has been a complete triumph! Children and staff have gained so much knowledge from the excellent and thought-provoking experiences.
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  • Resplendent Roosters

    Nov 2019
    “The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” Marc Chagall Year 6 have been inspired by the artist Marc Chagall and they have taken his words to heart.
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  • Pre-Prep Winning Artists

    Nov 2019
    Today in Super Stars assembly, we had a special guest.  Mrs Savage, our Head of Art and Design Technology, joined us to share the results of our 2019 Pre-Prep Wildlife Artist competition.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Nov 2019
    Over the past few weeks, I am sure you have been hearing the familiar Nativity songs, sang either in the car or at the table during the family meal.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Nov 2019
    Class Superstar Courtesy badge RE Oliver Poole Matilda Smith RG Arianna Etherington 1T Abiola Adedokun Elsa Breen 1L Alexander Todorov Yakimov Alexander Todorov Yakimov 2C Lily Martin Elliot Newton Harry Deards Dylan Taylor 2MD Cooper Goodwin-Swor...
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  • Macbeth in a Day

    Nov 2019
    Year 6 had the most amazing day on Monday, when the Wise Moves Theatre Company visited to teach them how to act Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth in one day only!
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  • Year 2 Charity Triathlon

    Nov 2019
    This week has seen the inaugural Year 2 Charity event, raising funds for The Big Cat Sanctuary and The Hospice in the Weald. 
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  • Humanities Round Up

    Nov 2019
    In Religious Studies in Year 3, the children have been learning about Divali. 
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  • Moving Moments

    Nov 2019
    Sometimes, it is the simplest things that give the most pleasure. Such was the case in the Design Technology  lesson in 3S.
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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    Nov 2019
    One of my roles as Academic Deputy Head is to track our children’s progress to ensure that it is moving on a positive trajectory as they move through the School. We all know that academic progress is an individual thing.
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  • English and Art Erupt!

    Nov 2019
    Two powerful creative forces erupted when Year 5 children, in Mrs Savage’s English set, brought their homework in to School.
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    English and Art Erupt!
  • Pre-Prep Wildlife Artists

    Nov 2019
    Entries for the Pre-Prep Wildlife Artist Competition closed on Friday 8th November and the competition has been a huge success.
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  • Factor Trees in Maths

    Nov 2019
    This week, Mrs Harrison's Year 5 Maths set have been challenging themselves by extending their knowledge and understanding of factors and prime numbers. 
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  • Our ICT Learning 

    Nov 2019
    In Year 3, the children have been working on using the Shift and Caps Lock keys, as part of their word processing topic.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Nov 2019
    8th November 2019 Class Superstar Courtesy badge RE Orla Glover Emma Poole RG Anna Lin Odin Sunde Dunni Tishe Ayrton Norton 1T Florence Rawson Whole Class 1L Summer Brown Whole class Special mention Rayleigh Bernard-Thorpe 2C Max Jacobs Oscar Turnhil...
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  • Online Safety Update

    Nov 2019
    Goldilocks is a free downloadable book with an activity sheet, from Vodafone.  It is an amusing take on the Goldilocks story with a twist about responsible sharing. 
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  • Head's Lines

    Nov 2019
    It was super to welcome the children back to School on Monday, following their Half Term break, although I think the sudden arrival of winter may have been a bit of a shock to our systems!
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  • Year 5 Tudor Time Travellers

    Nov 2019
    Just before Half Term the Year 5 children visited Hever Castle, as part of their Humanities study of the Tudors.  The visit was a fantastic opportunity to take their learning out of the classroom and put what they had learnt this term into context.
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  • Creative with Clay

    Nov 2019
    It was all hands on their clay in 5DB’s Design Technology lesson this week. Their creative journey began with a brief: To design an animal inspired bowl as a souvenir from Hever Castle’s gift shop.
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  • New Learning Powers

    Nov 2019
    This Half Term we will be focusing on two new Learning Powers; Empathy and Reflection. We will be thinking about Super Hoot’s eyes in particular as we learn to look through the eyes of others, take a second look at a problem and also having a look at ourselves in the mirror.
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  • Year 1 Visit the Firefighting Museum

    Nov 2019
    Year 1 visited the Kent Firefighting Museum on Monday, where they met two firemen who taught them how to stay safe in the event of a fire.
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  • Challenge in PE

    Nov 2019
    This term’s PE focuses heavily on Swimming and Gymnastics. Each year group is split into two groups and they spend half a term doing each sport. However, at the beginning of the 2018 academic year we introduced Skills Tests.
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  • Selfishly Super Self-Portraits!

    Oct 2019
    How many eyes can fit across your face? How wide is your neck?  How long are your ears?
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  • RE Round-up

    Oct 2019
    The Year 3 children have been studying Hinduism.  First, they listened to the story of Rama and Sita, which they recreated in various ways including hot seating, ordering of main events and cartoons. 
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  • Haikus For National Poetry Day

    Oct 2019
    For National Poetry Day, Year 5 explored the wonders of haiku poetry, linking it to this term’s text, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
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  • Head's Lines

    Oct 2019
    As you may be aware, a few weeks ago I attended the IAPS Heads’ Conference where I was fortunate enough to attend talks and seminars on a range of topical subjects, led by some excellent speakers.
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  • Representing the South East

    Oct 2019
    ast Sunday, Zeb Courtney and Darren Finch attended the U11 South East England Prep Schools Football trials. A very competitive trial saw over 60 boys from the South East train and play, in an attempt to get selected into the A Squad or Development squad. 
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  • Year 6 Amnesty International Talk

    Oct 2019
    This week, a representative from Amnesty International came in to talk to our Year 6 children.
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  • Big Cat Day Out

    Oct 2019
    What a special treat for the Year 2 children this week, a trip to the Big Cat Sanctuary. 
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  • Awesome Arts Award

    Oct 2019
    Sutton Valence Preparatory School was one of the 125 schools chosen to participate in ART UK Masterpieces in Schools, The Sculpture Project.  They worked with Maidstone Museum to bring art out of galleries and into schools so that a wider number of children were given the opportunity to appreciate f...
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Oct 2019
    No matter what our starting point, the more often we do something, the more proficient we become.
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  • Lotto

    Oct 2019
    In Year 6 French this week, lessons have been all about numbers: numbers to 100 with a focus on revising multiples of ten. An excellent way to remember numbers is by playing games, and 6S enjoyed a number of these during their French lesson. We started with an elimination game of 'Multiples of...
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  • Head's Lines

    Oct 2019
    I am sure that many of you, like me, followed the rhetoric of the Labour Party Conference with increasing discomfort as you listened to the proposals and opinions with regard to independent schools, and their view that the abolition of our sector is the answer to social inequality.
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  • Online Safety Update

    Oct 2019
    The latest trends and updates from the digital world from Mr Evans. Gaming – information for parents and carers ThinkUKnow (CEOP) have written a comprehensive article for parents and carers regarding gaming including chatting, risks and tips. You can view the full article here. Twitch ...
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  • Monstrous Making

    Oct 2019
    In ancient times, the Greek people believed their mythical world was real. Greek storytellers would tell tales of the Greek monsters of myth.
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  • It is Harvest Time

    Oct 2019
    This year’s Year 6 pupils are literally reaping the rewards from last year’s super effort, having grown a bumper crop.
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  • Magnificent Maths

    Sep 2019
    Year 1 has been learning how to subtract single digits using beads, parking cars with answers to match to their sums, squishy subtraction with Play-Doh, jumping backwards on number lines and writing sums with the biggest number first. In Year 6, the pupils have been solving real-life number prob...
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  • Bonjour la Classe...

    Sep 2019
    This week, Year 6 has been working independently to extend their vocabulary skills in French.
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  • Swattenden Residential

    Sep 2019
    Last Thursday, the Year 4 children, very excitedly, set off for their residential trip to the Swattenden Centre. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the Swattenden staff and shown to our accommodation. As our aims for the trip were for the pupils to use their initiative and be independent, th...
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  • A Day of Celebration

    Sep 2019
    Pre-Prep have had a wonderful day celebrating their Harvest Festival.
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  • Harvest Festival

    Sep 2019
    Pre Prep went to St Michael’s Church for their Harvest Festival on Thursday. Year 2 sang Across the Field to the assembled group and we all sang The Ants Go Marching!. A super service of thanks for all our bounty and it was great to see lots of lovely produce to share with those less fortuna...
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  • Cave Art Rocks!

    Sep 2019
    Year 5 has come face-to-face with art from the past. Art of the earliest kind! Art created more than 10,000 years ago! Art painted on the walls and ceilings of caves! Art that has inspired Year 5 to create cave and rock art masterpieces that celebrate the style of the amazing, ancient artists of the...
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  • The Resurrection of Ancient Greek Columns

    Sep 2019
    Class 3S has risen to the challenge of being Ancient Greek architects in Design and Technology.
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  • Award-Winning Eve

    Sep 2019
    Eve Garner entered the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year Competition and was awarded 3rd Place in the “Young Pup” under 11 years category.
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  • Exciting English

    Sep 2019
    Our English lessons are now in full swing and we are immersing ourselves in the works of new authors and exciting adventures. Year 4 is learning all about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s adventures in Antarctica, where he wanted to be the first person to walk across the Antarctic continent. The chil...
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  • Rampant Readers

    Sep 2019
    Year 3 pupils have been relishing the opportunity to select their own books now, using the Accelerated Reader Scheme.
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  • Exceptional Effort

    Sep 2019
    This week, some of our Year 6 children sat the Kent Test (11+). 
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  • Year 1 Fun at Kent Life

    Sep 2019
    Year 1 started its topic about the Fire of London with an inspirational workshop trip to Kent Life. 
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  • Being Daring in Drama

    Sep 2019
    How many times have you wanted to say something in assembly but were too afraid to put up your hand? 
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  • Pre-Prep Victory!

    Sep 2019
    On Friday evening, we held our annual parents’ football match, which is always a great way to start the year.
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  • Quality Mark for Early Years

    Sep 2019
    We are delighted to announce that Sutton Valence Prep School has been awarded the Quality Mark for Early Years provision.
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  • Reception is up and Running

    Sep 2019
    The children in Reception have had a wonderful first week at School. 
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  • Climate Change Cake

    Jun 2019
    This week, Year 4 was set a challenge in Science; to independently research an aspect of climate change and then present their findings in an interesting and inventive way. 
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  • Sew Much Fun!

    Jun 2019
    In DT, Year 3 pupils have taken up their needle and thread and learnt to sew. They took to stitching, enthusiastically and had ‘sew’ much fun! Having learnt how to do running and backstitch, the children transferred their newfound skills to decorating a felt bookmark. With a rainbow of...
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  • Wonderful Wind in the Willows

    Jun 2019
    This week saw the Year 6 production of Wind in the Willows based on the book by Kenneth Graham.
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  • Barnardo’s Big Toddle

    Jun 2019
    What enormous fun we had raising money for Barnardo's supporting their Big Toddle.
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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • STEM Day at the Senior School

    Jun 2019
    The Senior School welcomed Year 5 from SVPS for their annual STEM Day this week
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  • First Trip for Reception

    Jun 2019
    On Monday, Reception pupils visited Tyland Barn to consolidate their topic this term, ‘Mini Beasts’.
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  • Looking back...

    Jun 2019
    This week in English, Year 6 has been reflecting on their time spent at SVPS. 
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  • Sports Day

    Jun 2019
    Last Saturday was one of the biggest events in the School calendar, where Year 3 to 6 pupils competed in our annual Sports Day. We were blessed with wonderful weather and the children were eager to get started. 
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  • Move Up Morning

    Jun 2019
    Our much anticipated ‘Move Up Morning’ happened on Tuesday and what a wonderful experience it was!
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  • Green Screen Takeover!

    Jun 2019
    This week has been a great week for trying out new things out. We had a new delivery of a professional green screen, which can be used as a resource for lessons. One child exclaimed, “Wow, it’s just like the ones YouTubers use!”. So it is already a very popular addition to the department.  
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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Jun 2019
    At a recent educational conference, I was listening to a talk by Chartered Practitioner Psychologist, Dr Anwen Whitham, exploring the impact of technology on cognition, particularly in the developing brains of children. She ended her presentation with the following quote:
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  • Year 4 visit Botany Bay

    Jun 2019
    The last half of term started with a bang, as Year 4 went to visit Botany Bay on the very first day back! 
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  • Year 3 at Bedgebury

    Jun 2019
    Year 3’s trip to Bedgebury Pinetum started bright and sunny, but unfortunately descended into torrential rain and many soggy humans.
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  • Moving Monsters Come to Life

    Jun 2019
    Finally, the construction of Year 3’s moving monsters in DT is complete. Their designs have come to life, with their carefully assembled pneumatic systems moving eyes, tongues, eyelashes, an arm and even a baby monster. They are monstrously good examples of perseverance, hard work and new skills.
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  • Practice Makes Perfect

    Jun 2019
    This week, the children in Year 5 and 6 have been busily rehearsing for the forthcoming production of Wind in the Willows. Rehearsals are where the hard work begins when putting on a production; it is when a paper script of text begins to come alive. The children follow the directions of their tea...
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  • Pre-Prep Prize Giving and Sports Days

    Jun 2019
    Pre-Prep had a wonderful start to their morning with a hall full of families, congratulating the children on all their successes over the past year. The children performed a song A Wiggly Waggly Worm and then went onto the stage to receive their well-deserved prizes.
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  • Year 6 in the Driver’s Seat

    Jun 2019
    “Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today - in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else's horizon! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!” -Toad, The Wind in the Willows.
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  • Jungle Fever

    Jun 2019
    As temperatures turned tropical this week, the Art Room was filled with greenery.
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  • Buddy Tours and Tea

    Jun 2019
    Our Year 5 pupils took their Year 2 buddies and families on a tour around the Prep building.
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  • Year 6 Evacuee Day

    May 2019
    On 20th May, Year 6 went to Tenterden Station for a school trip.
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  • Poetry in Motion

    May 2019
    This week in Year 3, the children have been exploring poetry; looking at stylistic features, rhyme and dramatic effect
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  • Measuring up in Maths

    May 2019
    Year 6 has been revising metric and imperial units.
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  • Felting Fun

    May 2019
    Year 6 became fine felters, this week when they learnt the art of Nuno felting. Sue Kimber, an experienced Nuno felter, inspired the children to create magic with wool and worms!
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  • Artist Inspiration

    May 2019
    On Monday, Mrs Savage’s Art Club was imbued with inspiration and creative ideas after visiting the Marlborough House School Exhibition. Titled ‘A Sense of Place’, the exhibition featured works by local artists and the children of Marlborough House.
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  • Stretching and Challenging the Curious...

    May 2019
    Last Saturday, SVPS held it's Summer Curiosity Club.  Over 50 children attended the exciting and challenging workshops, including children from local primary schools. 
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  • Delancey Chess Megafinals

    May 2019
    During Chess Club last term, Jovan and Sam both achieved the qualifying standard for the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinals, held in Tonbridge last Sunday
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  • Measure for Measure

    May 2019
    This week, Year 6 has been using Drama in their Maths lessons as a medium to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of imperial and metric units of measurement.
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  • Guitar and Ukulele Assembly

    May 2019
    What a lovely start to the week!  On Monday morning, Mr Tunbridge’s guitar and ukulele pupils, from Year 1 to Year 6, delighted the School with a concert stuffed full of treats. 
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  • Record Breaking LAMDA Results

    May 2019
    There was great excitement in the Bates Hall as the Year 2 children had their LAMDA examination results revealed to them.
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  • Grandparents' Day 2019

    May 2019
    This Tuesday, the School held its annual Grandparents' Day welcoming over 200 grandparents.
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  • Mini-Impressionists

    May 2019
    Year 1 made a fantastic first impression in the Art room on Thursday. It was their first foray into the Prep Art room and they, along with Mrs Savage, were very excited! The children created artwork inspired by Impressionism and one of its founders, Claude Monet. They embraced their French focused...
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  • Hog Hotel

    May 2019
    A massive thank you to all our parents for providing our guinea pigs with new accommodation! In particular, Mrs Wynne and Mrs Slaughter, who helped realise this project from the planning stage right through to the finished product.
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  • Orchard Run

    May 2019
    The 2019 Orchard Run Cross Country competition was another great success, with the most competitors yet. The weather was a lot better this year with just a tiny shower at the end. The SVPS pupils set the tone for good sportsmanship and once again took control of the racing. Out of 24 medals, we won ...
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  • French Animals and Insects

    May 2019
    In Pre-Prep this week, the children have been very busy during their French lessons, learning many new words and phrases through; listening to stories, singing songs;,learning finger rhymes and playing games, including a particular favourite, Jaques a dit! (Simon says!) It is Insect Week in Rece...
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  • Spanish Sabias

    May 2019
    The Year 6 children have been working in pairs to research and produce a poster about an aspect of Spanish life.
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  • Year 6 WaterAid Workshops

    Apr 2019
    On Wednesday, Judy Foote came to SVPS to talk to Year 6 about the charity, WaterAid.
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  • Junior King’s Maths Competition

    Apr 2019
    Well done to Tom, Zach, Dulcie and Lydia who took part in the Junior King’s Maths Race in Canterbury yesterday.
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  • Performing Arts Showcase

    Apr 2019
    Year 2 turned the Bates Hall into an Art gallery, displaying works of Art for their parents to enjoy.
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  • Year 5 CCF Experience

    Apr 2019
    At the end of last term, Year 5 visited SVS for an afternoon with the CCF.
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  • Ski Trip 2019

    Apr 2019
    Over the Easter break, a group of SVPS children in Years 3 to 6 went to the resort of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, Italy.
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  • Foundation Concert with Voces8

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the SVPS Chamber Choir travelled to London to take part in the culmination of this year’s Voces8 Project, generously funded and organised by the Foundation. 
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  • Pirates vs Mermaids

    Mar 2019
    This week, the Year 4 production (with ample support from Year 3) was a huge success
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  • Year 5 CCF

    Mar 2019
    Last Friday, Year 5 visited the Senior Schol for an afternoon with the CCF.
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  • Dancing Daffodils

    Mar 2019
    The School gardens have welcomed spring with yellow daffodils, like rays of sunshine, waving their heads in greeting
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  • Horton Kirby Trip

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, Year 5 went to the Horton Kirby Education Centre near Dartford for a river day as part of their Humanities topic, Rivers.
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  • Windy Win for SVPS

    Mar 2019
    In School, we are constantly encouraging and challenging our pupils to 'do their best', 'never give up' and 'show resilience when things are tough'.  In the PE department we encourage these exact same things, as we strive to better ourselves in individual and team disciplines; whilst of course havin...
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  • SVS Public Speaking Competition

    Mar 2019
    Last Thursday, two teams from Year 6 took part in the inaugural SVS Public Speaking Competition.
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  • Instrumental Concert

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday night, the SVPS Music Department held its annual Instrumental Concert. We hold two informal Soloists’ Concerts each term, giving the pupils who sign up the opportunity to perform in a relaxed, supportive environment. This concert, however, was more formal in nature, for the more a...
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  • Poetry Competition Runner-Up

    Mar 2019
    To celebrate the brilliant and inspirational poetry book, I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, budding poets aged seven to 11 across the nation were invited to write a poem inspired by the natural world.
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  • Superhero Cape Experiment

    Feb 2019
    Reception has begun their new topic ‘Can we fix it?’ As part of the new topic, they are investigating materials.
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  • Mesmerising Mathemagician

    Feb 2019
    On Tuesday, Andrew Jeffrey, the Mathemagican visited SVPS. The children in Year 1 to Year 6 were entertained with a very mathematical and biblical assembly; involving the sharing of camels (helped by some wonderful acting by Mr Watkins).
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  • Investigating Invaders and Settlers

    Feb 2019
    In Year 4 Humanities, the children have been studying invaders and settlers and have done lots of work with maps. They have learnt about OS map symbols and investigated how a key works. They have looked at why some OS map symbols are grouped into different colours according to the features they re...
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  • Year 2 Charcoal Drawings

    Jan 2019
    Year 2 has been seeing Science through Art!
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  • Sensory Collage

    Jan 2019
    After hearing the story Lucy's Picture by Nicola Moon, Amy selected the collage pieces to make her own picture designed for a blind person, linked to Reception’s Funny Bones Topic. This week we have been exploring our senses. Amy set out to make a textured collage for a blind person. &qu...
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  • Curiosity Club

    Jan 2019
    The Lent Term Curiosity Club offered the opportunity for our pupils to extend their learning and explore new topics. Each activity was carefully planned to ensure the children were challenged and absorbed in their learning. The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils enjoyed designing waterproof shelters for a...
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  • Marvellous Maidstone Museum

    Jan 2019
    Year 1 pupils had hands-on immersion into mummification and the delights of the Egyptian galleries at Maidstone Museum last week.
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  • A week in the life of the Prep French Department

    Jan 2019
    As usual, the Prep children have been very busy in their French lessons this week, with a wide and varied range of activities taking place across the year groups.
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  • Who Needs Ratio?

    Jan 2019
    Year 6 have been making their own ‘mocktails’.
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  • Swim Relay Trophies

    Jan 2019
    The Maidstone Riverside Rotary have confirmed Sutton Valence has won two trophies in the annual Swim Relay,
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  • Wildlife Winners

    Dec 2018
    Nearly forty children in Year 3 to 6 entered the Prep School Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition this year. Last week, the winners were announced, after a couple of weeks of judging from all members of the School community.
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  • SVPS at Snow White

    Dec 2018
    It is December, which means it is panto time!  On Tuesday, 150 'panto-ready' Prep children were escorted to Aylesford, in three double-decker buses!
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  • Fantastic Fundraisers

    Dec 2018
    A group of Year 4 children planned, organised and ran a fundraising event in the Prep School in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice, which raised an impressive £362.67.
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition

    Dec 2018
    The annual Foundation Art Exhibition at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Gallery featured an array of wonderful artworks from Sutton Valence and the four other schools under the Westminster Foundation umbrella.
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  • French Play

    Nov 2018
    On Thursday, it was French theatre day for our children in Years 5 and 6. For the third year running, Onatti Theatre Company treated us to a very energetic and amusing performance by two actors: one French-speaking and one English.
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  • A Burning Question

    Nov 2018
    Did you know Samuel Pepys buried his diary, his wine and a very expensive Parmesan cheese in his garden to save them from the Great Fire of London in 1666?
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  • Architecture and Art workshop

    Nov 2018
    On Tuesday 20th November, 6T had an adventurous day with an architect who taught us all kinds of different things; from how to use tools to building enormous shapes that would have touched the ceiling of the Bates Hall (if we were tall enough)!
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  • Napier’s Bones

    Nov 2018
    At SVPS the teachers are always keen to reach out to seek new and innovative ways to deliver the curriculum and enhance the children’s’ learning opportunities; finding different ways to understand.
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  • STEM Challenge

    Nov 2018
    Last week, some Year 6 children were set a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge and were given the morning to achieve it.
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  • Year 5 Hever Trip

    Nov 2018
    Travelling back 500 years, Year 5 found themselves at Hever Castle, the family home of Anne Boleyn.  The castle was in a bustle as everyone was busy getting ready for Henry VIII’s visit.
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  • IAPS Hockey 2018

    Oct 2018
    The U11A team travelled to Hurstpierpoint College, on Tuesday, for the IAPS Hockey Tournament. The team consisted of four Year 6 and three Year 5 girls. The bare seven, no substitutions!
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  • Year 1 at Kent Life

    Sep 2018
    here are many exciting things about going on a school trip, from the educational content to the social interaction and then there is the packed lunch. Somehow eating out of a bag with free choice to eat the items in any order means that far more is consumed than would otherwise be the case. Of cours...
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  • Curiosity Club - Do you think out of the box?

    Sep 2018
    Over 50 inquisitive children, from SVPS and other local schools, attended our Curiosity Club on Saturday. The children took part in practical hands-on workshops answering questions such as 'How do you tell the time without a clock?', 'What makes a poem good?' and 'Do we all think the same way?'
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  • Putting out The Fire of London

    Sep 2018
    The Year 1 trip to the Museum of Kent Life was a fabulous day out in every case. To meet a real life character from the past is such a treat.
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  • To infinity and beyond!

    Sep 2018
    The year group set off for Herstmonceux in glorious sunshine to start their trip.
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  • Barnardo's Toddle 2018

    Jun 2018
    Following the success of our outdoor gym this term, Nursery felt that the theme of sport would suit our Toddle obstacle course this year.
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  • Year 2 Pond Dipping

    Jun 2018
    This week Year 2 spent a sunny morning in the School Millennium Garden.
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  • Raising Funds for Guide Dogs

    Jun 2018
    This week Reception has been learning about animals that help us.
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  • Year 5 Bridge Building

    Jun 2018
    The Brief: Build a bridge that crosses a river .....
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  • All Around Art - Kandinsky

    Jun 2018
    The power of colour took over Year 3’s art as they engaged with the geometrical elements and abstract images of the artist Wassily Kandinsky.
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  • Super Shape Poems

    May 2018
    This week we have been looking at different forms of poetry in preparation for the upcoming poetry competition, after Half Term.
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  • Right Before Our Eyes

    May 2018
    The children in Year 5 had the privilege of releasing our ‘home grown’ butterflies into the nature area outside the Science Lab and Art Room.
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  • SVPS Grandparents' Day 2018

    May 2018
    This Tuesday, the School held their annual Grandparents' Day welcoming over 200 grandparents. 
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  • Montgenévre Ski Trip 2018

    Apr 2018
    During the Easter Holidays, pupils and staff visited Montgenèvre, France for the SVPS Ski Trip.
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  • All Around William Morris Art

    Mar 2018
    Year 5 have been inspired by William Morris and his Arts and Crafts movement.
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  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Mar 2018
    Year 4 explored the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears through the words of Roald Dahl.
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  • Year 5 CCF Experience 

    Mar 2018
    Last Friday, Year 5 visited the Senior School for a CCF experience. Firstly, we had lunch at the Senior School, which was delicious!
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  • U11 Hockey IAPS Regional Winners

    Mar 2018
    On Monday, the Colts A Hockey team travelled to Tonbridge School for the U11 IAPS Hockey Regional Tournament. Teams from Surrey, Sussex and Kent made up the 28 strong field and we knew we would be in for a tough days Hockey.
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  • U11A IAPS Hockey National Finals update

    Nov 2017
    Last Friday saw the U11A girls hockey team compete at the IAPS Hockey National Finals. Only 28 schools made it to the National Finals out of 235 – already the girls were winners.
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  • U11A Hockey Girls Through to Nationals

    Oct 2017
    The U11A Girls Hockey travelled to Tonbridge School for the IAPS Hockey Tournamen this week. After the success at the SVPS Tournament, the girls went with high hopes, as this year’s team are a very talented group of hockey players.
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  • Year 2's Conservation Week

    Oct 2017
    Our week started with a bang. Nicola and James, from KCC, spoke to Year 2 about the importance of our world and what we can do to protect it. The children had to play a recycling game and learnt that ‘scrunchy plastic’ such as crisp packets cannot be recycled.
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  • Pre-Prep Harvest Festival Fun

    Sep 2017
    Pre-Prep have celebrated their annual Harvest Festival this year with their traditional service at St Michaels church and then an afternoon of dancing at a barn dance. Pupils arrived in School dressed as farmers for the day; a sea of checked shirts and wellington boots could be seen throughout the b...
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  • A Greek Adventure in Greenwich

    Sep 2017
    Year 3 visited Greenwich Royal Naval College this week to experience an interactive workshop about Greek gods. The day started with acting and then creating beautiful masks of the gods, which they brought back to School.
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  • Design Technology, Science and Fairgrounds

    Sep 2017
    What do Ferris wheels, teacups, swings and carousels all have in common?
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  • Year 1 has a Historical Adventure

    Sep 2017
    Year 1 enjoyed not only magnificent weather but also the opportunity to meet Mr Thomas Farriner, the Baker who sadly started the Great Fire of London during their trip to Kent Life.
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  • Year 2 in Bedgebury Pinetum

    Sep 2017
    Pupils in Year 2 had a most instructive time at Bedgebury Pinetum this week! They spent time in the forest, finding different species of conifer and learning all about their cones.
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  • Facing fears on a Year 4 Trip

    Sep 2017
    On Tuesday, Year 4 pupils enjoyed an enthralling team building day, at the Swattenden Centre, in Cranbrook. The day consisted of three main activities in smaller groups and then was rounded off with the two classes going head to head on the obstacle course!
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  • HIKSVS opens its doors to pupils

    Sep 2017
    The start of this academic year sees a hugely significant landmark in the long history of Sutton Valence School. As many of you will be aware, we are immensely proud that, after well over two years’ hard work of planning, construction and recruitment, the HIK SVS International School, a co-education...
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  • The Caterpillar Conga!

    Jun 2017
    On Friday morning, Reception had their last fundraising event to raise money to sponsor a guide dog.  Following their ‘Funny Bones’ Workshop, and the spectacular ‘Fairy Cake and Potion’ sale, which together totalled just over £200 they were hoping to raise the final £100.
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  • Year 4 Enrichment Day

    Jun 2017
    Year 4 spent a very exciting and challenging day at the Senior School.
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  • Pre-Prep Prize-giving and Sports Days

    Jun 2017
    What perfect weather we were blessed with for our annual Pre-Prep Prizegiving and Sports Days. Pupils, teachers, staff, family and friends gathered in the Bates Hall for the opportunity to celebrate achievements,
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  • Poetry Competition

    Jun 2017
    Last Friday saw another successful Poetry Speaking Competition.
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  • Silver at the Rose Hill Rounders Tournament

    Jun 2017
    It was a glorious day on Saturday for the U11A Rose Hill Rounders Tournament. The girls were on cracking form, beating Holmewood House and Marlborough House to win their group.
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  • Pre-Prep on the Election Trail

    Jun 2017
    In this important week for the United Kingdom, 1L have been holding their own elections.  Each child chose their party name, colour and symbol, then they created a policy that they wished to introduce into the School and wrote their own manifesto.
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  • Super Soloists

    May 2017
    The first Soloists’ Concert of the term was held last Friday, giving pupils an opportunity to perform their pieces in a relaxed, informal environment.
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  • Junior King's Tournament- Silver Medal Winners

    May 2017
    The Under 10A Rounders team headed to Junior Kings School, Canterbury this week for a tightly-contested round-robin tournament. The sun was shining and the girls put all their skills into action.
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  • Debating Club

    May 2017
    On two Saturday mornings, a group of enthusiastic pupils took up the challenge from Mrs Head and Miss Corkran to become debaters.In the first session in April the group took part in lots of fun activities to help teach them the skills they would require for the final big debate.
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  • IAPS Swimming Nationals

    May 2017
    Last Saturday, five pupils from the Prep School travelled over to the K2 Crawley for the National Swimming Finals. All five had qualified following impressive results at the regional stage, back in January. This represents the largest number of pupils the School has ever had qualify for the National...
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  • Recreating the Battle of Hastings

    May 2017
    As part of their topic work on Knights and Castles, children in Year 2 are learning about the Battle of Hastings. 
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  • Grandparents' Day

    May 2017
    Sutton Valence School held its annual Grandparents Day this week.  Despite the threat of rain, this was one of the most popular Grandparents Days in recent history with hundreds of visitors at the School.
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  • Orchard Run

    May 2017
    Last Friday afternoon, we held our annual Orchard Run hosting 11 primary schools.
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  • Charity Cake Sale

    Apr 2017
    Children in Reception raised an amazing £150 from their Fairy Cake and Potions sale on Monday, which is going towards the fund to allow them to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy.
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  • Performing with VOCES8

    Apr 2017
    On the last day of Lent Term, the SVPS Chamber Choir hotfooted it up to London to perform in the United Westminster Schools Foundation Concert.  This was the culmination of the VOCES8 Project, organised by the Foundation, which saw VOCES8 countertenor, Barney Smith, work with the choir here at Schoo...
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  • SVPS Swim Stars

    Mar 2017
    In January,  five pupils from the Prep School competed at the IAPS Regional Swimming Event, where they performed superbly. Yesterday Mr Davey received the overall results from the 28 regional rounds from all over the country.
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  • Shakespeare Week

    Mar 2017
    On Monday, the Prep department had a fantastic introduction to the Bard’s work when they were treated to a visit by author, Robin Price.
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  • U11A In2Hockey Regionals

    Mar 2017
    On Wednesday, the U11A girls' Hockey team travelled to Redbridge to compete in the In2Hockey Regionals, representing not only our School, but Kent. The girls played with maturity, determination and fantastic skills throughout the whole day. The level of hockey they played was outstanding and both Mr...
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  • Mad Scientist Day

    Mar 2017
    On Tuesday, Year 4 had an action-packed science day. A company called Working Science came in for the day and conducted experiments on Eco-Electricity, Sound and Vibration.
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  • Colts at the National Finals

    Mar 2017
    Two weeks ago, the Colts A Hockey team qualified for the IAPS national competition at Repton School in Derbyshire; a feat that has never been achieved by a team from Sutton Valence Preparatory School before. The tournament took place at the start of this week, and our intrepid team competed against ...
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  • U9 and U11 Cross Country at Ashford Prep

    Mar 2017
    On Monday, our U8, U9, U10 and U11 Cross Country teams travelled to Ashford Prep and we came away with some fantastic results! Eight schools and about sixty pupils per race competed at this event, with boys and girls running together.
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  • Joint Concert

    Mar 2017
    Tuesday evening saw the Prep School’s Bates Hall play host to the (now biennial) Joint Concert; a celebration of musical talent from both the Senior School and the Preparatory School.
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  • Creative Canterbury Trip

    Feb 2017
    It was all about Art and Music when Year 5 headed to Canterbury, sketchbooks in hand, on the Friday before Half Term. Art abounded everywhere in the wonderful architecture of Canterbury's old cobbled streets. 
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  • Silver for the U11B’s at St. Michael’s Netball Tournament

    Feb 2017
    It was a very wet but, thankfully, mild day at the St Michael’s U11B Tournament with ten teams attending. The girls were fired up and ready to give their all, especially as this was the first tournament some of them had been to.
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  • New Deputy Head Announced

    Feb 2017
    The Governors, Headmaster and Miss Corkran are delighted to announce the appointment of James Watkins as Deputy Head from September 2017.
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  • Awesome Arctic Exploration

    Feb 2017