Weekly Bulletin 05/10/2018
Last Friday a group of students, who had displayed a passion for photography through last years Duke of Kent School Photography Competition, visited Brighton for a day of photography. They explored the famous East and West Piers, the newly renovated beach front and Hove Lawns, with its iconic Peace Statue. They used photography to explore the juxtaposition of modern beach attractions, Victorian architecture and the wildlife of Brightons pebbled beaches. The students employed a variety of photographic styles from wide panoramas to small detail and action shots. The addition of a fish n chip lunch at one of the oldest fish restaurants in the city made this a truly immersive, seaside experience.
Year 10 trip to "An Inspector Calls"
On Thursday 4th October, Year 10 went to see a production of An Inspector Calls at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London. We stopped off for a splendid lunch at the South Park Gardens - luckily the weather was nice to us!
The students have been studying An Inspector Calls as part of their iGCSE English Literature coursework; it’s always a fantastic experience to watch the play rather than simply read it in the classroom.
The setting was symbolic for the time it was set and the time it was written and drew the comparisons well. The students particularly liked the characterisation of Mrs. Birling and Sheila Birling - they successfully entertained the audience throughout.
A particularly memorable moment was when Megan A and Fleur B screamed and jumped out of their seats when the set exploded (intentionally).
It was a highly enjoyable day! Many thanks to Mrs Punter, Mr Lodge and Mrs Trevelyan for accompanying me on the trip.
Year 6 Social Evening
Year 6 enjoyed a social evening at school last week, allowing them to have the grounds (more or less) to themselves, and relax in each other's company. After two games of Manhunt that ended with Mr Wright and Mr Ellarby both on their knees, everyone was more than ready for pizza on Southbank as the sun set. With the light beginning to fade, we made use of the new floodlit Wilsons pitch, which hosted a closely, but sportingly fought game of rounders between 6W and 6E. We think 6W may have just edged things on points scored, but 6E more than made up for it with their superior cheerleading chants. We then took the fun indoors, to Old Hall, where the children listened to music, relaxed with some board games and chatted over snacks before heading home. A great way to start the weekend, and hopefully build on new and existing friendships. Well done, Year 6.
Year 1 visit Arundel Castle
On Thursday 4 October Year 1 visited Arundel Castle. We had a fabulous day where our guide, Janet, showed us the Keep, Armoury, Barbican, Baron’s Hall and most interestingly for the children the dungeons and toilets! The children were very excited to share their knowledge of Knights and Castles and Janet was astonished with how much they knew!
Our session in the education room was full of excitement, as the children were able to dress up as Princesses, knights, Kings and Queens, and re-enact a battle scene. They were able to hold the real life weapons and have a go at shooting a crossbow.
After lunch, we were able to visit the stunning castle grounds and walk along the dry moat. We had a fabulous day and were especially grateful to Mr Macdonald for driving us.
Ballet Club ISA Ballet Competition
On Tuesday, Prep Ballet Club took the piece they've been rehearsing since the beginning of term, A Morning on the Farm, to the first ever ISA Dance Competition at Reddam School in Wokingham. Hair scraped back (thank you Louis' mum!), we set off for our road trip, tutus in tow! After a quick lunch under a tree in the beautiful grounds, we got into costume and had a quick rehearsal before being called to side of stage! The children performed it the best they ever have and did themselves proud; infectious smiles, brilliant characterisation and even some stretched feet!!! We then got to sit back, relax and enjoy the other schools' performances, ranging from hip hop to contemporary and from jazz to ballet. The section finished with a dance-off, in which Ariane, Daisy R, Isabelle H, Johnny, Louis and Pippa danced with abandon and style! We were all delighted when Louis was awarded second place!!! And the cherry on top was our group being awarded a Highly Commended certificate (3rd place)! Huge thanks to Mrs Green and Mr Rye for driving the minibusses and accompanying the trip, and to the children who behaved impeccably - indeed, another school even commented on it. Well done Ballet Club! Onwards and upwards!
Macmillan Coffee Mornings at Duke of Kent School
On Friday 28th September I ran my traditional cake sale to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. I had lots of fun and so much support from my friends in Year 9.
I really appreciate all their help bringing in cakes and helping run the cake sale. We raised a total of £403.52 which is AMAZING! Thank you so much to all that donated!
Martha McA, Year 9
Thank you to everyone who joined us for afternoon tea last Friday to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The meetings room was filled with tea cake and chatter and it was so nice to talk to parents from across the school years, but it was especially wonderful to meet and talk to grandparents, neighbours, siblings and friends from our wider school community.
I am delighted to tell you that we raised over £277 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Thank you to our Catering Manager Mr Taylor-Bowers and his staff for providing us with hot beverages and thank you to the PADoK ladies for their scrumptious cake donations.
Mrs Trotman, Head of PADoK
Well done to Ex Duke of Kent School pupil Kristien Alexandersen and his father Hans who had their hair shaved off, at the Big Coffee Morning at Santa Fir, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Kristien is on a gap year before taking up a Scholarship place at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles next September.
Match reports from this week
Netball: U14 A v. Frensham Heights
On Tuesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U14 A team travelled to Frensham Heights for a nail biting match. The girls started well with great energy but were down 5-3 after the first quarter. As the match went on, the girls in defence managed to make some key interceptions to come within one point of their opposition after the second quarter. With determination and perseverance the Duke of Kent School girls managed to fight back and scored 8 goals during the third quarter, this took them into the lead. It was an intense and tiring match but the girls showed their grit and determination to win the match 19-13. A brilliant effort from every player, well done girls!
by Alice S and Laura S, Year 9
Netball: U15 v. Frensham Heights
On Tuesday the U15 netball team travelled to play Frensham Heights. Both teams set out with grit and determination making fluid passes up and down the court. Milly B and Izzy P put their attackers under a lot of pressure and made some strong interceptions and tips along with Megan A putting a huge amount of pressure on a strong GS. Our attackers worked hard to pull the score line closer together ending the first half, 8 - 5 to Frensham. The second half of the match saw Frensham begin to break away but not without every member of Duke of Kent School challenging the play and working hard to pull back possession. The girls played a great game but all credit to Frensham for a well deserved win.
Football: U16 v. Kingswood House
On Tuesday the U16's came up against Kingswood House in what turned out to be a thriller. A number of injuries allowed new opportunities for the likes of Fraser D-G, Andy L, Seb T-A and Oscar L who came into the side and did brilliantly. Having started sluggishly the team raced into a 4-2 lead with a fine finish from Toby H and a hat-trick for Luca R-E which included a contender for goal of the season; picking up the ball on the halfway line and weaving his way through multiple challenges before hitting a 25 yard thunderbolt and watching it thump the crossbar and bounce down over the line. Thoughts wandered to a Tony Yeboah wonder strike in the mid-90s (for those of us old enough to remember). Great goal and a privilege to witness. A period of uncertainty followed as we lost our shape and allowed the opposition to scrap their way back into a 5-4 lead before ten minutes of unrelenting Duke of Kent School pressure could not yield what would have been a deserved equaliser. A narrow defeat but plenty of lessons learned and a number of positives to take forward. Special mentions go to all of our debutants, the assist-king Max T, Mr versatility Sam R and ‘showboat’ Sammy L, who dazzled us all with his second half performance.
Football: U13 Football Tournament at Copthorne
On Monday 8 pupils travelled to Copthorne School to take part in the annual six-a-side football tournament. Duke of Kent School was drawn in a tough group facing Ardingly College, Cumnor House School and Pennthorpe School. The boys played with great effort and determination without much reward. Following the group games Duke of Kent School was placed in the plate semi-final against the hosts Copthorne School. The boys played some great attacking football, however a strong defensive display from the hosts meant the game went to penalties following a draw. Unfortunately we were knocked with the penalties finishing 3-2. Well done to all who took part.
Football: U11 C v. Cottesmore
On Wednesday the U11 C’s played against Cottesmore looking to build on their performance from last week. Duke of Kent School started brightly passing the ball around and keeping possession. This resulted in a breakaway goal and a lovely strike from Thomas B, who continues his scoring streak. Halfway through the first half Sam S showed good determination in winning the ball back and found a good pass to Alex F who cut in from the left wing and buried the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. Great defensive play and fight from Ozzie H, Chester B and Henry C ensured that Tom B kept his clean sheet. Well done to all the boys who played as they showed good ball control and composure on the football.
Football: U11 D v. Cottesmore
After having a short break and practicing their skills on the side Duke of Kent School U11 D’s started brilliantly clearing their lines from Quentin J and Troy K and Josh E battling hard in midfield to keep possession. Unfortunately Cottesmore managed to score halfway through the first half but this did not deter James B from running with the ball strongly and tackling hard. Alessandro P and Oliver W put their bodies on the line, getting in the way of shots and ensured Henry P wasn’t kept too busy.
THE NEXT UPCOMING EVENT:
A reminder about driving on site
I hope you don’t mind me issuing a gentle reminder of the inherent dangers of traffic and our site. Please could you stick to the 10mph speed limit whilst driving up the driveway and be particularly careful in the various car parks. There are lots of little people about who do not always know what direction they are facing and there have been some reports of some ‘interesting’ driving by some parents. I thank you for your understanding and hope that you have a lovely weekend.
Whole School Reminders
Monday 8th October:
The Big Biology Day
Wednesday 10th October:
Harvest Festival celebrations
Senior School Reminder
Friday 12th October:
Year 10 Parents' meetings 16:45 - 19:00
Prep School Reminder
Friday 12th October:
Year 5 pupils social evening 17:00 - 20:00
On Tuesday afternoon Pre-prep pupils gathered for the ‘official opening’ of our new playground. Pupils shared some of their favourite features of our new facility before Lulu and Freddie in Year 2 cut the ribbon to let everyone in.
Words used by the pupils to describe the new playground include, ‘awesome’, ‘epic’ and ‘fun’! Eliza R said, “I like the fireman’s pole, I was scared but now I can do it!” and Seren said of the playground, “I like sitting on the mushrooms with my friends.” The pupils’ initial responses certainly embody all that we would hope for from the new area: opportunities for enjoyment, building resilience and determination by overcoming challenges and relishing time spent with friends.
On behalf of the Pre-prep pupils and staff, I would just like to extend our sincerest thanks to Richard Brocksom and the Governors for their support in this venture; Mrs Macdonald for generating ideas and first initiating this project; Keith Stacey, Oli Riches and Mrs Ragless for their assistance in overseeing the completion of the renovation. We are all hugely excited about the new playground, and look forward to making many happy memories in it!
Prep School Council Meeting
The first meeting of the new Prep School Council took place on Monday 1st October. Each of the new members had thought carefully about why they wanted to be on the council and about what they hoped to achieve during the year. Initial discussions covered topics such as how to make the school grounds environmentally friendly to whether it would be acceptable to have juice to drink with Christmas lunch. The council are brimming with ideas and very enthusiastic about their year in office!
Year 3 Forest School
This term Year 3 have been learning about the beautiful natural environment that surrounds the school. In previous lessons we have been learning about how animals use their senses to find their way around the forest and Year 3 practised how to use their senses to improve their observational skills. This week those skills were put to the test while they were learning how to identify trees by their unique features.
All of the Year 3's were challenged to interact with a tree while blindfolded and then use the features they remember to identify that same tree without the blindfold. It was very entertaining to watch!
Next, the children were given their own tree guide book and reference sheet to help them learn how to identify trees and record the unique features of a tree such as leaves, fruit and bark. This skill will be very helpful when we are searching for the wood we need for the crafts and activities we are going to do later in the year.
Sailing to Success
The ISA (Independent Schools Association) Sailing Regatta was held last Friday at Datchet Sailing Club, Queen Mother Reservoir and Ben P, Year 10, was asked to represent Duke of Kent School in his Laser 4.7.
As he rigged his boat he was astounded by the extraordinarily low level of the water but thankfully there was enough to allow for some great racing.
The conditions were excellent - the winds were lively, the was sun out, the competition strong and Windsor Castle provided a dramatic backdrop for the four races!
Sailors entered from 15 schools from across the south of England in a variety of single and double handed dinghies with about 40 boats on the water. The Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system was applied to the results to ensure that the boat type didn’t affect the competition.
When the wind was at it's strongest there were numerous capsizes which added to the excitement for both the sailors and the spectators!
Ben finished 3rd overall and is keen to return next year perhaps with a larger team? It is possible to hire Optimists, Toppers, Lasers and RS Fevas from the Sailing Club, so sailors don’t need their own boats.
Ben P, Year 10
Stars of the Week
Nursery: Obie M to be my star of the week for settling into Nursery so well and for displaying a kind attitude towards others.
Reception: Eva W For a great ‘can do’ attitude in everything she does!
Year 1: Mac Y for trying his hardest in everything he is doing and for being kind to everyone.
Rupert L for his enthusiastic approach to our trip - asking and answering lots of questions.
Year 2: Remy M For a wonderful attitude to learning and for fantastic contributions in science.
As you are all probably aware by now, I am a big fan of videogames. Unlike other forms of entertainment, playing a game gives you the opportunity to be directly in control of your experiences - your actions directly affect how the game plays out. However, videogames are developing all the time and it can be a daunting experience trying to keep up with the latest news of what games are in fashion, who they are suitable for, and what you should look out for when trying to keep safe while.
Ask About Games is a website that has been created in order to provide a wealth of information for people wanting to know more about the games being played at the moment. It contains a guide about game age ratings, video game, and walkthroughs on setting parental controls of a wide variety of games and consoles/mobile devices. It also has a page about games that are suitable to play as a family. Games should be a social experience and playing as a family can be a good way to bond, as well as taking the mystique off of video games.
Here is the link with more information:
Thanks for reading!
The Senior School were given a talk on Monday about ‘Sexting’ or ‘Nudes’. It outlined the consequences of sending, receiving and distributing self-produced sexual images. The students were shown a video of when ‘sexting’ might go wrong and informed of the legal implications of getting involved in, taking or sharing ‘nudes’. The message that was relayed was that we realise that we cannot stop students sharing inappropriate pictures, but there are consequences involved should it go wrong. A link to the video and topics covered in the talk can be found here:
Pause for Thought
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvellously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. (Romans 12:4-8, The message)
It is all too easy to become discouraged about ourselves; our abilities, our popularity, our image. Living in community can be deeply challenging as we compare ourselves and judge each other as better or worse than we are. This passage reminds us that we are all uniquely gifted, we all have oodles to offer even if sometimes we don't feel like we have.
Ultimately we are all loved unconditionally and accepted by God and all have an important part to play together.