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  • TTRockstars House Cup

    26 March 2021
    There is a new addition to the house trophy cupboard - pupils from Year 2 to 6 can now work towards the TTRockstars House Cup!
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  • Mountainous Landscapes

    26 March 2021
    What do you get when you combine dragons, the Himalayan Mountains and Year 3’s creativity?
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  • Perfect Portraits

    26 March 2021
    Portraiture is a very old art form. Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone – be it human or animal.
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  • Reading Adventurers

    26 March 2021
    A book is an adventure waiting to happen…
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  • Message from the Deputy Head - 26th March 2021

    26 March 2021
    As we reach the conclusion of the most bizarre of terms, we are able to look back and reflect on what, I am sure you will agree with me, is a job well done.
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    Message from the Deputy Head - 26th March 2021
  • Poetry Recital

    26 March 2021
    Several of our First Form English students took part in an end of term Zoom call with residents of Sutton Valence Care Home, to share poetry readings and Easter wishes.
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  • National Citizenship Service

    26 March 2021
    For many years, some of our Fifth Form students have benefited from participating in the National Citizenship Service summer programme.
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  • RAF Olympics

    26 March 2021
    This week, the Third Form RAF cadets competed in the RAF Olympics. 
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  • US and Global Universities Webinar

    26 March 2021
    Have you got academic strength? Intellectual curiosity? Leadership?
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  • CCF Senior NCOs

    26 March 2021
    Tradition is important in the CCF and the pace stick is the symbol of the Senior Cadet. 
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  • Website Competition Winner

    26 March 2021
    We are pleased to announce the winner of the SVS Foundation Connect prize draw.
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    Website Competition Winner
  • Exciting Computing Project

    26 March 2021
    Our Second Form students have an exciting Computing project coming up in the Summer Term. 
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  • RAF Museum Green Aviation Challenge Winner

    26 March 2021
    Grace Manning-Greene (Second Form) entered the RAF Museum Green Aviation Challenge, in which she had to come up with and present an idea that could help the Royal Air Force be more environmentally friendly.
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  • Holiday Reading

    26 March 2021
    Don’t forget to make use of the SVS eBook and audio library over the holidays. You can access our eLibrary anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.
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  • Leavers' Netball 2021

    26 March 2021
    Yesterday, our Upper Sixth took to the Netball court for the annual Boys vs Girls Netball match.
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  • Intra-School Fixtures - 19th March 2021

    26 March 2021
    Last Saturday afternoon saw another round of intra-school sports fixtures with students participating in fixtures across Football, Hockey, Netball and Touch Rugby.
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  • Blue Gown Winners - Lent Term 2021

    26 March 2021
    We were delighted to see how many students had received their Blue Gown this term.
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  • End of Term Announcement

    26 March 2021
    Please see information pertaining to the School holidays and next term.
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  • Zachabees

    25 March 2021
    Zachary H (Year 4) has developed a huge love of bees and has become extremely passionate about helping to save the bees.
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  • Message from Deputy Head - 19th March 2021

    19 March 2021
    There’s a funny feeling of limbo, being in School at the moment.
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    Message from Deputy Head - 19th March 2021
  • International Affairs Forum

    19 March 2021
    Summer Beames (Lower Sixth), who is one of our Academic Scholars, took part in an International Affairs Forum earlier this week. She reflects on the experience below.
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  • You Cube Reminder

    19 March 2021
    A final call for everyone to create a You Cube to celebrate you being part of the SVPS community.
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  • SVPS Ski Trip 2022

    19 March 2021
    We are hoping to offer a Ski Trip in Easter 2022 to the current Year 2 to Year 5 children (who will be Year 3 to Year 6 at the date of travel).
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  • Year 2 Triathlon

    19 March 2021
    Whilst Year 2 were at home during the lockdown, they decided to raise money for the Hile School in Nepal. They challenged themselves to complete a triathlon event to raise money, in which they raised a staggering £2,862!
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  • Red Nose Day 2021

    19 March 2021
    Our children have been celebrating Red Nose Day today, raising lots of money for charity.
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  • Comic Relief TTRockstars

    19 March 2021
    What a busy week! The pupils at SVPS have been going mad for their times tables.
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  • Third Form Shooting

    19 March 2021
    The reopening of School has brought a welcome return to our co-curricular activities. 
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  • Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub for Pupils

    19 March 2021
    We are now pleased to inform you that Teen Tips has extended their Wellbeing Hub to pupils.
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  • Young Doctor Programme

    19 March 2021
    Holly Clark and Simona Jovanovic both Lower Sixth) participated in the Young Doctor Programme by InvestIN, which provided them with a fascinating insight into the medical profession.
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  • Intra-school sport returns to SVS

    18 March 2021
    On Saturday afternoon, our intra-school sport recommenced with nearly 190 pupils participating in Football, Hockey, Netball and Touch Rugby fixtures.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Sophia Parkin

    18 March 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Sophia Parkin (First Form) has been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for her impressive and mature essay on King John.
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  • COVID Home Testing

    18 March 2021
    We have now concluded our COVID testing on-site.
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  • Morris Meadows for SVPS!

    12 March 2021
    A landscaped wildflower meadow in the grounds at Compton Verney House, an Art Gallery and Garden in Warwickshire, was the seed that grew the Year 5 Morris Meadow for SVPS artworks.
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  • Never Judge a Book by its Cover!

    12 March 2021
    Mrs Savage’s Year 5 set had a vile time on World Book Day creating eye-catching, blood-curdling covers inspired by their villainous writing.
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  • British Science Week 2021

    12 March 2021
    This week, we celebrated British Science Week at SVPS.
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  • St Patrick's Day

    12 March 2021
    Prefect Freya S (Year 6) has shared her St Patrick's Day cookie recipe and crafts designs below. 
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  • Year 2 Art Competition Winners

    12 March 2021
    Year 2 were inspired by the story of 'Katie and the Waterlily Pond'.
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  • Year 6 Informal Concert

    12 March 2021
    After weeks of lockdown and a dearth of entertainment opportunities, what a joy last Friday was!
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  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 12th March 2021

    12 March 2021
    As our first week back in School comes to a close, we must congratulate all the children on how quickly they have adapted to being back in their classrooms and once again, getting used to classroom learning again.
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  • Sixth Form Symposium 2021

    12 March 2021
    "It is not often you get the offer of free coffee with a side of existentialism, but when you do, you take it."
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  • Codebreakers

    12 March 2021
    For centuries, organisations and governments have needed to send information secretly.
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  • Lower Sixth InvestIN Webinar – ‘Your Future’

    12 March 2021
    On Monday morning, our Lower Sixth students participated in an InvestIN Education webinar, designed to explore their future career options.
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  • English Competition - Design a Book Cover

    12 March 2021
    Before Half Term, our English department set out a competition for our students to design an original cover for a book they have read recently or that they are particularly fond of.
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  • Translator Meeting

    12 March 2021
    Last Monday, our Fourth Form MFL students met with interpreter and translator, Rob Hunt.
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  • Leavers' Ball 2021

    12 March 2021
    We announced our Leavers' Ball last week and we had a wonderful response from our community. 
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  • English Competition

    12 March 2021
    Our English department ran a competition for our First Form students, following the Bishop’s Stortford literature competition in relation to a book The Girl who became a Tree by Joseph Coelho, in which they had to bring one of the characters to life.
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  • Prefect Storytime

    11 March 2021
    During the lockdown, one of our prefects, Evie W (Year 6), came up with the idea of recording some stories for the younger children to enjoy.
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  • Spring has Sprung!

    05 March 2021
    Year 4 are blossoming with enthusiasm for their new artist, Tracey English! The London based illustrator and surface pattern artist creates collages with hand-painted papers.
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  • Individual Music Lessons

    05 March 2021
    Our visiting music teachers have been working wonders during lockdown, preparing pupils to sit remote exams and to perform wherever possible. 
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  • Year 3 Peer Gynt Artwork

    05 March 2021
    Year 3’s imaginations have been on fire this term listening to Grieg’s music In the Hall of the Mountain King.
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  • Prefect Book Review

    05 March 2021
    Who doesn’t love a good story…? It could be fantasy, mystery, autobiography, or a spooky horror. And it could be enjoyed out in the garden on a hot summers day or curled up by the fire with a steaming hot chocolate.
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  • Message from our Head of Pre-Prep - 5th March 2021

    05 March 2021
    Message from our Head of Pre-Prep: A message for the children
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  • Virtual Exercise Fixture vs King’s Rochester

    05 March 2021
    Last Saturday saw us take on King’s Rochester in a whole school Virtual Exercise Fixture.
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  • COVID Testing

    04 March 2021
    In preparing for a return to School next week, we understand that the students may be a little apprehensive about having to take their first COVID test.
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  • CCF Navy Promotion

    04 March 2021
    It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the promotion of several Royal Navy Cadets, who have transferred from Able Cadet to One Star and one promotion from One Star to Two Star. 
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  • Raspberry Muffin Recipe

    26 February 2021
    Prefect Clementine B (Year 6) has shared a wonderful recipe with us, to bake delicious raspberry muffins. 
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  • Book Review - Prefect Report

    26 February 2021
    Prefect Evelyn W (Year 6) has written an excellent book review of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken.
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  • Lockdown Reflections

    26 February 2021
    Our Fourth Form Photography students were given a two-week assignment called 'Reflections’.
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  • Japanese Club

    26 February 2021
    Created in the first lockdown, our Japanese Club students are immersing themselves in Japanese culture.
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  • Headmaster Copy Prize - 26th February 2021

    26 February 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that eight students were awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for their outstanding academic work. Five students were also commended for their excellent work.
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  • Message from the Head - 26th February 2021

    25 February 2021
    How wonderful that, in the week we introduced collaboration and flexibility as our learning powers, we also found out that we will all be back together from Monday 8th March!
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  • OS News - Letter

    25 February 2021
    Recently, we received the sad news of the death of Old Suttonian Norman Collings (1940 W). In reporting his death, his widow, Susan, sent us through a scan of a letter he had sent to his mother shortly before he concluded his time at the School.
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  • Environmental Project

    25 February 2021
    Our Second Form students undertook a project to apply for a Blue Peter green badge.
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  • Half Term Drama Production

    25 February 2021
    Over Half Term, Mr Watkins launched a Drama competition, where each class performed a selection of poems and prose.
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  • Looking for something to read?

    12 February 2021
    During lockdown, there are lots of opportunities for the children to spend some time curled up with a good book.
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  • Snow Poems

    12 February 2021
    Poetry can be defined as 'literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience'.
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  • Escape into a Landscape

    12 February 2021
    Year 4 have creatively escaped from lockdown by creating their very own L.S. Lowry landscapes.
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  • You Cube

    12 February 2021
    Create a You Cube to celebrate being part of the SVPS community.
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  • Message from our Head - 12th February 2021

    12 February 2021
    I am sure that we can all agree that, in many ways, this lockdown has been much harder than the first one.
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    Message from our Head - 12th February 2021
  • Festival of Literature

    12 February 2021
    Bishop’s Stortford College has hosted a literature festival for a number of years and, undaunted by the lockdown this year, they proceeded with a festival that was entirely online.
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  • Volcano Project

    12 February 2021
    During their Geography classes, our Second Form students have been learning about the theory of plate tectonics and the formation of volcanoes.
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  • Saracens Rugby Interview - 5th February 2021

    12 February 2021
    Last Friday, the Senior Rugby squad had a question and answer session with Saracens Rugby player Charlie Watson.
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    Saracens Rugby Interview - 5th February 2021
  • Virtual Sporting Fixture - 6th February 2021

    12 February 2021
    On Saturday, SVS took part in a Virtual Exercise Fixture against Ashford School and St Lawrence College.
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    Virtual Sporting Fixture - 6th February 2021
  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Elliot Gooding

    12 February 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Elliot Gooding (Upper Sixth) has been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for his incredible portrait, named 'The Marching Bandsman'.
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  • Headmaster Announcement

    08 February 2021
    Mrs Gillian Swaine, Chair of the Governors at Sutton Valence School, is delighted to announce that the Governing Body has appointed Mr James Thomas as the new Headmaster of the School, effective as of September 2021.
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  • Year 2 Art Competition

    05 February 2021
    In Year 2 we have been inspired by the story of 'Katie and the Waterlily Pond'. 
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  • Beat COVID Board Game

    05 February 2021
    Beat Covid is a family game created by Aryaa O-S (Year 6) that encourages you to be physically active.
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  • Stamps of Approval

    05 February 2021
    The well-known artist and craftsman, William Morris would definitely have given his stamp of approval to the wonderful stamp designs that Year 5 has created.
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  • Games Review

    05 February 2021
    As part of his prefect duties, Kit H (Year 6) wrote a report on Year 5 and 6's Games competition.
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  • Design Technology Takes Flight

    05 February 2021
    SVPS is full of Design Technology enthusiasts!
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  • Calling the Community 

    05 February 2021
    Do you want to take part in the largest exhibition ever staged? Do you want to be part of a 'magical patchwork of creativity' and 'unleash your national flair'? The East of England's contemporary visual arts organisation Firstsite has launched an exciting new initiative to encourage the creation of ...
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  • Ancient Egyptian Potions

    05 February 2021
    This week, Year 1 has been learning about Ancient Egyptian potions.
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  • Buddies

    05 February 2021
    As part of their transition into Prep, children in Year 2 are allocated a buddy in Year 5 who can 'show them the ropes' and support them as they head up to the Coles Building. 
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  • Message from our Deputy Head - 5th February 2021

    05 February 2021
    Of all the skills learned in School, the ability to read must be number one.
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    Message from our Deputy Head - 5th February 2021
  • MFL Recommendations - February 2021

    05 February 2021
    To encourage our community to explore TV shows and books in other languages, the MFL department has shared their current recommendations on shows and books they are currently devouring. 
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  • SV I-Fit Reminder

    05 February 2021
    Mr Howell wanted to remind pupils and parents of the flexibility within the SV I-Fit programme.
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  • Holocaust Memorial 2021

    05 February 2021
    As mentioned in the 22nd January newsletter, this year we have made the viewing of the Holocaust Memorial optional.
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  • DT In Action

    29 January 2021
    Harry H (Year 6) and brother Charlie (Year 4) have been actively applying their skills to construct flood-resistant homes and floating gardens for their Independent Design Technology Project.
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  • New Brownie

    29 January 2021
    Amy J (Year 2) joined Brownies last week, she informed her peers in the class on Friday and spent her day in full uniform.
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  • Science is Sweet

    29 January 2021
    Aaryan H (Year 6) has written a report about what Year 6 got up to in Science this week.
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  • Choir Time

    29 January 2021
    “You’ve gotta make your own kind of music”, and that’s exactly what our Senior and Chamber Choir have been doing!
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  • Magical Landscapes

    29 January 2021
    Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an artist who loved colour and nature.
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  • Message from Academic Deputy Head - 29th January 2021

    29 January 2021
    One definition of learning is ‘if nothing has changed in long-term memory then nothing has been learned’.
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  • Skin Cancer Study

    29 January 2021
    Congratulations to Old Suttonian Peter Bannister (2013 H), who has co-authored a study focused on the worrying increase in skin cancer cases in the UK.
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  • Preparing for National Apprenticeships Week

    29 January 2021
    Here at SVS, we do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach when preparing our students for their future.
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    Preparing for National Apprenticeships Week
  • Blue Peter Green Badge

    29 January 2021
    This week, our Second Form Science students have started their Blue Peter Green badge project.
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  • Be on the Team: Teenagers against Meningitis study

    29 January 2021
    For the last two years, members of the Sutton Valence Sixth Form have taken part in the 'Be on the TEAM: Teenagers Against Meningitis' research study.
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  • Drawing Workshop

    29 January 2021
    Last weekend, the Art department set up a virtual Urban Landscape Drawing workshop with artist Jeanette Barnes.
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  • Wellbeing Hub

    29 January 2021
    We are delighted to inform you that we have joined the Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub.
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  • COVID Testing Centre

    22 January 2021
    Following the Government announcement that schools will be involved in mass testing of pupils and staff, we have been busy transforming the Sports Hall into a testing centre.
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  • Home Sweet Home

    22 January 2021
    As we are all spending more time at home at the moment, now is the perfect opportunity to complete some interior design. 
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  • Tissue Monsters

    22 January 2021
    Our Year 3 key worker children were given the task to create a tissue box monster as part of their Independent Extended Design Technology project.
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  • Year 5 Book Study

    22 January 2021
    Year 5 have started their new book study for this term, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant. 
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  • Art - David Hockney

    22 January 2021
    Seb H (Year 6) has been telling us all about Year 6's Art lesson this week, and how they are looking at a new artist known as David Hockney.
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  • Music at Home

    22 January 2021
    While your children are spending more time at home than usual and perhaps looking for ways to entertain themselves, why not encourage them to spend time on some musical pursuits?
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  • Lent Term Book Club

    22 January 2021
    We are delighted to offer a new Lent Term Book Club for our Prep children.
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  • From our Head Girl

    22 January 2021
    Our new Head Girl, Mya B (Year 6), has written an excellent poem about the current situation we find ourselves in, with a wonderful sense of positivity throughout.
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  • Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 22nd January 2021

    22 January 2021
    Well Pre-Prep, how can I start this newsletter without saying a very big well done to each and every one of you and of course, your parents.
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  • MFL Recommendations

    22 January 2021
    The MFL department is making the most of lockdown to catch up on some of their favourite French and Spanish TV series and read the books they didn’t get around to reading during the last lockdown.
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  • Holocaust Survivor Talk

    22 January 2021
    During a normal School term, we participate in the live webcast on Holocaust memorial day, taking place on 26th January. 
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  • Head of School Speech

    22 January 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, Cameron Lamont-Brown (Upper Sixth) delivered her excellent speech to the School.
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    Head of School Speech - Cameron Lamont-Brown (Upper Sixth)
  • Junior Leadership Cookbook 2021

    22 January 2021
    The Juniors were tasked with the challenge of serving their family by cooking for them, as part of Junior Leadership.
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  • Key Worker Children - 15th January 2021

    15 January 2021
    Although our key worker children are really missing their friends, they are making the best of the situation in School.
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  • Sewing Bees

    15 January 2021
    Charlotte and Zara have been busy Design Technology bees, designing and sewing.
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  • Stepping into Lowry’s Life

    15 January 2021
    Year 4 have stepped into the world of artist LS Lowry. A world filled with factories, street scenes, grey skies and matchstick figures with large feet.
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  • Zoomposium - Can faith and doubt co-exist?

    15 January 2021
    The Sixth Form Symposium restarted on Wednesday lunchtime, thi