Weekly Bulletin 08/12/2017
Prep School Christmas Concert
On Friday 1st December the PA Hall was set for the annual Prep School Christmas concert, a lovely event that always signifies the beginning of Christmas here at Duke of Kent School. A relaxed and warm atmosphere filled the building and the children performed brilliantly. There was an eclectic mix of solos, duets and ensembles, with everything from Japanese shamisen to a Christmas tree playing an ocarina (nice one Ozzie!). The choir, the Dokarinas and the Ukes of Kent were in fine form and even the audience found its voice for the Christmas singalong of Winter Wonderland! Thank you to Mr Kaye, Miss Barnes, Mr Macdonald and Mr Wilson for their involvement and support and to the children for their practice and performances, which were all of a consistently high standard.
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Copies of the 'Angel Express' hit the newsstands earlier this week, announcing the arrival of the Son of God. With the help of some festive Narrators, Pre-Prep's choir of Angels quickly set about spreading the news, and preparing to meet the baby Jesus with a very special song. As the blessed trio of Mary, Joseph and their trusty donkey made their way to a stable in Bethlehem, the angel choir's beleaguered conductor stoically stuck to his task, despite his proteges showing worryingly little improvement in rehearsals. Meanwhile, a clutch of shepherds and their surprisingly obedient sheep gracefully flocked to the stable, guided by not one, but two majestic stars. News of the baby's birth brought wise men and camels bearing gifts but also - finally, after a great deal of practise - an angelic performance fit for a newborn King. Well done Pre-Prep for all your efforts, and sincere thanks to all of the staff involved in making this year's Nativity such a hit.
Prep School Christmas Fayre
On Monday 4th December, the eagerly anticipated Prep School Christmas Fayre finally arrived. Children in the Prep School have been very busy planning and making items over the past few weeks ready for fayre-goers to win and buy. Years 3 and 4 made a fantastic selection of cards, snowmen, candles and Christmas pegs, as well as baking wonderful cakes to sell. Years 5 and 6 provided the entertainment by designing, organising and making their own games. They have spent their recent Creative Curriculum lessons organising exactly what resources they needed, delegating different roles within their groups and working as a team to make sure that they were ready in time. When Monday arrived the Old Hall and the Dining Room were bursting with fun and exciting things to do. The pupils were in charge of running their own activities, making sure they gave the correct change(!) and encouraging as many customers as possible to visit their stall.
Thanks to the support of the pupils and parents within our School community, the Fayre was a fantastic success and we raised approximately £1082. This money will be divided between three charities selected by the Prep School council: our partner school, Salima LEA, in Malawi, The Cranleigh Foodbank and Cancer Research.
An enormous thank you to all who visited the Fayre, and many congratulations to the Prep School children for pulling together such a successful event.
Mrs Green and Mrs Lock
The School Carol Service
Our annual Carol Service took place on Wednesday evening in St Nicolas Church in Cranleigh. To a packed church the Senior Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir and Pre-Prep Choir sung their hearts out, and the readers spoke with clarity and meaning, filling the church with Christmas cheer and creating a wonderful atmosphere. Special mention must be made of Zara H, Ava H, Minnie C, James F, Oscar B, Kora W, Sophie D, Josie M and Andy M who all sung beautifully either as part of an ensemble or as a soloist, and to the readers: Josie M, Fergus W, Jasmine B, Charlie N and Patrick W, and the Year 6 House Captains Maddie I, Katyana W, Max S and Calum M, and of course to Mrs Pakenham who led her first school carol service so well and gave a lovely address.
Mrs Henry's time in Australia
Our Reception Class teacher Penny Henry has had the opportunity of taking a sabbatical in Australia during 2017 and she will be returning to resume her role at Duke of Kent School at the beginning of next term. This is what she has to say:
Leaving on New Year’s Eve 2016 made my departure from the UK extremely poignant and as I flew into Sydney two days later, I felt an equal measure of trepidation and excitement. The January heat was intense but welcome as we took in the sights and sounds of living in Manly, a multi-cultural, beach-side suburb of Sydney.
Having gained clearance to work, I started at the Montesorri Day Centre there, in the middle of January. I have been in charge of the ‘Bandicoot’ classroom, which caters for 3 to 6 year olds from 07.30 to 18.00, for fifty weeks of the year. I was given the task of setting up a ‘Kindy’ programme for the 5-6 year old children who had deferred their start at school. This entailed planning a curriculum for the year that matched the Montessori requirements to the specific Early Years Learning Framework used in Australia. Only five children were in this group yet the paperwork and inspection processes are vigorous and exacting. It has been a juggling act ‘teaching’ the older children and ‘caring’ for the younger children and it has opened my eyes to the world of long day care. The pressures of working in this type of environment are quite different from that at Duke of Kent School and much of my role has been pastoral, involving advocating parenting skills and supporting the psychological needs of the children who may spend more waking hours with educators than with their parents.
Apart from work commitments, my husband and I have tried to make the most of our weekends by visiting local places of interest. The day care centre itself is situated in the North Head wildlife sanctuary, which has had an interesting history. Looking out into the Pacific Ocean from North Head, it has been a thrill to go whale watching, as humpback and southern right whales pass on their migration route to and from Antarctica between June and October.
As I am booking my flights back to the UK, I will be sad to say goodbye to the many wonderful people and children I have met. Australia is a wondrous place and it would take a lifetime to fully appreciate it; I say a heartfelt thank you for the opportunity I have been given and know that I will return to Duke of Kent School a more knowledgeable, empathetic and professional teacher.Mrs Henry
This Month's Featured Books
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house . . .
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen.
This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters.
A Few Match Reports From This Week
Football: U14 v. St. Edmund's
The U14 football team put on a impressive display on Wednesday to beat St. Edmund's School 6-0. In parts, they produced flowing moves passing the ball around the opposition with pace and accuracy. Special mention to Oscar B who scored 2 from midfield and to the defence for resilient and strong challenges throughout. Good end to the footballing year.
Girls' House Football
On Monday the girls in Year 7 & 8 had our first ever Girls House Football. Each house played three matches. First on pitch 1 it was Armstrong v Chichester, the final score was 3 - 0 to Armstrong. During this match Hillary played Whittle on pitch 2, the final score was 3 - 1 to Hillary. The next matches were Armstrong v Hillary on pitch 1, this was 4 - 1 to Armstrong. Meanwhile Chichester played Whittle on pitch 2 and the final score was 3 - 0 to Chichester. The last matches were Armstrong v Whittle on pitch 1, their score was 3 - 1 to Armstrong. The final match on pitch 2, was Chichester v Hillary, the final score was 3 - 0 to Chichester.
Each game was played seven minutes each way with rolling subs throughout the game. Everybody had a really good time and did so well for their team, the sportsmanship was outstanding and it was a great afternoon.
The final results:
1st - Armstrong
Milly B, Year 8
Live Streaming Risks
For the last e-safety bulletin of the year we will be taking a brief look at some recent news from the National Crime Agency concerning the risks surrounding online live streaming, something which may be more relevant during the Christmas holidays. The key point is to be aware of offenders who may try to use these platforms to establish relationships. To quote the article - 'Zoe Hilton, from the NCA, said: "Offenders will take advantage of the fact that young peoples' inhibitions are lower online so we're also encouraging parents to talk to their children about what a healthy relationship looks like and how to spot when someone might not be who they say they are.'
As always, the thinkuknow site from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/) is a great resource for anyone of any age to get some guidance about any issue relating to e-safety
Here is the article in question:
Thanks for reading,
Art say Thank You to PADoK
Having gratefully received the kind donation of a printing press from PADOK, the Art Studio has become a veritable hive of printmaking activity. Across the school students have explored intaglio, collagraph, lino, etching and experimental printmaking techniques, including using old CDs as a printing plates and printing with feathers and leaves. Students have used these printing techniques to investigate themes as diverse as portraiture, music, socialist posters, Punk album covers, Greek myth and The Book of Kells. The printing press has really come into its own as a tool to help GCSE Art students develop imagery in exciting and new directions.
Andi L's Painting
Pictured here are Mrs Fremont-Barnes with Andi L, Year 10, and his portrait of the Head with Ruby. Mrs Fremont-Barnes was overwhelmed to be presented with this amazing picture which Andi painted while on holiday in China.
A Skype call with Eleanor Updale
On Tuesday morning, Mr Southee’s English class were lucky enough to Skype with the author of the book they are studying, Eleanor Updale. She is the author of the incredible ‘Monmorency’ series that the group have loved reading and studying this term.
The students wrote some wonderful questions, asking her about her inspiration around names used in the book, how she researched the Victorians, and about her writing style. She was engaging through the 50 minute session, taking the time to talk through her writing process and the in-depth research that she does for each of her books. Her top writing tip was to plan - always know where your story is going before you begin!
Eleanor was super generous in giving up her time for the students. If you are looking for any books to buy your children this Christmas, the Montmorency Series are a great set of stories…they are my personal favourites!
Congratulations to Leo H, Year 6, who has was selected, following the North Area Trials, for the U11 Sussex Knights pre-Christmas county coaching programme. Leo has been attending a 9 week coaching programme at Imberhorne school in East Grinstead. A second round of selections will be made at Christmas. We look forward to seeing his cricket skills throughout the Summer term.
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine Event
To all who donated to our Christmas Hampers - thirteen sumptuous hampers were created. Huge thanks to all who bought tickets, the raffle raised almost £1,000. This will go towards funding extra equipment for after school clubs.
The lucky winners are:
The Bourkes, Mr Intone, Mrs Hunt, Mr Lodge, Mrs F-B, Mrs Willis, Rosie S , Kai G, Mrs Betts, Miss Harris, Mrs De Voil, Mrs Clarke and Chester B!
Congratulations to all of you and enjoy!
100 Club Winners
1st - £250 Freddy B Year 7
2nd - £150 Ariane L Year 5
3rd - £100 Jude L Year 10
Paws for Thought
It's been a week of Nativities! The Ewhurst Nativity scene came to visit us on Monday and there was room at the Inn! Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the animals started their journey at the Duke of Kent School and will be travelling round the village of Ewhurst finishing up at Ewhurst Church at Christmas. Clara H and I settled them into Pre-Prep for the day before they moved on.
At the end of a busy term, with Carol services, shows and end of term tests all completed we can all breathe a sigh of relief having made it this far. It has been an absolute joy to begin to get to know your children and I'm already looking forward to next term and what the New Year has in store!
I wish you and your families a very peaceful and joyful Christmas