Weekly Bulletin 14/12/2018
A message from Mr Macdonald
Welcome to the final bulletin of this unbelievably busy term.
As we approach the Christmas holidays I would like to say a big thank you to Jason and the amazing kitchen staff for all they have done throughout the term. The quality of food they serve day in and out has never been better. The extra bit they do for additional events, such as the Bingo, Bangers and Beer night and the Mulled wine evening, is hugely appreciated. Thank you very much.
Thanks too, must go to the fabulous ladies - yes, still no men - of PADoK, lead again by the indefatigable Sarah Trotman. It cannot be overestimated what strength they bring to the school with their fundraising, their social events and their sheer sense of fun. You guys are amazing.
I would also like to thank Mary Fox for all her efforts in bringing out the wonderful Review magazine. She has worked tirelessly and almost singlehandedly to ensure that it could come out in time for Christmas. Well done, Mary.
It just remains for me to wish you all a fantastically happy Christmas and a prosperous fun-filled New Year.
Prep Christmas Concert
On Friday 7th December the PA Hall was set for the annual Prep School Christmas concert, a lovely event that always signifies the beginning of Christmas here at Duke of Kent School. A relaxed and warm atmosphere filled the building and the children performed brilliantly. There was an eclectic mix of solos (special mention to Josie B for braveness personified), duets and ensembles, two original compositions, the Mum's choir, the cup song and the ballet club's Christmas debut! The Prep choir, the Dokarinas and the Ukes of Kent were in fine form and even the audience found its voice for the Christmas singalong of Must Be Santa! Thank you to Mr Kaye, Miss Barnes and Mr Macdonald for their involvement and support and of course to the children for their practice and performances, which were all of a consistently high standard.
St. Clement Danes Carol Service
On Sunday 9th December the Senior Chamber Choir headed off into London to sing at the annual RAF Benevolent Fund's Carol Service in St Clement Danes Church on The Strand. Duke of Kent School have had the honour of performing at this service for over thirty years now and it is always a wonderful occasion. This year was no different, with our choir being without doubt at its biggest and best, drawing a spontaneous round of applause from the congregation and filling the beautiful church with a gorgeous blend of four-part harmony singing. As always our children also behaved beautifully, with courtesy and consideration and overall were an absolute credit to the school, making one rather over-emotional Director of Music very proud indeed! It was a lovely day for all those involved and a big thank you is due to the staff and parents who came along to support.
School Carol Service
On Wednesday evening we had the most wonderful carol service at St Nicolas Church. This is always the start of Christmas for me! It is wonderful to gather as a big school family and to engage with the reason for the season!
We had some beautiful singing from both the prep and senior Chamber choirs and a memorable song from Year 2. Special thanks to Iris Roberts (yr 8) for her stunning rendition of Once in Royal Davids city and also to Bea Holder who stepped in last minute and sang Kora's solo in the Holly and the Ivy. As always at the Duke of Kent School this event is a huge team effort and my thanks go to all who helped make this a truly special service.
It was fantastic to see so many of you there and we hope it has set you up for a joy filled and peaceful Christmas - don't forget to press the pause button!
With every Blessing
Prep School Christmas Fayre
This half term, in Endeavour lessons, Years 4, 5 and 6 have been working towards their Enterprise badge. Their challenge was to create a range of crafts and games which they could use to entice fayre-goers out of their money during the Prep School Christmas Fayre. Each group had the freedom to make their own decisions regarding their project and how they spent their budget of £10, which they were given to finance their project.
Year 4 made a fantastic selection of handmade crafts ranging from Oreo snowmen to Christmas slime, which was supported by the crafts that Year 3 pupils made in their Forest School sessions. Year 5 and 6 used their budget and ingenuity to craft some very entertaining (and profitable) fayre games, including Splat the Teacher!
Working towards this badge gave the children vital experience of operating within a budget, which meant they had to critically reflect on how they planned to spend their money, as well what steps that they needed to make as big a profit as possible.
This all meant that on Monday 8th December, Old Hall and the Dining Room were bursting with excitement as those that attended were sampling the hard work that the children had put in over the previous five weeks. However, the pupils’ task wasn’t over, as they were in charge of running their own activities, making sure they gave the correct change(!) and encouraging as many customers as possible to visit their stall.
Thanks to the support of the pupils and parents within our School community, the Fayre was a fantastic success and raised £925.95! This money will be divided between two charities selected by the Prep School council: our partner school, Salima LEA, in Malawi and a, yet to be chosen, charity that supports marine conservation.
An enormous thank you to all who visited the Fayre, the teaching staff who put in a heroic effort to help get the fayre ready, and many congratulations to the Prep School children for all the hard work that they put into this year’s Christmas Fayre.
Pre-Prep Christmas show
On Tuesday afternoon parents joined us for the eagerly anticipated Pre-prep Christmas Show. This year pupils performed the story ‘Shine Star, Shine’. The tale of the Big Star who needs to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born, but, despite his best efforts, he just can’t shine! His friends, the other stars, try their best to help him believe that he can shine and when they lead him to the stable to see the baby he realizes that Jesus’ love will give him the strength to shine again.
The pupils performed their parts brilliantly, with wonderful speaking, singing and dancing. They also looked the part, with fantastic costumes and ‘make-up’, ranging from smartly-dressed narrators to sheep and camels, and everything in between. As always, the pupils have worked very hard in the run up to the show, learning lines, lyrics and routines and should be very proud of the effort and concentration they have shown over the past few weeks, as well as their final performance.
Enormous thanks to Mr Rye and Lisa Lee for their musical and choreographic support; Mrs Henry for organising and leading rehearsals; Mrs Ragless, Pre-prep staff and parents for support in organising the costumes, and of course, most of all, a huge thank you to the Pre-prep children for all their hard work and effort to prepare such a wonderful show - we all thoroughly enjoyed it!
A match report from this week
Netball: Years 9, 10 and 11 House Netball
On Tuesday, Year 9, 10 and 11 girls participated in one of the most exciting event s of the year – House Netball! Every single pupil played with positivity and enthusiasm to help gain points for their house. Both Armstrong and Whittle started strongly with wins over Chichester and Hillary respectively. Hillary played a great game against Chichester to give them their first win of the afternoon. The last match of the house event was Armstrong against Whittle and it was a thriller from start to finish with goals being scored every 30 seconds! At half time, the score was level and so there was everything to play for, the girls continued to give their all and with great captaining from Ava H Amstrong managed to secure the win 17-16! What a great end to a brilliant afternoon, a huge well done to all of the girls involved. We look forward to similar excitement during House Hockey next term!
Unnamed and Unclaimed
- Chilly's, Emma Bridgewater, water bottle
- Jigsaw brown coudroy jacket, size 8
- Gazelle white trainers, size 6.5
- Tottenham Hotspurs white shirt, size large youth
- La Place towel
- Cedarwood State navy hoody, size extra small
- Zoggs, blue goggles with eyes on the lenses
- Regatta black outdoor trousers, size 7-8
- Wembley navy beanie
Years 5 and 6 Assembly with Cranleigh Baptist Church
On Wednesday morning Andy (youth worker from Cranleigh Baptist Church) and his team came to share the real reason for Christmas in an assembly and a Christmas workshop.
Years 5 and 6 took part in a quiz and entered a competition for the best Christmas question. They made Christmas baubles and met the Nutty Professor who unwrapped the Christmas story. For example, did you know that a donkey is not mentioned in the story? And we don't know how many wise men there were. They probably took two years to get to Jesus so he would have been a toddler when they worshipped him!
The children all have a Christmas booklet with some more interesting facts, do ask them about it!
Congratulations to Andi L. from year 11, who has been awarded a prestigious Art scholarship into the Sixth form at Charterhouse. This is reward for the hard work he and the art department have put in. Well done to all involved but particularly to Andi himself.
A message from the Bursar
Please be aware that the School will NEVER contact you by email to advise of a change of bank account details. If someone, purporting to be from the School, contacts you asking you to change the bank details for school fees, please DO NOT DO IT.
Save The Date
100 Club Autumn Term Winners
1st Prize: £225 Parents of Daisy K, Year 9
2nd Prize: £135 Parents of Reuben D, Year 9
3rd Prize: £90 Parents of Sophie D, Year 10
Prize money will be deducted to your Spring term bill.
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.
The Duke of Kent School Singers
On Friday 7th December The Duke of Kent School Singers performed their version of Carole Kings’s, You’ve Got A Friend, at the Prep School Christmas Concert.
Dressed in festive Red everyone sang beautifully and were given a roaring reception by parents and children in the audience.
All the Thursday morning singing sessions, lead by the tirelessly patient Mr Rye, had paid off and the song sounded wonderful!
We meet every Thursday at 8.20 in the PA Hall and welcome new members all the time.... do come along if you fancy a singsong!
Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening
Old Hall was filled last Friday with the smell of Christmas, the fire was lit and everybody chatted over delicious mulled wine and minced pies. Mr MacDonald kindly drew our raffle, due to the generous donations from Duke of Kent Parents we were able to put together a record breaking amount of hampers bursting with festive treats, 11 delighted parents took home Christmas hampers. The evening was concluded by a fantastic musical concert from our Prep-school children.
Performing Arts News
We are delighted to announce that Kora W in Year 7 has been crowned the winner of our new Christmas Songwriting competition. This was a competition open to the whole school and we had a very healthy twenty-five entries ranging from Years 3 - 11. Kora's song was catchy, melodic and lyrically interesting, and we hope to record it in our school studio for inclusion on the next school CD. She wins a £50 Amazon voucher and will receive a 'gold disc' style award next term.
The Prep school are busy rehearsing for next term's production of Wind in the Willows. With a cast of sixty one (yes, sixty one!) this has proved to be hugely popular, so watch this space for more information. Mrs Honey will inform all cast members of their roles very soon.
And finally the GLive! concert next term will be on a Wednesday instead of the usual Thursday, so put Wednesday 13th March in your diaries. This is always a highlight of the year, so don't miss it!
Have a lovely Christmas and thank you to all parents for their support of the Performing Arts - it has been quite a term!
Two bits of news this week to end a busy and productive term. Firstly comes a study into mental health "chatbot" apps, which are designed to provide a way for people to talk and receive advice for issues they might be struggling with. However, it has been revealed that the apps failed to recognise when someone disclosed sexual abuse and eating disorders. The creators of the apps have said that they will release updates to their software, but also stress that they aren't a replacement for therapy. While these apps are a useful first step in getting help, it is also important to get professional help.
The second item concerns a report by The Times, which found that YouTube failed to respond to instances of child grooming using their service. Some videos in which children were pressured and manipulated into harmful situations were not removed even after being reported. Live streaming continues to grow in popularity, and with YouTube removing the minimum of subscribers needed to stream the risks are even greater for children. Keep in mind that services like YouTube or Twitch can send you a notification so that you can monitor their activity and make sure they aren't doing anything harmful.
I hope you have found these bulletins useful, and have a enjoyable Christmas break!
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Pause For Thought
It is so easy to lose the real message of Christmas. Follow the link below for a reminder as to what it's all about!
Have a wonderful, restful and joy filled Christmas!
With every blessing