Weekly Bulletin 03/05/2019

From Mrs Knox

We have reached the end of another very busy week. On the sporting front, congratulations to our Finance Bursar, Mr Finill, for completing his 39th consecutive London marathon, 37 of which were under three hours! A huge congratulations also to all the athletes who competed in the ISA Regional Athletics competition this week. Good luck to Year 11 who are embarking on their GCSE examinations - you are very well prepared and we are all here to support you through to the end. Finally thank you to all Year 7 parents who trialled our new Parents' Meeting booking system, it worked well and we will be using it for future Parents' Meetings.

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

Mrs Knox

Year 10 Geography Field Trip

On Thursday morning last week, we made our way down to Southampton to begin our fieldtrip, and collect data for our GCSE Geography coursework. Our Human Geography enquiry question is: Is Southampton a sustainable city? To begin answering this, we collected data using questionnaires, a traffic count, and completed an environmental quality assessment. After a short while in Southampton, we made our way to Lulworth, stopping off at the New Forest for lunch. When we arrived in Lulworth, we dropped off our bags at the youth hostel, and took a long coastal walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, studying the geographical features.

The following day, we travelled to Studland bay, where we learned about sand dunes, before walking southwards along the coast to Swanage. Here, we collected data to answer our Physical Geography enquiry question: Are the beach management strategies in Swanage effective? We measured the height of sand either side of the groynes, and collected evidence of other sea defences such as rock armour, gabions, and sea walls.

We had a brilliant time and it was very beneficial to our learning.

Megan A, Year 10

Year 9 Social Evening

Last Friday, Year 9 stayed behind after school for the first in a series of year group ’Social Evenings’. It started with an energetic street dance session with Lisa Lee (thank you!), where the students learnt how to strut, do floor work and play ‘dance whispers’! 

The kitchen laid on a Mexican themed spread for dinner that was welcome after the dancing! The evening ended with a competitive game of rounders that was enjoyed by all. 

Mr Southee

Year 3 trip to Butser Farm

On Tuesday, the weather was beautiful for our Year 3 trip to Butser Ancient Farm. The day was full of activities to support our Topic work on Roman Britain. We started the day inside an Iron Age roundhouse, learning about the materials and methods the Celts used. We then had a go at making a wattle fence for ourselves. Our next activity was exploring how archaeologists have been able to find out about historic buildings and objects. After lunch we used flint to create a chalk carving as a good luck symbol for our homes. We then had a tour of a Roman villa looking at the hypocaust, frescoes and mosaics. At the end of the day, most of the children decided that they would have preferred to live in a Celtic roundhouse as the fire would keep them warm!

Miss Nott

Year 1 trip to Ashley House Care Home

On Thursday Year 1 visited Ashley House in Shalford. The children had asked if they could perform The Gingerbread Man, which they have already performed at the Mother’s day party. The performance was excellent, the children were very enthusiastic and this certainly came across to their audience! Once they finished their performance the children were able to pet Rosie, the Care Home’s pet dog and they all received a biscuit and a drink before mingling with the residents.

Miss Walpole

Mexico Rebuild

Over the Easter holidays, I went to Tijuana, Mexico to help on a ‘house building’ project. It was an amazing life-changing trip for me as well as the Mexican families. Instead of building a house as we expected my team was asked to build a community centre which was a similar build but double the size a house would be and helps over 70 people. This space will be used for the local community to meet up, children groups, supporting the elderly, helping the locals in general and even feeding and helping the stray dogs. I went with Urban Saints Guildford which is a Christian youth group which meets every Friday at Stoke Park. We worked with another team from Durham to build the community centre and built it with a charity called Amor.

Thank you to everyone who helped me with my fundraising during the raffle and Krispy Kreme sale your help has been extremely useful. 

Ben P, Year 10

Junior Park Run

Prep and Pre-prep pupils were delighted to welcome Sara B, Run Director for Cranleigh’s Junior ParkRun, to our assembly on Wednesday morning. Not only did she explain the weekly event and its structure to the children but also had us participate in an example warm up! The emphasis of the event is that it is ‘a run, not a race’, and any child who enjoys, walking, skipping or running is likely to relish this activity.

I hope that many of the children felt motivated to join in following Sara’s talk, please visit the Junior ParkRun webpage for more information: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents

From here you can register your child, so that they receive their barcode which will enable them to record their times on a weekly basis. There are also half-marathon, marathon and ultra wristbands available to earn as their number of runs accumulate.

This really is a fantastic activity which not only benefits the children physically and mentally, but also offers a further opportunity to socialize and interact with their local community, all valuable routines and experiences which will serve them well in their future life too.

It’s completely free and there are many courses around the country, so do please visit the website to find the one closest to you! There's also the adult ParkRun on a Saturday morning should you fancy getting involved too!

Mrs Green

A Message from First Aid

Please can I have all residential trip medical forms back next week? (All of Prep School, year 9 Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition, and year 11 Sorrento). If you have mislaid your form, please email me at csarjant@dokschool.org.

The Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for participants from years 10 and 11 will NOT have an additonal medical form - I will take information from your recent residential trips (Netball, Geography, Sorrento). Please let me know if there are any changes or additional medications needed!

Also a reminder to the year 8 Girls that your 2nd HPV immunisations will be administered on Thursday 9th May (starting at approx 11.45). Please come to school in a short sleeved blouse that day.

Thank you!


A few match reports from this week

Rounders U14 A v. Shoreham College

On Tuesday afternoon the U14 A team played Shoreham College at home. The team started fielding in the first innings and started extremely strong getting the first four batters out and then managed to keep play to minimum for Shoreham with some excellent and accurate bowling from Alice S and strong communication between the team. When into bat, the girls managed to find the gaps in the field and made the most of their hits when the ball didn't quite manage to make it to the correct fielder. The half time score was 11 - 5 to Duke of Kent School. In the second innings, Shoreham managed to get some big hits in but Laura S, Bella R-B, Kiki B and Millie L worked hard in deep to chase the balls down and get them into Daisy M at 4th base. The girls' knew what to do when into bat and but equally Shoreham had worked out where to stand to close down our total. The final score was 17 - 9 1/2 to Duke of Kent School.  Congratulations to Alice S for being awarded best fielder and Milly B for best batter.  What a great start to the season!

Miss Vernon

Rounders: U14 B v. Shoreham College

On Tuesday afternoon the U14Bs took on Shoreham College. After winning the coin toss, the girls chose to field first. Eva P started off the innings with strong and accurate bowling, paired with Lilly W-D’s safe hands on backstop to catch any missed balls. With excellent fielding shown, Shoreham’s score was limited to 5 1/2 rounders. With Duke of Kent’s turn to bat, team tactics were devised and the score began to rise. Notable rounders were scored by Ellis M and Zara H who managed to hit over the deep fielders. The match continued to prove exciting for both teams in the second innings and ended with a win for Duke of Kent School and a score of 16 rounders to 11 1/2. Well done girls!

Miss Godfrey

Rounders: U16 v Farlington

The U16 girls travelled to Farlington after school on Tuesday afternoon for their first and last rounders match of the year! The girls fielded first, it was clear that Farlington had some extremely big hitters so it was going to be a tough task! The girls played well to retrieve the ball even from the deep depths of the field with Jas B, Constance C and Ava working hard out field. Chloe E-L bowled with accuracy throughout and captained the team with confidence and precision, later being awarded girl of the game for her fielding skills. The girls batted well with powerful hits coming from Jas B, Tyla W and Ava H. Throughout the two innings the girls managed to score 11 rounders and they continued to field well during the second innings. Well done to all the Year 11s involved and a big thank you to Jas B, Fleur B and Izzy P for playing TWO matches in one afternoon!! 

Miss Vickers

Rounders: U13 v Shoreham College

What an incredible start to the season for the U13A team! The girls made the big journey to Shoreham College for their first match of the term and started with fantastic energy and great precision! The girls chose to field first and amazingly they managed to keep Shoreham’s score down to just 4 rounders after the first innings! Throughout both their batting innings the girls played some brilliant shots with Izzy B, Angelina M and Bea H all getting some memorable rounders! So many of the girls managed to add to the total score with half and full rounders being scored every few balls. It was a masterclass of rounders from the Duke of Kent girls as they scored 21 rounders in total. What a brilliant win … now let’s keep it up!

Miss Vickers

Rounders: U9 v Ripley Court

On Thursday afternoon, the Year 4 girls had their first rounders match of the term. They were very excited and raring to go. Duke of Kent School batted first and started well with some great hits from Annabelle B, Clara H-S and Rose S in particular! Each girl showed they had listened well in lessons as they remembered to watch the ball closely when running between the posts. In addition, the girls fielded with confidence and managed to stop Ripley Court scoring some half rounders with accuracy throws and catches between Annabelle as back stop and Edie H as 2nd post. A huge well done to the girls for a winning start to the season!

Miss Vickers

Rounders: U8 v. Ripley Court

On Thursday afternoon the U8s played their first ever rounders match against Ripley Court! With Duke of Kent School fielding first, the girls were ready to demonstrate all that that they’d learnt in their lessons. Isabella N lead the play as bowler and was joined by Tansey T as backstop who between themselves performed quick and accurate passes. Whilst Poppy F, Pip C-G, Eve M and Isla W were all quick-thinking to make fielding decisions to limit Ripley’s score. It was Duke of Kent School’s turn to bat next and the girls began to rack up the half rounders. Erin C then stepped into the batting box to deliver a huge hit between 2ndand 3rdpost which lead her to score her first ever rounder, and another one soon after on her next go! Congratulations to Eve M for being awarded Girl of the Game and to all the girls for a fantastic match! The final score ended 5 ½ - 4 in Duke of Kent’s favour.

Miss Godfrey

Boys' Cricket: U15 v. Box Hill 

The U15 team played their first game of the season against a strong Box Hill side on Wednesday. Duke of Kent used Blackheath CC as their home ground for the first time in a little while, which was in excellent condition. Box Hill batted first after losing the toss and scored 123 off of 16 overs. There was some good bowling from all of the Duke of Kent School bowlers but there was also some excellent batting from Box Hill. Chasing 123 Archie L opened the batting and played some well timed shots. His opening partner, Alex W scored a huge 6 over mid wicket before edging to first slip. Sam I came in at number three and played superbly well. His choice of shots and timing of the ball led him to a swift 50 (retired). Alex G, Ben G, Joe P and Harry B tried to keep the run rate up but unfortunately fell just 9 short of Box Hill’s total. This was a loss but a very good game and the team should be proud of their efforts.

Mr Herbert

Boys' Cricket: U14 v. Box Hill

The U14s travelled to Box Hill School for their first cricket match of the season. After losing the coin toss, we were put into bat. The boys got off to a steady start, finding runs hard to come by after some tight bowling from their openers. After an early wicket, Arthur B came to the crease and batted very well. This was well supported later on in the innings by Harry S, who top scored for the team with 23 runs. The team finished their 20 Overs with 90 runs. The team bowled very well, restricting the Box Hill openers to only 28 runs off the first 10 Overs. The team continued to bowl well with Reuben D picking up a wicket, however the Box Hill batsmen picked up their scoring rate, and managed to chase down our total with 3 Overs to go. Despite the loss, the boys played well and they can take build on a number of positives for their next few games.

Mr Monk

Boys' Cricket: U11 A v. Belmont

The U11As had their first game of the season on Wednesday against Belmont on front pitch. Belmont won the toss and decided to bat first. They were restricted to 76 all out due to accurate bowling from all bowlers, in particular Casper C 2 overs for 11 runs and 2 wickets and Toby T 2 over for 3 runs and 3 wickets. They were backed up in the field by Josh W-D and brave keeping from Jasper B

Duke of Kent School managed to chase the total down in 10 overs due to a strong opening partnership from Rufus B and Toby T. Before George P and Jack B built a 30 run partnership allowing Luca H to hit the winning runs. 

Mr Green

Boys' Cricket: U11 B v. Belmont

Looking picture perfect, in gleaming new whites, the U11 'B' Team made the short trip to Belmont with cricket bags full of excitement. An idyllic summer scene greeted us, as we strode onto the hallowed cut turf, with a backdrop of the gentle greens of an early season wood interspersed with splashes of blossoms enlivening the canvas. Once in our stride our bowling began to put Belmont under pressure with some neat away swing from Conrad C getting us an early wicket. Sam S followed up with two wickets, one managing to snare their captain, thanks to super catch from Kai G on the boundary. Will R and C Ball had very effective spells getting a wicket each. We batted well with Leo T-R, T Bailey and Tom B all playing some lovely shots. Unfortunately, we came up just short of their total, but some big hitting at the death from Sam S (four fours) and Conrad C (two sixes, three fours) gave us hope. Well done everyone.

Mr Seeley

School Reminders

Whole School Reminders

Friday 10th May:

Lunchtime drum recital for pupils of Mr Thomas 12:45 - 13:30

Friday 10th May:

House Music finalists' concert 19:00 - 20:30

Thursday 9th May:

PADoK Book Club 20:00 - 21:30

Senior School Reminders

Thursday 9th May:

Year 8 Girls' HPV Immunisations

Friday 10th May:

Year 8 Social Evening 19:00 - 20:30

Friday 10th May:

Year 11 Study leave commences 16:45

Pre-Prep School Reminders

Tuesday 7th May:

Year 1 trip to Wakehurst

Tuesday 7th May:

Nursery trip to Bocketts Farm

Duke of Cat

Having so far given the Science department a wide berth owing to the strange aromas and unusual sounds that emanate from the labs, this week, I decided it was time that I tried my paw at some Science.

After performing a thorough lab inspection, I pawsed for some time to practise my balancing skills along the prep room sink which proved to be an excellent tightrope! Next I challenged myself to study some slides with a microscope but alas, lacking opposable thumbs as I do, the challenge was too great. However, all was not lost because it turned out to have a far greater purpose - that of a nuzzling post - purrrrfect, I will definitely visit again soon.

Miaow, Miaow,


The London Marathon

Chris Finill and his daughter Jo, just before the long journey of pain to the finish line down the road.

Jo ran 3.56 in what was her third marathon. Chris ran 2.59.46 for his 37th sub-3 hour run of his 39 London Marathon finishes.

Both received their medals from mum / wife, Julia who was accompanied at the medal hanging in The Mall by Duke of Kent School Registrar, Jane Hopwood.

Mr Finill

Trail Running Club

Spring had sprung for the first Trail Running Club of the new term, taking place after school every Monday from 445-600. With the lighter evenings and warmer weather upon us numbers have swelled and the upcoming Duke of Kent Surrey Hills Three Peaks Run on 3rd June has inspired a few more to get out there and start running. Nonetheless we are always looking for more participants to join us for this fun, friendly, relaxed weekly run so if you have found yourself yearning for a new challenge or watching the London Marathon with envy this could be a great place to start your running adventures! Please sign up or speak to Mr Wilson or Mr Allen for further information.

Mr Wilson

Relaxation Sessions for Years 9, 10 and 11

Miss Macaulay (one of our piano teachers) will be running a relaxation session every Wednesday in the PA Hall from 4.30 - 5.30, starting next Wednesday for pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11.

These session are designed to help the pupils relax their mind and body, de-stress, unwind and recharge their batteries. These are highly recommended for Year 11 pupils who are about to start their GCSEs!

Miss Macaulay will create a 'sonic sound bath', using gongs, singing bowls and various unusual percussion instruments from around the world. Participants need only bring themselves and a VERY comfortable mat, rug and pillow to get the best from the session and be comfortable throughout. At the end of the hour you will feel lighter, less stressed and in a lovelier place!

Mr Rye

Stars of The Week

Nursery: Violet W for settling into nursery life with confidence and enthusiasm.

Reception: Rufus S-C for coming into the school with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and for collaborative play with others.

Year 1: Hope N and Rupert L for initiating conversation with the elderly on our trip to Ashley House.

Year 2: Freddie P for superb focus during lessons and for offering great input during class discussions.

Mrs Green

Performing Arts News

This Thursday saw the first in the series of our annual summer term lunchtime recitals, with pupils of Mr Kaye and Mrs Young performing piano and cello pieces. These recitals are always a lovely opportunity for pupils to gain that all important performance experience without the pressure of a 'full' concert.

The recital was a lovely relaxed affair and we had cello and piano pieces played wonderfully by the children. Thanks to those parents who came to support, Mr Kaye and Mrs Young for their excellent teaching and most of all to the pupils who played so well. 

Don't forget that if your child was a finalist in the House Music finals concert last term then they will be playing next Friday in our showcase concert to which parents are most cordially invited! 7pm in the PA Hall. 

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Following on from last week's article about online reputation, I want to focus on what we as adults and role models can do to promote a positive relationship with technology. Technology is only going to become more and more ubiquitous in our lives and the lives of the children we are around, so it is important that we demonstrate how to form healthy habits with it.

I encourage you to think about the following questions and how it relates to your use of technology:

  • Do you text or call your child when both of you are at home?
  • Do you use two devices at once (iPad and phone, phone and TV, laptop and phone, etc)?
  • Do you have your phone with you at meal times?
  • Do you have technology-free time?

Leading by example and setting your own limits with devices can be a good way of encouraging your children to do the same. 

Here is a link for further reading:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause for Thought

As we enter into exam season our stress levels quite naturally rise - both for students and parents/grandparents!!

Although there is work to be done it is important to remember to take care of ourselves in body, mind and spirit.

There are lots of different ways in which we can do this - eating well, exercise and sleep. Mindfulness is a good way to hit the reset button on our brain. For 10 minutes a day stop. Breathe and become aware of feelings, both physical and emotional. And be kind to yourself!

With every blessing,

Reverend Kia

PADoK News

New Back to Netball

A fabulous and fantastic time was had by all at our first Back to Netball training session on Wednesday morning. We were expertly lead by Miss Vernon, firstly with a warm-up, then some skills and finally a little game.
Anyone wishing to join in will be made to feel extremely welcome. We will be meeting next Wednesday morning 8.30am-9.30am on the courts opposite the swimming pool. We look forward to seeing and welcoming you.

PADoK Walks

Despite the slightly dreary weather a walk in the glorious Surrey Hills with friends always raises the spirits. As usual we concluded our walk with a hot drink and cake in the carpark.

PADoK walks are always the first Friday in the month, during term time. Our next walk will be on Friday June 7th, meeting in Hurtwood control carpark 3 near the windmill pub at 8.30am. Everybody welcome.

Teddy and Booze donations

Thank you so much to the parents who donated teddy’s and soft toys for the Peaslake School Teddy Bears Picnic.

However we could do with some more bottles of booze donations for a “Barrow of Booze” charity ball auction prize. Any unopened bottles of booze will be gratefully received. Please leave any donations in the front office.

PADoK Book Club

The weather this weekend is predicted to be a little grey so why not snuggle up with a good book and the join us at the PADoK Book club next Friday.

PADoK Charity Ball

Final information for the ball including the menu has been sent to table leaders, please contact your table leader for information.

Any dietary requirements need to be sent to me s.v.trotman@gmail.com by 10th May

Any Wine orders need to be sent to Denbies by the 15th May.