Weekly Bulletin 08/05/2015

Don't Miss Out! Book your family's place for the Above & Beyond Open Morning here: Above & Beyond Booking Information

Charlotte's Canoe Challenge!

Charlotte V and her father Steve embarked on an incredible journey over Easter to complete the International Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.

Charlotte and Steve paddled in alongside David and Pip great friends of theirs and another father and daughter team. Steve and David originally competed in the DW in 2008, raising £22,000 for Help for Heroes. Four years previously David had been blown up on military service in Iraq and was given just 5% chance of survival. He did indeed survive. 

This Easter weekend, David and Steve set out to compete for a second time but this time partnering with their eldest daughters. To date they have raised c £10,000 between them for The Poppy Factory, a charity which aims to get injured service men and women back into meaningful employment.

Having been in training since last autumn, they took to the start line in the pouring rain at 7.30am on Good Friday, in Devizes, Wiltshire. They paddled cumulatively for 27 hours, had 2 capsizes, the first of which left a crack in the boat which required constant repair and had to stop to fix a broken rudder. They set off in the early hours of Easter Monday for the final stretch down the Thames, and at approximately 9am they arrived, victorious, bathed in glorious spring sunshine at the foot of Westminster Bridge. 125 miles, 77 portages and 3 nights camping by the river - an achievement that cannot be underestimated.

What an amazing achievement from a wonderful family that we are proud to have at the heart of our school community. If you wish to make a donation to Charlotte's charity please email: k.brookes@dukeofkentschool.org.uk and I will forward your email to the family, who will send you further donation instructions.

For more information and to book your places for the Above & Beyond Open Morning follow the link below:

  • Weekly Bulletin 14/06/2019
    Featuring DofE, Hands on History, French Impressionism, Frau Mack, Golfing success and much more...


The School is currently in the process of choosing an art work to adopt at Watt's Gallery. We will be hosting a family event next term - more details to follow...

London Marathon Success

Congratulations to our extraordinary Bursar, Chris Finill, who ran the London Marathon in 2.52.39 and finished 965th, 5th in his age category.

The time also gave him European record for the longest time span between a first
and subsequent sub 3 hour marathon - 35 years and 356 days!

Chris very kindly allowed former World Champion Paula Radcliffe to have her photo taken with him!

Our Reception teacher Penny Henry also completed the London Marathon. Well done Penny!

Democracy Day

As part of understanding the election process both the Prep and Senior Schools took part in a Democracy Day. Pupils in the Prep School created their own parties and manifestos, whereas the Senior School mimicked the real General Election. This was a great chance to see democracy in action.

Pre-prep News

On Thursday Pre-Prep held a Literacy Challenge Day. The children took
part in literacy activities all day, with Nursery making beautiful sparkly name pictures, Reception creating clocks , Year 1 writing  Hungry Caterpillar books and Year 2 writing 'Who Am I?' poems. Year 1 and 2 joined together for a game of written 'Consequences' which
encouraged them to use descriptive and expressive language and which
turned out to be hilarious.

Who Am I? by Sam Year 2

One day I sat under a tree
When an apple just fell on me!
I am interested in Maths and Astronomy
I died when my hair was as white as can be.
I was born in England in January
And my famous discovery is GRAVITY!

Who Am I? by Toby Year 2

I was born in January 1756
I was writing music at the age of six
Fifteen languages I could speak
When I played piano it didn't squeak!

Stars of the Week (last week)

Year 2 Alex for being kind and caring with the younger children and for working so hard in lessons.

Year 1 Mickey for progress in reading and excellent counting at Forest School.

Reception Gabe for perseverance with difficulties caused by his broken foot and excellent progress in reading.

Nursery Harry L for a very positive beginning to school and for building an amazing train track.

Mrs Macdonald