Weekly Bulletin 24/03/2017

Pre-prep Mothers' Day Parties

On Tuesday afternoon Pre-prep were joined by the special ladies in their lives for an afternoon tea and celebration. The children spent the days leading up to the event baking, creating gifts, making cards and constructing sandwiches. Mummies and Nanas were greeted at the classroom door with a small flower posy before being escorted to their seat and offered refreshments. The children had prepared sentiments such as gifts, songs and poems which they presented beautifully! A big thank you to all those involved for such a delightful afternoon.

Miss Coady

Pre-prep Spring Concert

Thursday afternoon saw the annual Pre-Prep Spring concert take place in the PA Hall, with a lovely selection of ensemble and solo performances. The whole of Pre-Prep sung the 'Mr Fizz' song then Nursery put 'the Hat on the Cat', Reception had 'Ants in their Pants', Year 1 went to visit an 'Octopus's Garden' and Year 2 sang an old time medley!

The two Cellobabies groups gave a lovely demonstration of what they get up to every Thursday lunchtime and then Sam W, Tess G, Isla W, Millie D, and Charlie L all performed wonderfully as soloists and Mia O'B and Lucy P performed a piano duet.

The concert finished with a visit from some of the musicians higher up the school with The Dokarinas from the Prep School and Oscar B and the Senior Chamber Choir inspiring the younger ones and showcasing what we get up to in the Music Department.

A lovely afternoon and thank you to Mr Kaye and the Music team for all their help in the preparation, and of course to the children for their enthusiasm and effort!

Mr Rye and Miss Coady

The Boy Who Couldn't Sing

The Year 5 and 6 Production 'The Boy Who Couldn't Sing' took place on Tuesday 21st March in front of a very enthusiastic audience of parents and grandparents. The performances from the whole cast were excellent and it was impressive to hear the range of accents that they had perfected: French, Spanish and American! The humorous songs were performed with great enthusiasm and accompanied by vibrant, fun and exciting dances, all choreographed by the amazing Lisa Lee. In particular The Elvis School of Rock and Roll demonstrated some outstanding dance moves helped by the wonderfully effective sound effects ( thanks to Mr Rye). As Peter- the boy who couldn't sing- tried his luck with each different choir, The Elvis School of Rock and Roll, The Castanets and The Wild West Cowboys we were treated to some wonderful jokes and plays on words, delivered with both impeccable timing and fantastic confidence. The Egyptians whisked us away to the pyramids before Nick and the Naughty Nickers tried to lead Peter into a life of crime. Fortunately Le Inspecteur and his sidekick were on hand to rescue him and return him to his wonderful family. Finally the MC brought all the groups together for a concert where we discovered that........Peter couldn't sing BUT he could play the piano!

Well done to the cast, the choir and everyone who was involved backstage for the enormous amount of effort they put in to make it a successful evening.

A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Macdonald for the wonderful script and to Mr Macdonald for the fantastic songs and for all his work in directing the play.

Mrs Lock

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge Success

Congratulations to students in years 9 and 10 who achieved certificates in this year’s challenge. More than 200 000 students across the UK sat the challenge and nationally, the top 6% were awarded a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze. Jago G and Max T received gold awards along with certificates for best in their year. Callum H, Will J, Guy R, Felix S & George V received silver awards. Bronze certificates were awarded to Louis C, Samuel G, Charlie T & Blake F-P. Max T also managed to score high enough to qualify for a further round called the Grey Kangaroo.

Mrs Coackley

UKMT Team Challenge

Max T, Dominic A, Monte G and Jamie C worked together as a team this Wednesday at the Regional Final of the UKMT Team Challenge at Churcher's College in Petersfield.

 They worked hard and ably in 4 exciting yet different rounds of mathematical challenges.

Thirty-four schools took part from all over the South East of England and first place was awarded to Portsmouth Grammar School. Congratulations to them and well done to our team who represented Duke of Kent school so splendidly!

Mrs LaCroix

Year 9 trip to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

On Thursday Year 9 went to see the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, now playing in the West End. The play is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and follows a fifteen-year-old boy with an extraordinary brain who sets out to solve the mystery of who murdered his next-door neighbour's dog.

After stopping for a bite to eat in a park, the group headed to the Gielgud Theatre to watch the play. It was a hugely imaginative piece of theatre - the inventive set and the physicality of the actors made it a thrilling and thought-provoking experience. Huge thanks to Miss Anand for organising the trip!

Miss Blake

This Month's Featured Books

For Seniors:

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize and made into an Oscar-winning film, The Hours is a daring and deeply affecting novel inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

In 1920s London, Virginia Woolf is fighting against her rebellious spirit as she attempts to make a start on her new novel.

A young wife and mother, broiling in a suburb of 1940s Los Angeles, yearns to escape and read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway.

And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich village apartment in 1990s New York to buy flowers for a party she is hosting for a dying friend.

Moving effortlessly across the decades and between England and America, this exquisite novel intertwines the stories of three unforgettable women.

For Prep:

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil are sisters - with a difference. All three were adopted as babies by Great Uncle Matthew, an eccentric and rich explorer who then disappeared, leaving them in the care of his niece Sylvia. The girls grow up in comfort until their money begins to run out and nobody can find Great Uncle Matthew. Things look bleak until they hit on an inspired idea: Pauline, Petrova and Posy will take to the stage. But it's not long before the Fossils learn that being a star isn't as easy as they first thought . . .

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Hockey: U13C v. Duke of Kent School

On Wednesday, Duke of Kent School travelled to Woking Hockey Club with the U13 C hockey team for a match against Ripley Court. From the start the whole team had boundless energy and were first to every ball, piling the pressure on the opposition. Oscar B was relentless in picking up loose balls and distributing strong passes up the pitch and Harry S showed great confidence on the ball, dribbling around their defence. Their passes were deftly picked up by the front line consisting of Dylan B and Alex P. The hard work paid off and Dylan's skill led to a goal. The second half showed more pressure from the opposition but this did not phase our defence and Jonathan H was quick to every ball, picking it up with ease and driving down the pitch. Archie B provided great support, making some great runs and causing problems for the opposition. Dylan B got a deserved second goal with a fantastic diving deflection and Alex P confirmed a strong win with a great solo goal. A brilliant display and a fine 3-0 win, well done all!

Miss Taylor

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

Mexico Day

On Monday 20th of March Duke of Kent School held a Mexican Day.  Our catering team produced authentic chilli con-carne, burritos, chilli and chocolate cake, salsa, guacamole, soured cream and selection of fresh Mexican style salads. The Dining Room was decorated with Mexican flags, some of the chefs wore sombreros and thanks to the Music Department we had Samba and mariachi music playing in the background. We hope that all the pupil’s enjoyed Mexico Day as much as we did.

Piotr Baginski, Head of Catering

Easter Celebrations

The catering team decided to celebrate the final lunch of the Spring Term with small celebration of Easter by producing homemade Easter inspired cup cakes for dessert at lunch. We hope you all have a great Easter break and see you in a few weeks!

Best wishes from the Catering Team.

Piotr Baginski, Catering Manager

Year 6 Magna Carta

A group of angry Barons, Freemen and Clergy from Year 6 met with King John, in the history classroom, this week and presented him with a 'Great Charter' outlining 63 of their grievances. The year was 1215 and they were so angry with John that they forced him to sign the Magna Carta. This is an extremely important document, even today, because for the first time it told a king what he could and could not do! The wily and calculating John proved no match for the erudite representatives of 6C, whose eloquent discourse forced him to concede.

Mr Seeley

Year 7 English

During this term of English, we have been looking at persuasive techniques. Firstly, we worked on persuasive speeches and then came the best bit, our chocolate projects! Arthur B, Fynn W and Ross S created a chocolate company called Marvelishous which we worked very hard on like everyone else. We wrote press releases to explain about our company to help sell our products. After that we practiced our recipe then made and packaged the final batches of our chocolates and prepared our sales pitches. Finally came the big day! We were all nervous as we knew our English assessment grades would depend on this. On the big day, Miss Anand helped us set up our chocolate projects. Miss Anand is a great inspirational teacher and even recommended us to write to a chocolate company.

This has been the best, most fun and exciting project we have ever done.

Fynn W, Arthur B and Ross S, Year 7

Netball Success

Congratulations to Poppy S in Year 7 and her netball team Wey Valley U12's for being overall winners of the Mid Surrey Netball League, first place in the finals day tournament and Epsom Little League silver medalists against some very tough competition from netball clubs all over Surrey. All the girls have trained really hard and its been a great first season for them all. Poppy S is now looking forward to training with Guildford next term and representing them in the Surrey Youth Games.  Well done Poppy!

Poppy S, Year 7

Music Department News

As we come to the end of term we are catching our breath in the music department after what has been a wonderful programme of events. We have had visits from the Bang On! junkyard percussion duo, who ran workshops for the Prep School; the Singing Waiters who surprised the school at lunch with a flashmob opera performance in the dining hall and then ran a workshop for Pre-Prep; acoustic folk duo The Sound of the Sirens who judged House Music, held a workshop for the Senior Chamber Choir and then performed for the school; a wonderful violin recital by Stephen Bryant and a fabulous jazz evening with the Frank Walden Quartet. The House Music competition was again a huge success with over a hundred entries, eventually won by Armstrong, the combined schools concert at GLive was a great afternoon and evening with ninety-five Duke of Kent pupils involved and just yesterday was the Pre-Prep Spring Concert (see the write up in this bulletin for details). A huge well done to all the pupils involved in all of the above; I think we all deserve a lovely rest over Easter!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Crimewatch this week focused on cybercrime. If you get a chance you can catch the episode here:


There were some interesting pieces during the episode but one in particular emphasised the importance of security settings on social media. The short clip of this section is available here:


Mr Southee