Proposed demonstration at County Hall, Thursday 4th February 2016
I have had some absence requests from parents, asking that pupils be allowed to attend the anti-closure demonstration on Thursday. As a school we cannot condone or authorise a pupil absence for this demonstration and it is in the pupils interests to be in school all day, being taught by their teachers and not to suffer any interruptions in their learning.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
MRS A M GIBSON
Standards are Improving at Pent Valley our Local Authority review confirms.
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Over the last 2 weeks we have been holding tours for parents of Year 6 pupils and the turnout has been overwhelming, so much so we extended the tours for a further week. We have received some really good positive feedback and we have been proud to show off our newly refurbished calm and orderly school. Our pupils have shown care, courtesy and consideration to all of our visitors.
On Sunday 20th September, staff took 4 pupils to Coty International for their annual conference. The girls worked really hard and between them they completed 116 manicures.
Our attendance figures at the school are the highest they have been in any one term and we now we have introduced an attendance email address and freephone number for parents to contact the school about any absences.
Staff joined in the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September, to raise money for the charity. Cakes were baked and donated and generous donations were made.
In our first term as head boy and head girl we have taken over the running of Pupil Parliament and together we are starting to tackle all the issues raised in our meetings, such as prevention of bullying, introducing prefects and rewards for good behaviour. Next term we will be discussing the anti- bullying charter with the Pupil Parliament and we hope to lead some assemblies for anti-bullying week, in order to raise awareness of the impact of bullying on an individual.
Our main goal is to have a platform for the pupil body to be heard and for next term their sugges-tions will be brought to fruition.
James & Laura
Our House system is based around the Battle of Britain aeroplanes.
The most famous fighter aircraft used in World War 2 were the British Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.
We use our House system to encourage a sense of belonging and for our school wide competitions for both pupils and staff.
Term 1 at Pent Valley has been very busy. The school site has transformed and we have had three weeks of Open Morning tours for prospective Year 6.
Pupils and staff continue to work really hard. Our staff survey told us that 100% of staff are proud to work at Pent Valley. In the pupil survey all pupils said that, “Teachers expect me to work hard and do my best”. All parents are invited to attend the termly Parent’s Forum with myself and on Wednesday 18th November 2015 to find out the latest initiatives at Pent Valley and your feedback is invaluable.
I hope you have a safe and restful half term.
MRS GIBSON, Acting Headteacher
In March this year, the Governing Body of Pent Valley sent out a Parental Survey form to all parents/carers. Three returned forms were picked out at random and the winners were presented with a beautiful £50 hamper each.
On Monday 23rd March we held an assembly where two lucky students were selected to go to India with the Cheriton Baptist Church. The trip will provide the opportunity for the two chosen students to visit a Leper Colony and help dispel the myths of the Leprosy disease. Whilst in India students will have the opportunity to hand over the money raised to buy either goats for the village or help stock a shop, both with the idea of helping start a cycle where the people of India could become self-sufficient. They will also spend some time in a school helping to educate the locals.
After months of deliberation and meetings at the church the candidates were pulled together to be given some exciting news. The church had received donations from people that would allow two extra young people to go to India. We now had a trip for four. The difficult part was choosing just four students to go on the visit. After providing outstanding reasons why they should be going and taking part in countless team building activities the lucky four were chosen and named. Since then, the Rotary Club have also kindly agreed to help sponsor a student, therefore enabling another young person to join the trip. The five students taking part are Ella Chingono, James Gill, Sagin Rai, Alicia Tutt, and Paras Mani Gurung.
The students will be flying out to India on the 22nd January 2016 and returning on 4th February. They will be keeping a blog of their journey and communicating with school on a daily basis. If you would like to donate to their journey then please feel free to send any donations into the finance office in an envelope marked ‘India’.
We hope they have an outstanding time and enjoy the life changing experience they are about to embark on.
On Thursday 2nd July a group of Year 10 students travelled by mini bus to Christ Church University in Canterbury. When we first got there we all got split into 2 groups and were immediately whisked off to our first activity which allowed us to have a hands-on experience using forensic tools as we learnt about chemistry in forensics.
On Friday 10th July Year 11 had their Leavers’ Prom at The Channel Suite in Folkestone. All the students dressed up for the event and had a wonderful time, Liam Simmonds and Chloe Kilgariff were voted Prom King and Queen.
Pent Valley Year 8 students have been invited to take part in a theatre project with The Quarterhouse in Folkestone and a theatre company called ‘The Paper Birds’.
On Wednesday 8th—Friday 10th July the Year 7 students had a camping trip.
This term has seen the relaunch of Valley FM back into the hearts of the students and teachers alike. We currently broadcast through the school at lunch for 20 minutes, with shows soon to be available online for the longer time of 60 minutes.
On week beginning 22nd June we held the Pent Valley sports week which involved all year groups taking part in a range of activities. On Monday all Year 8 students went on a trip to Blackland Farm where they took part in rock climbing and kayaking. On Tuesday Year 7 spent the day in PE taking part in some alternative sporting workshops. These included American football, trampolining and karate. We held our very first Race for Life on Thursday with over 100 students from years 7, 8 & 9 taking part. Dan Warzyc finished in first place with a time of 25:29 minutes.
We have decided that we are going to have a zero tolerance to jewellery. From September, pupils are not allowed to wear any, apart from a wrist watch. It has proved very difficult to manage in terms of what plain studs are and there is a health and safety risk with sleeper ear-rings. Makeup is only allowed to be worn by KS4 pupils and this must be discreet, if we can see it, they are wearing too much. We are also banning pupils from wearing nail varnish or acrylic nails for school. Parents, please can you continue to support with our high expectations so that we can concentrate on teaching and learning. We have a wonderfully smart uniform and pupils have been wearing it with pride, we very much believe that if you look smart, you think smart!
Did you know that you now have access to all your documents, Shared area and ILPs via Pent Valley’s Portal www.pentvalley.com using the RemoteApps service?
You also have access to Microsoft Office Suite! Allowing you to work from anywhere with an Internet connection!
Please read this Guide to help you get started.
After making her appearing on 27th January 2015 on the morning edition of BBC Breakfast as an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, 6th Form Pent Valley student Charlotte (Lottie) Schulze, organised and hosted a commemorative Holocaust event, the same evening at the school.
Hosting with Jodie Herzog, another 6th Form Pent Valley student, the duo spoke eloquently about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
Pent Valley's Shepway School Games (SSG) team hosted a festival day of wheelchair basketball at Pent Valley School, in which twelve primary school teams were in action.
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Pent Valley hosted over 100 Primary School Children to take part in a Multi-Sport competition for year 3 and 4 pupils as part of the school’s Shepway School Games (SSG) competition programme.
Pent Valley remembers WW1 Christmas Truces through football
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Lottie Schulze attended the Holocaust Memorial Day activity at the People’s History Museum in Manchester on Monday. For more on this follow the link below.
The English Department at Pent Valley honoured Shakespeare week in dramatic fashion last week. After a series of events during lessons, the team put on a free play in the school hall to mark the occasion for the students.
Pent Valley School’s Extended Day Programme was launched in September 2014 for all new Year 7 students. The aim behind the Extended Day Programme is to enable students to stay on at school until 5pm, in a supervised and constructive environment. Linked to the school’s Sports Academy status, the Extended Day Programme enables students the opportunity to try new, exciting sporting and creative opportunities within the local area.