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  • Barnardo's Toddle 2018

    Jun 2018
    Following the success of our outdoor gym this term, Nursery felt that the theme of sport would suit our Toddle obstacle course this year.
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  • Super Stars 28th June

    Jun 2018
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Year 2 Pond Dipping

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

    Jun 2018
    This week Reception has been learning about animals that help us.
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  • Head's Lines 29th June

    Jun 2018
    The penultimate week of term has been jam-packed with enrichment opportunities. It has been wonderful to witness the enjoyment the children have been getting out of these, as well as the weather that has enabled lots of fabulous outdoor learning to take place.
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  • We all fit together!

    Jun 2018
    Next year’s Year 5 class, 5SB, had a very creative and productive morning on Tuesday.
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  • Moving Up Day

    Jun 2018
    The year two children moving into Mrs Theobald’s class next year enjoyed a creative morning on move up day.
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  • Year 5 Bridge Building

    Jun 2018
    The Brief: Build a bridge that crosses a river .....
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  • Head's Lines 22nd June 18

    Jun 2018
    It’s that point in the term when parents must feel they are at School more than they are anywhere else!
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  • Participative and Powerful Poetry

    Jun 2018
    Powerful poetry, full of figurative language, was created by Year 6 in English.
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  • Pre-Pre Prize Giving and Sports Day

    Jun 2018
    Pre-Prep had a very special day on Tuesday when the pupils from Reception to Year 2 had their Prize Giving event.
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  • Weekend sporting triumphs!

    Jun 2018
    Four pupils from SVPS qualified for the National Swimming Finals, which were held at the London Aquatics Centre on Saturday. The following day, the School’s first-ever triathlon team travel to Dulwich Prep. What followed were outstanding performances on both days, and two national medals!
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  • Summer Concert Arrangements

    Jun 2018
    As the finale to our musical year approaches, I am writing to advise you of the arrangements for the day of the concert.
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  • Seeds and Trees!

    Jun 2018
    On Tuesday, Year 3 went to Bedgebury for a Seeds and Trees day.
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  • All Around Art - Kandinsky

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

    Jun 2018
    It was yet another sunny afternoon for our Poetry Speaking Competition last Friday. We had a great day with Simon Mole as our guest judge.
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  • Head's Lines 15th June 18

    Jun 2018
    At the end of last week’s newsletter, I promised to update you with the results of the two big IAPS events that took place over the weekend. I am delighted to say that the weekend proved to be hugely successful for SVPS Sport and there is much good news to report!
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  • Orchestral Instrument Taster Week

    Jun 2018
    During the week beginning 18th June, we are giving the children in Years 2 to 5 the opportunity to have a taster lesson on a variety of stringed, wind and brass instruments.
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  • Magical Beasts

    Jun 2018
    Watch out, watch out, there are magical beasts about!
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  • French Adventures

    Jun 2018
    Just before Half Term, Year 5 had a fun-packed adventure in France.
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  • Year 2's Health and Hygiene

    Jun 2018
    As part of our Science topic, Year 2 have been learning about ways to keep fit and healthy.
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  • Years 2 and 5 Cream Tea

    Jun 2018
    It was so wonderful to see the maturity of the Year 5 pupils touring the parents of our Year 2s.
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  • Year 4's Perfect Pizzas

    Jun 2018
    On Tuesday, Year 4 went on a trip to Pizza Express!
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  • Head's Lines 8th June

    Jun 2018
    Our week began with a fabulous cream tea enjoyed by the children in Year 2 and their Year 5 buddies. The tea party was preceded by a tour of the Coles Building, led by the Year 5s, and it was super to see so many parents joining in as well.
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  • Summer Holiday Clubs

    Jun 2018
    If you want your child to join a club, please sign up now.
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  • Head's Lines 25th May

    May 2018
    The week Year 5 have been waiting for all year finally arrived! I am not referring to their assessment day, when they were given the opportunity, on Monday, to experience sitting assessments in the Bates Hall for the first time. However, I would like to congratulate the children for their efforts.
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  • Leadership Week

    May 2018
    Leadership Week is nearly upon us!
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  • Super Shape Poems

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

    May 2018
    Year 6 went to Tenterden Railway on Tuesday for their World War II Evacuation Experience.
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  • Right Before Our Eyes

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

    May 2018
    “I’m getting married in the morning!! Ding, dong the bells are going to chime!!” Everyone has had a wonderful time celebrating the imminent wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. 
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  • Head's Lines 18th May

    May 2018
    The Sutton Valence Enrichment Journey has been very evident this week beginning with the Guitar and Ukulele Assembly on Monday morning.
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  • Artwork Fit for the Queen  

    May 2018
    This week 2C have been learning about the royal family. They looked at portraits dating back to King Charles I.
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  • Head's Lines 11th May

    May 2018
    Following on from the most glorious of Bank Holidays, Grandparents’ Day proved to be a wonderfully warm (in every sense of the word!) and enjoyable event.
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  • SVPS Grandparents' Day 2018

    May 2018
    This Tuesday, the School held their annual Grandparents' Day welcoming over 200 grandparents. 
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  • Expressing Faith Through the Arts 

    May 2018
    In RE, Year 6 are focusing on expressing faith through the arts. Art, music and drama play a huge role in celebrating beliefs and worship, both past and present.
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  • HIKSVS Visit Tianjin Water Park

    May 2018
    The whole of HIKSVS visited Tianjin Water Park recently to observe the changing of seasons.
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  • Year 6 Media 'Pop Up Newsroom' Experience

    May 2018
    On Thursday, John Young, the television news reporter and journalist visited SVPS to host a series of workshops for Year 6.
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  • Prep School Mathematics Challenges

    May 2018
    Four Year 5 pupils travelled to The King's School, Canterbury for a Mathematics challenge last week.
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  • Head's Lines 4th May

    May 2018
    With the absence of Miss Corkran, who is visiting another school to undertake an inspection, I have been asked to update you on our news this week in Prep and Pre-Prep.
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  • Prep School Mathematics Challenge 2018

    May 2018
    The annual Prep School Mathematics Challenge took place last Thursday evening. The Mathematics department hosted 14 different preparatory schools from across Kent.
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  • UWS Foundation Concert

    Apr 2018
    For the third year in a row, the SVPS Chamber Choir has had the privilege of performing in the UWS Foundation Concert with VOCES8.
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  • Head's Lines 27th April

    Apr 2018
    This week has been filled with some wonderful enrichment opportunities that have proved inspirational for all involved! Tuesday’s United Westminster Schools Foundation Concert, held at the Gresham Centre in central London.
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  • Reception Minibeasts

    Apr 2018
    RG have started their new topic Minibeasts. So far they have visited the Millennium Garden and found a variety of creepy crawlies and learnt about the metamorphism of a butterfly.
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  • Equestrian at Codham Park

    Apr 2018
    Jess De Lucy (Third Form) and Toby De Lucy (Year 6) travelled to Codham Park, earlier this month, to compete in the Jumping With Style qualifier class.
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  • Head's Lines 20th April

    Apr 2018
    What glorious weather for the first week of the Summer Term! Many children and parents have commented on our beautiful grounds.
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  • Montgenévre Ski Trip 2018

    Apr 2018
    During the Easter Holidays, pupils and staff visited Montgenèvre, France for the SVPS Ski Trip.
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  • HIKSVS House Competitions

    Apr 2018
    Towards the end of last term it was wonderful to watch the children support and play for their houses.
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  • Head's Lines 23rd March

    Mar 2018
    As the final week of a busy term draws to a close, the sun is shining and I can’t help wondering whether Spring really has arrived! Having said that, in just three weeks the Summer term will begin so here’s hoping it brings some summery weather and so we can all enjoy the many events that make up th...
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  • All Around William Morris Art

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

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

    Mar 2018
    Last Friday, Year 5 visited the Senior School for a CCF experience. Firstly, we had lunch at the Senior School, which was delicious!
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  • Year 5 French Penfriends 

    Mar 2018
    This week, Year 5 children received the first letter from their new penfriends at L’École Bossuet in Beauvais in Picardie.
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  • Head's Lines 16th March

    Mar 2018
    Last Friday, it was wonderful to see so many children from local primary schools taking part in our annual mixed Hockey Tournament. We really enjoy being able to lay on this event for the community and the participants all commented on the excellent organisation and expressed their gratitude, both t...
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  • Head's Lines 9th March

    Mar 2018
    As I said at the end of Tuesday’s fabulous concert, I particularly like Longfellow’s famous quote ‘Music is the universal language of mankind’. Our first combined venture with HIKSVS was a really special occasion and a fitting finale to a hugely successful two day visit by a group of Year 3 and 4 pu...
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  • Year 2 Viking Workshop

    Mar 2018
    On Wednesday, Year 2 took part in a Viking workshop.  They found out who the Vikings were, where they came from and why they came to England.
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  • HIKSVS Visit to Sutton Valence School

    Mar 2018
    On Monday and Tuesday this week, 12 pupils and their parents from our sister school, HIKSVS in Tianjin, China, spent time visiting Sutton Valence and really getting a feel for what life at this fantastic School is all about.
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  • SVPS HIKSVS Concert

    Mar 2018
    I have a feeling that Tuesday night’s concert will live in our memories for many years to come.  Fortuitously, the concert coincided with the visit of pupils, parents and staff from HIKSVS.
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  • Fortnite – A Parent’s Guide

    Mar 2018
    We have noticed that our children have been talking about a video game called Fortnite and wanted to share the following information with our wider School community.
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  • U11 Hockey IAPS Regional Winners

    Mar 2018
    On Monday, the Colts A Hockey team travelled to Tonbridge School for the U11 IAPS Hockey Regional Tournament. Teams from Surrey, Sussex and Kent made up the 28 strong field and we knew we would be in for a tough days Hockey.
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  • Year 3 at Wildwood

    Mar 2018
    Year 3 attended their School trip at Wildwood on Monday. They had an interactive Skeleton Workshop, learning the names of bones, constructing skeletons of small animals and working out which woodland animal the skulls belonged to.
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  • Academic Deputy Head's Lines

    Mar 2018
    It certainly has been a week to remember, here at SVPS!  No one could have predicted that we would be plunged back into the icy depths of Winter, having seen the bashful snowdrops bob their heads in the sunshine last week and even the Springtime call of a cuckoo was heard echoing around our site.
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  • Snow Science

    Mar 2018
    The children inflated balloons, measured their circumference and then hung them on a ‘washing line’ outside.
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  • Year 4 Science Workshop

    Mar 2018
    Year 4 managed to beat the ‘Beast from the East’ this week, by having a fun-filled Science workshop on Eco Electricity just before its arrival.
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  • Head's Lines 23rd February

    Feb 2018
    We began the second half of term with an inspirational assembly led by Isabelle in Year 4. Isabelle spends over 20 hours a week at her gymnastics club, for this is the expectation for elite level athletes.
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  • All Around Art Year 3

    Feb 2018
    The Dutch artist, Hendrick Avercamp, and his painted winter scenes were the inspiration for Year 3’s wonderful landscapes. 
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  • Year 5 in Horton Kirby

    Feb 2018
    The Year 5 children experienced the opportunity to explore the river at Horton Kirby. They identified a weir, meanders, erosion, upstream, downstream and many more key geographical terms.
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  • Swim Success for Nicole

    Feb 2018
    The Kent Championships started on 20th January and for the past four weekends have been held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and the Olympic Pool - London Aquatic Centre.
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  • Duckhurst Junior Showjumping Qualifier

    Feb 2018
    On Tuesday during Half Term, Toby De Lucy (Year 6) and I, Maisey Russell (First Form), went to Duckhurst for the Grass Roots qualifiers.
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  • Head's Lines 9th February

    Feb 2018
    The week got off to an exciting start when the children arrived at School to find it covered in a good layer of snow. The Pre-Prep had great fun on the field as many, for the first time in their young lives, experienced playtime in the snow.
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  • It's a Cake Walk!

    Feb 2018
    Sutton Valence Prep School were treated to cakes galore yesterday, as Year 6 held their annual fundraising Cake Sale.
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  • Funny Bones Workshop

    Feb 2018
    Reception enjoyed a fabulous Funny Bones Workshop with Ed the Science Boffin.
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  • Teachers Squiggle

    Feb 2018
    The Senior Management Team and some of the Governors were given a squiggle on a sticky note and asked to be creative, courageous thinkers by turning it into an artwork.
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  • Head's Lines 2nd February

    Feb 2018
    I have no doubt that the Young Voices event, that took place at The O2 on Monday, will remain in the memories of the participants for many years to come.
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  • Young Voices Concert 2018

    Feb 2018
    On Monday 29th January, 53 children from the Senior Choir travelled up to The O2 to take part in Young Voices 2018 and be part of a 7,500 strong choir!
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  • Funds Raised for MNDA

    Jan 2018
    The SVPSPA have been raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) over the last few months. 
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  • New School Council Communication Team! 

    Jan 2018
    We have begun our new method of running the School Council; the representatives from each form are now known as the Communication Team.
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  • Head's Lines 26th January

    Jan 2018
    Last Saturday, it was wonderful to welcome a large group of pupils from Sutton Valence Primary School to this term’s Curiosity Club.
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  • Confectionary Classification Connoisseurs

    Jan 2018
    Year 6 have been learning about Carl Linnaeus and the classification of all living things.
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  • Chiddingstone Castle

    Jan 2018
    'Walk like an Egyptian!' Well Year 1 did, as they followed in the footsteps of the Ancient Egyptians on their visit to Chiddingstone Castle.
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  • Miss McCarmick’s HIKSVS Journey

    Jan 2018
    Here I am in Tianjin. My journey here was just wonderful. I set my alarm on the flight for 1:30am, to make sure I was awake to see Russia’s breathtaking Tundra. I so desperately wanted to ensure I saw the sheer scale of this icy landscape be able to share it with our current Year 2 pupils, who have ...
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  • Head's Lines 19th January

    Jan 2018
    Clubs began this week and it is super to see the children embrace the wide range of activities on offer. I have seen (and smelled) the scrumptious results of cookery club and heard the fabulous ukulele group back in action!
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  • Arctic Explorer Felicity Aston MBE

    Jan 2018
    Year 2 had a real treat yesterday when Arctic explorer, Felicity Aston MBE, came to visit.
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  • Year 2 Art Workshop 

    Jan 2018
    On Tuesday, Year 2 created a Viking explorer experience with the help of teachers, TAs and Mrs Savage. Using crayons and magnificent mark making, they created rolling waves in a sea washed with beautiful blue paint. 
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  • Mr Richard Green HIKSVS Headmaster

    Jan 2018
    The Board of Governors of HIKSVS is delighted to announce that Mr Richard Green has been appointed as Headmaster.
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  • Head's Lines 12th January

    Jan 2018
    It has been fantastic to see the children racing into School each morning this week, ready to embrace all that 2018 has to offer!
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  • Head's Lines 8th December

    Dec 2017
    I must begin this week’s newsletter with a huge thank you to Mrs Bush, Mrs Wynne and their amazing SVPSPA team for organising such a fabulous Christmas Fair. An enormous amount of work goes into the organisation of this much-loved annual event and it was enjoyed by the whole SVPS community.
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  • STEM Club - Santa Chair

    Dec 2017
    STEM Club - What sort of chair would Santa like to sit on?
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  • All Around Art Christmas

    Dec 2017
    As Christmas draws closer, the nativity story and the reasons for celebrating this joyous occasion have come to the fore.
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  • Beauvais Penfriends

    Dec 2017
    This week in their French lessons, the Year 5 children have finished their first penfriend letters and these will now be sent off to their new penfriends in Beauvais.
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  • School Council Road Safety

    Dec 2017
    Last week, Years 1 to 6 learned about Road Safety Awareness and the Green Cross Code.
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  • Head's Lines 1st December

    Dec 2017
    This time of year is always a very busy, and special, time for the Music department and our Chamber Choir kicked off the festive season with a wonderful performance at last Saturday’s Maidstone Festival. Mrs Geering was extremely proud of the children and they were awarded a well-deserved distinctio...
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  • Diwali Fireworks

    Nov 2017
    Nursery's creativity has been sparked off by the Diwali fireworks.
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  • Macbeth Year 6 Workshop

    Nov 2017
    Last week, Year 6 children took part in a Drama workshop linked to their English work on Macbeth.
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  • Shooting Success

    Nov 2017
    At shooting club on Tuesday, Elise Ratcliffe managed an amazing score of 45 out of 50.
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  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

    Nov 2017
    The Sutton Valence Preparatory School Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition results were announced last Friday.
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  • Head's Lines 24th November

    Nov 2017
    As you will be aware, we started the week with an important phone call alerting us to the fact we could expect ‘visitors’ for two days! Thank you very much to those of you who managed to complete the questionnaire in the short time span requested by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. It has been ...
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  • Soloists’ Concert

    Nov 2017
    The second Soloists’ Concert of the year took place in the Back Music Room on Friday after school.
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  • No2 in East of England!

    Nov 2017
    U11A Girls Finish Runners Up at East Regional Finals In2 Hockey Championships
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  • All Around Art Year 4

    Nov 2017
    Year 4 art lessons have been all about portraits. The artist Arcimboldo has been the pupils' inspiration.
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  • Our Mud Kitchen

    Nov 2017
    Our mud kitchen has sprung into action this term. After much deliberation about its location, Miss Corkran kindly allocated us a piece of her garden and here we took root.
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  • BookTrust charity

    Nov 2017
    The Early Years were delighted to receive a wonderful gift from the charity, BookTrust.
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  • Kent Mini In2 Hockey Championships.

    Nov 2017
    On Monday, after an eventful Friday at the Nationals, the U11A Girls Hockey set off to The King’s School for the In2 Hockey Kent Mini Championships.
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  • STEM Club - The Paperclip

    Nov 2017
    The paperclip; simple form, yet fully functional and suited to its purpose.
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  • Head's Lines 17th November

    Nov 2017
    This time last week, we were all rooting for our U11A girls’ hockey team, who were taking part in the IAPS Nationals at Millfield.
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  • All Around Art Year 6

    Nov 2017
    Year 6 have zoomed in to nature this week as they headed out into the SVPS gardens with their cameras.
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  • Le Chateau Year 5 and Year 6

    Nov 2017
    On Thursday it was French Play day for our children in Years 5 and 6.
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  • U11A IAPS Hockey National Finals update

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

    Nov 2017
    Finally, Year 5's paperweights have emerged from the warm cocoon of the kiln, as beautiful, colourful animals.
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  • Gunpowder Plot

    Nov 2017
    This week in Year 1, the children acted out the story of the Gunpowder Plot. Some took the parts of the conspirators and others the parts of the King’s men
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  • Guy-making fun

    Nov 2017
    Pre-Prep had a very busy morning on Wednesday, ripping, crushing and stuffing newspaper galore, to make guys for our School Bonfire Night
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  • Head's Lines 10th November

    Nov 2017
    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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  • SVS shortlisted for TES Independent School Award

    Nov 2017
    Sutton Valence School has been shortlisted in the Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year category of the TES Independent School Awards 2018.
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  • All Around Art Year 5

    Oct 2017
    Year 5 are creating magic in their Design and Technology lessons this week. They have glazed their ceramic animal, freshly fired paperweights.
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  • Head's Lines 20th October

    Oct 2017
    In last week’s newsletter I mentioned the great drive and tenacity shown by our U11A girls’ hockey team. This week, we were delighted to hear that their determination and teamwork had been rewarded with an outstanding result at the IAPS regional tournament.
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  • 5A Archaeologists

    Oct 2017
    5A have been using the same methods as archaeologists to discover, examine and record what constituted the Tudor’s diet.
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  • Year 6 Maths Race  

    Oct 2017
    Two boys and two girls from Year 6 represented SVPS at the Oakwood Park Grammar Inter-Primary Maths Competition last Friday.
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  • Quantum Theatre Maths Workshop

    Oct 2017
    Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 welcomed Quantum Maths Theatre to SVPS on Monday.
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  • U11A Hockey Girls Through to Nationals

    Oct 2017
    The U11A Girls Hockey travelled to Tonbridge School for the IAPS Hockey Tournamen this week. After the success at the SVPS Tournament, the girls went with high hopes, as this year’s team are a very talented group of hockey players.
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  • Head's Lines 13th October

    Oct 2017
    There is no doubt that autumn is with us and, this week, it has been such a joy to see the children delighting in the fruits of the season as they collect leaves and conkers during their play times! It is a testament to the wonderful team of SVS gardeners that our site is as stunning at this time of...
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  • SVPS U11 Hockey Tournament

    Oct 2017
    On Wednesday we hosted the U11A SVPS Hockey Tournament with 14 teams, from as far as Ardingly, playing for the trophy. The girls had 6 matches in the group stage and won every one, finishing top overall, with a maximum score of 24 points.
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  • Around Art

    Oct 2017
    This week was all about the kiln; a very unassuming, yet remarkable piece of equipment that has a room all to itself in the art studio. Our kiln is packed and ready to biscuit fire Year 5’s clay paperweights, which they have carefully shaped into their chosen, local animal.
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  • Year 2's Conservation Week

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

    Oct 2017
    We have been looking at ways to enable the children to have more time to read and quiz. From next Monday (9th October) children will be allowed to sign up outside the library in order to stay in during break time the following day so they can take a quiz or read.
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  • All Around Arcimboldo

    Oct 2017
    This week Year 4 have been inspired by the Harvest Festival and the wonderful gifts from nature. Another naturally-inspired artist was Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Did you know that he painted portraits of people made up entirely of fruits, vegetables, flowers, animals and even books?
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  • Head's Lines 6th October

    Oct 2017
    I would like to begin by congratulating the SVPSPA for their sterling work organising such a successful Coffee and Cake Sale in aid of Macmillian last Friday. The event raised a magnificent £768.09 for this worthy charity and I have heard a good time was had by all. I was, sadly, unable to make it f...
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  • Pre-Prep Harvest Festival Fun

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

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

    Sep 2017
    What do Ferris wheels, teacups, swings and carousels all have in common?
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  • Head's Lines 29th September

    Sep 2017
    With Miss Corkran away in Edinburgh, at the annual IAPS Heads’ Conference, it falls to me to pass comment on the week that was. As I come to the end of my first month at SVPS, I find myself feeling like I have already been here for a long time!
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  • Curiosity Club 

    Sep 2017
    The first ever Curiosity Club was a celebrated success, with topics ranging from Nature Walks and Pond Dipping, to Photoshop and Philosophy. Children from across the School enjoyed extending and exploring their learning through the activities put on. Reports back from the pupils have been excellent ...
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  • Head's Lines 22nd September

    Sep 2017
    It was super to see so many Year 3 to 6 parents at the English Information Evening and Reception parents at today’s Reception Goals and Reading Workshop. We so value working together with families but do, of course, appreciate that attending meetings is not always possible.
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  • Year 1 has a Historical Adventure

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

    Sep 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners:
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  • Year 2 in Bedgebury Pinetum

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

    Sep 2017
    On Tuesday, Year 4 pupils enjoyed an enthralling team building day, at the Swattenden Centre, in Cranbrook. The day consisted of three main activities in smaller groups and then was rounded off with the two classes going head to head on the obstacle course!
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  • Head's Lines 15th September

    Sep 2017
    School trips play an important role in the SVPS curriculum and visits are carefully planned that they might enhance the curriculum and enable children to develop their skills and grow in confidence.
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  • HIKSVS opens its doors to pupils

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

    Sep 2017
    Our Hospice in the Weald charity horse, Handsome, was finally finished at the end of the Summer Term.
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  • Head's Lines 8th September

    Sep 2017
    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.
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  • Head's Lines 7th July

    Jul 2017
    Last Friday’s Year 6 Leavers’ Concert and Art Exhibition was a wonderful celebration of a most talented cohort of children, as they shared with their parents their passion for Music and Art.
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  • Chernobyl Children Visit SVPS

    Jul 2017
    On Monday, eight boys and girls from Chernobyl, who are staying with local families, came to spend the afternoon with us.
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  • School Council and Sal’s Shoes

    Jul 2017
    next week, the School will close and children will cheer to mark the end of this academic year. Before the children run for the doors to enjoy their long Summer Holiday, we would like them to change another child's life on the way out.
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  • Walk like an Egyptian

    Jul 2017
    On Wednesday, Year 1 had a spectacular trip back in time to Ancient Egypt. There were Pharaohs galore and even a mummy had risen from his sarcophagus.
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  • Super Stars Lunch

    Jun 2017
    It has been a joy this year to handout so many Super Stars and Courtesy Badges to our Pre-Prep pupils. They have achieved so much and we are delighted with the effort they have put into fulfilling their goals.
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  • Marvellous MENCAP Donation

    Jun 2017
    In Wednesday’s assembly, we were joined by Lesley Rowbotham from Maidstone MENCAP who came to SVPS to receive a cheque. 
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  • Head's Lines 30th June

    Jun 2017
    The Year 3 to 6 Sports Day was one of those wonderfully memorable events for so many reasons. The standard achieved by the pupils was staggering and, once again, a number of School records were broken and many children achieved their personal bests.
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  • Super Stars 29th June

    Jun 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Sci-Fi Trailer

    Jun 2017
    This term, one of Mr Keeping’s Music groups has been working on creating a movie trailer soundtrack to an imaginary Movie.
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  • Botany Bay Trip

    Jun 2017
    On Tuesday this week, Year 4 headed to Botany Bay for a day on the beach. Despite an ominous weather forecast, they were greeted on arrival by warm temperatures, proving perfect for a day of rock pooling, sandcastle building and wave jumping.
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  • Pre-Prep Swimming Galas

    Jun 2017
    The annual Swimming Galas are a highlight in the calendar. The children loved showing their growing skills and participated with enthusiasm.
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  • The Caterpillar Conga!

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

    Jun 2017
    last Friday saw 15 of our pupils attend the Kent IAPS Athletics meet at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford.
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  • Safeguarding on courses and clubs in the holidays

    Jun 2017
    Safeguarding of children when in the care of youth bodies and organisations outside of schools has been highlighted in the news in recent months, with some high profile cases coming to light.
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  • Head's Lines 23rd June 2017

    Jun 2017
    We began the week with an assembly about coping in a heatwave!
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  • Super Stars 22nd June

    Jun 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Year 4 Enrichment Day

    Jun 2017
    Year 4 spent a very exciting and challenging day at the Senior School.
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  • Family barbecue bonanza

    Jun 2017

    After last year's rain, the balmy evening was a delight and the Prep School welcomed a bumper number of families, friends and staff. This year more than 400 people attended, enjoying the entertainment provided. Families had fun on the bouncy castles and delighted in the hearty barbecue, ...

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  • Pre-Prep Prize-giving and Sports Days

    Jun 2017
    What perfect weather we were blessed with for our annual Pre-Prep Prizegiving and Sports Days. Pupils, teachers, staff, family and friends gathered in the Bates Hall for the opportunity to celebrate achievements,
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  • Head's Lines 16th June

    Jun 2017
    Tuesday was a very special day for all in the Pre-Prep. The Prizegiving was a wonderful celebration of the last year and illustrated how much the children have learned.
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  • Poetry Competition

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

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

    Jun 2017

    This week in their French lessons, Year 5 children have been thinking about their French trip, which took place just before Half Term. The children all agreed that they had a super time, and spent their French lessons discussing the numerous and varied aspects of the trip: notably, what they had ...

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  • Year 6 get Political

    Jun 2017
    A few weeks ago, using the School iPads the Year 6 children got into groups, chose a political party and researched their manifestos. We then prepared a speech about them to present to the whole School during assembly.
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  • Head's Lines 9th June

    Jun 2017
    The week began with an assembly about the election and this was followed up, on Wednesday, with an excellent pupil led assembly.
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  • Pre-Prep on the Election Trail

    Jun 2017
    In this important week for the United Kingdom, 1L have been holding their own elections.  Each child chose their party name, colour and symbol, then they created a policy that they wished to introduce into the School and wrote their own manifesto.
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  • Super Stars 8th June

    Jun 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Super Soloists

    May 2017
    The first Soloists’ Concert of the term was held last Friday, giving pupils an opportunity to perform their pieces in a relaxed, informal environment.
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  • Head's Lines 26th May

    May 2017
    Summer seems to have well and truly arrived and the pupils have had a busy and fun-filled week in the sun, both at home and abroad.  As I write, Miss Corkran is away in France with the children in Year 5, practising their French and soaking up the culture - a well-deserved break after their assessme...
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  • Mummys Galore

    May 2017
    To support their learning on Ancient Egyptians, Year 3 pupils travelled to Maidstone Museum on Tuesday.
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  • Super Stars 25th May

    May 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Junior King's Tournament- Silver Medal Winners

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

    May 2017
    On two Saturday mornings, a group of enthusiastic pupils took up the challenge from Mrs Head and Miss Corkran to become debaters.In the first session in April the group took part in lots of fun activities to help teach them the skills they would require for the final big debate.
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  • Head's Lines 19th May

    May 2017
    On behalf of the visiting teachers from HIKSVS International School in Tianjin China, I would like to thank the staff and students from Sutton Valence Preparatory School for a most informative and enjoyable three-day visit.
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  • Head's Lines 12th May

    May 2017
    The week got off to a splendid start with the wonderful Guitar and Ukulele Assembly which got everyone’s toes tapping and showcased the talent of our various Guitar and Ukulele groups.  As ever, the children rose to the occasion and made the most of the opportunity to perform with confidence in fron...
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  • IAPS Swimming Nationals

    May 2017
    Last Saturday, five pupils from the Prep School travelled over to the K2 Crawley for the National Swimming Finals. All five had qualified following impressive results at the regional stage, back in January. This represents the largest number of pupils the School has ever had qualify for the National...
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  • Super Stars 11th May

    May 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners
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  • Recreating the Battle of Hastings

    May 2017
    As part of their topic work on Knights and Castles, children in Year 2 are learning about the Battle of Hastings. 
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  • Head's Lines 5th May

    May 2017

    Grandparents’ Day is always one of our favourites here at SVPS. The children love showing their grandparents around their School and do it with such pride and enthusiasm. Year 6 did a super job helping our youngest pupils lead their tours and I would also like to thank Mrs Hawkins and her t...

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  • Grandparents' Day

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

    May 2017
    Last Friday afternoon, we held our annual Orchard Run hosting 11 primary schools.
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  • Head's Lines 28th April

    Apr 2017
    As I write this week’s newsletter, we have over 360 additional children on site.
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  • Year 1 discovers Ancient Eygpt

    Apr 2017
    With the prospect of meeting a mummy before us, Year 1 set off on an adventure to the British Museum. With trepidation, we entered the temple of the Assyrians guarded by the magical winged beasts.
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  • Charity Cake Sale

    Apr 2017
    Children in Reception raised an amazing £150 from their Fairy Cake and Potions sale on Monday, which is going towards the fund to allow them to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy.
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  • Super Stars 27th April

    Apr 2017
    Congratulations to this week's winners.
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  • Performing with VOCES8

    Apr 2017
    On the last day of Lent Term, the SVPS Chamber Choir hotfooted it up to London to perform in the United Westminster Schools Foundation Concert.  This was the culmination of the VOCES8 Project, organised by the Foundation, which saw VOCES8 countertenor, Barney Smith, work with the choir here at Schoo...
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  • Head's Lines 21st April

    Apr 2017
    It was wonderful to start the term greeting the children as they arrived in glorious sunshine and seeing them so excited to be back at School.
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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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