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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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  • Head's Lines 24th March

    Mar 2017
    The week kicked off with a special assembly for Years 2 to 6, in honour of the National Shakespeare Week, taken by children’s author Robin Price. Robin went on to take each year group for a workshop focused on a different play. At SVPS, we believe that being ambitious with the children’s learning is...
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  • Super Stars 23rd March

    Mar 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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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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  • Head's Lines 17th March

    Mar 2017
    This time last week, we hosted our annual Primary Schools’ Hockey Festival. The local schools tell us how much they value this event and, once again, it was a super afternoon with a very warm atmosphere.
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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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  • Head's Lines 10th March

    Mar 2017

    We enjoyed a very special evening at the Prep School on Tuesday when we hosted the joint Senior and Prep School Concert. The musical talent showcased by pupils of all ages was breathtaking and it was wonderful to see our youngest children so inspired by their Senior School counterparts. The Prep ...

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  • Head's Lines 3rd March

    Mar 2017
    I would like to open with a huge thank you to the SVPSPA for the sterling work they did preparing pancakes for the entire school on Tuesday.
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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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  • Head's Lines 24th February

    Feb 2017
    The week began on a high note when our Colts A boys’ hockey team returned from the IAPS tournament with the news they had played so well they made it all the way to the final and have qualified for the national competition in March.
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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
    Year 2 children and their teachers were all captivated by Arctic explorer Felicity Aston MBE, when she visited them this week.
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  • Musical Masterpiece

    Feb 2017
    Shhhh… What can you hear? Year 1 performed a fantastic musical masterpiece this week, with the help of Mr Soman. 
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  • Funny Bones

    Feb 2017
    Reception took part in some skeleton dancing with Miss Kiki to start off their Funny Bones workshop day.
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  • All Around Art

    Feb 2017
    It has been all about Design Technology this week.
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  • Head's Lines 10th February

    Feb 2017
    Over the last week, Years 3 to 6 have undertaken their assessments and we have been very proud of their conscientious attitude towards these tests. In fact, since the start of term, it has been super to see the children really focused on stepping out of their comfort zones and bravely facing new and...
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  • Wonderful World of Brilliant Book

    Feb 2017
    We love books! In Year 1, we celebrated our topic of the ‘Wonderful World of Brilliant Books’ in style, by visiting four different places in one week.
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  • Super Stars 9th February

    Feb 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • All Around Art

    Feb 2017
    Pointillism, Aboriginal Art and Damien Hirst's massive dot paintings were inspiration for some delicate and detailed Dotty artworks.
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  • More SVPS Super Swim Stars

    Feb 2017
    Congratulations are in order as more Sutton Valence Prep pupils are making waves in the swimming world.
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  • Head's Lines 3rd February 2017

    Feb 2017
    This week started with an assembly that focused on ‘Random Acts of Kindness’.  SVPS is an exceptionally warm and caring community and we are continually reviewing the ways in which we ensure the happiness and well-being of every child continues to grow.
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  • Celebrating Chinese New Year

    Jan 2017
    Last Friday the entire Prep School spent a fun day celebrating not only the upcoming Year of the Rooster, but also the imminent opening of the HIKSVS international School in Tianjin.  Everyone wore one red item to accessorise their uniform so the School was a sea of lucky Chinese red.
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  • Head of Pre-Prep’s Lines 27th January.

    Jan 2017
    With the absence of Miss Corkran, who is visiting another school to undertake an inspection, it falls to me to update you on our news this week in Prep and Pre-Prep.  
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  • Swimming Stars in the Making

    Jan 2017
    Last week we celebrated the success of two of our pupils.
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  • Australia Day

    Jan 2017
    On Thursday, Mrs Jacobs talked about Australia Day in assembly.
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  • Super Stars 26th January

    Jan 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Girls take on STEM

    Jan 2017
    A team of Prep School girls entered the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Engagement Competition run by BAE Systems, the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.
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  • Head's Lines 20th January

    Jan 2017
    Clubs began this week and it is super to see children expanding their repertoire of skills and giving something new a try.
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  • Year 6 Trip to Dungeness

    Jan 2017
    As part of their studies on Energy in Humanities and Science, Year 6 were lucky enough to visit Dungeness Power station.
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  • Accelerated Readers

    Jan 2017
    This term, we are embarking on an exciting new venture called Accelerated Reader which will be used to promote reading across the Prep School.
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  • Pre-Prep Winners 19th January

    Jan 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Head's Lines 13th January 2017

    Jan 2017
    The year is off to a flying start and it has been wonderful to see the children throwing themselves wholeheartedly into School life once again.
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  • Pre-Prep Winners 12th January 2017

    Jan 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Head's Lines 9th December

    Dec 2016
    Christmas has well and truly arrived at the Prep School. I would like to thank Mrs Lee and her SVPSPA team for all their hard work ensuring that Saturday’s Christmas Fair was, yet again, a hugely successful event that was enjoyed by the whole community. There was a wonderfully relaxed and festive at...
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  • Winners at the Maidstone Music Festival

    Dec 2016
    On Saturday 26th November, our Chamber Choir took part in the Under 12s choral singing class at the Maidstone Music Festival, held at Invicta Grammar School.  Competing against three other schools, not only did the choir win but were also awarded a distinction!
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  • Winter Concert

    Dec 2016
    The Orchestra opened the concert with an arrangement of Autumn from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. This was a challenging piece for them, particularly for the many new members who joined at the beginning of term.
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  • Pre-Prep Winners

    Dec 2016
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • All Around Art

    Dec 2016
    Ancient Greece is famous for its magnificent temples so, in DT, Year 3 have gone back in time to become architects.
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  • Head's Lines 2nd December 2016

    Dec 2016
    Last week ended with the Winter Concert and it really was a triumph! As I said at the conclusion, it was a joy to see and hear our talented young musicians thoroughly enjoy themselves as they performed their various solo and group items so confidently and we, the audience, were both moved and deligh...
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  • Head's Lines 25th November 2016

    Nov 2016
    It would appear that winter has arrived in all its glory and the weather has been more than a little challenging! However, spring returned briefly in London on Tuesday in the form of the wonderful flower paintings created by members of Year 6.
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  • U9A Win the Junior King's Canterbury Hockey Tournament

    Nov 2016
    On Thursday the U9A team travelled to Junior King's for their Hockey Tournament. The girls have been unbeaten all season, so we were hopeful we could retain the trophy. In their pool games they beat King’s 5-0, Kent College 4-0 and Northbourne Park 2-0. Their team work, formation and passing skills ...
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  • Winners of the U11 Kent IN2 Championships

    Nov 2016
    The U11A Girls hockey team went to Junior King's, Canterbury to compete in the Kent IN2 Schools Hockey Tournament on Monday. They played some brilliant hockey showing real skill, maturity and sportsmanship.
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  • Head's Lines 18th November 2016

    Nov 2016
    I am delighted to open this week’s newsletter with exciting news that is hot off the press! As you may know, the children were encouraged to enter the STEM Engagement Competition run by BAE Systems.
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  • Dobson Trophy Win

    Nov 2016
    The Dobson Trophy Cross-Country Competition is the biggest cross-country event our intrepid runners take part in during the year.  After a damp start to the week the course was slippery, hilly and long!
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  • London's Burning

    Nov 2016
    On Saturday 1st September 1666 the Great Fire of London started, in 2016, 850 years later, almost to the day, Year 1 took part in their own re-enactment. 
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  • Head's Lines 6th November 2016

    Nov 2016
    I hope that everyone had a wonderful Half Term break, it has been super to hear from the children about their adventures, both at home and further afield.
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  • Year 1 at the Firefighting Museum

    Oct 2016
    Nee-naw, nee-naw! Year 1 enjoyed our second trip this term, visiting the Kent Firefighting Museum.  This wonderful location had a museum full of fascinating firefighting artifacts, including a ‘fluffy rope’ for climbing out of the window, and a jump chute from even higher levels!  Will we ever know ...
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  • Head's Lines 21st October 2016

    Oct 2016
    This week began with a wonderful assembly about the Christmas shoe box appeal, led by Mrs Theobold and her Year 2 class. I have been so proud of the children this term for the compassion they have displayed for those less fortunate and I know they will enjoy putting together a box of Christmas gifts...
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  • Year 2 Cake Sale

    Oct 2016
    Year 2 children and their parents spent Thursday night baking cakes to sell at out cake sale to raise money for Help for Heroes.
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  • Year 2 Cake Sale

    Oct 2016
    Year 2 children and their parents spent Thursday night baking cakes to sell at our cake sale to raise money for Help for Heroes. The children’s goal was to raise £30.
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  • Harvest Festival and Barn Dance

    Oct 2016
    Wow, what a day we have had in Pre-Prep!  It began with a wonderful church service, remembering why we collect food, and what a special time of year this is.
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  • Head's Lines 7th October 2016

    Oct 2016
    Today the Salvation Army collected a van load of packaged goods for their Food Bank. They were very grateful for our contribution, as were Dandelion Time who received the absolutely stunning boxes of fresh produce that were also used for decoration at our two Harvest services at St Michael’s church.
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  • Shakespeare's Globe

    Oct 2016
    Last week Year 6 visited The Globe Theatre in London. They were given a tour of the theatre and saw a rehearsal of Macbeth taking place.
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  • Harvest Festival and Barn Dance

    Oct 2016
    Wow, what a day we have had in Pre-Prep! It began with a wonderful church service, remembering why we collect food, and what a special time of year this is.
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  • Tudor Time Travellers

    Oct 2016
    After a slow scrape through the low-hanging trees, the double-decker bus we were in made it out to the main road. We were on our way to Hever Castle for our Tudor Time Travellers trip!
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  • Tudor Time Travellers

    Oct 2016
    After a slow scrape through the low-hanging trees, the double-decker bus we were in made it out to the main road. We were on our way to Hever Castle for our Tudor Time Travellers trip!
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  • Team building in Year 4

    Sep 2016
    On Tuesday, Year 4 enjoyed an enthralling team building day, at the Swattenden Centre, in Cranbrook.
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  • All Around Art

    Sep 2016
    ​Year 6 have been researching the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and the inspirations for her amazing art.
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  • Head's Lines 30th September 2016

    Sep 2016
    Our week opened with an assembly that encouraged the children to think about the scale of global food production and the concept of ‘food miles’.
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  • All Around Art

    Sep 2016
    Year 6 have been researching the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and the inspirations for her amazing art. To bring her art to life, they visited the Tate Modern to view, a one-of-its-kind exhibition of her paintings and drawings.
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  • Pre-Prep Winners

    Sep 2016
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • You're never too young to try to make a difference!

    Sep 2016
    One of our Prep School pupils has had a letter from the Prime Minister, or at least his office!
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  • Team building in Year 4

    Sep 2016
    On Tuesday, Year 4 enjoyed an enthralling team building day, at the Swattenden Centre, in Cranbrook.
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  • Pre-Prep Winners 23rd September 2016

    Sep 2016
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Year 3 Myths and Masks Workshop

    Sep 2016
    Year 3 travelled to Greenwich to the Old Royal Naval College to support our topic on Ancient Greece.
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  • Head's Lines 23rd September 2016

    Sep 2016
    I am pleased to report that the weather held off, so last week ended with our annual, hard-fought Dads' football match. In the end, the trophy was won by the Pre-Prep team – we think for the fourth year in a row! It was also super to see so many Year 5 parents at Monday’s information meeting.
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  • Head's Lines 16th September 2016

    Sep 2016
    We opened this week with an assembly that celebrated reading and, in particular, the books of Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl Day falls on 13th September on what would have, this year, been his 100th birthday.
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  • Art Extravaganza

    Sep 2016
    The Year 2 children were joined by excited parents and grandparents to create an Art Project on the topic Earth, Wind and Fire.
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  • Year 1 Trip to Leeds Castle

    Sep 2016
    This week, Year 1 went on a field trip to Leeds Castle to find out about Henry VIII and his party with the French King at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
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  • Head's Lines 9th September

    Sep 2016
    The new academic year has got off to a super start and no time has been wasted as the children have settled well into their work and new routines. We extend a warm welcome to all our SVPS families and particularly to those new to our community; we wish you every happiness during your time at SVPS.
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  • Leadership in Space!

    Jul 2016
    Leadership in Space Week provided many opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and develop their leadership skills in a range of different ways
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  • New Beginnings at Beresford

    Jul 2016
    Before our new venture begins in earnest when we return in September, we wanted to introduce ourselves to the Sutton Valence community, prior to the Summer holidays beginning, as the new Houseparents of Beresford House, the Junior boarding house at the Senior School.
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  • Head's Lines 8th July

    Jul 2016
    The music from the sensational production of Robin Hood is still going round in our minds days after! As often happens with these things after so much hard work has gone into them, the cast and production team can hardly believe that it’s over! The final performance is complete.
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  • Year 2's Big Debate

    Jul 2016
    2C had great fun this week learning how to debate an idea! It all started with a surprise letter from an anonymous Olympian who had, allegedly, met Mr Gough whilst on a cruise!
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  • Head's Lines 1st July

    Jun 2016
    What a fabulous Prep Sports Day we had on Saturday!
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  • Sports Day

    Jun 2016
    All pupils from Years 3-6 assembled on Saturday morning at the Senior School track, for what was to be yet another very successful Sports Day.
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  • A Mindful Moment

    Jun 2016
    ​Year 6 children had an afternoon of Mindfulness this week.
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  • French Fun at the Prep

    Jun 2016
    On Tuesday the Senior School First Formers visited the Prep School, to teach a French lesson to our Year 5 children.
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  • Witness Interviews

    Jun 2016
    Year 5 were inspired to be detectives and eyewitnesses after looking at the picture story, Tuesday by David Weisner. Using their notebook, they interviewed a witness.
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  • Head's Lines 24th June

    Jun 2016
    Our families are made of strong stuff! We wondered whether the prospect of rain would reduce the numbers attending the Family Barbecue, but, again, we had in excess of 450 turning up.
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  • Lily on stage at West End Live

    Jun 2016
    Year 6 pupil, Lily Abey and her brother Jordan Abey, an ex-SVPS pupil, performed to a massive crowd of more than 10,000 people at West End Live 2016 on Saturday 18th June.
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  • Year 2 on Parade

    Jun 2016
    Year 2 children had an exciting opportunity to visit the Senior School and join the RAF cadets this week!
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  • CCF team put Year 4 through their paces!

    Jun 2016
    Year 4 Prep School students brought their enthusiasm and energy to an enrichment day last week, to get a taste of both the Senior School and what it is like to be a cadet in the CCF.
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  • Floating and sinking

    Jun 2016
    In RE this week we have been having fun investigating floating and sinking. We made our own boats from tinfoil.
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  • U11A IAPS Rounders Tournament

    Jun 2016
    On Wednesday, for the first time, the IAPS U11 Rounders tournament was held at the Senior School.
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  • Historical Hastings

    Jun 2016
    Year 1 stepped back a hundred years to find out about what trips to the seaside used to be like.
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  • Head's Lines 17th June

    Jun 2016
    Well, we managed to get away with all the Pre-Prep Sports Days on Tuesday in terms of rain and what lovely occasions they were.
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  • Bottle Top Art!

    Jun 2016
    The bottle pictures "Space Week 2016" are now in their final resting space outside the Dining Hall.
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  • Poetry Speaking Competition

    Jun 2016
    Last Friday afternoon, 64 poems were performed with amazing enthusiasm and energy!
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  • Nursery Fest!

    Jun 2016
    The Nursery Festival was a celebration of our seven learning areas.
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  • Vive la France

    Jun 2016
    The Year 5 children had a brilliant trip to France in the three days before Half Term.
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  • To the Emerald Isle

    Jun 2016
    Harry Gaston and Jack Hills travelled, with their football team, Pilgrims, to Cork in Ireland to play in a tournament over Half Term.
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  • Head's Lines 10th June

    Jun 2016
    Our Poetry Speaking Competition, still happening as I write, has been a really successful focus on that important aspect of any English curriculum and in one way or another it now involves the whole School.
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  • Head's Lines 27th May

    May 2016
    I can hardly believe we have come to the end of the penultimate Half Term of the academic year. What a busy week it has been, as usual, and the days are not likely to be any less so after we return on 6th June!
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  • Medieval Banquet Day

    May 2016
    Year 2’s Medieval Banquet Day was rounded off in style this year with the time honoured tradition of the Battle!
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  • Year 6 Evacuation Experience

    May 2016
    Year 6 were transported back to 1939 during their WWII Evacuation Experience.
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  • Summer Music Concert

    May 2016
    Our musicians have been working hard over the past few months to prepare for the most important date in the Music Department's calendar, the Summer Concert
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  • Head's Line 20th May

    May 2016
    The Summer Concert on Tuesday was fabulous; what a pleasure it was to see so many of our children performing not only to such a high standard, but also with such obvious enjoyment and good humour.
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  • Judo IAPs Success

    May 2016
    Alfie Reeve, Harrison Cole and William Butters competed in the IAPS Judo competition in High Wycombe last weekend.
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  • A Trip to the Tower

    May 2016
    Year 2 have been on a super adventure to the Tower of London which really brought our topic to life.
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  • Zach National Swimming Finalist

    May 2016
    Zach Whybrow competed at in the National Swimming Finals last week.
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  • Are you the next guitar or ukulele star?

    May 2016
    On Monday, the Ukulele Clubs and Guitar Groups treated us to a wonderful concert!
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  • Head's Lines 13th May

    May 2016
    What a treat we all had as our week opened with the Guitar and Ukulele Assembly on Monday morning.
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  • Head's Lines 6th May

    May 2016
    Grandparents’ Day on Tuesday was such a lovely occasion and it was wonderful to see our children and their grandparents engaging so positively with the environment in which their children spend such a chunk of their lives.
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  • A visit to Downing Street: A ten-year-old's view!

    May 2016
    First News, the weekly newspaper for young people, turned 10 yesterday (Thursday 5th of May 2016). To celebrate this special birthday, the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, invited ten 10-year-olds to No. 10 Downing Street for a private tour and then a photo call and a question and answer session wi...
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  • Grandparents' Day

    May 2016
    The Prep School welcomed over 200 of our children’s grandparents to Grandparents’ Day; consisting of a tour of the School followed by an afternoon tea.
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  • Gallop to the Tower

    Apr 2016
    Year 2 had an amazing adventure performing our play Gallop to the Tower to a warmly-appreciative audience.
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  • Shiver me timbers!

    Apr 2016
    Year 1 was lucky enough to meet a real life pirate on Thursday!
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  • Head's Lines 29th April

    Apr 2016
    At lunchtime on Tuesday it actually snowed at SVPS! Quite bizarre; it didn’t settle of course, but does perhaps illustrate why we have had to make far more limited use of the little outdoor pool than we would have like so far this Summer Term! Fixtures went ahead, by and large, and so we are off to ...
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  • Hunting for Treasure!

    Apr 2016
    Year 6 went on a treasure hunt!
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  • Orchard Run

    Apr 2016
    Last Friday we welcomed local primary schools for our annual Orchard Run.
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  • Foundation Concert

    Apr 2016
    Along with choirs from the other schools in the United Westminster Schools Foundation, our Chamber Choir has been taking part in a project with the internationally-renowned choral group, VOCES8.
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  • Head's Line 22nd April

    Apr 2016
    In a week in which Sharna Ambanpola, 5E, is summoned to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, no less, we celebrated, the Queen’s 90th Birthday!
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  • The Big Toddle

    Apr 2016
    The sun shone brightly as a colourful parade of princesses and pirates marched onto the Head’s lawn to begin the Nursery's annual Big Toddle event, raising money for Barnardo's.
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  • Sergison Trophy - Saturday 30th April

    Apr 2016
    Last chance to sign up!
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  • Ski Trip 2016

    Apr 2016
    Twenty-five plucky pupils and four sleepy members of staff jumped onto an early coach bound for the slopes on 26th March.
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  • Showjumping Star

    Apr 2016
    Over the Easter holidays, Timothy Branford showjumped for the school at Duckhurst Farm.
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  • Rocket Science Seeds

    Apr 2016
    Two kilograms of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station in September 2015, where they orbited the Earth for six months.
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  • Head's Lines 15th April 2016

    Apr 2016
    Welcome back one and all, and a special welcome to our new families joining us this term; we wish you a long and happy association with our community.
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  • The Snow Queen

    Mar 2016
    Years 3 and 4 presented The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Kaye Umansky.
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  • Pre-Prep Choir Entertain

    Mar 2016
    On Wednesday, the Pre-Prep Choir held their termly performance.
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  • St Michael's Prep U9A Netball Tournament Winners!

    Mar 2016
    On Thursday afternoon, the U9A netball team travelled to St Michael's Prep School for their first netball tournament.
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  • Year 5 CCF Experience

    Mar 2016
    Year 5 headed off to the Senior School for an afternoon of fun and games with the Senior School CCF NCOs
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  • Once upon a time... in Reception

    Mar 2016
    Reception had a magical day finishing off their Fairy Tale topic with the Fairy Tale Ball!
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  • First Fixture for U7s

    Mar 2016
    On Tuesday the boys from Year 2 experienced their first fixture for the Prep School against King's Rochester.
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  • Wellesley House U11A Netball Tournament Winners

    Mar 2016
    After a full week, with the Bedford hockey and IAPS in Brighton the previous week, the U11A team were hungry for their first place win after a run of third place results.
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  • Inter-House Gala

    Mar 2016
    The Senior School was the venue for our annual Inter-House Swimming Gala, an event which the children anticipate eagerly and train for in their weekly swimming lessons.
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  • Number Crunching Competition

    Mar 2016
    With eighteen schools competing from all over Kent, the annual Maths competition at Yardley Court was a great test of quick thinking, mathematical reasoning and teamwork.
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  • In2Hockey Tournament

    Mar 2016
    On Thursday the U11A Girls travelled to Bedford to represent Kent in the In2Hockey Regional Finals (East).
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  • Running Club

    Mar 2016
    ​Our Running Club sessions consist of a warm-up lap followed by some warm-up exercises.
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  • Mumma Mia hit a high note!

    Mar 2016
    For the second year running, the Senior and Prep Schools' mothers' choir, Mumma Mia, reached the final of the Hospice in the Weald Choir Competition.
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  • Head's Lines 11th March 2016

    Mar 2016
    Year 2 met their Year 5 buddies on Monday, which was a lovely occasion, and the older children were fabulous. This is one of the many things we do as part of our children’s Leadership and Service journey. The timing is so that after a couple more occasions in the summer, the children will know each ...
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  • IAPS Regional Netball Tournament

    Mar 2016
    The Colts A team travelled to a sunny but blustery Brighton, to take part in the IAPS U11 Regional Netball Tournament, at Roedean, on March 3rd
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  • Head's Lines 4th March 2016

    Mar 2016
    Congratulations to all in Year 1 and their teachers and assistants on such a wonderful and colourful performance of The Wizard of Oz. Costumes were fabulous and the acting, singing and dancing were all outstanding, as ever. Brilliant!
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  • More Cross Country Success

    Mar 2016
    On Tuesday, the Under 9 and Under 11 Cross Country teams competed at Kent College, Pembury.
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  • World Book Day 2016

    Mar 2016
    The School has been buzzing about books this week.
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  • Taking Shape

    Mar 2016
    In Maths in Year 5, we have been focussing on shape and space this week.
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  • Wild about Wildwood

    Mar 2016
    Year 3 travelled to the Wildwood Trust in Herne Bay to support our Science topic on Bones and Skeletons.
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  • Mad Scientists take over the School

    Mar 2016
    Year 4 had an educational and exciting day of experiments and learning last Friday, The children enjoyed hands-on activities on two topics; Eco-Electricity and Changing States.
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  • SVPS Development Tournament

    Feb 2016
    The Prep girls were excited to be taking part in their first tournament on Wednesday.
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  • U11A St Michael's Netball Tournament

    Feb 2016
    Our Colts A team travelled to a super sunny Otford, on Wednesday, for an exciting afternoon of Netball.
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  • Arresting developments in class

    Feb 2016

    On Tuesday, Year 6 had a brilliant Magistrates talk. Two magistrates, Brian Johnson and Alvin Shaw, came and talked to us about crime, c...

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  • Head's Lines 26th February 2016

    Feb 2016
    What a sensational day our U8 and U9 girls and boys had over at the Hilden Grange Cross Country Tournament on Monday, and this is without doubt our sporting highlight of the week
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  • Cross Country Champions

    Feb 2016
    The Under 8 and Under 9 Cross Country teams competed at Hilden Grange School on Tuesday 23rd February. Our team consisted of five boys and five girls from each year group.
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  • Adventures under the Sea

    Feb 2016
    On Tuesday, Year 2 set off for an amazing adventure under the sea!
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  • Zika Virus

    Feb 2016
    You may be aware from the news at the moment that there is an outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas (including some Caribbean islands), the World Health Organisation has deemed this to be serious enough that they have designated it a global emergency.
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  • Head's Lines 12th February 2016

    Feb 2016
    Many congratulations to our Under 9 boys who secured the honour of having ‘SVPS’ inscribed on the Fledgling Rugby Cup for 2016 over at Junior King’s Canterbury on Saturday.
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  • Kung Hei Fat Choi

    Feb 2016
    RJ have been learning about Chinese New Year “Kung Hei Fat Choi!”
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  • Rumble in the Jungle

    Feb 2016
    Reception enjoyed some jungle drama last week, welcoming a number of guests to learn more about animals and their environments.
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  • Snow Ball!

    Feb 2016
    Year 2 have had a great time at their own Snow Ball! As part of their ‘Adventures in the Cold’ topic, they have been celebrating all things wintry with a variety of activities
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  • Head's Lines 5th February 2016

    Feb 2016
    It has been a week of music and dance, with Superstrings, Junior and Senior Soloists’ Concerts and the Year 2 Snow Ball on Wednesday, which was great fun.
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  • Burns Night Quiz

    Feb 2016
    On behalf of the Sutton Valence Prep School Parents’ Association, I would like to say a huge thank you to all who came to our annual Quiz Night last Friday.
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  • Australia Day Celebrations

    Jan 2016
    With today marking Australia Day, pupils in Year 3 were treated to vegemite sandwiches and Anzac biscuits made by the Prep School’s own ‘Aussie’ native, Mrs Jacobs.
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  • Head's Lines 29th January

    Jan 2016
    On Tuesday 4B presented us with a very balanced and concise account of the life and beliefs of Martin Luther King.
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  • We don't like cricket, we love it!

    Jan 2016
    It might be a while off long summer days and strawberries and cream, but we at SVPS have already made a solid start to preparing our cricketers for the coming season.
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  • Stars in our eyes!

    Jan 2016
    A popular children’s TV show will be featuring students from the Prep School over the next two weeks.
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  • History Club

    Jan 2016
    Mr Gough has started a new club this term with a small but enthusiastic number of attendees, with a view to growing it over time!
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  • Head's Lines 22nd January

    Jan 2016
    Year 6 travelled to Dungeness Power Station on Tuesday as part of their study on energy and they found it, as last year’s children did, a really interesting and worthwhile visit. They had a lovely, clear day, if a little chilly.
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  • Maidstone Nepalese Community Dinner

    Jan 2016
    Join us for a family fun evening in the Senior School’s Refectory at 7pm on 6th February.
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  • Head's Lines 15th January

    Jan 2016
    It was definitely the sun I saw in the sky, and more than once this week, so things are looking up, even if it is a little chillier! Mind you,
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  • A Little Trip Down the Nile

    Jan 2016
    On Tuesday 1L and 1T recreated the River Nile inside the Senior School swimming pool.
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  • Prefects' treat

    Jan 2016
    During the final week of last term the Year 6 Prefects were given a special treat to say thank you for all their hard work and effort.
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  • Exploring Egypt

    Jan 2016
    This week Year 1 have enjoyed an exciting outing to the British Museum, where we took a trip back in time to Ancient Egypt. What would we find in a pyramid?
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  • Head's Lines 8th January

    Jan 2016

    Welcome back and happy New Year to all readers! What a first morning we had in terms of weather, but everyone, having pretty much swum to School (!), has been in great spirits and we are set for an excellent 2016.

    Our School flag, however, has been flying at half-mast, because, as you w...

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  • Marvellous mindfulness

    Dec 2015
    The new Mindfulness Club has had a very nurturing term. Mindfulness is an innate human capacity – it is our ability to attend to the present moment, with curiosity and without judgment.
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  • Operation Rescue!

    Dec 2015
    Year 5 have been reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Michael, a young boy, is stranded on a deserted island. He desperately wants to leave and be with his parents again, so he decides to send a message in a bottle.
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  • Oliver Smith's Football Success

    Dec 2015
    Oliver Smith (Year 6) attended a South East England Prep School football trial at Bede's School on Sunday.
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  • First Swimming Gala Victory

    Dec 2015
    On Tuesday evening, the School's U9, U10 and U11 swimming teams hosted Ashford Preparatory School at the Senior School Pool. Our pupils have trained hard over the last couple of years and were really hoping for a victory.
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  • Head's Lines 4th December

    Dec 2015
    As ever, the Nativities we have enjoyed so far have been marvellous and I love seeing the spirit and enthusiasm of the children as they perform. Many congratulations to them for all their wonderful performances; these things are a real team effort and every single child has to play their part.
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  • Head's Lines 27th November

    Nov 2015
    Next week the trees will be up and decoration will commence with Advent, of course. We do Christmas in quite a big way here at our School; it’s hardly surprising! There is always great excitement which is always lovely to see, but there are still two weeks of term left and much work to be done, so w...
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  • Enlightening time at the Prep

    Nov 2015
    The Prep department opened its doors to more than 50 parents as they found out more about their children's school life.
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  • Pre-Prep Choir take to the stage

    Nov 2015
    On Wednesday, after the busy school day, the 21 keen members of Pre-Prep Choir gave their first performance of the year.
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  • Deputy Head's Line 20th October

    Nov 2015

    As the weather finally seems to be reflecting the season we are in, we are, suddenly, becoming aware that Christmas is approaching! It has been wonderful to see the number of Christmas shoe boxes growing day-on-day as our children (and their families) have taken th...

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  • Brand new Shooting Club

    Nov 2015
    On Wednesday afternoon, ten very excited Year 6 pupils arrived at the new shooting range at the Prep School.
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  • Chamber Choir welcomes world-renowned Voces8

    Nov 2015
    In their first collaboration with a preparatory school, Barnaby Smith, from Voces8, visited this week to work with the Chamber Choir, as part of a project organised by United Westminster Schools (UWS).
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  • Update On Girls Hockey Teams

    Nov 2015
    Congratulations to the Prep School Girls U9 Hockey teams who won the Junior King’s Tournament this week against King’s School Rochester. The U9A team won the cup, while the B and C teams both enjoyed victories.
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  • Lest We Forget

    Nov 2015
    On Wednesday, the Prep School observed Armistice Day with a ceremony held on the Head's Lawn. The commemorations began the day before with 5E presenting a suitably reverential assembly on the subject of remembrance to the Prep Department.
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  • Head's Lines 13th November

    Nov 2015
    The Bonfire Party was a wonderful occasion and very well attended indeed; thank you all for coming and supporting us. The weather looked as though it could potentially put a little spanner in the works, but the forecast turned out to be accurate and the rain had gone by the time of the event.
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  • Space Day

    Nov 2015
    Year 2 had a fantastic fun-filled Space Day.
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  • Head's Lines 6th November

    Nov 2015
    Welcome back everyone, after what I hope was a super break for you all, whether you hopped into a car or onto a plane, or simply had some quality time at home as a family.
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  • Leading the wave - Maidstone Swim Relay

    Nov 2015
    The Prep School sent two teams to Maidstone Leisure Centre to take part in the Maidstone Swim Relay last week.
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  • Mumma Mia and Andrew Keeping support church Loo Fund!

    Nov 2015
    Our guitar teacher, Andrew Keeping, put on a wonderful concert at St Mary's, Sutton Valence, on the Friday before Half Term.
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  • What's under your feet?

    Nov 2015
    The children in 6T are becoming citizen scientists, as they carry out some important fieldwork for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
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  • A team to beat!

    Oct 2015
    It was the Prep School's U11A Hockey tournament on Wednesday, with 12 teams attending.
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  • Ashford Prep Football Tournament

    Oct 2015
    The U9A and U9B played remarkably well at the Ashford Prep tournament this week.
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  • Year 6 at The Globe

    Oct 2015
    Having spent some of the term studying Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in both English and Drama, we thought if only fair to reward Year 6 for all their hard work, with a trip to where the magic happens – Shakespeare’s Globe!
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  • Head's Lines 16th October

    Oct 2015
    What a busy week again, our School has, as ever, been a hive of activity. We had two music concerts, for our Junior and Senior Soloists, and they were most enjoyable.
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  • Stars in the making!

    Oct 2015
    As part of Literacy lessons focusing on ‘Speaking and Listening’, Year 1 have entered the film-making business. The three classes have made a trilogy of films: The Egg, The Great Dragon Rescue and The Dragon Snatcher based on the books by N P Robertson.
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  • Harvest Hoedown

    Oct 2015
    Pre-Prep has been celebrating Harvest Festival in style.
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  • Eggs...periment

    Oct 2015
    As part of National Egg Week Year 1 have conducted an experiment on the ‘toughness of eggs’.
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  • Heads' Lines 9th October 2015

    Oct 2015
    It has been the week of Harvest Festivals and services and St Michael’s has looked so beautiful with all the produce so decoratively arranged all around the interior of the Church
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  • Let's Dance

    Oct 2015
    Following a taster evening of Scottish dancing last week which proved very enjoyable, Mr Gough has kindly offered the use of Bates Hall again.
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  • Winners of the Coursehorn Cup

    Oct 2015
    Well done to the U10 and U11 girls hockey teams who won the Coursehorn Cup in their respective age groups at Dulwich Preparatory School yesterday afternoon.
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  • IAPS Hockey

    Oct 2015
    The U11A hockey girls travelled to Bishops Stortford for the IAPS tournament last Friday with 24 schools taking place.
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  • The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

    Oct 2015
    Last Friday the SVPSPA joined the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning (or afternoon in our case) to help raise funds towards Macmillan Cancer Support.
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  • French Fête Fun

    Oct 2015
    We were delighted to have two French Festivals workshops with Madame Reading over the last two weeks.
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  • Head's Lines 2nd October 2015

    Oct 2015
    The Macmillan and SVPSPA Coffee and Cake Sale on Friday afternoon was a great success and thoroughly enjoyable. I said to a couple of people that I don’t know if it’s because of television programmes like The Great British Bake Off, but it struck me that the standard of confectionery on offer was re...
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  • Exploring Tudor times

    Sep 2015
    Hever Castle was the venue for Year 5 to learn about the life of the Tudor Royals. Upon arriving, we made our way down to the castle, appreciating the wonderful views and verdant gardens surrounding the keep.
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  • Myths and Masks for Year 3

    Sep 2015
    Year 3 travelled to Greenwich to the Old Royal Naval College to find out more about our topic, Ancient Greece.
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  • St Michael's Football Tournament

    Sep 2015
    The Colts A team travelled to St. Michael's to play in their annual 5-a-side tournament.
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  • Head's Lines 25th September

    Sep 2015
    Year 3 were out this week at Greenwich on their Myths and Masks Workshop; they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and found it most informative
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  • To infinity and beyond

    Sep 2015
    Year 2 went on a trip to the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre, as part of their topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’.
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  • Head's Lines 18th September 2015

    Sep 2015

    What a rainy week it has been, all out of doors activities have been affected, to varying degrees, including matches and break times. We had three School trips planned for this week; they all went ahead, and the children thoroughly enjoyed them. Year 5 were at Heve...

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