Weekly Bulletin 12/10/2018
Sport, being the theme of the morning, enabled us to demonstrate the considerable breadth of sport and facilities we have here at Duke of Kent School. Pre-prep children were in the Sports Hall with ball ponds and an enormous inflatable farmyard for the more adventurous little ones. Netball skills were being honed on the courts at the front of the school by our Year 9 pupils and Miss Vickers, on the front pitch, children (and the occasional adult.....) were Shooting for Goal in a speed cage - this was a very popular game throughout the morning and became highly competitive as the morning progressed.
On Saturday there was the chance to see 38 London Marathon medals from over the years - from the very first London Marathon in 1981 to the latest one 2018. Chris Finill was kind enough to bring all his medals to the showcase, along with a wealth of knowledge about a lifetime of running and representing Great Britain.
Of course Open Morning isn't just for current families; we welcomed over 50 visiting families during the morning for tours of the school. As always, our pupils were outstanding at guiding visitors around the school and answering their questions about the experience of attending Duke of Kent School. Judging by feed back I have received so far, they seem to have given visitors a real insight into the school. One of the visitors commented that 'it was the interaction between the pupils and the staff that was so relaxed - and yet respectful towards one another, that made a really positive impression'.
Mrs Knox, Head elect, joined us for the morning and spoke to over 100 parents and children in the Performing Arts Hall. Anna D, Head Girl, and Toby H, Head Boy, spoke from the heart about their time at DoK - they have been here for 16 years between the two of them so have some knowledge to draw on! Mrs Knox spoke about her experience of Duke of Kent School so far and talked about her passion for education 'Children need to be challenged as individuals and we want to instill in all of our pupils the ability to do their very best in all sorts of environments'. We are very much looking forward to Mrs Knox joining us in January.
A special thank you to Jason and the catering team for the amazing array of cakes and refreshments served in the Dining Hall throughout the morning and our PADOK representatives for imparting their knowledge about being a parent at Duke of Kent School to prospective parents.
Team GB Hockey Player Sam Ward
Our Sports Showcase Open Morning brought us, among other outstanding events, England Hockey player Sam Ward coaching children on our all weather pitch. Charlie B, Year 8, was one of the lucky participants and said 'it was really wonderful meeting Sam and he taught us lots of cool hockey stuff!' Sam was generous enough to spend the morning imparting his considerable hockey knowledge and signing autographs.
Sam started with a senior session on the Wilsons' Pitch where he showed the pupils a different way of beating a defender and shooting at goal. They then played a match alongside Sam before he finished off with a drag flicking demonstration.
The prep school session started off with the children playing noughts and crosses whilst dribbling a hockey ball before moving on to developing their passing skills. They finished off with a mini game alongside the GB international.
I hope all the pupils who came along enjoyed themselves and took away a new skill that they can put into use on our new all weather pitch.
Mrs Hopwood, Mrs Fox, Miss Vernon and Mr Green
BIG Biology Day!
Nationally, Biology week runs from the 6th-14th October and on Monday 8th October was Biology Day here at Duke of Kent School.
The day started with an assembly by STEM ambassador Elena Pearce to enlighten us on how studying Biology beyond GCSE has allowed her to take a masters in conservation and is now involved in a project involving the potential reintroduction of wolves in Scotland! It was interesting to hear of just some of the many doors the subject can open, and how important it is for the preservation and protection of certain species and the environment.
In the afternoon, the whole of year 9 got their hands on dissecting either a frog or a flower, which definitely got their excitement levels up! Dissection is an important skill for studying Biology, Anatomy or Medicine, as is understanding the different roles of organs in a vertebrate body and linking it to how the human body works. Students were fascinated to discover how perfectly organised the internal organs were, and just how small the heart was! Those who dissected flowers learnt how pollination occurs and how one flower carries both male and female reproductive organs.
The day was finished off with a Biology quiz and revealing the winning group for their models of frog anatomy, which went to Archie SB and Ashley A. A great day had by all!
The Harvest Festival
This Wednesday we celebrated Harvest in the Prep school.
We thanked God for all that we have with some brilliant prayers by Year 6 and we thought about those who live around us whose cupboards are bare.
We looked at why we need food banks, what they are and the sorts of people who might need them. The Trussell trust set up food banks 21 years ago to respond to the need of hungry families inspired by the word of God 'to love our neighbour as ourselves'.
It is important think of others who are less fortunate than ourselves but what are thoughts without actions? We all have the opportunity to help others by simply buying one or two items in our weekly shop to donate to a food bank. Most major supermarkets have collection points for food banks or something similar- does yours? If it doesn't could you be the person to suggest it?
News From Salima LEA
The Rogers Travel award was established at Duke of Kent School three years ago in honour of Arthur Rogers, our longest serving teacher, who retired after over 35 years of service, in 2016. The award is designed to encourage international travel and is granted to recent alumni who can successfully demonstrate that their post Duke of Kent School travelling adventures are motivated by a desire to educate themselves, broaden their horizons and approach travelling as an opportunity for growth and self development.
Two recipients of the award, Scarlet Macdonald and Kate Godfrey, returned this week from a trip to Malawi. While visiting this small, vibrant African nation they visited our link school, Salima LEA. In future bulletins we will hear more about Kate and Scarlet's experiences and adventures in Malawi and the work they did in Salima. On leaving the school they were handed an envelope containing dozens of letters and drawings from the Salima students addressed to the students of Duke of Kent School. This included letters in brail from students in the visual impairment section of the school. Many were addressed to Duke of Kent School students who had written to Salima last academic year, others simply opened, "Dear Friend". These letters will be handed out to Prep School students to read and respond to and a number have been printed below for you to have a look at.
As a school community we recognise the importance of developing and strengthening our links with Salima LEA. This link forms an important strand of the Duke of Kent School ethos; to develop a social, cultural and moral understanding in our students. Reading through the letters our students were struck, not by difference, but by the concerns and interests our students share with the students of Salima LEA. Their circumstance, setting and school experience may be very different but their letters talk about their pets, sports they play (football being an international favourite), the books they enjoy reading and their love of dancing. These are all things that bring us closer together and help our students realise that they are global citizens in an ever shrinking wold.
A few match reports from this week
Netball: U16 v. St. Edmund's
On the 9th of October, the U16 netball team took on a challenging game against St Edmund's. We got off to solid start with some wonderful shooting by our GS Sophie D, and GA Minnie C. A strong Center court led by the girl of the game Fleur B and Caitlin P put us in a good position by the end of the first quarter with a leading score of 8-1. When half time dawned on us the score was 9-9 and tensions were high, but Duke of Kent School swept away the ball due to great defence work from Millie B, Anna D, Constance C and Tyla W. Overall a brilliant match with a great supportive atmosphere and a final score of 22-14 to Duke of Kent School. A good game for all. Well done girls!
ISA National Girls' Football Festival
On Tuesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School’s U13 and U15 girls’ football teams travelled to LVS Ascot to take part in the ISA National Girls’ Football Festival. After fighting through the morning traffic we arrived in the beautiful sunshine. Both teams took part in a good warm up and practised their skills with help from Arsenal FC coaches as well as Mr Herbert and Miss Vickers! Next, the tournament got underway with both Duke of Kent School teams in action. The U13 team worked hard with Angelina M doing a brilliant job in defence and Amelie W-B and Mille W-D scoring goals upfront. The girls managed to secure two wins and a draw in the group stages to go through as top of their group. Meanwhile, the U15s begun to work out their tactics with Daisy M solid in defence and Issy P doing a great job of covering midfield with speed and accurate passing to her forwards. They came 3rd in their box after a variety of wins, draws and losses. After a quick lunch break, both teams cracked on with the matches left to play. The U13s were up first against a very experienced opposition; they fought well and gave it everything but couldn’t quite get the win – a wonderful achievement to get to the semi-finals of the cup competition though! As soon as the U13s had finished they went over to support the U15s, they had managed to get through to the trophy final and the two teams could only be decided by penalties! Ellis M stepped up in goal and managed to save every single penalty whilst Laura S scored to give Duke of Kent School the victory. A huge well done to all the girls involved, they behaved fantastically throughout the day and gave each game 100% effort. We are looking forward to next year already!
Netball: U16 v. Box Hill School
On Wednesday our U16 Netball team played Box Hill School. The match began with some frantic play as both teams were eager to score goals and take an early lead. By half time the score was 7 - 3 to Box Hill. We had a tactical team talk and realised we needed to change our game play and this included Ava H keeping a strong GS out of the circle and keeping a good distance between the GS and the post and Izzy P helping the support the play through the mid court. Tyla W worked hard in C with Caitlin P making fantastic drives into spaces and causing her WD some problems. The shooters, Fleur B and Anna D, steadied their nerves and implmented a much more strategic set of play to create a 4 goal lead, an overall turnover of 8 in one quarter! The final quarter saw Box Hill fight back but Constance C, Tyla W and Izzy P consistently made interceptions increasing the lead with a final score of 19 - 14 to Duke of Kent School. Well played girls, it was an exciting game to umpire.
Netball: U11 v. Belmont and Moon Hall
On Wednesday the Under 11 team faced Belmont and Moon Hall pupils in a home netball match. It was an outstanding team effort, with every member of the team showing excellent focus, motivation and grit, which resulted in a 12-0 win! There was some superb passing and passages of play through the middle of the court by Ava and Frankie; tight marking and some great interceptions by Fleur S, Annabelle R, Pippa S, Josie B and Ella ensured that we kept a clean sheet and many of the players had a turn in shooting positions with goals scored by Alex K, Rose S, Ariane L and Esme P. It really was a superb effort from the entire team, and a performance that they should take great pride in!
Football: U11 B v. Belmont
The U11 B Team staged an impressive comeback in a tough match against a skilful Belmont outfit. We started slowly and fell two goals behind, both from corners, after some poor marking in the box. The boys knew they had to react and show their resilience under pressure.
Led by Oscar D-K and Leyland W in the middle the team began to move the ball more fluently. Great link up play between Will R and Oscar H led to Josh W-D being put through and he finished in style. Jasper B was imperious at the back repelling numerous waves of opposition advances. Some silky footwork, followed by a cool finish to score, from Leo T-R put us back on top. In goal Kai G was on top form making some incredible stops, including an amazing last minute save to keep us in front and win the game 4-3. Men of the match were Josh W-D for a superb hat trick and Kai G for his magnificent goal keeping.
Football: U13 v. Belmont
The U13 A team ran out comfortable winners this Wednesday against Belmont. In a game of two halves the week before against Cottesmore, where they let a two goal lead slip in the second half, the team learnt their lesson and saw this game off, giving 110% until the final minute.
With goals from Alex W and Marcus D (25 yard screamer off a free kick) in the first half, the team headed into half time 2-0 up. It looked like history might repeat itself at the start of the second half when Belmont rattled the crossbar. However, the team overcame their nerves and slotted in three goals in the second half from Max K, Freddie N and a second for Ben W.
The team deserve every credit for learning from past mistakes and digging deep in the second half to deliver a well deserved victory.
Football: U13 B v. Belmont
On Wednesday 10th September, the U13 B team travelled to Belmont School to play their second away game of the season! Duke of Kent School started well with some lovely passages of passing and moving. We took the lead thanks to a brilliant 20 yard free kick from Archie L. We finished the half strong, but the score stayed 1-0 at half time. After a few changes in positions, the boys managed to find their groove, converting four more chances in the half, including a super hat trick from Luke I. The final score was 5-0 to Duke of Kent School. Well done to the boys for their great team performance!
Football: Years 3 & 4 v. Handcross Park
On Thursday the Years 3 and 4 Duke of Kent School went on their first away trip of the season to Handcross Park. The Tigers continued their undefeated season with a 5 - 1 win, goals from Chester S x2, Monty L, Liam M and Myles C. The Panthers won 3 - 1 with goals from Elliot S, Arthur D-K and Louis N. The Lions drew 1 - 1 with Eddie C scoring Duke of Kent School goal. Well done to all the pupils involved as they are showing good listening within the lessons and putting these skills into games.
Football: U11 v. Belmont
The U11 A team played very well in their fixture against Belmont this week. The Duke of Kent School team continue their unbeaten run with a fourth consecutive victory in a very competitive match. Jack B had scored a hat-trick in each of the previous three games; an amazing achievement!! He was on target again this week with a last minute penalty after Casper C was fouled by the Belmont goalkeeper. A very good 1-0 victory!
Well done to all that played.
Whole School Reminder
Friday 19th October:
Half Term Departure Times:
15:30 - Pre-prep and Prep siblings
16:05 - Prep School and Senior siblings
16:45 - Senior School
4:45/17:00 - All after school buses depart
Senior School Reminders
Thursday 18th October:
Year 11 Parents' meetings 16:45 - 19:00
Friday 19th October:
GCSE History and Year 9 Battlefields trip to France/Belguim departs
Pre-Prep and Prep School Reminder
Monday 15th October:
Nasal Flu Immunisation
Nasal Flu Immunisations will be given to children with parental consent on Monday morning across year groups Reception through to Year 5. Please remind your child if you're expecting them to have it, so it doesn't come as a surprise! The immunisation nurses will see the children in the Junior Library throughout the morning. There's no pain involved, just a tickly squirt up the nostrils. Certificates will be available for those "Flu Heroes" who have their immunisations. Matron will be on hand to offer reassurance and congratulations to the children before and after!
These are the students who have been chosen to be House Captains for this academic year. They will be helping their House Leaders and set an example to inspire the other members of their house to victory.
Prep House Captains - Rufus B and Fleur S
House Captain - Adam G
Sports Captain - Tom G-B
Prep House Captains - Will R and Ava W
House Captain - Josh B
Sports Captain - Caitlin P
Prep House Captains - Annabelle R and Toby T
House Captain - Dugald P
Sports captain - Chloe E-L
Prep House Captains - Oscar D-K and Pippa S
House Captain - Willow C
Sports Captain - Callum H
Congratulations to you all.
Mr Gritton and Miss Anand
Surrey Netball Trials
This September Year 8 seniors Izzy B, Amelie W-B and Kora W were nominated by Duke of Kent School or their Netball clubs to attend four Under 13 Netball Development Workshop sessions. There were girls from many different schools and they were coached during drills and match play. It was nail-biting as only half of the girls were selected to attend an intensive trial on Sunday 7 October. The Duke of Kent School girls were chosen along with 150 girls to this. They all played 5 short games of netball in their chosen positions watched closely by the coaches. The Duke of Kent School girls were impressive and worked very hard to play their best all day against some very talented netball players. It was a great experience and they will find out soon if they have been chosen for a place as a Surrey Academy member...we will keep you posted!
Miss V and Mrs Williams
Smashing it at Squash
Congratulations to Jack B, in Year 6, who recently won the London and South East squash championship in the U11s category, after a full weekend of matches.
Stars of the Week
Nursery: Angus D for an enthusiastic start to nursery life and super tidying up.
Reception: Rufus S-C for good concentration in phonics and a positive attitude in reading.
Year 1: Alex G for amazing concentration and accuracy with his work.
Year 2: William T for displaying a ‘can do’ attitude and for attempting his work independently.
Performing Arts News
The box office is open for the World War 1 Evening, being held at 7pm on 6th November (not 8th November as advertised in the school calendar). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many seats you would like to book. The evening will be a poignant, reflective and at times light-hearted look back at tales, songs, poems and moments of World War 1.
Rehearsals for 'Made in Dagenham' are hotting up and the children are working hard - please check the calendar for all the dates of the weekend rehearsals. Tickets for this will be available soon!
And finally the date for next term's GLive concert is in. It is on a Wednesday this year - Wednesday 13th March - so put it in your diaries. It is always a highlight of the year!
As we approach the end of the first half term I'm sure there are many of you out there starting to feel the fatigue set in. Probably the simplest way of improving your day at school or work is to have a good night's sleep. In the 21st Century a good night's sleep will probably involve having to abandon your phone, computer or tablet before going to bed as the impact technology has on our bodies at night are well documented. Light from the screen as well the alertness from interacting with our devices has a proven and marked effect on our bodies' ability to switch off.
If going to bed is something you struggle with (I am one of these people!) then try turning off your devices 30 minutes before you to go bed so you aren't tempted to check it in the middle of the night. Alternatively you leave it in another room or put in a drawer so it doesn't disturb you at night. Meditating can be an effective way of settling your brain before you go to bed, or if you have the self control to sleep next to your phone then there are many apps that you can use to help you get a better sleep.
Whatever strategy you choose, getting more sleep will be a great way to get more out of the day ahead.
Here are some links for more information:https://mashable.com/2018/04/24/best-apps-sleep/?europe=true
Thanks for reading!