Weekly Bulletin 07/12/2018

Made in Dagenham

Last Friday and Saturday the PA Hall was transformed into the 1968 Ford Car Plant in Dagenham, Essex, for our Senior School production of the musical 'Made in Dagenham'. With a cast and crew of 50 children from Years 7 - 11 this was our most ambitious production to date, with complicated scene changes, huge chorus numbers and lots of solos and small ensemble numbers - all learnt and rehearsed in 10 weeks! The children worked incredibly hard, giving up evenings and weekends to get the show together and showing wonderful commitment to the production. All three performances were a sell out, with each one receiving a standing ovation. The children surpassed themselves and the whole team here is spectacularly proud of each and every one. It is a true team effort with all involved giving so much and it really does represent what makes Duke of Kent School such a special school. A massive well done to all involved and to quote Richard Brocksom, our Chairman of Governors, 'the memory of the production will live long into the future'.

Mr Rye

House Bake Off Finals

We were privileged to welcome to Duke of Kent School, The Great British Bake Off runner up Steven Carter-Baily to judge the Grand Final of this year’s  Bake Off. The Prep students and Years 7 and 8 were treated to an inspirational assembly from Steven about his journey to the Bake Off, which highlighted the importance of following your dreams with determination and embracing the mistakes that you will make along the way.

Afterwards, it was then time for the finalists to begin their bakes. Because of the calibre of the judging panel, the task was possibly the hardest bake that any of our finalists have ever attempted. The Prep students were asked to present 8 Christmas themed cupcakes, and the Seniors a Christmas themed swiss roll. However there was a catch! They had to follow the same recipe for their bake but were allowed to decorate their bakes however they wished. All of this had to be completed within 2 hours!

What each of the finalists presented was truly exceptional, with Steven himself saying 'that most adults would be hard pushed to created something to that standard'. A testament to the baking skill that singled these students out from the other 46 entries that entered this year. Congratulations to Oscar H and Milly B who were declared the champions and commiserations to Ben P, Ben H-F and Henry R.

The scale and standard of this year’s Bake Off has been immense. Thank you to everybody who entered the competition as you have made it a Bake Off to remember.

However, the biggest thank you needs to go to Steven Carter-Bailey, who took the time out of his busy schedule to come to our school and make our final an experience that the children involved will never forget.

Here's to next year's Bake Off, we can't wait!

Mr Gritton and Miss Anand

Year 3 decorate our Christmas Tree

Christmas has officially arrived at Duke of Kent School! On Wednesday morning, Year 3 had the important task of decorating the beautiful Christmas tree in Old Hall. We carefully placed each individual bauble and piece of tinsel to create a masterpiece. We then sat around the fire and shared some of our family traditions and memories of Christmas. Many thanks to the Alexandersen family for providing such a wonderful tree from Santa Fir.

Miss Nott

Charlie C's festive work with the RSPCA

Charlie C in Yr 7 has recently had the opportunity to star in the RSPCA’s latest festive video which aims to inspire young people to show kindness at Christmas.

The heartwarming video tells the story of a young boy who grows up carrying out good deeds to help animals and then grows up to become an RSPCA inspector.

Charlie loves drama and animals so the role was perfect for him. He really enjoyed working with the crew to make the video.

The film ‘A Little Kindness’ can be watched online:


Ben P's Charity Fundraising Event for Urban Saints

Thank you everyone, for being so enthusiastic and generous at the Krispy Kreme Sale yesterday. Also thank you so much for everybody who helped me sell them and a particular thanks to Mr Wilson. Overall we raised over £400 towards my Urban Saints house building trip to Mexico.

Ben P, Year 10

School Council Meeting

The Prep School Council met on Monday 3rd December to discuss which charity they would like the money raised at the Christmas Fayre to be donated to. It had already been agreed that half the money would be used to support our link School in Malawi. After much discussion the Council agreed that they would like to support a marine conservation charity. The reason for this was that many of the pupils have become interested in marine conservation after taking part in the holiday work at half term, where they were asked to reflect on the issue of marine conservation: this is Sustainable Development Goal #14. The Council had many other suggestions of charities they would like to support and it was agreed that they would plan another fund raising event for later in the year.

Mrs Lock

A few match reports from this week

ISA National Swimming Finals

Nick E, Year 10, travelled to the Olympic swimming pool at Stratford to represent the London South team in ISA National Finals last Saturday.

Nick had qualified for the 200m Individual Medley. Swimming against some very strong competitors from the other regions, Nick produced a personal best in the final of 2m 30secs, finishing in fourth place. Well done Nick, this is an excellent achievement!

Mr Herbert

Netball: U8 & U9 v. Belmont

On Thursday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U8 and U9 teams welcomed Belmont School to play netball. The girls prepared themselves with a good warm up and some shooting practice. The U9 team were up first, after a slow start the girls really got into the game and made some great passes with good movement off the ball. Next up was the U8s, they had watched the Year 4s and did their best to replicate their movements and passes. The match was very close with both teams managing some great interceptions and shots at goal. Well done to all the girls involved for your wonderful enthusiasm!

Miss Vickers

Netball: U14 and U15 v. Farlington

On Tuesday afternoon, 14 girls in Year 9 & 10 travelled to Farlington for an indoor netball match after school. The short bus journey was enjoyed by all with a variety of Christmas songs on full blast to get the girls in the positive spirit! Once we arrived, we had a team talk involving various tactics and centre pass options to prepare the girls mentally for the game. The U14 team were on first, after a close first quarter the team began to get into the match with Martha M and Daisy M on fantastic form as shooters. They managed to score 8 goals within the second quarter thanks to fantastic mid court play and feeds into the circle from Alice S and Laura S. The goals continued to fly in with Millie L and Alice S both scoring from all positions of the circle to help Duke of Kent School continue their momentum. Meanwhile, Kiki B was doing a fabulous job of intercepting the ball and regaining possession for the team. What a brilliant win, well done girls and thank you to Jasmine B, Issy P, Josie M and Sophie D for stepping in for a quarter to play GK! After waiting patiently, it was time for the U15s to play. The game started in a similar way to the U14s game; it was close with both teams scoring early on. As the match continued, Issy P and Jasmine B were intercepting at almost every opportunity and with Megan A as GK Farlington were struggling to get many goals past our team. Sophie D and Minnie C began to get into their flow during the second and third quarter, Blue R and Josie M rotated in mid court during the game and both girls made a great contribution to the mid court play. Fleur B used her speed and agility to move the ball around the court, Fleur also managed to score some goals when playing as GS for the last quarter! It was another fantastic win for the Duke of Kent School girls and a celebratory bus journey home with guess what… more Christmas songs! Well done for all your hard work this term girls!

Miss Vickers

Football: U11 A v. Shoreham College

The U11 A football team played their last game of the Autumn term away at Shoreham College. All of the boys were extremely keen to finish a very successful season on a high. Shoreham provided a strong test for this talented Duke of Kent School team. After a number of corners, Duke of Kent School finally scored when Jack B tapped in the rebound after Rufus B had seen his header cleared off the goal line. Shoreham responded early in the second period with a well struck shot from the left hand side of the area. The Shoreham goalkeeper made a string of excellent saves until Jack B scored from a long range free kick. 2-1 was the final score; an excellent result!

Mr Herbert

Football: Years 9 and 10 House Football

Congratulations to Hillary, who won this Years 9 and 10 house football competition on Tuesday afternoon. After taking inspiration from England’s first shootout victory since Euro 96 at this year’s World Cup, Hillary won the competition following the drama of two penalty shootouts. There was a great amount of attacking football on display with some impressive goals scored. Well done to all teams.

Game 1

Whittle 3 – 1 Armstrong

Game 2

Hillary 0* – 0 Chichester

*Hillary win on penalties

3rd v. 4th Play-off

Chichester 2 – 1 Armstrong


Whittle 1 – 1* Hillary

*Hillary win on penalties

Mr Burwood

School Reminders

Whole School Reminders

Wednesday 12th December:

School Carol Service, St. Nicholas Church, Cranleigh 17:30 - 18:15

Thursday 13th December:

Christmas lunch and Parties

Friday 14th December:



Departure Times:

12:00 - Pre-prep and Prep

12:30 - Senior School

12:45 - All after school buses depart

Prep School Reminders

Monday 10th December:

Prep School Christmas Jumper Day

Prep School Christmas Fayre 15:00 - 16:30

Pre-Prep Reminders:

Monday 10th December:

Pre-prep Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 11th December:

Pre-prep Christmas Show

A message from the Bursar

Please be aware that the School will NEVER contact you by email to advise of a change of bank account details. If someone, purporting to be from the School, contacts you asking you to change the bank details for school fees, please DO NOT DO IT.

Mr Finill 

Stars of the Week

Nursery: Tombi W for continued hard work and motivation in all areas.

Reception: Seren G for progress in reading and showing growing confidence when trying new activities.

Year 1: Bea T-R for showing improved resilience and flexibility.

Year 2: Henry O'B for improved attitude to learning and for lovely manners.

Mrs Green

Performing Arts News

It has been a busy term in the PA Department at school and we are not there yet! From the success of Made in Dagenham to the beginning of rehearsals for next term's Prep production of Wind in the Willows there have been huge numbers of children across the whole school involved in some way. Still to come we have the Prep Christmas Concert, two Carol Services and the Pre-Prep Nativity. So a busy week lies ahead - we hope to see you at some of these events.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

The online safety organisation Internet Matters recently released a report into the attitudes and strategies behind parenting in the internet age. Using surveys and interviews they sampled a variety of families from across the country to find out more about our relationships with online devices.

The report outlines the main concerns parents have about screen time, the potential benefits it can bring, and some tips and tools to manage device usage.

It's a fantastic read and packed with information so I would encourage you all to take a look.

Here are some links for further information:



Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause for Thought

I thought I would share with you a message from the head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as we ease ourselves into the final week of term!

For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.

For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists.

Many others can find it a sad and lonely time – nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media. But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby Jesus, #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect.

It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey. Wherever you are this Christmas, you are invited to follow the star and to be with Jesus. You are welcome. You are deeply known and truly loved.

Mary and Joseph and all those caught up in the Christmas story were surprised by the astonishing way that God chose to live among us.

Each Christmas we are reminded of God’s longing to surprise us with his gift of joy, love and new life. It’s the greatest present we can receive and share with others!

We wish you every blessing this Christmas.

Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu

Rev'd Kia

PADoK News

New PADoK Book Club

Please join us at 8pm on Friday 1st March around the fire in old hall for our first book club meeting.

Our first book will be “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”, By Gail Honeyman.

Happy reading, we look forward to seeing you in March.

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

We hope to see many parents at this evenings mulled wine and mince pies before the prep school concert, refreshments will be served from 6pm.

We shall be drawing the winners of our Christmas hamper raffle and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club draw.

Mrs Trotman