Weekly Bulletin 14/09/2018

GCSE Art Trip to Booth Museum

Brighton's Booth Museum describes itself as a 'hidden gem' and on Monday it certainly lived up to this reputation. Year 10 Art students used it's densely packed walls and shelves, filled with skeletons, Victorian curios, taxidermy and bizarre objects, as inspiration for their first GCSE project on the theme of 'organic forms'. They spent the day drawing objects as diverse as dodo and narwhal skeletons, Victorian mermen, fossilised frogs and thousands of butterflies.

Booth built the museum in around 1870 to house his vast collection of stuffed birds and other collectibles. Since then the collection has been significantly added to and now houses all of Brighton and Hove's natural history collection.

Students responded magnificently to the challenging subject matter, drawing and recording visually exciting imagery using a range of media, including oil pastel, tonal and colour pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, water colours and photography.

Mr Watson

School Prefects

Our Head Girl and Head Boy for the forthcoming year, Toby H and Anna D, will be ably supported by a prefect team consisting of Dexter B, Ben C, Sam G, Ava H, Oscar L, Jude L, Sammy L, Luca R-E, Sam R, Max T, Tyla W and Tom W. Within this group of young individuals we have a variety of talents including leadership, kindness, initiative and endeavour. I am convinced that they will do an excellent job supporting both the staff and their fellow pupils and I congratulate them wholeheartedly on their appointments.

Mr Wilson

First Aid Room

Messages HPV Immunisation Reminder:

HPV Immunisations for Year 8 and 9 girls on Monday, starting at approximately 12.00 in the Meetings Room, and running throughout lunch. Please can the girls who have consent for the immunisations come to school in either a short-sleeved blouse or their short-sleeved games top, for easy access to upper arms, to make the process less stressful. Mrs Sarjant (Matron) will round up the girls as and when they are needed; starting with year 8 girls first. Please don't worry - it's really not that bad - there are even biscuits on offer!

Medical Questionnaires:

Please can parents return completed Annual Medical Questionnaires for all Duke of Kent School students to the School Nurse as soon as possible if you have not already done so. I know some of your children have been here for years, but it's very helpful to have an update, and in particular, signed consent to treat your child with First Aid/medication if necessary. Blank forms are avilable from the Front Office.

Mrs Sarjant

Match reports from this week

Netball: U15 v. St. Edmund's

A great start to the year for the U15’s with a win against St Edmund’s. We saw some great shooting from Sophie D which saw us leading into the second quarter. This momentum was carried on throughout the game with some key interceptions from Issy P and great defensive work from Florence T. Well done to Fleur B who was nominated girl of the game and to all the girls for a great start to the season!

Miss Godfrey

Football: U12 A v. Box Hill School

On Wednesday 12th September, the U12 A team travelled to Box Hill School to play their first game of the season. In the opening few minutes, Duke of Kent School took the lead after a lovely move was finished off by Charlie N. Moments later our lead was doubled following a good strike by Archie L. The boys finished the half strong but the score stayed 2-0 at half time. The second half continued like the first, with Duke of Kent School passing and moving the ball well, creating some good chances, which were converted by Charlie N, Leo H, and Tom H x2. The final score was 6-0 to Duke of Kent School. Well done to the boys for their brilliant performance!

Mr Monk

PADoK News

PADoK Walks

Our first PADoK walk of this year will take place next Friday 21st September. We shall be meeting at Pitch Hill Car Park (Hurtwood control carpark 3) just above the Windmill pub at 8.30am for a lovely autumnal Surrey Hills walk, lasting approximately an hour. Hot drinks and cake will be served in the carpark on your return.

Everybody (and Dogs) very welcome.

Mrs Trotman

Pause For Thought

The start of term can feel like a bit of a whirlwind - the diary fills up, there is so much to remember and at times it can all became a bit overwhelming! When I start to feel like this I consciously have to remind my self to pause and take a deep breath.

Sometimes we need to be reminded to look up from what we are doing and notice the small things. I think Winnie-the Pooh (a much underrated theologian!) has something to say about this.....

Opportunity for praying for the School and children, Monday 17th September at 8:30am. Meet in the Old Hall. Look forward to seeing you there.

Reverand Kia

Senior School Reminders

Monday 17th September:

Year 8 & 9 Girls' HPV Immunisations

Monday 17th September:

Year 9 Parents - DofE Information Meeting  17:00 - 18:00

Thursday 20th  - Saturday 22nd September:

Year 11 Silver DofE Practice Expedition

Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd September:

Year 10 Bronze DofE Qualification

Pre-Prep Reminders

Tuesday 18th September:

Receptions trip to Hartfield

Thursday 20th September:

Year 2 trip to Sea Life Centre, Brighton

Star of The Week

Reception: Herb M for great enthusiasm and careful work in everything he does.

Year 1: Hope N for showing a great understanding of Henry VIII and sharing this with the class.

Year 2: Tom C-G for working independently during maths.

Mrs Henry

Performing Arts News

Rehearsals are well under way for 'Made in Dagenham'. Just a polite reminder that the whole cast are expected to be at every rehearsal. If you child cannot make a rehearsal please let Mr Rye or Mrs Honey know. Please also check the school calendar for the weekend rehearsals. Thank you!

We have a good response to LAMDA lessons. We will aim to start these before half-term so this is the last chance for any pupils to sign up. Please email Mrs Honey on shoney@dokschool.org if you have any queries about this.

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 8th November 6.30pm - A selection of pupils from Years 7 - 10 will be holding an evening of spoken word, poetry, drama and music for the centenary anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Friday 30th November: 7.30pm - 'Made in Dagenham'

Saturday 1st November 7.30pm - 'Made in Dagenham'

Friday 7th December: 7pm - Prep School Christmas Concert

Sunday 9th December: St Clement Danes Carol Service

Tuesday 11th December: time TBC:Pre-Prep Nativity Show

Wednesday 12th December: 5.30pm School Carol Service

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

We might be 12 days into the month already, but it's not too late to take part in something called "Scroll Free September". The month-long campaign to reduce social media use has been created by the Royal Society for Public Health, and aims to highlight the potential negative effects to mental health that social media can bring. You don't have to just stop completely, but reducing your use during the night before you go to bed, or during social and family occasions could improve the real world relationships we have with other people. If you think you could benefit from reducing social media consumption then definitely try to take part!

Here are some more details:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe