Weekly Bulletin 21/04/2017
French Trip to Geneva
Mr Kettle and I took a year 10 and 11 French trip to Geneva in the last week of the Spring Term. Beautiful sunshine welcomed us which was the perfect setting for our walking tour that day. We met our tour guide Alex who took us on 'The essentials of Geneva', a 2 hour guided tour by foot. We explored all the facets of Geneva. We became immersed in the history of Geneva as we passed through the green and tranquil district of international organisations. We strolled along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, dominated by the magnificent Saint-Pierre Cathedral. We took in the sights and sounds of the beautiful harbour and the famous Jet d'Eau, the symbol of the city.
We also visited The Institut et Musée Voltaire, a museum in Geneva dedicated to the life and works of Voltaire. The museum is housed in Les Délices, which was Voltaire's home from 1755 until 1766. Students were very excited to visit the chocolate factory of Favarger, an experience thoroughly enjoyed by all. Nothing could be better than embarking on a voyage into the world of Manufacturing and discovering Favarger's history and craftsmanship, dating back to almost 200 years. During this tour we discovered the history of Favarger chocolates and we visited where they were made. We learnt all about how our chocolate is made, from the cocoa bean to the chocolate that you find in our shops. We all left with a tasty souvenir to enjoy.
We also enjoyed a most memorable visit to the Red Cross Museum, an excellent presentation of the role of the Red Cross and its history, where visitors can actually enter a replica of a real cell in which First World War prisoners spent up to 90 days in. And last but by no means least we had the opportunity to see the many remarkable art works that adorn the Palais des Nations and the gifts given to UN Geneva by governments and others. We saw the Palais' state-of-the-art conference rooms, some of which have facilities for as many as six delegates from each country. We were also privileged to be able to see the United Nations at work. It was very humbling to observe the work undertaken there especially as we were visiting on the first day of the North-Korea Peace talks.
Year 2 Trip to Madame Tussauds
To kick-start our Summer Term topic ‘Famous Faces’, Year 2 headed to London to visit the Madame Tussauds museum on Thursday. We saw lots of different celebrities, represented as wax-works, who have earned their place in the museum for a variety of reasons. The children will now use the faces and names that they came across to research and learn about the people who have influenced the world in which we live today. Here are some of Year 2s reactions:
“I can’t wait to find out more about the Beatles!” - Heath P
“I really want to find out how Adele got in to music.” - Isla W
“My favourite person there was Cristiano Ronaldo!” - Monty L
“We want to find out more about Professor Stephen Hawking.” - Mia O'B and Lucy P
“I now know what Henry VIII looked like!” - Jamie C
“I want to find out more about Ghandi.” - Tom S
Nursery Trip to Sayers Croft
This Thursday Nursery started off the term with a trip to Sayers Croft in Ewhurst. We are beginning to follow the theme of minibeasts and this gave the children the opportunity to look at pondlife. After a brief trip in the minibus we reached Sayers Croft. Each child was issued with a net or a bucket and we headed off to the pond. The children were shown how to swoop the nets in order to get a good catch. The contents of the net went in the buckets and the children looked excitedly at their finds. Afterwards they looked at the creatures more closely with magnifying glasses and compared them with diagrams of pondlife.
Following this, we then drove to Ewhurst Park for a play and a picnic lunch. The weather was perfect and the children had a wonderful time exploring the climbing equipment.
What a lovely way to start the Summer Term.
This Month's Featured Books
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal
It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to affect everybody’s lives.
Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend – a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A classic sci-fi adventure
When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
A few match reports from this week's matches
Cricket: U15 v. Moon Hall
On Wednesday, the U15 A team played Moon Hall College at Home. We won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a strong start, with Theo K and George V setting a good platform for the rest of the innings. After losing a few wickets, Connor de V and Archie H stabilised the innings and brought Duke of Kent School up to a very competitive score of 168. Archie H ended Duke of Kent School’s innings in style hitting three 6’s off the final three balls.
After getting a late call up to the team, Austin R opened up the bowling with a very tight over. This put the pressure on the batsman right away, and in the very next over, Austin continued his good start with a great catch right on the boundary to remove Moon Hall’s captain. The wickets flowed at a steady rate throughout the innings. The pick of the bowlers was Harry H with a fantastic 5 wicket haul, which included four wickets in four balls. Moon Hall were all bowled out for 28.
Well done to the whole team. A further well done to Bastien H, Lucas W, and George H in Year 11 for umpiring and scoring.
Whole School Reminder:
Friday 28th April:
House music finalists and music scholars' concert 19:00 - 20:30pm
Senior School Reminder:
Saturday 22nd April - Sunday 23rd April:
Year 9 Practice DofE Expedition
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.
Surrey Rugby Success
Dexter B in Year 9 has been picked to play for Surrey's U14's Rugby squad. This is a huge achievement and the beginning of what will be a flourishing Rugby career for him, he hopes!
Dexter has been playing rugby for Cranleigh Rugby Club for only one season and after catching his coach's attention, who then sought advice from Harlequins coaches, suggested Dexter be put forward for trials with Surrey Rugby.
Dexter will begin training for County in September and we will keep you updated on his achievements with the squad. Well done Dexter!
Miss Vernon and Dexter B, Year 9
'Hanami: the cherry blossom festival welcomes spring'
Over the holidays some members of the Prep School decided to take on one of the suggested activities relating to the Japanese celebration of 'Hanami' that welcomes the arrival of spring. Also known as the 'cherry blossom festival', this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms).
Once again it was wonderful to see the pupils' creativity and to hear them explain how they completed their project. There was a wide range of work including 'Sakura' inspired cookies, fact files, models, poems and works of art. It was hugely enjoyable to see all the different pieces of work and to see the pupils engaging so enthusiastically in the language and celebrations of another culture. Their work will remain on display in the Prep School for the next week or so for other members of the School community to enjoy. Well done to all for your efforts!
The E-Safety tip this week is a link to a BBC page that asks you to think about the digital footprint you create for your child before they are old enough to have their own accounts. It looks at sharing photos of your children from before they are even born. It comments on some research that an average parents shares 1,500 photos of their children online before they reach the age of 5!
There are still a handful of tickets left for those of you still thinking of coming along to the PADoK Ball, we promise it will be a great evening and present, future and past parents are all welcome. Booking couldn't be easier, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price of the evening is £75 per person. The ticket price includes a welcome drink & canapés, three course meal and disco. Bookings can be made individually or by table - tables seat 10 comfortably, 12 if you're good friends!
The PADoK Ball Team
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Below are the Summer Term dates for when the Uniform Shop will be open:
APRIL — Wed 26th 3-4pm
MAY — Wed 10th 3-4pm
JUNE — Wed 7th 3-4pm
JULY — Wed 5th 3-4pm