Weekly Bulletin 07/06/2019
A Message from Mrs Knox
Welcome back to what, I have no doubt, will be a very busy few weeks. Our Year 11s continue to apply themselves extremely well to their GCSE revision and examinations and I applaud them for the mature way they are approaching them. I had the chance this week to talk to each of the Year 10s as part of the Prefect selection process and was impressed by many thoughtful and considered answers. During our assembly on Monday, we announce the Prefect body for the next academic year and, at our Prize Giving ceremony on Saturday 6th July, our new Head Boy and Head Girl. We wish good luck and bon voyage to the pupils on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and to Year 4 off to the Isle of Wight and Year 6 to Osmington Bay. There will be plenty of stories to share next week!
Commitment to Community Service
Congratulations to Alex G in Year 10 who recently organised a raffle at one of his St John’s Ambulance meetings to raise money for his Tanzania trip with school taking place in October 2019. Alex managed to raise an outstanding £150 towards his trip which is one of the elements of the trip, raising money to go.
Alex is heavily involved with St Johns Ambulance and has been on duty at several major events including the London Marathon, The Guildford County Show and Shere Hill Climb. Keep up the good work and keep us posted on future events.
Alex G and Miss Vernon
Year 1 Assembly
On Wednesday Year 1 performed their first ever assembly to the Prep School, they spoke with lovely loud voices and showed great confidence on stage. They started by creating the sounds of the Rainforest with percussion instruments, the Prep school sat and listened to the many sounds with their eyes closed to get the full effect! The children then shared their paintings and facts about their chosen rainforest animal that they have researched. To finish they acted out the story Sloths Don’t Run. This was a story demonstrating that we are all racing our own race, Year 1 were keen to share the message that no matter how challenging something seems, you should give it a go, because you never know, you could surprise yourself.
A Charity walk for Dimbleby Cancer Care
Tonight the intrepid Duke of Kent School pupils: Thomas H, Calum McK, Charlie N, Harley B, Oscar H, Josh W-D and Arthur H (starting in Sept) will be walking along the Thames to raise money for a fabulous charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care, helping people during and beyond their cancer treatment.
The younger boys will be walking 12k and the older ones aiming for 25k. Starting from St Thomas’ Hospital with the 12k finishing in Putney and the 25k in Victoria in the early hours of Saturday.
The Hunts have been involved in this charity for 5yrs with their business, Soak&Sleep, making specialist pillows to aid cancer patients' recovery, post operations and treatment.
We are very grateful to all the boys and parents joining us this year on the charity walk and would be hugely grateful if you were able to sponsor our team at:
Mrs Hunt and Miss Vernon
"Three Peaks Challenge"
On Monday 3rd June a hardy group of adventurous runners from years 7-10 took to the hills to complete our inaugural Three Peaks Running Challenge. We were kindly taken by minibus to Coldharbour where the beautiful views from Leith Hill stood in reward for our first big ascent. Having taken a moment to enjoy the stunning vista (and get our breath back!) we pushed on along the Greensands Way, winding our way down to Holmbury St Mary before our second ascent to the top of Holmbury Hill. From there we said hello to the cows of Crossways Farm before running across the school grounds on our final push to the top of Pitch Hill, returning to school triumphant and deserving of a good rest. The sun shone brightly, spirits remained high and the attitude and conduct of the students was impeccable throughout. A truly enjoyable excursion - my thanks go to the brave students who agreed to take part and the (equally brave!?) staff who gave up their time to accompany us. Well done to all involved.
Mountain Biking Club
Making the most of the excellent terrain around the School we trialling a Mountain Bike Club for Year 10.
Professional training is being provided for the pupils to ensure that they are able to ride the trails safely and so that they can improve their technique. Should this be successful it is possible that further MTB clubs could be possible in the future.
Dan D in Year 10 recorded a new personal best this week with a height of 3.90 metres in pole vault whilst competing in the Crawley Open athletics meet at the weekend. Dan has been competiting for a long time now and continues to go from strength to strength. Keep up the good work Dan!
A message from First Aid
Please could all parents return any re-usable ice packs that may have come home with their child. They can be left anonymously at front office.
A few match reports from this week
Athletics: Junior ISA Athletics competition
On Tuesday Duke of Kent School competed in the ISA Junior Athletics competition against 20 other schools at Bromley Athletics club. It was very tough going due to the inclement weather and some good athletes competiting. Nevertheless, Josh W-D secured a bronze medal in the 75 metre sprint, Liam M received a silver medal in the cricket ball throw and Rufus B gained gold in long jump meaning he has qualified for Nationals.
Athletics: U13 v. Belmont
On Monday Duke of Kent School hosted Belmont for a Year 8 athletics meeting. This was a fabulous afternoon of track and field events where all Year 8 pupils were able to take part. Events included 100m, 200m, 800m, Long Jump, Javelin and Shot Put. Both schools showed a great level of determination, fitness and talent but it was Duke of Kent School that managed to claim victory with a score of 109 to 98. Well done to all that took part.
Rounders: U13 A v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday the U13 A rounders team played St. Edmund's at home. The girls started out batting in the first innings and quickly found their rhythm and the gaps in the fielding. There was lost of communication between the girls and towards the end of the innings took some big risks that paid off however, leaving Miss Vernon nervous over at 2nd post! Next is was their turn to field. Izzy B's bowling was brilliant and the partnership between her and Amelie W-B (backstop), Aoife W (1st base) and Kora W (2nd base) worked really well and between them managed to get a few players out. Angelina M, Emily B and Molly G worked hard in deep and closed down a lot of the big hitters options leaving the half time score as 9 1/2 - 5 to Duke of Kent School.
In the second innings the girls mimicked the same tactics however took risks slightly too soon and a few players were out early on leaving 4 girls to keep the scoring going for the last 15 balls. When St. Edmund's came into bat we managed to do the same again with effective fielding and great catches, Zoe L, and the girls worked well to stump girls out on 4th base (Bea H) and again stop the balls from being misfielded or going to the wrong base. The final score was 18 - 7 1/2. Well played girls, it was an excellent match.
Rounders: U13/12 B's v. St Edmund's
On Wednesday 5th June the U13/12 B’s took on St Edmund's at rounders. With Duke of Kent School fielding first, we were off to a strong start. A triangle of Poppy K (bowler), Millie W-D (second deep) and Ruby K (second post) proved to be formidable and one by one the batting team were stumped out. With Duke of Kent School batting next, the girls worked hard to increase their score. Notable rounders were scored by Millie W-D and Hannah S. Congratulations to all girls who played for a fantastic match and a winning score of 18 to 7 and a half!
Rounders: U10 v. St Edmund's
On Wednesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School’s U10 team travelled to St Edmund’s School to play a rounders match. The girls were very excited and thought carefully about their tactics before playing. Duke of Kent School batted first, they started well with multiple half rounders and took some good risks to score for the team. Isabelle H was on great form, striking the ball well and managed to get rounders on multiple occasions throughout the afternoon! After the first innings, the scores were very close with Duke of Kent School in the lead by 1 rounder. The team kept their focus when batting but St Edmund’s had picked up their fielding game so it became more difficult to score. This meant the U10s had work very hard when fielding, Jessica I continued to bowl with consistency and Daisy R used her long barrier very effectively when fielding. The score finished 17.5 – 14.5 to St Edmund’s, what an exciting game! Well done to all the girls involved!
Rounders: U9 v. St Edmund's
On Thursday afternoon, the sun was shining and the U9 girls were ready for their first away match of the term. They travelled to St Edmund’s to play rounders. Duke of Kent School fielded first, Clara H-S bowled very well throughout and the girls communicated well with each other to get some of St Edmund’s team out. The score was very even after the first innings with Duke of Kent School ahead by 1 rounder! The game continued to be very close. Annabelle B played well in backstop with Edie H using her quick reactions to stump at 2nd post and Isabelle S using her long barrier effectively in deep field. Duke of Kent School needed to score 3 rounders to win as they came into bat for the final time. Rose S and Eva P made some great hits and the team managed to win the match 10 – 9! Congratulations on a great win!
Rounders: U8 v. St. Edmund's
On Thursday afternoon the U8’s joined the U9’s for an away match to St Edmund’s. After a warm up and a team talk the girls were ready to play and to demonstrate all that they’d learnt in their lessons. The game got off to a strong start with Duke of Kent School batting first. Erin C was first to score a full rounder and Isla W followed close behind with a half rounder. The batting innings was then closed by Eve M who scored a personal best of 2 and a half rounders overall! When it became time to field it was clear that the practices were being put to good use and excellent fielding was shown by Tansey T (bowler), Isabella N (backstop) and Pip C-G (3rddeep). After a hard-fought match, the final score ended 8 ½ - 8 to Duke of Kent School! Congratulations to all the girls who played for a fantastic match.
Boys' Cricket: U8 and U9 v. Ripley Court
On Thursday afternoon Duke of Kent School under 8 and under 9 cricket teams travelled to Ripley Court School. In perfect cricketing weather we saw four very even matches, of which Duke of Kent School won two and drew
one. There was some impressive batting on display with the amount of boundaries on the scorecards resembling a cricket world cup match. The bowling was equally as good with several wickets tumbling. It's great to see the boys improve with each game. Well done
to all those involved.
Whole School Reminders
Monday 10th June:
Prep and Senior School council meetings
Wednesday 12th June:
PADoK Uniform Shop open 15:00 - 16:00
Friday 14th June:
Assembly with Antarctic Explorer Lou Rudd
Friday 14th June:
Summer Concert 19:00 - 20:30
Senior School Reminders
Monday 10th June:
Years 7 & 8 LAMDA Showcase evening 18:30 - 19:30
Monday 10th June:
Years 9 & 10 LAMDA Showcase evening 19:45 - 20:45
Thursday 13th June:
Year 10 Future Schools Evening 18:30 - 19:30
Friday 14th June:
Year 10 Social Evening 16:45 - 19:30
Prep School Reminder
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th June:
Year 5 Camp
Tuesday 11th June:
Year 2 trip to Windsor Castle
Friday 14th June:
Pre-prep Fathers' Day Forest School party 14:00 - 15:30
Stars of The Week
Nursery: Florence H for displaying imaginative and sustained use of role play resources.
Reception: Eva W for great use of money in role-play using coins and counting on.
Olivia W for working with great effort in handwriting.
Year 1: Hope N for commitment to our class assembly! She learnt her lines so well and added fantastic expression!
Ben W for pushing himself to complete the extension work during English and answering comprehension questions in full sentences!
Year 2: Holly B for fantastic use of similes in her writing about the Great Fire of London: “The flames were as destructive as a huge thunderstorm!”
Performing Arts News
We are gearing up for a very busy last few weeks of term in the Performing Arts Department. Please do keep an eye on the emails as not all of these events are in the calendar.
In chronological order we have:
Grimm's Fairytales Rehearsal - Sunday 9th June (changed from 16th June) - 10 - 4
LAMDA Showcases - Monday 10th June - 6.30 - 8.45
Guitar recital for pupils of Mr Beale - Tuesday 18th June - 12.45
Violin recital for pupils of Mrs Blunden - Thursday 13th June - 12.40pm
Summer Concert - Friday 14th June - 7pm
Singing Recital for Senior Pupils of Miss Barnes - Monday 17th June - 6.30pm
Grimm's Fairytales rehearsal - Sunday 23rd June 10 - 4
Singing recital for Prep pupils of Miss Barnes - Tuesday 25th June - 12.45
Drum recital for pupils of Mr Thomas - Friday 28th June - 12.45
Grimm's Fairytales Performance - Friday 28th June - 7.30pm
ISTD Ballet exams - Sunday 30th June
Year 11 Leavers' Concert - Monday 1st July
Prep Performance at Woodhouse Opera - Thursday 4th July
Pre-Prep Dance Show - Thursday 4th July - 2.30pm (moved from 27th June)
So it's just a little busy!!!
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Pause for Thought
I have been reminded this week of the importance of family and friends as I hobble around school with my foot in a boot having partially ruptured my Achilles!
Our reliance on the love and support of those around us reminds us how much we need each other. Whether we are rejoicing or commiserating in exam results, or other life events, we do so not on our own but in the company of others who come alonside us.
Let us celebrate those around us as we journey through lifes joys and disappointments bearing in mind the ever present love and grace of our Father.
Tuesday 18th June
From 8.30am in the meetings room.
Please join us at the PADoK AGM as we discuss everything that has happened this year, welcome reps who will be joining next year and discuss the distribution of this year’s funds.
Richard Brocksom the chairman of the governors will also be joining us for a question and answer section. Why not take this opportunity to speak directly to Richard, ask him about the direction and future of the school.
PADoK Charity Netball Tournament
Wednesday 19th June
Once again, we are inviting schools from the local area to join us for a charity netball tournament, all proceeds will be donated to Abbie’s Fund.
This is a very fun day and a great platform to show visiting schools what a rather lovely and fabulous bunch we are. Please get in touch if you can help on the day, we will need volunteers to serve tea and refreshments, cake and biscuit donations. Or just turn up and cheer us on. email@example.com
PADoK Book Club
Thursday 27th June
8pm in Old Hall
This is turning out to be a rather charming PADoK club, please do come along and join us as we chatter (sometimes about the book) over a glass of wine or a cup of tea.
This month we are reading “The Tent the Bucket and Me” By Emma Kennedy.
New PADoK Chair
Sadly my daughter will be leaving the Duke of Kent at the end of next school year, July 2020. At that point after 5 (with a two year break in the middle) glorious and rewarding years I will be finally hanging up my PADoK Chairlady hat.
This job comes without a guide book you can make it as big or small as you want. But the core value is being part of a team, working together, delegating and having fun.
Ideally it would be great if a willing prospective chair would shadow me for the Autumn term, I shadow him/her for the spring term and the I fully pass over (hovering in the background) in the summer term. Ready to retire at the end of the next school year.
This is a job for a Mum or a Dad, Grandparent or carer. Somebody with a child at the Duke of Kent and a love for the school and it’s continuing growth and success.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in the role and wish to discuss it further. firstname.lastname@example.org
PADoK Weekly Clubs
Don’t forget PADoK Netball club meets every Wednesday morning 8.30-9.30am and PADoK Singers meets every Thursday morning 8.20am-9am. Both clubs are led by DofK members of staff who generously give up their time. It’s a great way to learn or improve a skill whilst meeting parents across the entire school community.