Weekly Bulletin 01/05/2015

Daniel is a hit in Bugsy Malone

Congratulations to Daniel, one of our Year 7 Performing Arts scholars, who is now performing in the role of Bugsy at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in West London.

We were delighted to read this review in 'The Stage', following Monday's Press Night:

"The show packs a powerful punch here in every sense. But it also lands softer blows throughout, particularly thanks to the wide-eyed urchin charm of Daniel P’s Bugsy ..... a pocket-sized dynamo, fresh, funny and fabulous. "

Bugsy Malone has returned to the London stage with a major revival which reopens the Lyric in April 2015, following its multi-million pound redevelopment and will mark the first professional production of the musical in over a decade. The musical is set in prohibition Chicago, where rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan wage war with custard pies and ‘splurge’ guns. The 1976 film version starred Scott Baio in the title role and a young Jodie Foster as Tallulah.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity for Daniel and we wish him every success as Bugsy. Year 7 pupils are really looking forward to being taken to see him perform in June.

Well done, Daniel!

Mrs Fremont-Barnes

Nature Dayz

Theo from Nature Dayz visited the school last week bating humane traps each evening and setting up cameras to capture animals of the hedgerow and woodland at Duke of Kent School.

On Friday Years 6, 7 & 8 listened to information about the wildlife and went out to investigate the traps. They found yellow necked mice, field mice and bank voles. They observed the creatures and their habitats.

The cameras revealed foxes, the tulip eating badger, mice, magpies and a robin!

Naturedayz give a unique experience for children by uncovering and helping them discover what lives in the woodlands and hedgerows that surround us.


Mrs Kerr

Dazzled by Alexander McQueen

The Art Scholars were treated to a visit to the V&A Museum
this week, where the late Alexander McQueen's fashion designs are on
show. This was a rare opportunity for the children to observe an amazing
array of artistic catwalk creations, and develop an appreciation for
what influenced McQueen and how he pioneered the use of innovative
materials and techniques in his unique, dazzling style of tailoring.

The children were inspired by the imaginative way the designs were
displayed, challenging curatorial norms with the emotive use of music,
lighting, mirrors and backdrops.

Congratulations to all the children for their exemplary behaviour, and
thanks to Mrs Kerr and Mrs Wilkinson for their assistance.

Mr Wright

Spring Wedding for

 Mr & Mrs Coote

Congratulations from all of us at Duke of Kent School to the happy couple!

PADoK News

Much fun was had at the PADoK Quiz Night last term. After many rounds ranging from History and Literature to 'guess the poo'! The PADoK quiz cup was won for the third consecutive year by parents from Year Eight. Congratulations Lisa and John Rudman, Sara and Simon Royal, Fiona and
Robin Rowland and Ashley Fenton and Darron Jackson.

Last Term's 100 club winners:

1st Prize - £225 - Joanna and Adam Shankster

2nd Prize - £135 - Colin and Sarah Fisher

3rd Prize - £90 - Kelly and Edward Smithson


Next term's winners will be announced on Parents Day.

The DoK Mums' Netball Team

Needs You!

Not long now until our inter school netball tournament - we have had confirmation of mums' teams from Lansborough, Belmont, St Hilary's, Shere Infant and Chilworth.

But DoK needs more players (Basically because none of us are fit enough to
play an entire game!)

Netball practice is on Wednesday mornings in the Sports Hall from 8.30-9.30

It's great fun, a great way to meet mums from across the school and nothing
is taken too seriously!

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

Find out more about the Open Morning on Saturday 16th May