Weekly Bulletin 13/02/2015

Success at SATRO Problem Solving

On Thursday 5th February, twelve Duke of Kent School Problem Solvers set off to George Abbot School in Guilford. They took part in the first of this year’s heats to defend their title of 'Problem Solver Champions 2014' against the rest of Surrey’s schools. 

Two teams were given the challenge of creating a roundabout to transport Polos, using only gravity and a selection of straws, cardboard and string. Our two teams invented ingenious square designs and three foot tall contraptions that saw them breeze through to the final with the highest scores in their age groups for design and length of spin. The GCSE team even beat the A-Level colleges on the night. 

We now march on to the final at Charterhouse on Thursday 12th March, where we will again compete in the Surrey Problem Solver Champions 2015 in both age groups.

Mrs Wilkinson

Year 3 Learn About Mardi Gras in French

In French Year 3 have been learning about the upcoming celebration of
'Mardi Gras'. So, armed with lots of useful vocab we headed for the
domestic science room to become chefs and make our own crepes.

We followed the recipe instructions, en francais of course, prepared the
mixture, and then waited eagerly for the crepes to cook.

Then, not surprisingly, much fun was had choosing and adding toppings to their creations as Mrs Nicholson and I looked on with envy!

Bien fait et bon effort a tous!

Mr Coote

Performing Arts News

Congratulations to all of those who have made it through to the semi-finals of the House Music competition. Those that are through can play the same piece if they wish. I will be looking for polished performance, so get practising!

The semi-finals will be towards the end of the first week back after Half-Term. A time-table will be put up, so please check the Music Notice Board. We had over 75 entries, so well done to all who auditioned - everyone who entered gets a star!

Finally, tickets are still available for the GLive Extravaganza. Please email n.rye@dukeofkentschool.org.uk to reserve yours.

Mr Rye


Girls' Sport

The girls have had a busy week with nine netball fixtures being played. Luckily there very few absences this week!

On Tuesday the Under 15 netball team had a close match against Shoreham College but lost the game by three goals. On Wednesday the team travelled to Christ's Hospital and, putting the previous day’s loss behind them, they showed some great skills. Despite some anxious moments (mainly from Mrs Wilson), the team had a super win 18-17. Girls of the Games were Katie and Kate. 

The Under 14 team also played Shoreham and Christ's Hospital and there were some excellent performances, with Millie and Holly being awarded the Girls of the Games, but they were unable to record a win this week. 

The Under 13 team played Box Hill and had a convincing win 9-3. The Under 12s also won against Box Hill but then found the strength and height of the Christ's Hospital girls challenging and Christ's Hospital were winners in the triangular. The Under 11As and Under 11Bs travelled to St Teresa’s, the Under 11a lost by one goal 2-3 and the Under 11b drew 2-2.

Last week, a first at Duke of Kent School, we held a Girls’ House Swimming Gala for all girls from Year 3 to Year 11. It was a very noisy event with some excellent swimming. The standard was extremely high, well done to everyone who took part. Scores were close, when added up but the winners in this inaugural event were Whittle.

Mrs Wilson

Pre-prep News

Year 2 Playground Treat

The children in Year 2 enjoyed a short trip to Ewhurst playground following an excellent Half-Term of good classroom behaviour. The Year 2 squirrel, who moves up (and sometimes down) a little tree in the classroom, reached the top and the children were taken down to the playground by Mrs Macdonald and Miss Walpole as a treat.

Year 2 Violin Concert

On Tuesday half of the Year 2 children who have been learning violin, gave their parents a short, informal concert. Mr Wilson who has been teaching the children in a group every week explained how the children had improved and demonstrated his teaching methods. After Half-Term, the Year 2 children will swap around and the remaining half will have their turn of violin with Mr Wilson.

Mrs Macdonald

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