Weekly Bulletin 01/12/2017
'We Will Rock You"
After only ten weeks of rehearsal, last Friday and Saturday saw the Senior School's production of 'We Will Rock You' taking place in the PA Hall. This was a hugely ambitious production with a cast of 55, a live band, video projections, green screen visuals, wonderful costumes and our new lighting system working at full tilt.
The cast were outstanding, pulling together brilliantly as a team for the performances on Friday and Saturday, raising their game considerably and putting on a polished and professional show that was, according to many members of the audience, a triumph! Doug Jack, one of our governors who came on Friday, even went so far as to declare that Duke of Kent School history had been made!
All the children deserve huge praise for their commitment and dedication but I would also like to thank all the staff who have supported and helped, from those who helped with car parking, crowd control and make-up etc, through to the wonderful production team of Miss Barnes, Mr Kaye, Mrs Douglas, Mrs Honey and Lisa Lee, who all worked so hard to make the show such an outstanding success.
Bake Off Finals!
The Duke of Kent School Bake Off concluded on Thursday night. With the final being so close to the beginning of December, we felt it was only right to have a Christmas themed final. The Prep participants were asked to make 12 Christmas gingerbread biscuits and the Seniors made 12 Christmas cupcakes or muffins.
This year we had over 30 cakes entered into the competition, so just getting to the final was a massive achievement. All of the finalists displayed a great deal of baking skill and determination while they created their delicious masterpieces.
The winners for the Prep competition was Isabelle H and Isabelle S. Ben P was the winner in the Senior competition. Commiserations to Kai G and Josh E, Laura S and Alice S, who made it very difficult for the judges to decide.
Thank you to our esteemed judges, Mrs Fremont-Barnes, Miss Fellous and Helen from the Kitchen.
Well done to everybody who entered the completion, the Bake Off will return next year.
Mr Seeley and Mr Gritton
This week 3S performed their first form assembly of the year. We are all very much excited for Christmas so decided to learn about Christmas around the world and the various traditions different countries have. We also focused on the importance of accepting people's differences and that embracing new ideas can lead to improvements. All of the children should be very proud of the way in which they projected their voice and added enthusiasm to each line they said. Well done!
Year 3 Decorate the Tree
Christmas has arrived at Duke of Kent School! This morning Year 3 had the important task of decorating the beautiful Christmas tree in Old Hall. We began by singing carols around fire before putting on the tinsel and baubles. Luckily Miss Nott was just tall enough to reach to put the star on the top. Many thanks to the Alexandersen family for providing such a wonderful tree from Santa Fir. We hope you enjoy it when you come to PADOK's Mulled Wine and Mince Pies even this evening.
A few match reports from this week
Girls' House Football
On Tuesday afternoon, senior girls braved the cold conditions out on MacRobert and enjoyed an afternoon of House Football. Teams split into their houses and sports captains led their teams warm up and discussed team tactics. Houses joined together so each team got the chance to play everyone in three mini matches.
The results were as follows:
Joint 2nd: Whittle and Armstrong
Congratulations to all girls that participated, it was lovely to see such a great display of football...Fantastic skills and a great atmosphere!
Football: U14 v. Frensham Heights
The U14s travelled to Frensham Heights on a very cold Tuesday afternoon. We started slowly but with some brilliant one on one saves from Dan J, it quickly changed the mood of the game. Once warmed up Duke of Kent School found their rhythm and started passing the ball around nicely. Alex W managed to convert the penalty that he won after dancing around a couple of defenders before being brought down. Vincent T scored two goals showing pace and strength on the ball when taking it past defenders. Harry B showed good awareness to follow up another shot as the goalkeeper fumbled the ball to calmly finish.
Duke of Kent School started the second half slowly as they conceded two goals before taking control of the game. Sam I showed good pace and control when getting one on one with the goalkeeper and slotting the ball bottom corner. Scott N finished off the scoring with a good strike to ensure that Duke of Kent School went home victorious 6-3.
Netball: U13 A v. Amesbury
On Wednesday the U13A team welcomed Amesbury School to Duke of Kent School's extremely cold Netball courts! The girls warmed up well to try and avoid the inevitable cold hands too early on! The match was of high quality from the first centre pass with some fantastic play under the strong captaincy of Daisy M. After the first quarter, the match was tied at 4-4. The girls began to use their knowledge of the game and put their tactical heads on during the second and third quarter helping Duke of Kent School to establish a strong 5 point lead. Amesbury continued to play some great Netball and kept the score close throughout the match, with Duke of Kent School taking the win, 19-11. The girls worked well as a team even when playing out of position and with Amelie W-B and Izzy B, two year 7 girls who stepped up brilliantly! Congratulations to the U13A team for a fantastic season of Netball.
Paws for Thought
This Sunday marks the start of Advent
The calendar year starts on 1st January – but for the Church its New Year starts on Advent Sunday (the fourth Sunday before Christmas).The actual date varies but it is usually the last Sunday in November or the first Sunday in December.
Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means coming, and it’s the time when the Church gets ready for the coming of Jesus, celebrated at Christmas.
In Roman times purple cloth was the most costly, and was associated with kings and rulers. And so the colour for Advent, the getting ready for King Jesus, is purple.
All too often, Advent gets lost in rehearsals for Christmas presentations, and the sense of anticipation and waiting disappears.
The link below gives us an opportunity to remember what Advent is all about. As we dive into our Advent calendars maybe we can take a moment to pause (savour the chocolate!) and experience the anticipation of all that is to come.
With every Blessing in this Advent season
Whole School Reminders
With the winter weather bringing cold symptoms upon us all, can all pupils please bring their own throat lozenges to school. Many thanks. Mrs Sarjant.
Wednesday 6th December:
School Carol Service at St. Nicolas Church, Cranleigh 18:00
Thursday 7th December:
Christmas lunch and parties
Friday 8th December:
END OF TERM
NO ACTIVITIES OR PREP
12:00 - Pre-prep and Prep
12:30 - Senior School
12:45 - All after school buses depart
Prep School Reminder
Monday 4th December:
Prep School Christmas Fayre 15:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 5th December:
Pre-prep Christmas show 14:00
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Reception: Raphael A for wonderful dancing in the school production, and for being so helpful around the classroom.
Year 1: Tom C-G for showing great enthusiasm for all classroom activities, and for great effort with reading.
Year 2: Sam W for working hard to improve his pronunciation, and delivering his lines in rehearsals with great expression.
Music Department News
Thursday this week saw our busiest day of individual music exams for a while. 18 pupils sat exams in piano, voice, clarinet, trombone and cello, ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 5. Well done to all involved and good luck with the results! And thank you to Mr Kaye for organising and running the day.
In other music news, Guy R in Year 11, has had a fabulous couple of weeks; he played the drums in the professional band for We Will Rock You and did an outstanding job, playing with professionalism and style. We also discovered that he has made it through to the finals of The Young Drummer of the Year competition - a national competition to find the best drummer in the country under 18 years of age. Well done, Guy!
Next week sees another busy week for the Music Department with our two annual carol services - the pupils are working incredibly hard and should be commended for their commitment. Keep going, everyone: dnearly there!
Under-age social media
You may have seen recent articles indicating that the numbers of under-age social media users is on the rise. While most platforms have their age rating set at 13, it appears that half of 11 and 12 year olds have accounts. This also happens to coincide with the news that YouTube's systems are producing inappropriate results, and allowing "disturbing" content to appear under the guise of children-friendly videos. In both cases, children should be shown the right way to using these tools once they reach the permitted age. Social media is a great way of keeping in contact with people and YouTube is a great source of informative and entertaining content, but as with most things can be easily misused by the wrong people.
Using social media together with children can help establish boundaries and set an example that they can follow. If we don't expect children to learn how to walk down the street on their own, then we also shouldn't expect the same thing with the Internet. By using these services with them, children can learn how to avoid the pitfalls associated with it, and allow them to use the Internet safely - and independently.
Here are some useful articles:
Thanks for reading!