Weekly Bulletin 03/03/2017

Year 6 Trip to The Science Museum

This week, Year 6 went on a trip to London's National Science Museum. When we first got there, we had a snack and looked around four rooms. The first room was about how technology has developed. The second room was all themed around space (Charlie's favourite subject in Science), including a Tim Peake exhibit, which featured the Soyez capsule that took him up to the International Space Station and back. The third room was based on Transport and Travel. It had an exceedingly accurate model of the HMS Oceania, a V-2 rocket and a bi-plane hung from the ceiling. The final room was all about the atmosphere, and we learned about the weather and global warming. We found this useful for our Geography.

Our favourite bit of the day was the 3-D IMAX movie. It was filmed in space and made you think you could almost reach out and touch everything. It was an amazing experience, and we would gladly do it again. After that, we also enjoyed a workshop on forces because they showed how they work in a very funny way.

We all really liked going on the trip and hope that next year's pupils like it too.

Zoe L and Charlie C Year 6

World Book Day

Mr Southee woke up on the 2nd March with a spring in his step…it was World Book Day! It was one of his favourite school days of the year: students reading books, competitions and a time to simply enjoy the pastime of reading.

As he skipped up the hill to the PA Hall to set up for his assembly, he was very pleased to see the students getting out of their cars clutching their favourite books for the day ahead. After registering, the students filed into the PA Hall to kick off the World Book Day celebrations. As they entered they were treated to a slideshow of entries to Miss Singleton’s ‘Extreme Reading Photograph’ competition. Well done Harley B on an acrobatic winning entry!

Mr Southee had prepared a ‘Million Pound Drop’ inspired assembly called ‘200 House Points Drop’. He was a dab hand at thinking up creative and original names! Two representatives (one from the prep school and one from the senior) from each house came up to the front to answer literature based questions with a chance to win 200 house points. They had to decide which answer to risk their points on and hopefully get through the final question where it was a risk all situation. Valiant efforts from Marcus D and Max T, Daisy M and Max S, Guy R and Ariane L resulted in high levels of amusement and entertainment for the school. Then…the last pair.

Noah T and Kai G.

They were confident, full of flair and most importantly: well read! They decided not to split any of their money on any of the answers and won their house, Whittle, the full 200 house points! A huge congratulations! Mr Southee was over the moon at the enjoyment the contestants and school had. The assembly was then topped off with the awarding of the Readathon prizes, this time won by Charlie N, who took home a Kindle. Mr Southee was super jealous and wished that he had read more books for the competition!

Through the day, Mr Southee’s smile grew bigger and bigger as students from the Senior School read to members of the Pre-Prep and Prep School. He was blown away by the kindness and friendliness that the students showed towards each other. It was a perfect moment having a room full of Year 11 students engaging Year 4 students with some of their favourite childhood tales. Hairy Maclary, Kipper, Dr Seuss and The Gruffalo!

Mr Southee ambled back down the drive, thinking about the tremendous day he had with the Duke of Kent School students on World Book Day. Once home, he read Mila-Rose The Snail and Whale, had a cup of tea, then read his favourite book. Happy World Book Day!

Mr Southee

This Month's Featured Books

To celebrate World Book Day we have some fantastic new books for the prep and senior libraries. They are all on display in Old Hall – including the two below – so have a look and decide what you’re going to read next.

For Seniors:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions . . .

For Prep:

The Everything Machine by Ally Kennen

Eleven year old Olly has a very special delivery – a 3D printing machine, stamped with PROPERTY OF M.O.D and BRITISH SPACE AGENCY. WARNING. DO NOT TAMPER, which has magical powers . . . It has a name, it speaks, and it can print ANYTHING Olly asks it to – a never-ending supply of sweets, a swimming pool in the shed – but what Olly really wants is . . . his dad, who has separated from his mum and moved out of the family home. Cue the creation of Dad-Bot – he looks just like Dad (on a good day) but is totally chaotic – and his antics tip Olly and co into a heart-racing and heart-warming adventure!

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U13 A v. Dorset House

Wednesday afternoon saw our U13 A team play against Dorset House School. From the outset, the girls quickly worked the ball down into the shooting third and both Eve L and Sophie D had scored to put Duke of Kent School in the lead 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter, the girls played exceptionally making interceptions in defence and the score jumped to 8-1 to Duke of Kent School. The second half of the game followed a similar pattern demonstrating agility and accurate passes from both Fleur B and Jasmine B. The final score stood at 17-6 to Duke of Kent School. Issy P (GD) was nominated girl of the game for her excellent interceptions and close marking of a speedy GA, turning over as many centre passes that came her way. Brilliant play from all the girls and a great result!

Miss Jones

Rugby: U15 v. Box Hill

On Wednesday the boys' U15 1st XV played Box Hill School at home. We got off to a good start with an early try. The boys managed to adapt well to the wet conditions, and were able to get a second try before half time, with some swift thinking from Harry H to take the penalty quickly. Box Hill School came back strong in the second half, however our defence held up and we managed to get two more tries, one of which was brilliantly taken by Connor dV in the corner. The final score was 26-0 to Duke of Kent School. Well played to everyone.

Mr Monk

Hockey At a Glance:

House Hockey: Years 3 & 4

Last Thursday saw the Year 3's and 4's battle it out during their house hockey competition. It was good to see everyone getting involved and stuck in. There was some fast-paced and skilful hockey being exhibited throughout the afternoon.

The final standings were:

1st Armstrong

2nd Hillary

3rd Whittle and Chichester

Hockey: U16 v. St Edmund's

The U16s travelled to St Edmund’s on Tuesday to play the return fixture. It was a tight first half, with the score line showing as 0-0 at half time. This was thanks to some strong tackling at the back by Rory W and tireless work from Bastien H in midfield. Good build up play from Angus H in the second half set up Bastien for Duke of Kent Schools only goal. Well done to all the boys involved in the game, many improvements were seen from the performance in the first game.

Hockey: U15 v. St Edmund's

The U15s were involved in another high scoring game against St Edmund's. After a slow start Duke of Kent School came into their element with a stubborn defensive performance from Jago G and some inventive forward play from goal scorers Albie S, Adam N and Harry H with hat-trick.

Hockey: U14 v. St Edmund's

The U14s travelled to St Edmund’s on Tuesday with high hopes of coming away with a win. Unfortunately, the score-line didn’t reflect the game as they were unable to get the ball in the back of the net. Max T made some good saves in goal and Sammy L executed some hard shots from tight angles. Dan P worked tirelessly in midfield showing good skill and composure on the ball.

House Hockey: Years 5 & 6

This week saw the Year 5 and 6 mixed House Hockey competition. Conditions weren’t the best due to the weather but well done to all boys and girls who took part as they showed tenacity and good team play.

The final standings were:

1st Armstrong

2nd Whittle

3rd Hillary

4th Chichester

Mr Green

Whole School Reminder:

Thursday 9th March:

House Music Finals

Friday 10th March:

An evening of Jazz with Frank Walden 20:00 - 22:00pm

Pre-Prep School Reminder:

Wednesday 8th March:

Year 1 Parents' tour of Prep School 9:00am

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.

Many Thanks.

Miss Munro

Year 5 Assembly

During 5S' assembly about World Book Day, the class shared with the prep school their thoughts about books and book characters. They celebrated authors, illustrators and the benefits of reading. Prep pupils had to guess characters and books along with learning why reading books is so important. Winners for the 'Extreme Photographic Challenge' were also announced. A big thank you to Mr Southee and Mr Wright for helping to judge this competition. House points will be awarded to each pupil who took part.

And the winners are:

Mrs Crabtree for best staff photo

 3rd place: Alfie Clarke

 2nd: Alessandro Passeti

1st: Harley Boatswain

Thank you to all of those who entered a photo. All photos have been displayed in the Prep Library.

Mrs Singleton

Visiting Author Abi Elphinstone

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome author Abi Elphinstone to Duke of Kent School to talk about how she became a writer (after many, many rejections!) and also about how she researched for her three books, ‘Dreamsnatcher’, ‘Shadowkeeper’ and ‘Night Spinner’. It was a fascinating and inspirational afternoon, learning about how she created her characters and settings and she certainly inspired her captive audiences from Prep 3 to Prep 6 during the session. I am looking forward to opening ‘The Night Spinner’ and getting myself carried away in her magical world!

Mrs Singleton

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week


Ben W for being kind and helpful towards his peers.


Martha G-A for showing great creativity in her use of play dough, and for the care she takes in all her art work.

Year 1:

Eddie C for reading with fabulous expression and careful listening in class

Year 2:

Tom S for showing improved motivation and a 'go for it' attitude towards his learning.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

Dates for the diary:

March 16th - GLive Combined schools concert

March 21st - Prep School Production

March 23rd - Pre-Prep Spring Concert

With less than a week until House Music the finalists have been announced and each House has been practising their song. All those that made the semi-finals played brilliantly in the auditions and it was incredibly close. However, in the Beginners and Intermediate rounds there can only be one finalist per house so some tough decisions had to be made. The Advanced category has two finalists per house but that was also still a very close run thing.

I am delighted that we have already sold our allocation of GLive tickets but thankfully more have been given to us so please email bookings@dokschool.org to book your tickets for this annual event, taking place on March 16th. And please could parents of those partaking return the permission slip as soon as possible to Mr Rye, if they have not already done so

And finally, there are only a few tickets left for the Jazz evening next Friday so grab yours while you can!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Here is a link to the techradar website where they point you in the direction of some excellent free software to help set parental controls on your network and devices at home.


Mr Southee