Weekly Bulletin 10/11/2017
Year 11 visit Southampton University
On Thursday the Year 11s had a day at the University of Southampton, to give us a foretaste of what being an undergraduate might be like. After a bit of creative navigation on the journey, we were met by three incredibly friendly third year students who directed us to a lecture theatre for a taste of university studying. We had an introductory lecture, then one on study skills specific to Uni students, and after that we had an actual lecture, by Dr Richard Penny, on ‘Economics and the Political Issues of Today’. This was a fascinating and terrifying insight into what is actually going on around us as opposed to what we are being told.
At lunchtime we were entertained by a spontaneous Salsa dance-a-thon, part of the university Rag week entertainments. We don’t know what got into them but the Samba-air got to the lungs of Blake F-P, James E, Austin R and Archie H, who could not help but move their feet and join in! All of this was in front of the student union. Impressive stuff from our Duke of Kent School lads!
After lunch we were give a talk on ‘Student Life’ followed by a swift tour of the University. All in all a very enjoyable day, and one that helped open the eyes of our students to what it would be like to go to a top Russell Group university. Well done to our pupils who behaved impeccably and, as ever, were excellent company.
Geography Field Trip
On 6th of November the whole of Year 8 went on a Geography trip, based on our recent river topic. We visited two sites, one in Abinger Hammer and the other in Shere. At those sites we measured the velocity of the River Tillingbourne by timing how long it took for an orange to float 10m downstream at the middle, near side and far side. The bed load: we randomly picked up 10 rocks and measured them using a calliper. The depth: to do this we stretched the measuring tape across the width of the stream and every 50cm we sank a meter stick and recorded the measurement. At the end of the trip we were all tired and soaked. During the next Geography lesson, two days later, we shared and recorded our results onto a sheet. Overall it was great trip. We may have been a little soaked but at least we all had fun!
Malawi visit to Salima LEA
Over the October half term, Mrs LaCroix, Mr LaCroix, Eve, Archie and Miss Francis all had the wonderful opportunity to visit our partner school, Salima LEA, in Malawi. We were made to feel extraordinarily welcome by all the members of staff who were very open to sharing their experiences and challenges with us, as well as discussing how we can help them in practical ways. Despite having 150 children in one class, many of whom have to sit on the floor, the children’s behaviour and attitude to learning and the teachers’ determination to a deliver good quality education is impeccable and inspiring. Mrs LaCroix and I will be sharing more about our experience in assemblies this term.
Salima LEA’s greatest challenge is that 13 of their classes do not have a classroom and have to sit under trees, with a blackboard leant up against the trunk, for their lessons. Whilst this might sound idyllic in the dry season, in the rainy season in means that many of their lessons have to be cancelled, which obviously has a significant effect on their education. Therefore, our focus for fundraising this year will be on providing simple, easy to maintain, yet sturdy raised shelters for these classes. Watch this space for news of exciting fund-raising activities! Thank you very much to everyone who contributed stationery and football kits at the end of last half term. The container is on its way to Malawi now and will arrive in time for Christmas.
This Months Featured Books
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) comes to life in Margery Williams' timeless tale of the transformational power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made ‘real’ through the love of a human. “'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'”
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Orlando is the extraordinary tale of a young nobleman who finds wealth and favour in the court of Elizabeth I, but who never grows old. After experiencing love and adventure, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, wakes to find that he is a woman, who in her turn faces discrimination and eventually love as the centuries unfold. This is playful and ground-breaking storytelling.
A few match reports from this week
Netball: U15/16 v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday our U16/U15's took on St Edmund's. Both teams began with a very fast paced game with quick and accurate passes going into both circles within just a few passes at times resulting in a 5-5 draw at the end of the first quarter.
Both schools had strong shooters. Anna D and Sophie D worked well in the circle moving in and out to create space for each other to receive the ball and take a shoot and equally St. Edmund's GA was making great drives and scoring off the moves made. The half time score was a draw again at 8-8.
In the third quarter our defenders, Hannah D (GD) and Constance C (WD) put the pressure on in the mid court with Josie M (C) closing down their GA on the center passes. Unfortunately, St Edmund's found their rhythm and were able to streak slightly ahead with a 19-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Duke of Kent School dug deep right up to the end where we were able to close the gap down including a goal scored in the final 10 seconds. The final score was 23-22 to St. Edmund's. Well done, girls; the grit and determination in the final quarter were great to see.
Netball: U9 v. Belmont
The U9 girls played some fantastic netball during their home match against Belmont on Thursday. Belmont got off to a flying start, scoring 3 goals in the first quarter, however Duke of Kent School were determined to pull the match back. They began to pass with more accuracy and were able to keep more possession of the ball. This helped them create some brilliant goal scoring opportunities and in the final quarter Duke of Kent School girls scored 3 goals thanks to Jessica I and Isla B! Further congratulations to Isla for being awarded girl of the game. The score finished 6-5 to Belmont. Well done to all the girls involved for some great team work!
Football: U14 Bs v. Kingswood House
Duke of Kent School welcomed Kingswood House for our inaugural fixture this Tuesday. The U14s started the game positively, passing the ball around and creating space, with a notable performance by Ben G. A number of these pinpoint passes helped Vincent T to his hat-trick and Adam M to his double. Brilliant football was played by all and a high degree of accurate passes and effective tackles resulted in a well-deserved win for Duke of Kent School.
Football: U15 Bs v. Kingswood House
The U15s started the game positively with a darting run down the wing by Oscar L who was backed up with some strong tackles by Dugald P and Jude L. Jude then showed calmness in front of goal, placing the ball in the bottom right-hand corner to get Duke of Kent School off the mark. Louis C showed silky skills on the wing with Seb T-A making a fantastic diving block to stop a goal. The U15s showed control throughout the game and composure on the ball.
Football: U13 D v. Kingswood House
Duke of Kent School's U13 D team enjoyed a home match against Kingswood House on Wednesday afternoon. Kingswood requested a 8-a-side match and, with the help of a couple of 'transferees' from the C team, we were able to oblige. The game was keenly contested by both sides on what was a cold afternoon. The real man of the match was Oscar B who, as goalkeeper, simply refused to allow Kingswood to score with a succession of multiple saves. He was matched only by his counterpart in the opposition goal who also produced a magnificent display - with one exception. Charlie B managed to score the one goal that settled the match in Duke of Kent School's favour after a pass from the ever-persistent Ben D. Those boys were excellently supported by the indomitable Freddie B, Josh M, Charlie C (Captain), Ben H-F, Sandy T and Oscar H.
Football: U11A and B v. Kingswood House
Great performances from the U11A and B teams against Kingswood House on Wednesday. The A Team battled hard against a strong team and came away with an impressive 1-1 draw. The B Team game was a 10 goal thriller with our boys narrowly losing 6-4. A notable performance from Oscar D-K who scored a superb hat-trick in a very exciting match.
Senior School Reminders
Tuesday 14th November:
Ski Trip Meeting 18:30pm
Friday 17th November:
Year 9 Parents' Meetings 16:45 - 19:00pm
Sunday 19th November:
Senior Production rehearsal 10:00am - 16:00pm
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: James McL for his consistently kind and thoughtful attitude towards his friends and for his enthusiasm during class work.
Reception: Hubert S for always contributing thoughtfully in class discussions and for giving whole hearted focus to his work.
Year 1: Lulu B for working with much improved focus and concentration.
Year 2: Henry L for improved information of cursive writing and progress in Numeracy.
Music Department News
The Music Department is preparing for a busy half of term with We Will Rock You, the Prep Christmas Concert, two Carol Services the Pre-Prep Nativity!
'We Will Rock You' is now sold out and promises to be a wonderful production!
Over half-term Guy Rudman was in school recording an entry for the Young Drummer of the Year competition. This is a national competition with the finals held in London - we wish him all the best and watch this space to see how he gets on!
And finally, next term we will be holding another Jazz Night (date to be confirmed) in association with PADoK. More info to follow...
E-Safety and Gaming Part 1: The low-down on loot boxes
In the run up to the Christmas holidays I think it's important to talk about a topic that is particularly close to me - video games. For the next few weeks I will highlight some of the key concerns surrounding online video games, and hopefully provide some insight as to what they are about. Above all else, I think it is important not to demonise video games, but to understand how to manage the risks so that we can all focus on the fun instead.
This first week focuses on an issue that has become more and more common this year: loot boxes. Loot boxes are virtual treasure chests that are received in game, either as rewards for playing or by buying them using in-game or real currency. They are not usually essential for the game experience, but are extras to spend money beyond the initial cost of buying the game. As the contents of the box are not known until opening it, some people have compared it to gambling as the reward is not known until money has been spent and the box has been received. Some of the most popular games like FIFA, Overwatch, and Call of Duty feature loot boxes in one form or another, as well as mobile games like Clash of Clans.
I can say from personal experience that the feeling of buying and opening loot boxes can be an addictive experience, and it is easy to let these feelings overwhelm you, especially if it is not something you are not used to. Most of all it is important to be open with children about why these mechanisms exist, and why they are such a powerful influence over us (there is an article about the psychology of loot boxes linked below). Restricting purchases or using it as a reward may be good strategies, but could result in resentment or attempts to purchase things in secret.
In any case, Governments and regulatory bodies are having to play catch up to this relatively new topic, so this sadly won't be resolved anytime soon.
Here are some useful articles:
Thanks for reading!
Just a quick reminder that our exclusive evening of Christmas shopping at Manns of Cranleigh is on Monday 20th November from 7.30pm - 9.30pm.
Tickets are £5 and all bookings should please be made by this Monday 13th November to confirm your tickets.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets, please quote your child's name & year.We hope to see you there.
Lucy Burr and the PADoK Team
Paws For Thoughts
As a school community we paused on Friday morning to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom in the First and Second World Wars. We also remember those who continue to be caught up in the horror of violence and bloodshed and their families and loved ones who suffer at home. The act of coming together in this way, to pause in the midst of our busy lives, is crucial; not only to give respect to the fallen but to become aware of the on-going conflicts that plague our world. It is also a time of reflection. As we gaze on the beauty of our world, so easy to do in the beautiful Surrey Hills, we become aware that the world is a fractured place, full of contrasts and seemingly irreconcilable differences.
But we have hope. Hope in the present that though we suffer we are not alone, that the love of God holds us and gathers us, giving us strength and comfort. And hope for the future 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away' (Revelations 21:4).