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Stamping Their Mark

25th Mar 2024
Prep School

Amanda Riley, a fashion designer, environmentalist and founder of Fashion Rebellion leads a hand printing workshop for Year 6...

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Blue Gowns Awarded

25th Mar 2024
Senior School

Blue gowns are awarded at the final Headmaster’s Assembly of the Lent Term to students who have earned two Blue Badges...

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Sutton Valence School’s Annual Baton Race

25th Mar 2024
Senior School

The annual end of term Baton Race takes place, with Houses competing for glory...

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NCO Leavers’ Dinner

22nd Mar 2024

On Thursday evening, the NCOs, Headmaster, staff, guests from the armed services and other CCFs gathered for the Upper Sixth NCO Leavers' Dinner.

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Give a Hand for World Puppetry Day!

21st Mar 2024
Prep School

Every year on 21st March, World Puppetry Day seeks to recognise puppetry as a global art form and it is also a day to honour puppeteers around the world.

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Making Waves for a Good Cause

20th Mar 2024
Senior School

In a heartwarming display of athletic prowess and community spirit, SVS swimmers triumph at the Maidstone Charity Swim Relay!

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SVS Hosts Kent U16 Sevens Rugby Tournament

19th Mar 2024
Senior School

SVS hosts the Kent U16 seven-a-side tournament which sees twenty of the top rugby playing schools embark on a hotly contested competition...

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NCOs Guide Year 5 Through CCF Challenge

18th Mar 2024

Upper Sixth NCOs prepare themselves for the arrival of Year 5 from Sutton Valence Prep School for a CCF Taster Day...

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Sixth Form Spring Ball

17th Mar 2024

Sixth Form students gather in the Refectory for the Spring Charity Ball...

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SVPS Gets Into Character for World Book Day

15th Mar 2024
Prep School

Young bookworms at Sutton Valence Prep School dive into the pages of their favourite reads to celebrate World Book Day!

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SVPS Dive Into Castle Swim Gala

15th Mar 2024
Prep School

The aquatic excitement continues to ripple through the Prep School community as we celebrate not one but two events...

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Year 5 Are Put To The Test at CCF Taster Day!

15th Mar 2024
Prep School

Last Friday afternoon, Year 5 had a CCF experience at Sutton Valence School...

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NCOs’ Final Parade

15th Mar 2024
Senior School

The Head of Corps is the most senior Cadet rank in the Sutton Valence School CCF. They are responsible for organising all three sections: the Navy, Army, and RAF...

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International Women’s Day

11th Mar 2024
Prep School

This International Women’s Day, we asked a selection of Year 6 girls to nominate a female member of staff who has inspired them during their SVPS journey...

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Year 3 and 4 Take to the Stage

11th Mar 2024
Prep School

It's Year 3 and 4's turn to show off their musical talent!

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Reach for the Stars!

11th Mar 2024

To mark British Science Week, children enjoy a visit from Wonderdome, a mobile planetarium...

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SVS U16A Hockey Girls Are Tier 1 Plate Champions!

11th Mar 2024
Senior School

A huge well done to the U16A Girls' Hockey Team who attended the England Hockey Tier 1 Plate final on Wednesday at the Olympic Park...

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International Women’s Day

8th Mar 2024
Senior School

This International Women’s Day, we invited selected older female students to nominate staff that have inspired them throughout their School journey.

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World Boarding Staff Day

8th Mar 2024
Senior School

World Boarding Staff Day, created by The Institute of Boarding, takes place annually on the first Monday of March...

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The Delicious Topic of Dinos

7th Mar 2024
Prep School

During Reception's topic of Dinosaurs, children in Class E enjoyed making dinosaur nests!

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Year 1 Walk Like Egyptians

7th Mar 2024
Prep School

Miss Pitcher and Mrs Theobald's Year 1 classes go back in time with a visit from interactive learning company The Past Presents...

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World Book Day

7th Mar 2024
Senior School

The Juniors celebrate World Book Day during their weekly reading sessions...

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A Sprint to the Finish

6th Mar 2024
Prep School

Sutton Valence Prep School field 32 enthusiastic students from Year 3 to 6 to compete in the Ashford Cross Country event...

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Mother’s Day Fundraiser for Dandelion Time

6th Mar 2024
Senior School

Cookies and flowers are on sale at School for Mother's Day...

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Sutton Valence Prep School: A Very Creative Education

5th Mar 2024

Sutton Valence Prep School features in the March 2024 issue of insideKENT Magazine, outlining the achievement of its prestigious Artsmark Award in Gold.

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Filming for Year 5 Open Morning

5th Mar 2024

Former Sutton Valence Prep School students from the First Form and Second Form participate in filming for a video to be shown at Year 5 Open Morning...

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Little Lambs Mould Memories in the Art Room!

1st Mar 2024
Nursery

Tots from Little Lambs Nursery take a trip to the Art Room to say hooray for clay!

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Year 6 Work in Harmony at Informal Soloists’ Concert

1st Mar 2024
Prep School

The stage is set for musical marvels in Year 6!

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U16A Girls’ Hockey Team are Victorious!

1st Mar 2024
Senior School

Congratulations to the SVS U16A Girls' Hockey team who were up against Brighton College in the Tier 1 Plate semi final on Wednesday afternoon, winning 4-0!

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OS vs SVS 1st VII Netball Match

1st Mar 2024

Last Saturday, the annual Old Suttonian netball match commenced, and this year’s did not disappoint!

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The Young Enterprise Team Mean Business!

28th Feb 2024

The School's Young Enterprise team travel to Old Spitalfields market to sell to the general public...

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Flippin’ Delicious!

23rd Feb 2024

The SVPS Parents' Association show off their pancake making skills to mark Shrove Tuesday...

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Prep Schools Rugby Festival Comes to SVS!

23rd Feb 2024

Sutton Valence School hosted ten local prep schools who embarked on our slightly soggy pitches for the annual Prep Schools' Rugby Festival...

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Juniors Go Quackers for Charity Chicks

21st Feb 2024
Senior School

Every year, Ros Dines, a retired Matron who worked at SVS for fifty years, knits Easter chicks that contain a Cadbury Creme Egg...

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

19th Feb 2024

The SVS U12 Netball Team welcome the Sutton Valence Prep School U11 Netball Team for a training session...

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Picture Purrfect

12th Feb 2024
Prep School

The Love Cats Exhibition is open, displaying feline masterpieces created by Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, to raise money for the Greenacres Sanctuary for Cats!

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A Real Page Turner

12th Feb 2024
Prep School

The whole School take part in a Book Share the Friday before Half Term...

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Little Lambs Become Little Dragons

12th Feb 2024
Nursery

Little Lambs Nursery celebrate Chinese New Year by learning all about Chinese culture!

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The Play’s the Thing for Year 6 Shakespearians

12th Feb 2024
Prep School

Year 6 take to the Bates Hall stage to perform several renditions of Shakespeare's mystical comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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The Delicious Year of the Dragon

12th Feb 2024
Senior School

Decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns, the boarders of Westminster House celebrate Chinese New Year...

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Year 5 Kick It Into Half Term

9th Feb 2024
Prep School

Year 5 girls from the SVPS U10 Blue and U10 Yellow football teams take part in the U11 Girls’ Football Tournament...

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Update to Uniform Shop rebrand

9th Feb 2024

The uniform provider Simmonds has now rebranded to Monkhouse Schoolwear. The new School Shop email address is: suttonvalence.shop@monkhouse.com

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Year 5 Musicians Get Into the Rhythm of Things

6th Feb 2024
Prep School

Spring term’s Informal Soloists’ Concerts has begun...

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Team Triumph for the U16 Girls’ Hockey Team

6th Feb 2024
Senior School

The girls are through to the semi finals of the England Hockey Tier 1 Plate!

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A Flippin’ Success!

6th Feb 2024
Senior School

The annual Junior Pancake Race returns to the Sports Hall...

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Salvation Army Fundraiser

5th Feb 2024

A huge thank you to all parents, grandparents, pupils, and staff who donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Maidstone...

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SVS 1st XI and 2nd XI Football Teams Kick Off the Season

2nd Feb 2024

Following the previous fixture falling foul of a frozen pitch, the 1st XI and 2nd XI Football Teams kicked off the season on home turf...

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SVPS Swimmers Go to Lengths to Compete against Dulwich!

1st Feb 2024
Prep School

Year 3 to 6 swimmers host Dulwich Prep Cranbrook at the Swimming Gala...

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Own the Awkward

1st Feb 2024
Senior School

Carnegie medal nominated author, Simon James Green, visits the School to run an author event with First and Second Form pupils...

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Mental Health First Aid for Sixth Formers

30th Jan 2024

Our group of Sixth Form Wellbeing Ambassadors undertake Mental Health First Aid training...

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Twelve Years of Service for Flt Lt C Kitchen

26th Jan 2024
Senior School

Members of the Combined Cadet Force are joined, during their final parade, by the Headmaster, to present Flt Lt C Kitchen with her Cadet Forces Medal to mark twelve years of service to the School's CCF.

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It’s a win for Girls’ U16 Hockey!

26th Jan 2024
Senior School

After a hugely successful campaign last year, which culminated in our U16 Girls winning the Tier 2 National Cup, we entered our U16s into the Tier 1 competition this year...

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Ewe won’t believe what Year 6 made!

25th Jan 2024
Prep School

Visiting artist Sue Kimber leads a felting workshop for Year 6...

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The Young Suttonian magazine

24th Jan 2024

The Young Suttonian magazine is a traditional annual publication produced by the School, with the latest issue, covering the 2022-2023 academic year now available.

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SVS Heads of School: Oliver A and Katy B

24th Jan 2024

Katy B and Oliver A (both Upper Sixth) have taken on the responsibility of Heads of School for the Lent Term, giving their inspirational opening addresses to the student body in the Headmaster's Assembly. You can read their speeches in full below:

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Changes to the School shop

22nd Jan 2024

The School uniform supplier, Simmonds, is undergoing a period of rebranding to Monkhouse Schoolwear. As such, we are sorry to say that the on-site School shop will be temporarily closed between 25th January and 9th February. During this time, uniform can still be purchased online, or from the Newnham Court store on selected days. Simmonds stores in Newnham Court, Tunbridge Wells and Chatham Dockside will close at 4.30pm on 27th January and will reopen on 1st February. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. This is beyond our control and we have asked the provider to try and keep the disruption to a minimum, owing to their change in operation.

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The Cast Are Out For Blood

22nd Jan 2024
Senior School

With the Senior Production of Little Shop of Horrors complete, we met various characters last week...

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The Suttonian magazine

19th Jan 2024
Senior School

Covering the 2022-2023 academic year, the latest 187 page issue of The Suttonian is now proudly in print...

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An Entrepreneurial Meeting

19th Jan 2024

Entrepreneurial Lower Sixth students are building a brand as part of the Young Enterprise scheme...

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End of Term Feast

15th Dec 2023

The children enjoy a spot of Christmas Lunch to mark the end of term.

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Happy Quizmas!

15th Dec 2023
Senior School

The last day of term only means one thing - the annual whole School Christmas quiz!

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Hark The Prep School Angels Sing!

15th Dec 2023
Prep School

Years 3 to 6 perform at the SVPS Carol Service, led by School Chaplain Mr Davies...

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Junior Informal Soloists’ Concert

13th Dec 2023
Prep School

Years 3 and 4 get in the rhythm of things...

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Christmas Carol Concert

11th Dec 2023
Senior School

The season of singing got underway last night, with the first Christmas Carol Concert of the year.

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Christingle all the way!

11th Dec 2023
Prep School

Year 1 squeeze in some a-peel-ing crafting for Christingle...

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Carols by Candlelight

8th Dec 2023
Nursery

Our Little Lambs Nursery stars twinkle brightly at their Carols by Candlelight event!

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Humph the Camel!

7th Dec 2023
Prep School

Reception classes shine brighter than the star of Bethlehem in their Nativity play...

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Maths Week Special

6th Dec 2023
Prep School

Year 4 shapeshifters put their problem solving skills to the test in Maths Week.

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Years 1 and 2 get Christmassy at Christingle

5th Dec 2023
Prep School

Years 1 and 2 attend the annual service for Christingle held at St Michael's Church...

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

4th Dec 2023

The annual Sutton Valence Prep School Christmas Fair is another seasonal success!

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Hair We Go!

1st Dec 2023

Each year, our Sixth Form boys battle it out to grow the best facial hair for Movember!

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Cards to take note of!

29th Nov 2023
Prep School

SVPS is subject to two beautiful new artworks by Kent based illustrator Jess Harrison...

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Hayes School Are Bowled Over by SVS Rugby 1st XV

24th Nov 2023
Senior School

Our 1st XV Rugby team have taken a winning at home streak putting them into the quarter finals!

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Remembrance Service 2023

13th Nov 2023
Senior School

Cadets and students mark Remembrance Day with a service on Prefects' Lawn.

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Remembrance Service 2023

10th Nov 2023
Prep School

The whole School pay their respects in a Service of Remembrance...

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Diwali Workshop

9th Nov 2023
Prep School

Reception classes dance their way to the Festival of Light!

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Morning Choc Full of Fun!

8th Nov 2023
Senior School

Third Form have a morning choc full of fun with a visit from a Chocolate Expert!

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What A Gem!

7th Nov 2023
Prep School

Year 5 enjoy a gem of a workshop during jewellery making...

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A Blast From The Past!

6th Nov 2023
Prep School

Year 3 have a blast from the past on Ancient Greek Day!

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Cardiac Risk in the Young Heart Screening

18th Oct 2023
Senior School

This week, close to 200 students will receive heart screening on the School site...

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23/24 Chamber Choir Announced

5th Oct 2023
Prep School

Meet the 23/24 Chamber Choir cast!

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Giving Thanks

3rd Oct 2023
Prep School

Our Prep School children visit St Michael's Church to give thanks in prayer and song...

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Heads of School speeches

29th Sep 2023

Sophie B and Sam L, Heads of School for the Michaelmas Term, have given their speeches in the Headmaster's Assembly.

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It’s A Gourd Day for Pre-Prep!

28th Sep 2023
Prep School

Our Pre-Prep classes give thanks for the bounty of autumn...

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Mental Health First Aid

27th Sep 2023
Senior School

Another 10 members of our teaching staff are now trained in Mental Health First Aid Awareness!

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Headmaster’s Copy Prize for Design and Technology

22nd Sep 2023
Senior School

Sienna C (Second Form) has engineered her way to winning the Headmaster's Copy Prize!

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CCF Induction Day for Third Formers

21st Sep 2023
Senior School

Third Formers get in step with the cadet scheme at the Combined Cadet Force induction day.

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Meet Head Boy and Head Girl for the Autumn Term

8th Sep 2023
Prep School

Congratulations to members of Year 6 who are celebrating being named as Head Boy and Head Girl for the Michaelmas Term...

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GCSE Results Day

24th Aug 2023

Today at Sutton Valence School in Maidstone, Kent, there were some excellent GCSE grades awarded to students. Over 40 percent of the grades were at levels 9, 8 or 7 (A*/A equivalent) showing the high level of student attainment. That said, the ‘value added’ levels of grades were also laudable showing considerable improvement for individuals. Across a wide range of subjects, students secured very pleasing results and were rewarded for their hard work with great support from their teachers and families. James Thomas, Headmaster, comments: ‘We are so proud of this year group and their super results. We wish them all the very best as they embark on their Sixth Form studies and we have high hopes for their futures. Last week we celebrated excellent A Level results (insert link to last week’s article) and it was lovely this morning to be in school with so many happy students, parents and colleagues once more applauding the results of Sutton Valence Students.’

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A Level Results Day

17th Aug 2023

Today (17th August 2023) at Sutton Valence School in Maidstone, Kent, students were delighted to celebrate with their parents and teachers, some excellent A Level examination results. Following a challenging few years of study owing to many events beyond their control, the cohort of 2023 achieved stellar results in their examinations and have earned places at a laudable range of destinations for future study. Indeed, almost 90 percent of students have secured places at their first or second choice university and over 30 percent of grades were at A or A* level. The Headmaster, James Thomas, comments: ‘We are very proud of this wonderful group of young people. The atmosphere here at the School this morning was lovely and really showed our community feel with students, parents and staff all reflecting on the great achievements of this year group. It’s especially important to remember the challenges that they have faced, making these results even more impressive. While many have achieved the very top grades available, it is equally important to applaud those who have benefitted from the added value of attending Sutton Valence where individual and personal progress and development are key aspects of our provision. As well as their great academic results, they have also excelled outside the classroom and have shown themselves to be great citizens ready for the world. We with them all the very best in the future and really hope that they will all stay in touch with this special School.’

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Year 6’s Leavers Service

13th Jul 2023
Prep School

Year 6 are off to Big School...

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Bikeability

4th Jul 2023
Prep School

With the summer holidays rolling in, it's wheely important that kids are road savvy...

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Cat in Boots!

3rd Jul 2023
Prep School

If you go down the woods, you'll meet some creatures...

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School of Rock!

28th Jun 2023
Prep School

Years 3 to 6 strum and drum their way to the end of term at the Summer Concert...

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A Battle of Strength

27th Jun 2023
Prep School

The Castles go head to head in the annual SVPS Tug of War!

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SVPS Nursery Sports Day

20th Jun 2023

It's our toddlers' turns to become champions at the SVPS Nursery Sports Day!

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Pre-Prep Celebration Day

16th Jun 2023
Prep School

Singing the praises of our small students, Pre-Prep Celebration Day showcases what Reception and Years 1 and 2...

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Ready, Set, Go for Pre-Prep Sports Day

15th Jun 2023
Prep School

Little legs work hard at the Pre-Prep Sports Day...

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Chamber Choir Perform at Midsummer Fair!

13th Jun 2023
Prep School

The SVPS Chamber Choir perform at the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair...

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Years 2 and 3 Informal Concert

31st May 2023
Prep School

Years 2 and 3 add another string to their bow at Informal Concert...

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Wiz, Wham, Alakazam!

25th May 2023
Prep School

Year 1 bewitch audiences with their performances of the magical summer play...

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Raising The Bard

24th May 2023
Prep School

Years 3 to 6 raise the bard at the annual Poetry Speaking Competition...

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Year 5 Informal Soloists Concert

22nd May 2023
Prep School

Year 5 make great music together at their last Informal Soloists Concert of the year...

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Maths Whizzes

12th May 2023
Prep School

A Year 5 team of maths whizzes attend the annual Mathematics Competition...

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SVPSA Coronation Party

10th May 2023

A majestic Coronation party for the whole School...

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Headmaster’s Headlines

5th May 2023
Senior School

God Save the King! This morning, as I put on my special Coronation Tie and SVS Cufflinks, I certainly feel excited looking forward to the festivities that await. The Junior Leadership Team are hosting a special Tea Party on the Spring Lawn which I am told will have lots of yummy treats. This afternoon in the Senior HM Coronation Assembly, Student NCOs from the CCF will process in with the Heads of School before we hear from the Choir, who will sing one of the anthems from the 1953 service, the year of the last Coronation, and we will also read from the Suttonian magazine archives with the reflections of the Queen's Coronation many decades ago. As well as singing both verses of the National Anthem and Jerusalem, we will dedicate a special CR III edition of the Bible in Chapel to mark the occasion too.  As if one tea party were not enough, I will then be off to the Prep School for the SVPSPA Coronation Picnic for yet more cake, happiness and sunshine (although the forecast looks a touch ominous). Such events are important for bringing the community together and I hope that we will unite and reflect on our places in history, the School and the nation. Another exeat weekend awaits, and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday as the Summer Term continues apace!

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A Royal Reception

4th May 2023
Prep School

A Royal reception...in Reception!

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Grandparents’ Day

2nd May 2023
Prep School

Nannies and grandads join us for the annual Grandparents' day!

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Headmaster’s Headlines

28th Apr 2023
Senior School

This week has certainly flown by once more as we find ourselves in the rhythm of term time. It is always such an interesting time of year with the combination of getting stuck into summer activities (although the downpours have not helped) with the inevitable experience of examinations either starting or on the horizon. Spirits remain high however and the students are doing well supporting and encouraging each other. We had a great Open Day last Saturday and it was lovely to be able to show off the School at its best.

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New Heads of School

27th Apr 2023
Senior School

Olivia C and Daniel B have been named as the Heads of School for the Summer Term, and attended their first Haedmaster's Assembly in post last week, with Olivia making her debut speech to the student body.

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SVPS Easter Service

24th Apr 2023
Prep School

The Prep School children join together for the whole School Easter service at St. Michael's Church...

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Art Room Adventures

28th Mar 2023
Prep School

Year 3 have been embarking on creative adventures in their Art and Design Technology lessons. They have been carried away by their love of levers and linkages, simple mechanisms that have helped them construct dragons in the form of snapping jaw monsters.

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Pre-Prep Round Up

28th Mar 2023

Little Steps have had a very busy week! They have been happy to explore the garden and continue to use their muscles in new and different ways, building skills and confidence.

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The sound of spring at Lent concert

27th Mar 2023
Prep School

On Thursday last week, the Prep children took to the stage to put on a live musical performance to be proud of at the SVPS Spring Concert. Every child in Years 3 to 6 took part, singing both with their year group and as part of the whole School Choir.

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Powers of observation

27th Mar 2023
Prep School

On 23rd March, Year 3 went to Herstmonceux Observatory and Science Centre. Whilst there, they were blessed with pleasant weather that allowed them to explore the outdoor discovery parks as well as the indoor hands-on exhibits.

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CCF taster day hits the target

27th Mar 2023

On Friday last week, Year 5 marched over to SVS and enjoyed a well-drilled afternoon of fun, organised by the Officers and NCOs of the CCF. After a delicious lunch in the refectory, the children paraded, despite the rain, where they paid attention and were put at ease by Major Prem.

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The show must go on for Year 6 play!

27th Mar 2023
Prep School

Despite Mrs Dallamore being unwell, the consummate performing professionals of Year 6 pulled together to deliver numerous rousing renditions of the end of term play 'Let Loose'. The story follows a group of Sutton Valence Prep School students as they take a week long residential trip, and the antics they get up to as they take part in a boating competition and plot to pull off the perfect midnight feast!

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Head’s Lines – 24.03.23

27th Mar 2023
Prep School

‘Let Loose’ was both the name of the brilliant Year 6 play this week, enjoyed by the children from Reception upwards on Tuesday and then by parents, siblings, grandparents and other family and friends later in the week, and seemingly the intent of many children as they departed for their well-earned Easter holiday today!

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SVS Through the Years – Boys Hockey

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

Following on from the 1st XI Boys Hockey making it through the Tier 3 National Plate Semi Final this week, we wanted to continue with the theme of hockey within Sutton Valence School.

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U14 EH Cup Marden Hockey Club

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

What a weekend! The Marden girls are through to the EH Cup final. It was an incredible game to watch and we are still buzzing now!

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National Rugby Sevens

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

This week the Rugby Sevens squads descended on the Rosslyn Park National Sevens tournaments in South West London.

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1st VII Netball versus Ashford School – by Scarlett Washington (Upper Sixth)

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

On Thursday 16th of March, the girls played Ashford at home. After losing to them in the Kings Rochester tournament a few weeks ago, we wanted a win. Both teams started the first quarter strong, but a few interceptions from Darcy and Lizzie allowed us to gain a small lead of 3 goals.

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Another string to their bow for music students

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

On Monday 20th the Music School hosted the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations. These exams happen three times a year and are often used to show progress in the chosen instrument. Depending on marks you can either pass, achieve a merit of if you gain over 85%, a distinction. They consist of three or four pieces, scales, sight reading and aural tests. To achieve good marks, regular, everyday practice for up to an hour is essential The higher exams also have UCAS points attached.

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Third Form roll through collagraphy class

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

Third Form Art students in 3B, 3Z and 3L classes are currently working on an endangered species printmaking project.'

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£5 bag campaign

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

Our ten week campaign to support the Salvation Army Food Bank has finally come to an end. This has been a much needed campaign as the Food Bank’s store was very much depleted in January. In addition, demand for the Food Bank has almost doubled in the same period. Overall, we have collected and delivered approximately 60 bags of shopping. We are very grateful for all those students, parents and teachers who participated.

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No language barriers for touring play

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

Touring theatre company Onatti Productions presented plays in both French and Spanish to Second and Third Form linguists.

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Design and Technology pupils go wild for bug houses

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

Our First Form students have been busy designing and creating a range of bug houses during their afternoon DT activity this term. Shortly after our return from Easter you will see various bug houses purposefully positioned around the community, within the village, on the School site, and across the road, within the grounds of Sutton Valence Primary School.

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CCF honour guard

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

The CCF stood to attention for an honour guard welcoming Commander Barker RN, as part of the biennial inspection. The final parade also followed, with more details on this, and the departure of the much admired Major Prem, in the next edition.

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Professor Murray Biggs flies the flag for Yale University

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

We welcomed Professor Murray Biggs, of Yale University, to the English department on Tuesday afternoon to give a talk on revenge in Renaissance drama to pupils studying English Literature A Level. He gave a fascinating overview of the role of revenge and the core ingredients of revenge drama of the period, and then linked them to the three texts that the pupils are studying across the two year groups.

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Passing on the baton

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

The annual end of term baton race proved to be a frantic race to the finishing line once again, with most members of the student body (and even some staff members!) taking a turn at running a leg of the relay.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 24.03.23

27th Mar 2023
Senior School

We have reached the end of the Lent Term after 10 busy and fulfilling weeks. My goodness we have managed to fit a lot in! I trust you have enjoyed reading about all of the super things that have gone on in the Newsletters and on our social media channels. (@SVS_news and @SVS_Headmaster)

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1st XI National Plate Quarter Final

22nd Mar 2023
Senior School

Last Thursday, we faced Tonbridge in the quarter finals, after losing to them 4-1 the week before the boys wanted to settle the score. We started very fast and were able to win a short corner early in the game, and after a miss placed drag out, the ball fell to me at the top of the D and I was able to flick the ball into the corner to open the scoring.

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U15 Girls Netball success

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Congratulations to our U15 Girls’ Netball team who won the King’s Rochester Netball Tournament this week.

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Exam time art attack

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Fifth Form GCSE Art students are currently working on their exam project. The OCR exam board have released a broad range of themes for students to choose from, being Isolation, Surface and Texture, The News, Journey or Agriculture.

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Easter chicks

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

The annual sale of knitted Easter chicks amongst the Juniors has this year raised over £500. The chicks are knitted by Ros Dines who was a cleaner / Matron at SVS for an incredible fifty years, who joined the Junior assembly to be congratulated on her charitable crafting. Proceeds go towards the JackTheLad Foundation.

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Magistrates Court report, by Charlie H (Year 6)

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

On an exciting Tuesday morning we had the chance to have a wonderful workshop with two kind Magistrates. They told us about a lot of different things such as some different stories of kids who made a bad decision and ended up going to prison and some photos of what prison and court are really like.

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

Roars of laughter filled the classroom this week as Y6 learned to read, listen and respond to vocabulary about parts of the body. They used their Super Hoot Learning Powers of Observation, Bravery and Collaboration to rehearse the body parts, before learning the ordinarily simple song of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, only this time, they were challenged to learn it in Spanish!

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Drawing Attention

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

Did you know that more than 42,100 species (animal, fungi and plant) have been assessed to be under threat of extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCP)?

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French round-up

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

Using the Surface Gos and Linguascope, the children have been learning new vocabulary for items in their pencil cases. Linguascope is our online language programme, and each child is able to work through the exercises and online games at their own pace. Children are able to choose to return to any part of a topic and repeat activities where they feel they need to. This ensures that they are confident in their knowledge and new language acquisition before moving on to the next activity.

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Science Week

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

Year 2 started off Science Week with an environmental experiment based on an oil spill disaster. The children had been learning about the high seas, coastal seas and fresh water as part of their topic about the Earth. They had been thinking about how to look after our waters by not polluting them with rubbish.

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Year 5 trip a shore success

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

On Tuesday 14th March, Year 5 went to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve as part of their studies on rivers and coasts. They were greeted by the ladies from the Discovery Centre and walked down to the Education Zone, spotting different coastal features on the way. The morning started with a visit to the beach, past the bird sanctuary, spotting different breeds of birds on the Salt Marsh flats. Once they had reached the beach, they had to comb the site looking for any evidence of discarded sea life, as well as picking up any litter. The children worked in groups with buckets finding shells, shark and ray eggs and parts of crabs. They also found bits of plastic, metal and wood that had washed ashore and discussed the relative lifespan of rubbish depending on their materials.

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A roarsome visit to the Big Cat Sanctuary

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

This week Year 2 visited The Big Cat Sanctuary to learn about the habitats of the cats and how the sanctuary care for them. The children enjoyed an interactive workshop where they learnt how cats camouflage themselves, the difference in paw prints and why some cats have long tails and others have short tails. The children had the opportunity to look and feel the claw and teeth punctures on the big cats’ toy balls.

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Swimming Gala makes a splash!

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

On Tuesday 14th, Year 3 and Year 4 water babies dived in to the Castle Swimming Gala, battling it out to see Rochester take first place with 90 points, Hever come in second with a score of 76, Bodiam place third at 69 points, and Leeds bring in 45 points.

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Head’s Lines – 17.03.23

20th Mar 2023
Prep School

As I type this on Friday morning, I am still beaming with pride at what our children and staff accomplished last night in the Spring Concert. We all know all too well how precious community events like this are after the last few years when gatherings became illegal. The creativity, joy and excellence on show last night, interspersed with glimpses of other learning powers such as bravery, originality and collaboration, made for a wonderful celebration and I am grateful for all who participated or assisted, including especially to Mrs Lordon.

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Statuesque win for OS James Friend (2001 L)

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Following on from his recent BAFTA success, Old Suttonian James Friend, (2001 L), has now won the accolade of Best Cinematographer at the Academy Awards.

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SVS pulls strings for violin masterclass

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Music was in the air as Sutton Valence School welcomed renowned violinist Professor Nicholas Miller for a day of masterclasses. Professor Miller is an orchestral musician, founding member of the Pirasti Piano trio and a Professor of violin and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music London. He studied at the Royal Academy, then University of Yale, then the Julliard School in New York. In 1990 he taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School before moving to the Royal Academy of Music.

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Patrick Foster – Mightbite

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Having previously worked in education, before falling into severe gambling addiction and debt, author of Might Bite, Patrick Foster, now visits schools to inform pupils of the consequences of this debilitating habit. This week, older pupils had the chance to hear his inspiring story, and to reflect on the mental health implications of adversity, a particularly timely visit with it being the week of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which features dramatically in Patrick's story.

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U13A Boys Hockey South Regional Tournament

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Having won the Tier 1 County Tournament in January, and having had a good season since, the U13A hockey team went into the South Regional Tournament feeling quietly confident. With the matches being 35 minutes long, there were to be plenty of opportunities and the team had to have their wits about them all day, especially with the standard being so high.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 17.03.23

20th Mar 2023
Senior School

Three days until Spring officially begins, apparently... Although while various pretty flowers have started to appear in recent days, that we have been having to grit paths and the fact that I could not see the Weald at all outside my study window this morning implies it might be a bit further off than we had hoped.

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SVS Versus OS Netball 2023

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

On Saturday 4th March, we were delighted to host the annual Worsfold Cup, which sees an OS Netball team pitted against the School’s 1st VII. It was fantastic to see so many parents, past-parents, grandparents and siblings supporting in the Sports Hall, including Nonnie Worsfold (Past Parent, Former Staff SVPS), after whom the Worsfold Cup was named and who kindly presented the Cup. Scarlett W (Upper Sixth), one of the School’s 1st VII wrote the following match report.

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Third Form go wild with lino print

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

Third Form Art students in 3Z, 3B, and 3L have been creating lino print designs inspired by their new topic 'Endangered Species’. The print designs include animals such as Javan Rhinos, Mountain Gorillas, African Forest Elephants, Hawksbill Turtles and Snow Leopards.  

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CCF Dig Deep in Trench Visit

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

This term the Fourth Form CCF have embarked on a series of personal development courses and visits that have helped to develop skills or knowledge of military history. Over the course of the last eight weeks, they have attended a two week First Aid course and a two week rock climbing and bouldering course to develop first responder skills and adventure training experiences.

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1st XI Boys Hockey Vs Wellington College

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

On Tuesday, the 1st XI faced Wellington College in the fourth round of the Tier 3 national plate. Callum B (Lower Sixth) writes a report on the match below.

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Rising through the Ranks

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

Braving the snow showers, SVS Cadets gathered around Prefect's Lawn to witness Mr Millbery be promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, the highest rank available in CCF. Mr Thomas, Headmaster, was present to award Mr Millbery with his new rank slides to denote the change

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 10.03.23

13th Mar 2023
Senior School

While beautiful surroundings and great systems can be wonderful, it is the people who make a community so special and I will certainly have seen that this week in many spheres. We have had over 50 of our current Lower Sixth students apply to be School Prefects for next year and Mr Farrell and I have been interviewing them all individually this week, hearing their passion for the School and ideas for the future.

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Prefect’s Piece: Recipes

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Hello, my name is Holly and one of my favourite hobbies, besides art and horse riding, is cooking. I love to watch cookery programmes and every weekend I make pancakes and we experiment with different flavours and even make art pancakes, using lots of different colour batters and make funny pictures and then eat them all up.

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Loving Lowry

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Pupils in Year 4 have been introduced to L.S Lowry. They have been creating sketchbook pages that reflect the much-admired artist, applying their fact-finding and Observation Learning Power to capture the heart of his art. ​

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Musical marvels

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Have you ever wondered how sound is made? How fast and how far sound can travel? Or why certain animals can hear certain sounds and we cannot? Pupils in Year 4 explored these questions, and many more in their Science lessons. They completed a sound survey of the Prep building.

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Year One round-up

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Children in Year One have had a busy week, including learning about odd and even numbers, understanding the rules which apply to groups of numbers and spotting patterns on a hundred square. In English lessons, the children have enjoyed learning about the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. They have played Top Trumps to compare the attributes of each and then had lots of fun designing their own.

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Reception round-up

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Next week, children in Reception are going to be working on the sounds ‘ir, ou’ and ‘oy’ as well as continuing with sentence writing. During mathematics, the children are going to be revisiting o’clock times, and continuing with one more and less as mental mathematics and recording sums. They will still be working with subtraction and using number lines to solve problems.   

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The Sound of Musical Success

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Performance season is upon us, and it started with a bang last Friday evening when the Year 3 and 4 children presented their Informal Soloists’ Concert, still dressed up as an eclectic array of favourite book characters! Despite the concert rounding off an exciting and fun-filled World Book Day, the children dug deep and found the energy to put on a spectacular and polished series of individual performances demonstrating an exceptionally high standard of playing from such youngsters. Well done one and all.

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Head’s Lines – 10.03.23

13th Mar 2023
Prep School

Depending on your metric, Spring might officially have sprung. But, despite the host of golden daffodils on the lawns, there has not been much other evidence in sight this week. From plunging temperatures to ample snowfall, sporting postponements and cancellations to wet breaks and chilly forest-schoolers, it has been a week for all of us to exhibit our Super Hoot powers of Tenacity and Bravery, including our parents, bus drivers and staff on some rather intrepid journeys on Wednesday morning when we circumnavigated another snow day.

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Girls’ Gala Success

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

On Tuesday, Cobham Hall travelled to us for a swimming gala. Despite the majority of the Senior Girls swimming team being absent due to their Hockey final, the younger girls filled in with some girls swimming in multiple age categories.

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Super Swimming Championships

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

Within the last month, Seb H (Second Form), Finn J, Marcus R (both Fourth Form) and Charles S (Lower Sixth) have been taking part in the Kent County Championships. This takes place over several weekends in K2 Crawley and London Aquatics Centre and they have all taken part in multiple events.

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Wellbeing Update – 03.03.23

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

This week started with a session for our Upper Sixth students, delving into the topic of unconscious bias. Our brains tend to take shortcuts to make quick judgments, but this can often lead to mistakes. For instance, the 'spotlight bias' can cause us to overestimate how much attention others pay to our appearance or behaviour in social situations, leading to unnecessary anxiety.

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Life after SVS

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

The Upper Sixth forum carousel runs every Wednesday afternoon for five weeks to help prepare students for life after Sutton Valence School. One of the sessions running in this carousel looks at the practicalities of student life with Miss Young, such as budgeting, accommodation and seeking support.

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Championship Winners

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

On Wednesday 1st March, our Under 16 Girls’ Hockey Team competed in the U16 National Tier 2 Finals of the Notts Sport Girls Schools Championships. Their captain, Caitlin Calverley (Fifth Form) has written a report on the incredible day below.

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North Downs Walk

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

Each year the Weald of Kent Rotary run a North Downs Walk in aid of Cancer Research. It is centred around Harrietsham and offers a choice of walks of one mile, three miles, six miles and nine miles. What makes this walk a little different from others is that walkers can split their sponsorship 50/50 between Cancer Research and their own charity.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 03.03.23

3rd Mar 2023
Senior School

‘The School was large enough to preserve a family atmosphere; but not so large as to become Institutional...This family spirit for want of a better definition seems to have been universal through the ages, at any rate as far back as Dr Forster when he first took in Scholars to board with his family.’

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World Book Day 2023

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

Celebrating World Book Day, young readers delved into their favourite stories with a day of fictional fun! Dressed as their favourite bookish characters, the whole school showcased their costume efforts in a year by year parade, before heading to the Headmaster’s lawn to join together in a full school photo!

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The Art of Reading

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

The Art Room has some new exciting tools to extend the children’s creativity, develop new artistic skills and expand their knowledge. These inspiring new additions to the Art Room’s hive of activity, are some wonderful, magical and informative... books!

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Prefect Piece: Something New

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

In her Prefect Piece, Diya S (Year 6) writes about learning a new instrument and new positions in Netball. She also talks about what she is excited for in the upcoming year.

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Prefect Piece: Football

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

In his prefect piece, Finlay B (Year 6) talks about his love for Chelsea Football Club and their performance in the premier league.

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Championship Qualification

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

Our Show Jumping teams were competing at Duckhurst Equestrian Centre in Staplehurst over the February half term and we have brilliant news to share. In the 60-centimetre class, Albert S (Year 5) placed fourth and Charlotte L (Year 6) placed sixth, and in the 50-centimetre, Albert again placed fourth.

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Portrayed in Portraits

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

Pupils in Year 5 had the pleasure of drawing real-life models in the Art Room. The children dusted off their portrait drawing techniques from Year 4 with a quick recap of facial feature proportion, drawing one another as a warm-up to reinforce observational and shading skills.

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Marvellous Mathematics

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

What a fraction-mad week the mathematics department has had! Pupils in Years 4 to 6 have been going fraction crazy in the classroom. Those in Year 4 have been cutting up bread to help identity, compare and find equivalent fractions whilst Year 6 pupils have been simplifying and converting fraction Smarties into decimals and percentages.

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Inspired by Hockney

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

Children in Year 2 have been busily preparing for their Arts Showcase, which takes place on Wednesday 8th March. They have been making a large-scale art piece, based on the work of David Hockney. Six teams are each replicating a section of one of his iPad paintings, A Closer Winter Tunnel, February-March 2006.

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Head’s Lines – 03.03.23

3rd Mar 2023
Prep School

I hope by the time that parents read this that World Book Day has been a brilliant success and that the children have come home excited to read and be read to. I am more than a little disappointed that I was not able to be there although I did enjoy dressing up and recording a video for the children to watch about one of my favourite books from childhood, Danny the Champion of the World.

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Indoor Cricket Tournament

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

On Thursday 23rd Feb the U13 Girls’ Cricket team travelled to Ursuline College to participate in the U13 Girls’ 8s Indoor Cricket Tournament.

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England U16 Training Camp

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

During Half Term, players from the Great Britain Hockey women's pathway trained together at Lilleshall National Sports Centre for the first time. Evie S (Fourth Form) was in attendance as a member of the England U16 Girls’ team and writes about the experience below.

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Cooking For Yourself

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

An Upper Sixth forum carousel runs every Wednesday afternoon for five weeks to help prepare leavers for university life. Subjects include finance, first aid and cookery. Louisa Y (Upper Sixth) reports on this week’s cookery demonstration by John Devine, Catering Manager, below.

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Super Show Jumping 

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

Last week, our Senior Equestrian Team competed in Show Jumping at Duckhurst Equestrian Centre in Staplehurst. Congratulations to Harriet P (Second Form), who came third in the 70-centimetre and fourth in 80-centimetre and to George S (Third Form), who came first individually in the 80-centimetre.

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Wellbeing update – 24.02.23

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

This week, we had breakout sessions with The Juniors and Fifth Form students on the topic of sleep. In our Staff Wellbeing Ambassador meeting, we talked about the benefits of having a wellbeing survey for our students and Mr Ellmers, Head of Sixth Form, has put in place excellent provisions for our Upper Sixth students to help them prepare for life beyond SVS. 

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Iceland Trip 2023

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

Over Half Term, a group of Sixth Form students took a STEM trip to Iceland with a busy itinerary of visits and activities. Students have written some reflections on the trip below.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 24.02.23

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

It is a very busy and packed five weeks this Half Term and there is so much going on. Please do make sure you keep an eye on the calendars on the portal and the information in the Newsletters. I hope that everyone managed to get a good break over Half Term. It has been great hearing from the staff and students about the Cricket Tour to South Africa and STEM Trip to Iceland.

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The Arrival

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

This term in English, Year 6 pupils are studying the book The Arrival by Australian author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. Wordlessly, it follows the story of a man who leaves his family and home country to try to better their lives.

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Portrait Masterpieces

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

Portraiture is a very old art form going back at least to Ancient Egypt. Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted, or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone. Vincent Van Gogh is famous for his many self-portraits (as well as his Starry Night and Sunflowers).

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Eco Dreams

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

Children in Year 3 have created Hundertwasser Eco Dream Zines in Art. A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small, folded booklet, like a mini magazine based on one particular subject.

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Birds of Paradise

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

Children in Year 2 have had an exciting return to School by starting the week off with pancakes made kindly by the Parents’ Association. This week the children looked at Birds of Paradise by Eric Carle, to inspire their own artwork.

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Phonics and Pancakes 

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

The children in Year 1 have had an exciting week coming back to School. They have learnt the ‘au’ and ‘aw’ sounds from the Phonics Shed and learned about fractions through pancakes.

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New Sounds and Numbers

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

This week the Reception children have been learning some tricky new sounds in their Literacy lessons, ‘ay, ee’ and ‘igh’. They have also been busy in their Mathematics lessons too; they have been reading and ordering higher numbers and beginning to understand that teen numbers are ten plus some more. 

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Farm Animals and Dentists

24th Feb 2023
Nursery

Nursery has had the busiest week returning from Half Term! Children in Young Climbers have been learning lots about farm animals and also had a special visit from a dentist. Little Steps have been learning about their emotions this week. They have been expressive with their artwork and colour mixing in a variety of ways.

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Head’s Lines – 24.02.23

24th Feb 2023
Prep School

The only way to begin this week’s newsletter is to let you know about two departing members of staff. Mrs Martin has decided to leave Little Lambs and pursue a different career path after several years here at SVPS, most recently as the Nursery Assistant Manager. We know that she will receive a warm send-off when she leaves us in early March, especially from the children and staff with whom she worked most closely.

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Cricket Tour 2023

24th Feb 2023
Senior School

Last week, the Boys' Senior Cricket team set off on their tour to South Africa. Struben S (Upper Sixth) reflects on the activity-filled tour below.

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French Play 2023

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

Earlier this week, students in the First Form were joined by Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from the Prep School to watch the French play, “Parlez-vous Français?”  (Do You Speak French?). Xanthe B and Tess H (both First Form) write about the play below.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 10.02.23

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

The focus of this week has been Wellbeing for all our students, staff and parents. I know many of you have been involved in numerous activities and you can see plenty of them documented on our @SVS_News Instagram account. Wellbeing and Mental Health have been a significant priority for the School this year and I am glad that we are making such good progress in this sphere in a number of ways. In both the Junior and Headmaster’s Assemblies today, student Wellbeing Ambassadors shared their thoughts, including these reflections on the week:

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U16 Hockey Finals

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

Our Under 16 Girls Hockey Team will compete in the U16 National Tier 2 Finals on Wednesday 1st March, which will be held at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The team’s Captain, Caitlin C (Fifth Form) reflects on the Semi-Final below.

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Public Speaking Competition 2023

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

Last Friday, a number of students travelled to St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury for the second round of the ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition. Miss Manning, Head of Public Speaking, writes about the competition below.

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A Wonderful Wellbeing Week

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

Our school community came together to celebrate wellbeing this week. Everyone was invited to participate in a diverse range of events. Each day of the week was centred around one of the five elements of wellbeing: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

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Drypoint Printing Art

10th Feb 2023
Senior School

Recently, our First Form Art students have been working on their new project theme ‘Pets and Predators’. This week, students have been busy learning the hand printing technique, dry point, with the help of our Art technician, Mr Allen.

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Graphic Design and China

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

This term, pupils in Year 6 have been working on their Graphic Design topic and have been getting to grips with the shapes tools in PowerPoint that allow them to replicate famous app icons from their mobile devices.

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Prefect Piece: Sheep

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

In her Prefect Piece, Alice W (Year 6) talks about the responsibilities of taking care of sheep, including feeding and checking to see if they have given birth.

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French Play Review 

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

On Thursday, pupils in Years 5 and Year 6 visited the Senior School's Baughan Theatre to watch a French play called, “Parlez-vous Français?” (Do you speak French?). Emily H (Year 6) writes about this experience below.

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Magic Mirrors

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

Imagine dropping a pebble into a calm lake and the resulting ripple that it creates in the water. That is what pupils in Year 5 have been focusing on in their Drama lessons this week, enhancing the Superhoot Learning Power of Observation. First, they sat in a circle, legs crossed, with a leader making a movement such as placing their hand on their shoulder. That ripple went around the circle until everyone was doing the same. They added complexity and intensity by increasing the number of movements and speed.

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Going Green

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

Pupils in Year 4 got to green up their act in a cross-curricular workshop that focused on discussing green issues in the home, at school, and in a global context. It raised the children’s awareness of environmental issues and how they could actively keep going green to protect our planet.

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2G’s Global Warming Assembly 

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

Children in 2G performed their class assembly this week. Their aim was to inform Pre-Prep about global warming and how we can all help our planet. The children explained global warming by demonstrating how our planet is wrapped in a blanket and that pollution cannot escape. ‘Doctor Magnus’ demonstrated how the Earth is poorly as it is becoming too hot. 2G were excited to compete against their parents in a children versus parent global warming quiz. 

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Rainbow Magic

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

This week, Reception children visited the Art Room and created rainbow magic! Inspired by Daniel Mercadante’s Rainbow Road photographs – he paints rainbow pathways using light and long exposure to create magical landscapes.

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A Visit from Doctor Amanda 

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

This week, children in Reception were visited by Doctor Amanda, who provided an excellent end to their topic on Scientific Investigations. She spoke about hand hygiene and keeping the germs away and the children discovered that counting to twenty was the best amount of time to get their hands super clean.

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Head’s Lines – 10.02.23

10th Feb 2023
Prep School

Thank you to all those parents who have completed the survey so far. I understand from RS Academics that about a quarter of our parents have so far completed the survey. We are, of course, hoping that most of you will do so in the end. Once again, it is an anonymous survey so please do let us have candid and constructive feedback when it is convenient. The survey closes on Wednesday 22nd February.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 03.02.23

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

People often say that a school calendar is the best marketing tool one can have, and my goodness that is true at the moment. There is so much going on and it is so pleasing to be able to offer so many different opportunities to the students and others. All the evenings this week have been full of events with a very productive Education meeting with Governors, a recruitment event at a local Prep School, a buzzing Parents’ Evening, a delightful informal concert and tonight I look forward to the Prep School Quiz Night!

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London Photography Trip

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

On Friday 27th January, our Fourth Form Photography students took a trip to London to find inspiration for their new project. Francesca Arduino (Fourth Form) reflects on the trip below.

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Lets Bake a Pi

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

In Mathematics, Second Form students have been looking at the area and circumference of a circle and the formulas – pi x radius squared and pi x diameter. They were having some trouble remembering these formulas and so they took a trip to St Margaret’s House to use the kitchen and make cookie pie.

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Wellbeing Update – 03.02.23

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

This week started with a breakout session for our Fifth Form students on mental health and stress management. Students learned about the benefits of stress and the importance of using it as a motivator, rather than suppressing it with distractions.

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Amazing Grace

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

We have been greatly impressed by Old Suttonian Grace Scrivens (2022 F) during her time as captain for England in the U19 T20 World Cup. Miss Jelfs, Head of Girls' Cricket, reflects on Grace's success in the tournament below.

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CCF DRUI Trip

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

On Tuesday 31st January, the Navy section took a trip to the Damage Repair Instructional Unit in Portsmouth. James Ellaway (Lower Sixth) writes about this experience below.

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Hockey Quarter-Finals

3rd Feb 2023
Senior School

Our Under 16 Girls’ Hockey Team will go head-to-head with Marlborough College in the U16 National Tier 2 Semi-Finals on Tuesday 7th February. Please do come along to support the team, the fixture is being held at home with pushback at 2.00pm. Captain, Caitlin C (Fifth Form) reflects on the Quarter-Final below.

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Prefect Piece: Coco P

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

In her Prefect Piece, Coco P (Year 6) talks about joining a new School and how she felt on her first day. She also tells us what she enjoys about being at the School and what she is looking forward to. 

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Picture Perfect 

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

In Design and Technology, Year 5 pupils have been making bespoke jewellery. Inspired by Tudor jewellery, their one-of-a-kind creations combined elements of the past, but were firmly rooted in the future.

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Upcycling and Recycling Workshop

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

On Tuesday 7th February, children in Year 4 will be having an informative, hands-on, environmental Upcycling and Recycling Workshop at School. The workshop focuses on discussing green issues in the home, at School and in a global context to raise children’s awareness of environmental issues. Making use of redundant materials, the children will create new and useful objects from what they formerly regarded as rubbish. 

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2C’s Chinese New Year

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

Children in 2C were very excited to present their first-class assembly. The theme was the Chinese New Year – the year of the Rabbit. The children enjoyed shaking the rattlers they had made whilst whooping loudly, to frighten away any bad spirits for the year ahead.  

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Rainbows in Reception

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

This week, children in Reception have been learning some new sounds, ‘qu’, ‘x’, and ‘ng’. They enjoyed revisiting two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes and had a try at reading the times on a clock.

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Creativity Crossover

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

In the words of Albert Einstein, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Reception children have been creating masterpieces in Mathematics. Bursting with an expressive energy, the children used their bodies to make symmetrical poses and paint to create symmetrical patterns. Experimental fun!  

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Sticking, Cutting and Dressing Up

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

This week, children in Little Steps have been learning all about themselves, talking about their features and what they can see of themselves. Children in Young Climbers have continued their focus on doctors and nurses, with lots of dressing up and role play!   

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Head’s Lines – 03.02.23

3rd Feb 2023
Prep School

As promised, we will launch the parent survey next Monday. Run by RS Academics who carried out a similar survey at the Senior School last year, parents will have until Wednesday 22nd February to complete the survey. It should take around 20 minutes to complete and it will be entirely anonymous, hence the external provider. Further instructions and a link will be provided in a separate letter on Monday next week.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 27.01.23

27th Jan 2023
Senior School

It is always nice to have a little pause for an exeat weekend. We have certainly earned it; you will have seen how much has been going on in the newsletters so far this term and in the articles below. Well done all!

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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2023

27th Jan 2023
Senior School

This week we celebrated Chinese New Year with a Chinese-inspired lunch for the staff and students. You can read more about how this holiday is celebrated by Chinese communities below.

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Great Dressage Results

27th Jan 2023
Senior School

Congratulations to Harriet Plummer (Second Form), Imogen Trott (Fifth Form) and Maisey Russell (Lower Sixth) who are presently competing in the Dressage Pop-Up Winter Series. Conditions are tough with so much ice and snow, let alone all the rain we have had!

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Inspiring Holocaust Webinar

27th Jan 2023
Senior School

As part of the events to commemorate and remember the victims of the Holocaust, Third Form students were privileged to hear Ruth Posner BEM share her incredible testimony with school children nationwide through a live webinar.

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Wellbeing Update – 27.01.23

27th Jan 2023
Senior School

This week saw a break-out session on various terms related to sexuality as well as one on understanding mental health. A Wellbeing Parent session took place on Saturday and a yoga session taught students about the significance of flexibility. 

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Fabulous Felting

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

Pupils in Year 6 got the hands-on, exciting experience of creating felt during their workshop with felting specialist Sue Kimber. She demonstrated how to pull pieces from the colourful strands of wool to layer tufts of wispy softness to build up a background. With a myriad of colour choices, the children used the wool to paint sunsets, green hills, blue skies and vibrant backdrops for their floral felting.

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Dressage Pop-Up Winter Series 

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

Congratulations to Amelia P (Year 5), Eve G and Charlotte L (both Year 6)  who are presently competing in the Dressage Pop-Up Winter Series. Conditions are tough with so much ice and snow, let alone all the rain we have had!

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Dragons Den Arrives to Year 4 

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

This term, children in Year 4 started their new topic, Innovate and Create, by first trying to understand what these words meant. They had a thought-provoking conversation, concluding that it had something to do with making something and our imagination.

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Creative Columns

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

Creativity knew no bounds in Design and Technology as the Year 3 children captured it in the coolest columns. Applying their paper sculpture techniques, they repurposed scrap paper and recycled cardboard to create cylindrical forms that channelled their knowledge of Ancient Greek architecture with their own individual creativity. 

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Descriptions, Days and Designs

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

Year 1 pupils have had a fabulous week writing character descriptions, learning about the days of the week and structure of seasons and much more.

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Head’s Lines – 27.01.23

27th Jan 2023
Prep School

The last couple of weeks have been particularly busy for lots of the staff with various Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities, including a couple of late nights for our Nursery and Pre-Prep teams. As in any profession, and perhaps especially true in education when we are always trying to model behaviour to the children, learning from experts and from each other is critically important to the culture; as we often say to the children and staff, ‘better never stops’.

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Headmaster’s Headline – 20.01.23

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

We have not let the freezing temperatures get us down and I am glad to report another very good week here overlooking the chilly Weald. This afternoon I spent time in the Lambe's rooms, the Art and Design Technology departments and also in the Shooting Range seeing once more the great range of experiences that students get to have at School, seeing them work both individually and together in sensitive and thoughtful ways.

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Prefect Piece – Adam S

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

Adam S (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about men's Rugby and explains relevant news to do with The Six Nations and The World Cup.

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Arena Eventing Success

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

Last weekend, Amelia P (Year 5) and Isla D (Year 6) travelled to Coombelands to take part in some Arena Eventing. This is a mixture of Show Jumping and Cross Country. It is normally a course made up of 12 to 16 jumps and includes a vast network of left and right turns, which need to be firstly remembered and then secondly navigated with your pony.

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Learning about Food Banks

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

English lessons are a wonderful way to incorporate cross-curricular links and discuss current affairs across the globe. In Year 4, the children have begun studying ‘The Great Food Bank Heist’ by Onjali Q Raúf. This powerful text respectfully raises awareness of the use of food banks within the UK.

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School Children and Social Media

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

As with many social media apps, the minimum age for users on TikTok is 13. However, it is evident that a significant number of children within our School community are regularly using the app, evidenced, amongst other ways, by the number of dances that are being repeated in the corridors and on the playground.

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Super Exciting Sketchbooks  

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

The Art Room welcomed a wonderful visit from Year 2 children this week. With sketchbooks in arms, they brought their excitement and creativity into the Art Room for some stimulating sketchbook time with the guinea pigs (and Mrs Savage). 

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Shapes and Stories

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

This week, children in Year 1 enjoyed exploring the story ‘The Ugly Five’ in English. They have justified their views and written reasons why a certain animal is the ugliest. They have also learnt how to vote, selecting reasons for and against and articulating their opinions. 

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Fascinating Forces

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

This week Mr Scholey visited Reception as part of the ‘Science Investigations’ topic. The children found out about how differing forces are applied when riding a bike and heard all about gears and brakes too.

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Creative Science

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

Children in Reception were inspired by their topic ‘Floating and Sinking’ and enthusiastically embraced the artistic potential that their scientific exploration offered. They discussed and experimented with floating flowers, working in pairs to create water scenes using natural objects.

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A Winter-Inspired Week

20th Jan 2023
Nursery

Nursery children have been extremely busy in the full force of winter! Jack Frost has been here this week, which the children have absolutely loved seeing each morning. Children in Young Climbers have focused on finishing their beautiful art pieces, making snowflakes.

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Head’s Lines – 20.01.23

20th Jan 2023
Prep School

As anyone who witnessed the Celebration Assembly this morning will know, mistakes are a fact of life. It is how we respond to them that matters. I hope that my response in front of the children when faced with a delayed arrival, lack of connectivity, and then clumsiness and forgetfulness on my part, will have helped to demonstrate that we all make mistakes and that calmness and self-deprecation (as well as learning from the mistakes of course) are often the best policies!

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Eventers Challenge Success

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

Last weekend, the SVS Equestrian team travelled to Coombelands to take part in some Arena Eventing. Arena Eventing is a mixture of Show Jumping and Cross Country. It is normally a course made up of 12 to 16 jumps and includes a vast network of left and right turns, which need to be firstly remembered and then secondly navigated with your pony.

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A Busy Workshop

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

It was delightful to see the Design Technology workshop yesterday busy with students from a number of year groups applying their manufacturing skills. First Form Design Technology Club students have been enjoying manufacturing their insect houses, confidently using a range of hand processes alongside the pillar drill and belt sander.

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Lent Term Head of School Speech

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

Our Heads of School for the Lent Term are Grace Bartleet and Ethan Wynne. You can read their insightful Head of School speeches below, which were given during Headmaster's Assemblies over the last two weeks. 

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London Art Trip 2023

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

On Tuesday 17th January, the Fourth Form GCSE Art students visited two London galleries - Tate Britain and the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. The students speak about this experience below.

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Wellbeing Update -20.01.23

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

This week, our junior students had a break-out session on the importance of kindness and effective conflict resolution in friendships. Their maturity and engagement during the session impressed us greatly.

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Staff Christmas Raffle 2022

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

After a break of a couple of years, due to Covid, on the last day of term, the ever-popular staff Christmas raffle returned, bigger and better than ever! This year, all proceeds went to the Salvation Army, Maidstone branch. As well as staff donating prizes, local businesses also very generously donated some wonderful prizes. 

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Cambridge Examination Success

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

In November 2022, 18 international students from the Third Form to the Lower Sixth sat the Cambridge English First Certificate examination.  This week the results were released and we heard that all of the students passed the examination.

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England versus Jamaica Match

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

On Sunday 15th January, a group of students were lucky enough to go and watch the final Netball international between England and Jamaica who are ranked third and fourth respectively in the world. Esmee B (First Form) writes about the trip below.

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Cooking Skills Classes

20th Jan 2023
Senior School

Pip Porter from The Cooking Apple (a mobile cooking school) would like to let you know that their new 12-week online course will start on Monday 20th February. This is a great opportunity for any keen chefs looking for a way to get their Duke of Edinburgh skills challenge completed.

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Sixth Form Spring Ball 2023

20th Jan 2023

We are delighted to be able to provide an opportunity for the Sixth Form to gather for the Spring Charity Ball on Saturday 18th March 2023. This year, the event will be raising money for the ‘JackTheLad’ Foundation in memory of Jack Fenton (2018 C) and Jack Howe (2016 F)

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 13.01.23

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

Happy New Year to you all. This term has certainly begun at a pace and Christmas seems a long time ago! Walking around the site and corridors so far this week, I have seen a good sense of purpose around the place and the atmosphere has been impressive.  Some of our students have been taking examinations this week – Maths IGCSE for the Fifth Form and some ICT/English Language for a few Sixth Formers.

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National League Endeavours

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

Over the Christmas break, Evie S (Fourth Form) combined an England Hockey U16 training camp with multiple indoor Hockey tournaments, for her club, Knole Park. One of those tournaments being the England Hockey Division One League (one below the Premier League).

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U13 County Success

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

On Monday 9th January, the U13A Hockey team travelled to Kent College, Canterbury to play in the Tier 1 County Hockey Tournament. Incredibly, the team won the Tier 1 county tournament for the second year in a row, an outstanding feat for the side. Read more about their achievement below.

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Premiere Photography

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

On Sunday 8th January, three Photography students were offered the opportunity to work with the PR team at Dreamland in Margate during the south-east premiere of Sam Mendes’ new film Empire of Light. Elyse Ratcliffe (Fifth Form) writes a report about the incredible experience below.

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Three Team Golds

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

Over the Christmas Holidays, our Equestrian team went back out to rival other schools at a local Show Jumping competition in Staplehurst. Our senior team really did incredibly well with the following results including three out of three team golds! Read more about their success at the competition below.

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Wellbeing Update – 16.01.23

13th Jan 2023
Senior School

This week saw wellbeing sessions on increasing motivation and avoiding procrastination and a focus on thinking about visions for the future for our Sixth Form students. Third Form students enjoyed a practical session of yoga and muscles relaxation exercises.

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Learning about Winter

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Nursery have had an extremely busy week learning about all things winter! Little Steps children have created their own winter trees, as well as creating their very own snowmen in a bottle! Young Climbers have also created their own snowmen as well as their own snowflakes from lollypop sticks and their own winter trees! 

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Drawing Together

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Thank you to the SVPS community, children and their families, who created drawings for our super SVPS Big Draw Community Artwork. The Big Draw Festival and its theme, Come Back to Colour, inspired a variety of colourful and mixed media artworks.

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Equestrian Excellence

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Eve G (Year 6) and new Equestrian team member Albert S (Year 5) competed in the Grass Roots Show Jumping competition over Christmas against other schools, with great success. Isla D (Year 6) and Amelia P (Year 5) were also out competing with the senior team at a Show Jumping competition in Staplehurst achieving some incredible results. 

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Planet Earth and Being Alive

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Children in Year 2 have been introduced to their new topic ‘Earth’, looking at the beauty of our planet and how climate change has impacted on this. They have also begun investigating what attributes are needed to be alive, once alive or never alive.

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Let’s go on a safari

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Children in Year 1 have been enjoying their introduction to the topic ‘Let’s go on a safari’. They have been learning about wild animals, the Big Five and what the weather is like in each season.

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Science and Sentences

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

This week, the children in Reception have been investigating, problem solving, adding and talking about their goals for 2023.

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Prefect Piece: Emily H

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

Emily H (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her love for learning languages and how the languages she is learning have already helped her in day-to-day life.

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Head’s Lines – 13.01.23

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

If you are already feeling like Christmas was a long time ago, then I can assure you that you are not alone. Term has begun at the usual frenetic pace and the children have quickly settled back into their routines and learning, with just the full return of the clubs programme to go next week. 

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Lent Term Learning Powers

13th Jan 2023
Prep School

For a brand new year, we have launched two brand new Learning Powers – Observation and Excellence. Mr Watkins shared some visual puzzles with the children, which required them not only to look carefully, but also to think about what they were seeing to find the answers. The key skill of listening was also highlighted as part of the definition of Observation from Science, where all the senses can provide important feedback about the object being observed.

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Head’s Lines – 16.12.22

16th Dec 2022
Prep School

As the School breaks up for the Christmas holidays (albeit Little Lambs Nursery will continue to operate until Wednesday 21st December), we can look back on a busy and varied term. We have just held the final assembly of term with children from Reception to Year 6 there to celebrate, the first time all of these year groups have come together in an assembly since the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which happened so soon after the start of term in September. The mood then was sombre and respectful; the mood today was rather more jubilant and raucous!

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A Visit to Kolkata

16th Dec 2022
Senior School

Mr Sansom is spending the last few days of term visiting The Mathieson Mission School (MMS) in Kolkata, with whom the School has built a relationship over recent years to help support their aim of providing sponsored education to under-privileged children in Kolkata, who might not otherwise have access to any education.

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Barcelona Hockey Tour

16th Dec 2022
Senior School

Sixty children from Sevenoaks Hockey Club attended a Hockey tournament in Barcelona between the 9th and 11th December. Cian N (Second Form) has written the following report on the trip.

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History Trip to Poland 2022

16th Dec 2022
Senior School

With 76 pupils on an overseas trip, our visit to Poland was always going to be epic and it started with an epic delay at Stansted Airport! Despite the extra 12 hours that we had to inspect the departure lounge, not one of the participants whinged or moaned, we remained upbeat and hopeful we would arrive in Kraków before the end of the day.  Once we arrived, the difficulties of the previous day melted away as we were met with a picture-perfect scene that looked like it was straight from a Christmas card.

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Boarders’ Trip to the Christmas Lights

16th Dec 2022
Senior School

Last Saturday, the full time boarders went on an evening trip to the Leeds Castle Christmas Lights. Lilly Mueller (Fifth Form) writes about the trip below.

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A Spanish Boarder’s Tea

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

As part of Spanish being December's Language of the Month, the SVS kitchen staff have been busy preparing a Spanish dinner for our boarders to experience the wonderful food from this culture. You can take a look at the menu and find more information about Spain and it's cuisine below.

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Bebras Computing Challenge

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

Our Fourth Form Computing group recently took part in the Bebras Computing Challenge.  This challenge introduces computational thinking to students and is organised in over 50 countries. This is designed to get students all over the world excited about computing as each participant answers questions that focus on computational and logical thinking.

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Clothworkers’ Hall Performance

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

On Tuesday, the Senior Strings performed at the Clothworkers' Hall, London to Guild members during their Christmas dinner. As you may be aware, the School was founded by William Lambe the master of the Clothworker’s Guild in the late 16th century, and the school was governed by them until they handed it over to the United Westminster Foundation in the early 20th century.

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Aylesford Priory Service

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

On Sunday 4th December 2022, Aylesford Priory had a ‘Light up a Life’ Carol Service, for the Heart of Kent Hospice. The service allowed reflection on the loss of life, yet the transformation of a person into a precious and eternal memory. During the service, Phoebe Connell (Lower Sixth) led the congregation into Once in Royal David’s City with a solo of the first verse.

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Pathways Programme – 09.12.22

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

This week saw breakout rooms on how to manage friendship fallouts as well as sexuality and respecting individual differences. Students had the opportunity to try out various wellbeing strategies and focused on their own strengths.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 09.12.22

9th Dec 2022
Senior School

Outside my study window as I type this, I can see a couple of snowflakes falling! The Christmas season certainly is here. Thus far, I have had the pleasure of attending the Nursery Christmas singing, the Reception ‘Whoops-a-daisy, Angel’ Nativity, the Year 1 and 2 Christingle Service, and of course the very festive Prep School Christmas Fair last weekend.

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Head’s Lines – 09.12.22

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

On Thursday, the Pre-Prep staff, parents and grandparents gathered to watch the Reception Nativity. As Lola K stood up to sing a solo in front of her friends, something she had accomplished brilliantly in the first performance of Whoopsy Daisy, Angel earlier in the week, she was suddenly overcome with cold. What do we all need in such circumstances? A friend to help us through of course. Up stepped Mabel C who held her hand and uttered the words, ‘let’s do it together’. What a wonderful example of kindness and compassion!

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Bee Netball

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

Girls in Year 4 were invited to take part in some Netball training games at Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook last Thursday, ahead of the Netball season starting in January. Not only was it their first Netball match of the academic year, but it was also their first time ever playing ‘Bee Netball’ rules. Bee Netball is England Netball’s fun, high-energy and nurturing programme for children at the beginning of their team sport journey. It is designed to introduce children to Netball skills: throwing, catching, footwork and shooting.  

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Christingles and Jingles

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

To start our week off, the children made a Christingle, ready for our Year 1 and 2 service at St Michael and All Angels Church.  A Christingle is made with an orange, red ribbon, sticks and sweets.  The children learnt what each element represents through some beautiful songs that they learnt with Mrs Lordon in Music and the poem which they read to the congregation. 

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The Winter’s Tale

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

This week, the children in Year 6 were treated to a private showing of SVS Sixth Form’s performance of William Shakespeare’s, The Winter’s Tale. Perfect timing as they themselves have just finished studying Macbeth and are currently very excited to discover the title and their parts for their performance in the Lent Term!

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Prefect Piece: The Christmas Fair

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

Kenji J-T (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about the SVPSPA Christmas Fair and his experience being an elf in Santa's Grotto.

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Prefect Piece: Lewis O

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

Lewis O (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about his love for G13 Bouldering, a form of rock climbing.

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Arty English

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

Pupils in Year 6 were introduced to the poem The Highwayman written by the English poet, Alfred Noyes in 1904. The narrative tells the story about a nameless highwayman in love with an innkeeper’s daughter. Combining figurative language, such as metaphors and onomatopoeia, the ballad embraces Noyes love of Romanticism, ballad-like simplicity and skilful use of language. 

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Playing with Paper

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

Design and Technology for pupils in Year 3 has been fun! Productively, the children have been playing with paper, experimenting with different paper sculpture techniques and developing their construction skills.

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Christmas and Christingles

9th Dec 2022
Prep School

This week, the children in Year 1 have been writing their lists and letters to Father Christmas, practising reading and writing high frequency words onto baubles for our table tree. They have been learning about how Christians celebrate Christmas and worked on their number bonds to 10, 20 and even 100! The Children also made their own Christingles for our Church service where they recited a poem off by heart in front of a large audience and sang beautifully.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 02.12.22

2nd Dec 2022
Senior School

Advent is here! I trust you are all following our online advent calendar, which can be found on our TikTok or on our Instagram and Facebook stories; I am most grateful to those who are involved with this project and we hope you enjoy the fun. We had a lovely Advent Service in Chapel on Monday and the arrival of all the trees and decorations around the sites has brought a lovely feel.

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Prefect Piece: Macbeth

2nd Dec 2022
Prep School

Avia E (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her experience reading Macbeth by William Shakespeare, in her English lessons.

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Maidstone Music Festival

2nd Dec 2022
Prep School

Last weekend our Senior String Group stepped beyond the comfort zone of school to participate on a public platform in the Maidstone Music Festival at Invicta Grammar School. Their hard work this term paid off with a really successful outcome. Avia E (Year 6), one of the group's most senior members, has written a report on the events of the day.

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Christmas and Times Tables 

2nd Dec 2022
Prep School

This week, children in Year 2 have continued to work hard to learn their times tables with some receiving their first TT Rockstars certificate in recognition of learning their ten, five and two times tables. They have also been preparing for the Christingle service, which is being held on Tuesday 6th December in the Church and hanging their beautiful Christmas tree decorations on our Pre-Prep tree. 

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Head’s Lines – 02.12.22

2nd Dec 2022
Prep School

If only parents could have heard the joys and squeals emanating from the classrooms and corridors on the first day of Advent, as the children explored our newly converted Winter Wonderland. Here in School, we all felt rather privileged to have helped to create this magical experience and we are of course very grateful to the small army of elves that arrived on Wednesday evening to help!

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Greek Vase Visuals

2nd Dec 2022
Prep School

Inspired by Greek vases, children in Year 3 have created visually pleasing and informative sketchbook pages. The artistic historians used their Super Power of Looking to inform their drawings and reflect the style of the amazing ancient vases. Greek vases came in many shapes and sizes, from enormous water and wine mixing Kraters to tall, tiny oil holding Lekythos.

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Successful Speaking Competition

2nd Dec 2022
Senior School

The prestigious English Speaking Union (ESU) Churchill Public Speaking competition took place on Wednesday 30th November. Mrs Manning, Head of Public Speaking, talks about the success of the students below.

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Pathways Programme – 02.12.22

2nd Dec 2022
Senior School

This week saw our first TIDE (Team for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality) meeting of the year. These meetings will take place once a month to allow students and teachers to get together to discuss how we support members of our community to feel that they can be themselves and that they will be accepted and supported in our community. 

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Super Skiing Success

2nd Dec 2022
Senior School

Last Sunday, our U14 Boys’ ski team, comprising of Max Chapman, Evan Henley, Edward Homard and Charlie Wells (all Third Form) travelled to Stoke for the British Schools’ Dry Ski Slope Championship. They had done incredibly well to qualify for the Open event, competing against U18 Boys’ ski teams from across the British Isles.

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The Big Ideas for Bright Minds Conference

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

On Wednesday, nine budding Academic Scholars in the Lower Sixth made their way through the puddles and showers to Bloomsbury Baptist Church for a day of academic enrichment. The Big Ideas for Bright Minds conference runs annually and affords students the opportunity to hear from leading experts who are interested in the intersections between academic disciplines.

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 Almshouses Refurbishment 2022

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

The Juniors were delighted and surprised when returning from the Half Term break to discover that their two Almshouse Day Rooms had been refurbished. The rooms have been completely redecorated and refurnished with colourful orange and grey sofas and chairs.

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Pathways Programme – 25.11.22

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

This week in our Pathways Programme, students have been learning about conflict management, staying safe online, nutrition, exercise and sleep. This has been through 'breakout' sessions as well as wellbeing and curriculum lessons. 

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A Christmas Carol Trip 2022

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

On a bleak Monday night, eight students took the train up to London Waterloo to see the festive play, 'A Christmas Carol' at London’s The Old Vic. Aneirin Buckland, Liam Kirk and Amalie Ondrova (all Upper Sixth) reflect on the trip below.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 25.11.22

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

I write this just a few hours before the exeat break begins. We have had a very busy three weeks so far this Half Term and I am sure we are all looking forward to a little pause now, before the final three weeks which will, we hope, be full of Christmas cheer. Here is to a weekend up in the loft looking for all of the decorations.

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Prefect Piece: Avia E

25th Nov 2022
Prep School

Avia E (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her passion for Hockey and the variety of sport at the School.

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Astounding Action Teams

25th Nov 2022
Prep School

As part of pupil voice, students are encouraged to set up an Action Team if they have an idea to make a difference to the School community. This could be an idea to change something in School for the better or to share a passion. They give students the power to make decisions and become leaders of change.

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Marvellous Mandarin Course

25th Nov 2022
Prep School

Following last year’s successful and popular Mandarin course, we once again put our Year 6 students up for this fascinating language challenge. This term, they swapped one of their weekly French lessons for a Friday afternoon of Mandarin. The sessions have been partly a live lesson with an online teacher, and partly a digital programme of interesting language and cultural activities and games. 

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Magnificent Mark Making

25th Nov 2022
Prep School

In Art, our Year 5 children have been experimenting and taking creative risks with mark making. Spoilt for choice, they were given a variety of different materials to create their own drawing tools.  

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Grow Stronger Together

25th Nov 2022
Prep School

This week, children in Years 3 to Year 6 celebrated both Artsmark Week and belonging to their castles, Bodiam, Hever, Leeds and Rochester, by creating castle community trees.   They discussed how the tree is a symbol of their castle community and how it is strengthened by everyone helping, supporting and being kind to each other.

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Head’s Lines – 25.11.22

25th Nov 2022
Senior School

Another wonderful, wild and wet week has finished today with a glorious Open Morning for prospective parents, ably hosted by our Head Boy, Elliott E, and Head Girl, Alice W, as well as by our fabulous Year 6 Prefects. We are, of course, drawing closer to various decision points for parents as they consider Nursery, Reception and Year 7 options for their children in September 2023.

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Success against Skinners

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

On Wednesday 9th November, the SVS 1st XV Rugby team played against Skinners School in round four of the National Vase. Alfie Jarrett (Upper Sixth) wrote a report on the game below.

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1st XI Hockey Success

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

Thursday 17th November saw the 1st XI girls play Kent College Canterbury (KCC), in their final home game of the term.  The match provided the 1st XI an opportunity for redemption, having lost to KCC on penalties in the cup at the start of the season.  SV started strong, showing real intent to get forward in numbers at any opportunity.

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Neon Art Experience

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

On Tuesday, a selection of GCSE and A-level Art students were invited to participate in a morning of vibrant, artistic fun. Students that are focusing on the figure, form and atmospheric light for their Personal Projects took part in a neon life drawing and Photography class.

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National Youth Training Choir

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

After securing a place with the National Youth Girls’ Choir last year and graduating in the summer, Georgina Godfrey (Fifth Form) auditioned for the National Youth Training Choir, which is the next level for ages 15 to 18.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 18.11.22

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

I suspect, like us at home this week, your washing machines have been working overtime with soaking and muddy games kit. As wonderful as it is that students get the opportunity to be outdoors and have fun (all the way from our very youngest in Forest School at SVPS, right up to the NCOs in the CCF) I know the impact on laundry management! Let’s hope for a slightly less soggy weekend and week ahead.

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Remembrance Parade 2022

18th Nov 2022
Senior School

Much of what happens in the CCF is behind ‘closed doors’; whether in a wood, on a ship or in the air. Remembrance is different. The CCF is at the forefront of the events with the Sutton Valence School Standard, and, as the nominated standard bearers of the Sutton Valence Branch of the Royal British Legion, we proudly carry their standard on their behalf.

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Excelling at Equestrianism

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Over Half Term, there were a lot of successes within the SVPS Equestrian community. Well done to Amelia P (Year 5), Isla D and Charlotte L ( both Year 6) on some brilliant performances.

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Wonders of Wax

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Our Year 3 children have been using white wax crayons and watercolours to create secret landscapes. Secret because they first drew their ‘invisible’ landscape with a white Crayola Crayon. They used mark making to create textural effects and then the magic began!

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Que Tal?

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

This week, Year 6 pupils learnt how to discuss their feelings in Spanish. They listened attentively and demonstrated their understanding by engaging in conversations, asking and answering questions in the context of talking about how they were.

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Nursery and Pre-Prep News – 18.11.22

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

We had our first Star Assembly on Tuesday where 2G won the Courtesy Cup for their fantastic efforts to be excellent role models and to demonstrate to the rest of the School their wonderful manners, kindness and trying their best in all lessons. 

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Prefect Piece: Charlie H

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Charlie H (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about the controversies of the Qatar World Cup in regards to being carbon-neutral and discrimination.

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Prefect Piece: Charlotte L

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Emilia S (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her responsibilities as Castle Captain and her trip to Bodiam Castle over Half Term.

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Science, Sentences and Sticking

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Children in Year 1 had an exciting afternoon on Thursday, when Mrs Fairest, Biology teacher from SVS, came to teach them all about animals; something they have been learning about this term. The children were inspired by the magic of Science, gripping onto Mrs Fairest’s every word.

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Space and Spring Bulbs

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

This week, the children in Year 2 have been busy using the iPads to research aspects of our topic, Space. They worked in pairs, looking on the NASA Kids website. They have been finding out how to use technology to help us answer questions. 

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Head’s Lines – 18.11.22

18th Nov 2022
Prep School

Many of you will have heard, and hopefully some of you may have seen, that our Chamber Choir featured on BBC Breakfast and various other BBC channels this week having taken part in the performance of ‘The Carol of the Bells’ in conjunction with a few other schools at Benenden. Raising money to support those impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, here is hoping for a Christmas Number One!

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Headmaster’s Headlines 18.11.22

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

I suspect, like us at home this week, your washing machines have been working overtime with soaking and muddy games kit. As wonderful as it is that students get the opportunity to be outdoors and have fun (all the way from our very youngest in Forest School at SVPS, right up to the NCOs in the CCF) I know the impact on laundry management! Let’s hope for a slightly less soggy weekend and week ahead.

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Nick Veasey Talk

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

On Thursday afternoon, Art Scholars were invited to attend a talk by the artist Nick Veasey. Sophia Parkin (Third Form) talks about this experience below.

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Simon Parker Talk

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

‘Say Yes!’ to those opportunities when they arise. This was the message Angus Brown (Fourth Form) left this week’s Kingdon Society lecture with. Angus writes an insightful report on the lecture below.

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Hairy Hiles Fundraiser 2022

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

Throughout November, seven of our Sixth Form students are completing a Movember-style challenge to raise money for UWS Hile School, which is in Gulmi province of Nepal. Each boy will be representing a house and competing to raise the most amount of money for this important cause. 

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Exceptional Equestrianism

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

Over the past few weeks, the SVS equestrian team were very busy, competing in National Championships and the NSEA Regional Points League. Mrs Plummer, Master I/C of Equestrianism, wrote a report on their successes below.

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Excellent Edward

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

We are delighted to share the news that Edward Smith (Fifth Form), has been selected for the East, London & South East ILCA 4 – Regional Training Group. Edward is a member of the Royal Yachting Association and has been selected based on performance and commitment to a programme of training and competition over a period.

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Computer Science Seminars

11th Nov 2022
Senior School

On Thursday 10th November, a number of Sixth Form students travelled to London to take part in the Computer Science 2022 seminars. During their time there they got the opportunity to listen to four guest speakers talking about their profession and the past and future of IT. Kieran Bush (Upper Sixth) talks about this below.

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Super STEM Convention

11th Nov 2022
Sixth Form

This week, SVS enjoyed further STEM success at the Benenden STEM Convention. All our Sixth Form STEM representatives contributed brilliantly to the day, and we came away with the first prize, awarded to Hannah Slipper (Upper Sixth), for the best student project of the convention. Lily Goodwin (Upper Sixth) has written a report on the trip below.

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Prefect Piece: Emilia S

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

Emilia S (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her love for Netball and gives us some fun facts about the sport.

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Head’s Lines 11.11.22

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

As Autumn continues to embrace us, the School has once again been a vibrant and vivacious place this week. Highlights have included the Year 6 concert last night, with the accomplishment and bravery of the pupils much admired by parents and staff alike, and the Bookshare in Years 3 to 6 this afternoon.

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Sports First Aid Protocols

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

Welcome back to another exciting Half Term on the Sports field where we have Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Cross Country and Equestrian events coming up in the run-up to Christmas. Please could we ask that you remind yourself of our protocols for injury prevention, treatment and recovery below.

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Visual Variety

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

The Art room has been a hive of experimentation and creativity as the children have embraced taking creative risks this week. Including the teacher, we have all stepped outside our comfort zones to leave caution in the corridor.

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Magical Music

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

As is only fitting for the run up to Christmas, the Music department is awash with excitement already! Our Year 5 pupils set the tone before the Half Term with a wonderful Informal Soloists Concert, where around half of the year group delivered performances of an impressively high standard across a wide range of instruments and repertoire.

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Colourful Columns

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

This week, children in Year 3 have been embracing The Big Draw Festival and its 2022 theme of Come Back to Colour. Using their knowledge of the different types of Ancient Greek temple columns, the children chose to capture the beautiful scrolls of the massive Ionic columns in big drawings.

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Year 1’s Great Fire of London

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

Our Year 1 children have been acting out The Great Fire of London in our Pudding Lane bakery. They have taken turns being the baker, Samuel Pepys, King Charles II and the people of London as they tried to stop the fire with buckets of water, fire hooks and water squirters.

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Proud as a Peacock

11th Nov 2022
Prep School

Congratulations to Isla Davis (Year 6) for being chosen as one of only three runners up in the Maidstone Museums’ Foundation Summer Challenge to create a new MMF mascot. The design brief stated that they were looking for a unique mascot, a fictional character to introduce new challenges.

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RAF Field Day October 2022

1st Nov 2022
Senior School

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of October saw the CCF embark on their field days, and the RAF Section went off to visit RAF Odiham on the 19th, the home of British Chinooks. Thomas Dolan reports on the experience below.

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Fifth Form Mocks

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

Fifth Form mock examinations will take place from Monday 14th November until Friday 25th November. Please find important information regarding clashes, timetables and who to contact with any queries below.

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Head of Pre-Prep’s Lines – 21.10.22

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

What a wonderful term it has been so far. The children have all settled so well and there has been a hum of excitement throughout the School. It has been truly joyous to see the children engaged, inspired and looking forward to their learning each day.

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Prefect Piece – Alessia A-B

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Alessia A-B (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her love for sport, particularly Hockey and Cricket.

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Prefect Piece – Zachary H

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Zachary H (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about the time he went fishing on a mackerel bash charter boat adventure.

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Perfect Pumpkin Week

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Children in Reception had great fun during pumpkin week! They practised their sight words by using a spinner to read and write the words on an enormous pumpkin! Some pumpkins had numbers written on them and they tried ordering them.

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Confidence is Cool

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Our Year 3 children have been boosting their confidence in P4L. They have been nurturing their self-esteem by identifying what makes them unique and special. The children described confidence as a feeling, using words such as: doing things for yourself, being brave, not being nervous, kind and helpful. 

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Peg Peacekeepers

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

In preparation for a whole School Poppy Day Project on Friday 11th November, the children in Years 3 to 6 have created designs for a Peg Peace and Solidarity Soldier.  

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Awesome Astronauts

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Our Year 2 children have had an investigative week exploring a range of space activities, whilst working in teams. Read more about their space-themed adventures below.

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Nursery News

21st Oct 2022
Nursery

This week, our Little Steps children have been focusing on printing using a variety of resources and natural items. Our Young Climbers have investigated different animals this week and spent time making their own representations of the autumnal animals. 

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Head’s Lines – 21.10.22

21st Oct 2022
Prep School

Whilst our Nursery remains open over the next two weeks, the Half Term draws to a close for the rest of the School. As such, I would like to begin today’s newsletter with some hearty congratulations to many of our pupils in Year 6 who, this week, found out whether they had been successful in achieving an award to the Senior School as well as discovering how they had performed in the 11+ Kent Test.

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London Art Trip

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

On Friday 17th October, the Lower Sixth Art students, along with some additional keen photographers, travelled to Shoreditch in East London to be led on a street art tour, guided by a leading UK street art critic and journalist, Dave Stuart.

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Creativity and Constructs

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

GCSE Photography student, Elyse Ratcliffe (Fifth Form), is focusing her final project on the theme ‘Constructs’. She chose this theme because of her interest in Architecture. Elyse has chosen a range of photographers who have inspired her research and developments to study.

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LERSA Race Series

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

On Saturday, Max Chapman (Third Form) attended the LERSA Race Series London and South East Regionals, achieving incredible first place in his U14 races. Max won the U14 category for the whole summer dry slope season in the London and South East region.

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Food Bank Volunteers

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

This week, Alice Chew, Johanna Meyer and Savannah Taylor (all Lower Sixth) started their volunteering placement at the Salvation Army in Maidstone. Savannah had previously worked with Mr Matt Jones and Clothworkers' House to set up an appeal for donations, meanwhile, Mr Shuttleworth is also currently doing an appeal with Lambe’s House.  

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Monologue Performance Evening

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

Monday saw the IGCSE Drama class perform the last of their coursework pieces. The evening consisted of a series of monologues from a variety of different plays, ranging from Ancient Greek theatre to the present day, which were presented with slick professionalism to a delighted audience of family and friends. 

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Oasby Horse Trials 

21st Oct 2022
Senior School

Olivia Petersen (Lower Sixth) attended the Oasby Horse Trials in Lincolnshire last weekend for the Novice U18 class, going double clear and finishing 11th out of 32, which is a brilliant achievement.

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ESSKIA National Dry Slope Finals

14th Oct 2022
Senior School

Last weekend saw our U16 Boys’ Ski race team set off for Norwich for the ESSKIA National dry slope finals. The team, comprising of Max Chapman, Evan Henley, Edward Homard and Charlie Wells (all Third Form) had qualified for this competition via the South East regionals. 

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Lord Lieutenant of Kent Awards

14th Oct 2022
Senior School

This week saw Major Millbery, CCF Contingent Commander, attend the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Awards to honour Major Prem Ale, our CCF Adjutant. Each recipient of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service marches to stand next to the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain, whilst a citation, detailing reasons for the award, is read. You can read the citation for Major Ale below.

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Kidenza Orchestra Trip

14th Oct 2022
Senior School

This week a group of seven chosen young musicians from SVS took a trip to Benenden School’s brand new auditorium to watch the Kidenza Orchestra perform. Harry Heyworth and Dominic Powell (both Second Form) speak about this experience below.

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Super Shakespeare Event

14th Oct 2022
Senior School

On Monday 10th October, a group of Fifth Form students attended a Wealden Hub Shakespeare Event at Benenden School. Mathilda Featherstone, Brook Homewood, Celestina Meneses-Bautista, Fred Mundell and Otto Plant have written the following report about their trip.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 14.10.22

14th Oct 2022
Senior School

I continue to be inspired by how much so many students care about the School and community here. On Tuesday, I enjoyed meeting with the Student Council and hearing their reflective and constructive ideas about how we can maintain many of the good points at the School and consider what we can do to make it even better. These conversations are important and I really value their thoughts.

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Space Stories and Crocodile Signs

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

This week, the children in Year 2 stretched their imaginations to plan and then write a story set in space. In Mathematics, the children also started to learn about place value with crocodile signs.

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Clay Creations

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

Our Year 6 pupils have been studying the Kingdom of Benin in their Humanities topic and have been investigating aspects of the religion of the people from that time. They learnt about why the people of Benin were Animists, which means that they believed that animals have a soul and worshipped animals as if they were gods.

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Delightful Drama Lessons

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

A major part of Drama lessons is developing confidence, enhancing speaking and listening skills, and creating body awareness. Throughout this term, pupils in Reception to Year 6 have been playing a variety of games designed to raise their understanding of themselves and each other.

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Our Year 1 Explorers

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

This week, children in Year 1 have been acting out the story of Grandad’s Island, through role play, developing their understanding of place value and exploring their sense of taste.

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Animals in Autumn

14th Oct 2022
Nursery

Children in Nursery have been extremely busy this week. Little Steps children have looked at different animals and have recreated their own hedgehogs. Whilst Young Climbers have explored their creative sides this week creating their own paintings of different animals, as well as learning about robins.

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Excellent English Display

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

It is always wonderful to see English work progress during the term across the year groups, as the children’s understanding of language, and the work on their class texts develop. So far, already this term, the pupils have written letters, diary entries and wow sentences, as well as completing many other writing activities.

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Linear Landscapes

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

Our Year 5 pupils have been experimenting with using line and different mark-making techniques to create linear landscapes. To embrace The Big Draw Festival’s theme 'Back to Colour', they have enriched their wonderful landscapes with splashes of vibrant watercolour.

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Head’s Lines – 14.10.22

14th Oct 2022
Prep School

Another busy and purposeful week here in leafy Kent has ended today with the first Open Day of the academic year for prospective parents. Even more compelling than our amazing setting, incredible facilities and knowledgeable and nurturing staff were our pupils, especially the Year 6 prefects who expertly guided the parents and children on their visits and generally waxed lyrical about all things SVPS!

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 07.10.22

7th Oct 2022
Senior School

As suspected, last Saturday was a brilliant day for hundreds of people here. After a very positive prospective student Open Day in the morning (with over 200 visitors), the sun continued to shine throughout the afternoon where we enjoyed the coming together of a wide-ranging group of Old Suttonians (ranging from their 20s to their 80s) for an OS Open Afternoon, followed by a beautiful afternoon of fixtures.

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Barnaby Plays for England

7th Oct 2022
Senior School

Barnaby Merrett (Upper Sixth) got his first cap playing for England U18 in the summer against South Africa and shared his incredible experience with us below.

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Terrific Theatre Trip

7th Oct 2022
Senior School

After being postponed several times due to the pandemic, Sutton House finally took a trip to The Marlowe Theatre to watch Les Misérables. Ella Booth and Christine Mazuryk (both Lower Sixth) write about the trip below.

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CSS Superstars

7th Oct 2022
Senior School

Students in the Second Form have spent the beginning of the Michaelmas Term learning about web development in Information Technology with Miss Young. The journey to become a web developer started with a key process, which involved students sharing their criteria for a great website. Students assessed important aspects, such as accessibility and compatibility on multiple devices.

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The Big Draw Festival

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

The month of October embraces a worldwide celebration of drawing with The Big Draw Festival. It promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. In addition, it raises the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity and cultural engagement.

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Super Science Centre Trip

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

In celebration of their work on space and World Space Week, our Year 2 pupils had a fabulous fun-packed educational trip to the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre. They started the day visiting two domes housing historic telescopes, one dating back to 1896. Here, they learnt about how the lenses capture photographs of space and one of the lenses weighed 25 stone!

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Excellent Eyes

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

The artist Paul Klee said, “One eye sees, the other feels”. This quote aptly describes the eye opening drawing that our Year 4 children have been doing in Art. Using their Super Power of Looking Skills, they identified the different parts of an eye and looked carefully at the shapes that create this fantastic facial feature.

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Feeling Dramatic

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Drama is not always about the razzamatazz on stage, big performances and belting out songs! It is also about subtleties and micromicro-movements. This week, in Drama, our Year 5 pupils have begun to look, and feel, for tiny actions during their class activities.

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Grand Designs Competition

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Blazers, backpacks, bags and games kit are all emblazoned with the School badge. Have you ever wondered what the SVPS badge represents?

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Head’s Lines – 07.10.22

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

This has been a week of conferences and consultations, with both Mr Thomas and I attending the first ever joint IAPS and HMC conference to hear about developments in the education sector and to network with colleagues in the independent schools’ sector. An insightful experience, but we both cannot wait to be back in School next week!

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Fun in Year 1

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Our Year 1 children have had a brilliant week exploring their senses. They used fantastic adjectives to describe how the mystery objects felt in the feely boxes and then loved revealing the hidden items! They learnt new vocabulary in Geography and can now identify human and physical features. They have been estimating in Mathematics and writing their numbers in digits and words.

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Autumnal Art

7th Oct 2022
Nursery

This week, our Little Steps children have been creating their own autumn scenes having collected leaves and sticking them onto their trees. They also enjoyed painting with special sand paint and have made some wonderful creations to take home. Next week, Little Steps will be investigating ice and changes - the colour for next week is red!

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Super Sports

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Last Friday saw over 50 pupils take part in a number of Cross-Country events and SVPS athletes performed so well in all of their races. The annual Rawlinson Run, held at Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook saw a team of children from Years 2, 3 and 4 take part in races run over 600 to 1200 metres!

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Great Greek Day

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

On Tuesday, our Year 3 pupils were lucky enough to have 'Portals from the Past' in for a workshop to embrace their Humanities topic on ancient Greece. The children came dressed as Ancient Greeks featuring Zeus, Athena, many other warriors, Gods and Goddesses. They learnt about early Greek life and culture from the war between Sparta and Athens, democracy and Greek legends.  

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Prefect Piece – Avia E-O

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Avia E-O (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her love for music and the musical opportunities that the School offers.

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Prefect Piece – Kenji J-T

7th Oct 2022
Prep School

Kenji J-T (Year 6) talks in his prefect piece about his love for Marcus Rashford's series of books and the important messages within them.

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The History of Sandwiches

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

In EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons, pupils have been learning about a very popular food in England - sandwiches! Elvis Lau (Second Form) writes about what he has been learning below.

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Celebrating Cultural Food

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

In preparation for October's Language of the Month, Nepalese, the SVS kitchen staff have been busy preparing a Nepalese dinner for our boarders to experience the wonderful food from this culture.

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CCF Junior Field Day 2022

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

The Junior Field Day is a chance for the pupils in Third Form, the newly inducted cadets, to experience their first taste of a field day. Plans are always fluid where the MOD is concerned – with the original plan altered, we were out in the field under bashas instead of nice warm comfy accommodation!

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Head of School Speeches – Michaelmas 2022

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

Our Heads of School for the Michaelmas Term are Katie Moore and James Pepler (both Upper Sixth). As is tradition, they have both written a Head of School speech which they have read out in Headmaster's assembly. You can read a transcript of both of their speeches below.

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South-East Cadet Skill at Arms 2022

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

Last weekend, the Sutton Valence CCF Shooting team took part in the annual South-East Cadet Skill at Arms (or CADSAAM for short) competition at Pirbright  Ranges which was held for the first time since 2019. They competed with nearly 30 other teams from other CCF and ACF units from as far afield as Essex, Hampshire and Surrey and as well as teams fielded by local rivals Sevenoaks School and Maidstone Grammar School.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 30.09.22

30th Sep 2022
Senior School

We are now certainly in the swing of things here and have enjoyed a ‘normal routine’ week for the first time this term (although I am still not sure if there is ever a ‘normal’ week at SVS)! Tomorrow, we will have a prospective student Open Morning and we are expecting around 200 visitors to the School.

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Prefect Piece – Matilda M

30th Sep 2022
Prep School

Matilda M (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her experience on her first ever residential trip as well as her favourite parts.

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Nursery and Pre-Prep Fun

30th Sep 2022
Prep School

In Nursery and Pre-Prep this week we have enjoyed lots of lovely learning. The children have all embraced Forest School. We have seen our night life through our cameras in the forest.

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Perfect Parthenon

30th Sep 2022
Prep School

In Design and Technology, Year 3 pupils have journeyed back in time to view the architecture of Ancient Greece. They appreciated the magnificence and beauty of the temples built for the Greek gods and goddesses and wondered how such monumental, majestic buildings were built by hand!

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Revenons à l’essentiel!

30th Sep 2022
Prep School

This week, children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been getting back to basics (or revenons à l'essentiel) in their French lessons. A key component in language acquisition is frequent exposure to previously learnt words.

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NSEA Schools Equestrian Competition

30th Sep 2022

On Saturday 10th September, two Senior School pupils and three Prep School pupils travelled to Felbridge in West Sussex to compete in an NSEA Schools Equestrian Competition. Find out more about their success at the competition below.

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Head’s Lines – 30.09.22

30th Sep 2022
Prep School

At the end of a regular week in school, I hope we all now realise why we must not take that for granted. With lockdowns, bubbles, isolation periods and the recent death of Her Majesty, regular weeks have sometimes seemed like a distant memory.

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England Hockey Challenge Cup

23rd Sep 2022
Senior School

At the end of a long Hockey season, Archie Burden (Fourth Form), Caitlin Calverley, Rhys Harmer and Otto Plant (all Fifth Form) were selected to represent Tonbridge Performance Centres (U17 Girls' and U15 Boys' respectively) at the first ever England Hockey Challenge Cup tournament. Mr Braddick, Head of Hockey, was also in attendance, coaching the Tonbridge U15 Girls' side.

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Exciting English

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

The beginning of a new academic year is always a wonderful thing: new classes, new friends, new shoes and…new books! In English lessons this term, the children have begun studying an excellent range of class texts.

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Year 6 PGL 2022

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

This week, our Year 6 pupils headed off on an adventure of a lifetime! They visited the PGL Marchant’s Hill Adventure Centre, in Surrey. With 45 acres of beautiful grounds packed with adventure activities, including raft building on the on-site lake, individual courage and determination were needed to succeed.

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Leadership Week 2022

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

The Sutton Valence community is structured and operates to ensure that children are educated about the importance of community, their role in it and through that, their responsibilities in the wider community as citizens.

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Prefect Piece – Alice W

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

Alice W (Year 6) talks in her prefect piece about her love for animals, her aspirations to get a job involving them and all of the fun pets that she has at home.

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The Chop!

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

Since last year, Elsa B (Year 4) had been growing her hair in the hope for it to be long enough to donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust. After 12 months of growing, at the end of the summer holidays, Elsa bravely had ‘the chop’ and donated 11 inches of hair, along with raising over £1,000 for the charity.

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Year 4’s Residential Success!

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

Our intrepid Year 4 children and their teachers ventured to Grosvenor Hall in Ashford last Monday, for their very first residential trip! Every child put their Super Hoot Learning Powers to the test during their stay.

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Head’s Lines – 23.09.22

23rd Sep 2022
Prep School

This short week has been one of contrasts. It began in sombre and respectful fashion of course with the historic events to mark the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we would like to thank all parents who have been signing the Book of Condolence in reception, as well as encourage those who would like to do so to visit.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 23.09.22

23rd Sep 2022
Senior School

Greetings to you all. This is, of course, the first ‘normal’ community newsletter of the year owing to the national period of mourning during which schools were advised to keep things low key on the celebration and communication front. Thus, there is a great deal of information and things to applaud in this week’s edition and I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Super Start to Skiing Season

22nd Sep 2022
Senior School

It has been a fantastic start to the year for the SVS ski racers. We had an enjoyable training session at Chatham last Friday evening, in preparation for the ESSKIA race on Sunday. As well as this, two teams braved an early start and a long morning to compete in the English Schools’ race with all eight skiers improving their times and confidence throughout the day. 

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Marvellous Music

22nd Sep 2022
Prep School

The SVPS Music Department, not known for its quietness, has sprung into this new academic year with a resounding bang! All our visiting music teachers have returned and one-to-one lessons are well underway again. Trial lessons for new starters are also in full swing.

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Wonderful Words

22nd Sep 2022
Prep School

Our Year 6 children have been working collaboratively to create a display that embodies the powerful, rich message that we should treasure the pleasure of wonderful words. Words are all around us, in books, songs, poems, writing, talking and listening.

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Kent Cricket Capping Ceremony

22nd Sep 2022
Senior School

We are delighted to share that Alexandra Tunnicliff (First Form), having played for Kent Cricket this summer, has been awarded her county cap by one of the England squad.

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2022 Southern Schools Cup

22nd Sep 2022
Senior School

Last week, our SVS Golf Team entered the 2022 Southern Schools Cup. This is an Independent Schools Golf Association ranking event attended by some of the finest independent school golfers in the South of England.

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Language of the Month: Ukrainian

22nd Sep 2022
Senior School

This September, our language of the month is Ukrainian. Karolina Dubyk (Fifth Form) and Khrystyna Nyzyk (Lower Sixth) talk about their country, Ukraine, important holidays and traditions and the Ukrainian Language.

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GCSE Art Coursework

22nd Sep 2022
Senior School

Our GCSE Art students were busy painting, drawing and designing garments over the summer holiday. They focused on a range of techniques they learned throughout Fourth Form and applied them to a coursework piece related to their personal projects.

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SVS School App Guide

31st Aug 2022

A one-stop shop for all School portals, information and social media feeds. You select what areas of the School you are interested in and we do the rest!

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GCSE Results 2022

25th Aug 2022
Senior School

The students of Sutton Valence School in Maidstone have received their GCSE results today and there is a great deal to celebrate. Almost half of the grades were at levels 9, 8 or 7 (A*-A equivalent) which shows the excellent achievement of many of the cohort.

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A Level Results 2022

18th Aug 2022

Once more the students of Sutton Valence School near Maidstone have secured excellent A Level examination results. The return to written examination papers following two years of disruption owing to COVID, saw this year’s cohort secure over three quarters of grades being between A* to B and the vast majority of students securing their first choice university.

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SVS Sports Day 2022

8th Jul 2022
Senior School

Last Friday, Sports Day returned to our fantastic all-weather track after a two-year hiatus. The sunshine was met with a very welcome breeze that ensured conditions were perfect.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 08.07.22

8th Jul 2022
Senior School

Finally, the end of the year has arrived – what a year it has been for all of the SVS community. We all have a great deal to reflect on in so many ways and I trust we can all feel proud to have excelled in so many spheres despite the many challenges we all faced.

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Superbloom Exhibit

8th Jul 2022
Senior School

Recently, our Juniors have been decorating the garden in front of Westminster House to create a wellbeing garden filled with flowers, artwork and an abundance of painted pebbles.

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Terrific Tennis

1st Jul 2022
Senior School

The U13a Boys' Tennis team have had some very successful matches this term in an LTA National Tennis League which qualified them to play in the finals on the 28th June at Polo Farm, Canterbury. Here is a round up of their journey in the finals.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 01.07.2022

1st Jul 2022
Senior School

We are certainly in full swing with all the end of year events. Last night was particularly poignant as the Upper Sixth had their Leavers’ Service in the Chapel, followed by a lovely and very civilised dinner in the Refectory. As I have said before, they have been an exceptional year group who have faced great challenges.

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The Junior Production 2022

1st Jul 2022
Senior School

The Junior Production of 'The Wardrobe' took place this week and received a warm response from all who came to watch it. The young cast performed eleven scenes spanning some 500 years of British history, which all take place inside the same wardrobe.

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Trying New Transfer Techniques

1st Jul 2022
Senior School

Fourth Form GCSE Photography students have been experimenting with Mod Podge, a transfer technique inspired by artists such as Sally Mankus, Angela Petsis and Robert Rauschenberg. As part of their coursework, it is important students meet assessment objective two of the OCR GCSE specification by refining their work by exploring ideas, selecting, and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques, and processes.

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Third Form Trading Task

1st Jul 2022
Senior School

Third Form Mathematics students ventured into a world of trade on Saturday. The aim of the task was to have made the most money by the end of the lesson using the materials given and the powers of bargaining.

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Benenden Tennis Tournament 2022

1st Jul 2022

Registration for the Benenden Tennis Tournament 2022 is now open! This is an annual event, which raises money for local charities and is run and funded by volunteers and supporters.

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STEM Experience 2022

1st Jul 2022

This week saw the return of the Prep School STEM experience at the Senior School. Our SVPS Year 5 pupils spent the day in the Physics department, led by a group of skilled and enthusiastic Lower Sixth students. The pupils undertook a practical action challenge to design and build a model wind turbine that would lift a cup of plastic cubes from the floor.

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Terrific Triangles

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

Our Year 6 pupils have been very busy learning all about triangles. In their geometry lessons, they have looked at the different types of triangles. As part of this, they learnt how to build up a fractal triangle pattern. This Sierpinski triangle activity illustrates the fundamental principles of fractals, how a pattern can repeat again and again, at different scales, and how this complex shape can be formed by simple repetition.

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Year 5 visit to ‘The Wardrobe’

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

This week, our Year 5 pupils visited SVS for the Junior production of The Wardrobe. Isla D and Eve G reflect on the experience below.

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Prefect Piece – James C

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

James C, who played the role of King Arthur in the Year 6 production of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Camelot', talks in his prefect piece about his experience in the role below.

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Prep Sports Day 2022

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

Last Saturday, the Prep School enjoyed a wonderful morning of athletics at their annual Sports Day, which was held at the SVS track. Over 150 children took part in a number of different track and field events and, despite the wind, brief rain shower and hot sun, everyone put in so much effort to earn points for their House.

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Design Time

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

Pupils in Year 5 Art Club have had a great time designing clocks. The project was facilitated by Mr Kirk, Head of Design and Technology at the Senior School. Their brief, as product designers, was to design and make a clock which captured the style of Alessi. 

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Grand Designs

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

Design and Technology in Years 3, 4 and 5 has flourished and the children have had a lot of fun! Our Year 3 children stretched their paper folding skills to create origami monsters. They decorated them to bring to life monstrous characters that grabbed their pneumatic systems with open jaws! The children persevered with attaching syringes and tubing, controlling the air pressure to open and close their monster’s mouths and evaluating their fun, finished product.

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Senior Leader’s Lines – 01.07.22

1st Jul 2022
Prep School

With the end of the academic year clearly on the horizon for pupils, staff and parents, it is possibly the right time to reflect, and celebrate, the past year. We have enjoyed our first year of non-interrupted face-to-face teaching, a shock to some pupils and definitely our staff! It is encouraging to witness the accelerated learning of our children that face-to-face teaching facilitates.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 24.06.22

24th Jun 2022
Senior School

This week, we have welcomed new students and their parents of next year’s First, Second and Third Forms, as well as preparing our current Second Form to move up from the Juniors. It is always such an interesting time with a mix of emotions, such as nerves and anxiety, as well as having so many questions about the next stages in their educational journey.

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TTRockstar’s rock off

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

In assembly this morning, Mrs Skelly's Year 5 Mathematics set competed against each other in a TTRockstar's rock off! The pupils were put into three groups and had to race each other. They had the extra pressure of the audience and cheering, but they all performed brilliantly! The winner of each group went into the finals.

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Lowry Landscapes

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

Our Year 4 pupils have used their Super Hoot power of looking skills to analyse the paintings of the artist L.S Lowry. They have identified his use of foreground, middle ground and background to create depth in his compositions, along with his iconic matchstick figures and love of industrial buildings.

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The Butterfly Lion

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

This term in English, our Year 4 pupils have been studying Michael Morpurgo’s 'The Butterfly Lion'. It is a heart-warming tale of friendship, loyalty, overcoming adversities and perseverance. The story is based on the friendship between a boy called Bertie and his rescued orphan white lion cub from the African veld.

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Prize Presentation

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

On Tuesday, the presentation of prizes for the Heritage Design Challenge took place at the Maidstone Museum. Sir Robert, who lives in Allington Castle, awarded the certificates.

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SVPS Summer Concert 2022

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

What a triumph of musicianship Wednesday’s SVPS Summer Concert proved to be! Every child in Years 3 to 6 took part. As well as formidable performances from the Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs, each year group sang a song.

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Head of Pre-Prep Lines – 24.06.22

24th Jun 2022
Prep School

Thankfully the sun has started to shine on our Summer Term. It is so wonderful to see the children back together playing, attending assemblies, enjoying School trips and sharing their learning journeys.

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Heritage Design Challenge Presentation

24th Jun 2022
Senior School

On Tuesday evening, students that were shortlisted for the Maidstone Museum Design Heritage Challenge attended the 'Presentation of the Cheques' evening at Maidstone Museum.

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An insight into boarding at SVS

22nd Jun 2022
Senior School

In a story featured in 'Conservation News' magazine, Tyler Weekes (Upper Sixth) talks about why he loves boarding at Sutton Valence School.

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Academic Deputy Head’s Lines – 17.06.22

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

This week, I had a discussion with a colleague about talent versus hard work; weighing up which might eventually result in greater success, be that on the Cricket pitch, in a LAMDA or music examination, on Sports Day or any aspect of learning within the classroom environment. But why stop there? Why not extend this muse to consider its relevance in the context of life in general?

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Creative Mathematical Minds

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

Last week, our Year 4 and 5 pupils were getting very creative and extremely mathematical! In Year 4, they created sparkling shapes with sticks and then took to the geoboards and created shapes, symmetrical patterns, and tessellation with Loom Bands.  

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SVPS Concert Season

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

Concert season is well and truly upon us and it got underway with a bang last week! Our Chamber Choir boarded the minibuses in bright sunshine and headed through the beautiful Kent countryside to Hole Park in Rolvenden where they had been invited to perform at the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair.

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Inter Schools Showjumping Competition

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

Congratulations to Amelia P (Year 4), Isla D and Eve G (both Year 5), who all successfully competed in last Sunday’s Inter-Schools Showjumping Competition in Sussex. Out of five rounds, they got three double clears, so a great effort from the team!

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Worthwhile Adventure

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

In Design and Technology, our Year 5 pupils have begun a very worthwhile bridge-building adventure! After investigating different types of bridges, arches, suspension, cantilevers, beams and trusses to mention but a few, they embarked on a mission to draw a detailed plan for their own bridge.

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Super Hoot is Superb

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

Super Hoot is a well-known member of the Sutton Valence School community. As an owl, Super Hoot is wise, taking the role of Learning Power mascot seriously, by encouraging growth mindset. 

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Magical Theatre Visit

17th Jun 2022
Prep School

Miss Corkran speaks about the School's magical visit from the Magical Mongolian Academic Opera Theatre Company and the spectacular performance that they were treated to.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 17.06.22

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

Today, it was a pleasure to welcome members from all the schools of the United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation for the annual Day of Athletics competition. We had an array of students, staff, governors, trustees and parents all around the track, absolutely boiling in the 30 degrees heat and there was a great atmosphere.

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David Burrill CCF Visit

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

Since taking over their new roles within the CCF, the Lower Sixth cadets have been developing their leadership skills.  On Wednesday, we were fortunate to have a visit by David Burrill who was, for 32 years, a member of the British Army Intelligence Corps. 

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Fantastic Football Festival

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

During the Half Term, Hugh and Xavier Elms (both First Form) travelled to Barcelona with their football academy, EMC, to take part in the Barcelona Football Festival.

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Exciting News for Evie

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

We are delighted to share the news that Evie Smith (Third Form) has been selected for the England U16 Hockey squad, where she will travel to Barcelona this summer to play in the Girls 8Nations; and also for a separate series in June to travel out to Frankfurt to play Germany.

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Still Life Art with Second Form

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

The Second Form Art students in Miss Peart Price's class are working on a still-life project this term. A still-life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still objects. Students have been practising their first-hand observational drawing skills using pencil and oil pastels.

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SVS Wellbeing Garden Update

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

A big thank you to all the members of the community who took up the Wellbeing Art Challenge to paint a pebble for our entry into the Historic Houses England Tower of London’s Superbloom project as mentioned in the 20th May newsletter. 

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Super STEM Challenge 2022

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

On Thursday, a team of enthusiastic Third Form pupils travelled to Greenwich University Medway Campus for a Science and Technology challenge. Within the inspiring historic maritime buildings, they undertook four challenges. 

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ISGA National Plate Final Winners

17th Jun 2022
Senior School

On Tuesday 14th June, the SVS First Golf team took part in the 2022 Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) National Plate finals. This is a national competition where schools from all around the country firstly compete at a regional level, and then at a national level in a one-day event.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 10.06.22

10th Jun 2022
Senior School

In Assembly today, having heard some pearls of musical wisdom from Mr Horley and having awarded a few prizes for various things like Duke of Edinburgh, Shooting, Copy Prizes and even Lifesaving, I spoke about Marcus Rashford and his motivational and inspirational actions and thoughts. 

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BSSRA Schools National Match

10th Jun 2022
Senior School

In a first for the School, Callum Davis and Daniel Wild (both Lower Sixth) represented England against other Home Countries in a small-bore (.22) postal league match over the Easter break.

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Blind Veterans Night Walk 2022

10th Jun 2022
Senior School

On Friday 27th May, a group made up of pupils, staff and a parent took off on the annual night walk for the charity Blind Veterans UK.

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Pink Lady Apple Appreciation

10th Jun 2022
Senior School

Preferring a healthy snack, a number of pupils love to tuck into a Pink Lady apple during their break, and often, one of the kitchen staff would put some aside for them, ensuring they got their treat at break time.

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Lino Print designing

10th Jun 2022
Senior School

Our Fourth Form GCSE Art students have been creating lino print designs inspired by a range of lino artists that reflect their chosen theme for their personal projects. GCSE students have the choice of the following themes for their personal projects: Underwater, Interesting Personalities, Spaces and Places, Beasts, Narrative, Passage of Time, Illusions, and Figures. 

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Tyland Barn Trip 2022

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

Our Reception children had a fantastic time at Tyland Barn, exploring their new topic, Minibeasts. They had the opportunity to go pond dipping and identify the creepy crawlies they found.

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Flower Power

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

Our Year 3 children saw an artistic twist this week in their Science lessons! Inspired by their recent trip to Hole Park, the children explored the different plants and flowers around the School and took photographs of their favourites.

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Trip to Battle Abbey

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

The day dawned sunny and fresh on Tuesday 7th June and the pupils of Year 2 were excited as they collected their appetising packed lunches from the Dining Hall and boarded the coach.

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Sky is the Limit

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

This week, the whole school, from Nursery to Year 6, took part in the Sky Arts Access All Arts Week. It was a nationwide arts week for primary school children, the aim being to bring the arts to every child, in every primary school, across the UK and Ireland.

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Head’s Lines – 10.06.22

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

Going into the second half of the Summer Term, and my final month at SVPS, I have found myself becoming increasingly nostalgic over the last few days, and I am aware that I am ‘banking’ magic moments, of which there are many, as the end of term quickly approaches.

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Prefect Piece – Isaac F

10th Jun 2022
Prep School

In his prefect piece, Isaac F (Year 6) talks about his love for scootering. He speaks about the skatepark he visits regularly and how he learns new techniques and tricks.

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Prefect Piece – Ivy K

27th May 2022
Prep School

In her prefect piece, Ivy K (Year 6) talks about the recent Year 6 French trip. She speaks about the places which they visited on their trip and what she enjoyed most.

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Heritage Design Challenge Winner

27th May 2022
Prep School

Congratulations to Sienna C (Year 6), who has been chosen as the Junior School Winner of the Maidstone Museum Heritage Design Challenge. Sienna’s beautiful and carefully constructed Japanese lantern is an extremely worthy winner.

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Magical Moy Mackay

27th May 2022
Prep School

The SVPS Art room welcomed some visiting artists on Tuesday. Year 6 children from St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Aylesford spent the morning getting a hands on workshop with felting artist Sue Kimber.

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Wonderful Water Lilies​

27th May 2022
Prep School

Our Year 3 children embraced the opportunity to draw ‘en plein air’ while on their trip to Hole Park. Using oil pastels, they drew their impressions of the wonderful water lilies that floated elegantly on the many ponds in the beautiful gardens.

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Poetry Speaking Competition 2022

27th May 2022
Prep School

Last week saw the full return of our annual Poetry Speaking Competition, following the Covid restrictions of the previous two years, which was wonderful! We were joined by guest poet, storyteller and musician, Rob Parkinson, who performed interactively with the children during the morning.

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Amazing Athletics

27th May 2022
Prep School

This term in our Physical Education lessons, we have been focusing on developing a wide range of athletic disciplines. All the pupils have been out on the track working on sprint start techniques, running styles and middle-distance running pace setting, as well as improving their long and high jump

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Prefect Piece – Sophie E

27th May 2022
Prep School

In her prefect piece, Sophie E (Year 6) talks about her experience with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. She talks about how she felt after being diagnosed and the operations she has had.

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Headmaster’s Headlines – 27.05.22

27th May 2022
Senior School

And so we reach the end of another Half Term and I am sure that all the students and staff will very much welcome a break to recharge their batteries. Reflecting on the last few weeks, I sense we have seen the best of our community in many ways.

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Prefect Piece – Ruben D

27th May 2022
Prep School

In his prefect piece, Ruben D (Year 6) talks about his love for paper aeroplanes - a hobby which started during lockdown. Jai talks about how he uses his STEM skills during this activity.

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The Wonders of Hole Park

27th May 2022
Prep School

On Tuesday 24th May, our Year 3 children braved the rain and visited the beautiful grounds of Hole Park. They enjoyed a guided tour of the stunning, vast gardens and roamed the parkland completing a scavenger hunt along the way.

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BHV Push Hockey Fixtures

27th May 2022
Senior School

On Thursday 26th May, our SVS U14s and U16s Boy's Hockey teams had the opportunity to play fixtures against BHV Push, a Dutch touring Hockey club. Angus Brown (Third Form) and Jago Ongley-Dellar (Fourth Form) have written reports on these games, which can be read below.

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Head’s Lines – 27.05.22

27th May 2022
Prep School

This week, throughout the School, the SVPS enrichment journey has been very evident in a myriad of different ways. We started the week with an assembly focused on the Queen and the Platinum Jubilee.

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Spots and Stripes Designing

27th May 2022
Senior School

The Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Design and Technology students had a very exciting morning as part of the annual Spots and Stripes Day. Tanith Brown from The Big Cat Sanctuary visited the Design and Technology department to launch an exciting design task for the students.

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Fourth Form Metal Project

27th May 2022
Senior School

Our Fourth Form Design and Technology students have enjoyed applying their theoretical knowledge of metals through a practical manufacturing project. They have successfully developed their skills in manufacturing and have learnt how to use a wide range of new tools and processes.

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Lower Sixth Art – 27.05.22

27th May 2022
Senior School

Elizabeth Goodwin (Lower Sixth), a current Art student, is working on her final project - the theme being 'The Existing Positive Bonds Between Humans and Animals'.

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