Weekly Bulletin 16/06/2017

Senior trip to Harry Potter World

On Saturday 10th of June, some Year 8 students ventured off to the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Studios in London. We arrived in great excitement and set off and started the tour in the actual Great Hall! Then we had a go at riding broomsticks - Miss Anand was in her element - she bought a picture and a video! All the while Minnie C was being our personal tour guide, supplying us with facts around the clock! We then walked through the Forbidden Forest, 100% made of fibre glass, and even looked around Platform 9 ¾!

In our lunch break, we tried Butter Beer! Mr Win-pe and Alex G were obsessed with it and took everybody else’s drink! We looked around special and visual effects which were incredible. We sadly finished our tour; however at the end we were lucky enough to see a phenomenal model of Hogwarts! Then we explored the maze that was the gift shop! We tried fudge flies and chocolate frogs.

Overall it was a magical and spectacular day. Thank you very much Miss Anand, Mr Kaye and Mr Win-pe – we had a brilliant day!

Sophie D and Eve L, Year 8

Isle of Wight Trip

On Friday 9th June Year 4 set off for a fun packed weekend on the Isle of Wight. Our first stop was the ferry terminal at Portsmouth, where we had everyone hunting for their passports and euros! (the “Have you got your passport?” joke as successful as ever!) We arrived at Carisbrooke Castle for lunch and had a lovely piece of cake to celebrate Mrs Wilson’s last ever ( though we hope she might be persuaded to come again) trip. The children were able to walk around the walls of the castle and see the wonderful views across the whole island. They watched a donkey go round the treadwheel to pull a bucket up the well and had a very good look around the museum.

On Saturday we spent the day at Osborne House- first of all having a tour of the inside. The children were very impressed with the beautiful ceilings and how big the house was. They particularly enjoyed the mystery of why the eyes of the gentleman in one of the paintings seemed to follow them as they walked past! We then walked down to see where Queen Victoria’s children grew their own vegetables and their very impressive playhouse. We were lucky enough to see a Red Squirrel playing on the grass- a rare sight.

We were very fortunate to have gorgeous weather, so spent a very relaxing hour on the beach, eating ice creams and building very impressive sandcastles.

Well done to all of Year 4 for their impeccable behaviour, incredible energy and enthusiasm for everything we did.

Mrs Lock 

Year 6 PGL Trip to Osmington Bay

On Friday 9th June, Year 6 went on a three-hour journey to PGL at Osmington Bay. When we arrived, everyone got very excited by the beautiful view of the sea. We put our bags in our rooms, and were then given a site tour by Kornelia, our guide. We had a quick game of basketball, a lovely fish and chips dinner, then a game of Ambush until it got dark.

The next day, after breakfast, we had a go at the Giant Swing, which was great fun. We went on the swing in pairs, and the other people in your class had to pull on a rope to lift you up and then give you a countdown. On zero, one of you had to pull a cord to release the swing, which dropped very suddenly. We also played a game called Aeroball, which involves four small trampolines inside a big net. You and your teammate had to shoot a ball into your opponent’s goal whilst bouncing around. It was exhausting but loads of fun! That afternoon, in our Forms, we were challenged to make rafts from rope, barrels and poles. 6W got theirs in the water first, but once 6C finally made it into the water, they found the code to the hidden treasure chest. Everyone got drenched, so we had to dry off and change clothes completely before going for a walk down to the beach, where we skimmed stones.

On Sunday morning, we cleared our rooms, packed the minibus and headed off for two final activities: Archery and Abseiling. It was a great way to finish the weekend, and we were all sad to leave, but very happy to see our parents waiting for us on the hill back at school! Thank you to Mr Wright, Mr Southee and Miss Coady for taking us. We wish we could go back!

Izzy B, Zoe L, Hannah S and Aoife W, Year 6

Year 5 Wild West Camp

Year 5 had a wonderful Wild West adventure connecting with nature during their 1-night camping trip. Children started their day with a horse riding rounders game followed by some celebrity lassoing. These Wild West activities where followed by a hardy lunch suitable for any growing cowboy or cowgirl. Having lots of energy year 5 then took part in some Forest School activities such as den building and capture the flag. After a delicious snack these cowboys and cowgirls took advantage of the nice weather and blowing wind and tried their hand at flying a kite. Dinner, a talent show, and a walk up Pitch Hill saw us riding into the sunset. Our Wild West evening ended with a warm cup of hot chocolate around the camp fire, toasting of marshmallows and telling jokes. Year 5 had a most successful Wild West Adventure!

Mrs Singleton

Year 3 Forest School Camping

Eighteen eager children scrambled up the rope to the Forest School site to begin Year 3’s ‘Great Outdoors’ camping activity last Friday evening. They made beautiful dream catchers out of twisted willow, wool and feathers and built dens and fairy houses with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm.

After tea, the children enjoyed more games in the woods and a nature hunt followed by songs, jokes, toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate around the campfire. We then got our torches to light our way on a dusk walk up to Pitch Hill. Finally, we all gathered together, along with a whole host of teddies, for a story before snuggling down in the tents under a clear sky. The rest of the night was fairly peaceful until we were awoken by a bellowing but beautiful dawn chorus at twenty past four which began the remainder of our day.

Mrs Nicholson

Year 5 visit Cranleigh Library

On Thursday 5S had the opportunity to head to Cranleigh Library to learn about this summer's reading challenge which will be officially launched on the 15th July. They had the opportunity to meet the 'Animal Agents' and learn how they can become detectives and help solve the mystery this summer.

Pupils joined the Library services and received their library card which allowed them to explore and take out a number of books of their choice.

They discovered how a Library functions, what is available, how books are sorted and most importantly that all these fantastic services are FREE!

It was great to see Year 5 coming away from the library buzzing about books and becoming inspired/challenged to read not only their 6 books but also a variety of genres. A great morning had by all. Well done Year 5!

Mrs Singleton

Pre-Prep Father's Day

A few match reports from this week

Tennis: U13 v. Belmont

Congratulations to the Duke of Kent School U13 tennis team who played against Belmont on Monday evening. There was some excellent tennis played and the competition went down to the final game of match. After the first round of matches, Duke of Kent School were leading 2-1 with wins for Alex W/Matty S and Archie B/ Izzy B; Harry P/Harry B narrowly lost their first game. The same pairings won their second matches putting Duke of Kent School 4-2 up. However, in the final round Belmont fought back and levelled the match 4-4 with just one match to play. Alex W/Matty S showed great determination and nerves to come back from being behind to win that final game and give Duke of Kent School a 5-4 victory. Well done to all that played.

Mr Herbert

Cricket: U9 A v. Longacre

U9 A cricket team after a 26 run victory over Longacre.

Mr Herbert

Rounders: U8/9 v. Longacre

On Thursday afternoon Duke of Kent School's mixed U8/9 team played their first game of rounders away at Longacre. The first innings the girls were getting their eye in for the ball and hit some excellent half rounders. Saoirse W (backstop) and Jessica I (2nd post) worked well together with the back up of Annabelle R and Belles H stumping out 2 of Longacre's batters. At he end of the first innings the score stood at 4 1/2 to both teams. The second innings saw lots of big hits from all of the girls scoring both rounders and half rounders, taking risks where necessary, with a second innings total of 7 1/2. The girls fielded brilliantly under pressure and managed to limit Longacre's score to 7 rounders during the second innings. The final score was 12-11 1/2 to Duke of Kent School. A huge well done to all of the girls that played and an extra special mention to Amiren and Saoirse who were nominated as batter and fielder of the game respectively.

Miss Jones

Whole School Reminder

Friday 23rd June:

Summer Concert for School ensembles19:00 - 21:00pm

Senior School Reminders

Thursday 22nd June:

Senior School Familiarisation Day 08:45am - 16:00pm

Sunday 25th June:

Year 11 trip to Sorrento

Pre-Prep School Reminder

Tuesday 20th June:

Pre-Prep Moving Up Day 09:00am - 15:00pm

Gardening Club

The gardening club had great fun on Tuesday using their lovely new tools from PADOK. They have new spades , forks , watering cans and gloves. They were able to use their tools to do some weeding and then plant out the summer bedding which was also provided by PADOK. Thank you very much for all our new equipment.

Mrs Lock and The Gardening Club

Netball Success

Well done to Izzy P who has been playing with Rudgwick Netball Club and they have won their league (under 13) this year and came second in a tournament on Saturday 10th June . Above is a picture of Izzy receiving her medal, which was presented by one of the England netball team players!  Well done Izzy!

Mrs Wilson

Music Department News

It has been another busy week in the Music Department.

Monday saw the lunchtime recital for violin pupils of Mrs Bryant, who performed a range of pieces in a lovely, relaxed concert for parents and friends in the Music Classroom.

On Tuesday guitar pupils of Mr Beale and piano pupils of Mr Kaye combined forces to put on another lunchtime recital, playing to a packed crowd of parents, friends and teachers in the Music Classroom.

On Thursday evening singing pupils of Miss Barnes performed in a semi-staged concert in the PA Hall, showcasing the Musical Theatre repertoire they have been working on.

Finally our Year 9 girls Ava H, Constance C, Chloe E-P, Tyla W, Lucy W and Anna D have been hard at work in the school recording studio recording their close harmony version of 'Walk Like an Egyptian' for the Duke of Kent School Album, which we hope will be available on Parents' Day. This track, along with 9 others, will make up the running order for the second of our annual CDs. Watch this space for more info!

Mr Rye

Harley B's Opera Debut

Written by Czech composer Leoš Janáček around the same time as Tosca and currently being performed to sell out audiences at the stunning new Grange Opera in West Horsley, Jenufa’s ravishing music tells a tale of heart-break and hypocrisy. Year 5 pupil Harley B plays Jenufa's Child. Harley's performance comes at the end as a symbol of 'hope for the future' - purposefully ambiguous as to whether he's the ghost of a boy in heaven or he's the new child of the couple in the future. It is a glorious uplifting moment of hope as the lights come down and Harley has loved every minute working with the professional creative team, orchestra and cast.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Minecraft is probably the most popular game for many of our students in the Prep School and some in the Pre-Prep and Senior Schools. It is a great way to learn many programming skills at an early age, as well as design skills. It can be great for children of all ages but there are some safety tips to ensure that children are safe when playing it. O2 in association with the NSPCC have created an excellent guide for parents of children of all ages - it can be found at this link:


Mr Southee