Weekly Bulletin 13/10/2017
Happiness Matters at Duke of Kent School
Last Saturday Duke of Kent School held its annual Open Event, Happiness Matters. It was full of excitement, fun and of course, happiness. We were lucky enough to have comedian James Campbell doing a stand up show alongside a fantastic writing workshop, The BIG Happiness Experiment teaching us new ways of engaging the brain's positive neural pathways to cultivate resilience, inner confidence and a positive mindset. Mr Rye delivered a fantastic workshop on Music and The Mind. We all learnt the importance and benefits of music on our everyday lives. We also had a guest from last year return, Edward from Inner Drive who talked about how to deal with negative thoughts. Alongside all of these workshops we also had Pre-prep Forest School and a choice of activities in Pre-prep including dressing up, construction, painting and making creatures out of Play Doh. On front pitch we had a spectacular Carousel and Tea Cup ride which had both children and adults in awe of the fun to be had.
A special thank you to all of the staff and pupils that helped on tours and around the school and another thank you for our Catering Team who made an amazing lunch along with mouthwatering cakes and biscuits for all that came along. We couldn't have done it without your help!
Thank you to everyone that joined us on the day. We are already looking forward to planning next year's event.
Drama Trip to The Victoria and Albert Museum
On Monday the Year 7’s were very lucky to have been involved in a workshop at the V&A museum as part of their ‘Shakespeare in a suitcase’ project…. but not before a whistle stop tour of the Natural History Museum!
It all began with a drama class taught by one of the V&A’s Actors in residence to help us discover how we could use objects as a stimulus to create a performance. We were then treated to a tour of ‘Shakespeare’ related artefacts to help us begin our search for an object which will inspire our devised piece of theatre. Among these included the original costume worn by Richard Burton when he performed Henry V at Stratford upon Avon.
The pupils went from one end of the museum to the other discovering its Shakespearean treasures, finishing at the space where they will be performing to the public in April, on Shakespeare’s birthday!
Year 9 Talk on Stem Cell Donation
Last Friday, former Duke of Kent School student, Maddy Honey, paid the school a visit to talk to the whole of Year 9 about her recent stem cell donation. Stem cells have the amazing ability to become new blood cells and restore the immune system of patients with leukaemia or other blood cancers. The Anthony Nolan Trust are one of several charities looking to try and cure blood cancer through research and donating these special cells and Maddy had signed up to them earlier this year in light of a friend's family member who had leukaemia.
Maddy provided some very interesting information into the process of stem cell donation, how they are transported and even what they look like! She showed great bravery in agreeing to receive the treatment and the other students were clearly humbled by her actions. The Year 9s are currently studying the location, use and issues around stem cells in Biology, and we were very lucky to have a real example of their potential benefits explained to us in the classroom. All the students were very engaged and asked some insightful and thoughtful questions.
If you would like any further information about signing up to the Anthony Nolan trust please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
GCSE Music Trip to 'Wicked' at The Apollo Theatre
On Wednesday 11th October GCSE Music pupils from Years 10 and 11 jumped on the train and travelled to the Apollo Theatre, Victoria to see the hit musical 'Wicked' by Stephen Schwartz. Written as a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, 'Wicked' tells how the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West start out as the best of friends but end up bitter enemies! The song 'Defying Gravity' from the musical is one of the set works for the new GCSE Music Syllabus and this was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to see the full musical in one of London's biggest theatres. Needless to say they loved every minute and had a wonderful time. We even managed to grab a Pizza Express before the show, which appeared to go down well!
Pre-Prep English Day
It's no secret that the baddie in The Three Little Pigs is The Big Bad Wolf. And in Jack and the Beanstalk, it's the giant who gets his comeuppance. On English Day in Pre-prep this week, however, we talked about the idea that there are often two sides to a story. We looked again at these classic fairytales and discovered that we might have missed a few important details in their original telling. After some probing questioning from Years 1 and 2, Alexander T Wolf explained he had simply had a sneezing fit when he called upon the little pigs, and hadn't ever intended to blow their homes away. As for the giant (who, it turns out, was a lonely castle builder called Geoff), his apparent bloodthirsty intentions were just lost in translation - "Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum," to a giant, means "Yippee!"; all he really wanted to do was welcome light-fingered Jack into his home and share a meal with him. Nursery and Reception were inspired by "Owl Babies", first creating owls and nests in the forest and then painting scenes from the story whilst retelling the main events to a Year 6 'scribe'. The lesson of the day, certainly, was that we can all learn something new every time we hear a story told from a new perspective. Well done, Pre-prep!
A few match reports from this week
Football: U13 and U15 ISA National Girls Football Festival
Duke of Kent School girls U13 and U15 teams travelled to Ascot for the ISA National girls football festival on Tuesday. This gave the pupils a chance to play against teams from Somerset, Middlesbrough and all around the South East. As well as participating in the tournament for their respective age groups, the girls also had the chance to train with and meet the Arsenal and England women football players and get up close and personal with the women's FA Cup! Both teams worked really hard and improved considerably during the day, they began to show some excellent skills and their confidence rocketed. Big well done to Poppy S and Tyla W for scoring some fantastic goals during the group games. The girls behaved brilliantly throughout the day and took the opportunity to chat to the Arsenal and England footballers and even get their signatures! In addition, all teams were given tickets to watch an Arsenal ladies home match so we can continue to inspire our girls to play and enjoy football! Well done to all involved.
Netball U13 A v. Shoreham College
On Wednesday the U13 A netball team played away at Shoreham College. Both teams started well using channels to feed the ball down the court with some very quick defence work coming from Bella R-B and Poppy S in at GD and GK. At halftime the score reflected how even the game was at 10-10. In the second half, Duke of Kent School came back on with new tactics to stop the overhead balls being fed into Shoreham's brilliant GA and all the defence players were able to apply this and then managed to take control of the game with the final score being 11-29. The shooters were Poppy S, Daisy M and Martha M, and the girl of the game was Daisy M. Well done, everyone!
Daisy M, Year 8
Netball: U12 A v. Shoreham College
On Wednesday afternoon, the U12 A team played away at Shoreham College. The game was very evenly contested in the first two quarters with both teams scoring simultaneously. By this point the score stood at 6-6. As the match progressed, Izzy B (GA) and Bea H (GS) found their form and we started to pull away. The girls played with aggression and speed and Kora W (GD) and Sienna D (GK) were forced to work very hard to prevent Shoreham College getting the ball into their shooting circle. The team's passing and movement around the court was impressive and every team member played her part, demonstrating some excellent interceptions. At the final whistle, the score was 18-14 to Duke of Kent School. A special mention to Amelie W-B for being nominated as girl of the game for her agile movements around the court as centre. A brilliant effort, girls, and all your hard work in lessons is paying off!
Football: U11 C v. Belmont
On Wednesday the U11 C’s made the short drive to Belmont. We split into two 5-a-side teams with one being made from Year 5 pupils and the other from Year 6 pupils. The Year 5 team drew their first match 0-0 due to strong defending from Alex F and good goalkeeping from Sam S. The Year 6's won their first game 5-0 with 4 goals from Alfie C, showing good skills throughout, and Max S scoring the other. The Year 5's built on their previous performance to win their second game 2-0 with Josh E scoring both goals, one of which was a long range thunderbolt. He was supported well in midfield from John McN and Alessandro P. The Year 6's continued their winning streak and won 3-0 with two goals from Alfie C and John McN. These were well supported by the midfielders and there was some good defending by Alex S and Toby C.
Paws For Thought
I was lucky enough to go with year 7 on their trip to the Natural History Museum and the V and A on Monday which was fantastic. The huge variety and wealth of scientific knowledge and creativity on display in both places was astonishing. Our school reflects this diversity of gifts among our students and staff in relation to their uniqueness and talents. The Psalmist said 'I praise you because I'm fearfully and wonderfully made' (139:14). I wonder how often we look in the mirror and think this of ourselves?! When God looks at us what does he see? He sees his divine image reflected in us; we are made in His likeness so are indeed 'wonderfully made'! Something to think about the next time we look in the mirror!
With every Blessing.
Whole School Reminder
Friday 20th October:
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
Friday 13th October:
Music Evening - Nick Rye and the Accidentals 19:30pm
Senior School Reminder
Sunday 15th October:
Senior Production rehearsal 10:00am - 16:00pm
Year 2 Assembly - Dare to be Different
In Prep School assembly this week, Year 2 asked their audience whether being different is a good thing. As it turns out, the answer isn't always as black and white as our special avian guests. A variety of African, Chinstrap, Rock-Hopper and Emperor Penguins waddled, hopped and slid their way to PA Hall to share with us some of their own quirky characteristics, highlighting how different difference can be - from small variations between species of penguin, to huge contrasts between birds, reptiles and humans. However, no matter how different we consider ourselves to be, we were all encouraged to focus on the fact that being unique individuals is special in itself, and can help us to feel more content with who we are. Well done to Year 2 and all their penguin friends who braved the warm conditions to be with us.
Mr Watson needs your polystyrene packaging
Please bring your polystyrene donations to the Front Office. It would be particularly useful to bring big blocks of polystyrene e.g. the packaging around a TV or washing machine. But smaller pieces are helpful too. They will be put to good use, being turned into robots!
Congratulations to two Year 5 pupils. Following another successful year of U9 cricket, Toby T (U9 Surrey CCC and U9 Albury CC) and Rufus B U9 (Albury CC) have been selected, following the Performance Assessments this Summer, for the U10 Surrey County Cricket Club Player Pathway Winter Training Squad. The boys will be attending the Surrey CCC Winter training programme from November through to April at the Oval and Surrey’s Cricket Centre in Guildford. Congratulations, boys, and good luck in your training!
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: Olivia W for her kind and considerate attitude towards her friends and her peers.
Nursery: Herb M for displaying a kind and friendly attitude towards his peers.
Reception: Max M for quickly making friends in his new class and for beginning to do beautiful colouring, staying inside the lines.
Year 1: Martha G-A for having an improvement in focus and taking great care with her work.
Year 2: Patrick W for consistent focus and effort in lessons, showing a keen desire to do his very best and improve.
Music Department News
The Music Department has hit a new record this term with over 180 individual music lessons taking place every week! Our team of peripatetic music teachers offer almost every instrument available and if there is an instrument a pupil would like to learn that we don't cover we will find someone to teach it. Even though we are super-busy we still have spaces for brass and violin so please let Mr Rye if either of these sound appealing.
The Advanced Cellobabies group performed on Wednesday as part of Year 2's assembly. The trio managed to string together three of four of their greatest hits that they learnt last year, to rapturous applause from the collected parents and pupils. Well done to Millie D, Elliott S and Eddie C!
We Will Rock You
Tickets are now available for We Will Rock You via email@example.com
The shows are at 7pm on Friday 24th November and Saturday 25th November in the PA Hall . Please book early to avoid disappointment!
Reporting Online Harassment
Last week we looked at what obligations social media companies have to their users in terms of how we use them, and how they use our data. This week we will focus on one particular right that all platforms highlighted - the right to use their service safely. Protecting yourself against online harassment is essential and no-one should have to tolerate unacceptable behaviour, regardless of whether it is online or in person. All services will have a way of reporting other users, and I would encourage everyone to be familiar with how to do so, even if they don't think they will need to use it.
If the harassment could constitute a crime (i.e. threats of violence or incitement of racial/religious hatred) then it is also possible to report such behaviour to the police. Please remember that the School takes cyberbullying very seriously. Let us know if you need support or help.
Remember: if it is unacceptable offline, then it is unacceptable online.
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We've had a few lovely walks with breathtaking views from the top of Pitch & Holmbury Hills. If you'd like to join a future walk please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. One hour walks are on a mix of days with longer walk on some Fridays.
Baskets & hampers needed
PADoK would be very grateful for any baskets, hampers or boxes you're happy to donate to hold prizes for our annual Christmas Raffle. Please drop off in the front office.
Huge thanks, the PADoK Team