Weekly Bulletin 01/03/2019
From Mrs Knox
What a pleasure it was welcoming over 100 parents and children this morning to our School at Work Open Morning. I was so impressed by the Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils who showed our visitors around the school as well as Toby H and Anna D, our Head Boy and Girl who talked eloquently about their time at the school. They were all fabulous ambassadors and a credit to you as parents. I would also like to acknowledge the PADoK representatives who were able to answer a whole myriad of questions this morning. I write this feeling a huge sense of pride that the whole school community came together this morning from our grounds team, to maintenance team, caterers, cleaners, teachers, students and parents to showcase a magnificent school. As I told our visitors this morning: Duke of Kent School is a fantastic school with a huge heart. Thank you.
A General Reminder about Mobile Phones and Smartwatches
A gentle reminder that pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones or smartwatches (with a screen) upon their person during school hours. Should they need to bring them to and from school they are asked to hand them into the front school office where they will be stored for the day.
Year 9 trip to Macbeth
On Thursday 28th of February the whole of year 9 set off on an hour and a half long journey. Eventually, we arrived in Southhampton. As we parked up, we were hoping for the beautiful weather of yesterday to go to a park to enjoy our fabulously prepared picnic courtesy of the catering staff. The rain clouds, however had other ideas. Luckily, the staff were quick to act and we tucked into our lunch at the circle bar. Once our stomachs were filled we took our seats and waited. Finally after 10 minutes of waiting it started. We were greeted with smoke, dim lights and other various effects. A short battle ensued and then the famous witches came on through a hole in the stage with rags and long hair. They proceeded to clamber and hang from make-shift poles. From their various scenes ensued battles and murders. It was a whirl. I must take my cap off now to the actors for their amazing memory of a lot of lines and in Shakespearean verse, and to the crew for quick scene, prop and costume changes. Finally I must take my cap off to Mrs Knox, Mr Wyllie, Mrs Punter and Miss Anand for a wonderful day out.
Ben Hulford-Funnell, Year 9
Prep School Disco
On the final day of term the Prep School and Yr 2 were treated to a disco that was superbly organised by Yr 5 as part of the Community Service badge in their Endeavour Awared lessons. Some of the pupils took the time to write the following article for the bulletin.
The disco was brilliant. It had an 1980’s theme and we were lucky enough to use the PA Hall, which looked very bright and colourful! We (Year 5) really enjoyed running and planning the disco. There were some great games including musical statues, limbo and the teachers even did a flash mob!
Thank you to everyone who donated money and came to the disco. It was a really enjoyable afternoon.
Matilda R, Emma F and James B, Year 5
Year 4 Assembly
We were cast back in time to Ancient Egypt on Thursday morning, with 4N’s assembly. They delivered a wonderful performance, educating their audience on details of the topic they have been studying. We were entertained with re-enactments of Carter’s discovery of the tomb or Tutankhamun, a duet from the Embalmers and we even enjoyed success with a game of topic-related Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Very well done to all of 4N.
Pre-Prep meet Surrey Police
In continuation of our theme of ‘People who help us’ two members of the Police Force came to visit Reception and Year One on Thursday. They talked about how the children should keep themselves safe and what to do if they are ever lost in a public place such as a shop or a park. They explained that it is important that the children know their own home addresses and this is something that we will be working on in class. The officers explained their role in the community and the children got to try on their heavy vests and hats. Everyone also got the opportunity to go in the brand new police car and turn on the lights and siren!
It was my intention to make the answer to this quiz a real challenge to look up on the internet! For this reason, I asked the question, 'What is the name of the country that is the first in the world powered entirely by solar energy?' knowing that the correct answer, Tokelau, would not be a hit on Google (it is actually a territory of New Zealand).
However, Ben P was quick enough to think laterally, and amended his search to find the correct answer! It has a population of 1,500 and has harnessed its solar power potential in the fight against global warming and rising sea levels. As a coral atoll, it is under serious threat of being submerged. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the remote island:
Tokelau is a remote group of atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, of which it's a territory. It's usually accessed by boat from Samoa, a trip that can take around 24 hours. Nukunonu atoll contains accommodation and a clear lagoon rich in marine life. Fakaofo has swimming pigs that famously catch fish near its coral reef.
I for one, cannot wait to visit!
A Message from First Aid
Please remember, if you are sending your child into school with medication, to drop it in at front office where you can complete a parental medication consent form as comprehensively as possible, to give the school nurses the reason for the medication, the dose, timing etc (do please also let us know if the medication needs to be returned home each day with your child).
Unfortunately we cannot administer medication if it is not accompanied with the relevant paperwork.
Where possible, medication should be in the original packaging with pharmacy label attached, and patient information leaflet included.
The consent form is also available on the school website http://www.dukeofkentschool.org.uk/about-duke-of-kent/medical-room so you can print and complete at home, or complete digitally and email it to the school nurses (email@example.com Monday to Thursday, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday and Friday).
Thank you for your help!
A few match reports from this week
Netball: U16 and U15 v. St Edmund's
On a glorious Tuesday afternoon, the U16 & U15 hockey teams faced St Edmund’s for the eagerly anticipated rematch of this year’s hockey season. The U16’s were out first, with an enthusiastic and focused mindset. They started with some well connected passes and some strong defensive play from Chloe E-L, Anna D, Constance C and Izzy P. Fleur B, Tyla W and Megan A worked hard to create goal scoring opportunities and after a hard fought game reaped the rewards with a win of 1-0.
In the second game, the U15’s started with more caution but soon found their rhythm and were able to weave the ball around St Edmund’s midfielders. Leading to multiple attempts on goal. The combination of Josie M, Florence T, Ava H and Jasmine B (Goal Keeper) proved to be a hurdle for St Edmund’s forwards. St Edmund’s had some strong players that worked the ball into the circle and they managed to score two goals. However, in the final minutes Blue R, Caitlin P and Sophie D forced the ball into the circle for a final magnificent goal leaving the score 2-1 to St Edmund’s. There was great team moral throughout both games and everyone gave it their all, well played girls!
Miss Vernon, Miss Godfrey and Megan A, Year 10
Netball: U14 v. St Edmund's
On Tuesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School’s U14 team travelled to play against St Edmund’s. The hockey match was played on a full sized pitch at a Sports Centre local to St Edmund’s School. It was the first 11 a-side match that the U14s had played so far this year so it was a big challenge. The girls played brilliantly throughout the afternoon, they had to work extremely hard to keep up with the pace of the ball and create space for their team. Zara H, Millie L and Holly C were just a few of the girls that made some great tackles in defence. Meanwhile, Laura S, Ellis Mc and Milly B were working tirelessly in midfield to help attack as well as track back to defend. They managed to create chances for Poppy S, Kiki B and Daisy M to score goals for the team. After great play from both teams, the score ended 5-2 to Duke of Kent School. Very well done to all the players for getting stuck in and managing well in the hot February conditions!
Netball: U13 A v. Cranleigh Prep
On Wednesday afternoon the U13's travelled to Cranleigh Prep School. The girls came out strong for this match albeit at a very fast pace. They took an early lead with some great center court play from Amelie W-B, Aoife W and Issy B and the team managed to hold onto the lead all the way up to half time.
In the second half the girls' really took it up a notch with Zoe L, Kora W and Amelie W-B making some impressive interceptions through the court and Bea H and Issy B worked the ball in and out of the circle to get into the perfect shooting position to finish. Angelina M worked tirelessly against a fast GS but with Kora W keeping the GA out of the circle it gave the defence opportunities to work to ball back into our attacking half. The final score was 21 - 14 to Duke of Kent School. Well done girls, I was immensely proud!
Netball: U11 v. Longacre
On a lovely sunny Wednesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School’s U11 team welcomed Longacre for a hockey match on the Wilsons’ Pitch. The game was very close from start to finish with breakaway runs from both teams. Frankie M worked incredibly hard in a centre midfield position, intercepting the ball and passing wide to give the forwards, Josie B and Pippa S, some opportunities to score. At half time the score was 1-1, the girls took on lots of water and were ready to go for the second half. Rose S and Ariane L worked well in defence to keep a clean sheet in the second half. Meanwhile, Ella S was on a role and managed to score her second goal of the match to give Duke of Kent School the lead. Well done to all the girls in Year 6 for giving all their 100% effort throughout the game.
Rugby: U16 v. Box Hill
On Wednesday saw Duke of Kent School travel to Box Hill to play U16 rugby. This was a massive improvement from a couple of weeks ago with Duke of Kent School having better structure at the break down, resulting in scoring a number of tries. There was some great tackling especially from Luca E, Toby H and Sammy L. Well done to all the boys involved as they showed how well they have been working in training to improve their skills.
Rugby: U12 v. Box Hill
The U12's defeated Box Hill, for the second time this season, in impressive fashion. The spirit of the team shone through as in a tight first half we edged ahead before a dominant second half display see us win by 8 tries to 4. Outstanding running throughout by Thomas H and Callum M created all the opportunities that were needed. Olly J lead the troops impressively, Leo scuttled about at the back of the pack piercing the opposition defences, and Alex, too, showed a good turn of pace and a good step. All in all this was an excellent effort by the whole team. Well done!
Rugby: U13 v. Box Hill
In a scintillating performance by the U13 Rugby team Box Hill were vanquished in no uncertain terms. The Duke of Kent School boys came out if the traps on fire! We were four tries to the good after only five minutes and the Box Hill boys simply did not know what had hit them. Lead from the front by a sterling, multi-try scoring display from both Captain Marcus D, and the heroic Freddie B, there was no let off for the opposition. All of the team deserve a mention: Ben Wi’s feisty rucking and mauling, Caspar’s strength in the tackle and in the scrum, Teddy’s versatility about the fringes, Ben D’s determination and courageousness, Ben W’s excellent chasing and superb try, Dylan’s great try, Jack’s tackling, and Freddie S’s handling and running. Bearing in mind earlier in the season we drew 8 tries apiece with the same opposition, this was a brilliant performance by the boys, winning by 10 tries to 2! Thanks for all the wonderful support from the parents. It is much appreciated.
Rugby: U10 and U11 v. Box Hill
On Wednesday the U10 and U11B rugby teams travelled to Longacre School. The U11’s carried the ball well and scored several tries breaking through Longacre’s defensive line with speed and agility, Leland W scoring 3 tries. The boys were also brave in the tackle with Jasper B making several crucial tackles. Well done to the boys who came away with a marginal victory. The U10 team are showing great improvement in their rugby from game to game. Oscar H scored two tries and demonstrated some brilliant tacking, whilst Josh W-D showed great feet running with the ball. We hope that this improvement leads to a much deserved victory in the upcoming fixtures. Well done to all the boys on their performance.
Whole School Reminders
Monday 4th March:
Prep and Senior School Council meetings
Thursday 7th March:
World Book Day
Friday 8th March:
House Music Finals
Senior School Reminder
Wednesday 6th March:
National Apprenticeship Show at Sandown Park - selected pupils
Prep School Reminders
Monday 4th March:
Year 3 trip to Kew Gardens
Monday 4th March:
Years 5 & 6 Parents' meetings 16:00 - 18:30pm
Wednesday 6th March:
Year 1 Parents' Tour of Prep School 09:00am
Duke of Cat
It has been a purrrfect week at Duke of Kent School.
In preparation for the inaugural PaDOK book club meeting this evening, I would like to share my review on “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Heart-breaking at times but ultimately life affirming. It is essentially the story of a normal human being just going about their daily life, which sounds incredibly dull, but in fact, it’s a really great read. At first I found her quite irritating, hugely frustrating and so difficult to understand. But as the novel progressed, I began to understand the reasons behind her behaviour, and I surprised myself, when my irritation turned to sympathy. Quite an unusual sensation for me!
This weekend, I will be sunning myself outside in the glorious gardens and perhaps reading another novel. “Of Mice and Men” has been recommended to me…..
Stars of The Week
Nursery: Mila-Rose S for being helpful around the classroom and showing kindness to her friends.
Reception: Louis M for coming into school calmly and getting on with his morning work.
Year 1: Raphael A for showing a positive approach to his work in all areas.
Year 2: Henry O'Brien for showing wonderful kindness and helpfulness.
Performing Arts News
House Music finals day is next Friday! We are in the final stages of the semi-finals and have nearly filled all the finalists' spots.
I'm delighted to announce that our judges this year are sisters Amy and Rosie Langley. Amy and Rosie are busy professional session string players, playing cello and violin respectively. They have played for a host of artists, such as Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and are currently part of the ELO touring band, as you can see from the pictures!
This half of term is very busy in the Performing Arts department. Don't forget GLive on 13th March, the Pre-Prep Spring concert on 21st March and the Prep Production of 'Wind in the Willows'.
It has been reported this week that a series of messages targeting young children are being spread on social media. The "momo challenge" is supposedly being used to extract information from victims, but also encourages recipients to harm themselves and people they know as well as sending distressing images.
Internet "challenges" are nothing new, and it is important to not just focus on one occurrence and instead promote good habits when it comes to receiving messages and interacting with people online. "Scare sharing" can make things seem a lot more serious than they are, and we must always be wary of the 24-hour news cycle blowing things out of proportion.
Make sure that you or your children know not to share personal information to anyone you do not know, and that no-one has the right to make people do things that they don't want to do. Keep encouraging your children to tell a trusted adult whenever they encounter something they are not sure about online, so we can be proactive about keeping them safe.
If someone you know has been receiving anything distressing or unwanted online make sure that they are blocked and reported to prevent further harassment. If you need more assistance please do not hesitate to get into contact with myself or Mr Southee.
Here are some articles with more information:
Thanks for reading!
Pause for Thought
Next week sees the beginning of Lent. Here is a short clip explaining a little about what this means for Christians around the world.
There is also a wonderful opportunity, which our prep and pre prep have embraced, which involves doing lent a bit differently. Instead of giving things up we are looking outwards and thinking what we can do for others within our families and our communities.
This isn't just for children! Please see the clip below to see how we can all think and act differently in this season of lent.
With every blessing
Book Club is tonight!!!
We look forward to meeting parents in Old Hall from 8pm to discuss our chosen book “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”
Refreshments will be available.
At this years charity Ball we shall be supporting” Abbie’s Fund”
You can help Abbie’s Fund in many ways:
- Purchasing a ticket to the event - attending our wonderful event and partaking in the Charity Auction. Deadline for purchasing tickets is 22nd March 2019.
- Donating a “Lucky Dip” prize - we are currently looking for smaller ticket prizes for our “lucky dip” raffle. Meal vouchers, beauty treatments, experiences, gardening, alcohol, perfume gift sets, small luxury gifts.
- Donating a prize for our Charity auction – some ideas… Do you have access to corporate hospitality boxes for a sporting event/concert, sporting memorabilia, holiday home. Possibly as a year group donate sewing name labels into a uniform, offer babysitting services once a month for 6 months, supply 6 months of family board games, 1 cake baked per month for a period of 6 months. All items will be very gratefully received and help contribute to such a worthy cause.
- Table Sponsorship - For just £100 your company can sponsor a table at the ball. The table will be named after your company. Also, you are welcome to supply marketing literature to be place on that table, to further promote your company.
Please get in touch with our ball organiser Debs Rudge should you wish to help us in supporting this most worthy of Charity. email@example.com