Weekly Bulletin 20/01/2017

Bang-On Junk Yard Percussion Duo

On Thursday the Prep school were treated to a performance by junkyard percussion duo ‘Bang On’! Bang On have performed their shows on television and radio, and worked with schools and education projects around the world. The children loved seeing them in action in the morning and were soon clapping, singing, drumming and dancing along to the infectious beat that the duo created, in their own words, ‘on a load of rubbish’!

Each year group then took part in an hour long workshop with Bang On, learning different rhythms, techniques and moves on the array of junkyard instruments, culminating in a performance of pieces that they themselves had composed during the workshop. The children learnt to play the bin, the broom, the water cooler and the particularly tricky ‘empty plastic bottle filled with rice’! In all seriousness, the coordination and concentration required to master the tricky rhythms, work as a team and then perform the pieces are hugely beneficial to the children, as well as great fun!

Mr Rye

Year 10 GCSE Art Trip to Booth Museum

As part of their GCSE coursework, Year 10 Art and Design students visited the Booth Museum in Brighton, for a day of observational drawing. Of all the galleries and museums that we have visited over the years, it is always the Booth that captures the students' imaginations. It describes itself as ‘a quirky hidden treasure’, and certainly lives up to this description. A small unassuming building on the Dyke Road, it houses rows of taxidermy animals, drawers full of butterflies, rooms of weird and wonderful skeletons, from Narwhals to dodos, as well as Victorian curiosities such as a cyclops cat and a fake mermaid! The museum’s collection is the work of Edward Thomas Booth, a Victorian hunting and wildlife enthusiast, born in 1840, who spent much of his adult life living in Brighton.

Our students acquitted themselves well and were encouraged to use a variety of drawing styles and media to respond to the curiosities in the museum. Successes ranged from Isabelle K’s iridescent, oil pastel butterflies to Matty R's pencil and pastel monkey skulls. This work will form the starting point for a whole term, visual exploration of natural forms. During this exploration students will investigate and respond to the work of other artists, times and cultures and make links and comparisons with their own work. They will develop their confidence in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional media and the project will culminate in a final displayable piece. The whole project will form an invaluable addition to their GCSE portfolio.

Mr Watson

Reception Trip to Intech Science Museum

Reception pupils had an exciting trip to the Winchester Science Centre on Tuesday. They put on their space suits, boarded a rocket and flew to different planets in the planetarium. They saw what it was like to land on Mars and Neptune and flew into a big storm on Venus. They even flew through an asteroid belt in one of the rings of Saturn! Thankfully they all landed back safely on Earth.

There were numerous interactive activities to try, and the pupils loved the air filled tube that made a parachute shoot up out of the top. They also had fun in the Little Big House which had a sloping floor and made our perspective change. They were able to meet a life size cut out of the astronaut, Tim Peake, and one of the highlights was definitely the chance to play in the soft play area!

Overall, we had a very worthwhile away day.

Mrs Turner

Year 1 Flight to Iceland

Year 1 has been learning about Iceland and on Wednesday 18th January we were lucky enough to experience a flight to Reykjavik. Each child made their own passport and ticket which they presented at ‘check-in’ to Captain Crabtree and Stewardess Mrs Bond. We boarded the plane and after diversions to Paris, Cairo and Delhi, landed eventually in Iceland. Millie D operated as co-pilot and the children took turns at helping the pilot and stewardess with their duties. Refreshments were served en route comprising of delicious aeroplane shortbread biscuits and water. The afternoon culminated in an opportunity for each child to try flying the plane and creating watercolour pictures of our exciting journey.

Mrs Crabtree

A few match reports from this week's matches

Swimming: U11 & U13 Lancing College Gala

On Tuesday the U11 and U13 swimming team travelled to Lancing College for the annual Lancing College Winter Gala contested between 7 schools, competing in a Medley relay and a Freestyle relay. The U11s team consisted of Izzy B, Amelia W-B, Bea H and Matthew A and the U13's were represented by Nick E, Minnie C, Sam I, Laura S, Grace F and Izzy F. They all swam very well coming up against some strong opponents showing good stroke technique. The U13's freestyle team swam exceptional well winning the overall meeting out of all the schools!

Mr Green

Surrey Schools Individual Gala

Last Saturday evening, four boys represented Duke of Kent School in the Surrey Schools Gala at the Spectrum in Guildford. Nick E in the Junior Freestyle, Alex M in the Intermediate Freestyle, Charlie T in the Intermediate Breaststroke and Daniel H in the Senior Backstroke. All boys swam well, Nick E coming 6th, Alex M and Daniel H coming 4th and Charlie T gained 2nd place. Well done to all that swam and thank you for the support provided by parents.

Mr Herbert

A Message from The Head

As I'm sure you're aware, we have had a visit this week from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  A team of four inspectors spent three days with us looking at every aspect of our work and play and at every section of the School.  We will be sharing the report with you in just over a month's time.  Meanwhile I'm pleased to report that we had a very enjoyable week and the inspectors particularly asked us to thank the pupils for their warm welcome and their delightful manners.

Mrs Fremont-Barnes

Whole School Reminders:

Friday 27th January:

Violin Recital by Stephen Bryant, 20:00 - 22:00pm

Pre-prep School Reminders:

Friday 27th January:

Pre-prep Chinese Day

Pre-prep Stars of the Week


Alex R for improved resilience in the forest, perseverance when dressing and making new friends.


Phoenix for taking his time and trying very hard to cut out carefully.

Year 1

Johnny for excellent focus on instructions and producing a fabulous recount of our flight to Iceland.

Year 2

Tess for showing exceptional kindness and support towards others.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

In Music lessons Year 4 have been looking at junkyard percussion this term, inspired by Stomp and Bang On, and already three of the boys have formed their own group! George R, Ozzie H and Kai G have already built and designed their own instruments, recycling old junk found around the house! Please see the photo on the left to check out their inventive instruments.

The Music Department has another busy term ahead. Please put these dates in the diary:

Thursday 9th March – House Music finals day

Friday 10th March – An evening of jazz with Frank Walden

Thursday 16th March - GLive Combined Schools Concert

Thursday 23rd March – Pre-Prep Spring Concert

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Here are a couple of positive moves from two of the biggest Social Media sites to help aid parents and help children keep safe on their sites.


Instagram have announced three new tools which give users more control over their profiles. These tools allow users to control comments on their posts, edit follower lists on private accounts and anonymously report when they think their friends need help.

The measures may be particularly useful for those who are or have been bullied, abused or threatened on the site or who are worried about others. Childnet have published a summary of the changes and instructions on how to implement them.

Facebook – Parent Portal

Facebook have launched a new advice area, the Parents Portal. The portal is designed to help parents make the most out of their Facebook account, whilst also giving them tips and information on how to keep themselves and their children safe online.

Mr Southee

PADoK News

It's that time again, don't miss the opportunity to take part in Duke of Kent School's Krypton Factor!  Email padok@dokschool.org for tickets!