Year 9 Trip to Houses of Parliament
The Year 9s embarked on their annual pilgrimage to the Houses of Parliament on Monday this week, and were given a tour of the magnificent Westminster Hall – scene of the trial of Charles I, amongst other major events in the past 1000years –, the incredible state rooms in the Palace of Westminster, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and of course the main lobby, familiar to all who ever watch the news. The students lapped up the History of the building, and the information on the democratic processes.
With time to spare we had a stroll around Parliament square to take in the statues there. We had lunch in St James’ park, within spitting distance of Buckingham palace, took a good look at Downing Street and the cenotaph, and thence found our way across the river to the south bank. The students behaved immaculately and enjoyed their day in the sun. Thanks to all the staff who took part to make the day run so smoothly.
Year 9 Bronze DofE Practice Expedition
Year 9 successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition last weekend. I trust the pictures help tell the story(!). I was extremely impressed with the fact every single individual in the year group started and finished the expedition - a first during my time at DoK. Although it did not rain (or snow) the weather was very warm at times which meant the walkers had to be mindful of water supplies and their own tiredness, especially when mapreading. Over the two days, groups managed to navigate their way to Shamley Green and Shere respectively before returning to DoK on both occasions.
Accompanying (walking) staff on Friday included Mr Seeley, Mr Kettle, Miss Taylor, Mr Watson, Mr Vallance-Webb - and myself. Overnight camping staff were Mr Usher, Miss Barnes and Mr Kay - with all campers thoroughly appreciative of a chorus from a MURDER of crows in the early hours - pretty apt given spirits at that time! Monitoring staff on Saturday for the now unaccompanied groups also included Miss Fellous, Mrs Cabanes, Mrs Coackley and Mr Wright, who all managed to coax and cajole the understandably tired groups around their routes. Other standout staff who helped prepare for the event included the School Nurse (Mrs Sarjant), the caterers and ground staff.
All participants faced and overcame their own challenges.....persistence prevailed in respect of un-cooperative tents, sore feet and the novelty of cooking such delicacies as sausages or salmon (nicely acquired Ben P). Others who, according to their particular staff, commendably stood out by clearly taking responsibility for decision-making and leading included: Sophie D, Alex G, Minnie C, Blue R, Matty S, Alex W, James C, Archie L and Zach H. An extra well done to them. We now look forward to the Qualification Expedition which will happen in the Dorking area over 21st-22nd September.
Year 4 Trip to the Isle of Wight
Last weekend the Year 4 were treated to the annual trip to the Isle of Wight. They enjoyed visiting Carrisbroke Castle and Osborne House and learning about the fascinating history of both sites. Then the weekend was capped off with the customary ice cream stop and sand castle contest.
All of the children demonstrated boundless enthusiasm throughout the trip and were thoughtful towards each other and the public. There was a great team spirit during the group activities and free time. During the evenings the children showed great resilience and a positive mindset that really helped them get the most out of the trip.
Thank you for a lovely trip Year 4, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Mr Gritton, Mr Herbert and Mrs Green
Pre-prep Fathers' Day party
On Thursday over 80 parents, pupils and staff made their way up the hill to spend a splendid afternoon at the annual Fathers' Day Forest school party.
Fortunately, the rain had cleared and we enjoyed warm temperatures with dappled sunlight through the trees. The children enjoyed showing what they do at Forest school including den building, archery, bug hunting, using hammocks, rope bridges and leaf pressing. Everyone was incredibly busy and there was some great innovation and teamwork to create some wonderful dens as always.
To round off the afternoon the Dads were treated to some homemade goodies made by their children that included hommous and crudités, cheese straws, samosas and flapjacks! Not a scrap was left so it must have been delicious! It was a lovely afternoon; we are most fortunate that the Duke of Kent to have such a fabulous Forest school site and it was great to share it with the Dads for the celebration.
PADoK AGM - All welcome
Monday morning is PADoK's AGM - all parents are very welcome to come along. There will be a very quick whizz through reports then a chance to find out more joining the PADoK team. Richard Brocksom, Duke of Kent's Chair of Governors, will be joining us to answer any questions we have.
Monday 8.30am Meetings Room, off Old Hall, it's fine to join part way through. If you plan to come please email me, email@example.com, so we have enough refreshments. We hope to see some new faces there.
Teddies & soft toys needed
PADoK will again be running a Teddy Tombola at the Ewhurst Carnival. We would be hugely grateful for any teddies or soft toys you are happy to donate. These can be dropped off in the boxes at school, or handed in at the Front Office. We will be collecting until the end of term. Huge thanks for any donations.
Earlier in the term both the Prep School and Senior School pupils, in the athletics squad, travelled to Blackheath and Bromley Athletics Club to take part in the ISA London South regional qualifier. Both squads performed extremely well against some very strong opponents. The winner of the sprints and field events alongside the first two finishers in the middle distance events have now been selected for the London South Athletics Squad to compete in the Nationals in Birmingham. Congratulations to everyone who took part and particularly well done to Rufus B, Tom M, Ben D, Ellis M, Matty S, Hannah D, Tom G-B and Andy Mc who will be competing in the finals next week. Athletes who narrowly missed the chance to make the finals but did come in the top three were Casper C and Josh W-D; both boys performed very well on the day.
A Few Match Reports
Cricket: Years 5 and 6 House Matches
Last Wednesday saw the final of the Year 5 and 6 House Cricket with Armstrong and Hillary vs Chichester and Whittle, who batted first. Chichester and Whittle batted well and managed to get to 148 off their 16 overs with Will R and Casper C top scoring followed closely by Kai G and Ozzie H. They were restricted due to tight bowling from Jasper B and Luke I.
In reply Armstrong and Hillary started strongly with George P and Charlie F scoring 20 off their 2 overs with Leo H and Calum M restricting the score midway through. However, an explosive ending from Rufus B and Toby T saw Armstrong and Hillary finish up on 194 from 16 overs.
Well done to all the boys who took part as they have showed good skill and sportsmanship throughout the match.
Cricket: Year 9 and 10 House Matches
Tuesday saw the final matches of the Year 9 and 10 House cricket with the 3rd and 4th place match tightly contested by Chichester and Armstrong and the final between Whittle and Hillary. Results below:
3rd and 4th place match
Chichester 75 – Nick E 28 (16 balls) and Ben G 10 (6 balls) / Sam I 1-0-4-1; Ben P 1-0-3-1; Adam G 1-0-4-1
Armstrong 77 – Sam I 18 (12 balls) Max T 25 (22 balls) / Tom W 1-0-4-0
Whittle 109 – Alex W 25, Callum H 18 and Toby H 16 / Dan J 1-0-12-2
Hillary 62 – James C 12 / Alex G – 1-0-5-1, Jeremy H – 1-0-6-1 and Ben C 1-0-5-1
1st Whittle, 2nd Hillary, 3rd Armstrong, 4th Chichester.
Rounders: U15 v Shoreham College
On Tuesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U15 team welcomed Shoreham College for another sunny rounders match! Our girls batted first, with an initial slow start they began to get into the game. Some fantastic hits from Chloe E, Constance C and Tyla W added to the score with some great rounders. Duke of Kent School fielded with speed, precision and power, some strong long barriers and catches from the deep fielders and quick reactions from the girls on the posts. Another strong batting innings ensured a comfortable lead for Duke of Kent School going into the final bat for Shoreham College. Once again, the girls communicated well to narrow down the amount of rounders scored by Shoreham. Congratulations to all of Year 10 and Izzy P for a great performance, let's keep the winning run going!
Rounders: U14 v Shoreham College
Duke of Kent Schools’ U14s rounders team played a thrilling and extremely close game against Shoreham College on Tuesday afternoon. After winning the toss, our girls decided to field first. After a slow first innings, we had 9 rounders to chase down after Shoreham had batted. Bigs hits from Fleur B, Minnie C and Jasmine B in our first innings of batting scored us 7 1/2 rounders. In the second innings, some excellent catches and stumps out Shoreham College scored 7 rounders giving them a total of 16 at the end of the game. Duke of Kent girls knew they had to score 9 to win - Hannah’s last bat would decide the game! The girls batted brilliantly with rounders being scored by Minnie C, Hannah D, Josie M and Florence T. After running on no balls and risking it between the posts Hannah’s final rounder gave us the 9 we needed to win. The final score was 16 1/2 - 16 in Duke of Kent Schools favour. The girls displayed some fantastic team work and decision making skills throughout the match. Well done!
Rounders: U13A v Christ's Hospital
On Wednesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U13A rounders team travelled to Christ's Hospital for a rounders fixture. After a thorough warm up and a chance to get our eye in for the ball, Duke of Kent School fielded first. Issy B’s fast bowling and Issy F’s quick reaction as backstop worked closely with first post and stumped out 5 of Christ Hospital’s players in quick succession and kept their score down to only 3 rounders and all out after 23 balls. When batting, multiple rounders were scored with some impressive hits from Laura S in particular. The girls were confident going into the second innings with a score of 10 rounders. Christ's Hospital scored 6 1/2 rounders bringing their total up to 9 1/2. Consistent hitting from both Charlotte W and Issy B meant that the final score was 21-9 1/2 in Duke of Kent Schools favour. A brilliantly played match girls, you should be proud of yourselves for adapting into a variety of positions across the game.
Whole School Reminders
Monday 18th June
World Cup Screening in PA Hall 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 19th June
Pupil Familiarisation Day
Senior School Reminders
Monday 18th June
Year 10 World Cup Charity Day
Tuesday 19th June
Year 8 and 10 Trip to Macbeth at National Theatre
Wednesday 20th June
Year 8 Parents' meetings 16.45-19:00
Friday 22nd June
Year 8 Trip
Saturday 24th June
Y11 Trip to Sorrento Departs
Prep School Reminders
Thursday 21st June
Prep School Science Day
Pre-prep Stars of the Week
Reception: Hope N for enthusiasm and attention to detail in her creative work
Year 1: William T for showing improved focus in class and super progress in numeracy.
It has been another busy week in the Music Department.
On Thursday morning we were visited by a Norwegian film crew making a documentary about three famous Norwegians, one of whom was a famous rock singer called Magnus Grønneberg. He had come to visit the hometowns of artists who had inspired him (The Beatles in Liverpool, etc) and he was also keen to meet and chat to young music makers; so he came to school to hear members of our choir sing! A lovely morning was had with our children acquitting themselves excellently, as usual, and performing Here Comes The Sun and Papa Loko and Toby H, Jago C and Ava H performing some solos. Magnus also performed with the children and the whole morning was a wonderful experience for them. The programme will be aired on TV2, Norway's biggest commercial television station, and we have been promised a copy!
Tuesday lunchtime saw a lovely lunchtime recital for Mr Beale's guitar students with 17 pupils from Years 1 - 10 performing in a packed Music classroom! Wednesday was the turn of some of Mr Wilson's woodwind pupils, playing in the Meetings Room, which really is a lovely venue for a small and intimate lunchtime concert. On display were recorder, flute, clarinet and saxophone so well done to all who performed in both of these recitals.
And finally The Duke of Kent School Album, Vol 2 is having the final touches applied to the mixing and mastering and will be available at Mrs Fremont-Barnes' leaving concert. It is sure to be chart topper!
E Safety Tips
The annual video games expo E3 is back for another year, so it is only appropriate that we go over some tips about how keep safe online - focusing on the parents amongst you. Liam Hackett, who founded the anti-bullying charity "Ditch The Label", recently commented on an article about how to keep your children safe while playing games online, and provided 5 tips to parents.
1) Try the game yourself first.
2) Don't spy on your child.
3) If you think there is an issue, tackle it in a non-confrontational way.
4) Make sure your child knows they can tell you about people they meet online.
5) Don't shout at your child about what they do in game.
The article elaborates further in each point, and I would definitely recommend checking it out in full.
Here are some links for more details:
Pause For Thought
Phew, they're just about over! And breathe!
A huge well done to all the students who have studied, stressed, sobbed and celebrated over the last few weeks.
Although you may be the front man/women there has been a huge team behind you, cheering you on. So to all the teachers, parents, supporters, chocolate suppliers, tea makers, tissue offerers and cuddle givers, you too can now breathe and relax (well, until August!).
We are hugely blessed to live, work and study in such a supportive community.
In a supportive community we find love, and in the words of Mother Theresa 'where there is love, there is God'.
With every Blessing