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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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
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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

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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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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Oct 2019

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    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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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 'Multi...

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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 ca...

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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.

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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...

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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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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Sep 2019
    So, what is resilience?  Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges or even trauma. It’s not something that children either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that children develop as they grow. 
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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 prod...

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  • A Summer of Sport

    Sep 2019
    What a summer of Sport it has been! I hope our pupils have managed to watch some of the big events over the summer; from the exhilarating World Cup Cricket Final, men’s and women’s Cricket Ashes, The Solheim Cup, US Open Tennis and Women’s Netball World Cup to name just a few. We also have the World...
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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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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badges

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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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.  T...

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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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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    In my assembly this week, I told the children in the Prep department one of Aesop’s fables; The Crow and the Jug. Why? Well, as you know, this term we are focussing on Learning Powers with the help of Super Hoot. I decided to enlist one of his feathered friends, the crow, to help explain what initia...
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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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  • Deputy Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    “I’m no good at this.” “I can’t do it” “It’s not fair; that team is better than us.” Do these sound familiar? I am sure that parents are exposed to this sort of negative attitude from children as much as teachers are. This fixed mindset thinking, where people believe that the way things are, is the ...
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  • Year 1 Fun

    Sep 2019
    It is amazing how fast little people settle into their new classrooms.  We have had some super fun this week playing literacy games, investigating Tudor houses and painting our own versions for our wall displays in the corridors, look out for them! 
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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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  • Terrific Year 2

    Sep 2019
    What a super start to the academic year; Year 2 children have returned to School dressed for success, they have the correct uniform, super-smart haircuts and shiny shoes! 
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  • Head's Lines

    Sep 2019
    The new academic year has got off to a flying start and no time has been wasted as the children have settled well into their work and new routines.  As I mentioned in my beginning of term letter, we extend a warm welcome to all our SVPS families and particularly to those new to our community; we wis...
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  • Head’s Lines

    Jun 2019
    It has been a particularly important and busy week for our Year 6 children. After months of rehearsals, all their hard work came to fruition in the form of their sensational production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
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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 rai...

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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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  • Bonne Fête!

    Jun 2019
    Prep French lessons this week have been all about revising days, months and numbers. 
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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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  • Gorgeous Glass

    Jun 2019
    Year 6 has been putting the finishing touches on their artworks in preparation for their Leavers' Exhibition on Friday 28th June at 6.30pm.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    Jun 2019
    Everyone likes to have choices in the things that they do, this is equally true for children.  Giving children choices helps them feel like they have some power and control over that they do, and is a step in growing up.
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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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  • Super Stars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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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 d...

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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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  • Academic Deputy Head’s Lines

    Jun 2019
    What is enrichment?  Riches are valuable things, such as money, jewels and gold that may be considered as commodities to improve one’s quality of life and enrichment is defined as when something is made more valuable.  But what does it mean in the realms of education? 
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  • SVS U11 6-a-Side Tournament Winners

    Jun 2019
    Sutton Valence Prep School Colts A Cricket team were deservedly tournament winners at the SVS Prep School competition. With excellent bowling and fielding, they made it difficult for their opponents to score.
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  • Sports Day Preparations

    Jun 2019
    PE lessons across the whole of the School have turned their focus to Sports Day. Pupils have been practising many events from Egg and Spoon to High Jump and even Pushchair Relays. It has been great to see them working hard to improve, in readiness for the Pre-Prep Sports Days this coming Tuesday and...
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  • Being Awesome

    Jun 2019
    1D pupils have been thinking about learning how to praise themselves.
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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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  • Superstars and Courtesy Badges

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • HIKSVS Art Festival 2019

    Jun 2019
    Art is one of the most direct activities for us to observe the world closely. It helps students discover beauty, look for beauty and gain the ability to feel beauty in life. This month is the HIKSVS Art exhibition. Pupils with a passion for Art have been invited to display their personal work at sch...
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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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  • Head's Lines

    May 2019
    The week Year 5 has been waiting for all year finally arrived!
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  • Diggerland Fun

    May 2019
    Why Diggerland? Why not? Where else can you drive a machine that is literally worth tens of thousands of pounds at the age of only 5 and 6? 
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  • Head of Pre-Prep's Lines

    May 2019
    Last weekend, we had our Springtime Explorers’ event for our local community, which was a wonderful opportunity for others to visit our School and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of SVPS. However, as the event got closer, I was concerned about the weather. Why? The answer was simple; I was making t...
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