Weekly Bulletin 19/05/2017
Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley
On Saturday, 11 pupils from Years 7-11 travelled to Wembley Stadium to watch the SSE Women's FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Birmingham City. There was an incredible atmosphere in the stadium due to the record crowd number of 35,271. It was a good game with some superb individual talent and team play, resulting in lots of goals, and Manchester City winning 4-1.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Dorking Halls
Last Friday 12th May thirty pupils from the Senior School went to Dorking Halls to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing.
Led by conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, the Orchestra opened with the Overture to Mozart’s spirited operatic masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro, followed by one of Mozart’s most beloved and expertly crafted pieces, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
International cellist Raphael Wallfisch joined the Orchestra for the cello showpiece, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and the concert closed with a triumphant version of Beethoven’s masterly Fifth Symphony.
The pupils enjoyed immensely witnessing an orchestra in full flow, and were superbly behaved the whole evening, showing consideration and courtesy to the generally much older audience! A lovely evening for all concerned.
Lancing Science Challenge
On Tuesday 17th May twelve Year 6 pupils attended the Lancing Science Challenge. Each pupil worked in a team with pupils from the other prep schools who were there. They were either on the Biology, Physics or Chemistry team and had an hour to complete a range of activities. For example the Biology team had to identify different birds, make a human skeleton and build a bird's nest. The Chemistry team carried out an experiment involving a chemical reaction and had to record the temperature of a mixture, the Physics team had to make a block of wood more aerodynamic and work out the volume of a drop of water. Well done to Ben D's team who came first in the Physics challenge.
We were also treated to a tour of the Lancing College farm and saw pigs, sheep and turkeys. Everyone had a very enjoyable time and worked very well in their different teams.
Prep School trip to Woodhouse Opera
On Wednesday morning Years 3 and 4 went to Woodhouse Copse, a beautiful venue in Holmbury St Mary, to watch a children's version of Humperdinck's wonderful opera version of 'Hansel and Gretel'. With Japanese concert pianist Akino Katahara playing the piano and opera singer Sue Gillespie providing the melodies the children were treated to a magical version of this classic fairy tale. The highlights of the performance however were definitely our Junior Chamber Choir who sung the Gingerbread Chorus with vigour and the volume, and then Amelie W-B, Bea H, Kora H, Hannah S, Sienna D and Zoe L,who sung the tricky Evening Prayer with skill and style. A unique and memorable morning for all concerned! Thank you to the parents who came to watch and helped on the day.
Spanish Stretch and Challenge Day at The BFI
On Thursday 18th May, a group of year 8 and year 9 students went to the BFI in London to experience Spanish in a different way.
We started the day watching three short films in Spanish: “Emperrado”, “La Leyenda del Espantapájaros” (The Legend of the Scarecrow) and “La Huida” (The Runaway). They were very different genres of films and the students participated in a variety of activities after watching them, which allowed them to learn new vocabulary and put their Spanish into practice (Josie M and Max T deserve a special mention for being brave enough to take part and answer questions in Spanish in the middle of a big audience).
In the afternoon, we watched a comedy (91 minutes long with subtitles) based on a humorous comic strip created and developed by the Spanish author José Escobar Saliente.
As always, the students were impecably behaved and were a joy to share the day with. It was a highly successful visit, filled with fun and learning.
Reception trip to Pulborough Brooks
Reception had a fantastic day at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Pulborough Brooks on Tuesday.
During pond dipping we found Mayfly nymphs, a huge dragonfly nymph, caddis fly larvae and some baby newts. We were able to identify what we had found using a magnifying glass and a large picture key. We loved placing pegs on the pictures of the creatures we found. We then explored the concept of life cycles, using some super acting, transforming ourselves from dragonfly eggs into stunning dragonflies.
After some exciting play in a tunnel in the picnic area, we all sat very quietly and watched birds flying in and out of nesting boxes. Sitting in a meadow, under a beautiful tree, we played a game identifying realistic bird puppets and matching them with their habitats. We discovered where robins, blackbirds, swans, kingfishers and wrens liked to live and what they ate. The next task was very tricky. We had to hold our puppets and listen silently for a few minutes to hear birdsong. We heard a thrush, a nightingale and a robin.
We are very grateful to Pulborough Brooks as we now know so much more about the birds that fly around us and the creatures that hide in ponds!
A few match reports from this week
House Cricket : Years 9 - 11
Mr Green & Mr Herbert
Swimming Gala v. Frensham Heights
On Monday evening the Duke of Kent School Senior Swimming Squad travelled to Frensham Heights. Frensham organised the gala so that two swimmers from each team swam in each race. This was a very relaxed gala where all of the swimmers encouraged each other and everyone from the Duke of Kent School squad performed very well. After the individual races Duke of Kent School were comfortably in the lead and this was extended further after six victories out of six in the relay races. This was a very enjoyable evening with some excellent swimming. Congratulations to Milly B, Alice S, Laura S, Izzy F, Minnie C, Fred V, Nick E, Sam I, Tyla W, Harry H, Charlie T and Alex M. We look ahead to the return fixture in the second half of the term.
Whole School Reminder
Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May:
School Examinations begins
Thursday 25th May:
An Evening of Original Works at the Wilson Room, Ewhurst Church - 19:00pm
Friday 26th May:
Half Term Departure Times:
15:30 - Pre-prep and Prep siblings
16:05 - Prep School and Senior siblings
16:45 - Senior School
17:00 - All after school buses depart
I competed in the Sussex Athletics Championships on Sunday 14th May at K2 Crawley representing Horsham Bluestar Harriers. My team won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay team, I was running the third leg. We managed to run it as a team in under 53 seconds.
I also took part in 200m race and the javelin throw. I didn't win a medal but got personal bests in both. 29.05 secs in the 200m and I threw the javelin a distance of 20.46m.
I'm looking forward to my next event, this weekend at Aldershot representing Horsham Bluestar Harriers again in the Youth Development League.
Good luck Jasmine!
Jasmine B, Year 8
On Wednesday, Year 3 presented an assembly with the theme of courage. The children acted out the story of Plop – a rather nervous young owl from the story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. The children explained that often fear of things comes from lack of knowledge about them. The class also shared some posters they had made in PSHE with inspirational messages for us to reflect on such as ‘Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.’
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Freddie W for displaying a mature attitude in class and good number matching skills
Lulu B for using her phonic knowledge to spell the words she wants to write in her sentences
Elliott S for thinking problems through carefully and logically to find the solution
Harry W for showing excellent focus, motivation and maturity
Music Department News
Last term we were lucky enough to have Stephen Bryant, the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, perform a recital in the PA Hall. Stephen was very keen for some of the money raised from this to go to the charity of which he is a patron - HelpMusiciansUK (formerly the Musicians' Benevolent Fund). I am delighted to report that we raised £350 for this excellent charity, which plays a vital role supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. It gives financial grants to pay for medical treatment, specialist therapies and living costs and provides one-on-one help to those with life-changing situations. It improves the quality of life for retired musicians by providing regular payments and social visits. In 2016, it spent £3.3 million improving the lives of 2,505 musicians.
Stephen is keen to return to the school to perform again, so watch this space for more information on this, along with another Jazz evening, a West End evening and a Singer/Songwriter evening all planned over the next year.
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