Weekly Bulletin 11/01/2019
Welcome back from Mrs Knox
Every school has its unique rhythm and I have enjoyed the beat of the drum in my first few days at Duke of Kent School particularly so in the Junior Jungle. I have also listened to presentations by Prep pupils about a “memorable journey”, sat with Pre-prep during their writing lessons, talked to many Senior pupils about their studies and cheered the teams on during Hockey and Rugby matches. My first impressions of the school are of a totally dedicated and committed staff engaging with pupils who are polite, full of character and eager to learn.
Our newly launched twitter account will hopefully help you hear the beat of the same drum. If you haven’t already done so, you can find us @DoKSchool. No more can your children reply “nothing” when you ask them what they did today!
Thank you for the extremely warm welcome I have received. If you would like to say hello, please join me for a cup of coffee on Thursday mornings between 8.30 and 9.00 in the Old Hall where I will be hosting a regular informal “drop in and chat”.
Have a lovely weekend.
Year 5's Flight Success
Today the Year 5 students had their introduction to flight. Having looked at and discussed everything from the Wright brothers to space travel we started to consider wing design, pitch and aerodynamics.
All students tested two paper glider designs, one aimed at distance travelled, the other, seeing how long the aircraft could be kept in the air. The results were amazing.
We intend to research and experiment with the concept of flight to prototype and develop the gliders. These gliders will be launched, using a gimbal, from the deck of an aircraft carrier, moored at the top of School. Year 5 are already looking forward to it.
Year 6 science - Can you make the water cleaner?
Of course! Year 6 were set the challenge of trying to make some very dirty water cleaner. They were only allowed a plastic bottle, 2 pieces of kitchen roll, greaseproof paper (the red herring!), a piece of filter paper, part of a pair of tights and a plastic cup! They had half an hour to complete the task in groups of four. Some very ingenious methods were used, such as cutting the bottle in half to make a funnel and making a hole in the top of the bottle and trying to pour the water through the tiny hole!
An Evening of Acoustic Music
On Friday 8th February the school will be holding another music evening in the PA Hall with three top class professional artists coming to the school to perform. This time however, we have decided to involve some of the children as well, so a few pupils from Years 10 and 11 will also be performing alongside and with the pros. The flavour of the night will be jazz, blues, acoustic and folk music with a bar available, transforming our PA Hall into a cool venue yet again!
Tickets will be available from next week and will cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. Please contact the box office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Already confirmed to appear:
Sumudu - Sumudu played a couple of years ago at school in our first jazz evening and she is very excited to be coming back! She is a wonderful singer and songwriter who tours with Van Morrison, regularly performs at Ronnie Scott's, for the BBC and at the Proms and has sung with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.
Gary O' Brien - Gary has been a songwriter for 20 years, performing all over the world, releasing 4 albums recorded at such places as Abbey Road and working with the likes of Robbie Williams and Echo and the Bunnymen.
Keep an eye on the Weekly Bulletin and our Twitter feed for more confirmed acts.
Pause for Thought
Welcome back and welcome to 2019!
The first week of January is, for many, a time for reflection. A time where we re-visit the highs and lows of the past year and where we look ahead to the coming year. This often involves a mixture of emotions, ranging from excitement to fear. So many questions and even more possibilities. Decisions to be made - some life changing others more mundane but all will impact how we live our lives.
The way in which we approach the new has a fundamental impact on our ability to either enjoy or dread the moment. As we look back let us look back with gratitude and a thankful heart. As we step into the new let us do so with expectation of the good, with courage and resilience for the tough times and hope and joy for all the great times ahead.
In the immortal words of Winne-the-Pooh....
“You are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think.”
There will be a prayer meeting on Wednesday 16th January for anyone who would like to pray into our school community. Meet in Old Hall at 8.30, coffee and pastries will be on hand!
With every blessing
A few match reports from this week
Girls' Hockey: Senior match v. Moon Hall College
This Wednesday was an extremely exciting day as we used the Wilsons’ Pitch for our first competitive hockey game against another school! A mixture of girls from Year 9 & 10 played in the match against Moon Hall College. The team warmed up with good energy and managed to use their time wisely to prepare for the match. This definitely helped as the girls got off to a great start, moving the ball around the pitch with pace and accuracy. The game was very even with both teams getting the ball into their D for opportunities on goal. After a few more minutes of build up play, Duke of Kent School managed to score with some great skill work from Fleur B. As the game continued, the girls managed to intercept the ball to regain possession on various occasions. This allowed Duke of Kent School to extend their lead with some brilliant goals from Milly B and Megan A. Moon Hall College fought back but with some strong defending and great goal keeping from Saffron H-C, Duke of Kent School managed to win 5-2. Well done to all the girls involved, we look forward to using our wonderful new facility for the rest of the hockey fixtures this term!
Boys' Hockey: U16 v. Moon Hall College
The U16 hockey team began the season on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Moon Hall College. Following the result there were plenty of positives to build on for the rest of the season. The boys put on a solid defensive display, led by Sammy L, and limited the opposition to very few chances. Callum H played well in midfield carrying the ball forward and linking play from defence to attack and scored both our goals. We look forward to building on this win during lessons before our next fixture, well done to the team.
Rugby: U12 v. Ripley Court
On Wednesday the U12 team played their first rugby match of the term. Ripley Court came over for a training match which was a perfect introduction to rugby for some boys who had not played before. The match was divided into thirds with the first of these played as touch rugby and then tackling was introduced later on. Our boys played with great spirit and an obvious improvement in their confidence as the match progressed. Ollie J captained the side and showed some good contact skills and some strong running. The stand out moment of the match was a powerful ruck by the Duke of Kent School team followed by a quick pass out to Tom H who timed an excellent pass to Alex W who scored in the corner.
Well done to all who played!
Rugby: U11 B v. Ripley Court
On Wednesday saw the U11Bs play their first rugby match against Ripley Court. They got off to a flying start going 5 up with a lovely run from Jasper B. It was a tight game up until half time with the score being 20-15 to Duke of Kent School due to some great tackling from Kai G, Tom B and Oliver W. Second half saw Duke of Kent School come out of their shell and enjoy the rugby with them running in 9 tries in total. This was due to good teamwork and scrumming from Ozzie H, Alex F, Oscar D-K resulting in turning over the ball. Well done to all the boys involved as they should bravery and skill.
Rugby: U8 v. Ripley Court
On Thursday the U8s got their first taste of a tag rugby in a tri-angular against Ripley Court A and Bs. The boys played really well showing good dodging skills and tagging of the opposition to stop them scoring tries. It was a free flowing game with Duke of Kent School scoring some nice tries with good running weaving through the defence and passing to the opposition payers. Well done to all the boys involved; John B, Theo C, Jack R, Patrick W, Levi L, Elliot S and Eddie C.
Senior School Reminders
Thursday 17th January:
Year 9 trip to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Friday 18th January:
Year 9 FSB/MEN ACWY Immunisations
Saturday 19th January:
Years 9, 10 and 11 optional trip to Vitality Netball International Quad Series
Prep School Reminder
Friday 18th January:
Year 5 History visit to The Old Rectory
Duke of Cat
It has been a purrrfect day at the Duke of Kent school.
Naturally, I was a bit apprehensive about starting my new job. However, I have been welcomed with open arms and many warm and soft cushions to lie on. Glorious weather allowed me a precious few moments’ warmth to myself, such lovely views here in the Surrey Hills! I met my namesake ‘SYDNEY’ in Year 5 on Tuesday and enjoyed a photo opportunity. Some people were dismayed by my “show and tell” activity of a live mouse at pick up time and a teacher sadly cut short my presentation. But never mind, there is always next week.
Sydney the cat
Stars of the Week
Nursery: Savannah L for working hard with continued enthusiasm, particularly during maths.
Reception: Sam P-R for showing a positive approach in his reading and writing.
Year 1: Alex G for a fantastic start to the term, putting lots of effort into everything.
Year 2: Martha G-A for a wonderfully positive approach to maths and challenge.
Performing Arts News
After a rather busy end to last term the Performing Arts Dept is enjoying a relatively quiet start to the term, although this is unlikely to last! Rehearsals are already in full swing for the Prep School Production of 'Wind in the Willows', (which this term are on Tuesday and Thursday first activity.)
The Spring term also sees the annual House Music competition taking place; this is open to every pupil from Years 3 - 11 and the first round auditions will start in a week or so.
Our annual trip to GLive is on a Wednesday this term - Wednesday 13th March - watch this space for more information on the line up and tickets.
And finallly Pre-Prep's Spring concert is on Thursday 21st March. Always a fabulous event this one!
We hope to see you at one of these events.
A recently released horror film is inspiring a series of internet stunts, which can be incredibly dangerous. Birdbox, a story about a family who blindfold themselves to avoid a monster, has taken the world by storm since it was released on Netflix over the Christmas break.
As with any pop-culture phenomenon, it didn't take long for people to film themselves copying the characters and attempting everyday tasks without being able to see - potentially hospitalising themselves by walking into walls or even traffic.
Netflix itself has commented on the matter and told people to under no circumstances attempt the so-called "Birdbox Challenge". As with any internet fad it won't be long until it fades away, but until that time I would definitely encourage you to watch out for people you know in case they put themselves in danger by trying it.
Here are some links for more information:https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/what-is-the-bird-box-challenge-and-why-has-netflix-warned-against-it-a4029961.html
Thanks for reading!
New PADoK Book Club
We are very much looking forward to seeing everybody for a relaxed evening around the fire in ‘Old Hall’ on Friday 1st March @ 8pm for PADoK’s first book club meeting.
Our first book we shall be, lightly, discussing is:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman
Refreshments will be served and we very much look forward to seeing you.
After a fabulous performance at the prep school Christmas concert, PADoK singers will be reconvening on Thursday 17th January at 8.20am in the performing arts hall. Absolutely everybody is welcome no previous experience is necessary. Start your Thursdays joyfully with singing.