Weekly Bulletin 13/01/17

Welcome Back and A Happy New Year

It was a great pleasure to see the whole School gathered for the first assembly of the year at which we discussed what it would be like if we celebrated Christmas every day.  We decided that, that although it is sad to take down the Christmas tree, and that we had enjoyed our holiday with friends and family very much, mince pies and turkey would be too much if they were our daily diet.  Taking our inspiration from John, Chapter 10 (I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness), we looked at ways in which we could keep the joy of the Christ child in our hearts and lives through the term ahead.

Mrs Fremont-Barnes

St Clement Danes

On Sunday 11th December last year, just after the end of term, the Senior Chamber Choir travelled up to St Clement Danes Church on the Strand to sing at the annual RAF Benevolent Fund Carol Service.

With a coach full of lunches, cassocks, parents,staff and children we set off, almost on time, heading up to Waterloo, meeting some of the choir there. With traffic against us we were a little late and thanks must go to the parents who supervised the choir members waiting for us in a nice, warm coffee!

On arrival the choir were straight into their rehearsal and the minute they set foot in the church their behaviour was impeccable. All the children deserve to be praised for their demeanour and professionalism throughout the day; they did themselves and us proud. When it came to the service itself, the choir sang absolutely beautifully and once again drew a spontaneous round of applause from the congregation. Special mention must be made of Oscar B, who stepped in at the last minute to cover the alto part in the quartet for poor Andy M, who was struck down with the flu. Oscar B learnt the very difficult harmony on the bus on the way up (!) and did a wonderful job.

Thank you to Mr Kaye, Mr Macdonald and Miss Barnes for their help on the day, and to all the parents for their support, especially those who helped us carry all the cassocks and packed lunches in and out of the bus!

Mr Rye

Girls' Ballet Trip to see 'Giselle'

Ballet club enjoyed a wonderful day at the London Coliseum on Thursday watching English National Ballet’s Giselle. The pupils had studied the story and some of the choreography from the second act in preparation for the trip and were able to spot the steps they knew. We all appreciated the joyous dancing and coherent story-telling in the first act followed by the other-worldly beauty of the corps de ballet in the second act. Everyone was entranced.  I would like to thank the girls for their superb behaviour and appreciation (as well as the most tuneful bus-singing I’ve ever heard!) throughout the afternoon and into the evening as we inched our way back to school in the snow, and to Mr Macdonald for remaining so calm and upbeat in all circumstances! The snow certainly added to the magic of the day!

Miss Francis

A HUGE Pre-prep Thank You!

In September PADoK very kindly offered to support us at Forest School by agreeing to purchase some new resources for us. I would really like to say a big thank you to PADoK for their generosity. We have bought resources such as wheelbarrows, hammocks, ropes, buckets spades,drills, magnifying glasses and a Dutch oven and a cart to transport it up the hill. We haven't used all the resources yet but I thought I would share some photos so far.
The children get so much out of Forest School already, but these new resources will really enhance their experience.

Mrs Ragless

Prep School Debate

On Thursday members of 6C engaged in a healthy debate in front of the Prep School. The motion posed the question of whether we think that our school is environmentally friendly. There were some very well considered and pertinent points raised on both sides of the debate that were delivered with confidence and clarity, ably chaired by Lucy M. After some time to think about the points raised, the rest of the Prep School were able to make comments and give their opinions, which added to the discussion and no doubt helped some others to form their own opinion and make up their mind as to whether they were for or against the motion. Ultimately the majority decided that we are in fact an environmentally friendly school. However, there were certainly some very thought provoking points made by the 'against the motion' team that will no doubt add to the discussion at the next Prep School Council meeting. Many thanks to 6C for their efforts and well done to all.

Mr Coote

This Week's Featured Books

For Seniors:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

For Prep:

The Railway Children by E Nesbit

When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.

However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else.

They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Rugby: U10 v. Ripley Court

The U10 boys match against Ripley Court was a very exciting game. We were under early pressure but some solid tackling by Luke I, Charlie N and Archie L helped us get back onto the front foot. Alex S, Alfie C and Max S passed the ball well and made some useful breaks. Harley B was quick to the break down and showed his strength in the ruck. Thomas H worked well when acting as scrum half and made some quick and incisive breaks from the back of the scrum. Man of the match, Calum McK, put his body on the line and showed no fear as he felled Ripley’s big runners with some really crunching tackles. We scored four tries: Thomas H used his pace to make two penetrating breaks for the line, Calum McK showed his neat side step to break through for an excellent score and an amazing run from Luke I saw him cover half the field before going over for a stunning try. The score line of 8-4 doesn’t do justice to how well we played, but we will be back to fight another day!

Mr Seeley

Tag Rugby: U13B v. Ripley Court

The first tag rugby fixture of the season saw the U13B team play Ripley Court School in a dominant display. Duke of Kent School won 12-3 with every member of the team scoring a try. The play of the game came when Jamie C broke through the Ripley Court School line and ran half the length of the pitch before waiting for Alex G to set him up for a try, which meant every member of the team scored a try. James C Captained the team on the day and showed great leadership and direction. Well done boys!

Mr Burwood

Hockey: Senior Boys v. Moon Hall College

Wednesday saw Duke of Kent School Seniors Boys’ play their first Hockey match of the season against Moon Hall College. It was an end to end game with Duke of Kent School losing narrowly 2-1. Moon Hall College scored first with a breakaway goal before Angus H calmly slotted the ball in the corner just before half time. Duke of Kent School kept threatening the opposition goal with some mazy runs from Bastien H but unfortunately couldn’t find the net. Some brilliant goalkeeping from Jonah H and defending from Nick P and Jago G kept the score down. Well played to everyone who took part!

Mr Green

Netball: U12 A v. Farlington and Pennthorpe

The Under 12A team started the term with a very busy day on Wednesday. They began the afternoon with a match against a very strong Pennthorpe team who had had a convincing victory against us last term. In tricky conditions the ball moved from end to end with some excellent defending by Lottie and Holly in the goal circle. At times we struggled to keep possession of the ball because of some excellent intercepting skills from Pennthorpe but the close fought game ended in a win for Pennthorpe 8-5. The team then travelled to Farlington to play indoors on a fast wood surface. There was some excellent teamwork in this game and some accurate passing. Bella and Martha began to shoot with great confidence and the centre court play was fast and accurate. We had a very well deserved win 12-7.  Well done to all who played and thank you to all supporting parents.

Mrs Wilson

Netball: U12 B v. Farlington

On Wednesday afternoon the U12 B team played away to Farlington. Centre court players and the attacking half of the team were working hard throughout the first half where they brought the score up to 16-1 at half time to Duke of Kent School. After a swap around at half time, the team continued to play well with Aoife W working in centre court alongside Milly B. The final score stood at 22-5 to Duke of Kent School. Well done to Daisy M who was nominated girl of the game. A fantastic effort by all girls and a great start to 2017.

Miss Jones

Snow at Duke of Kent School

Senior School Reminders:

Thursday 19th January:

DofE Information Evening in PA Hall, 16:45-17:45pm

It is both an introductory session for Year 9 parents (and children), as well as an update session for any parents and children from Years 10 and 11 who would like to listen to the updates and ask their own questions.

Friday 20th January:

Seniors' Careers Assembly

Year 9 Parents' Options meeting, 16:40-19:00pm

Swimming Awards

Well done to the following who achieved swimming awards at the After School Club last term. The pupils were presented with badges and certificates on Thursday.

Romilly F : 25metres

Issy P : 100metres

Madeleine I : Bronze Challenge Award

Bea H : Silver Challenge Award

Kora W : Silver Challenge Award

Hannah S : Silver Challenge Award

Amelie W-B : Silver Challenge Award

Mrs Wilson

Pre prep Stars of the Week


Mackenzie Y for displaying a keen interest and understanding of the natural world and for initiating imaginative creative play.


Freddie P showed a lot of self control this week in the way he behaved during playtime and in class. He was very patient and looked after himself very carefully. Well done Freddie!

Year 1:

Elliott S for excellent work on adjectives.

Sam W for a superb improvement in fluency and confidence in reading.

Year 2:

Harry Went for settling in to the new term with a positive attitude, working hard in lessons and showing great perseverance when reading.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

Violin Recital

On Friday 27th January Duke of Kent School will be hosting a violin recital given by international concert violinist Stephen Bryant.

Stephen is the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is in great demand, both as a leader and a soloist. He has led most British orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as a soloist has worked with orchestras and conductors the world over, most notably Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and the late Sir George Solti.

Stephen will be performing works from the classical violin repertoire, with his piano accompanist, and then conducting a Q&A session about his work as leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The recital will start at 8pm in the PA Hall and will finish by 10pm, with an interval in the middle. This is a ticketed event for our School Community and beyond. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 16 and under, with any profits from the event going to charity.

To book your tickets please email bookings@dokschool.org.  All tickets will be issued on the 27th and should be collected on the door. Seats are available on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

I'm sure you all had a restful break and plenty of lovely electronic gifts were given and received!

Just a reminder this week that any device that has internet connectivity should not be brought into school.

This includes Apple watches and any other smart watch. Fitbits are allowed.

The only exception is a kindle paperweight which can be used in reading sessions. Also students travelling by bus may bring their mobile phones in but must hand them in to the office on arrival and collect them before getting back on the bus in the evening.

Mr Southee

PADoK News

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Dates for this term:

Wed 18th Jan 3-4pm

Wed 8th Feb 3-4pm

Wed 8th Mar 3-4pm

Mrs Wilkinson

The Duke of Kent School Singers

A little reminder that the Duke of Kent School Singers will be starting afresh this term and would love to welcome any new members!

All parents are invited to take part in our weekly, fun, light-hearted and rewarding get-togethers where we learn group vocal pieces with the aim of performing them at future dates.

So if you have sung in a studio or a shower, please do come along and make Thursday mornings a bit more joyful!

Meeting every Thursday morning from tomorrow, 8.20am-9am in the Performing Arts Hall.

Mrs Burr