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  • House Hockey

    Mar 2020
    After a week of bad news and being told all the things that we cannot do, the Hockey staff at SVS put their heads together and came up with a plan so that the Juniors could still compete in a House Hockey tournament.
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    House Hockey
  • Cabaret Charm

    Mar 2020
    On the 11th of March, a group of Upper Sixth students visited the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch Cabaret.
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  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

    Mar 2020
    The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) marketplace presentation was held today and what a fantastic event it turned out to be.
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    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Design a Bookmark Competition

    Mar 2020
    Today we announced the winners of the Library competitions held on World Book Day.
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    Design a Bookmark Competition
  • Strings Masterclass

    Mar 2020
    Last Friday, we were delighted to welcome Nicholas Miller FRAM, who is a Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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    Strings Masterclass
  • 3rd VII Netball

    Mar 2020
    On Thursday, our 3rd VII Netball team battled it out amongst eight other schools in the King's Rochester Tournament.
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    3rd VII Netball
  • Fantastic Football

    Mar 2020
    On Thursday afternoon, the Senior Boys’ 1st XI Football team faced Battle Abbey School in their final fixture of a very successful term for the side.
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    Fantastic Football
  • Summer CCF Courses

    Mar 2020
    There are various courses that the CCF are offering over the Summer holidays.
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    Summer CCF Courses
  • Worsfold Cup Game 2020

    Mar 2020
    On the 7th March, the 1st VII netball team welcomed the Old Suttonians in their annual battle for the Worsfold Cup.
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    Worsfold Cup Game 2020
  • Informal Concert - March 2020

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, the Music department held its fourth informal concert.
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    Informal Concert - March 2020
  • SVS and SVPS Aquathon 2020

    Mar 2020
    Yesterday, our pupils from Year 3 up to Second Form took part in the Aquathon Challenge in aid of Sports Relief.
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    SVS and SVPS Aquathon 2020
  • Public Speaking Competition 2020

    Mar 2020
    Last Thursday, Miss Manning and Mr Carr hosted the Prep School Public Speaking event, held annually in the SVS Library.
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    Public Speaking Competition 2020
  • National Vase Competition Finalists!

    Mar 2020
    Congratulations to our 1st XV squad, who are NatWest Under 18 National Vase Finalists. Twickenham here we come!
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    National Vase Competition Finalists!
  • Swimming Gala - 3rd March

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, Sutton Valence’s Swimming team travelled to Rochester for a gala against Cobham Hall, St Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School and the hosts, King’s Rochester.
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  • OS Reunion 2020

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, the Headmaster headed up to London to meet a group of 20 Old Suttonians who left the School in the 1940s or 1950s.
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    OS Reunion 2020
  • Swimming Victory

    Mar 2020
    Over the weekend, Evie Smith (First Form) swam in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Finals, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, representing South East England.
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    Swimming Victory
  • Rugby Coaching Success

    Mar 2020
    Last weekend, Mr Dawling was part of the coaching team for the England U17s North squad at the England U17s camp.
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    Rugby Coaching Success
  • French Play - Les Garçons

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, our Second and Third Form pupils were treated to a wonderful performance of a French play “Les Garçons”.
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    French Play - Les Garçons
  • Oxford Schools Debate

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, Juliet De Banzie and William Chambers (both Lower Sixth), accompanied by Mr Ellmers, travelled to Dulwich College in London to participate in the Oxford Schools Debate.
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    Oxford Schools Debate
  • Mental Health Week, 2020

    Mar 2020
    This week has been dedicated to our Mental Health Campaign.
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    Mental Health Week, 2020
  • World Book Day 2020

    Mar 2020
    The Library celebrated World Book Day with lots of competitions and prizes.
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    World Book Day 2020
  • Rugby and Hockey Selection

    Mar 2020
    Our Director of Sport, Mr Howell, is delighted to announce the list of pupils who have been selected for the respective Hockey and Rugby Selection squads for this academic year. 
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  • Next Steps Careers Event

    Mar 2020
    Last Saturday, we were delighted to welcome back nine recent leavers as part of our biennial 'Next Steps' careers talk for the current Sixth Form.
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    Next Steps Careers Event
  • Valentine's Day 2020

    Feb 2020
    On the 14th of February, better known as Valentine’s Day, Sutton Valence School was showered with roses.
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    Valentines Day 2020
  • Hockey Tournament Triumph!

    Feb 2020
    Congratulations to our U13A Hockey team for winning the seven-a-side tournament held at Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook on Wednesday.
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    Hockey Tournament Triumph!
  • Bronze CREST Awards

    Feb 2020
    This week we launched our Bronze CREST Award project with a selection of First Form pupils.
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    Bronze CREST Awards
  • South Africa Cricket Tour

    Feb 2020
    During the Half Term holiday, the Senior Cricket squad travelled to Cape Town, South Africa.
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    South Africa Cricket Tour
  • Mental Health Week 2020

    Feb 2020
    Next week, Sutton Valence School presents Mental Health Week.
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    Mental Health Week 2020
  • U13 Netball Tournament Winners

    Feb 2020
    Well done to the U13 Netball Team who were crowned champions of the U13 Wellesley House Netball Tournament.
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    U13 Netball Tournament Winners
  • Message from the Head - 14th Feb 2020

    Feb 2020
    This half term, the whole School focus has been on the learning powers of tenacity and bravery.
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  • Build a Pizza Night!

    Feb 2020
    On Thursday night, our boarders were treated to one of their favourite evening meals – a build your own pizza feast!
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    Build a Pizza Night!
  • U15 Netball Girl's shine at tournament

    Feb 2020
    On Wednesday, we welcomed eight teams to our U15 Netball Tournament.
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    U15 Netball Girls shine at tournament
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

    Feb 2020
    On Monday we were delighted to hear two Old Suttonians, Laura Horley and George Jones, had received their DofE Gold award certificates. The ceremony was held at St James’s Palace.
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    Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
  • Let's Talk Teens Parenting Workshop

    Feb 2020
    Following the recent success of our Parenting Workshops, our next workshop is on Saturday 7th March, from 8.45am to 1pm in Groves Hall.
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    Lets Talk Teens Parenting Workshop
  • Boarding House Refurbishments

    Feb 2020
    Over the next two years, Westminster and St Margaret’s boarding houses will be extensively refurbished.
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    Boarding House Refurbishments
  • Charity Song - Falling Down

    Feb 2020
    With such a wealth of talented musicians at the School, it is fantastic to promote the efforts of our of our Junior pupils.
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    Charity Song - Falling Down
  • GB Hockey Camp Invite

    Feb 2020
    Congratulations to Louis Ridge on being selected to attend a GB Elite Development Programme Hockey camp at Lilleshall National Sports Centre! 
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    GB Hockey Camp Invite
  • Canadian Cadet Selection

    Feb 2020
    Earlier this month, Andrew Loy attended the Brigade Selection Weekend for the CCF/ACF Cadet Exchange to Canada.
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    Canadian Cadet Selection
  • Junior Kingdon Society

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday evening, Graham Minter from Amnesty International gave a thought-provoking presentation to the Junior Kingdon Society on human rights.
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    Junior Kingdon Society
  • First Swimming Gala of the season

    Jan 2020
    The first gala of the Swimming season took place on Thursday 30th January. Read below for Miss Gray's account of the evening.
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    First Swimming Gala of the season
  • 1st XI reach county Semi-Final

    Jan 2020
    On Monday 27th January, a somewhat depleted 1st XI travelled to Eltham College for the County Cup Quarter-Final against a historically strong Eltham College 1st XI
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  • U13As reach county Hockey semi-finals

    Jan 2020
    On 28th of January, our U13A Boys' Hockey side travelled to Kent College in Canterbury for the annual county tournament.
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  • Chinese New Year 2020

    Jan 2020
    On Tuesday, our students enjoyed a divine Chinese New Year feast in the Refectory. 
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    Chinese New Year 2020
  • The Sound of Music

    Jan 2020
    The hills were alive last week as the Senior production of The Sound of Music took to the stage in the Baughan Theatre.
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    The Sound of Music
  • Kent Schools Cross Country Championships

    Jan 2020
    On Saturday 18th January, the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships took place at The Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover. Three of our pupils qualified for these championships.
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    Kent Schools Cross Country Championships
  • Trampoline Triumph

    Jan 2020
    Louis Hillier (Lower Sixth) had a really successful 2019 in freestyle trampoline, gaining several world’s first tricks
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    Trampoline Triumph
  • Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course

    Jan 2020
    In December, a number of our string members attended and represented the School at the Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course.
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    Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course
  • Cambridge Offer

    Jan 2020
    We are delighted to announce that all students who applied to Oxford or Cambridge this year did well in their admissions tests and were invited to interview.
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    Cambridge Offer
  • Juniors Informal Concert

    Jan 2020
    On Thursday evening, the Music department held an informal concert for the juniors. These concerts are there to allow pupils to gain experience in playing in front of a small audience
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  • Catering for Yourself at University

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday 22nd January, Ben Kyd, Elizabeth Fraser, Hu Yuqian and Gabriella Howarth (all Upper Sixth), went down to St Margaret’s to attend a ‘Catering for yourself at Uni’ forum. Read Gabriella’s account below:
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    Catering for yourself at Uni
  • CCF Climbing Venture

    Jan 2020
    During the Lent Term, the Fourth Form Army cadets are attending the Climbing Experience in Maidstone each week, to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pass their Level One NIBAS bouldering course. 
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    CCF Climbing Venture
  • Max's Ski Success

    Jan 2020
    Max Laughland (Fourth Form) has been racing for the British Ski Academy in the Anglo-Scottish races in Pila, in the Aosta Valley region of Italy over the Christmas Holiday.
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    Max Ski Success
  • Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip

    Jan 2020
    Mr James, Miss Feilen and seven Sutton girls travelled to Birling Gap and Brighton for a fantastic Boarding trip. Amongst the fierce wind and wild high tide, the girls still had a great time along the coast.
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    Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip
  • Sixth Form Finance Forum

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday, the Upper Sixth were able to benefit from the advice and wisdom of Mr Fowle, the School Bursar, on student budgeting.  As a “money man” but also a parent, he knows the pitfalls that can befall young people away from home for the first time, with a student loan burning a hole in their p...
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    Sixth Form Finance Forum
  • Swimming Association Gala

    Jan 2020
    On Saturday, three of our swimmers took part in the Kent Schools Swimming Association gala, where we were up against the very best swimmers across schools in Kent.
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    Swimming Association Gala
  • Junior debaters through to the Regionals!

    Jan 2020
    On Tuesday, our Junior Public Speakers travelled to Towers School in Ashford to compete in the Rotary Club Youth Speaks debating competition.
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    Junior debaters through to the Regionals!
  • Power Cut - 14th January 2020

    Jan 2020
    The School site has been disabled by a power cut from about 1.15pm.
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  • England U20 Rugby Squad

    Jan 2020
    Harvey Beaton, SVS's 1st XV captain last year, has been annouced in the England U20 32-man squad, starting with the U20 Six Nations Championship next month.
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    England U20 Rugby Squad
  • New Head of School - Lent 2020

    Jan 2020
    Anna Harrison, our new Head of School for Lent Term, delivered a powerful speech at the Headmaster's Assembly this Friday. Please read below for Anna's whole speech:
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    New Head of School - Lent 2020
  • Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp

    Jan 2020
    Sutton Valence School is proud to be continuing its exciting partnership with the Saracens Mavericks Netball franchise. On the last Thursday and Friday of the Christmas holiday, we were privileged to hold the first Saracens Mavericks Netball camp in Kent here at SVS.
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    Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp
  • Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens

    Jan 2020
    Over the Christmas break, Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth), Nathan Bispham (Upper Sixth), Alfred Goater (Lower Sixth) and Charles Galligan (Lower Sixth) have been playing Premiership Academy League Rugby for Saracens U18s.
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    Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens
  • Auschwitz trip

    Jan 2020
    On Thursday 12th December, Mrs Sunde and 60 Sutton Valence School pupils headed to Auschwitz, Poland for a 3-day trip that will stay each participant for a lifetime. Read Mrs Sunde’s account of the trip below:
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  • Evie Swim Success

    Jan 2020
    Over the Christmas holidays, we received the fantastic news that Evie Smith has been selected to swim for the SE Region in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Final.
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    Evie Swim Success
  • Parents' Badminton Group

    Jan 2020
    SVS run a Parents' Badminton Group each Wednesday. Organiser, and former parent, Martin Brunt has sent the following message with information on joining the Badminton team.
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    Parents Badminton Group
  • Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents

    Jan 2020
    The Housemasters would like to invite parents of Fifth Form pupils to Groves Hall on Saturday 11th January at 8.15am, to discuss the lead up to the Summer Term.
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    Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents
  • Junior Quiz - December 2019

    Jan 2020
    The Junior Quiz provided a fitting end to a busy term for first and second form.  With rounds as diverse as ‘Mr Carr’ and The Living World a good time was had by all.
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    Junior Quiz - December 2019
  • Christmas Market 2019

    Jan 2020
    The Junior Leadership Elves were hard at work before the Christmas break, in which they created an array of Christmas Crafts, which were sold at the end of each of the Christmas Carol Services.
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    Christmas Market 2019
  • Cricket for Girls Camp 2020

    Jan 2020
    Lydia Greenway is a former Kent & England Cricket player who is offering a fantastic Cricket for Girls Camp here at Sutton Valence School.
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  • Library Christmas Competitions

    Dec 2019
    How do you say a Christmas greeting in Afrikaans or Nepali?  In which decade was the first Christmas card sent in the UK?  These are questions that have featured in our Library Christmas quizzes this year.
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    Library Christmas competitions
  • Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell

    Dec 2019
    In November, we were lucky enough to come to SVS on a six-week exchange from Sydney, Australia.  We have had many fun experiences whilst here and made some great memories. 
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    Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell
  • Ice Skating Trip

    Dec 2019
    On 1st of December, members of Sutton House travelled by bus to Canterbury to start our skating adventures.
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    Ice Skating trip
  • Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring

    Dec 2019
    In recent years, Cricket at Sutton Valence has gone from strength-to-strength with both boys and girls enjoying considerable success.  In addition to developing SV pupils, the School has established an outstanding relationship with Kent Cricket and is actively supporting the sport across the County ...
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    Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring
  • Boarders' Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas Market

    Dec 2019
    On 8th of December, Sutton House boarders went on a trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market.  Although it was a bit colder than we expected, the clear sky and the shining sun promised a lovely day.
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    Boarders Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market
  • Auf Wiedersehen and Adios!

    Dec 2019
    As we approach the end of another busy term, it is sadly time to say goodbye to some of our overseas students.  Charlotte, Pablo, Ana and Alfredo will all return to their home countries of Germany and Spain having spent a term with us at SVS. 
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    Auf wiedersehen and adios!
  • Inter-section Drill Competition

    Dec 2019
    On Wednesday, the annual inter-section Drill competition took place.  The three teams, from the Navy, Army and RAF, had been practising their routines since the beginning of term. 
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    Inter-section Drill Competition
  • Inter-house Christmas Bake Off

    Dec 2019
    Whilst the Lambe’s day room, on a windy and damp December lunchtime, is not exactly the Bake Off tent in the height of Summer, entrants in the first Inter-house Christmas Bake Off contest rose to the occasion with a creative and delicious variety of bakes, from across the Houses, thrown into the mix...
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    Inter-house Christmas Bake Off
  • Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad

    Dec 2019
    Congratulations go  to Luca Esposito Lee-Kemp who has been selected for the U14 Kent Golf squad.
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    Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad
  • Grace Into Rugby Cup Final

    Dec 2019
    First Former, Grace Williams represents Old Colfeians in the U13 girls' Crimson Rugby team.  Last Sunday, the team took part in the heats of the Kent Waterfall Tournament in Folkestone.
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  • Annual Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition

    Dec 2019
    On Wednesday 4th December, the United Westminster and Grey Co