Weekly Bulletin 17/01/2020
Message from Mrs Knox
We were delighted to receive the final report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate this week indicating our full compliance across their eight exacting standards. It is a measure of the way the School: teachers, students and parents all work together to ensure we are the very best we can be. We were very pleased and very proud. Our Year 11s can also take pride in the way they handled their GCSE mocks this week. These exams are incredibly beneficial. They help students to start revising early, practise effective revision strategies, improve their knowledge, familiarise themselves with pressure, and act as a guide moving forward. They will enjoy a well-deserved break this weekend. I hope you do too.
It's a boy! Mr and Mrs Green are delighted to announce the arrival of Jacob Micah Green.
After a busy INSET day on Tuesday, Jacob decided to make the most of every moment of Mrs Green's maternity leave, arriving at 09:03 on Wednesday 8th January, weighing 7lb 14oz. We are enjoying settling into our new life as a family of three and Jacob looks forward to coming in and meeting the school community over the coming weeks. Our sincerest thanks for all the love, warm wishes and welcome gifts that Jacob has already received, we've been overwhelmed by your kindness and support.
Mr and Mrs Green
Pirouettes, Pirates and Pyrotechnics!
Ballet club ventured out on a wet and windy Tuesday to the London Coliseum to be inspired by English National Ballet's performance of Le Corsaire (The Pirate). Full of fun, sparkle and amazing virtuoso dancing this is such a great first ballet to see, especially for our boys who were especially impressed by the super-human leaps and turns performed by the "pirates" on stage! The glorious music from a variety of composers enhance the story thorough bombastic sword fights, elegant dream scenes, passionate pas de deux and stormy seas. As Tansy-Bela said, "It is SUCH a great story!" and Daisy N's hands hurt from clapping so hard! Especially for our littlest dancers, this was a long day so Miss Francis and Mr Rye were especially proud when multiple members of the public inquired as to where these "perfect children" came from and commented on how wonderfully engaged they were. They were indeed a pleasure. Special thanks to Mrs Hopwood and Mr Kaye for transporting us to and from the station.
Christmas Carol Service Donations
Thank you so much to everyone that kindly donated at our Christmas Carol Service in December. The total amount of money raised was £407.52. CLIC Sargent and Morogoro International School have each received £203.76. These are two charities that Duke of Kent School have been sponsoring this year. A huge thank you again!
A Big Thank you
A big thank you to everyone who very kindly donated football boots, rugby boots and trainers for my visit to South Africa and my Township project. In all I was able to donate 25 pairs of boots and shoes, also some sport kit to children in a Township called Slangrivier. Slangrivier translates to Snake River and the unemployment rate is around 80%. The kids, both boys and girls were so happy to receive them. For some it was the first time they had shoes and boots rather than bare feet or flip flops! They and their parents asked me to please thank you for your kindness and generosity. Perhaps one day we will see a football player from there in our Premier League all it takes is a little inspiration and hope!
Ross S, Year 10
Pause for Thought
This first full week back bought with it mock G.C.S.E exams, stressful for all involved! The first week back for us all can bring anxieties and wobbly moments.
Family is a place where we return to when we feel unsettled and unsure; we need the safety and security of a friendly smile, a warm hug and an understanding slice of cake!
For me the drawings of Charlie Mackesy speak into this space of love and acceptance for who we are, not just what we do.
With every blessing
Sports Performers of the Weeks
Amber C, Annabelle R and Emily B: for playing fantastically in their matches on Wednesday afternoon! Between Amber C and Annabelle R they scored 10 goals in their matches and Emily B was a very strong player on the pitch creating lots of opportunities and space helping the team get their Win! Well done girls!
Harry D: Well done to Harry D for his excellent goalkeeper performance in our hockey training session on Wednesday.
A great goalkeeping display pulling off some crucial saves in vital match changing scenarios. Keep up the good work Harry!
Arthur D - K: Arthur is the sports performer of the week for his brilliant performance on the rugby pitch Vs Handcross Park School on Wednesday. A great performance from Arthur as he made brilliant runs into space and scored a brilliant try. Well done Arthur, great work!
The PE Department
A few match reports from this week
Girls' Hockey: U13 A v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday afternoon, the U13A team played a great hockey match against St Edmund's. Both teams started well, clearly showing their ability to keep possession of the ball and use the space. The match was on half of a full sized astroturf pitch so there was plenty of running involved during the match! Jasmine K, Ruby K and Macy B defended well, managing to maintain their formation and protect the route to goal. Maddie I, Tilly C, Alex K and Frankie M played some strong passes in midfield and worked hard to create goal scoring opportunities for the team. Maddie I and Poppy K had some good chances onto goal but couldn't quite convert the chances into goals. It was a close match throughout but St Edmund's eventually managed to get through goalie Pippa S after she made some epic saves! The girls lost 2-0 but showed some great determination and effort levels, well done girls!
Girls' Hockey: U13 B v. St. Edmund's
Despite the storm that had hit on Wednesday morning the game was still going ahead as planned for the afternoon. The girls had a great attitude and were excited for their first match after the Christmas holidays. As we traveled to St Edmund's the blue skis appeared and brought the sun with it which made for a fantastic afternoon with some great games. The U13B team played an excellent game using all the skills we had been practising and taking on the game with some great tactics. All 4 goals were scored by Amber C with some great help from Hannah A, Imogen C. Abbie C did some fantastic passes back to Alana H in defence where they were then able to use the switch by passing it back out wide to the midfields. Hannah M and Natasha B were strong in defence making sure the ball did not get near our goal and again using their strong hockey skills to get the ball back wide. Fleur S did a great job stepping up and playing for the team in goal making some wonderful saves making sure the ball didn't making it into the goal. Well done to all the girls that played.
Girls' Hockey: U12 A v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday the U12 hockey team travelled to Hindhead to play St. Edmund's. This was the first match of the Spring Term and the girls were ready to get to business. The line up was Pippa S in Goal, Esmee P, Ava W and Abbie W in Defence, Ella S (c), Frankie M and Emily B in Midfield and Alex K as a Forward.
The girls went in quickly on the attack and made a very early goal with a strike from Alex k which deflected of a St. Edmund's player and Ella S quickly reacted and tapped it in from beside the goal. This gave the girls a boost and they dominated the first half with some great drives and attempts at goal.
In the second half the St Edmund's changed their line up slightly and they were picking off our drives better and they too had some great attempts on goal but the defensive line worked hard and Emily B was constantly causing an issue for them wherever they tried going. Just before the final whistle Alex K scored a final goal to bring the final score up to 2-0 to Duke of Kent School. Well done to everyone who played, you worked well as a team and encouraged one another throughout.
Girls' Hockey: U12 B v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday afternoon, the U12B's hockey match followed on from the U13s games. Therefore, the team were fully prepared after a good warm up. The girls started well and continued in great form throughout the whole game! Annabelle R and Amber C (stepping in to play her second match of the afternoon!) played amazingly up front to score 6 goals in total for the team - what a result!! Ariane L and Violetta P worked tirelessly in midfield to keep possession of the ball and they both made some good runs down the line using the whole width of the pitch. In the second half, St Eds had settled into the game and began to create more chances onto goal. Fleur S stepped up in goal and had to make some good saves whilst Rose S and Josie B were managing to intercept the ball left, right and centre! Duke of Kent School managed to win the game 6-1, well done to all the girls involved!
Rugby: U10 and U11 v. Handcross Park
On wednesday afternoon, an enthusiastic group of Year 5 and 6 boys headed over to Handcross Park for a touch rugby game. Even though the boys had been practicing contact, it was a useful opportunity to work on passing skills and completing penetrating runs.
Defensively, the boys put up a strong guard. Henry C swept up at the back and made several last ditch tackles. Going forward, Charlie C and Wilf K managed to break through the opposition defence, with Wilf scoring a well earned try early on.
It was a well fought match and the team learned a lot about themselves and what they need to work on in preparation for their contact games in the coming weeks.
Rugby: U10 v. Handcross Park
On Wednesday the U10 A team travelled to Handcross Park for their first rugby match of the season. Luckily the rain held off for the afternoon! Each member of the team took to the match with great enthusiasm and discipline. As the game progressed the defensive line was increasingly solid and which meant that Duke of Kent School only conceded one try. An impressive feat when they spent long periods without the ball. The speed and agility of their attack continued to put the opposition defence under more pressure and resulted in big territorial gains which each phase. Eventually, their hard work was rewarded, with a superb poacher's try from Arthur D-K and Monty L's effort that saw him run the full pitch. Overall, each pupil put in an excellent performance and can be proud of how they contributed to the victory.
Prep School Science Show
If you are a keen scientist you might be interested in “The Ugly Animals Roadshow” which is taking place at Glebelands School in Cranleigh on Thursday 23rd January at 7pm - 8.15pm.
Phone 01483 542400 for more information.
Ewhurst Grand Quiz and Auction
Senior School Reminders
Wednesday 22nd January:
Year 10 GCSE drama trip to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Friday 24th January:
Years 10 & 11 music GCSE trip to Cranleigh Arts Centre
Saturday 25th - Friday 31st January:
Senior French Exchange to France
Prep School Reminders
Monday 30th - Friday 24th January:
Tuesday 21st January:
Pre-prep and Prep School Council meetings
Tuesday 21st January:
Pre-prep and Prep School Council meetings
Thursday 23rd January:
Nursery trip to Little Street, Frimley
First Aid Message
Year 9 Immunisations: Parents please remember to complete your E Consent form with regards to the DTP and MenACWY immunisations at school on February 10th. All year 9 students need to have consent forms completed please by Monday 3rd February, even if they will not be participating (see email from Mrs Monk on 27th November for details on how to do this).
French Exchange students: Please can your child return their completed Competency document for self-administration of medication to me on Monday (if relevant).
Thank you for your help,
Stars of the Week
Nursery: Elsie S for super table manners and positive interactions with her peers.
Reception: Logan N for making such a positive start to your work this term. Keep it up!
Year 1: Rufus S-C for persevering with your handwriting. Fantastic improvement!
Year 2: Hubert S for being a superstar in English lessons. You included some great examples of noun phrases, contractions and proper nouns in your writing and can explain it to others.
Performing Arts News
House Music first round auditions will start next week. The competition is open to all pupils from Year 3 to Year 11 and the sign up slips will be outside the Music classroom. We are very excited that the judge this year is Mark Delisser.
Mark first judged our competition five years ago and since then has become more and more well known as a choir leader, arranger and vocal coach. Aside from running workshops the world over and leading the award winning ACM Gospel Choir, his arrangement of 'Stand by Me' was sung by the Kingdom Gospel Choir at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he was the vocal coach to the celebrities on the BBC Children in Need charity album 'Got It Covered' recorded at the end of last year and is currently the vocal coach on 'The Masked Singer' on ITV.
The instrumental exam results from last term are in and I'm delighted to announce a full house of passes, merits and distinctions. Well done to all who sat and passed an exam and thank you to all the instrumental teachers for all their hard work.
Laura A - Guitar Grade 2 - Pass
Freddie B - Clarinet Grade 5 - Merit
Oscar H - Flute Grade 5 - Pass
Edie H - Piano Grade 1 - Merit
Henry R - Piano Grade 1 - Merit
Oliver W - Trumpet Grade 2 - Pass
Harley B - Drums - Grade 2 - Merit
Eddie C - Tenor Horn - Distinction
There is a report this week about incidences of young girls being coerced into sending indecent images of themselves. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have found that of the many thousands of images they remove from the Internet, 80% of them were of young adolescent girls, many of which had been self-made. Many victims report being blackmailed or scammed into sending messages by people claiming to model scouts or posing as other children their age. The IWF hope that by shining a light on these incidences they can help prevent people from becoming victims themselves in the future.
If you or someone you know recieve any messages from anybody asking for indecent images, block and report them immediately so that their account can be dealt with. In addition, if you come across any content that you think is illegal, you can report it directly to the IWF (link is below).
Here are some links for more information:
Thanks for reading!
Sunshine, fresh air and doggies was in abundance on our PADoK walk this morning followed by a warm hot drink and biscuits in the carpark on our return, thanks go to Jessica Hogan-Smith for organising this morning’s walk. Our next walk will be on Friday 14th February, no need to book just turn up everybody is very welcome.
We are looking forward to seeing everybody at this evenings Jazz Night, tickets have sold very well and I’m sure it is going to be a truly memorable event. If you find yourself at a loose end this evening do come along more tickets are available to purchase on the door.
After half term we will be hosting our annual quiz night. Start putting your teams of no more than 8 together and we shall battle for the PADoK Quiz Night Trophy. PADoK Quiz Night will be on Friday 20th March at 8pm in Old Hall.
Thursday 5th March 8pm
Please note that book club will now be taking place at the Hurtwood Inn in Peaslake.
PADoK Secondhand Uniform Shop
Shop will be open on the following days this term:
4th March (Special Summer dress and cricket kit sale)
Opening hours 3pm-4pm