Weekly Bulletin 04/10/2019

A Message from Mrs Knox

Independent schools have been much in the press recently. Thank you to the many parents who have taken a keen interest in developments here and expressed your right, as parents, to choose the education for your children by writing to Anne Milton or your local MP. The debate will be ongoing, I’m sure. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to welcoming many families to the Duke of Kent School for our Open Morning as they begin to make that important choice. It will be a busy morning with over 50 registered to join us. Thank you in advance to all the students and staff who will be showcasing what makes us so special. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Knox

Benjamin Zephaniah at GLive!

It was with great excitement that we headed off on a Friday evening to watch Benjamin Zephania at GLive. After a visit to Pizza Express, we made our short trip to the venue. It quickly transpired that all became enthralled by the maverick man on stage. It was a completely different show to what we expected. He spoke a lot about his life and how difficult it was growing up in the gang culture of Birmingham in the ‘70s and ‘80s; explaining how his life could easily have taken a different path to the one that he now found himself on. This he interspersed with his poetry at poignant moments of his rhetoric. The most emotive of which was a poem that he wrote about his Mother when he was 8. The evening culminated in a Q and A session, where he was indeed asked about his time on ‘Peaky Blinders.’ 

Mrs Punter

ISA Dance Competition

The annual ISA Dance Competition was the source of great excitement on Wednesday for our Prep School Ballet Club members. We had been rehearsing hard since the beginning of term for our entry, “The Day the Crayons Quit”. The competition took place at Reddam House School in Berkshire, where the glorious autumnal sunshine allowed us to enjoy our picnic lunch under the trees. Colourful shoes and crayon hats donned, it was time for our performance! The children all danced their hearts out and were spurred on by the audience’s vociferous and heart-warming reaction! Although the group was not placed this year, the children received some lovely feedback from other schools and the cherry on the top was Myles winning the dance-off! His worm, sprinkler and moonwalk were all fabulous, but I was proudest of was the way he brought himself forward, showed the judges what he could do, then backed off to allow other dancers their moment. I would like to say a big, “thank you” to the catering team for the delicious packed lunches, Mrs Kerr for her help with the hats, Bea and Amelie for helping with hair and make-up, Mrs Green for her support on the day and Mr Rye for driving! Here’s to next year!

Miss Francis

Visit to Sandhurst

Last Friday 14 year 11’s attended the STEM Careers fair at RMA Sandhurst. After a few of our students returned from their "Q&A" with HRH Princess Anne, they took part in a workshop with CISCO who explained the future of digital assistants (think Alexa) in the form of a mobile “BOT” that accompanies you everywhere rather than simply fixed in place at home. The students were tasked with coming up with some ideas about an application for such a BOT and think about what tasks it could perform, what it could be called, how to interact with the BOT and who its target audience for such a BOT could be. In small groups the students brainstormed some great ideas and made group presentations on their products. We had a TaskBOT for helping a student stay on top of homework, a DosBOT for blocking a user’s access to specified devices and Apps and NomBOT for reducing food waste, managing the contents of your fridge and linking with online supermarkets to order what you need.

After the workshop our students explored the careers fair and took part in many of the activities on offer from employers such as Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Merrill Lynch, Dell, Balfour Beatty, BAE Systems, to name but a few. The event promised to inspire students into the world of work using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The feedback I received from our students was very positive and they definitely got to experience a wide range of employers and get their hands on some very interesting products.

Mrs LaCroix

Year 6 Assembly

6W spoke about 'Peace' to their Prep and Pre-prep audience this week. With their assembly falling on the same day as what would have been Gandhi's 150th Birthday, the children spoke about the example 'Mahatma' set for standing up for one's beliefs, giving a voice to the vulnerable, but above all making one's protests peacefully. Other influential public figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr and Greta Thunberg, were acknowledged for advocating peaceful solutions to complex problems. The audience were also reminded of the importance of seeking peace in our busy, sometimes overly 'noisy', everyday lives. Well done, 6W - an important message delivered with appropriate calm and assuredness.

Mr Wright

Young Leaders Awards

Over the course of the last academic year the now year 8's undertook the Archbishop of Yorks' Young Leaders Award. During this course they looked at what motivates people to 'Be the Change they want to see', in the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi.

They looked at famous people from the past like Martin Luther King and people of the present like Bear Grylls and J.K. Rowling. Taking inspiration from these and others they set about planning and implementing their own personal, school and community projects. These ranged from litter picking, to cake sales to sponsored walks.

Through the award and the tasks they successfully completed their awareness of their own leadership skills grew and they can now take this knowledge forward to develop further and to 'Be the Change they want to see' in the world.

Huge congratulations to all year 8 for their commitment and dedication on completing the Young Leaders Award!

Rev'd Kia


On Wednesday 9th October we will be celebrating Harvest in the Prep school and we would love to be able to offer donations to our local foodbank in Cranleigh.

If you feel able to contribute please follow the link below for a list of what our families living near us desperately need at the moment.


Please bring in on the morning of the assembly, Wednesday 9th October.

Thank you so much!

Rev'd Kia

Pause for Thought

We are halfway through our first half-term back! If you are flagging a little can Tigger and I encourage you.  And to borrow a phrase from Dory with a Tigger slant -Just Keep Bouncing!

With every blessing

Reverend Kia

A few match reports from this week

Netball: U15 v. Frensham Heights

On Tuesday afternoon the U15 Netball team travelled to Frensham Heights, a match that is one of our toughest and always a trilling game to umpire. The girls' had a big team talk prior to the game talking about using their 3 seconds wisely, court formation and give 110% throughout.  The first quarter saw Frensham take an early lead but closely followed by the girls which lead to them fighting back in the second quarter and taking the lead 7 - 5.  Millie L and Poppy S worked well together working the ball in and getting those well needed goals. 

In the second half the pace and style of play changed and both teams were making strong interceptions and working the ball nicely down the channels. Milly B, Izzy P, Kiki B and Bella R-B gave their attackers no room to move and managed to force the ball into our attacking half. 

Duke of Kent School managed to hold on to their lead all through the second, third and final quarters.  Well done girls, you worked really hard as a team and I was proud of you all at the end of the match. I'm looking forward to the next match with them already!

Miss Vernon

Girls' Hockey: U12 v. Box Hill

On Wednesday afternoon the U12 girls played two hockey matches against Box Hill at home, it was a cold afternoon but the girls did well to keep their spirits high and didn't let their energy drop. They played two tough matches against Box Hill in a triangular format. They showed great determination and fought for the ball each time to win it over. One excellent goal was scored by Frankie M in the final minutes and Ella S scored a great goal with a first touch hit into the goal with assistance from Frankie M. Well done girls, excellent games.

Miss Spence

Girls' Hockey: U13 v. Box Hill

On Wednesday afternoon, all the girls in Year 8 were involved in a triangular match v. Box Hill on the Wilson' Pitch. The sun was shinning for the first time this week as the games got underway! The first match was a close one, with both teams having multiple opportunities to score, Tilly C worked hard in midfield to pass the ball out wide towards Amber C and Hannah A to help create chances on goal. Box Hill got the breakthrough goal in the end giving them a 1-0 win. Next up, Duke of Kent School had another team for Box Hill to play. The team started well with Ruby K and Maddie I making strong tackles to regain possession for Duke of Kent School. Millie W-D scored the first goal for the team and then the goals kept on coming, with the score finishing 3-0 to Duke of Kent School. A particular mention should go to the girl of the game, Jasmine K, as she heroically stepped up to play in goal and managed a clean sheet for her second game! Well done to all the girls involved for great determination and effort throughout the afternoon.

Miss Vickers

Netball: U8/9 v. Amesbury

On Thursday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U9/8 team welcomed Amesbury School to play a netball match. The girls have worked very hard since last week's match and the progress the team had made was clear to see from the start! Both teams showed some great control with the ball and strong passes to their teammates. Amesbury converted the chances they had on goal to go ahead after the first quarter. Throughout the final three quarters, Duke of Kent School did brilliantly to get multiple opportunities in and around the circle to try and score for the team. Unfortunately, they couldn't quite convert the chances into goals so just lost out to Amesbury in a very close and exciting game. Well done to all the girls involved, keep working hard and the goals will come! 

Miss Vickers

Football: U12/13 v. Cottesmore

On Wednesday the U12/13 D team took part in a titanic 8 goal match against Cottesmore. Every player showed boundless enthusiasm and energy that kept them within sight of victory right up until the final play of the match which saw the ball go centimetres away from scoring the winning goal. 

Mr Gritton

Football: U15 v. Frensham Heights

The U15s travelled to Frensham Heights on Tuesday looking to build on their performances so far this season. The U15s showed some patches of excellence with some lovely passing but unfortunately were closed down before they could get their shots away. The defence held strong and Ashley A made some excellent saves but unfortunately couldn't stop Frensham Heights from scoring. There were lots of positives from the game which is pleasing to see and it was great to see ex Duke of Kent School teacher Mr Burwood.

Mr Green

Football: U13 B v. Cottesmore

The U13Bs travelled to Cottesmore for the 3rd game of the season. Duke of Kent School started the stronger and got possession of the ball quickly and passed it around well. A lovely tackle and drive from Ahmed on the halfway line found Felix R who played a brilliantly weighted pass to Casper C who finished confidently. Cottesmore managed to equalise in the 1st half after a brilliant save from Jack C but no other Duke of Kent School player was able to clear the ball before a Cottesmore striker poked the ball in. Duke of Kent School continued to pile on the pressure resulting in a lovely cross from Harry D and Luca H pouncing on the loose ball to find Casper C in the box again to score his 2nd. Unfortunately Duke of Kent School were not able to capitalise on their pressure and Cottesmore managed to equalise late in the second half for the game to finish 2-2. 

Mr Green

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School Reminders

Whole School Reminders

Saturday 5th October:

Open Day 9:30 - 13:00

Monday 7th October:

Biology Week begins

Wednesday 9th October:

PADoK Uniform Shop open15:00 - 16:00

Senior School Reminders

Monday 7th October:

Medical Mavericks visit - Years 7 - 11

Friday 11th October:

Year 8 Geography trip to Tillingbourne River

Prep School Reminder

Friday 11th October:

Year 5 Pupils Social Evening

Pre-Prep School Reminder

Thursday 10th October:

Year 1 trip to Arundel Castle

School Umbrellas

Now that the rain has arrived, we thought it was a good time to announce that our new school umbrellas are now available to all families and friends at a cost of £17 each. If you would like to purchase an umbrella (or two!) please email me, evernon@dokschool.org and the total amount will be put on your end of term bill.

If you would like to see one before purchasing, please see me in the front office.

Miss Vernon

Cranleigh Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Four of last year's Year 11 students have been selected to show some of their GCSE Art and Design coursework at the annual 'Cranleigh Arts and Crafts Exhibition'. The students produced some really remarkably varied and original work over the year and it is a great pleasure to have this on show outside School. Congratulations to Willow C, Caitlyn P, Ava P and Max T. The exhibition will run from the 10th to the 12th of October and is taking place in Cranleigh Village Hall. Please feel free to drop in and enjoy the work.

Mr Watson

A Message from First Aid

To parents of students in Reception Class and Years 1 through to 6. A reminder to please complete your "E Consent" forms for the nasal flu immunisations taking place at school just after half term. The link was sent to you on 3rd September via email. Many thanks, 

Mrs Sarjant

Martha McA's Macmillan Cake Sale

On Friday 27th September I ran a cake sale to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. I would like to say a huge thank you to all the generous Year 10 pupils who helped me run it and to all the families who baked and brought in some really lovely treats.  Thank you as well to everyone who donated.  The grand total from the day was £354.72! Thank you all so much again!

Martha McA, Year 10

Junior Jungle News

These Prep school students have been building shelters in Junior Jungle during their lunch breaks as seen by me during my lunch patrol. This is an excellent use of ‘nature’s playground’ for teamwork and fun: well done to them for their originality and opportunism! 

Mr Lodge

Year 6 Social Evening

On Friday evening, Year 6 enjoyed a social evening, designed to give the children a chance to unwind in each other's company and strengthen their friendships. We made full use of the school's facilities, managing to fill an action-packed three hours with: games of Manhunt in Junior Jungle and Front Pitch; Ambush in Senior Jungle; a few rounds of Dodgeball in Ness Hall; and board games and snacks in Old Hall. Sincere thanks to the kitchen staff for fuelling all this energetic endeavour with delicious half-time burgers, and also to the children themselves who got stuck into the activities and generally seemed to have a good time!

Mr Wright

Performing Arts News

The Performing Arts Department has been as busy as ever this week, with rehearsals for this term's Senior Production 'Beauty and the Beast' intensifying, the Prep School's Spring Term production beginning to be cast and the Ballet Club taking part in the ISA Dance Awards.

Last Friday some of the school's musicians were also in action at the PaDoK Macmillan Cake Sale in The Meetings Room. They performed brilliantly, providing atmosphere and entertainment to all the cake eaters! So a huge thank you and well done to Martha M, Oscar B, Harley B, Henry W, Milly B, Amelie W-B, Kora W, Jago C, Lucy P and Maddie I for all playing so well. 

And finally I am delighted to announce that members of the Senior Choir will be embarking on a Tour to Oslo, Norway at the end of next term - watch this space for more information.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Following on from last week's bulletin post about social media's effect on wellbeing, I would like to draw your attention to a story that emerged this week about the concept of "sadfishing". This is where individuals make exaggerated claims about their problems in order to gain sympathy from others. However, this trend has resulted in those who are genuinely sharing their concerns to be overlooked or even bullied.

Trying to get support online is not a bad thing, even though it may not always be the best outlet for disclosing problems. That being said, encouraging conversations with people in person, such as with friends and family, is always going to be a more reliable way of getting help.

Here are some links for more information:




Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Stars of the Week

Nursery: Elsie S for continued focus in maths and English and wonderful effort in musical activities.

Reception: Savannah L for great enthusiasm and focus in phonics and reading.

Year 1: Eva W for showing determination, especially with reading and spellings.

Year 2: Ellie C for showing true focus during Art lessons and producing an absolute masterpiece!

Mrs Green

Sports Performers of the Week

Harry B, for being a great asset to the team and for scoring two fantastic goals on Tuesday Vs Kingswood House. Well done Harry!

Rommy B for scoring four great goals in the year 3 and 4 football tournament last week. This is a huge achievement Rommy! Really well done! 

The ISA dance team! Well done to all the dancers that competed in the ISA dance competition this week to represent the school. Excellent job!

Miss Spence and Mr Cabanes

PADoK News

Limited amount of tickets remain, Get yours before it’s too late!!

Our big event of the term will the “Top Gun” themed movie night on Friday 18th October.

“It's time to buzz the tower”!

Duke of Kent School Parents are invited to “feel the need for speed”!

PADOK are hosting a Top Gun themed movie night.

We’ll watch the film - and actively encourage you to shout out the famous quotes.

Our American diner will serve up gourmet burgers and fries.

Featuring a quick fun fact quiz with prizes - so bring your best wingman.

And we’ll finish off with an 80’s disco.

Dress: Jumpsuits, Aviators, shoulder Pads and Big Hair!

Arrivals: 7.30pm

Departures: “When you’ve lost that loving feeling”.

Tickets Go On Sale Now!!

Please email padok@dokschool.org to book your tickets (please include your child’s name and year group with your booking), ticket price will be added to your spring term bill.

PADoK Walk

This morning was the first PADoK walk of this school year. The weather was kind and we were joined by grandparents, doggies and chatter. We had a lovely walk up Pitch Hill and we were rewarded at the top by a wonderful view. A warm cup of tea and cake was waiting for us in the carpark on our return. PADoK walkers meet in Hurtwood control carpark 3 (opposite the windmill pub) at 8.30am on the first Friday in every month during term time. The next PADoK walk will be on Friday 6th December.

PADoK Netball

Unfortunately we have had to put PADoK Netball on hold until after half term break in the spring term. Please keep an eye on our FaceBook page “Padok Parents” and the newsletter for details.

Mrs Trotman