Weekly Bulletin 24/02/2017
Trip to The V&A Museum
On Wednesday, Year 9 students who will be taking Art or Music for GCSE next academic year, visited the ‘You Say You Want a Revolution’ exhibition at the V&A Museum. The exhibition looks at the music, art, philosophy and politics of the 60s era, and its impact on the modern world. We began the day drawing in the Renaissance Sculpture room, in the V&A’s main galleries, and ended with a big screen viewing of Jimi Hendrix playing The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. The visit has given our art students the opportunity to kick start their first GCSE project on the theme of music, and allowed our music students the chance to widen their understanding of how music and society interlink and begin developing some ideas for their GCSE compositions.
Mr Watson and Mr Rye
Year 10 pupil Austin R has completed and gained certification in a course run by the University of Leeds. The course focused on identifying the positions of the organs within the abdomen, considering medical complications and appropriate surgery, as well as becoming acquainted with anatomical terminology. Congratulations to Austin who successfully completed and passed all the modules to achieve the School’s first award from a University.
This course is part of a collection from the Open University’s FutureLearn programme which has been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. All of the courses help to enrich and extend pupils’ knowledge in a specific topic and develop their transferable skills.
The courses are designed to complement pupils existing studies and aim to:
- provide evidence for future schools and UCAS applications
- help pupils to gain new skills, think critically and learn independently
- encourage online / social learning
- develop collaboration and analytical skills
- embed current research into your online learning
If anyone in Year 9 or above would like further information then please contact Mr Seeley firstname.lastname@example.org who can advise you about available courses and how to enroll.
Salima LEA Building Work Update
You may recall in Mrs Fremont-Barnes’ Parents’ Day speech her mentioning being thrilled at receiving a photograph of a pile of bricks. Well these bricks have been put to good use and, thanks to the generosity and support of pupils and parents at Duke of Kent School, Salima LEA (our partner school in Malawi) have been able build a new teaching block on their site.
By the end of the Autumn Term 2015, through events such as a sponsored swim on Malawi Day, a Comedy Night hosted by PADoK and the Prep School Christmas Fayre and mufti day contributions, we were able to raise a grand total of £4586.41. All of this money went straight to Salima LEA with the view of enabling a new teaching building to be erected. During our visit in October 2015, Mr Green and I saw a great number of classes being taught outside which throughout the rainy season results in the school having no choice but to cancel lessons and send children home. Whilst it has been a relatively slow process, I am pleased to report that the building is now almost complete, with just the floor needing to be laid and painting done. Thanks again to all the pupils, parents and staff at Duke of Kent School for your support, your contributions will make a big difference to a number of pupils at Salima LEA.
On Thursday 23rd, Austin R, Guy R, Jago G, Will J and I attended the competition hosted at George Abbot School. We were joined by thirteen other Year 10 teams from various schools across Surrey. The event consisted of five rounds, aptly named after dinner courses. Of course, no calculators were allowed- brain power only! The ‘starter’ was a series of true or false questions featuring trigonometry problems, formulae and equations. Our boys scored particularly well on this, achieving 20 out of an available 24, the second highest score of the round.
‘The Main’ was comprehension- the students were given a poster and asked to work together to understand the content and then answer relevant questions. ‘Dessert’ was problem solving, some longer questions which required the students to present their answers with clear and logical working.
The last and my favourite round was ‘Petit Fours’. The four students had to split into pairs, answering a series of short and challenging questions. Each pair answered questions which needed the answer from the other pair to continue on...much like a mathematical relay!
The winning team achieved 78 points of a possible 96 with two teams coming in joint second achieving 75 points each. We scored 69 points in total and were commended for scoring consistently high scores across all rounds. The teacher supervising our boys commented on how incredibly well they conducted themselves throughout the event and their evident love of mathematics. She was particularly impressed by their team work and their desire to understand the questions that they had made errors on. Well done boys on a brilliant attitude and for all of your hard work.
Box Clever Theatre
On Thursday 23rd February three members of the Box Clever Theatre Company visited Duke of Kent School to present their thought-provoking play 'The Passenger' to Years 9, 10 and 11. Using an original witness statement, news reports and statistics, the company created a highly engaging and interactive road safety presentation. The performance revolved around the role of the passenger in a car and the responsibilities they have towards creating a safe environment and left the students with plenty to think about.
NSPCC visit the Prep School
The NSPCC came to the school on Wednesday to talk to the Prep and Pre- prep children about their 'Speak out Stay safe' programme, which tries to ensure that all children aged 5-11 learn essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way. By the end of the visit their aim was 'to empower pupils to feel they can speak out and stay safe'. With the help of their mascot, Buddy they presented the information in a child friendly, interactive way. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies were followed by a lively and enthusiastic workshop for Year 5 and Year 6 delivered by specially trained volunteers.
In order to raise money for the NSPCC a cake sale was held on the day with lovely contributions from Year 5 and Year 6. Year 5 will be counting the money raised, in their Creative Curriculum lesson on Friday.
Over the last few months Catering and Pre-Prep teachers have been working closely together to improve menu choices for our youngest pupils. Miss Coady and her team had a mini survey to find out what our pupils would like to see more of on the menu and what they might like to change about the menu. Based on the information gathered, the catering team have adjusted the menu for the pupils. We are happy to announce that after a few weeks of trying new dishes we have created a new “family service menu” available to view on the school website for all parents.
Mr Baginski, Catering Manager
A few match reports from this week's matches
Netball: Years 3 & 4 Versatility Match
On Thursday afternoon all year 3 and 4 girls played in a versatility tournament. The girls had been practising for this event over the week working on their passing, footwork and spacing across the court. Despite the windy conditions from Storm Doris, the girls were linking their passing and and dodging away from their players. Both Issy P and Esme P scored for their team, against the brilliant defence of Saiorse W. There was great centre court play from Romilly F, Ava W, Ella S and Rose S moving the ball down the court towards their shooting thirds. The Year 3s stood their ground marking the Year 4s intercepting the passes that came their way. Individually, every girl on the court has improved their netball skills over the term and throughout the match whether it be their footwork or marking skills contributing to strong teams all with high spirits. Well done, girls!
Rugby: House Matches
Throughout this week the Duke of Kent School boys took part in their House Rugby Matches. We combined two houses for each age group to create some small sided games. Every game was played with great intensity, a high level of skill and some excellent sportsmanship. The winners were;
U12 - Hillary and Whittle
U13 - Armstrong and Chichester
U14 - Chichester and Whittle
U15 - Armstrong and Chichester
U16 - Chichester and Whittle
Hockey at a Glance
U11 A & B
The U11 As & Bs had their first game on grass this week vs a strong Cottesmore side. Both teams learnt a lot showing improvement as the games went on. By the end of the matches all Duke of Kent School players were starting to create space through good movement and accurate passing. Well played to everyone and in particular Dylan M who showed good strong tackling.
U13 A & B
The U13 As & Bs Hockey team played their first game of the season this week at the K2 Leisure Centre against Cottesmore. The As started slowly but were inspired by good saves from Raef B in goal who was putting his body on the line. This was continued throughout the side with Alex W and Sam I linking well down the right hand side, putting pressure on their defence.
The Bs played some well as a team but were playing against some skilful players. Harry B and Vincent T linked up well upfront showing skill and tenacity. Monte G and Zach H defended strongly at the back putting in some tough tackles.
U13 Girls Hockey
The U13s Girls had their first hockey match on Friday against Moon Hall. They started off very well scoring 3 goals in the first half through selfless team play and good positioning. Fleur B dominated the midfield showing good skills on the ball and accurate passing. All girls showed tremendous work rate, in particular Issy P and Poppy S. Well played to Duke of Kent School who displayed accurate passing and good finishing. It was great so see that all the players played the game with a fantastic spirit.
Whole School Reminder:
Thursday 2nd March:
World Book Day
Senior School Reminder:
Year 9 Enterprise Day at Notre Dame
Prep School Reminder:
Wednesday 1st March:
Years 5 + 6 Parents' Evening 15:30 - 17:50pm
Thursday 2nd March:
Years 3 + 4 Parents' Evening 15:30 - 18:20pm
Friday 3rd March:
Year 4 - 6 Author visit with Abi Elphinstone
Pre-Prep School Reminder:
Thursday 2nd March:
E-Safety talk for parents by Digital Leaders 15:00 - 15:30pm
Active Kids Tokens
We are now collecting Active Kids vouchers for Pre-prep so please hand them in either to Pre-prep or in the Front Office.
Tom G-B Athletics Achievements
After scoring the fastest U15 sprint times in heats at his Athletics training club (Horsham Blue Star Harriers) over half term, Tom G-B qualified to compete for Sussex in the 'Surrey and Sussex Indoor Athletics Winter Championships'. The Championships were held in Sutton on the 18th Feb.
Tom was invited to compete in the U15 long jump and 60 meter sprint. In his first event (long jump) up against stiff competition from the other Surrey and Sussex clubs, Tom jumped a distance of 5.04 meters, securing a silver medal for Horsham. Then came his sprinting heats. Two good preliminary heat sprint times qualified him for the final in the U15 60 meter sprint. With several other strong clubs in Sussex, Tom had to push hard managed to achieve another silver medal for Horsham with a time of 7.72 seconds - missing out on a gold medal by a mere 0.02 of a second. Tom is absolutely thrilled his hard training is paying off and is looking forward to improving his performance further and getting back to the slightly longer outdoor distances of 100 & 200m races in the run up to the Summer Athletics competitions!
On Tuesday 7th March Ava H, Erica K and Hollie B performed in the touring production of Guiseppe Verdi's wonderful opera 'Aida' at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. Ava H and Hollie B were dancing in the ballet corps and Erica K was a member of the chorus. The girls have also performed for this production in Guildford and Richmond and have loved every minute of it, learning a huge amount from the experience. Well done, girls!
Year 5 English
In English lessons, 5S pupils learnt the order and the rules of a formal debate. They watched sample debates from the House of Commons which helped them to understand what a debate is. 5S pupils put forward a motion to be debated, researched and wrote 'for' and 'against' arguments regarding the motion. On Thursday it was presented to Prep school pupils who were then given the opportunity to vote. The debate was chaired by Madeleine who declared that the motion, 'Should pupils be offered only fruit at break times' was strongly opposed. Some very interesting comments were presented. Well done, 5S!
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Olivia W for being enthusiastic, helpful, hard working and kind towards her friends.
Fenella W for showing excellent listening skills and being able to follow instructions carefully.
Pip C-G for excellent rhyming work and a detailed illustration of 'Mr Magnolia'.
Heath P for showing a great effort to improve his handwriting.
Music Department News
The Music Department is gearing up for a brilliantly busy half of term! We have the House Music finals on March 9th, this year being judged by the great duo, Sound of the Sirens. The band are a female folk/rock duo who have played regularly on Radio 2's Chris Evans show and have appeared at Glastonbury, Carfest and Bestival. They're releasing a new album this year and are about to go on a European tour. They will be running a workshop during the day and then performing a short set to the whole school. www.soundofthesirens.net
Friday 10th March sees the second in our series of recitals. This time a jazz evening featuring international sax player Frank Walden, currently on tour with Tom Jones, and singer Sumudu, currently on tour with Van Morrison. This promises to be a wonderful evening of high quality jazz.
Please email email@example.com for your tickets.
And finally we are only three weeks away from our annual trip to perform at GLive! on March 16th! Tickets are selling well for this so again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book these tickets.
Following on from the success of Safer Internet Day before half term, the SID website have published their tops tips for different age groups. There's some excellent advice and some interesting videos to help generate discussion within families.
The tips can be found here: