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.