Weekly Bulletin 16/11/2018
British Legion WW1 Commemoration
On Saturday Duke of Kent School were invited, by the Royal British Legion, to take part in their ‘Peaslake Remembers’ event to commemorate the Great War Centennial and the Suffragette movement.
It began with a very well-attended ‘Suffragette March’ in which some pupils, parents and members of the community dressed up in period costume and paraded through Peaslake demanding ‘Votes for Woman’. This was in recognition of the important role played by Peaslake in the History of the Suffragette movement, which led to the village being branded as a ‘nest of suffragettes’ contemptuously by one contemporary MP. Fleur S, Ella S and Rose S looked super in period dress and provided some particularly vocal support for such an important cause.
After an Official Opening by Major (Ret’d) Bill Pearson, Chairman of Peaslake Royal British Legion, Peaslake School pupils gave us a charming rendition of songs from the Great War. This was followed by a selection of poems, songs and dramatic pieces by Duke of Kent School pupils which examined changing attitudes to the Great War. The assembled crowd was mesmerized by the sombre and moving performances which brought tears to many an eye. Congratulations to Izzy B, Iris R, Casper C, Angelina M, Milly B, Zara H, Martha M and Sandy T who all performed with great poise and composure.
Pupils from the prep School also entered the best child’s painted feather competition which was won by our very own Quentin J.Mr Seeley
Battle of Hastings
On Wednesday morning the calmness of the day was shattered by the shrieks of warriors and the clash of swords and axes as Class 6W (Anglo-Saxons) defended the top of the school hill against the invading Class 6E (Normans). Class 6W, led by King Harold in the shape of Annabelle R, stood firm until too many of them left their protective shield-wall and were successfully lured downhill by the Duke of Normandy (Sam S) and his soldiers where they met their doom. Harold of course ended the battle with an arrow stuck in his eye and his crown was lost. All will be relieved to know this was a re-enactment of those famous events in 1066 so everyone has survived for the next lesson on how and why William had castles built all over the country!
Thank you to Mr Wright and Mr Seeley for their assistance as well.
On Thursday all of Year 10 and 11 were off timetable for the whole day to take part in a full programme of careers related activities.
At the start of the day, Year 11 were very fortunate to get an insiders perspective of life at college from one of our recent past pupils Miss Godfrey. She was able to speak knowledgeably on courses available, the benefits of doing and EPQ and other enrichment activities. Calling on her own and her peers experiences, she was able to compare and contrast the different popular sixth forms (Godalming, Hurtwood, St John’s, Collier’s, etc) in terms of the services available nearby, the staff, the travel and of course the food! The year 11‘s had an opportunity to ask some important questions and, as Miss Godfrey is now working her gap year at Duke of Kent School, they were encouraged to seek her out and ask any further questions they may have.
After this each year group took part in either the online careers assessment programmes which survey their interests, hobbies and skills in one programme and their spatial, verbal, number reasoning and perception in the other programme. This service is offered by an external specialist careers advisory group who then take the data from each student to create a personalised career matching report and suggests matches between interest and abilities. The service goes beyond this to provide advice on qualifications, alternative careers, courses etc that the students can add to throughout their educational journey.
The other half of their day was spent with The Enterprise Sales Lead from Hewlett Packard UK Sales, Deepak Anand, who not only brought in some of the most up to date computer products available to look at and evaluate, but also lead a Product Creativity Workshop. The students worked in groups of 4-5 to brainstorm some ideas and create a plan for a product to attract new consumers in what is ever-changing, fast-paced race to stay ahead of the competitors. This culminated in some very professional presentations by the student teams and some awards:
Year 11 Winner
Year 10 Winner
Best Communication Skills
Business Person in the Making
Jude L &
Sophie D &
Best in Finance
Salesperson of the Day
Max T &
Best Team Player
Best Leadership Skills
Finally, a special adhoc award for an amazing TV advert was presented to Ben P & Alex W.
Well done to everyone who took part and many thanks to Mr Anand for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity. I am certain from the presentations that I saw that most of our students gained a really useful exposure to some real-life work scenarios and gained realistic and frank feedback from Mr Anand himself, on work-related skills. Maybe, who knows, our students were able to give him a few ideas to take back to Hewlett Packard!
Careers Assemblies (Year 7 -11)
Thank you to Mrs Bond (mother of Milly Year 9) for her contacts at British Airways who are sending in a member of their team to enlighten our students about the many careers and opportunities available in the Airline Business (everything from pilot to ground staff). More about that next week…
In the meantime, if you or someone you know is willing to come in and speak to our students on a Friday morning for 30 minutes or so about their career, please contact the Head of Careers firstname.lastname@example.org. I am very interested to hear from anyone in any area of expertise from conservation to rocket science!
Upcoming 6th Form Open Days
The following is a list of local 6th Form Open Days:
- Guildford College Saturday 26/01/19 (10am – 1pm) and Tuesday 18/06/19 (530 – 8pm)
- Merrist Wood College Saturday 9/02/19 (10am – 1pm) and Wednesday 26/06/19 (530-8pm)
- Farnham 6th Form College Saturday 2/02/19 (10am – 1pm)
- Godalming College next open days will be July and October 2019 for 2020 entry
- George Abbot Guildford Saturday 17 November 2018 (10am – 2pm)
- St Peters 6th Form Taster Days Tuesday 27th November at (9:30am) and Wednesday 6/02/19
- St Catherines 6th Form Saturday 17th November 2018 (10pm – 2pm)
School Council Meetings
There was a very lively discussion at the Prep School Council on Tuesday morning. One of the main issues discussed was school uniform. Year 6 in particular felt that all pupils in the Prep School should be allowed to wear trousers in the winter. It has been suggested that the council should write a letter to Mrs Green and Mr Macdonald, putting forward their arguments. The council also discussed whether there should be a more structured play area for the Prep School, for example- areas to climb, zip wire and tree house.
The council are going to make a suggestion box so that all pupils can contribute their ideas to be discussed in meetings.
On Monday 12th November the Senior School Council met briefly to discuss ongoing concerns and brainstorm ways we could improve the school. In particular it was felt that the Roller Disco activity offered to Prep school would be keenly attended by many Senior School Pupils and this will therefore be available from next term. We also discussed the different foods we get in the kitchen, the hard task of making this appealing to everyone, and the furniture we should purchase to put in the study room (which is now on order). All suggestions have been passed on to the relevant departments as we continue to try to ensure that the students voice is heard.
A few match reports from this week
Netball: U16/15 v. Frensham Heights
On wednesday afternoon the U16/U15 girls' Netball team played Frensham Heighst at home. This match was eagerly anticipated by both teams and with that they both came out focused and determined to steal an early lead.
Sophie D held her own in the circle against a tough GD and was able to put away goals with ease. Anna D also managed to drive out and cut back in to pop the ball in and out of the circle for the optimum shooting position. By half time the score was 21 - 15 to Frensham.
In the second half there were changes by both teams ad the pace increased. Our defence Issy P, Lucy W, Tyla W and Constance C all put their attack under pressure and worked hard to close spaces down. Issy P made some exceptional interceptions and managed to shake things up for the Frensham shooters.
Fleur B and Tyla W worked so hard in the center to ensure there were options available at all times for bringing the ball down to our shooters and Ava H, Anna D and Sophie D had brilliant accuracy, Frensham managed to secure the win. Well played girls, it was a fast paced and well executed game, I was really proud of all of you.
Netball: U14 A v. Box Hill
On Wednesday the U14 A’s took on Box Hill for a fast pace and high scoring game. Daisy M and Poppy S, starting at GS and GA, put us in a strong position by the end of the first quarter with the aid of some superb centre court play led by Laura S and Alice S. By half time it was clear our defensive side worked like a well oiled machine with Bella R-B, Kiki B and Milly B only conceding 3 goals! Martha M and Millie L were next to demonstrate their skills on the court as the score continued to grow. Cameo appearances made by Lucy H, Laura A and Millie D proved very motivating for the team and the final score finished at 30-7. Well done to Daisy M for being awarded girl of the game and to all who played, it was a fantastic game!
Netball: U13 v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday, Duke of Kent School’s U13A team travelled to St Edmund’s for their netball match. The team arrived with plenty of time to warm up and talk tactics, this helped the girls to get off to a flying start with high quality play from both teams. The first quarter ended at 5-3 to Duke of Kent School, the girls began to get into the game and use the width of the court to allow them to continue to score more goals during the next quarter. Amelie W-B worked tirelessly in centre and linked brilliantly with Aoife W, Izzy B and Bea H to continue to score some great goals for the team. Meanwhile, the girls in defence continued to make fantastic interceptions with Kora W, Zoe L and Lucy P all playing with great energy and enthusiasm. During the final quarter, Angelina M moved from GK to GS and shot some wonderful goals from a variety of positions in the D, the game ended 17-7 to Duke of Kent School. Congratulations to all the girls involved for their brilliant attitude and effort throughout the afternoon, keep up the hard work girls!
Netball: U9 v. Frensham Heights
On Thursday, Duke of Kent School’s U9 girls team made the big journey to Frensham Heights to play a netball match. The whole team arrived in good spirits, they completed their warm up with enthusiasm and made a fantastic start to the match. After the first quarter, Duke of Kent School had scored 2 goals, thanks to some fabulous movement and accuracy from Clara H-S and Isabelle S as shooters. The pupils managed to continue their strong momentum into the next few quarters, with great link up play from Edie H, Rose S and Lucy P in mid-court. All the girls managed to use their skills learnt in their lessons to dodge away from their opponents and create space. The play continued to go from end to end with both teams intercepting play and demonstrating their accuracy and strength of pass. Eva P-R and Annabelle B worked incredibly hard in defence, marking their players like glue and they managed to regain possession for their team on multiple occasions. The score finished 5-2 to Duke of Kent School, a huge congratulations to all the girls in Year 4 for their effort and well done for applying their learning from lessons into a match situation.
Football: Years 10 and 11 House Football
On Tuesday saw the Year 10 and 11 House football competition played on the Wilsons’ pitch. Both Hillary and Whittle won their semi-finals 2-0 respectively.
In the 3rd and 4th place match saw Armstrong lead 2-0 until Chichester fought back to score with the last kick off the game to take it to penalties. This saw Armstrong hold their nerves and win on sudden death!
The final was a very tight match with neither side managing to break the deadlock, therefore, resulting in the match going to penalties, with Hillary winning.
1st – Hillary
2nd – Whittle
3rd – Armstrong
4th – Chichester
ISA London South Regional Swimming Gala
On Sunday four swimmers, Nick E, Fred V, Aoife W and Maddie I, travelled to Beckenham to compete in the ISA regional swimming gala. All four swimmers swam exceptionally well against some very good opponents. Congratulations to Nick Easton who won his 200m Individual Medley and has therefore qualified to swim for the London South team at the Nationals in December. Well done to all who swam and thank you to parents for their great support.
Handcross Park Cross Country
On Monday, Duke of Kent School, took thirty pupils to the Handcross Park Cross Country Meeting. This is always a great event which allows the runners to compete against some very good teams. The weather was a little damp until the the final race where the senior girls ran there 2.5KM race in torrential rain!
All runners worked hard and ran to the best of their ability. Our highest individual placing was Rufus B who finished fourth in the U11 boys race.
The best team performances came from the U9 and U11 boys who were placed third overall. Well done to all the girls and boys and thanks to parents for their support.
Football: U8/9 v. Frensham Heights
On Thursday the U8/9s Tigers and Panthers travelled to Frensham Heights to play football. The Tigers played great passing football and their game finished 5-5 with the goals shared amongst the team. The Panthers started off brightly with some good team goals as they exploited the space behind the opposition defence. They finished the game 5-4 with everyone swapping positions and the goals being shared amongst the team.
Well played to all the boys involved.
Whole School Reminder
Monday 19th November:
PADoK Christmas shopping evening at Manns of Cranleigh 19:30 - 21:30
Senior School Reminders
Friday 23rd November:
Year 8 Parents' meetings 16:45 - 19:00
Sunday 25th November:
Senior production rehearsal 10:00 - 16:00
Prep School Reminder
Tuesday 20th November:
Years 5 & 6 Parents' meetings 16:30 - 18:30
Matt Fiddes, MMA British National Championships
Pippa S won the Bronze medal in the Hand Drills for ages 10-12 years Orange/Green belts at the Matt Fiddes MMA British National Championships on Saturday. Pippa qualified for this after winning Gold and Silver medals in the South East regionals back in June. The competition was really strong and Pippa had to really fight and dig deep for this medal. She also had to beat an older and much bigger opponent.
Stars of the Week
Nursery: Flossie H for settling in with such enthusiasm.
Reception: Sam P-R for showing initiative and creating a lovely illustration of ‘Little Bear’ for our display.
Year 1: Ben W for consistently working hard and helping others in year 1.
Year 2: Dante R-D for superb effort and improvement in handwriting and for impeccable manners.
Performing Arts News
It has been quite a week or so in the Performing Arts Department! As I'm sure most of you are now aware, last Thursday the school won the ISA National Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts. We are still celebrating this wonderful achievement and have been sharing the news with the children all week, to much excitement!
Furthermore, such was the demand for tickets for our Senior School Musical 'Made in Dagenham' that we have been forced to put on an extra performance! This will be on the afternoon of Saturday 1st December at 2.30pm as a matinee. So, if you have yet to reserve your tickets, or if you were unable to come because the original performances were sold out then email email@example.com to get one of the hottest ticket in town!
Finally, please check the calendar for all the various performing arts events as we approach the delights of Christmas : Nativity play, Carol services, Christmas concerts, etc.
The story I am bringing to your attention this week comes off the back of a survey conducted by Internet Matters, which indicates that a majority of parents fear the risk of cyberbullying via online group chats. Closed groups in apps like whatsapp or snapchat can be a source of exclusion and isolation due to not being invited or being the target of harassment within these groups.
As the chats are not public it is difficult to gauge the effect they can be having on your child. Signs such as a sudden stoppages in device use, nervousness when using a device, or a reluctance to take part in social activities/school can be indicators of cyberbullying.
When dealing with incidences of cyberbullying it is important to do so in a relaxed environment to reduce stress. It is also important that their devices aren't taken away - unless this is what they want, as this could result in negative experiences of disclosure. Making a child feel comfortable to come forward is very important, so try to make it as positive an experience as possible. Take as much evidence as you can and praise them for talking to you.
Finally, there is a wealth of advice on the Internet Matters site and i would definitely encourage you to check it out if you haven't already.
Here are some links for further reading:
Thanks for reading!
The day of “BINGO, BANGERS AND BEER” has finally arrived!
This is going to be a fantastic evening, filled with fun and laughter.
We look forward to welcoming you all in the dining hall at 8pm
Manns Christmas Shopping Event
We still have tickets available for our Manns Christmas shopping evening on Monday.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Hamper Collection and Raffle
The Christmas raffle/hamper donation boxes are now in position in the Old Hall. Please do feel free to donate anything suitable, candles, smellies, jars or cans, a Christmas pudding or two, some chutney or jams, a box of chocolates. Any alcohol would need to be delivered to the front office and not put in the collection box. Reps will be on the front door on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th November at drop off to take items from your car window if this is easier. (They will be dressed in 'Christmas attire' so you can't miss them!!) Please donate by Wed 5th Dec.
Raffle tickets will be available to buy at all PADoK events from now until the draw on 7th December. Tickets have also gone home today in pre-prep and prep school children’s bags. Prices are £1 a ticket and £5 for the book please fill out your details on the ticket and return the stub with your money to front office. Tickets will also be available to buy from the Front Office.
The Christmas hamper raffle will be drawn on Friday 7th December, before the prep school Christmas concert.
Pause for Thought
Wow, isn't life busy at the moment? Or maybe it's just me! School life is certainly at full tilt with show preparations, numerous sports fixtures, careers days and social events. Not to mention the fast approaching C word (too soon to mention Christmas??!!). With the potential feeling of overload on the horizon I offer a short meditation to take you into the weekend.
Get comfortable, take a few deep breaths and close your eyes.
In your imagination, place yourself in a location that is comfortable and beautiful and where you feel safe.
Notice that a person is walking toward you. As he draws closer, you realize it is Jesus.
Jesus smiles at you and then embraces you and sits down across from you to talk. You understand from the expression on Jesus’ face that he is here to tell you something wonderful.
Jesus makes the following statements to you. Fill in the blanks for yourself.
- “What I enjoy so much about the way you go through a day is . . .”
- “I came to remind you that your gifts of [blank] and [blank] express the Father’s love. Thank you for offering these gifts to the world!”
- “There’s a beautiful quality about you that you fail to see much of the time, and it is this: . . .”
“Don’t be afraid to . . .”
Enjoy the weekend, be kind to yourself, indulge yourself a little - you are loved just as you are!