Weekly Bulletin 08/09/2017
Welcome back from Mrs Fremont-Barnes
After what I hope has been a really enjoyable holiday, we opened our new year with a whole school assembly, at which we warmly welcomed all our new staff and pupils to the Duke of Kent School community.
Although the start of term can be exciting, it can also be a worrying time. Settling into a new form group, new friendships, new targets, new responsibilities, a new school or even just a new blazer can bring nervous moments. We acknowledged that there are times in life when we can feel very small indeed in relation to the world around us or our worries. The lovely reassurance Jesus gives us in Matthew 6 is an ideal message for the start of the new school year: we are not to ‘worry about tomorrow’; all that we need will be given to us, when we ‘seek first His kingdom and His righteousness’, by the God who knows and cares for every sparrow.
What a pleasure it was at that assembly to appoint a very strong team of prefects from our excellent Year 11! I am confident that our Head Boy, Fergus, and Head Girl, Josie, will work hard in their new roles to ensure that they leave this an even better school at the end of the year than it is today.
My best wishes to you all for what I trust will be a busy, productive and joyful year ahead.
Meet our new Heads of School
We are delighted to announce that the Head Girl and Head Boy for the forthcoming year will be Josie M and Fergus W. They will be ably supported by a prefect team consisting of Alex B, Lexi B, Connor D V, Jago G, Will J, Andy M, Austin R, Guy R, Felix S, Albie S, Siena T and Charlie T. 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.
GCSE Results 2017
We have celebrated another superb set of results this year. For anyone that may have missed our coverage in the Surrey Advertiser, please see the result day announcement below. As well as the Year 11 results, we saw top grades for all five of our Further Maths candidates and one then Year 9 pupil, Max T, in German.
"We are delighted to announce that 100% of our pupils achieved the benchmark of 5 GCSE passes including IGCSE English Language and Mathematics. Highlights this year include a great crop of results at A* and A grades: in Mathematics (76%), Spanish (71%), Design and Technology (67%) and English Literature (61%). As ever, while we are thrilled to see these stellar performances, we remain committed to an inclusive approach to education and are equally delighted to see effort rewarded at all levels, with some very hard won C grades also celebrated today!
This year group has always had a sparkle about it and the students have held on to a sense of fun amid the serious business of study. They have relished being challenged without being under pressure. It has been wonderful to see them growing into young people of effort and purpose. They have worked and played hard here, contributing in every area of school life - including sport, charity work, creative and performing arts and leadership - with real enthusiasm and energy. Their achievements have been supported with tremendous professionalism by their teachers, working in close partnership with our parents.
Pleasing as these results are, they only tell a small part of the story of the Class of 2017. They have not only put a great deal of work into their academic endeavours but also into creating and nurturing their friendships, which have meant a great deal to them here and will, I trust, continue to do so in the years to come.
They leave us ready for adventures ahead, equipped to make a difference, and always keen to make the world around them a better place for others. We are so proud of their hard work and all that it has enabled them to achieve!"
Meet our new members of staff
Josie Vickers recently completed her teaching training in Physical Education at Millfield Prep School in Somerset. This year her role at Duke of Kent School will be teaching PE.
Damian Allen has moved back to the UK from a British International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as Assistant Head of Sixth Form. He joins Duke of Kent School as the Head of Geography.
Laura Fellous was a French teacher at Focus School in Caterham, Surrey teaching from Year 7 up to Sixth Form. At Duke of Kent School, she will be teaching French across the school.
Margarita Gonzalez Belda has spent the last ten years raising her family and will now be supporting the Modern Languages team as the new Spanish Language Assistant.
Rob Ellarby was formerly teaching Maths in Dubai. At Duke of Kent School he’ll be teaching Maths to Years 5-8 as well as being the Maths Coordinator in the Prep School.
Sarah Nott, after graduating from Brighton University last year, she worked as a teacher in Jersey before moving to the UK. This year her role at Duke of Kent School will be as a Year 3 class teacher.
Irene May, after spending the last 17 years as Form Tutor to Years 4, 5 and 6 in an all girls School in Cobham, Mrs May will be with Duke of Kent School as Form Tutor to Year 5 this term.
Louise Kent has joined the Learning Development Department as a specialist Maths tutor. In the past year, she has completed her diploma in Education while teaching GCSE Maths.
Sam Honey has been a professional television and theatre actor for over 26 years, appearing most recently in Holby City. She has extensive experience in writing and directing for young people and has tutored for the Guildford School of Acting. Sam has now taken on the role of Teacher of the Performing Arts at Duke of Kent School.
Becky Nicholls, an experienced paedriatric nurse, has been a full time student at the University of Surrey studying for her MSc in Public Health. She will be starting at Duke of Kent School as the School Nurse and will be working alongside our current Nurse, Chloe Sarjant.
Kia Pakenham will be joining the school in the role of Chaplain. Having been a parent over the last few years she will now be getting the opportunity to work alongside the staff in nurturing the children in their development. She is currently training for ordination which will come to fruition next July.
Year 7 trip to Sayers Croft
On Thursday the new Year Seven embarked on a day of teambuilding activities at Sayers Croft Outdoor Learning Centre. After a beautiful walk down to the centre through the local woodlands the group took part in a challenging high ropes course which tested even the bravest of participants before working their way through over 80m of caves in a variety of trials. After a brief stop for lunch they were out again; bouldering on the brand new climbing equipment and navigating their way through a tough maze and obstacle course. There was just enough time for a brisk walk back up to school before collection. The Year Group not only behaved impeccably but approached every activity with enthusiasm and endeavour - Well done!
Wednesdays 8.30-9.30am in Ness Hall, the sports hall at the bottom of the site. Netball starts Wednesday 20th September, so come along!
Absolutely no previous experience needed; everybody of all ability and fitness are very welcome.
Duke of Kent School Singers
Thursdays 8.20-9.00am in Performing Arts hall
The group is fun and relaxed and open to all mums & dads regardless of their musical experience. If you would like more information, please email Lucy Burr on email@example.com
First walk - Friday 22nd September
Meet 8.30am at Pitch Hill carpark, Hurtwood Control carpark 3, above the Windmill pub.
This will be a moderate walk with the option of an easier loop back.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in joining this or future walks.
PADoK Important DatesPADoK meeting - Monday 18th September - 8.30am in Meeting Room. All are welcome.
MacMillan Coffee Morning - Friday 29th September - 9:00 -11:00am
PADoK’s Autumn event - "Nick Rye & The Accidentals" full details next week.
Just a quick note to let parents know that we have a School counselor, A 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.
Whole School Reminder
Monday 11th September:
Activities and Prep begin
Senior School Reminder
Thursday 14th September:
Year 9 DofE Information Evening 17:00 - 17:45pm (pupils + parents)
Pre-Prep School Reminder
Tuesday 12th September:
Years 1 & 2 Parents' Information meeting 15:30pm
Tuesday 12th September:
Nursery and Reception Parents' Information meeting 15:30pm
Gold at the British Swimming Championships!
Competing at this summer’s British age group swimming championships, Charlie T and 3 other boys from Guildford City Swimming Club took top spot in the men’s 16 years and under medley relay final.
As well as taking the British junior champions crown, the Guildford team also broke the South East of England record, and with three of the boys aged just 15 they’ll be eligible to compete in the same event next year.
Oscar L's Fundraising Challenge
The day after Parents Day, Oscar L (Yr 10) took a bold step to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He decided to shave all his hair off in memory of his father and grandfather, who had both lost their battle with cancer. A total of £3,500 was raised by Oscar and he even managed to get his picture on the front page of the Surrey Advertiser! As a result of this, Oscar has now been asked to switch on the Cranleigh Christmas lights this year on Saturday 18th November, so do come down to support him - he may even say a few words. Mrs Fremont-Barnes will be pleased to know that Oscar's hair has all grown back in time for the first day of school!
Oscar L, Year 10
Music Department News
The Music Department is gearing up for another busy Autumn Term, with the usual mix of performances, trips and general music-making taking place.
Individual music lessons will start next Monday; there will be temporary timetables up for the first week or so and then once we have a full list of pupils timetables will be done half-termly. Please email Mr Rye if you have any queries.
Junior and Senior Chamber Choir auditions will take place next week as well; information about this will go up on the Music noticeboards this week. Senior Rock Choir starts on Monday at 1pm, open to anyone who fancies a sing.
Ukulele and Ocarina club will also start next week, on Tuesday and Friday respectively. Information will go up on the boards about this also.
The Senior musical this term is ‘We Will Rock You’, on Friday 24th and 25th November – the cast have already been in during the holidays, for some ‘pre-season training’ and rehearsals are in full swing. It promises to be a full-on production with live band and a cast of 55!
Protect your password!
As we start a new year, it's important to make sure that all of your important documents and details are safe online, and the first line of defence is a secure password. Over the next few weeks there will be a few helpful tips on how to keep your passwords safe in this section of the weekly bulletin.
This week we start with the first step: creating a password. Recent articles have stated that the most effective passwords tend to be long phrases rather than a name or a birthday. Think of a song lyric or line from a poem and it will be much harder to crack than a word that is personal with you, such as a pets name or birthplace.
Whether you are a parent or pupil or member of staff, take a moment to think about your password. Is it personal to you? Is it short? Is it just password? If so, it may be necessary to change it in order to stay safe.
Here are some of the articles in question:
Next week we look at how you can store passwords to make them easier to remember.
Thanks for reading!