Weekly Bulletin 15/03/2019
A Message from Mrs Knox
I commend all of the pupils who participated in GLive! this week for their absolutely fabulous performance. As an audience, we were so thoroughly entertained by the variety of superb acts from a great cross section of pupils. I, again, was immensely proud! I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mr Rye, Mr Kaye, Miss Barnes, Miss Macaulay and the whole team who have nurtured such talent in the children. On another note, thank you to all parents who completed the RSA survey. We had a 79% response rate which is fantastic and a tribute to how much you want to support us in our journey as a School to harnessing what we do so well and planning and making improvements for the future. When the analysis is complete, you will receive a 2 page summary of the findings from the company. Enjoy this week’s bulletin.
House Music finals day last Friday was a wonderful day for the whole school. The day began with the Prep School being treated to a performance from the two visiting judges Amy and Rosie Langley; professional session string players who tour with ELO, Kasabian and Elbow (as well as many others!). The sisters played a couple of trio pieces, wonderfully accompanied by our very own Mr Kaye, and then answered lots of brilliant questions from the Prep School about their work and musical life.
The judges then chatted to our GCSE Music students about their careers and gave the pupils a real insight into life as a professional musician and what that entails.
The afternoon was then given over to a concert for the solo and ensemble finalists and the House Song Competition. The whole event was a wonderful opportunity for both the Senior and Prep schools to hear some of the school musicians play live, the Houses to sing together with wonderful props, costumes and make up and a chance for some of the pupils to play in their house bands. The school were then treated to a barnstorming performance from our visiting pro-guitarist Adam Martin, who played and sung an amazing version of Johnny Be Good, complete with Chuck Berry guitar moves as well! He may have melted a few hearts along the way.
The standard of all the finalists was, yet again, very high this year, with a lovely mix of instruments and singing, and a wide range of genres on display. A huge well done to all those who took part, from the 121+ entries in the first round to the eventual winners (Hillary!).
At midday on Wednesday 13th March 111 children and 10 teachers headed off to the GLive venue in Guildford for the annual Rotary Combined Schools Concert. As always the children behaved wonderfully during the afternoon, rehearsing patiently and sensibly and then thoroughly enjoying the meal in Zizzi’s, who had reserved us a table for 121!
The performances by our pupils were fabulous, with each group or soloist most definitely rising to the occasion and receiving rapturous applause from not just our loyal parents but the whole audience. I am hugely proud of all the children who took part and it is without doubt one of the highlights of the year for the whole music department. I don’t need to make special mention of anyone; I want to make special mention of everyone! Thank you and well done to The Rock Choir and band, The Jazz Band, The Junior Chamber Choir, The Senior Chamber Choir, The Ukes of Kent, The Year 11 Harmony Group, The Bluegrass Boys, the Scrunch Bunch Chamber group and of course the wonderful staff team that help and support so much on the day.
Year 6 Social Evening
No sooner had the excitement of House Music begun to subside, than Year 6's attention turned to the prospect of a social evening. Events began with a short time exploring the 'new' Pre-prep playground, thus far out of bounds for Year 6s. Those groaning that it would be 'lame' and 'so babyish' only moments before, were very soon seen swinging from the climbing frames and splashing about in the water tray! Quite clearly, you're never too old - or cool - for a playground! No such gathering, however, could possibly take place without a game or three of 'Man Hunt', and despite the gloomy skies and constant drizzle, the children were soon heading out beyond the playground's constraints and into the mists of Junior Jungle and beyond to demonstrate their nerve and powers of camouflage - not to mention a hitherto unknown ability to sit in one place in complete silence. If only the Year 6 teachers could summon these impressive skills in the classroom a little more often! Dinner and some drying off time had certainly both been well earned, after which it was time for the small matter of an indoor football tournament. Mr Ellarby and I were delighted to see every single child enter into matches with impressive enthusiasm and energy. Although everyone played their part, special mentions must go to: Alessandro P for taking a hefty shot full in the face and playing on regardless; Pippa for finding the back of the net with a calm finish, and; Ariane L for playing drag backs all over the park and proving herself quite the safe pair of hands in goal. When the final whistle blew there remained only a short while for some snacks and chat before hometime, sated, exhausted and above all, happy. Well done, Year 6!
Years 4 & 5 to Milestones Museum
On Tuesday Year 4 and Year 5 travelled to Milestones ‘Living History’ museum in Basingstoke.
Year 4 enjoyed seeing their Victorian topic being brought to life by taking part in exciting workshops hosted by the staff of Milestones. To kick things off they had the chance to experience what it would have been like to have attended a school in Victorian Britain; with everything from the strict teacher to the slate pencils and drill lessons! Next they learnt how British businesses and industry was transformed during the Victorian era. They followed the story of Tasker family who transformed their business from a single blacksmith to an enormous factory complex called Waterloo Ironworks through the use of moulds to shape the molten iron. They even had the chance to experience that process first hand by creating plastic moulds. There was still time to explore the shops and homes that made up the replica Victorian Street. The pupils marvelled at just how different Victorian Britain was compared to the world that they know today and witness the innovations and inventions that were the foundation for the progress in the modern world. To finish off an action packed day, they had the chance to try their hand at Victorian game machines in the penny arcade.
As part of Yr 5's study of the Home Front in wartime Britain we enjoyed being hosted by a 1940s ‘Nichola’ who initially appeared to us as an Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Warden, before a break when she reappeared as a nurse! Quentin J helped her in his full ARP regalia. Highlights for the children including dressing up in wartime uniforms (and dresses), working out what food was/ was not rationed, and being educated about the Blitz while sitting in an Anderson shelter. They also practised bandaging each other’s ‘broken arms’, sadly apt for the recently injured Oscar H. We (Mrs Turner and I) were hugely impressed by the engagement and inquisitiveness of the children throughout. After lunch the children toured the museum, including the thoroughly popular Victorian arcade (complete with fortune tellers and and Kit-Kat prizes), and a sweetshop (2 oz of pear drops costing 10 old pennies (re-costed as £1). A great day was had by all.
Mr Gritton and Mr Lodge
Prep School Pi Day
Pi day (3.14) was a well rounded day of fun enquiry based mathematics. The pupils learnt that put simply, every circumference of a circle is always Pi times bigger than its diameter. Pupils learnt all about the beauty of 111111111 x 111111111 and are now experts on the 1089 times table! Everyone also had fun baking their own pies and doing an extravaganza of a Maths scavenger hunt around the prep school in which they had maths to do, riddles to solve and logical thinking to display. All with a dollop of creativity to go with it! Finally a a big well done to Ava W in year 6 who knew Pi to an amazing 29 digits without any preparation. Happy Pi day, we're already looking forward to next year!
Pre-Prep Maths Day
On Thursday Pre-prep held their Maths day full of fun and engaging activities to promote the aspects of measurement and numeracy. In early years we worked out how long and tall a variety of dinosaurs were, some were really really big! Also Reception and Nursery made yummy domino biscuits. This worked well as Reception had been learning about number bonds this week so was an excellent way to practise! Year One and Two focussed on time and got involved in timed challenges against a minute clock. They performed star jumps, building towers, singing nursery rhymes and touching their toes. Martha managed to do an amazing 74 star jumps in one minute! There were some super fast actions going on and everyone ended the day with enhanced knowledge but very tired!
A few match reports from this week
ISA Cross Country
Last Friday, Duke of Kent School took part in the ISA South East Regional Cross Country Meeting. Runners from Years 7 to 10 travelled to Buckingham Park in Shoreham By-Sea and showed great fitness and determination when competing against some very strong runners. Everyone ran exceptionally well and truly tried their very best. Those who finished in the top ten have now qualified for the National Finals in Rugby; this will take place on 30th March. Duke of Kent School won two silver medals (Tom H in Year 7 and Minnie C in Year 10). These two runners qualified for the final alongside Ellis M, Tom S and Alex S. Well done to all that took part and congratulations to those who have qualified.
Boys' Hockey: Years 7 & 8 House Hockey
On a lovely Monday afternoon saw Year 7 and 8 boys compete in their house hockey competition. There was some great hockey on show with some quick passing and some strong tackling in all games. It was great to see all the boys get involved and battle it out, the final standings were:
|Years 7 & 8 House Hockey|
Whole School Reminders
Wednesday 20th March:
PADoK Second hand uniform shop open 15:00 - 16:00
Thursday 21st March:
Ensembles Concert 19:00
Friday 22nd March:
PADoK Quiz Night 20:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 19th March:
Reception trip to Bocketts Farm
Thursday 21st March:
Pre-Prep Spring Concert 14:00
Today was another #Fridaysforfuture youth strike with the worsening climate destruction. In honor of this, we have made posters which are up all around the school because why study for a future which may not be there?
After the Easter holidays, with a huge support from the school, there will be a sustainability commitee including both students and teachers, finding ways the school can become more sustainable and enviromentally friendly.
Minnie C, Year 10
This represents a snapshot of a few of the many DofE activities at DoK School this week that have included: ‘tent checking’, Grace F volunteering at Godalming Library (that’s her poster), Oscar B demonstrating the finer arts of bowmanship in Military History Club, and celebrating with a hot chocolate brewed from freshly cleaned Trangia cookers!
Duke of Cat
What a puuurfect week at Duke of Kent School.
Did you know that on this day in history, Alexander Bell transmitted his voice through wire to his assistant in the next room. Never in his wildest dreams did he think his invention would be used by a cat! Today, I made my debut call on the wire by calling the supermarket. Mrs Knox has run out of cat food. Her excuse was that there are no shops in the area but I am almost certain I saw Tescos online drive by yesterday. I might need to take things into my own paws……… My next call will be to the RSPCA.
Stars of The Week
Nursery: Angus D for improved concentration and communication during activities and kindness towards his peers.
Reception: Eliza R for super work on number bonds.
Year 1: Hope N for showing great resilience and putting lots of effort into her maths work.
Year 2: Fenella W for showing brilliant levels of independence during lessons.
CEOP have just released a new series of videos and information packages designed to help 4-7 year olds understand the risks they face online. Entitled "Jessie and Friends" the animated series follows them as they navigate the Internet, and for each episode there is a storybook to keep the conversation going afterwards.
These videos should serve as an introduction to e-safety with younger children, and it is important that is supported with dialogue and supervision as children grow up with the Internet. Also make sure to reiterate the importance of confiding in a trusted adult, such as parent or teacher, when beginning to use technology.
Here are some links for more information:
Thanks for reading!
Pause for Thought
As I mentioned previously 40 Acts is a different way 'to do' lent. This week I received this email and I'd like to share it with you.
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
(2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)
The Lord delights in giving to his people and, in turn, I find joy when I give. I believe that generous and cheerful giving changes our mindset. The more you do it, the happier and more joyful you become.
In my career and my Christian life, I've found that the key to living generously and joyously is in having a heart that delights in the Lord. When we find our purpose and joy in Christ, we begin to open our eyes to what real joy is, what the Lord wants from us and how he delights in seeing us joyful and helping others.
God richly provides everything for our enjoyment. It isn't his desire to withhold or diminish our pleasure. In fact, he wants us to experience true pleasure. He wants us to experience the joy of being rich in goodness and generosity. In this Bible verse, Paul echoes the sentiment so prevalent throughout the scriptures: giving joyfully of ourselves now is an investment in eternity.
My challenge to you today is to go out and immerse yourself in the joyfulness of giving. Give your time to a friend who hasn't seen you in a while, surprise a loved one with a spontaneous gift or try volunteering.
See how joyful you feel afterwards and make it a habit – cheerfully and joyously.
With every blessing
Unfortunately due to low numbers we have had to take the decision to postpone next Friday’s quiz night.
We look forward to seeing everybody at the PADok Charity Ball on 18th May, still a few tickets remaining.
PADoK Dates for your Diary:
Next open on Wednesday 20th March, 3pm-4pm
Thursday 9th may, our next book will be “The Good Daughter” By Karin Slaughter
May 18th at Denbies Vineyard, some tickets still available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 18th June, Do join us in the meetings room to find out everything we have been doing over the year. Richard Brocksom the Chairman of the governors will be joining us after the meeting and is available to answer any questions.
Duke of Kent Singers
Continue to meet every Thursday morning 8.20-9am, a warm welcome awaits anybody who would like to join in.
Follow PADoK on our facebook page “PADoK parents” to keep up to date with everything that is going on.