Weekly Bulletin  06/03/2015

Daniel's Starring Role

Congratulations to Daniel in Year 7 who is now rehearsing for the role of Bugsy at the Lyric Hammersmith in West London. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for Daniel and we wish him every success in the role.

Mrs Brookes

World Book Day

Many thanks to Mr Southee and the English Department for a fantastic World Book Day on Thursday. The day began with Years 1 - 11 congregating in the hall for a literature based game of Pointless! Teams were made up of a teacher, Prep pupil  and a Senior pupil. They battled through the rounds answering questions on Roald Dahl, Dickens and Mr Men to name a few authors. Things got highly competitive with book tokens being won by contestants and members of the audience for rounds and pointless questions. The whole school excitedly watched the display reveal the scores.

The winning team of Sienna, Ralph and myself were delighted! Well done to the three other teams who competed well.

The day continued with themed lessons and Year 7 spent some time with the Pre-prep  setting up treasure hunts, and with the Prep playing book related charades.

Mrs Brookes

Cold War Speakers

Students in Year 10 enjoyed an interesting and informative talk on the Cold War given by Katya Gunningham and Ron Hepburn.

Mrs Gunningham grew up in the Soviet Union and worked as a translator for Mikhail Gorbachev during his historic state visit to Britain in 1989. She described meetings with various politicians, including Mrs Thatcher, and talked about the significance of Gorbachev’s efforts to bring about reconciliation through his policies of ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’. In addition, Mrs Gunningham shared her childhood experiences of growing up in the Soviet Union during the height of Communism.

Mr Hepburn worked as an RAF pilot in the 1960s and was involved in missions as part of Britain’s nuclear deterrent during the cold war. Mr Hepburn shared many thought-provoking narratives that shed light on the tensions between East and West during the Cold War.

Mr Seeley

Young Enterprise Day

On the 26th February Year 9 attended a Young Enterprise day at Notre Dame School in Cobham. The two schools were divided up into four companies and given the task of designing, marketing and selling a new games console. Each company first had to come up with a name and split themselves into four departments (finance, marketing, product development and customer services). Each department had a head and finally two managing directors oversaw the whole operation.

The day started with two rounds of a business game, unfortunately my team made a loss of £159,000 in the first round! We revised our plans and figures and managed to make a profit of £161,000 in the second round, other teams managed an even larger profit. Next came the judging of the marketing and customer service stands which we had been working on throughout the morning. Our final task was to deliver a speech to everyone; these were all presented superbly impressing the advisors from local businesses who had been working with us throughout the day.

Finally certificates were awarded to each successful company. Overall I would like to thank Notre Dame School, Mrs Coackley and the Young Enterprise team for organising the day and Mr Macdonald and Mr Wilson for accompanying us.

Bastien Year 9

Prep School Technology Day

Last Thursday the Prep School had a Day of Technology. The day began with information on keeping safe online, this was followed by a quiz on the iPads using Socrative. The children then took part in a range of activities including programing skills, photography, videoing, touch typing and food technology (creating a smoothie). Technology games and equipment were brought in and a Wii competition resulted in Issie in a Year 6 showing her balancing skills by jumping 152metres! Thank you to all staff and children who all made the day such a success.

Mrs Wilson

Year 10 Trip to Borough Market

Early on Saturday morning, a group of hungry Year 10s ventured up to Borough Market to sample the hundreds of culinary delights on offer.

Pupils made the most of tasting foods from different cultures throughout
the morning. Some of the girls were very pleased to try a range of
exotic fruits; Kristien enjoyed sharing his biltong; and Megan was
successful in her quest to find some homemade baklava! The freshly
grilled burgers and sausages were also a very popular choice for many of
the boys! It's safe to say, we all left the market, absolutely stuffed!
After lunch, we jumped on the tube heading towards Liverpool Street, and
our second market of the day: Spitafields. Pupils enjoyed rambling
through the stalls, taking in the wide range of unique products on
We finished the day with a lovely - albeit windy - stroll along Southbank
to Waterloo, enjoying in all the sights and sounds of a busy Saturday
afternoon in London!

Mr & Mrs Southee

Shark on the Loose

Shark loose in Science lab! Actually it was a lesson where Mrs Armstrong
and Dr. Wicks were teaching the Year 7s about balanced forces!
Mr Hubbard

UKMT Challenge

Four students were selected from Years 8 and 9 to take part in the annual regional heats of the UKMT Team Challenge at Lancing College last Friday. Twenty-four schools from the area competed in the Lancing College heat.

Emily, Will R B, Felix S and Harry H had a highly challenging yet enjoyable day. They participated with enthusiasm and admirable success in each of the four rounds but the competition was fierce with only the first and second places being announced.

Thanks to Lancing College for hosting a great event with warm and friendly hospitality and thanks to our students for their wonderful attitude and for representing our school with charm and good humour.

Mrs LaCroix

Music News

The Music Department has been a hive of activity this week with pupils rehearsing every break available for GLive, A Night at The Movies and the finals of the House Music competiton.

The House Music finals take place on Monday 9th March so all the finalists for the solo and ensemble categories really need to fine tune their pieces over the weekend. Visiting judge Mark Delisser, a gospel specialist and vocal coach who coaches contestants on The Voice and runs the award winning ACM Gospel choir, will be running voice workshops with our junior and senior chamber choirs in the morning and then judging the soloists, ensembles and house song competition in the afternoon. There will be a chance for parents to come and see the finalists next term when we will have a scholars recital/house music finalists soiree.

Year 11 music GCSE students Luke and Tristan were this week practising for next Monday’s music assembly, creating a piece of improvised electronic/funk fusion, which promises to blow the cobwebs away on a Monday morning!

Mr Rye

Sports News

Boys' Sport

U 13 Rugby: The Windlesham 7s

This week, the Under 13 rugby team took part in the annual tournament at
Windlesham House School, which featured the very best teams of this age
group in the region. Our boys faced an extremely tough group, involving
Dorset House, Worth School, Handcross Park and the hosts, Windlesham.

In an enthralling opening game we came back from three tries down to
draw with Dorset House. In game two the formidable Windlesham were our
opponents, and, in spite of finding ourselves 14 points down we
recovered to lose by only 14 – 12, one conversion costing us a draw.
This was remarkable in view of what Windlesham were to achieve. We
succumbed to Worth school, and the drew 24-24 with Handcross Park.

In the first round of the plate we were soundly beaten by Holmewood
House, an extremely strong outfit. What is extraordinary though, is
the fact that Windlesham beat each opponent comfortably by 20 or 30
points. It was only us, and the beaten finalists, Warden Park, who put
up any sort of battle! Maybe an afternoon of ‘what ifs’…

Well done to the try scorers, Theo, Henry and Lucas, and to the whole
squad for their efforts. Congratulations, in particular, to our
captain Harry, who in scoring 9 tries, was one of the players of the
whole tournament.

Mr Macdonald

Pre-prep News

Year 1 Brooklands Trip

On Tuesday 3rd March Year 1 visited Brooklands Motor Museum. The day began with a guided tour of the cars. We learned about the history of cars and were able to see an example of a ‘Horeseless Carriage’. The children were very excited to find that the museum housed ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ‘as used in some of the scenes of the film. We were also shown around the bike and bus areas. The highlight of the day was our tour of Concorde. All children were able to try a ride on a Penny Farthing and our day culminated in a session in the ‘Discovery Room’ where we completed a variety of science experiments.

Mrs Crabtree

Winchester Science Museum

On Wednesday the Reception and Year 2 children joined together for a
trip to Winchester Science Centre. The children explored hundreds of
hands on exhibits which tested their science knowledge. A favourite
exhibit was the Tornado Machine where children had to control wind and
steam to create a twister! Another favourite, especially with the
Reception children, was a 'never ending' mirror which had everyone
laughing. The children saw a planetarium show called 'The Secrets of
the Cardboard Rocket', and a rocket fly through out Solar System stopping off at
the different planets to explore the surfaces and atmospheres.

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Year 2

Myles for kind and considerate behaviour in the classroom and playground.

Year 1

Daisy for showing spontaneous kindness to the younger children.


Wilson for showing kindness; consoling another child when he saw that they were upset.

Tilly for showing kindness by always thinking of others.

Mrs Macdonald

Food at Duke of Kent School

Please follow the above link if you would like to know more about our approach to food and our caterers Holryd Howe.


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