Weekly Bulletin 01/02/2016

Surrey Schools Sailing

The Surrey Schools Sailing Regatta took place on Saturday 23rd January, with over 60 boats and approximately100 sailors. Duke of Kent School was well represented by Fraser, Austin, Ben and Josie. Ben was the first Duke of Kent School sailor to finish in his Optimist boat. Josie was fifth overall of the Topper sailors, coming first in one of the races. A huge well done to the sailors for taking part and managing to keep smiling in the chilly conditions. Thank you to Mr Herbert for organising the team. If there are any other sailors who want to compete in the next regatta please let him know.

Mrs Meredith

Surrey SATRO 2016

On 28th January, eleven Duke of Kent School students took part in the SATRO problem solving challenge at George Abbot School in Guildford. This well established competition has been running for over twenty years and is open to all secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Surrey and the surrounding area.Teams are set a problem to solve within a fixed time and using only the materials provided. The winning teams are those in each key stage group, who have been judged to have best met the criteria set for the problem.

This year’s teams were given the challenge of creating a device to time intervals of 20 and 30 seconds, illuminating a bulb when the time was up. Their design had to be made from card, blu-tack, bobbins, tinfoil and wooden sticks. Our two teams took different approaches, one opting for a ball rolling down a carefully inclined track to trigger a switch and the other using a weight to make a controlled descent from a tower to trip a switch at the bottom.

Both groups worked tirelessly on their task, coming together as a team to compete against the clock and more than twenty other Surrey schools.

Mr Watson

3W Explore Role Models

3W's Assembly this week prompted their audience to consider who we might like to emulate, why, and how we can copy other people's example to learn from them. King Louie swung in for a guest appearance so that he-ee-ee, could help us be-ee-ee better learners, and the children pledged to follow in the footsteps of people whose qualities they most admire. Well done to all the children for also focusing on volume, clarity and calm in their assured performances.

Mr Wright

Year 2 Trip to the Science Museum, London

On Wednesday Year 2 enjoyed an exciting trip to London to visit the Science Museum. To complement our topic work on Space we had organised a meeting in the Museum with Yuri Gagarin. He told us his life story and explained exactly how it had felt being the first man in Space. The Year 2 children listened to him intently and asked some very probing questions afterwards. We also visited the IMAX cinema and saw an interesting 3D film about all the miniscule things that surround us, like dust mites, bed bugs and head lice. Much discussion ensued. The children visited the Space Gallery and found replicas of the Lunar Landing Modules and Sputnik. The children thoroughly enjoyed this educational visit and were, as usual, beautifully behaved.

Mrs Macdonald

Date for your Diary


Friday 11th March at 8pm

Tickets on sale from Monday 22nd of February

Music News

House Music

We have had over 100 entries for this term’s house music competition, and first round heats have started for the Prep School this week, with Senior School heats starting next week. The heats will run up to half term, the semi-finals will take place shortly after half-term and the finals are on 11th March. The finals will take the form of a concert to the whole school after lunch and then the house song competition will take place shortly afterwards. The finalists will then have the opportunity of performing in an evening recital early in the Summer term to which parents are of course invited.

I am delighted to say that the judge this year is session singer Florence Rawlings, who is best known for her work as one of the singers with the band Clean Bandit, who you will no doubt know from their massive hit ‘Rather Be’. She will be judging the finalists’ concert and the house song and will then perform a couple of songs for the school.

GLive 17th March

Tickets to this year’s GLive concert are now available via the school. Please email Miss Vernon on bookings@dokschool.org, letting her know how many you would like. The cost is £12.50 per ticket and will be charged to your end of term bill. I will email all parents early next week with more details of this year’s concert, but those of you who came last year will be pleased to know that we are on first this year!

Mr Rye

Dungeons & Dragons Activity

Serialisation of this activity continues via the link below:

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Year 2

Tommy for great effort in improving his handwriting

Year 1

Gabe excellent concentration and producing a detailed and creative picture for our Three Little Pigs story.

Isla super progress with reading and excellent creative writing


Arthur great work on telling the time and using a clock face.


Ben for settling into school and joining in with enthusiasm.