Events in 2019

Last year saw a number of social and sporting events for the Old Suttonian and School community.  Many of these are annual events, so please use the information below as guidance ahead of our 2020 programme. It has been encouraging to have such a range of Old Suttonians represented at the various events and we hope this continues to grow year-on-year. For information about upcoming events in 2020, please refer to our Upcoming Events page.



Sunday 6th January 2019 

Sutton Valence School


Following the unfortunate cancellation of last year’s event, the fixture returned to the OS calendar on Sunday 6th January with the intention of playing both a boys and girls’ match against the School.  Back in 2017, we had hosted the fixture on the equivalent Sunday at the start of January, but as an indoor event. Although that fixture proved popular, the preference amongst the players was to return to the traditional outdoor format. Fortunately, we were lucky with the weather and were able to move the fixture out onto the Astroturf.

The boys’ match, with an Old Suttonian team containing leavers ranging from 1992 through to 2015, finished as an excellent 3-3 draw. The Alex Hatch Trophy was therefore shared this year, though on the merit of their victory in 2017, the Old Suttonians retain the trophy.  Unfortunately, the planned girls’ match had to be postponed due to a lack of OS players, though an improvised mixed-match proved a lot of fun. The mixed-OS team eventually came out victorious against the School’s 1st XI Girls’ team. The day concluded with lunch at the Queen’s Head, which proved as popular as ever. Many thanks to all of those who came along on the day.



Tuesday 5th March 2019

Royal Air Force Club,W1J 7PY


This event dates back to the mid-1990s, when Michael Soloman (1945 W) and Michael Hovey (1946 W) arranged to meet a few friends who had been with them in Westminster in the 1940s. When it started, the venue changed year-by-year, with a different Old Suttonian arranging the luncheon at a restaurant of their choice each year. The only prerequisite was that it should be held on the first Tuesday in March. The tradition has continued until this day with the organisational baton passing to Ian Kay (1941 M). Rather than changing venue each year, he has arranged a 1940s reunion at the Carvery restaurant at the Strand Palace Hotel since 2006. 

Over time, the attending numbers started to dwindle due to deaths, ill-health and inability to travel. As a result, in 2018, the decision was taken to extend the invitation to Old Suttonians who had left the School in the 1950s. Due to the resultant popularity of the rejuventated event, this year, the 'Venerables' Reunion lunch was hosted at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, in their Battle of Britain suite. We were delighted to see nearly 30 Old Suttonian attend this year's event with leavers ranging from 1941 through to 1959. The next 'Venerables' Reunion Lunch will take place on 3rd March 2020.



Saturday 9th March 2019

Sutton Valence School


An important part of the School’s careers provision is the biennial Careers Convention. This year’s event proved to be an inspirational and informative morning for the School’s students.  A blend of Old Suttonians, local and national employers, current parents, Higher Education providers and STEM ambassadors graciously gave their time to impart some of the knowledge and passion that they have for their chosen careers to our young people. 

The Sutton Valence community has a common educational experience but the Convention demonstrates that there are an enormous range of career openings available, with each giving a very different experience of working life.  This year, the range of careers represented was vast from mechanical engineering, to osteopathy, from accountancy to law and from interior design to policing. We were delighted that 16 Old Suttonians returned to the School for the event and we are hugely appreciative of the time and effort they put in to attend. 



Saturday 9th March 2019

Sutton Valence School


Following the success of last year's event, the OS versus School Netball fixture returned to the OS event calendar on Saturday 9th March. The OS team consisted of recent leavers Emelia Bonny (2018 H), Naomi Lijesen (2018 C) and Rehannah Houghton–Judge (2018 L) as well as returning players from last year's OS team including Lydia Davies (2015 H), Charlotte Douglas (2010 L), Katie Latter (2016 F), Mia Van Diepen (2015 F) and Hannah Wood (1992 V, Staff 2012-).

Having won last year's fixture against the 1st VII, the Old Suttonians were keen to retain the Worsfold Cup, but came up against resolute opposition in this year's 1st VII. Three hard-fought quarters saw the game evenly balanced until the final quarter when the 1st VII's perseverance saw them race into an unassailable lead. The final score was 36 – 25 to the School. If you would like to take part in next year's fixture, please contact Lydia Davies (2015 H) or the Development Office.



Friday 3rd May 2019

The Ridge Golf Club, ME17 3JB


This year saw the fifth annual Old Suttonians’ Golf Day. After last year's successful event, we returned to The Ridge Golf Course on Chartway Street for another glorious afternoon of Golf. Last year's competition had seen the inclusion of the School's First Team to play against teams of staff, governors and Old Suttonians. Unfortunately, this year, due to examinations, the School team was unable to play, which meant that numbers were slightly down. That said, a total of 16 Old Suttonians, staff and friends of the School took part in a competitive set of rounds.

After the scores were calculated, the Headmaster's team retained their trophy, with Major Prem Ale taking home the individual trophy for the best Stableford score. Overall, the level of Golf was excellent and we were delighted to include two of the OS team competing at the Grafton Morrish competition this year - Colin Williams (1982 C) and Sam Wroclawski (2003 C). We look forward to repeating the event next May, but in the meantime we would invite OS golfers along to the SVS Foundation Golf day at Chart Hills on 20th September. To book, please click here.



Saturday 4th May 2019

Sutton Valence School


A day after the OS Golf Day, the School hosted the annual Sergison Trophy at its .22 range.  The competition is a four way shoot between staff, Old Suttonians, parents and current pupils. Like the Golf, we were lucky with the weather – apart from one downpour, the sun shone on us all and a good morning's shooting was had.  Those who had not shot before, or were rusty, were ably coached by the Old Suttonians and a good set of scores were achieved across the board.

Top scores for the Old Suttonians included 99/100 from both Frederick Pawlick (2011 M) and Christopher Pawlick (2011 M). The staff achieved a top score of 98/100 from Paul Blake. The parents managed a top score of 96/100 and Elyse Ratcliffe (First Form) came top for the students with 94/100. An average of the top six scores was used to calculate the overall rankings with the staff eventually coming fourth, the students third, the parents second and the Old Suttonians first. For more information about OS Shooting, click here.



Saturday 29th June 2019 

Sutton Valence School


This year, we welcomed a number of Old Suttonians back to the School for Speech Day, marking the culmination of the academic year and celebrating the School community’s many accomplishments. As has become tradition, a variety of events were put on prior to the main celebrations. The School's Sports Day concluded with senior relays on the all-weather track and a selection of junior sports were on show around the site. Elsewhere, the Art and Photography exhibition showcased some of the exceptional student work at the School and the Leavers’ Music Concert offered an enjoyable morning interlude.

In the Sports Hall, David Pickard (Staff 1977-2001, 2009-2015) curated an archive exhibition which included original documents, ledgers, reports and pictures that map out the fascinating history of the School through the ages. At the prize-giving, the Guest of Honour was Helen Whately MP. Helen is the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent. Helen spoke to the leaving pupils about taking up the opportunities offered to them and working hard for the things that they are passionate about.



Sunday 15th September 2019

Sutton Valence School


At the start of the new academic year, we were delighted to welcome back Old Suttonians and former staff to attend a reunion at Sutton House to celebrate girls' boarding at the School. The group included SVS leavers spanning from 1991 through to 2016, as well as two former Sutton housemasters.

Blessed with fantastic weather, the group enjoyed a champagne reception on the Sutton terrace before current Sutton boarders gave them tours of the house. A subsequent tour of the School provided the opportunity to see the various changes around the site and an opportunity for the Old Suttonians to chat to one another. A fantastic afternoon - many thanks to all of those who attended.



Wednesday 18th September 2019

Fino's, Mayfair, W1K 3NP


Three days after the Sutton House Reunion, we were delighted to host another OS event with the return of the Prefects' Reunion. To celebrate his tenth year at Sutton Valence School, the Headmaster and Dr Grindlay (Staff 2009-2019) hosted past prefects from across his time at the School to a reunion dinner in London. In total, 24 past prefects joined them for this anniversary event at Fino's Mayfair.

With prefects ranging from 2010 leavers through to a leaver from last year, it was great to see such a spread of year groups represented. The group enjoyed a three course meal and the chance to reminisce about their time at SVS. With such a breadth of careers and university courses between them, it was a pleasure to learn of their continuing successes.



Friday 20th September 2019

Chart Hills Golf Club, Biddenden, TN27 8JX


At the end of September, we were delighted to once again host our annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club. With the launch of the SVS Foundation, the event was rebranded this year to reflect the wider community it serves. Despite the new name, the Golf was of the traditional high standard with some excellent rounds throughout. In total, 31 players turned out to play including Old Suttonians, current parents, past parents and former staff. We were delighted with the mix and with many new parents involved, it was good to see them welcomed into the community.

The sun-drenched course played well, though some fast greens caught out a number of players, so the Stableford scores were lower than previous years, though still very respectable. After an enjoyable day, the scores were totted up and the winning team was that of Sam Wroclawski (2003 C), Jeremy Trott (Parent SVS) and Mark Garner (Parent SVPS). As a three-ball, their Stableford score was calculated using a randomly-selected ‘ghost player’ as a means of balancing out with the other four-balls. As such, a mention should go to their unknowing teammate, Andrew Myers (Parent SVS). Sam Wroclawski also took home the prize for the longest drive and the nearest-the-pin contest was won by Jerry Hansford (Parent SVS). All-in-all, an enjoyable day was had by all and we are grateful to all of the players who came along. We look forward to next year’s competition which, for those keen on advanced planning, will be held on Friday 18th September 2020. We look forward to seeing you there. 



Friday 29th November 2019

Sutton Valence School


As part of the newly-established SVS Foundation, the School community came together for a wine and wisdom evening in the Refectory. Teams of Old Suttonians, staff and parents competed against one another in a quiz set and compered by John Harcourt (Staff 1977-). The event, in support of a pupil's charity, was jointly organised by the School's Junior Leadership programme. 

We are delighted to say that a total of £670.00 was raised on the night, which has gone to Joe Dale’s Cancer Research fundraising efforts. Sadly, Joe lost his father to non-Hodgkins lymphoma and has subsequently been raising funds for Cancer Research UK.  The money raised at the event helped him edge up towards his target total of £4000.00. Congratulations go to the winners of our inaugural quiz - a team of First Form parents.



Tuesday 10th December 2019

Sutton Valence School


We were delighted to welcome back over 45 Old Suttonians to attend the annual School Carol Service on the final Tuesday of the Michaelmas Term. As has become traditional, the service was followed by a mince pie and mulled wine reception in the Refectory. The Carol Service, with its fantastic choral programme, continues to offer an excellent opportunity for OS of all ages to get together and return to the School for an event steeped in Suttonian tradition.

We are also pleased to say that plans are in place for next year's Tuesday Carol Service to become the SVS Foundation Carol Service, providing the opportunity for the wider community to play a greater part in proceedings. We hope you are able to join us for the event on Tuesday 15th December 2020.



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