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Kent College Festivals


As part of the School's enrichment programme, Kent College has hosted a variety of Festivals which have and continue to be an  integral part of the School's ethos and  community spirit.  The Festivals are great occasions which bring together various subject departments for academic and entertainment purposes.  In recent years we have hosted the following Arts Festivals:

Fit for Life Sports Festival - May 2014 

'Fusion' Visual Arts Festival - September 2013

'Fine Lines' Art & Literature Festival - March 2013 

Kent College Film Festivals in 2012 and 2010  

Fit for Life Sports Festival - May 2014


In May 2014, Kent College launched an ambitious fundraising appeal to transform the School's sports provision and to raise awareness of the Fit for Life fundraising appeal which would secure a much needed second Sports Hall and All-Weather Pitch. Throughout the 'Fit for Life Week', the School welcomed Sports Stars who all held pupil workshops, such as ex Wales Rugby Captain Gareth Thomas, Badminton champion Gail Emms MBE and climber Bonita Norris who was the youngest person to ever stand at 'both ends of the World'. During the week the entire School enjoyed an outdoor 'Zumba' lunchtime session and the Deputy Head Mr Kirk-Burgess parachuted over the School to the amazement of the girls.  It was a truly fabulous week to launch an exciting project. To find out more about the new Sports provision at Kent College click here.









Fusion - September 2013 

In September 2013 Kent College hosted a trio of visual Arts events in conjunction with the local Tunbridge Wells Fusion Arts Festival.

The theme of the Art Competition was 'My Utopia' and we were delighted to receive a very high standard of entries from pupils at Kent College in addition to local artists.  The Art competition was divided into a Junior and Senior category and was judged by local gallery owner and acclaimed artist Mark Paul Perry.  On the same evening we also hosted the Courier Photography judging and awards, and the Green Lantern Short Film competition awards.




Fine Lines - March 2013

For two weeks in March, Kent College hosted an inspiring celebration of Art & Literature related events as we celebrated the opening of the Susanna Wesley Library & Arts Centre ahead of the facilities' official opening on Saturday 16th March.

On 4th March we welcomed Sara Grant, author of 'Dark Parties' and 'Half Lives' which will be published in May this year. Sara led creative writing workshops for Year 10 to help with their IGCSEs and held a lunchtime book signing session.
On 5th March Celts, Saxons and Danes fought it out over an Inter-house Team Book Quiz and Years 1 - 3 in the Prep School were visited by Martin James and Mike Gornall who delivered fun and interactive cartoon workshops.
On 6th March students in Yrs 8 & 9 won the London Classical Reading Competition.
On 7th March, the entire school along with the help of family, Pembury village and friends from Sevenoaks Prep and Lamberhurst Primary school successfully broke the Guinness World Record for 'Largest Gathering of People dressed as Storybook Characters' by assembling 924 of us! .
After school on 7th March, students also enjoyed a Special Effects Make Up workshop and learnt various theatrical make-up techniques relating to book characters such as Dumbledore, Shrek and Fantastic Mr Fox.
On 8th March we enjoyed an evening celebration of film, musical and dramatic performances relating to literature performed by KC students and teachers. The evening ended with the delightful Oscar winning short film 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore' which suited the theme of the evening perfectly.
The second week of 'Fine Lines' began with a visit from illustrator and fairtrade artist Chris Haughton (author of 'Oh No! George' and 'A Bit Lost') who delivered a storytelling workshop with the Early Years and Key Stage 1 followed by a talk with senior pupils.
Unfortunately events planned for Tuesday were cancelled due to the weather conditions, however Caroline Lawrence, author of 'Roman Mysteries' joined us on 25th March instead.
On 13th March Celts, Saxons and Danes battled it out again over the lunchtime Inter-house Portrait Drawing Competition which saw Danes crowned as the winner yet again, following the inter-house book quiz. Artist Ryan Callanan, creator of the 'Long Live Love Life' Artbox visited and helped Mr Dixon judge the winning portraits before speaking to art scholars and awarding prizes to winners of the Artbox competition.
Well done to all girls who entered the 'Design an Artbox' Competition and special congratulations go to Senior School pupils Molly Cox in Year 8 who won First Prize for her clever interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' and Josie Knechtli in Year 11 who was awarded the runner up prize for her well executed interpretation of 'The Virgin Suicides'. In the Prep School, Megan Spary in Year 6 won First Prize for her beautifully drawn 'Inkheart' design and Lily Zelezetski in Year 5 was awarded the runner up prize for her delightful 'Rapunzel' Artbox.
On 14th March, KC pupils were very excited to meet Manga artist Sonia Leong who delivered inspiring and energetic workshops before signing a collection of her graphic art novels.
Throughout the two weeks staff and pupils also delivered storytelling sessions in the new library at lunchtimes and in breaktime. Well done to everyone who participated and for sharing their wonderful stories!
The Fine Lines Festival closed on Saturday 16th March at the official opening of the new building with visiting speakers; Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson.


Film Festivals

The Kent College Film Festival is a bi-annual event usually held over a weekend in the summer term.  Each festival is themed with various films and events put on for both KC families and external visitors. In 2012 the theme was 'Childhood' and in 2010 the theme was 'music'.

Click here to view the 2012 sample Film Festival programme

In 2012 Kent College hosted their second bi-annual Film Festival in celebration of 'Childhood'  to coincide with the school's 125th Anniversary with a  selection of well-loved films appealing to all ages.  These included:

  • Kes
  • The Goonies
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Belles of St Trinians
  • The Red Balloon & Gala evening event
  • Etre et Avoir
  • Thank you to our 2012 Film Festival sponsors

Big Shorts Film Competition

The Big Shorts Short Film Competition is held leading up to the Film Festival and is an opportunity for aspiring film-maker students who attend schools or colleges in Kent and who are are in Year groups 6 - 13 to enter their short films


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Film Festival 2010

This four day regional event opened on Friday 15th October at the annual Kent College Birthday Lecture with guest speaker John Sergeant and the film 'Piano Mania'.  Earlier in the day, Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang opened the Festival and pupils at Kent College Prep and Senior schools and Pembury Primary celebrated with an enjoyable afternoon singing along to Disney's 'The Jungle Book'.

The Festival continued over the weekend at the Judi Dench Theatre and Pembury Primary School with films such as The Sound of Music, Cabaret and The Red Shoes. The Gala performance of The Red Shoes on Saturday was a feast for the eyes with a specially arranged ballet superbly performed by Sixth Form pupils Lily-Fleur Bradbury, Sophie King and Grace Spencer. Whilst on Sunday, local film fans enjoyed an afternoon workshop with Film Producer Pippa Cross and the much loved film ‘Cabaret' in the evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Talented film-makers came together on Monday to view their short films as part of the Big Shorts shortlist. Kino Managing Director Matt Brecon and Freelance broadcast editor, Kimaathi Spence judged each of the six films along with Festival Director and Head of Film Studies Keir Hoffmann; before announcing that Will Thomas and Ben Worsfield had won Best Film for their horror short ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher'. Will and Ben were delighted to receive the Big Shorts ‘Best Film' trophy and £1,500.00 towards their film making.

The Festival closed on the evening of Monday 18th with a spectacular finale concert performed by 18 piece big band ‘Swingamajig'  playing a collection of film related pieces including Elvis, James Bond and the Rat Pack. Festival Director Keir Hoffmann commented that Kent College's first Festival weekend had been a great success and that he looked forward to bringing the local communities together again through a love of film. In May 2011 local schools will compete in film making competition ‘The Snapshoot Challenge' at Kent College Pembury.



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