Weekly Bulletin 07/09/2018
Welcome back from Mr Macdonald
What a pleasure it has been for me to welcome back all the students to school this week. Much has happened over the course of the summer - weddings, babies, a new pre-prep playground, outstanding GCSE results - but already the pupils have shown signs of knuckling down and getting back into the rhythm of school. This can be a nervous time for all of us but particularly for new children in a new school, where everything seems impossibly confusing and different. Some will take to it like a duck to water; some may take a little longer. Rest assured, we will do our utmost to ensure that they are all made to feel most welcome and I have no doubt that they will settle in happily and quickly.
It is my pleasure to announce that the new Head Girl is Anna D, and the Head Boy is Toby H. We have had a difficult decision to make in a fine year 11 group but these are two exceptional individuals who will serve the school well. Congratulations to the two of you.
We have an extremely busy and long term ahead of us with plenty to look forward to and I wish everyone all the very best.
Meet our new members of staff
Mr A Charlton was formerly an IT Technician for Aspire Sussex, which provides adult education for West Sussex, and IT Manager for an insurance company. At the Duke of Kent School he’ll be the new network manager taking over from Mr Young.
Miss B Able studied Journalism and Education in Australia and has moved back to England to continue her teaching career. She joins Duke of Kent School as the Year 2 teacher.
Miss M Garside has worked at St Catherine’s for the past 10 years and will be joining us in the medical room on Thursdays and Fridays. She has a wealth of nursing experience and will be a welcome addition to the team.
Mrs F Punter joins us from Bohunt School in Liphook as a Senior School English teacher. Prior to that she spent four years in Hong Kong teaching English and Drama.
Mrs G Tattan-Robb spent 15 years in the chemical industry before moving into teaching at Tomlinscote School in Frimley. Mrs Tattan-Robb joins us as Head of Science and we also welcome her two children, Bea and Leo, into years 1 and 5 respectively.
Mr A Wyllie joins us from Glebelands School as a teacher of Physics and Year 10 form tutor.
Miss M Godfrey is a former pupil of Duke of Kent School. She has just completed her A-levels at Godalming College and is returning to the school as a sports assistant.
GCSE Results 2018
The Year 11 pupils of 2018 celebrated a wonderful set of GCSE and IGCSE results this summer.
It was fantastic to see 47% of our pupils achieve Grades 7 / 8 / 9 (the equivalent of A or A*), a tremendous accomplishment for our inclusive school, particularly considering the recent major changes to the qualifications. 97% of our students have achieved the benchmark of 5 GCSE passes including IGCSE English Language and Maths.
There were some phenomenal individual performances with four pupils managing to gain an average grade of above Grade 8 in their results. Nevertheless, we are equally proud of all the pupils who have worked tirelessly during their school career to achieve the grades they deserve. There is a collection of hard fought Grade 4s (C) that we are celebrating with just as much enthusiasm.
Particular highlights include Physics (80% Grades 7/8/9), French, Geography, Chemistry and Biology (all with 60% Grades 7/8/9), Maths (55% Grades 7/8/9) and English Language (52% Grades 7/8/9). 50% of our Art students achieved a grade 8 or 9.
This Year 11 made the most of every opportunity at Duke of Kent and showed what an inspirational group of young people they are. Their resourcefulness, dynamism, kindness and tenacity leave a lasting legacy and it is wonderful to see them achieving their goals. They have worked hard at their learning and their friendships, and it has been a real pleasure for staff to see the amazing transformations that have taken place through sheer hard work and dedication.
Year 7 trip to Sayers Croft
On Thursday morning all the students in Year 7 started the day with a brisk walk up Pitch Hill then onwards to Sayers Croft field centre in Ewhurst. During the day they took part in four different activities, including high ropes, caving and boulder climbing, in which they had to work as part of a team and often confront some fears. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other better and prepare for the many challenges that lie ahead.
A very warm welcome back to all our parents, we trust you all had a relaxing and rewarding summer break.
Please see below for details of some of the many groups and activities we shall be providing this term.
Join us on our New FaceBook Page to keep up to date with all the latest PADoK news and activities. Just put PADoK in your FaceBook search bar and request to become a member.
I look forward to meeting you or seeing you soon.
Second-hand uniform shop
Shop will next be open on Wednesday 12th September 3pm-4pm.
Dates for your Diaries
PADoK Autumn Event- BINGO, BANGERS and BEER
Friday 16th November at 8pm
Join us for a fun night filled with many hilarious variations on the game “BINGO”, supper and a licensed bar.
Tickets will go on sale soon.
Christmas Shopping Manns Department Store Cranleigh
Monday 19th November
Once again Manns department store in Cranleigh will be opening their doors to us for an exclusive evening on Christmas shopping.
More details to follow very soon.
PADoK Netball (The Flyers)
Wednesdays, New Time 8am-9am in Ness Hall, the sports hall at the bottom of the site. Netball starts Wednesday 12th September, so come along!
Absolutely no previous experience needed; everybody of all ability and fitness are very welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Duke of Kent School Singers
Thursdays 8.20-9.00am in Performing Arts hall
The group is fun and relaxed and open to all regardless of their musical experience. If you would like more information, please email Lucy Burr on email@example.com
Singers first get together this term will be on Thursday 13th September at 8.20am. We look forward to seeing you.
First walk - Friday 21st September
Meet 8.30am at Pitch Hill carpark, Hurtwood Control carpark 3, above the Windmill pub.
Grab your dogs and your walking boots and join us to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours and sunshine for a relaxed walk in the surrey hills.
This will be a moderate walk, everybody welcome.
Hot drink and cake will be available in the car park on your return.
Join us on FaceBook. Just put “PADoK” in your search bar and join our group page to keep up to date with all PADoK news and events.
Mrs Trotman - Head of PADoK
Whole School Reminder
Monday 10th September:
Activities and Prep begin
Tuesday 11th September:
Opro Mouthguard Fitting 12:30
Wednesday 12th September:
PADoK Uniform Shop open 15:00 - 16:00
Senior School Reminder
Monday 10th September:
GCSE Art trip to Booth Museum
Duke of Kent School on Eagle Radio
Mr Macdonald took to the airwaves this week as the debate about allowing mobile phones in schools continues at the start of the academic year. The debate about access to mobile phones in school is on going in the UK where more than 90% of teenagers have mobile phone. A recent study by the London School of Economics found that in schools where mobiles were banned, the test scores of 16 year olds improved by 6.4% - the equivalent of adding five days to the school year.
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.
Performing Arts News
The Performing Arts department has hit the floor running and we have already had two days of rehearsals for Made in Dagenham in the school holidays! Please check the calendar for all the dates of the rehearsals, especially the Sunday rehearsals.
The Music department is busy sorting timetables for all the instrumental lessons; these will be up next week for just one week and then once any issues are sorted full timetables for the first half of term will go up around the school in the usual places. Please do get in touch if you have any queries about music lessons.
This term is a busy one - the Senior Production, the Junior Christmas Concert, the Pre-Prep Nativity and two Carol Services - so there will be plenty of opportunities to witness the wonderful work the children in school do in the Performing Arts. To that end we now have our own 'micro-website' on the school site! On here you can listen to the school album, watch a short video of various events and look at many excellent photos. Check it out here http://www.dukeofkentschool.org.uk/performing-arts-microsite
Welcome back to the weekly e-safety bulletin, I hope you all had a great summer holiday. Coming back after a long holiday I think it would be prudent to come back to a topic that was featured in a previous bulletin last term - gaming addiction. It is important to recognise the signs when someone is becoming addicted to video games, but it also important to understand the difference between simply spending a lot of time playing games and demonstrating symptoms of addiction. During the summer you may have found that someone you know spent an "unhealthy" amount of time gaming, so we should address those signs now.
The Rutland Centre is an Irish-based charity that deals with a variety of addictions, and outlines some key physical and emotional symptoms associated with gaming addiction. Fatigue, headaches, and joint problems can occur with excessive amounts of gaming. As well as this, feelings of restlessness when not gaming, lying about how much they have played, and isolating themselves from others to play are also indicators of a problem.
Thankfully as gaming addiction is recognised as a medical disorder it is possible to receive treatment for it as you would any other. If you think someone you know is exhibiting signs of addiction or would benefit from treatment contacting your doctor is a good place to start. Centres for addiction are starting to come into operation, so it is never to late to seek help.
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Pause For Thought
May I add my 'Welcome back' sentiments to you all and a special welcome to all those who are joining our merry throng!
This is my second year here as your School Chaplain and for those who I have not yet met I'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what my role involves.
I'm part of the wonderful pastoral team which provides support to all pupils and staff. This includes having an open door policy to my room (located next to the Art room) to give a listening ear to anyone who needs someone to talk to - about anything, however seemingly trivial or more serious and I am obviously inclusive to those of all faiths or none. Some of my duties include taking assemblies, celebrating the major Christian festivals, organising the Christmas carol concert, offering parent prayer meetings, running Youth Alpha and teaching R.S.
As we start this new academic year together you can be assured of my continuing prayers for you all.