Weekly Bulletin 29/05/2016

Year 8 Take the Poetry Slam Outside

On Thursday the Year 8 English groups performed their own poems in the annual Year 8 Poetry Slam, held at the Pavilion. On a beautiful, sunny afternoon the students performed their compositions to the rest of the year group and an impressed Mr Southee and Mrs Douglas. The students were given a week to research, write and rehearse their poems and the results were tremendous! With topics ranging from darkness to football and Chernobyl to acting, each student created an individual and inspirational piece of poetry that was performed passionately. It is not easy to write something as personal as a poem and perform it in front your peers and teachers.

Mr Southee

Year 3 visit Butser Ancient Farm

Year 3 were blessed with glorious Spring sunshine on the day of our visit to Butser Ancient Farm. The day was crammed full of activities which enriched our Topic work on Roman Britain. We huddled around the fire inside an Iron Age roundhouse, learnt about the Celtic building materials and techniques and then compared this with the slightly more stately replica Roman villa. We all participated in an archaeological dig and made a wattle fence. I was particularly impressed that the children demonstrated excellent collaborative thinking and team work in the process.

After lunch next door to the piglets, we tried our hand at pottery, using fresh clay from the ground to make thumb pots, decorating these with the ends of feathers and other natural materials.

We finished the day with a demonstration of how to spin wool and the birthday girl, Isabel, helped transform the initial thin strand of wool into tougher two ply and then again into strong string. There were very mixed opinions by the end of our visit as to whether we would have preferred to have been a Roman or a Celt but we were all in agreement that both were inspiring and skilled societies who have shaped much of our modern-day lives.

Mrs Nicholson

Record Numbers for Chemistry Club!

As Year 11 prepare for their forthcoming exams and Year 10 get stuck into GCSE revision Ms Armstrong reported record numbers at Chemistry Club this week. Keep it up!

Forthcoming PADoK Events...

Wednesday June 22nd Surrey Hills Netball Tournament

A fabulous morning of netball bringing many local schools to our wonderful campus.

Can the DoK mums netball team retain the title for a second year? Do come and support us if you can.

Friday June 24th “The Return of the Krypton Factor Evening”

Back by popular demand! Start to get your teams together (10 max), Tickets on sale after half term.

Tuesday June 28th PADoK AGM

Everybody welcome.

Saturday July 9th Parents Day

Celebrate the end of the school year with “shared picnics” and giant inflatables on front lawn. See class reps for details

Saturday July 16th Ewhurst Village Day.

Once again we shall be supporting our local community with the fabulous “DoK Teddy Tombola”. Teddy donations needed!! We shall have donation collection days towards the end of term, however, any teddy donations will be gratefully received at the second-hand uniform shop on Wednesday afternoons 3pm-4pm from now until the end of term.

Sarh Trotman, PADoK Chair

Sad News...

Former Headmaster Mr Roger Wilson sadly passed away on Wednesday.  Roger was Headmaster of Duke of Kent School from 1980 - 1999. All of us in the School community owe him a great debt and our thoughts are with Cathy Wilson and the family. His service to the School was quite extraordinary and he continued to visit us during his retirement, taking great pleasure in seeing the thriving state of the School he had helped to build. We will remember his warmth, his knowledge and care of his pupils, and his great sense of fun.

Judith Fremont-Barnes

Pretty Muddy

Our Year 11 girls need your support as they enter the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Event. They will be running 5K in Stoke Park on the 25th of June. To support them and help raise money for Cancer Research visit their Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/dok-girls

Sport

U13 Cricket

The Under 13 As have had an exciting start to the season with a tie against a strong Handcross Park XI, and a victory versus Belmont.

At Handcross, the home team were restricted to a total of 73 due to fine, tight bowling by all of the Duke bowlers. The pick was Daniel, who bowled three overs and took three for three, including a hat-trick! We struggled with the run chase with some early season jitters but were taken to the point of victory by Daniel, again, who ended with 27 not out. We were all out in the last over with one run needed. A terrific game.

At Belmont again good bowling (Daniel, Toby, Sam, Luca and Oscar) restricted the home side to 78 for 9. In spite of a few stumbles we achieved a comfortable victory by 4 wickets. Max batted nicely for 17, but Daniel, yet again, held the innings together with 23 not out. Well done to the whole team. Special mention to Daniel for his faultless start to the season - 50 runs without being out and a total of 6 overs, 3 wickets for 5 runs. He receives a commendation for his efforts.

Mr Macdonald

Pre-prep News

The ducklings have arrived! Daffy, Cookie, Sweetie, Sailor, Fluffy and Wriggles are in Pre-prep and older pupils are welcome to visit them during break times.

Stars of the Week

Johnny for applying new skills to his independent writing

Millie for super pattern spotting and number bonds to 11 work

Gabe for excellent focus and progress in swimming

Annabel for showing a lot of creativity in making her flowers

Fenella for working with care and attention to detail

Alex for working hard and participating in some structured activities