Weekly Bulletin 03/02/2017
Pre-prep Chinese Day
On Friday 27th January, Pre-prep celebrated the imminent arrival of the Chinese New Year with their annual Chinese Day. During the morning sessions, the children rotated around three of the Pre-prep classrooms taking part in themed activities. In the Reception classroom, children listened to the story of the Chinese zodiac, they then donned masks and outfits and re-enacted the great race that led to the naming of future years. In the Year 1 classroom, children tried a variety of traditional Chinese New Year dishes, learning the significance of the colour, shape and size of some foods and what they are believed to represent. Arts and crafts were the nature of the activities in the Year 2 classroom. Children made New Year cards, adding to their own handprint to create a rooster front cover, they created their own ‘feather’ to be added to our collective Rooster collage and made and decorated their own paper lantern.
In the afternoon, children took part in language and music workshops. In their Mandarin session, with the help of Miss Francis and Kora W and Ben D from Year 6, they learned to say hello, goodbye, thank you and happy new year. Miss Barnes had written her own song about the rooster for her music session, in which children also practised traditional drumming beats.
The children participated in all the activities with great enthusiasm and a great day was had by all!
Year 1 Trip to Brooklands
On Tuesday 31st January Year 1 visited Brooklands Motor Museum. Our day began with a museum tour. We learned about the history of the motor car and tried out sitting in a Formula One racing car. We also saw some of the earliest bikes and decided that the ‘Boneshaker’ did not look like a comfortable ride!! We all enjoyed either riding or sitting on a Penny Farthing, although many of us felt it was rather scary to be so high up!
After lunch we visited Concorde and were amazed to learn that it used to expand by 20cm during flight! We also looked around the Sultan of Oman’s private plane which was amazingly luxurious.
Our guide, Steve, made the day interesting and fun for all and the children were absolute stars with their enthusiastic questions and answers and excellent behaviour. At the end of the day Steve said that the children were a credit to their school- well done Year 1!
Junior School Council Meeting
The Prep School Council Meeting was held on Friday 27th January. The main issues discussed were the changing rooms , whether prep school boys could wear trousers in the winter and having mixed sports lessons. The Council were also concerned about the number of paper cups being wasted at the water fountain and this led to a discussion about supporting Waste Week this year. The council members will ask their peers for any ideas/ suggestions which can be used towards making the school more aware of how much, food, paper and electricity are wasted.
SATRO Problem Solving Challenge
On Thursday 2nd February, Duke of Kent School competed in the SATRO Problem solving challenge at George Abbot School, Guildford. For this challenge we entered two teams, one from Key Stage 3, the other from KS4.
The KS3 team comprising Ben C, Max T, Tom W, Archie L, Jose M and James C came first out of ten top schools. As a result of their unique KS3 solution the judges have kept our winning design as an example of creative excellence.
The KS4 team comprising Josie M, Harry H, Felix S, Sacha W, Jago G and Will J came second with a score of 538, behind the winning team with a score or 542.
Because of our outstanding performance, both teams go through to the final, on Thursday 16th March 2017.
Well done to both teams!
Violin Recital by Stephen Bryant
On Friday 27th January Duke of Kent School presented the first of a series of recitals; an evening of violin and piano music with Stephen Bryant, the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is local to the school and a keen supporter of music in education, managing to divide his time between leading a world class orchestra, a busy recital diary and outreach work for inner city schools.
With Stephen was his accompanist Caroline Jaya-Ratnam, herself a highly accomplished soloist performing regularly for BBC Radio 3, the Proms and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The duo gave a captivating and inspiring performance, playing an eclectic mix of classic and modern works by composers such as Grieg, Schubert, Adams and Rubbra. The audience was treated to a masterclass in violin and piano playing of the highest calibre, with Stephen’s wonderful tone and virtuosic violin playing on full display, and Caroline’s sensitive and lyrical playing making our school baby-grand piano (an instrument generously donated to the school by PaDoK) sing like a Steinway!
After the recital had finished the pair were kind enough to answer questions from the audience and gave a fascinating insight into the life of a concert musician, along with some amusing stories of some of the stranger things that have happened to them when playing! It was certainly a night to remember.
A few match reports from this week's matches
Hockey: U14/15 v. St. Edmund's
This Tuesday saw the U14/15 team take on St Edmund's in their first 11-aside hockey match of the season. After quickly adapting to the huge Astro, they managed to find a break in play and score an early goal. St Edmund's soon gained possession and both the mid-field and defence players were tested and managed to clear the ball away numerous times before St Edmund's equalised before half time. The second half saw Duke of Kent School girls dominating the play with numerous shots on goal, unfortunately intercepted by St Edmund's. The final score was 2-1 to St Edmund's but the girls played really well and improved their stick skills and communication throughout the game. Well done to Issy K, nominated as Girl of the Game and playing brilliantly in defence. A fantastic match girls and lots was learnt from this experience.
Netball: U13B v. Shoreham College
On Wednesday, the U13 B Netball team played Shoreham college, away. We started quite slow and Shoreham College took advantage of this, putting in a few quick goals. This was aided by their very strong GA and Florence T and Millie B had a tough time in defence. After the first quarter, a swap was made and Amelie W-B was brought into centre. She made an instant impact, making brilliant interceptions and dodging superbly into space. Together with Jasmine B, who seemingly has boundless energy and would always make herself free for a pass, we were starting to get more chances at shooting. Unfortunately for Josie M and Blue R, their defenders had a significant height advantage and it was hard for them to get a clear view on goal. However, their persistence paid off and we snuck in two goals in the final quarter, making the final score 2-12 to Shoreham College. A feisty effort from all the girls, well done!
Rugby: U15 v. Shoreham College
The U15 rugby team put in a great all round performance against Shoreham college on Tuesday afternoon. There was power and technique from the forwards and good handling and strong running from the backs. The standard of play and level of commitment, from Duke of Kent, was very high. Tries from Harry H (4) George V, Fergus W and Henry S helped the U15 team to a 46-0 win. Well done to all that played and keep up the hard work.
Whole School Reminder:
Tuesday 7th February:
Safer Internet Day
Thursday 9th February:
Half Term Departure Times:
3:30 - Pre-prep and Prep siblings
4:05 - Prep School and Senior siblings
4:45 - Senior School
5:00 - All after school buses depart
Senior School Reminders:
Wednesday 8th February:
Year 11 Parents' meetings, 16:45pm - 19:00pm
Thursday 9th February:
Yrs 10 & 11 COA Careers Testing, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Duke of Kent School Readathon
On Monday 6th February, the English Department is launching the Duke of Kent School Readathon for Year 5, Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8.
In this competition, students will compete to read the most books within a certain timeframe. This is an exciting opportunity for our younger students to read for pleasure and the winner of the competition will also receive a prize – a Kindle!!!
Students can read a wide range of material including: books, e-books, comics, poetry – anything goes! They can even listen to an audiobook! Students are expected to keep a record of the books they have read using the Readathon bookmarks they have been issued with.
The winner of the Readathon will be announced at the World Book Day Assembly on Thursday 2nd March.
Pre-prep Stars of the Week
Alex G for being supportive to the younger children and showing good listening skills and making progress in all areas.
Lulu B for consistently making a really good effort in all her work.
Patrick W for producing a detailed and careful 'Lowry' picture.
Mia O'B for always putting her best effort in to her work.
Music Department News
We are very excited to announce that the judges for the House Music finals this year are Sound of the Sirens. Sound of the Sirens are a foot-stomping, tear-jerking, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo who have been playlisted by the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, appeared on the recent series of TFI Friday, performed at Glastonbury, CarFest and Bestival and have a new album out in 2017. The band will be performing a short set for the school, running a song-writing workshop and then judging the finals of House Music.
Also, don't forget that tickets are on sale for our annual GLive concert, this year on 16th March. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yours, for another wonderful evening of music!
Next week (Tuesday 7th February) is Safer Internet Day. We will be marking this in school with a range of talks across the age ranges and also a 'Help Desk' is going to be set up by our Childnet Digital Leaders. This will be a place for the Prep School to go to ask any questions about staying safe online, setting security settings and finding out what to do if they have problems online.
If you want to find out more about the day then have a look at the website:
The School has signed up to show their support for the third year running!
Mateo Willis from BBC's Planet Earth
'Filming Wildlife' - a fundraiser in aid of Ewhurst School
Emmy and BAFTA award winning cameraman (and Ewhurst School parent) Mateo Willis will give a behind-the-scenes account of some recent wildlife filming experiences, including his work on Planet Earth 2. Mateo will be available to answer questions and chat after the talk.
Please be aware some of the scenes and some of the details discussed can be upsetting for younger viewers.
Performing Arts Hall - 8pm, Saturday 25th February
This event is organised by Ewhurst School Governors, hosted by Duke of Kent School
For tickets email governors@
£12 adults including wine, £8 under 18s payable to Ewhurst School Governors Fund
In aid of Ewhurst CE Infant School's new classroom.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Open Wednesday 8th Feb from 3-4pm. Located at the bottom of the school site next to Ness Hall and the Red Bus.