Weekly Bulletin 12/05/2017
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
These photos give some insight into the Bronze DofE qualification expedition weekend. All 30 participants survived two gruelling walks, an overnight camp at Henfold Lakes (near Dorking) and, not least, their own cooking, to pass this part of their DofE award. The external assessors and campsite staff were very impressed with their maturity and good manners while I was most struck by the resilience of all members, particularly those who persevered in the face of occasional navigational bemusement and thoroughly warm conditions while scaling Box Hill. Congratulations go to all, and my thanks to the numerous supporting Duke of Kent School staff.
Year 3 visit Butser Farm
On Monday 8th May, Year 3 went back in time to visit Iron Age and Roman settlements at Butser Ancient Farm. We started the day huddled round a fire in a Celtic roundhouse, learning about daily life in the Iron Age. The children then all had a chance to work in teams to weave hazel sticks to make a wattle fence. Having been told of the rather unsavoury contents of the daub used to coat the wattle structures, they were rather relieved that they were not also being asked to mix and apply this too. They did however, have a chance to get mucky when they made thumb pots with clay dug up from the ground. Having pulled out any stray stones and worms, they shaped their pots and used the tips of feathers and sticks to decorate them.
The children also tried their hand at archaeology, unearthing all sorts of treasures including broken pieces of pottery, handles from buckets, bones and horseshoes. They then sorted the items according to their material and whether they were old or modern artefacts. In the afternoon we had a tour of a Roman villa, comparing building methods and styles to that of the roundhouses. We made mosaics and had a game of hopscotch, with the squares marked carefully with Roman numerals. As always, the children were impeccably behaved and were a joy to share the day with. It was a highly successful visit, filled with fun and learning.
Year 1 visit Wakehurst Place
On Tuesday 9th May Year 1 visited Wakehurst Place. Wakehurst is a country estate comprising ornamental gardens, woodlands, a nature reserve and a beautiful mansion house. Our day began with a visit to the potting shed where each child planted a sunflower and we learnt about the journey from seed to flower. We then moved on to the chapel, where we had an ‘Amazing Seeds’ workshop. Wakehurst is home to the Millennium Seed Bank and the children were able to see and handle a Coco de Mer seed, the biggest seed in the world. After a picnic lunch in the garden we ended our day with a tour of the grounds and plant trail which was very informative. The day was most enjoyable and the children learnt a great deal.This was our first trip to Wakehurst but we will definitely be going back!
Year 11 GCSE DT
Congratulations to the Year 11 GCSE Design Technology students who have completed and tested their educational toys. Having completed the manufacture of their prototype toys they were field tested by the pre prep students who literally crash tested them. I'm pleased to report that all toys and students survived. The level of focus and quality of work was very high this year. Skills included: use of the new 3D printer, thanks to PADOK; laser cutting; pewter casting; cardboard engineering; 3D CAD prototyping; along with a wide variety of joining and finishing methods. Well done and good luck.
News from Malawi
3 years ago, as part of our international link with Salima LEA School in Malawi, we began raising money to help them with the construction of a new school building. We have just received an update on the building project; the 3 classroom block is now approaching completion and lessons will begin, in the new buildings, next week! This is a very exciting moment for both schools, we are so happy to see the funds we have raised making a real, tangible difference in Malawi.
We plan to further strengthen our links with Salima LEA over the next academic year through a second teacher exchange. We will be sending Mrs LaCroix and Miss Francis to Malawi in October. Later in the school year we will be hosting Patricia Shabani, from Salima. This will be an exciting opportunity for teachers from both schools to learn from their colleagues, teaching in very different environments with different challenges, develop global and cultural understanding and broaden our horizons as a school. We plan to look for common ground between both staff and pupils, developing shared projects, avenues of communication and mutual learning experiences.
A few match reports from this week
Rounders: U13 A v. Seaford College
The Under 13 A team showed some superb skills against Seaford College on Wednesday. 27 rounders were scored by the team, everyone contributing with hard accurate hitting. In the field we concentrated well and kept Seaford's score down to 16. An excellent win, well done girls.
Rounders: U14/15 v. King Edward's, Witley
the under 14/15 girls played an exciting home game of rounders against King
Edward's, Witley. During the first innings the girls fielded well. With
Tyla W as Back Stop and Anna D as 1st Base the girls were a great double act with
Tyla's strong over arm throw going straight to Anna's hand to stump a number of
girls out. King Edward's scored 11 rounders during their first
batting innings and our girls fielded tightly with Jazz P as 2nd Deep
throwing some amazing balls to Lucy W on 4th Base.
The girls batted quite well with Tyler W as the standout hitter in the team. The team scored six and a half rounders in the first innings. Our second time of fielding the girls were simply excellent, the King Edward’s girls were all out for 20 balls! Izzy K, Ava H, Caitlin P and Willow C all contributing to the fielding. The girls had a total of 16 to chase which was a tall order as they need ten and a half to win. Tyla W scored two rounders and Willow C scored one but the team were only able to amass four and a half in total.
Although the girls lost 16-10 ½ their fielding was faultless. Well done girls!
Rounders: U16 v. St. Edmund's
The Year 11 game play their last match on Wednesday against a depleted St Edmund's team, three of our Year 10 girls were transferred for the day! The team finished the season with an excellent win 19-16. The U16's have had super results in both the netball and rounders seasons and have been a cheerful, very hardworking and committed group throughout their time at school. Well done to everyone!
Cricket: Staff v. 1st XI
On Tuesday evening the Staff took on a very motivated 1st XI cricket team. Batting first, the staff were struggling to keep the run rate flowing. The boys were bowling well until some hard hitting by Mr Green helped move the score along to a respectable 138 of off 18 overs. Some great hitting from Bastian H helped the pupils move towards their target. With one ball to spare, Lucas W needed a six to win and impressively dispatched the delivery over the boundary and into the woods. Well done to the boys and thank you to all who took part.
Swimming Gala v. Belmont
Duke of Kent took a team to Belmont's open air pool on Monday evening for a gala against Belmont, Ripley Court and Prior School. Pupils from Years 3-8 took part and showed great determination and some improving technique in their races. Each individual swimmer performed well and the Duke of Kent School team particularly scored highly in the relay races. Ripley Court narrowly won the event with Duke of Kent School coming second. We will host a similar gala in the warmth of our pool in the Autumn term! Congratulations to all the swimmers.
Whole School Reminder
School Calendars are available in the Front Office if anyone would like extras
Active Kids Vouchers
Please could you check your purses, wallets, bags, cars and worktops for any vouchers which may be floating around. If you do manage to find any please drop them into Reception. We are now in the process of counting the vouchers we have as Sainsbury’s have stopped issuing them. Thank you for all donated already.
Senior School Reminder
Tuesday 16th May:
Year 10 Future Schools Evening (Parents and Pupils) - 18:30 - 19:30pm
Friday 19th May:
Year 9 (only) School Examinations
Piano recital for Senior School students of Miss Macaulay - 18:30 - 19:30pm
Prep School Reminder
Friday 19th May:
Piano recital for Prep School students of Miss Macaulay - 17:00 - 18:00pm
Year 6 ventured into the Senior Science lab this week to learn more about chemical changes. After a very thorough demonstration of how to use Bunsen Burners safely (including a reminder about the "stop, drop and roll" safety procedure from Dylan), the pupils investigated how different materials change when heated. Mrs Lock commended the children for being particularly sensible and careful in their experiments, and they are all now looking forward to spending more time in the lab in Senior School.
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Hope N for displaying persistence during tasks, working creatively, excellent negotiating skills and displaying kindness towards her peers.
Fenella W for showing great imagination and creativity in her role play.
Arthur W for showing excellent engagement during our trip to Wakehurst place and taking great care with his follow up work.
Heath P for showing greater self control and excellent learning behavior.
Music Department News
On Thursday 11th May, Prep pupils of Mr Clifford Hill took part in a lunchtime singing recital in the PA Hall. Accompanied by Mr Kaye all the children sung beautifully and with excellent technique and intonation. Seeing the progression and improvement of the children's voices and technique is wonderful and all sung with poise and charm!
There is a very busy week next week with three recitals and a trip to Woodcote Opera for Years 3 and 4. Watch this space for a full report on all, plus tonight's trip to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Dorking Halls!
A heads up on another popular social media app doing the rounds with teenagers at the moment, Yellow.
The Yellow app claims to have five million users and is the second most popular free app after Tinder on the Apple app store in the UK. Like Tinder, users can connect with strangers by swiping right on their profile picture. When both users mutually ‘like’ each other they can chat by adding each other on picture-messaging service Snapchat. But unlike dating app Tinder - which raised its minimum age to 18 this summer after charities said paedophiles could use it to groom children - Yellow does not have checks in place to verify ages. A spokesman for the NSPCC said: “Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature. And Yellow’s settings that enable adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people."
The PADoK Arabian Nights Ball
The PADoK Arabian Nights Ball last Saturday at the Burrows Lea Country House was a great success. The evening started in the Rose Garden listening to the magical singing of Hannah McAuley and Charlotte Vinall (former Duke of Kent School pupils), swiftly followed by the Duke of Kent School Singers.
Then it was in to the beautifully decorated marquee for a delicious Arabian themed meal. Just before everyone hit the dance floor, Mr Bimpson auctioned a range of lots in aid of the Dusty Yak charity and just over £6,500 was raised during the course of the evening. A special thanks to all those who donated items for the auction.
A great night was had by all and we look forward to the next fun filled PADoK event.
Photographs are courtesy of Thomas Gray, a former pupil at Duke of Kent School.