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  • The Sound of Music

    24 January 2020
    The hills were alive last week as the Senior production of The Sound of Music took to the stage in the Baughan Theatre.
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    The Sound of Music
  • Kent Schools Cross Country Championships

    24 January 2020
    On Saturday 18th January, the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships took place at The Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover. Three of our pupils qualified for these championships.
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    Kent Schools Cross Country Championships
  • Trampoline Triumph

    24 January 2020
    Louis Hillier (Lower Sixth) had a really successful 2019 in freestyle trampoline, gaining several world’s first tricks
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    Trampoline Triumph
  • Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course

    24 January 2020
    In December, a number of our string members attended and represented the School at the Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course.
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    Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course
  • Cambridge Offer

    24 January 2020
    We are delighted to announce that all students who applied to Oxford or Cambridge this year did well in their admissions tests and were invited to interview.
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  • Cleopatra Came to Visit!

    24 January 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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    Cleopatra came to visit!
  • Message from Head of Pre-Prep - 24th Jan 2020

    24 January 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

    24 January 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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    Code Crackers
  • Who wants to be an Anglo –Saxon?

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

    24 January 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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  • Juniors Informal Concert

    24 January 2020
    On Thursday evening, the Music department held an informal concert for the juniors. These concerts are there to allow pupils to gain experience in playing in front of a small audience
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  • Catering for Yourself at University

    24 January 2020
    On Wednesday 22nd January, Ben Kyd, Elizabeth Fraser, Hu Yuqian and Gabriella Howarth (all Upper Sixth), went down to St Margaret’s to attend a ‘Catering for yourself at Uni’ forum. Read Gabriella’s account below:
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  • Message from Deputy Head 17.01.2020

    17 January 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

    17 January 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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    Back to Basics
  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 17th Jan 2020

    17 January 2020
    See below for our Superstars and Courtesy Badge winners this week!
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  • CCF Climbing Venture

    17 January 2020
    During the Lent Term, the Fourth Form Army cadets are attending the Climbing Experience in Maidstone each week, to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pass their Level One NIBAS bouldering course. 
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    CCF Climbing Venture
  • Max's Ski Success

    17 January 2020
    Max Laughland (Fourth Form) has been racing for the British Ski Academy in the Anglo-Scottish races in Pila, in the Aosta Valley region of Italy over the Christmas Holiday.
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    Max Ski Success
  • Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip

    17 January 2020
    Mr James, Miss Feilen and seven Sutton girls travelled to Birling Gap and Brighton for a fantastic Boarding trip. Amongst the fierce wind and wild high tide, the girls still had a great time along the coast.
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    Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip
  • Sixth Form Finance Forum

    17 January 2020
    On Wednesday, the Upper Sixth were able to benefit from the advice and wisdom of Mr Fowle, the School Bursar, on student budgeting.  As a “money man” but also a parent, he knows the pitfalls that can befall young people away from home for the first time, with a student loan burning a hole in their p...
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    Sixth Form Finance Forum
  • Swimming Association Gala

    17 January 2020
    On Saturday, three of our swimmers took part in the Kent Schools Swimming Association gala, where we were up against the very best swimmers across schools in Kent.
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    Swimming Association Gala
  • Junior debaters through to the Regionals!

    17 January 2020
    On Tuesday, our Junior Public Speakers travelled to Towers School in Ashford to compete in the Rotary Club Youth Speaks debating competition.
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    Junior debaters through to the Regionals!
  • Power Cut - 14th January 2020

    14 January 2020
    The School site has been disabled by a power cut from about 1.15pm.
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  • England U20 Rugby Squad

    10 January 2020
    Harvey Beaton, SVS's 1st XV captain last year, has been annouced in the England U20 32-man squad, starting with the U20 Six Nations Championship next month.
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    England U20 Rugby Squad
  • New Head of School - Lent 2020

    10 January 2020
    Anna Harrison, our new Head of School for Lent Term, delivered a powerful speech at the Headmaster's Assembly this Friday. Please read below for Anna's whole speech:
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  • Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp

    10 January 2020
    Sutton Valence School is proud to be continuing its exciting partnership with the Saracens Mavericks Netball franchise. On the last Thursday and Friday of the Christmas holiday, we were privileged to hold the first Saracens Mavericks Netball camp in Kent here at SVS.
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    Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp
  • Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens

    10 January 2020
    Over the Christmas break, Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth), Nathan Bispham (Upper Sixth), Alfred Goater (Lower Sixth) and Charles Galligan (Lower Sixth) have been playing Premiership Academy League Rugby for Saracens U18s.
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    Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens
  • Auschwitz trip

    10 January 2020
    On Thursday 12th December, Mrs Sunde and 60 Sutton Valence School pupils headed to Auschwitz, Poland for a 3-day trip that will stay each participant for a lifetime. Read Mrs Sunde’s account of the trip below:
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  • Evie Swim Success

    10 January 2020
    Over the Christmas holidays, we received the fantastic news that Evie Smith has been selected to swim for the SE Region in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Final.
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    Evie Swim Success
  • Parents' Badminton Group

    10 January 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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  • Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents

    10 January 2020
    The Housemasters would like to invite parents of Fifth Form pupils to Groves Hall on Saturday 11th January at 8.15am, to discuss the lead up to the Summer Term.
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    Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents
  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges - 10th Jan 2020

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

    10 January 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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    Voces8 Visit to Prep SChool
  • X or Y?

    10 January 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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    X or Y?
  • Message from Head of Prep - 10th Jan 2020

    10 January 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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    Message from Head of Prep - 10th Jan 2020
  • Junior Quiz - December 2019

    10 January 2020
    The Junior Quiz provided a fitting end to a busy term for first and second form.  With rounds as diverse as ‘Mr Carr’ and The Living World a good time was had by all.
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  • Christmas Market 2019

    10 January 2020
    The Junior Leadership Elves were hard at work before the Christmas break, in which they created an array of Christmas Crafts, which were sold at the end of each of the Christmas Carol Services.
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    Christmas Market 2019
  • Cricket for Girls Camp 2020

    10 January 2020
    Lydia Greenway is a former Kent & England Cricket player who is offering a fantastic Cricket for Girls Camp here at Sutton Valence School.
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  • Library Christmas Competitions

    13 December 2019
    How do you say a Christmas greeting in Afrikaans or Nepali?  In which decade was the first Christmas card sent in the UK?  These are questions that have featured in our Library Christmas quizzes this year.
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  • Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell

    13 December 2019
    In November, we were lucky enough to come to SVS on a six-week exchange from Sydney, Australia.  We have had many fun experiences whilst here and made some great memories. 
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    Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell
  • Ice Skating Trip

    13 December 2019
    On 1st of December, members of Sutton House travelled by bus to Canterbury to start our skating adventures.
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    Ice Skating trip
  • Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring

    13 December 2019
    In recent years, Cricket at Sutton Valence has gone from strength-to-strength with both boys and girls enjoying considerable success.  In addition to developing SV pupils, the School has established an outstanding relationship with Kent Cricket and is actively supporting the sport across the County ...
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    Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring
  • Boarders' Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas Market

    13 December 2019
    On 8th of December, Sutton House boarders went on a trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market.  Although it was a bit colder than we expected, the clear sky and the shining sun promised a lovely day.
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    Boarders Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market
  • Auf Wiedersehen and Adios!

    13 December 2019
    As we approach the end of another busy term, it is sadly time to say goodbye to some of our overseas students.  Charlotte, Pablo, Ana and Alfredo will all return to their home countries of Germany and Spain having spent a term with us at SVS. 
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    Auf wiedersehen and adios!
  • Inter-section Drill Competition

    13 December 2019
    On Wednesday, the annual inter-section Drill competition took place.  The three teams, from the Navy, Army and RAF, had been practising their routines since the beginning of term. 
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  • Inter-house Christmas Bake Off

    12 December 2019
    Whilst the Lambe’s day room, on a windy and damp December lunchtime, is not exactly the Bake Off tent in the height of Summer, entrants in the first Inter-house Christmas Bake Off contest rose to the occasion with a creative and delicious variety of bakes, from across the Houses, thrown into the mix...
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    Inter-house Christmas Bake Off
  • Maths Week Finale

    06 December 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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    Maths Week Finale
  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    06 December 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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  • Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad

    06 December 2019
    Congratulations go  to Luca Esposito Lee-Kemp who has been selected for the U14 Kent Golf squad.
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    Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad
  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    05 December 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!

    05 December 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

    05 December 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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    Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition
  • Grace Into Rugby Cup Final

    05 December 2019
    First Former, Grace Williams represents Old Colfeians in the U13 girls' Crimson Rugby team.  Last Sunday, the team took part in the heats of the Kent Waterfall Tournament in Folkestone.
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    Grace Into Cup Final
  • Annual Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition

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

    29 November 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

    29 November 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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    VOCES8 With Chamber Choir
  • What a Maths Week

    29 November 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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    What a Maths Week
  • Year 4 in Stitches

    29 November 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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    Year 4 in Stitches
  • Jelly Bean Maths

    29 November 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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    Jelly Bean Maths
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    29 November 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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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Read All About It!

    29 November 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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    Read All About It!
  • Deputy Head's Lines

    29 November 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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  • Grow a Mo Challenge

    29 November 2019
    Congratulations to the Sixth Form boys who have completed the challenge to grow a moustache for Movember, raising funds which will go to the charity which works to improve men’s health.  
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    Grow a Mo Challenge
  • Sixth Form ICT Conference

    29 November 2019
    On 27th November, 16 Sixth Form students attended a series of lectures on future developments in the field of ICT.
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    Sixth Form ICT Conference
  • Equestrian Highs for Isabelle and Imogen

    29 November 2019
    Two pupils represented the School in separate Equestrian events, last weekend.
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    Equestrian Highs for Isabelle and Imogen
  • First Form French Play

    29 November 2019
    On Thursday, Onatti Productions returned to SVPS to perform a French play Ecris-moi! (Write to Me!) and our First Form French group were invited along to watch the production, together with Years 5 and 6 at the Prep School.
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    First Form French Play
  • Harvey Selected for England U20s

    28 November 2019
    We were delighted to hear that Harvey Beaton (2019 F) has been named as one of five Saracens in the England Under 20s first training camp of the 2019/2020 season.
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    Harvey Selected for England U20s
  • United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation Gala Concert

    28 November 2019
    On 21st November the Chamber Choir travelled to London to perform in the stunning St Johns Church, Hyde Park.
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    United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation Gala Concert
  • Maidstone School’s Cross-Country Competition

    28 November 2019
    On 22nd of November, seven Sutton Valence School pupils went to Mote Park to compete in the annual Maidstone school’s cross-country competition.
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