Weekly Bulletin 20/10/2017

Battle of Hastings Reenactment

On Saturday 14th October, 951 years to the day after the real battle, we had the chance to re-live the atmosphere and tension of the Battle of Hastings as over 800 soldiers clashed in a live display of the infamous battle in 1066. It was a busy day full of historical enquiry as we explored the grounds of Battle Abbey and enjoyed a full medieval festival atmosphere including stalls, demonstrations and historical activities that helped the pupils engage with the key events that they are studying in class.

Mr Seeley

Artists in Residence, Olly&Suzi

Tuesday saw the second leg of this academic year's Artist in Residence Program with the return of multi disciplinary, collaborative art duo Olly & Suzi. After a successful first day working with members of Years 3 to 6, on Tuesday they turned their attention to the Senior school and Pre Prep. After an initial assembly to the Senior School a group of students attended a drawing workshop led by Olly & Suzie where students were encouraged to work collaboratively with a focus on responding to the natural environment, aiming for an ethos of exploration and experimentation. Students, although tentative about this new approach at first, really enjoyed the freedom that this way of working offered them especially when they were given the opportunity to experiment with Olly & Suzi's trademark ink and wash technique.

Olly & Suzie also had the pleasure of presenting their work to the Pre Prep and were really impressed with their enthusiasm, understanding and the perceptive questions they asked.

Olly & Suzi's work has been featured in The Guardian this week in a piece entitled 'Photographers Against Wildlife Crime which you can have a look at by following the link below:


If you would like to find out more about the work Olly & Suzi do please have a look at their visually fabulous website http://www.ollysuzi.com/

Mr Watson

Reception visit The Weald and Downland Museum

On Tuesday, Reception had a wonderful visit to The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Goodwood. We visited Whittaker’s cottage and were given the opportunity to pretend we were Victorian children and were shown how to do a few household chores. First of all we had to collect some water from the pump and bring it into the house. Then we had to use some elbow grease to clean the brass and went upstairs to make one of the beds which had a lot of blankets and pillows on it. At the bottom of the bed we found a mysterious object, which turned out to be a stone ware hot water bottle. Our work was still not done! We walked outside and took turns to beat the rag rug hanging on the washing line, and watched as we were shown how the mangle squeezed water out of the washing. After lunch we fed the many ducks wandering around and were amazed at the size of the Shire horse we saw. He was pulling a cart and his owner explained how important his shoes were and how his harness connected up to the cart. We were mesmerized by the water mill and had the chance to grind some grain into flour. It was very hard work! We played with a few wooden skittles, a pair of stilts and hobby horses and fortunately didn’t have to stay in the village stocks, but we all had a turn at trying them out! We had a lovely day but very pleased we're not Victorian children and were very happy to return to school!

Mrs Turner

School Council Meetings

On Monday 16th October both the Senior and Pre-Prep/Prep School councils met for their first official meeting.
To become a member of the School Council each pupil must prepare and deliver a short speech about what they would like to achieve during the year by being on the School Council. In the Prep School would be members talked about changes they would like to see at snack time, having theme days, such as a technology day, having a pet for each form and ideas for how to improve junior jungle. Each member of the School Council is elected by their peers and is on the School Council for the whole academic year. They attend regular meetings and have the responsibility of taking ideas back to their forms to discuss. Any pupil in the school can ask their member of the School Council to represent their views and ideas in the meetings.
We look forward to an exciting year with the new School Council members.

Mrs Lock

Ben P Competes in the Optimist Sailing Event

The Weymouth event was the last of three qualifying weekends for the 2017/18 RYA Squads and he managed to sail well enough to qualify for the squad he had hoped for and accepted his place this week. This means he will have a number of great training camps over the coming months, the first of which is at Grafham Water during half term.  The squad he’s in is the UK Optimist Development Squad.

Mrs Hopwood

A few match reports from this week

Netball: U14/15 v. Alton Covent School

This Tuesday, the U14/15B team played a new fixture against Alton Convent School. The team was tested in all positions throughout the close and competitive match. In the opening quarter, both Duke of Kent School and Alton demonstrated some lovely set plays from the centre and the score line stood at 3-2 to Alton. In the second and third quarters both teams scored highly with excellent attacking play from Tyler W (C), Caitlin P (WA) and Eve LaCroix (GA). Accurate shooting from Anna D kept the score even until the closing quarter. Ava H (GK) worked tirelessly in defence blocking Alton's Goal Shooter from the circle. The final score stood at 16-14 to Alton Convent. Well done girls for a a lovely game and congratulations to Tyler W for being nominated as girl of the game.

Miss Jones

Netball: U13 A v. Ripley Court

On Wednesday the U13 A team played Ripley Court at home.  The girls managed to start strong scoring consecutive goals ending the first quarter 5-0.  In the second quarter Duke of Kent School slowed down play and made good choices with timing of pass and doing last minute dodges and losing their opposition. Ripley Court fought hard and their GK put pressure on Daisy M, our GS, but she worked hard driving and re setting to get into space for the second drive. At half time the score was 9-1 to Duke of Kent School. In the second half Izzy F, Poppy S and Holly C worked hard to defend and keep possession of the ball, between them they were able to feed it into our shooters for the last quarter, Laura S and Alice S who were able to score a final 4 goals! The final score was 18-3 to Duke of Kent School.  Well done to all that played and great sportsmanship and willingness to play positions they hadn't played before!

Miss Vernon

Netball: U12 v. Ripley Court

On Wednesday, the U12s played Ripley Court at home. Despite Ripley Court exclaiming out loud they were slightly afraid of the height of some of our players, this didn't perturb them and they started quickly, catching our defence off guard with strong and accurate passes. We trailed by a goal after the first quarter but after a few changes in positions we started to find our form. Emily B and Kora W showed real strength in defence, cutting out numerous passes and preventing Ripley Court from getting in their circle. Bea H and Sienna D settled down in attack, producing some fine goals and we found ourselves up 12-6 by half time. However, Ripley Court did not let their heads drop and made our players work hard to keep up with them. Despite tiredness setting in, Aoife W did not stop making some brilliant dodges to help bring the ball to our shooters. By full time, nothing could split the two teams and it finished a deserved 15-15. Well done to all the girls for digging deep right to the end.

Miss Taylor

Football: U11 B v. Ripley Court

On Wednesday the U11 B team travelled to Ripley Court. Playing with good pace and width we began to stretch the opposition with Jasper B and Will R distributing the ball effectively from the back. Casper C opened the scoring after he was the quickest to react in the box and was able to slot the ball home. Great interplay and pressure led to Charlie F and Charlie N scoring two well worked goals to take us three up. Some solid goalkeeping from Kai G kept our advantage intact at half time. After the break Luke I scored a lovely headed goal after a clever cross was whipped into the box. Ripley Court fought back for a consolation goal but we kept up our attacking threat and walked away with a satisfying 4-1 win.

Mr Seeley

Paws For Thought

As we come to the half way point in this term it's a good opportunity to stop, breathe and gather ourselves. Personally speaking this half term has been a new rhythm for me as I adjust to working and studying and half term has taken on a whole new meaning!

We hold together all the demands of daily life, trying to fit in so much. Whether we are children, parents or carers, with paid or unpaid work, we all have so many balls in the air it's unsurprising if we drop a few occasionally. As we embrace this change in our daily rhythm it gives us a chance to slow down and pause. I would invite you to read this passage slowly, maybe with a cup of tea and give yourself the permission to breathe.

'Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.' Matthew 11:28-30

Have a peaceful and restful half term

Every Blessing

Mrs Pakenham

Senior School Reminder

Sunday 5th November:

Senior Production rehearsal 10:00am - 16:00pm

Prep School Reminders:

Wednesday 8th November:

Years 5 & 6 Parents' Meetings 15:40- 19:00pm

Thursday 9th November:

Years 3 & 4 Parents' Meetings 16:00 - 19:00pm

Pre-Prep School Reminder

Tuesday 7th November:

Pre-Prep Parents' Meetings 15:00pm

Year 5 History

Year 5 are studying the 1930s in their History lessons and this picture shows the black and white imagery of the 1930s. The work displayed by the pupils includes the photographs of Bill Brandt (including his famous shot of a windowless house), and the abdication of King Edward VIII.

Mr Lodge

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week

Nursery: Seren G for settling into Nursery so happily, displaying increasing confidence and enthusiasm for activities.

Alexander R for displaying greater independence when selecting activities and playing cooperatively with his peers.

Reception: Alex G for putting consistent effort into his work, and having a positive attitude towards everything we do.

Year 1: Emily C-G for being helpful in the classroom and excellent effort in literacy lessons.

Year 2: Harry M for fantastic progress in reading and showing a positive 'have-a-go' attitude.

Music Department News

We Will Rock You

Tickets are now available for We Will Rock You via bookings@dokschool.org

The shows are at 7pm on Friday 24th November and Saturday 25th November in the PA Hall . Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Social Media Advertising

When people mention safety on social media, thoughts often go to harassment and cyber-bullying. However, recent articles have stated that adverts on social media are not made obvious enough, especially where celebrity accounts are concerned. There is a danger that people may not realise that when someone is endorsing a product by featuring it on their account, which should be properly disclosed.

As a rule of thumb, be wary of any social media posts by anyone featuring a product or item they use, even if it's something they are usually associated with - for example a sportsperson with a piece of equipment. Whether it is on youtube or instagram or anything in between, the individual must disclose whether they are sponsored for that post. It's easy to change the channel or use software to avoid adverts normally, but when they are posted by people you follow and look up to, it can be particularly difficult to protect yourself against it.

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK News

🎄 Manns Christmas Shopping Evening 🎄

Together with Ewhurst Infants School and Peaslake School, PADoK are very excited to invite you to our exclusive evening of Christmas shopping at Manns of Cranleigh on Monday 20th November from 7.30-9.30pm followed by a complimentary glass of prosecco at The Richard Onslow.

The evening will be the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas, with discounts across all departments along with the chance to catch up with friends over drinks and canapés.

Friends and family are also welcome to join us. Tickets are available now are only £5 and must be preordered to enable entry into the store. We look forward to seeing you there.

Email padok@dokschool.org to book your tickets, please quote your child's name & year.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Mrs Burr 

The Accidentals

On Friday night 140 parents and staff boogied away to the brilliant Accidentals, Mr Rye’s awesome band. The Performing Arts Hall was transformed into a nightclub for the evening, the evening was made extra special by the delicious buffet provided by Jason, the school’s new Catering Manager, and all his team.

Mr Win-Pe amazed us with Superstition and Hannah McAuley give a fantastic performance of Valerie, made all the more impressive as neither had practised with the band.

Over £2,000 was raised – PADoK will use this money to fund extra equipment requested by teachers for lessons and afterschool clubs. Huge thanks to Mr Rye & the Accidentals and to all who came and made the evening such a success.


PADoK Secondhand Uniform Shop

Open on Wednesday 8th November 15:00 - 16:00pm

The Second hand Uniform service is operating from the PADoK HQ, located next to the Red Bus & Sports Hall, near the bottom car park.


We are hugely grateful for your donations but please can we respectfully ask you give only CURRENT uniform that is in saleable condition (i.e. no rips, no stains, etc).


Items with name labels — half of the proceeds will go to the original owner and half will go to PADoK

Items without name labels — all proceeds from sale will go towards PADoK

Sales are usually processed at the end of each term and the appropriate amounts are added/deducted from next term’s bill.


Any items purchased and not consequently required must be returned to stock before the end of the term otherwise the item will treated as a new donation.

Returns can be left in the front office with a note stating purchaser’s name or handed into PADoK HQ.

Mrs Wilkinson, PADoK's Uniform Shop Leader