Weekly Bulletin 06/09/2019

Welcome back from Mrs Knox

A very warm welcome back to school. It has been lovely to see our 38 new students enveloped so warmly by the “Duke of Kent School Hug”. I hope you, as parents, are also settling into the term. Thank you for joining us throughout the week for our parent information sessions. There is no question too small to ask, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is any more information you need. I would also like to thank you for your help with the uniform. The students look incredibly smart this week and we will continue to strive for this standard. Activities and matches get underway next week so please keep an eye on the calendar. Sydney too has had a great week! Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Knox

Meet our new Heads and Deputy Heads of School

As announced during our Prize Giving ceremony in July, our new Head Girl is Minnie C and Head Boy is James F. They will be supported in their leadership by Deputy Heads: Blue R and Archie L. These four exceptional students will serve the school well. They will be ably supported by a prefect team consisting of Fleur B, Jago C, Sophie D, Ben G, Ben P, Issy P, Matty S and Alex W. Within this group of young individuals we have a variety of talents including leadership, kindness, initiative and endeavour. I am convinced that they will do an excellent job supporting both the staff and their fellow pupils and I congratulate them wholeheartedly on their appointments.

Mrs Knox

Meet our new members of staff

Mr P Cabanes

Mr Cabanes is a former Duke of Kent School pupil. He has just completed his A levels at the Weald School and is planning to go to university next year to study a degree in football coaching. He is a Level 6 football referee and will be joining us as a sports assistant. 

Miss L Spence

Miss Spence has spent the last two winters working as a chalet supervisor in the French Alps and the summers working as a waterski instructor for Camp Chen-A-Wanda in Pennsylvania USA. This year she will be joining the school as a sports assistant. 

Miss N Higman

Miss Higman joins us from the Middle East after teaching and leading in two international independent schools in Dubai for the past 11 years. She is very excited to be joining the Duke of Kent School team and will be teaching in the Prep School. 

Mrs Watkins

We are delighted to welcome Lisa Watkins to our Pre-prep team. She has been working at Park Mead as a Teaching Assistant for the past 5 years and is joining our Duke of Kent School team as a designated Teaching Assistant in the Reception classroom.

Mr Hanvey

Mr Hanvey is the new Catering Manager and has been in the catering business for over 15 years and is very excited about working at the Duke of Kent school. His other passion is travelling around the world with his wife and experiencing other cultures and foods.

Mr Seeley and Mrs Green

GCSE Results 2019

We are celebrating another year of tremendous GCSE results.

Here are some of the headlines:-

· 100% of our students have achieved the benchmark of 5 GCSE passes including IGCSE English Language and Maths

· 100% success rate in English Language, English Literature and Maths

. 51% of all grades are Grades 7/8/9 (the equivalent of A or A*)

· 35% of our students achieved Grade 8 or 9 in Maths (A*)

· 63% of our students achieved Grade 8 or above in one of more subjects

· 25% of the overall total Grades were scored 8 or 9

· Overall, a 99% pass rate for all the exams was achieved

It is so heartening to see that all the efforts of the students and their teachers have paid off. Many have achieved success beyond their expectations. Whether it is an unexpected 9 or a hard fought 4, we are equally proud. Well done to everyone involved.

Mr Macdonald

Tennis Triumph

Over the Summer holidays Izzy B played in the Surrey County Tennis Trophy in the U14 and U16 categories. It’s a knock out tournament for girls and boys across Surrey. Izzy did really well and got through to both finals, which took place at LTA’s home courts at Roehampton where all the different age sections came together. She played really well on the day and won the U14 girls' final and came runner up in the U16 girls' final. It was a great day of tennis and so exciting to be at Roehampton.  We look forward to hearing about more of her tennis success as the year goes on.  Well done Izzy.

Miss Vernon

Year 7 to Sayers Croft

On Thursday 5th September Year 7 went to Sayers Croft Field Centre for a day of teambuilding activities. Setting out as the clouds begin to lift the year group coped admirably with the 3 mile walk to the centre through the beautiful local surroundings. Upon arrival they were straight into the action, splitting into their form groups to complete three activities throughout the day: 7F went off to the high ropes course, racing around the different challenges before culminating in a rather intimidating zipwire to the ground. 7C went to the teambuilding course where they worked their way around a series of challenges involving them working together and communicating clearly. 7M headed for the caves where over 80 metres of narrow tunnels offered a range of different challenges that led to a great deal of sweat and effort being exerted! We then walked back to school, exhausted and ready for a good night's sleep. The behaviour, camaraderie and conscientious nature of the year group was evident throughout and I am hugely excited to see such positive additions to the Senior School.

Mrs Coackley and Mr Wilson

Pause For Thought

A huge 'Welcome Back' to all returning pupils and an especially warm welcome to all new ones!

Just a reminder of who I am and what I do at this wonderful school!

I am part of the pastoral team here concerned with the well being - in all respects - of your child. I have a room next to the art studio and I operate an open door/ drop in policy to all students, staff and parents to offer a listening ear to any concerns or anxieties, large or small.

I also teach R.S in both the senior and prep school.

If you need to get hold of me for any reason you can email or call me.

I offer a parent prayer group to those who would like to join me in praying for our school community, the first one of which is next Wednesday morning 11th, after drop off with coffee and pastries.

I look forward to seeing you!

With every blessing for an exciting and joy filled academic year.

Reverend Kia

Just before you go ....

Do regularly check your junk and spam folders on your emails.  A number of emails have been diverted to those folders and has resulted in parents missing information. It is not something that I have any control over (shame !) ...

Thanks everyone


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School Reminders

Whole School Reminders

Monday 9th September:

Activities and Prep begin

Senior School Reminders

Monday 9th September:

Year 10 GCSE Art students trip to Booth Museum

Monday 9th September:

Year 9 Parents' DofE Information Evening 17:00 - 18:00

Prep School Reminders

Wednesday 11th September:

Prep School Strings and Brass Day

Performing Arts News

During the holidays we received our Instrumental exam results, our first ever LAMDA results and our first ever Ballet exam results. These were brilliant results and a wonderful reflection of the excellent work that goes on in the Performing Arts Department. Huge thanks is due to all the wonderful teachers who have worked so hard with the children. A full list of all results is below.

This term is of course also The Senior Production - this year 'Beauty and the Beast'. This is promising to be the largest production we have ever done in the Senior School, with a cast of 65! Rehearsals will start next Monday and we will be rehearsing every Monday and Friday after school. 

And I don't really want to mention Christmas - so I won't!!

Instrumental Exam results:

Jess I - Grade 1 Flute - Distinction

Oscar B - Grade 4 Piano - Distinction

Alex F - Grade 2 Piano - Merit

Johnnny M - Grade 2 Clarinet - Merit

Harley B - Grade 3 Piano - Merit

Dugald P - Grade 6 Piano - Merit

Troy K - Grade 1 Piano - Pass

Aoife W - Grade 4 Flute - Pass

ISTD Ballet Exam Results

Ariane L - Distinction

Myles C - Merit

Clara H-S - Merit

Isabelle S - Merit

Saoirse W - Merit

Matilda R - Merit 


Ben H-F - Grade 5 - Merit

Martha M - Grade 5 - Distinction

Zara H - Grade 5 - Distinction

Milly B - Grade 5 - Distinction

Sandy T - Grade 5 - Distinction

Blue R - Bronze Medal - Distinction

Bella R-B - Grade 5 - Merit

Lily W-D - Grade 5 - Merit

Isabelle M - Bronze Medal - Merit

Angelina M - Grade 4 - Distinction

Jasmine K - Grade 3 - Merit

Hannah M - Grade 3 - Merit

Lucy P - Grade 4 - Distinction

Hannah S - Grade 4 - Distinction

Casper C - Grade 4 - Merit

Josh M - Grade 4 - Distinction

Ben W - Grade 4 - Merit

Kora W - Grade 4 - Distinction

Zoe L - Grade 4 - Distinction

Bea H - Grade 4 - Merit

Harry D - Grade 3 - Pass

Iris R - Grade 4 - Distinction

Jago C - Bronze Medal - Pass

Alanna H - Grade 3 - Distinction

Amelie W-B - Grade 4 - Distinction

Izzy B - Grade 4 - Distinction

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Welcome to the E-Safety bulletin section, I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break! As we get back to our usual work routines, dust off the email accounts and log into everything we forgot about for 8 weeks, I just wanted to quickly remind people about passwords and security. With ipads being given back, chromebooks being given out, and new accounts being accessed it is important that an appropriate password is set to prevent the wrong people from getting to your stuff.

Some tips:

-Try a passphrase instead of a word. String 3 or 4 memorable words together rather than just putting 123 at the end.

-Make it impersonal to you so it is harder to guess.

-Avoid common passwords like "Password", you would be surprised how many people use it.

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

School Counsellor

Just a quick note to let parents know that we have a School counsellor, Alison Colvile, who visits us once a week. Students can see her at their request or maybe referred by a member of staff. If parents have any questions about the service, please feel free to contact or speak to Mr Southee.

Mr Southee

PADoK News

A warm welcome back!

As you can see we have a busy term of events planned for our parents and we hope to see many of you at some or all.

Hopefully everybody has had a chance to meet or be in touch with your class rep. The reps are there to help you settle into the school if you are joining us this year, they also will organise year group events and bring everyone together for PADoK events.

Our regular clubs will resume next week, starting with the PADoK singers, we are very grateful to the teaching staff who give up their time to support our PADoK clubs.

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”.

Cost: £15 per head

Tickets Go On Sale On Monday!!

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)

Do join us on our FaceBook page “padok parents” to keep up to date with everything we are doing.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah Trotman

PADoK Chairlady