Weekly Bulletin 17/11/2017
Last Friday we held our Remembrance service. It was a deeply moving and special occasion with the whole school uniting together with respect to honour the servicemen and women who gave their lives so bravely for our country.
Martha McA and Oscar B performed a moving rendition of 'Make me a channel of thy peace" and Guy R, Holly C and Amelie W-B shared some moving poetry with us.
Pre prep joined us for the last post, played beautifully by Alex M. The sombre mood was reflected in the quiet dignified atmosphere of the Hall, and I was very impressed in the way all the pupils showed respect and reverence.
Thank you to all who took part and helped to make this a truly memorable remembrance.
In Year 1's art lesson they discussed Remembrance Day and the meaning of it. After they then made a display in their Art lesson to show their thanks to the men and women who fought so bravely for our country . It is in the Pre-Prep corridor if you get a chance to pop up and see it.
House Bake Off
This Thursday saw the return of the Duke of Kent School Bake Off. The competition was open to all Prep and Senior pupils, with one Prep and Senior pupil from each house going onto the semi finals next week. The pupils took to the Bake Off with enthusiasm and creativity with over 30 entries, ranging from carrot cakes and cookies, to ice cream cone cakes and cakes topped with doughnuts. The house captains and leaders throughly enjoyed judging each of the cakes, with some tough decisions being made.
The following pupils will be progressing to the semi finals
Semi final 1 ( Tuesday 21st Nov)
Whittle- Kai G and Josh E, Ellis Mck
Armstrong- Daisy N and Ben P
Semi final 2 ( Thursday 23rd Nov)
Hillary- Isabelle H and Isabelle S, Theo K
Chichester - Natasha and Chester B, Laura S and Alice S
Well done to all the budding bakers that entered, you should all be proud of your efforts.
Mr Gritton and Mr Seeley
Huge well done to all the pupils in 5E who put on a marvellous assembly about kindness and teamwork on Wednesday morning. They told the story of the book Join Me and introduced 'random act of kindness' Friday within the school. Also a big thanks to the audience who with a little guidance put on a musical performance to remember.
A few match reports from this week
Cross Country at Handcross Park
Duke of Kent School travelled to Handcross Park School for a Cross Country event on Monday afternoon. The team included 30 pupils from Year 3 to year 8. The Year 3 & 4 boys raced first, Duke of Kent School boys paced themselves well and finished the race strongly. The event finished with the Year 7 and 8 girls race, some great running from Duke of Kent School girls in particular Ellis McK who finished in seventh place. Throughout the afternoon all Duke of Kent School pupils ran brilliantly in their respective races and they did particularly well to keep warm in the extremely cold conditions! Big congratulations to all pupils that took part and a special well done to Rufus B for his sliver medal
Rugby: U11's v. Dorset House
On Wednesday the U11s got their first taste of rugby in a tough match against Dorset House. Led by Calum M, who showed great determination and strength, we started brightly with Leo H, playing in his first ever match, making some good runs and tackles on the wing. This was backed up by Archie L mazy running and Alex S rucking over to try to secure the ball. Just before half time Luke I managed to break through the defence and score in the corner. In the second half Duke of Kent School were building in confidence with Charlie N breaking up the runs with by putting his body on the line. Max S and Alfie C worked well together with some quick hands to help create more attacks. Many thanks to Dorset House for hosting us and helping the boys develop their confidence throughout the match.
Rugby: U10 v. Dorset House
The U10 rugby team had their first rugby match of the season this week. Against a very strong Dorset House team who were well drilled and confident players. That didn’t stop the boys from throwing their heart and soul into the game, showing great commitment and aggression in both attack and defence. Well done boys.
Netball: U13's v. Shoreham College
This week the U13's played against Shoreham College and managed a great win, 19-11. Both teams played really well and everyone gave it their all. In the first quarter there was great movement in the centre court and a fast succession of goals followed on from that. There were a lot of interceptions and great defence from both teams, in and around the circle which made the attackers work hard for the ball, trying new moves and tactics.
Overall everyone did very well and it was a lovely but fast paced match. I would like to congratulate Daisy M for being chosen as 'Girl of the Game' by Shoreham College players. We're already looking forward to our next match! Well played, everyone.
Martha McA, Year 8
Paws For Thoughts
It's never too early to think about Christmas, (or so my children tell me!) and this week it seems the proverbial baubles have begun to roll as I was lucky enough to be involved with Year 3 and their making of Christingles. This is a relatively recent tradition in this country, established by John Pensom of the Children's Society. It was born out of the desire of a German Bishop in 1747 to proclaim the simple way that happiness has come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children: an orange, to represent the world; a red ribbon to tie around it, to represent the love and blood of Christ and a candle to represent the light of Christ with this simple prayer: ' Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children's hearts that theirs become like thine'.
This was then expanded by Pensom to include the 4 cocktail sticks with sweets on to represent the goodness that God gives us in creation.
A message surely not just for Christmas.
As part of our ongoing support for the school I would like to offer you the opportunity to pray with me for our pupils and staff. This is open to anyone who feels called to support the school in this way and is inclusive of any faith.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday 30th November at 8.30am. We will meet in the Old Hall and then come up to my room.
It would be great to see you!
Whole School Reminder
Monday 20th November:
PADoK Christmas Shopping Event at Manns of Cranleigh 19:30 - 21:30pm
Thursday 23rd November:
Dress Rehearsal of 'We Will Rock You' for parents and pupils 14:00pm (to attend email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior School Reminders
Sunday 19th November:
Senior Production rehearsal 10:00am - 16:00pm
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th November:
Senior Production 19:30pm
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: Teddy S for demonstrating good turn taking, negotiation and sharing skills.
Finley R for improved concentration and application during activities.
Reception: Mac Y for showing enthusiasm in phonic sessions and for making good progress in reading.
Year 1: Harry L for improvement in presentation and fabulous behaviour during play rehearsals.
Year 2: Arthur W, for always being kind and helpful, setting an excellent example for other children.
E-Safety and Online Gaming Part 2: Tackling Toxic Behaviour
Last week we looked at how in game payments can be an unhealthy influence on our relationship with games. This week, the focus is on a topic that is always important no matter the environment: tackling online harassment.
I am sad to say that I cannot think of a single person who has played a video game online and not received some kind of harassment, myself included. Some might even say that it is just the way it is.
While companies are working to shake this image, change most definitely comes from the below, and if there is to be a real difference in the experiences other people have playing games then we need to be that change.
Firstly we should be clear that harassment is unacceptable regardless of the setting, This is cyberbullying. The same strategies exist for both online and in person bullying.
For example, always make sure to report someone if they are acting maliciously. All games and games companies will have a mechanism in place to deal with toxic behaviour, and if you aren't sure then I have linked to the ps4 and xbox support articles on reporting behaviour. For more game-specific ones I would use the internet to search for a guide.
As well as this, we should go even further and challenge this behaviour when it happens. Don't just stay silent, make sure people know that it is unacceptable to harass people online, and make gaming a place for everyone to enjoy.
Remember to tell us at School if you experience online harassment so that we can ensure you get the support and education you need.
Here are some useful articles:
Thanks for reading!
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
It’s that time of year when we ask for donations to fill hampers for our Christmas Raffle. All money raised will go towards funding the extras that make the after school clubs so great. Last year PADoK funded Triathalon & Forest School equipment, Duke of Edinburgh tents, a printing press for the Art Department, construction blocks for Pre-prep, and new LED stage lighting for the Performing Art Hall.
PADoK Reps will be at the front of school collecting your donations on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at drop-off and pick-up. No need to get out of your car, just hand your donation to the Reps through your car window! There will also be a box for any donations inside the front door for anyone that misses these times.
(Please remember to leave any alcohol for hampers with the Office staff for safe keeping!)
There will be variety of hampers, your donation can be anything, ideas are:
For a pampering hamper: soaps, perfume, bath or shower products, candles…
For a food & drink hamper: bottles, cheese, biscuits, chutneys, jams, marmalade - homemade or shop bought. Chocolates, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies…
For an all the family hamper: Books, DVDs, Games, Craft activities…
Any vouchers would be very welcome, and anything else you can think of that would go nicely in a hamper!
Books of raffle tickets should have come home from school today, they’re in white envelopes and were given to children by their form teacher. If you’d like the chance to win one of the fantastic hampers please return money with completed stubs in the provided envelopes to your PADoK Rep or to the Front Office before 1st December. Please return unsold tickets too so they can be sold to others.
Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
The Raffle will be drawn at PADoK's Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. This is held before the Prep School's Christmas Concert, Friday 1st December from 6pm in Old Hall. Everyone is very welcome - we hope to see lots of you there.
With huge thanks for your support and generosity,
All the PADoK Team