Weekly Bulletin 11/02/2016

Charlotte's Royal Appointment

Charlotte and her parents had a wonderful day at Admiralty House, celebrating the 500th person placed in employment by the Poppy Factory. They met, spoke to and shook hands with the Duchess, who was charming and was fascinated by Steve and Charlotte's fundraising adventure completing the Devizes to Westminster canoe race last year.

Introducing Maureen Domoney:

Artist in Residence 2016

Joining the growing list of artists who have taken part in Duke of Kent School’s Artist in Residence program is Maureen Domoney. After the success of residencies with humanitarian photographer Giles Duley and Heatherwick Studio architect Simon Winters, we have expanded this year’s Residency to two weeks. Maureen will be working in school from the 29th of February. During her first week she will be working with students from across the school, as well as a specially selected ‘Stretch and Challenge’ group. Her workshops will take a Growth Mindset approach to drawing, teaching drawing skills that everyone can use to develop their skills and encouraging a ‘can do’ approach to portraiture. In the second week Maureen will be using the Lodge at the school gate as her studio, here she will be happy to welcome staff and students to visit while she is working.

Maureen is a professional portrait artist in Cranleigh, who takes a personal approach to her work, taking the time to really get to know her clients. The results of this show in the depth of character clearly visible in all her painting and pastel work.

Maureen studied at Goldsmiths University and worked for many years in theatre before returning to her true passion of portraiture. She specialises in Pastel or Oil and likes to work from 'life' of course but also undertakes work from photographs.

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday saw the school mark Safer Internet Day 2016 with several activities and talks that spanned the age ranges of the school.

The Senior School had an assembly in the morning, focussing on doing something ‘positive’ online. The talk looked at certain scenarios that they may face online and how to deal with them.

The Prep School had a question and answer session. There were some very insightful questions about online safety and some that were more curious about internet terminology.

The Pre-Prep were read a story about Smartie the Penguin and his experiences with his new computer. Plenty of lessons were learnt and the children were very enthusiastic when singing the ‘Click, Click, Click…Think, Think, Think’ song!

Finally, in the evening, the E-Safety Committee met. Made up of staff, parents and students, the group discussed current online trends and ways of educating both parents and students about online safety.

You can find the presentations that were given to the students here…

Mr Southee

U15 Rugby Sevens Tournament

Congratulations to the U15 Duke of Kent rugby sevens team who recently won the Frensham 7’s Tournament. With victories over More House and Ditcham Park followed by a defeat to LVS Ascot, the Duke of Kent team progressed to the semi-final stage after finishing second in their group. The semi- final was a physical match, against More House, on a rather heavy ground. This booked the boys a place in the final where they were left with the difficult task of facing LVS Ascot once again without much rest between the semi-final and final. In the final, the Duke of Kent team demonstrated superb effort, courage and fantastic team play to overcome LVS Ascot and claim the trophy. Congratulations to Marcus, Lucas, Bastien , Jonah, Rory, William, Mikey, Henry, Connor, Harry and Jamie, who performed magnificently throughout the afternoon.

Mr Herbert

Swimming Success

The U13, U14 and U15 squad competed against King Edward's Witley on Monday evening. All swimmers swam fantastically well, demonstrating good technique, power and stamina to win so many races and in turn the competition. This was a great achievement for all involved. Not only did the team perform so well but were also notably commended, by the staff at King Edward's, on their team spirit and behaviour throughout the gala. Well done to Daniel, Emily, Sophie, Pippa, William, Alex, Charlie, Lexi, Jasmine, Harry, Tyla, Sammy, Max, Florence and Minnie.

Mr Herbert

U8 Tag Rugby Festival at Windlesham House

On a very chilly, blustery day, the U8 squad put their all into a very challenging and exciting afternoon of tag rugby. We beat St Andrews comfortably in our first match (5-1), followed by a very hard-fought 2-2 draw against a talented Brighton College Prep team. Next up, we played the composite team of the "Baabaas" (after a participating school withdrew late on, and to which we contributed players throughout the afternoon) and were held to 3-3, conceding an equalising try with the last action of the match. As hopes of progressing from our Pool lifted, we deservedly beat Homewood House 4-1, and then came up against eventual finalists Great Walstead in our final game, but were well beaten 3-1. We came out eventual runners up in our 6-team pool, and matched all opposition for spirit, energy, teamwork and sportsmanship. The boys behaved very well and acquitted themselves brilliantly against some talented boys from much larger schools. A special mention goes to Toby, who was awarded "DOK Player of the Day" for some tenacious tackling and skilful running with the ball.

Mr Wright

Robbie Plays for Royalty

Robbie in Year 10 performed for The Duchess of Cambridge last Sunday as part of the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. He played the cornet in the Air Training Corp Cadet Marching Band at a service held at St Clement Dane’s church in London. The service and the lunch reception at the Royal Courts of Justice which the band attended afterwards were attended by the Duchess, who is their Royal Patron.

Mr Rye

Pre-prep News

Stars of the Week

Year 2 Scarlett for a fabulous attitude and effort in Maths.

Year 1 Charlie for perseverance when things are difficult and a great increase in reading confidence.

Reception Erin for progress in reading.

Nursery Lulu for working really hard and being friendly and helpful.

Chinese Day

On Monday all the children in Pre-prep learnt about and celebrated Chinese New Year with their own' Chinese Day'. The children worked in mixed aged groups on Art, Food Tasting and Drama activities. The children enjoyed dressing up in authentic Chinese costumes and acting out the story of the Chinese Zodiac. Penny made a fabulous dragon noise that scared us all and Fenella was superb as the clever rat that wins the race. In the tasting activity the children tried chow mein, noodles, different dried fruits and Chinese sauces. In the Art session they made making colourful puppet dragons. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and staff. Gong Xi Fa Cai !

Mrs Madonald

Prep School News

The Prep School Chess Tournament is in full swing this term with over 30 children entering this year. Thomas and Calum in Year 4 gave a super talk to the Prep School on Thursday morning. Did you know that Checkmate means 'the King is dead'?

Ellis in Year 6, ably assisted by Bailey, gave the Prep School a knowledgeable and interesting talk about Labrador dogs last Thursday. Bailey showed his skills and was very well behaved throughout!

Mrs Wilson

Music News

Last Friday the Music GCSE pupils from years 10 and 11 took part in a GCSE Music Conference at The Rock Tower in Tufnell Park. After an adventurous journey involving car, train and tube we joined approximately 500 other pupils for a day of brainstorming, listening and discussion led by three GCSE Music examiners. Pupils from Duke of Kent School had also been invited to perform and Antonia, performing a brilliant self-composed song on guitar and vocals, and Hannah and Bastien, performing a wonderful version of Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Like a Star’ with Bastien on keyboard and Hannah on vocals, dealt with the unfamiliarity of the audience and the venue brilliantly and drew huge applause and appreciation from the other schools.

Music Tech Club has started this term and pupils from the Senior School have been exploring the joys of Cubase, a sophisticated piece of sequencing and composing software, every Tuesday afternoon in the Music Room.

GLive tickets have sold very well already and if you have not yet booked yours please email bookings@dokschool.org   We have a few left but we can order more if interest demands it.

Mr Rye