Weekly Bulletin 27/01/17

Nursery Trip to Little Street, Frimley

On Tuesday 24th January, the Nursery class took a trip to Little Street in Frimley. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore some wonderful role-play areas and resources. The children enjoyed shopping in the supermarket, playing doctors, preparing lunch for their friends, putting out fires, fixing hair and dressing up as superheroes to save the world. Which sums up a perfect day for an Early Years child! The children were really well behaved, had a tasty picnic and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Mrs Ragless

Forest School for Years 1 and 2

Year 2 set themselves the challenge of climbing up the highest rope bridge in Forest School last week. They discovered that if they were all on the rope they had to lean forward or backwards to stabilise themselves. They imagined they were climbing Mount Everest and had to reach the top. It was quite challenging and lots of fun! Year 1 spent time making dens using the wheelbarrows to collect leaves that they used as concrete for the foundations. We all enjoyed Forest School Pizza cooked by Mrs Crabtree over the fire.

Mrs Ragless

Motte and Bailey Castles with Year 6

On Tuesday myself and Mr Seeley judged the Year 6 History castle-building project. Each builder (or team) described how they had created their model and informed the rest of the year-group about the particular historical parts of their particular castle. The results were spectacular - and tasty! Eight castles were made from all manner of materials including: lego, lolly-sticks, a flowerpot, old champagne holders, twine and chocolate (obviously!). The participants were: Kora W and Amalie W-B, Ben D, Marcus D, Zoe L, Freddie B, Izzy B, Will W and Ben W. After voting from the remainder of Year 6 and after careful consideration the winner, in a very close contest, was Ben D. We hope he enjoys eating his prize - his own castle!

Mr Lodge

Year 6 Debates

6W conducted a well oiled debate this week, arguing whether cycling should be encouraged more at school. Each pupil had the opportunity to peddle their reasoned opinions for or against the motion, with many interesting and highly persuasive arguments presented. The children spoke with impressive confidence, moving through the gears effortlessly. Both sides were then pumped for clarifications by some searching questions from the floor, which the panellists ably handled, bar none. As the final remarks were concluded, the far frome tired-out audience - now on the edge of their seats - voted heavily (51:17) in favour of more cycling opportunities at school. Well done to all involved.

Mr Wright

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U11 A v. Farlington

Duke of Kent School made a great start to the game, with a quick goal from Izzy B and a second goal by Bea H. It was then followed by some great defensive play by Kora W and Zoe L. Amelie W-B had to move well to get free from her player but she did and Hannah S was ready to receive the passes. Farlington came out determined to get ahead, but time after time they were blocked by Aoife W. However, the Farlington girls quickly moved the ball into our shooting circle and by half time the score was 3-5 to Farlington.
The second half was similar, Duke of Kent School took lots of interceptions in the centre court as the opposition tried to play over us, Zoe L and Izzy B making the most of stray balls. Amelie W-B fed the circle well, with Izzy B and Kora W adding to the goals and despite excellent defence we finished the game behind with a final score of 5-7. A good game, but still skills to work on. Well done girls.

Mrs Singleton

Netball: U11B v. Farlington

On Wednesday the U11B team played at home to Farlington. With new additions to this team from Yr 4, the side had some strong up and coming talent. The girls communicated well to each other and persisted when getting into space to lose their defence but Farlington had the advantage of height and scored an early 3 goals in the first quarter. After a quick switch round of positions, our defence came back stronger in both the second and third quarter. By the end of the match, Sienna D had scored the two goals for the team with the final score at 4-2 to Farlington. A special mention to Katyana W for being nominated as Girl of the Game, she had a great attitude and kept moral high throughout the game. Individually, every girl on the court improved their skills throughout the match whether it be their footwork or marking skills contributing to a strong team all with high spirits. Well done girls!

Miss Jones

Netball: U13 v. Farlington

On Wednesday the U13's Netball team played Farlington, away. The first quarter saw both teams determined to make their presence on court and displayed great movement and strategic play from both sides but unfortunately Farlington conceded 3 goals leaving us 3-1 down. In the second quarter, Farlington were quick off their mark and took advantage of a bit of uncertainty in our girls and scored 4 consecutive goals but Duke of Kent School persevered through with the half time score being 6-1 to Farlington. At half time, we moved players around, had a strong team talk and decided to mentally start the game again at 0-0. The game instantly transformed, every player came back on energised and committed to working as a team. Minnie C and Eve L worked the ball around within the circle to get in the best position to shoot and were able to reap the rewards time and time again. Fleur B worked so hard always being in an open space ready to link the balls down the court assisted by Hannah D outrunning her player to make clean interceptions and apply pressure to multiple players not just her WA. In the final quarter, the girls’ managed to hold possession for the majority of the quarter and when the ball crept back into their circle it was fought off by Issy P or deflected back out by Florence T. The final score was 13-8 to Duke of Kent School. It was a great comeback girls and I’m so proud of all of you. Well played!

Fleur B, Yr 8 and Miss Vernon

Netball: U12 A v. Dorset House

The U12 A netball team played against Dorset House on Wednesday. The first quarter was very even with both teams attacking well. After the first quarter we led 5-2 but Dorset House were fighting hard and defending well. With some excellent work from Lottie W and Holly C in the circle at half time we were 9-3 up, capitalising on the first quarter play. We dominated the second half with some some super teamwork led by the captain Poppy S in the centre. Bella R-B was on fine form handling the ball well and finding both Daisy M and Martha Mc in the goal circle. Izzy F defended and attacked with equal skill and determination. Laura S and Alice S (in her first A team game) both found space and passed accurately. The final score of 19-3 was a great result and reflected the team spirit on a very cold day. 'Girls of the Game' Were Laura S and Poppy S. Well done to everyone.

Mrs Wilson

Indoor Hockey: U14 v. Moon Hall College

Today our U14 girls played in their first hockey match against Moon Hall College of the term. The team consisted of all the Yr 9 girls. Anna D was in goal and made some very good saves. Chloe E-L, Constance C and Tyler W played on the forward line, Chloe E-L scoring 2, Constance C, the captain scoring a hattrick and Tyler W scoring 2. They were a formidable trio passing and scoring from every angle. Ava H, Willow C, Lucy W, and Caitlin P played defence and also rotated around on the forward line.

Considering the girls have not played many indoor hockey matches I was very impressed by their level of skill and their positive attitude. They won the game 7-2 and I think this group of girls have much more to offer. With indoor hockey being such a fast game the subbing on and off is crucial and it was a whole squad effort.

Mrs Petter

Senior School Reminders:

Monday 30th - Friday 3rd:

Year 11 GCSE Mock exams

Pre-prep Stars of the Week


Eva W for settling in so well and for participating in all activities with enthusiasm.


Henry O'B for always being willing to help at tidying up time, and for always helping others to tidy their toys away.

Year 1:

Erin C, for neat and careful writing and correct use of question marks.

Year 2:

Isla W for showing superb effort and engagement in her learning.

Music Department News

The Music Department is once again gearing up for the annual Rotary Club Combined Schools Concert at GLive in Guildford. This year we will be sharing the stage with Prior’s Field School and George Abbot School and the evening promises to be an entertaining and varied mix of ensemble and solo performances. We shall certainly be providing our usual mix of acts from across both the Prep and Senior Schools. The event takes place on Thursday 16th March at 7pm and tickets, priced at £12.50, are available via Miss Vernon on bookings@dokschool.org. Please let her know how many you would like and then the cost will be added to your end of term bill.

The House Music competition is under way, with entries being taken for the first round. This year we again have a composition category for both Juniors and Seniors as well as the performance category. Last year we had over 130 entries and it's already looking like we shall beat that record this year! The judge (or judges) have nearly been confirmed and the finals day (9th March) is going to be a wonderful day of music and entertainment for the whole school.

Mr Rye 

E-Safety Tips

This is a great new resource from CEOP aimed at Year 4-6 students. We will be having a look at this during Safer Internet Day in a couple of weeks time!

Online Safety – CEOP/Thinkuknow Play Like Share (8-10 years)

This three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack aims to help 8 to 10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online such as sharing content.

Play Like Share follows the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely.

In particular, the films teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.

The resource is available to download for free from the Thinkuknow website.

Mr Southee

PADoK News

Netball Training:

Wednesday mornings, 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. in the sports hall (Ness Hall).We're a really friendly bunch and always looking for new players. Don't worry if you haven't played since school days, there are other players in the same boat. It's a great way to keep fit, improve your netball skills, meet other mums from across the school and have fun. We look forward to seeing you there, come on...give it a go!

Mrs Seal

The Krypton Factor:

Back by popular demand, Fri 3rd March sees the return of the always exciting PADoK Krypton Factor Evening. Based on the television show from the 1980's and early 90's. The evening will be filled with fun, games, puzzles and challenges.

Tickets are £12 per person (to be added to next term's bill) and the price includes supper. Bring some pennies as we have a licensed bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

Teams should to be made up of 6-8 people, all teams will be given a team colour (just like the TV show) - try to embrace your team colour with clothing, face paint or accessories, the possibilities are endless! Points will be awarded for team appearance :-)

Book your tickets from your PADoK rep or email padok@dokschool.org. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of fun & laughter and may the best team win.