Happy Jubilee Weekend from all at Kent College Pembury!

Wishing you an enjoyable bank holiday weekend and half term break!

After half term we will have just one week before the Kent College Pembury Film Festival 15 – 17 June 2012.  If you are yet to book your tickets, please do so by completing and returning the attached booking form to the Film Festival Box Office, or email it to filmfestival@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk

Tickets can be booked during half term by emailing filmfestival@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk or by calling 01892 820237.

Attached is the Festival programme which includes the following listings:


Big Shorts Short Film Competition Finals

Kes – School Theatre



Finding Nemo – Outside screen

The Goonies – Outside screen

Etre et Avoir  

The Red Balloon, Music, film, dance & drama gala event



Script to Screen with Film writer Nigel Smith (free event)

Belles of St Trinian’s – Outside screen

Cinema Paradiso


Kent College Film Festival 15th – 17th June 2012


Royal visit this month to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is delighted to announce the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Royal Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 31 May. The visit is being made on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The public will have the chance to see the Royal couple as they walk along the Pantiles and the council hopes their route will be lined by children from local schools and other well-wishers.

Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the Pantiles late morning. As they walk along the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will see young people performing on the bandstand, they will meet some local business people and be given a briefing on the history of the Pantiles, its Royal connections and the importance of the site to the town.

On leaving the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will visit King Charles The Martyr Church to meet invited guests before attending a reception for members of the local community, including a good number of voluntary organisations.

At King Charles The Martyr Church, following a performance from the choir from Kent College, Pembury, Their Royal Highnesses will sign the visitors’ book and on the invitation of the Mayor will unveil a plaque commemorating their visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2012, the year of the Diamond Jubilee.

Council Chief Executive William Benson said: ‘It’s a great honour for the town to receive Their Royal Highnesses in this Jubilee year. We’ve invited local schools within walking distance of the Pantiles to come along on the day, and of course, other well-wishers will be very welcome as they will play an important part in making the visit a very memorable occasion during our Year of Celebrations.’

Kent College Film Festival

The Kent College Film Festival returns this summer for a weekend of nostalgia and family fun from 15th – 17th June 2012 as part of the school’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.

This year the Festival celebrates ‘childhood’ in film and the event promises to be a spectacular family event with day time viewings on an outside screen and evening viewings in the school’s recently refurbished state of the art professional Theatre.

As well as a celebration of film we are delighted to host a sensational Gala Event which sees a reprisal of film related performances such as the fantastic drama vignettes performed by Kent College drama students, as well as the Children’s Fantasia Ballet and Children’s Corner Music Recital with music by Debussi performed by acclaimed pianist Pam Travis.

The Big Shorts Short Film competition for students in year groups 6 – 13 will also return which encourages a love of film-making at junior and senior levels from pupils at local schools.

Tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 8th May and they are priced at £6 for adults, £3 concessions.  There is also a discounted family ticket for families to attend multiple viewings over the weekend.

Kent College celebrates 125 years of outstanding education for girls

Kent College Pembury looks forward to celebrating its 125th Birthday on Thursday 22nd September 2011, going back to its 1886 routes with the entire school dressing in Victorian costume for the day. Victorian themed lessons will be held throughout the day and a special celebration will take place during the afternoon of the 22nd at the school’s original home in Folkestone. 

Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang and the school’s newest Year 7 students will travel down to The Grand in Folkestone for a reunion tea, meeting with Kent College’s longest surviving Old Girls in order to celebrate the school’s life and achievements over the last 125 years.

Kent College Pembury was originally established in Bouverie Road, Folkestone and spent its first 53 years here after the school was established by the Wesleyan Methodist School Association.  It survived the First World War by the coast and heroically remained one of a handful of schools who stayed open throughout the War.  However as World War Two approached, the decision was made that the school should re-locate.  After a brief move to Cornwall, the school set its sights on the beautiful, rural location of Hawkwell Place at Pembury, described by Miss Walker, Headmistress of the time as being a “perfectly beautiful home for the school where they would be able to carry on, come what may, in happiness and safety.”

Hawkwell Place had been built 60 years earlier on the site of the former Church Farm, later known as Spring Grove.  In 1887 the poet Browning’s son was married at Hawkwell Place and successive owners included Reverend Tabor (Principal of Cheam School 1854 – 90), W Mewburn Esquire, Chairman of the South East and Chatham Railway Company, the MacDonald Flour Company, Sir Leonard Lyle of Tate and Lyle and William Vernon, a Liverpool flour miller.

Hawkwell Place in Pembury has become the thriving hub of today’s Kent College and has been the home to a wealth of boarders and members of staff over the last 72 years.   In recent years Kent College has grown significantly, leading to greater ambition in all areas of school life.  The school remains faithful to its Methodist routes with the provision of outstanding academic and pastoral care is delighted that in 2012 an iconic Art and Library Centre will be built, in addition to the refurbishment of their much loved state of the art theatre.

Throughout the next academic year, Kent College looks forward to celebrating 125 years with an extensive events programme.  On the 30th September 2011, Historian Dan Snow will be guest speaker at the 125th Birthday Lecture.  In March Kent College will celebrate the opening of the theatre with ambitious dramatic and musical productions of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and ‘Messiah’.   In the summer term, Kent College will open its doors to the local community with a local Film Festival and will end a year of celebration in spectacular style with a Victorian fairground themed Grand Summer Ball.