Weekly Bulletin 11/05/2018 - Duke of Kent School

Weekly Bulletin 11/05/2018

Ben Perkins - Surrey Schools Regatta

On Saturday 5th May Ben P took part in the Surrey Schools Regatta at Papercourt Lake in Ripley. It is a significant regatta with 44 boats and about 60 young sailors competing. According to Ben the conditions were ‘light and shifty’. There were 6 races overall and many different classes of boats in action such as Optimists, Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials, Toppers, RS Fevas and Fireflies. Ben, competing in a Laser 4.7, had to use all his skill and resourcefulness to make best use of the difficult conditions.

Ben performed extremely well against some very tough opposition, coming second in the Laser Class and second overall. Congratulations to Ben on his outstanding performance.

Mr Seeley

Practical CPR Demonstration

Mrs Chloe Sarjant (Matron) delivered a tremendous practical CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation) session for all Year 9 students. This was primarily as part of their DofE training, but is clearly also a relevant life-long skill. After a demonstration every participant had the chance to practise the procedure CPR with ‘Resuscitation Annies’. This consisted of checking for danger, trying to elicit a response, calling for help and commencing CPR at the rate of 30 compressions to 2 emergency breaths.

Given the help and assistance provided earlier in the week by DoK staff for another school’s DofE students struggling in inclement weather conditions this was a particularly well-timed session and was very well heeded by our students.

Mr Lodge

Years 7, 8 & 9 - Mastery Mindsets Workshops with InnerDrive

On Tuesday Edward Watson from ‘Inner Drive’ visited the School to deliver a workshops to Years 7, 8 and 9 on how to develop a ‘Mastery Mindset’. He introduced pupils to the key habits of successful people and provided suggestions and ideas on how to acquire them. The philosophy behind the workshops was that there is no guarantee of success, but by living your life by these habits you put yourself in the best possible position to succeed. It helped reinforce the actions that will help the pupils to develop effective strategies at School to help develop their learning. It built on much of the work we have done on ‘Growth Mindset’ and reinforced our desire for pupils to develop a learning orientation that focuses on the behaviours that lead to success.

Mr Seeley

Year 6 English trip to Ewhurst Riverside

On Wednesday, Year 6 visited a beautiful ancient woodland in Ewhurst. We found a peaceful spot by a babbling brook, settled down and took a quiet moment to recognise the nature around us, focussing on the details that are often all to easy to miss or take for granted. The weather was kind to us so we were fortunate to be surrounded by verdant and vibrant colours, as well as native wildlife. In fact, we passed a dog walker who had just seen a kingfisher, alas despite keeping our eyes peeled we were not quite as lucky. The tranquil setting was an ideal location to introduce 'The lady of Shalott' as part of our work in English this term on poetry and ballads. We read the ballad together and then in groups analysed a part of the ballad to summarise the events for the rest of the class. There was a familiar location and protagonist, along with many novel phrases and words in Tennyson's poem that we were able to discuss and clarify to help us understand the story. We will be continuing our work on ballads and 'The Lady of Shalott' in the coming weeks, and I hope that our brief trip serves as a memorable introduction to this form of verse. A big thank you to Mrs Green for joining us and well done to all.

Mr Coote

A few match reports from this week

Cricket - U15s vs Kingswood House 

On Tuesday Duke of Kent School lost the toss. Luca E 9 (12 balls) opened with Sammy L 50* before Luca was caught and bowled with a spectacular diving catch. Toby H 33 (20 balls) joined Sammy and the runs started to flow with Duke of Kent School racing to 73 off 8 overs due to some big hitting from Toby H. Duke of Kent School continued with this momentum to keep scoring and ended up on 130 for 8 off their 16 overs. Dugald P and Sam R opened the bowling and were put to the test due to some nice strokeplay from Kingswood House opening batsmen who scored with a flurry racing to 51-1 off 5 overs, the wicket coming from Sam R. Toby H introduced himself and turned the game on its head finishing with figures of 2-0-3-3 with all 3 wickets being bowled. Callum H got in on the act bowling a wicket maiden and this ensured that Duke of Kent School won by 48 runs. Well done to all those involved as there was some lovely bowling on display and it was an enjoyable afternoon.

Mr Green

Cricket - U13A vs Cottesmore

The U13A played a home match against a talented Cottesmore side on a very warm Wednesday afternoon. Batting first, DoK were all out for a grand total of 56 runs from 21 overs. Arthur B played a gritty ‘Captain’s innings’ as he comfortably top-scored with 20 runs, mostly precisely judged singles but also with a couple of stylish boundaries for good measure. Harry S took the attack to the bowlers and scored 9 not out. Jonathan H and Ashley A also managed to occupy the crease for a few overs but, unfortunately, this was unlikely to be a competitive total. Cottesmore lost one wicket in surpassing our total in 9 overs - a very well taken catch by Marcus D off Archie S-B’s bowling. Harry S, Arthur B, Jonathan H, Oisin W and Marcus D also bowled credibly and accurately. Ben W, Tom S, Freddie N and Tom M all fielded particularly well. This was also the side’s first match of the season and improvements in minimising the number of conceded byes, and running between the wickets, should see them play with more confidence and panache.

Mr Lodge

Rounders - U8 vs. St. Edmund's

On Thursday afternoon, the sun shone once again on Duke of Kent School's U8/9 rounders team captained by Lucy P.  St Edmund's arrived and both team listened well to some team tactics before starting the first innings. Duke of Kent batted first, the girls played well and felt confident when fielding with some brilliant and consistent bowling from Mia O. In the second innings, there were some fantastic hits from Clara H and Rose S leading to some well deserved rounders and half rounders. A huge well done to all the girls involved for achieving an excellent win and managing to score 5 rounders!

Miss Vickers

Pre-prep swimming gala

On Wednesday morning Pre-prep pupils took to the pool to showcase their efforts from their swimming lessons so far this year. As well as the anticipated breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl races, spectators were also treated to some novelty ball and ‘horsey’ races. The swimmers showed exceptional focus and determination (as well as having a lot of fun), and should all be very proud of their individual performances.  Mrs Fremont-Barnes really enjoyed meeting Mac's Grandpa John and hearing all about his own swimming career! Many thanks for the cheering and support from our wonderful team of parents and thanks to our fantastic swimming teachers, Mr Darren, Angela and Mr Herbert, for preparing the children for this wonderful event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Mrs Green


Whole School Reminders:

Monday 14th May:

GCSE Examinations begin 

Monday 14th May:

Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School Council meetings 08:30am

Thursday 17th May:

Lunchtime violin/piano recital for pupils of Mrs Blunden12:45 - 13:30

Friday 18th May:

Evening piano recital for pupils of Miss Macaulay 17:00 - 18:00

Evening singing recital for pupils of Miss Barnes 18:00 - 19:00

Evening piano recital for pupils of Miss Macaulay 19:00 - 20:00

Senior School Reminders:

Thursday 17th May:

Year 10 Future Schools' meeting 17:00 - 18:00

Friday 18th May:

Year 10 School Examinations

Prep School Reminders:

Tuesday 15th May:

Year 6 to Lancing Science Challenge 12:30 - 17:45

Friday 18th May:

Prep School trip to Woodhouse Opera, Holmbury 09:00 - 12:00

Pre-Prep Reminder:

Tuesday 15th May:

Year 1 trip to Wakehurst Place - rainforest workshop


Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Nursery: Olivia W for improved mark making and concentration.

Reception: Mac Y for a great improvement in attitude to learning and super swimming!

Year 1: Freddie P for putting in lots of effort all week and showing great concentration.

Year 2: Arthur W for working hard at improving his handwriting and spelling.

Mrs Green

Music Department News

House Music Finals Concert

Last Friday 4th May the pupils who performed in the House Music Finals last term, recreated the concert but this time so their parents could come along and watch. We had a full house in the PA Hall and all of us were treated to an evening celebrating the wonderful talent that we have in the school. The House Music competition is a big event for the school with over a hundred entries, and the children are very much in charge of their own destiny, being able to choose their own song or piece, and having to find the time to practise and perfect it with help from their music teachers if they so desire. The finals concert is always a fabulous event and the repeat concert last Friday reflected this to a tee, with a lovely, diverse range of pieces across all the categories. The evening was finished off with what has now become the traditional 'jam session', with all the performers busking their way through a version of 'Feeling Good' which we had learnt literally 20 minutes earlier in the Music Classroom! A massive well done to all involved and thank you to all the peripatetic teachers who work so hard with the children in their lessons.

Senior Choir Showcase

On Thursday evening this week the Senior Choir presented a showcase of last term's tour to Holland. In an effort to recreate the wonderful feeling of joy that we achieved in our concerts on the trip, along with the palpable sense of togetherness that all of us felt as a group on tour, the choir sang the same programme and we then looked at a few photos and videos from the trip. The point of the evening was to share all this with the parents of those children involved and to show off what an excellent ensemble this choir has become - and we certainly achieved it! With a fabulous turnout and all the children looking resplendent in their costume dress the choir, of course, sang beautifully and we all enjoyed reliving for a short while this brilliant tour.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

A BBC investigation recently found that over 250 YouTube channels had contained adverts promoting essay writing services. These videos totalled more than 700 million views over the past few weeks. Although many of these videos have now been taken down, it again raises the issue of YouTube content creators influencing their viewers in unhealthy ways.

It is important to be aware of the real meaning behind the messages these people put out, and that any promotion or advertising of a service from their videos is almost always paid for. While content creators have to disclose that a video contains paid promotion, this often amounts to a small icon or blurb in the description box, and is not always in the video itself - so be careful about what you watch.

Here is an article for more information:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44017266

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause For Thought

What a scorcher! I do hope you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and didn't get too burnt!

Exam season is upon us bringing with it anxiety and stress (not only for the pupils!). It is often at times like this, when we feel overwhelmed, that we turn to prayer with the words, 'Oh God help me!' But what is prayer and why do we turn to it?

This week sees the start of an initiative started by Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) three years ago called 'Thy Kingdom Come'. The idea is to encourage us to pray, which even the most committed Christians admit to struggling with! This is now a global phenomenon and millions of Christians will gather to pray all over the world for ten days.

Prayer can simply be being aware of God's presence with us. It is easy to overcomplicate it and make it too wordy.

Do have a look at the link below.

https://vimeo.com/264041099

God Bless

Mrs Pakenham