Weekly Bulletin 14/02/2019
From Mrs Knox
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 6 weeks at this marvellous school. I have taken the opportunity to see every nook and cranny of the school, attended as many assemblies, matches, performances and lessons that I can. It has also been a real pleasure to meet many parents and to hear your views of and aspirations for the school. There will be further opportunity to meet with me next half term during Breakfast meetings on Thursday 7th March and Wednesday 13th March at 8.30am and, of course, please do feel free to drop in for a cup of coffee and an informal chat on Thursday mornings after drop-off.
It is now time for us all to stop for a few days, recharge our batteries, breathe and enjoy some fresh air and time with friends and family.
I look forward to seeing the students back on Monday 25th February.
An Evening of Music
Last Friday the PA Hall was once again transformed into one of the coolest clubs in the Surrey Hills for an intimate evening of jazz, acoustic and original music. With some of London's most in demand singers performing the audience were treated to a night of classy and inspirational performances from Sumudu, Eileen Hunter and Gary O' Brien. However, the highlight has to be the GCSE Music pupils' performances - they were quite exceptional with original songs and covers all performed to a professional standard. Huge congratulations to Dexter B (whose M'C'ing was legendary!), Toby H, Ava H, Tyla W and Jago C who did themselves and all of us proud.
SATRO Problem Solving Challenge
Well done to the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teams in the 2019 Surrey SATRO Problem Solving Challenge. Both teams came up with viable solutions that were technically sound, demonstrating a wealth of knowledge, creativity and team work. The Key Stage 4 team comprising of Fred V, Jamie C, Harry B, Archie L, Harry P and Zach H stood to win, if it wasn’t for a false start in the set up process that cost them the win. The Key Stage 3 team comprising of Izzy B, Zoe L, Aoife W, Casper C, Milly B, and Arthur B also showed much promise. However, just as the judges approached the table, part of the design appeared to lose structural integrity, resulting in them missing out by a few millimetres. The have all made us proud.
Year 2 Assembly
On Wednesday morning, Year 2 took to centre stage to perform their hugely anticipated assembly in front of the Prep School. Our assembly centred around the concept of 'perseverance' which has been a focus point in our classroom over the last half term.
We re-told the story of three young frogs who escaped a very dangerous situation. After landing in a jug of cream whilst out exploring the world beyond their home, the frogs escaped by remembering a lesson their parents had taught them - to never give up! The frogs kicked frantically, over and over, for what seemed like a lifetime. Despite being utterly exhausted, they kept going and showed fantastic perseverance. Their efforts were rewarded because eventually, the cream turned into butter which they used as a platform to escape the jug! Despite their parents being very worried when they returned home, they were proud of their young frogs for persevering.
The story reminded us all that no matter how tricky a situation becomes, a solution will always appear if we remember to persevere! Well done, Year 2, on a stellar performance.
PADoK Quiz Night
Tickets are now on sale - email@example.com
PADoK Book Club
Please join us at 8pm on Friday 1st March around the fire in Old Hall for our first book club meeting.
Our first book will be “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”, By Gail Honeyman.
Happy reading, we look forward to seeing you in March.
A few match reports from this week
Rugby: U16 v. Kingswood House
Duke of Kent School's U16 team put in a fantastic performance to beat Kingswood House 38-17. Playing against some very strong and physical players, Duke of Kent School played with great movement and handling to create some excellent phases of play. Tries were scored by Alex W (2), Toby H (2) and Tom G-B (2). The match finished with a very impressive drop goal from the touch line by Toby H. Well done to all that played.
Indoor Hockey: U16 v. Box Hill School
Duke of Kent School travelled to Box Hill school to play their first match of indoor hockey in the new facilities. After a quick introductory lesson on the rules of indoor hockey, such as no lifting the ball outside the D and no hitting the ball, the boys quickly adjusted during the warm up.
In the U16 game Duke of Kent school showed control from the start due to them keeping their formation well and passing the ball accurately with power. Sam G, Tom W and Toby H ensured they kept their clean sheet through strong tackling and accurate distribution from the back. Great link up play and skill from Matthew C, Sam R (2) and Callum H (1) resulted in 3 goals to Duke of Kent School.
Basketball: U16 v. St. Edmund's
After a challenging first quarter with a few rusty hands, the Duke of Kent School Dunkers found themselves 9-15 down coming into the second quarter.
After a hard fought second quarter, The Dunkers were still down at 11-17. Following an inspiring team talk at half-time from Sammy L, using his famous motto “There’s no I in team but there is in win”, the guys were ready to bring on the final two quarters.
The Dunkers came out all guns blazing, with a fresh sub of Toby H coming on for his debut, whilst aimlessly wandering around the edge of the three point line he suddenly found himself with the ball in his hands for the first time. With one thought in his mind, he miraculously sunk it from down town for the team’s first 3 of the game. With new found form the boys were showing all their tricks, including Luca E with a dazzling acrobatic pass behind the back to get it across-court to Oscar L who put it in for yet another 3.
Leading into the fourth and final quarter the boys found themselves with a comfortable score line of 25-19. The Dunkers defended their lead in the last quarter with an assured performance from the whole team.
The boys celebrated their first win of the season with a winning score line of 33-27. All round an outstanding performance from the boys, especially for their first ever game, we are hoping continue our unbeaten season in a few weeks’ time, with another grudge match against the St. Edmund's team.
Sammy L and Luca R-E, Year 11
Indoor Hockey: U15 v. Box Hill School
It was then the turn of the U15s who had been waiting in the wings to get their first taste of indoor hockey. Duke of Kent School kept the ball well but unfortunately they couldn't convert their chances in the first half with the opposition keeper making some good saves. Duke of Kent School continued to keep the ball well in the second half and this time managed to link up well in the opposition D to score 3 goals, Sam I (2) and Alex W (1).
Well done to all the U15 and U16 boys who took part as they adjusted to the rules quickly and listened to instructions well resulting in 2 wins.
Rugby: U13 v Kingswood House
In another excellent game of Rugby the U13 A team took on Kingswood House on Front Pitch this week. This was a tale of tit for tat scoring. They scored first, we replied with a try from Marcus D. They then scored again to lead 10-5. After half time, Freddie B popped up with two excellent individual tries for us to take the lead. Then Kingswood scored twice to regain the lead. With a minute to go Marcus D was hauled down when he looked like scoring. The result was a penalty, though it could have been a penalty try. From this though, and with the last play of the game Marcus D pounced heroically over the line to ensure that after a frenetic game, honours remained even. Well done to all the players for their efforts on this day and throughout the first half of term. Team: Marcus D (Capt), Freddie B, Freddie S, Teddy J, Ben D, Ben W, Ben W, Jack C, Freddie N, Freddie S, Caspar C and Charlie K.
Rugby: U12 v. Kingswood House
On Wednesday the U12 boys took on Kingswood House in an 8 a-side game. The passing and tackling they had practised earlier in the week was evident as Duke of Kent School kept the ball moving impressively down the line. Some early tries helped Duke of Kent School grow in confidence and by the end of the match they had scored eight tries without reply. Well done to all that played.
Girls' Football: U10 and U11 v. Belmont
On Wednesday afternoon, some girls in Year 5 & 6 travelled to Belmont School to play in their first football match of the year! The format included two 6 a-side indoor matches. The girls were spilt into two even teams and battled hard in both matches. The first match was a thrilling game from start to finish with both teams making some great tackles and creating goal scoring opportunities. Alex K scored three fantastic goals to put Duke of Kent School ahead in the last few moments of the game! In addition, Ava W and Fleur S worked tirelessly in defence, clearing the ball at every opportunity. After a short break, the next team were on, Annabelle R stepped up to play in goal and used Frankie M effectively in defence to try and keep Belmont from scoring. The girls managed to play the ball forwards towards Esme P and Ella S to help create some great chances! There was an incredibly positive atmosphere created by all the girls involved throughout both matches. Well done for putting in 100% effort, we look forward to more football at the Longacre Tournament in March!
Tag Rugby: Year 2 v. Belmont
On Monday Duke of Kent School Year 2s played their 2nd match of the year against Belmont school at Tag Rugby. The children got to experience their first away fixture which included the minibus trip and after match teas in a different school. The children were split into two teams of 6 playing a game each showcasing the skills they have been learning in their PE lessons. All Duke of Kent School pupils showed accurate passing and catching ability with lots of tries scored by both teams. Well done to all pupils involved as they showed great sportsmanship throughout the match and behaviour.
Whole School Reminders
Monday 25th February:
Half Term ends 08:20am
Friday 1st March:
School at Work Open Morning 09:30 - 12:00
Friday 1st March:
PADoK Book Club evening in Old Hall 20:00 - 22:00
Senior School Reminder
Thursday 28th February
Year 9 trip to see Macbeth at Mayflower Theatre 10:30 - 19:00
Prep School Reminder
Thursday 28th February:
Years 3 & 4 Parents' meetings 15:00 - 17:30
Duke of Cat
I received my half term appraisal yesterday! Naturally, I was delighted with the review but surprised that my performance was being assessed. Before you know it, the School may send me on a professional development course. A “stealth in mouse catching” session might be quite interesting. But, knowing my luck, it will be something to do with “working more efficiently”. I have enjoyed this week. Supporting Year 2 during their assembly preparation on the topic of Perseverance was heaps of fun as they persevered by chasing me around the auditorium. It added a certain lively element to the day. Mrs Knox wasn’t as impressed as I joined her when she was presenting to parents on Monday evening. I was only there to lend my support and it was dinner time after all.
I will still be working next week but, despite this, wish you all a happy half term break.
A Message from First Aid
A quick reminder for parents of students attending either the Netball PGL tour in March, or the year 10 Geography trip to Swanage in April, please can you return completed medical forms for these trip to me by Friday 1st March latest if you haven't already done so. Thank you!
Performing Arts News
Tickets for the annual Rotary Combined Schools Concert at GLive in Guildford are now on sale - £12.50 each via our school bookings system firstname.lastname@example.org . There is no limit on the number you can buy so please do bring the whole family along to support us! It is on Wednesday 13th March, starting at 7pm and this year we are on first. There will be a wonderful and eclectic mix of ensembles playing, from Bluegrass banjo to Chamber choral so it promises to be an excellent evening, as always!
The House Music first rounds are almost complete. As this is being written we have a dozen or so more to go - by the end of this half of term those in the Semi-finals will know who they are so they can practise over half-term. We have had approximately 120 entries this year - without doubt a record! Well done to all that entered; there have been plenty of House points earned per House.
Rehearsals for the Prep School production of Wind in the Willows are in full swing. The cast need to be off the script after half term if possible, so get those lines learnt please! Ticket information will be published after half term.
And finally, don't forget the Pre-Prep Spring concert: Thursday 21st March at 2.30pm - always a treat!
It has reported this week that rules surrounding gambling adverts will become much stricter, especially online. With a recent study suggesting that as many as 450,000 11 to 16 years olds are regularly gambling, gambling operators will now have to ensure that the audience of any advertising they put out is over the age of 18.
This comes alongside an article about a 13 year old boy who was encouraged to gamble by a YouTube channel he subscribed to. Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England, has called on social media platforms to take more responsibility for what advertising "influencers" are creating and ensure that children are not specifically targeted by advertisers.
Always be wary of what posts you see on social media, as they may be paid promotion, and make sure the accounts you follow are properly tagging their posts as adverts as they should be.
Here are some articles for more information:
Thanks for reading!
Pause for Thought
Half term is upon us!
Whatever you are doing I hope you have a restful and relaxing break. Do the things that bring you life and give you joy! We are all unique so this can look so different for each of us; from adrenaline fuelled pursuits to silent retreats.
We are designed as much for rest as we are for work. In the words of Jesus,
'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'
With every blessing