Weekly Bulletin 09/12/2016
Prep Christmas Concert
Last Friday saw the annual Prep School Christmas Concert in the PA Hall, with over 65 children performing, either as part of an ensemble or as a soloist, along with the whole Prep School singing as a choir. It was lovely also to have a few Seniors come and perform for the Juniors, with the debut performance of the Senior Jazz Band (Guy R, Bastien H, Charlotte W, Alex M, Noah T and Connor de V) and some lovely harp playing and singing from Constance C and Ava H respectively. Also making their debut were the newly formed Ocarina club ‘The DoKarinas’ with an excellent rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’, and the new parents’ choir The Duke of Kent School Singers, who wowed everyone with their beautiful version of ‘Fix You’. All the performers were fantastic and, once we had dealt with the huge audience that arrived (!), the evening was a relaxed and enjoyable success.
Pre-prep Christmas Show
The children in Pre-prep have been working incredibly hard over the past half term preparing for the annual Pre-prep Christmas show. This year, Nursery and Reception pupils have teamed together to present ‘Is there a baby in there?’ The story features an especially vocal cockerel who foretells the birth of a very special baby. The animals around the farm spend time speculating about what the baby might be like as well as where it might be born and they eagerly await its arrival. Eventually, the characters are overjoyed to discover that it is a human baby, born in the stable and that the baby’s name is Jesus. This joyous news brings more visitors to the stable including a shepherd, some kings and an angel. The children have put in a fantastic effort to learn spoken lines, song lyrics and dances, and they deliver these with conviction and exuberance. An enormous well done to all the Nursery and Reception pupils for a thoroughly entertaining performance!
Years 1 and 2 have combined for a performance of ‘The Apprentice Star’ – for which the original script was written by Mr Rye’s mum! The Duke of Kent School version of this story tells the adventure of four children helping a little lost star get back to its place above the stable in Bethlehem. Along their journey they meet Mary, Joseph, the Innkeeper and his wife, three kings, four shepherds and 3 angels (including Angel Gabriel!) The children and Lost Star have a wonderful time, forming new friendships and developing an understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. A superb effort from the entire cast!
School Carol Concert
Wednesday evening saw the school Carol Service held again in St. Nicolas Church, Cranleigh, with carols sung by the Junior and Senior Chamber Choirs, Years 1 and 2 and some lovely entrance carols played by the Duke of Kent School Brass Ensemble. This annual service is always a very special occasion and this year was no different, with a full church and a lovely atmosphere. Special mention must be made of the vocal quartet – Josh B (who also sung the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City beautifully), Andy M, Toby H and Bastien H – who sung the first and third verses of In Dulci Jubilo so well.
We are also looking forward to Sunday 11th December when the Senior Chamber Choir shall once again be representing the school at St Clement Danes Church, for the RAF Benevolent Fund’s annual Carol Service, which is guaranteed to get us all in the Christmas mood!
Old Pupil Success
A match report from this week's matches
Football: U16 v. St Edmund's
On Tuesday the U14s travelled to St Edmund's for their final football match of the season.
They started the game well with some confident goalkeeping from Sam R and good powerful runs from Luca R-E in midfield. One of Luca’s runs resulted in a brilliant side footed finish in the bottom corner. The whole team played with confidence in the first half passing the ball around and to feet and deserved the 1 nil lead at half time.
Tiredness started to kick in during the second half with the play getting a little sloppy and a dangerous long goal kick from the opposition keeper allowed their striker to get in behind our defence and chip it in off the post.
Duke of Kent School continued their passing game and with the majority of the possession were unlucky not to score a second deserved goal.
Well done to all those who played and for showing positivity throughout the whole season.
Football: Girls' House Football Matches
Congratulations to all the a girls who took part in the senior girls football match on Wednesday. Fantastic skills, a great atmosphere and played in true Duke of Kent School spirit.
A special thank you to Florence T and Josie M for the brilliant photos.
Issy P Gymnastics Success
Issy P and her 2 partners competed in the South East Regional Acro Championships against other clubs from all around the South East Region. Her grade included teams from as far away as Dover and had ten other teams competing for the podium. The trio performed exceptionally well and produced a clean round with no major errors, and finished the event in 6th position with 25.27 points. This is not a bad result due to the fact they have only been a trio for 3 months and are learning each other’s moves and timings all the time. The competition was very tight with the first placed trio scoring less than a whole point more with 26.25. Well done Issy!
Pre-prep Gymnastics Display
Throughout the Autumn term, 13 pupils from Years 1 and 2 have been taking part in an after-school gymnastics club with Miss Jones. This Monday, parents came and joined us for the end of the session in order that the children could showcase some of the skills that they have been learning. The gymnasts showed great discipline and unprecedented focus and concentration to produce an impressive performance as a group. Skills shown included supported handstands against the wall, bunny hops over a bench and a ‘squat on’ on the vault. A very big ‘well done’ to each and every one of them for their hard work this term!
As part of their research into the First World War Luca E, Toby H and Dan P put together a fantastic presentation accompanied by a Trench cake. Other topics have included: the roles played by horses and dogs; the perils of aerial warfare; the role of women in WW1; disease and medicine; new weapons including tanks, gas and flame-throwers; poetry (and associated context); and the Gallipoli landings. Dexter B and Fraser D-G researched the background of their own family forebears with some poignant results. The topic has been quite an 'eye-opener' for the year-group, who are now able to articulate the pros and cons of British involvement in WW1, and comprehend some of the savage challenges of trench warfare. The hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (fought between July-November 1916) has also provided a noteworthy backdrop.
Duke of Kent School Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter Competition Winner!
This year I entered for the Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter competition. For this competition, I had to create a 90 second documentary about a chosen species of wildlife. I chose to do mine on a family of cemetery foxes that I filmed and then studied. I was shortlisted from all the entrants and then I was into the voting stage, I received a huge amount of support from the School and from my family from all around the world, I was fortunate enough to win by a small proportion of votes, so I am the Cairngorms Young Presenter 2016. I can't thank people enough for the sheer volume of support that I received.
Alex B, Year 10
Weekly E-Safety Tips
With this being the last bulletin before Christmas, I just wanted to give you a heads up on setting the security settings on any new devices given or received.
Remember to check on the manufacture's website how to set the security settings on devices that connect to the internet; be that phones, iPads, SMART TVs and so on. You can also search the devices on Youtube and find a video guide on how to set them.
If a child is receiving their first device that connects to the internet, remember to have a discussion with them outlining the rules of going online. Opening up a dialogue is the best way to stop anything untoward happening online.
The 100 Club Winners
1st prize - £275 - Jasmine Belshaw Year 8
2nd prize - £165 - Reuben Davies Year 7
3rd prize - £110 - George Davenport Year 4
Mulled Wine and Minced Pies
Huge thanks to all who donated to the PADoK Christmas Hampers - ten sumptuous hampers were created full of delicious and decadent goodies. Thank you to all who bought tickets, a grand sum of £1,100 was raised. This will go towards funding extra equipment for after school clubs.
1st prize - The Clarkes (Charlie & Henry)
2nd prize - Mr Seeley
Saturday 6th May - PADoK's May Ball & Charity Auction
We are pleased to announce that all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Dusty Yak Foundation. This small charity was founded by ex Duke of Kent School parents to give support to children and orphanages in Nepal. The foundation provides a loving home, education, food and clothing for eleven vulnerable girls making a profound impact on their lives. For further information about Dusty Yak Foundations see their Facebook page.
In the New Year we will be searching for fantastic auction lots - if you would like to help gather prizes or have ideas of who we can ask please contact Harriet on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the ball will be on sale next term - more details in the New Year.