Weekly Bulletin 24/11/2017
Kids' Lit Quiz - Southern Heat
On Monday, 96 students from all over the South of England descended on Duke of Kent School to take part in the Southern Heat of the worldwide Kids’ Lit Quiz. Competing over 10 rounds, students answered questions on children's literature for the right to represent the South of England in the National Final next month. The winner of the National Final will then go onto represent the UK in the World Final in Auckland next year.
This is the third time Duke of Kent School have hosted the Southern Heat and it has continued to grow, this year being the best attended so far.
The Duke of Kent School teams performed brilliantly, with team two winning the round on ‘Little People’ and team one vying for the top spot throughout the rounds, finally finishing a school best fifth out of twenty-four teams.
On the day we were joined by Matt Dickinson, a friend of the school, who has written several children’s novels, some based around his fifteen trips to Everest. He ran workshops for the majority of the Senior School before attending the quiz as a special guest.
A massive thank you to all that helped with the smooth running of the day, including: Mr Monk scoring, Mrs Ives and Mrs Pakenham marking, the catering and site team, all the teachers who helped out and brought students down to watch and Mr Rye for his flexibility during his rehearsal process.
House Bake Off
The semi finals for the Duke of Kent School Bake Off were held this week, giving our semi finalists a chance to once again dazzle the judges with the cakes that secured them a place in the semis.
All of the competitors displayed the classic Duke of Kent School attitude and positivity and should feel proud of their efforts. I know that all of the spectators, judges and other competitors enjoyed sampling all of the cakes that were on offer.
The quality of the cakes made it very difficult for the judges to decide who should go through to the Grand Final. Thank you to our esteemed judges Miss Fellous, Helen and Kim in the kitchen.
Our finalists are:
Prep - Kai G and Josh E (Whittle), Isabelle H and Isabelle S (Hillary)
Senior - Laura S and Alice S (Chichester), Ben P (Armstrong)
The Grand Final will be held on Thursday 30th November from 4:45 to 7pm.
Well done to everybody who took part, and good luck to the finalists.
Mr Gritton and Mr Seeley
On Wednesday morning, 3N performed an assembly about positive thinking, using the story, 'CinderSilly' by Diana Thompson to demonstrate their message. In this story, the traditional version of Cinderella is replaced by a girl who doesn't sit around, feeling sad and waiting for magic to come to her. Instead, she chooses to take matters into her own hands and make the most of the situations that have been given to her. She sings, dances and plays along the way and goes out to find help when she really needs it. All the class should feel very proud of the wonderful way they learnt their lines and presented themselves in what was many of the children's first form assembly at Duke of Kent School.
Year 6 Debate
On Thursday, members of 6C engaged in a healthy debate in front of the Prep School. The motion invited us to consider whether we think that Drama should be included as a lesson in our curriculum. There were some very well considered and pertinent points raised on both sides of the debate that were delivered with confidence and clarity, ably chaired by Natasha B. After some time to think about the points raised, the rest of the Prep School were able to make comments and give their opinions, which added to the discussion and no doubt helped some others to form their own opinion and make up their mind as to whether they were for, or indeed, against the motion. Ultimately the majority of the Prep School voted in favour of including Drama as a lesson in its own right. However, there were certainly some very thought provoking points made by the 'against the motion' team that will no doubt add to the discussion at the next academic meeting with Mrs Fremont-Barnes and Mr Hubbard.
Many thanks to 6C for their efforts and well done to all for contributing to an excellent debate.
A few match reports from this week
Football: U14 v. Box Hill
The U14's made the short trip to face Box Hill School on Wednesday. We started very strongly moving the ball around the pitch with pace and accuracy, which led to Scott N opening the scoring with a powerful shot from outside the box. Box Hill then came into the game, scoring two in quick succession. Following this the boys rallied and Samuel I scored the equaliser following a swerving freekick from Scott N. We defended valiantly and could even have sneaked a last minute winner but did brilliantly to finish 2-2 against strong opposition.
Netball: U16 v. Box Hill
On Wednesday our U16's played Box Hill at home. Box Hill came out with some fast paced balls and great movement around the court resulting in a 2 - 0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Duke of Kent School girls had a team talk and moved some positions around, including Tyla W moving into GD, not her natural position, however, she was able to put pressure on the Box Hill GA and intercept a lot of the passes into the circle. Siena T and Caitlin P also assisted in this being able to make well timed interceptions and contribute to helping the attack feed to ball into our shooters to take the lead at half time, 12-8.
In the second half Duke of Kent School changed their set play and were double marking key players and looking to make quick drop balls into Lexi B and Anna D in the circle. This worked well with both shooters scoring and Lexi B finding her aim and scoring goals from an impressive distance and on one occasion managing to hold her balance right on the edge of the court and then score. Josie M had fantastic endurance throughout the game always being available as a second option on passes and ultimately tiring out her marker who was unable to match her pace and change of direction.
The end score was 15-11 to Duke of Kent School. Every girl played fantastically and gave their all right through to the end. Well done to Lexi B for getting 'Girl of the Game' and again, thank you and well done again to Tyla W for playing exceptionally well in GD, this could be a new position for you!
Netball: U11 v. Cranleigh Prep School
On Wednesday, Duke of Kent School’s U11 Netball team made the short journey to Cranleigh Prep School. The team, captained by Hannah M, were in good spirits and felt luck was on their side after finding 10p on the minibus! Both teams displayed some great passing skills and worked hard to link their passes together to provide some goal scoring opportunities. Maddie I worked hard as GA to keep the score level at 3-3 after two quarters. Meanwhile, Alanna H made some important interceptions to win the ball back and allow Duke of Kent School to regain possession. The match continued to be extremely close with the third quarter ending 4-4. After a short team talk, the team went out fighting in the fourth and final quarter. Cranleigh played well and had some goal scoring opportunities but Duke of Kent School managed to keep their cool and Katyana W scored in the final few minutes to give the U11 As a fantastic win! A huge well done to all the girls involved for showing brilliant enthusiasm and effort throughout the match.
Swimming: ISA London South Area Qualifier
The Duke of Kent School Senior swimming squad travelled to Dulwich on Saturday afternoon to take part in the ISA London South area qualifier. All swimmers performed very well against some very strong opposition. The determination and technique from the whole squad was exceptional and all swimmers should be very proud of their performances. Winners of their races were Charlie T (breaststroke) and Alex M (freestyle and butterfly); they will now represent the London South region in the ISA National Final at the Olympic Park in January.
Thank you very much to the whole squad which included: Beatrice H, Amelie W-B, Izzy B, Kora W, Grace F, Laura S, Millie B, Issy F, Tyla W, Nick E, Fred V, Harry H, Charlie T and Alex M. Also thank you to all of the parents that supported the team with particular thanks to Mrs Bond who was a fantastic help at the start of the gala.
Whole School Reminder
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November:
Senior Production - "We Will Rock You" 19:30pm
Friday 1st December:
PADoK Mulled Wine and Mine Pies 18:00 - 19:00pm
Senior School Reminder
Friday 1st December:
Senior Careers Assembly 8:20am
Prep School Reminder
Friday 1st December:
Prep School Christmas Concert 19:00 - 20:00pm
African Aprons in the Art Department
A bit of wild African colour has been introduced to the Art Studio this half term with the arrival of our new aprons. These were imported directly from a group of Maasai women working with Heshima, a small charity in Northern Tanzania. Having worked with this charity on my sabbatical last year I was keen to maintain my links with them and support in whatever way I can. The charity aims to give the women it works with the means to make an independent living. Unlike many major charities almost 100% of the profit made from the sale of their products goes directly to the individual women who have made them.
The charity also runs a small primary school and acts as a growing community hub for the area.
If you would like more information about the charity and the garments they produce please feel free to contact me through the school or have a look at the link below.
These fabrics are also worn by the people of Malawi, which borders south east Tanzania. Mrs Lacroix and Miss Frances shared their recent experiences at our link school, Salima LEA, in Malawi, with the whole school, during assembly this morning. As a result, their brief visit has given the whole school community a real insight into life in this area of the world. All being well, we will be welcoming a member of Salima LEA's staff at Duke of Kent School enabling us to reciprocate the kindness and warm welcome that Salima LEA gave Miss Frances and Mrs Lacroix.
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: Eva W for working really hard and enthusiastically in class, and paying particular attention during dance.
Reception: Hope N for wonderful, enthusiastic singing during Christmas Show rehearsals.
Year 1: Henry O'B for consistently trying his hardest and pushing himself to reach new goals.
Year 2: PipC-G, for showing a positive and mature attitude when she had to miss the Senior Production, and for getting on with other work independently and sensibly.
The Internet is Written in Ink
It goes without saying that you shouldn't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person, but this week that phrase has come back into the spotlight after social media posts have come back to haunt the people that posted them.
The very nature of the internet means it is incredibly difficult for things to truly disappear, and while people may forget, all it takes is one person to dig through your past to bring it all back. This is a short post this week, as there isn't really much more i need to explain, except to reiterate this: the posts you make online whether they are pictures, words, or videos stick around - so think twice before you post something you shouldn't.
The article linked below has a recent story about everything here, as well as links to other related topics.
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
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
PADoK Christmas shopping evening at Manns of Cranleigh
On Monday 20th December PADOK hosted our annual Christmas Shopping Evening at Manns of Cranleigh.
Together with parents form Ewhurst Infant School and Peaslake School guests enjoyed exclusive, after hours access to the store. With discounted shopping, drinks, canapés and some brilliant raffle prizes, the evening was a huge success with a fantastic turnout of parents from the School.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a festive and fun evening.
Paws For Thought
As Shakespeare famously put it 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women only players' and in the Duke of Kent School world this translates to 'We will Rock you'! What phenomenal talent I witnessed this week as Mr Rye (with able assistance) rocked us with incredible performances from our gifted pupils. It's such a joy to see our pupils using their gifts of acting, singing and dancing not to mention the often unsung heroes behind the scenes; the crew of lighting, sound and stage management.
Jesus came so that we could have life, life in all its fullness and this is partly realised when we use the gifts and talents God gave us.
We are only truly alive and living life in all its fullness if we use our talents and gifts for the service and joy of others. Never was this more evident this week than in the faces of those on stage and those watching - well done and thank you to all!