Weekly Bulletin 05/05/2017

Geography trip to Swanage

Last Thursday 27th April the Year 10 Geographers loaded into two minibuses and headed down to Dorset in good spirits. Having taken the chain-link ferry across Poole harbour mouth we stopped at Studland Bay and spent a little time investigating both the ever changing dune system and the management of such a popular natural beauty spot. We also collected some data regarding the beach itself before heading, by foot, to Old Harry Rocks to discover how the headland is continually evolving and look for evidence that it was once connected to the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

After a brief stop we headed over the hill to Swanage beach and studied the different sea defences in place whilst contemplating the varying successes and failures of each before proceeding to our hostel in Lulworth and waking to a well earned full English breakfast and a short walk to the spectacular Lulworth Cove. Having deliberated over the formation of the Cove and the Lulworth Crumple we continued along to the spectacular natural arch, Durdle Door. We then headed back to Swanage in the minibuses to investigate the effects of tourism on the town along with the dubious qualities of the local lunching spots. The final leg of the trip saw us return to school, generally exhausted, ready to enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend having hopefully discovered a lot more about one of the UK’s most beautiful coastlines.

Mr Wilson

Art Trip to Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

On Friday the 28th of April, Year 7 visited the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. This local hidden gem, just outside Walliswood, is home to over 150 site specific, contemporary sculptures, by over 40, mainly British, artists. They are set in a magical, a woodland garden; complete with babbling brooks, hidden pathways, ponds and a chocolate box cottage.

Students spent the day exploring the sculptures and natural forms they encountered there, using the 'Elements of Art' as their inspiration. They experimented with a variety of drawing techniques and processes including 2B tonal work, colour pencil, single line drawing and varied viewpoints.

Towards the end of the trip we were approached by Hannah Peschar who owns the garden. She complemented a number of students on the amount of time and focus they had given their drawings and their positive approach to the sculptures and the environment of the woodland garden.

Mr Watson

Music Concert

On Friday 28th April the finalists from last term's House Music competition took part in an evening concert in the PA Hall. With a full range of ages and standards on display it was a wonderful celebration of some of the soloists in the school and a great chance for their parents to see what they have been up to. There was a very warm and generous atmosphere in the room and it was lovely to see the performers being so supportive of one another, taking genuine pleasure in each other's success. The evening ended with an impromptu jam of James Brown's 'I Feel Good' - an appropriate ending!

Mr Rye

The London Philharmonic Orchestra

On Tuesday 2nd May, pupils from Years 5 and 6 caught the train to Waterloo and went to watch the world famous London Philharmonic Orchestra perform a children's concert at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert was a wonderful experience for the children to see a full size orchestra in action, with music by Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gershwin and Brahms all being played beautifully. The audience of school children were even encouraged to dance and sing in one piece and a lovely time was had by all. After the concert we wandered down to the Southbank and even had time for a quick go on a Merry-Go-Round and a play in an adventure playground! The children were polite, courteous and very chatty (!) all day and it was a great day out for the pupils, as well as Mr Rye and Mr Kaye!

Mr Rye

Pre-Prep May Day Celebrations

On May the 4th Pre-prep ventured out to New Ground to show off their newly acquired Maypole dancing skills. The children have been practising for the past two weeks in order to impress their audience in the Pre-prep May Day celebrations.

The proceedings began with each member of Year 2 sharing a fact about May Day and its origins. Year 1 then weaved a fantastic plait to a very lively rendition of ‘An English Country Garden’, followed by Nursery who took to the stage dancing to ‘Ugly Bug Ball’. Next up was our Reception class who, despite a few fly-away ribbons, twirled and skipped beautifully around the pole, creating a wonderful twisted pattern. Finally Year 2 performed a series of dances with increasing complexity: to untie their final plait all 12 of them were weaving in and out of each other at the same time. To finish our Maypole dances we called upon some willing adults in the audience to position themselves by the pole and Year 2 skipped around them to create an intricate spider’s web. A huge congratulations to all the children, who danced beautifully and with great success!

To finish off our proceedings we had the crowning of the May Queen and May King – as voted for by Year 2. Floral crowns were placed upon Annabelle and Heath before other members of Pre-prep presented them with flowers to form a beautiful bouquet.

Our greatest thanks to PADoK who generously funded the maypole and so enabled, what I hope to be, the first of many Pre-prep May Day Celebrations to take place.

Miss Coady

A few match reports from this week

Cricket: U11 A v. Belmont

A damp, soggy and cold afternoon heralded the start of the U11 cricket season. We won the toss and skipper Ben W decided to put Belmont in on wicket that looked like it might do a bit. Marcus D, Matthew A and Ben W bowled well and caused the batsmen a few problems. Overall though, too many wides and no balls from us allowed the opposition to accumulate a big total of 139. After the loss of an early wicket Matthew A and Marcus D set about building an innings scoring 22 and 31 respectively, before being retired to allow those down the order to have a bat. In our innings Duke of Kent School chalked up a respectable 98-4 off 20 overs in an exciting match that was full of twists and turns. Well done to the boys for maintaining their concentration and playing in a good spirit.

Mr Seeley

Rounders: U11 Tournament at Belmont

A round-robin tournament held at Belmont School gave the U11s games full of fast bowlers and big hitters. The team settled quickly into their first game winning 3 ½ - 1 ½ against Cranleigh Prep School. The teams second match against Ripley Court A was a success and the girls won 4 -2 with big hits from Amelie W-B, Izzy B and Kora W. Good decision making was made from the fielders and it was good to see Hannah S, Maddie M, Alanna H and Lucy M making excellent calls to their teammates in order to direct the team’s fielding in the right direction. The match against Ripley Court B was close with good batting by Amelie W-B, Lucy M and Hannah S. There was some excellent fielding efforts on 1st base by Aoife W (captain). The girls were good at looking ahead and getting as far round as they could with each bat they had. They won their match 5 – 4 ½. Their final match against Belmont left the team undefeated and winning 7 – 3 with excellent batting from Sienna D, Katyana W, Izzy B, Amelie W-B and Hannah M. The afternoon ended with a well-deserved victory and a first place tournament finish. An excellent achievement. Well done!

Mrs Singleton

Rounders: U16 v. Shoreham College

On Tuesday the 2nd of May the U16 rounders team played an amazing match against Shoreham College. Unfortunately we lost the toss but everyone fielded really well especially Millie K who made some amazing catches in second deep and Emily C in first deep who's throws were outstanding. Then in the batting innings everyone played well but a special mention must go to Erica K who was able to send the ball soaring on a number of occasions bringing the score up quickly and getting her a very well deserved 'Girl of the Game'. Overall we won 6 - 11 continuing our winning steak in our final few matches at Duke of Kent School. Well played everyone!

Pippa G, Head Girl

Athletics: Regional ISA Senior Athletics Meeting

The London South Regional Athletics Meeting was held at Norman Park Athletics Stadium in Bromley yesterday. Twenty six of Duke of Kent School's top senior athletes joined schools from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to try to qualify for the ISA National Championships in June.

The weather was cold and blustery and the standard of competition was high. All of the Duke of Kent School's athletes ran, jumped and threw with great determination and should all be proud of their efforts. The following athletes have now qualified for next month's national competition; Jonah H (100M and 800M), Lucas W (Long Jump), Luca E (Shot Put), Ellis McK (1500M) and Hannah D (Long Jump). Congratulations to all that took part.

Mr Herbert

Whole School Reminder

Thursday 11th May:

Lunchtime singing recital for students of Mr Clifford Hill - 12:45 - 13:30pm

Friday 12th May:

Lunchtime drum concert for students of Mr Thomas- 12:45 - 13:30pm

Senior School Reminder

Monday 8th May:

Year 11 Sorrento Trip meeting - 17:00 - 17:45pm

Friday 12th May:

Senior careers assembly

Reaching New Heights 

Josh B in Year 9 represented London and the South East in a climbing competition last week at the grand final of the British Youth Climbing series in Edinburgh.  The walls there range between 25 and 30 meters high and some also arch forward by as much as 12 meters from the vertical. 

Josh B was taking part in the category for boys aged 15 and under and did well to finish 8th overall, considering he is aged 13. He was the top finishing boy in the UK of those boys in that category aged 14 and under. He climbed well but was disappointed to make a couple of mistakes which did cost him a number of places.

Mr Bruyns

Swimming Success

Charlie T had a successful weekend competing at the South East of England Swimming Championships in High Wycombe, where he won a gold medal in the 4x100m medley, two silver medals in the 50m and 200m Breastroke and a bronze medal in 100m Breastroke.

The times Charlie achieved should also secure his invitation to the British Swimming Championships at the end of July.

Mrs Trotman

Charity Bike Ride

I was critically ill in July 2016 when an MRI contract dye attacked my respiratory system putting my lungs and kidneys in a critical condition. My only hope was to be ventilated and transferred to Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. I thankfully recovered due to the care and specialist attention I received. If you are a child or have a child this is where they would probably be transferred to, if critically ill. Southampton PICU support critically ill children from newborn to seventeen and cover the whole South East of England and Channel Islands. Over 900 children are treated each year in this 14 bed specialist unit. I would like to help raise money towards 2 new beds for the unit and a new specialist ambulance with the help of my friends, Andy and David McN. We have decided to challenge ourselves and cycle ride from Peaslake to Cornwall.

Friends of PICU is a registered charity that was set up in 2006 by parents of children who have been cared for on PICU and nursing staff from the PICU. Friends of PICU aims to support the children and their families by providing vital equipment and services that are not always provided by the statutory authorities.

The PICU really appreciates the amazing support received through the charity as it makes an important impact across the whole of the unit and the excellent level of care which can be provided to the children and their families. Friends of PICU contribute to every part of the specialist care – no patient will pass through PICU without being helped in some way by equipment donated, or benefitting from the additional nursing training and education that the charity pays for. All emergency patients that are retrieved by ambulance travel in a dedicated ambulance donated by FoPICU and any parent able to stay in on-site accommodation near to their child does so because FoPICU supports and maintains it.

If you would like any further information about this or would like to donate please contact the front office.

Connor De V, Year 10

4L Assembly

The theme of 4L's assembly on Thursday 4th May was tolerance. The pupils performed a short play demonstrating how we can be very intolerant and unkind towards other people. The moral of the tale was that we should accept people for what they are as we all belong to one human race.

Mrs Lock

Robotics Club

The Duke of Kent School Robotics Club has started with full power this term, with the students using Lego Mindstorms kits to learn the basics of robotics and programming. Mission control is extremely pleased with their progress so far, and expect to see a DOKBot on the surface of mars very soon!

Mr Win-Pe

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week


Eva W for displaying excellent manners, good listening skills and enthusiastic dancing around the Maypole.


Henry O'B for practising his phonic skills independently.

Year 1:

Erin C for taking her time with her work and great care with presentation.

Year 2:

Mia O'B for showing great focus and concentration to ensure that she’s doing her best.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

At lunch on Thursday 4th May the cello and piano pupils of Mrs Young performed in the first of our series of lunchtime recitals for each of the individual music teachers. These concerts are a great chance for the children to gain invaluable performance experience in a relaxed and low pressure environment, and also a chance for the parents to meet their child's teacher! Well done this week to Conrad C, Ella S, Troy K, Isabelle S, Daisy N, Alfie C, John M and Alex F.

Mr Rye

Eagle Radio Social Media Workshops

The Senior School were visited this morning by Karl from Eagle Radio to talk to them about ‘Online Laws and Ethics.’

The whole Senior School attended an assembly where they were given an opportunity to discuss case studies of real situations that have happened online. Students had to discuss what they thought the consequences were of cases to do with deformation, racism and sexting. All of these could result in a criminal record and prison; this seemed to shock many of the students!

Later in the morning, Year 7 and 8 were tasked with sorting out comments that had been posted online, deciding if they were safe, rude, civil offensives or criminal offences.

With Year 7 and 8 completing the workshop this morning, all of the Senior School have completed the seminar over the past three years. We are grateful to Eagle Radio for providing this great opportunity and The Crime and Police Commissioner who fund the project.

Mr Southee

E-Safety Tips

The tip this week concerns a powerful Netflix drama called ‘13 reasons why’, which follows the fictional story of a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind her audio recordings for the people who played a role in her tragic decision. The programme is rated as an “18” by Netflix. As you can imagine, the content of the programme is hard hitting and there has been much discussion in the media about the impact the programme has had on those who have watched it. Mental Health Experts are certainly concerned over the impact of this series on young people and there has been much research conducted which shows that exposure to suicide, or graphic or sensationalised accounts of death, are one of the many risk factors that those with mental health conditions cite as a reason that they may contemplate or attempt suicide and it is believed that there have already been a number of teenage deaths attributed to watching this series.

Mr Southee