Weekly Bulletin 22/05/2015
Year 6 PGL was a Blast
Year 6 were put thoroughly through their paces recently during a
fabulous PGL weekend in Dorset: towering walls were scaled and abseiled;
kayaks were navigated across Weymouth Olympic harbour; stomachs were
turned upside down and inside out on a giant swing; and the treacherous
rip-stick was mastered by almost all.
It was a pleasure to see the children support each other through several
personal challenges, whilst overcoming their own, and they should all
feel hugely proud of their achievements and attitude. Not every award
can be named here, but I reserve special mention for: Solomon
('If at first you don't succeed' award), Florence ('Endeavour'
award) and Archie ('Selflessness' award).
None of the above could have been achieved without the caring support of
Mr and Mrs Southee, nor the children's own determination, persistence
and good humour. There was even time allocated for some sleep - even if
it wasn't seized upon as quickly and gratefully by the children as it
was by the staff...
Well done to all involved!
Lancing Science Challenge
On Thursday 14th May twelve year six pupils attended the Lancing Science Challenge. The pupils were divided into different groups, so that they either did a Biology, Physics or Chemistry activity. Each team consisted of four pupils, representing four different schools. Each team earned points and then the points were added up to give a total score for each school. Blue Rowland's team came first in the Biology Challenge. There was a wide range of activities from identifying different birds, to building a marble run ,to carrying out an experiment which demonstrated an endothermic reaction. The activities were challenging but exciting and were throughly enjoyed by all. The pupils also listened to a very interesting presentation on the Earth, Space and Weather.
Year 3 Camp Out
Year 3 braved the elements and spent Friday night camping at school. The evening began with Forest School activities; we then went for a twilight walk in the woods and finished with songs and games around the camp fire. We eventually fell asleep in slightly soggy tents to the cacophony of nature's melodies of hooting owls and giggling children.
Year 4 Isle of Wight
Year 4 had their annual trip to the Isle of Wight in the first weekend in May. We
arrived at Carisbrooke Castle in time for lunch and spent the afternoon learning
about the occupants of the castle and even seeing the bedroom of King Charles 1st,
where he was held prisoner. The highlight of the visit was watching Jim Bob the
donkey walking on the wheel which turned to bring water up from the well. Returning
to Shanklin we all enjoyed a lovely Italian supper cooked by Mr Coote. Saturday was
spent at Osborne House, touring the grounds, Swiss Cottage and at the beach. It was
a great weekend thoroughly enjoyed by all, well done to all the children and thanks
to Mr Coote and Mrs Lock
IAPS National Swimming Finals
The national finals were held at the K2 swimming pool on Saturday 9th May. To reach the finals swimmers had swum in regional rounds earlier in the year; only the top sixteen swimmers in the country were eligible to qualify. Duke of Kent had five representatives; they were Alex Macdonald, Charlie Trotman, Harry Hearn, Seb Cook and Tyla Whyte.
The U13 relay team consisting of all four boys qualified for both the freestyle and medley relay. The team swam very well beating their regional time in both events and coming 10th in the final standings. Tyla swam extremely well in her U12 backstroke, only just missing the final by 0.27 sec. Both Alex and Charlie reached the final of their events showing great technique, power and stamina. They both achieved third place, Alex in the U13 Freestyle and Charlie in the U13 Breaststroke. Both boys are shown below collecting their bronze medals. This was a fantastic achievement for all of the swimmers and I was thrilled by their amazing performances. Well done to all who swam and the great support from the parents.
Under 9 Cricket
This was my first outing as coach of the U9 Cricketers and I was delighted to see what a well-drilled and enthusiastic outfit they have become. Our fielding was as sharp as a razor blade, our bowling was penetrating and incisive, and our batting was a good balance of control and aggression. Thomas, Harry and Max had very good innings and the bowling of Ben and Freddie particularly impressed me. Marcus though was our real danger man as he exploded at the crease like a small blonde firework, especially against some short Cottesmore bowling that was coolly dispatched into the crowd. Jack, Calum, Archie and Charlie bustled with intent in the field demonstrating energy, determination and guile. Our captain, Casper, marshalled his men with gracious efficiency and was a source a great encouragement throughout the afternoon.
Thank you to all the parents who came to support us and I hope you enjoyed the cricket as much as I did.
Year 9 Mathematical Success
Hamish and Robbie were amongst the approximately two thousand students from the UK who qualified for the International Kangaroo competition which followed on from the Intermediate UKMT challenge this year. Particular congratulations go to Hamish who was placed in the top 25% and awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Well done to everyone who helped to raise £750 to help with earthquake recovery in Nepal. Money raise by our Mufti Day has already been sent.
Dates for the Diary
Please note that the Watts Gallery Family Morning will now take place in the Autumn Term date TBC
Pre-prep Ducklings Hatch
After 28 days of careful incubation two ducklings have arrived in Pre-prep this week. Not yet named the little fluffy additions have created quite a stir. The department is now being visited hourly by children from all year groups and the are already used to being handled!
Year 1 & 2 Visit Sayers Croft
Year 1 and 2 visited Sayers Croft in Ewhurst this week. The day started with a mini-beast hunt and was followed by some fabulous nature games, one of which involved the children having to hide nuts in the woods - like squirrels and then try to find them again at the end of the day - very hard indeed! The afternoon's activity was pond-dipping and the children caught all sorts of creatures from tadpoles to fish to dragonfly nymphs and whirligig beetles. At the end of the day the children had time to play in the Maze, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Stars of the Week
Year 2 - Ariane for her fabulous poem about Enid Blyton
Year 1 - Florie for great independence and care in producing her Hungry Caterpillar Book
Reception - Harry W for improved concentration in phonics and progress in reading
Nursery - Lulu for settling in so well and displaying a sociable and enthusiastic attitude
Martha - for settling in so smoothly and for showing great listening
skills and good enthusiasm for all activities
Art Star of the Week
Emily McKenzie for correctly identifying the work of Henri Matisse. Good knowledge of art history.
The Music Department has had a busy first half of the Summer Term with two events already under our belt!
On Friday 1st May the annual Scholars Recital took place, which this year we combined with the House Music Finalists concert. The idea behind this being to give the parents of all those involved in last tem’s house music competition a chance to see their children perfrom.
It was a lovely evening with a wide range of ages, instruments and styles on show and the Performing Arts hall was alive with the sound of opera, jazz piano, classical violin, acoustic folk duos, rock trios and even a spontaneous rendition of the omnipresent Bruno Mars classic ‘Uptown Funk’ as an encore! Well done to all those who took part and thank you to all who came and supported the concert.
On Tuesday 5th May the Junior Chamber Choir competed in the Reigate and Redhill Music Festival; an event we have won for the last two years. This year, despite performing excellently and receiving some great feedback from a very fair adjudicator we sadly could not retain our title, coming second out of five schools in our class. The winners were a superb choir and our choir no doubt learnt a lot from competing with and wacthing them in action. Overall the choir enjoyed the afternoon and the chance to perform on a new stage. Thank you to Miss Macaulay for all her hard work in rehearsing them and to the parents that came and supported.
Later in the term we will be holding some small, informal soirees for the Prep school pupils of each individual music teacher. These will be either be short lunchtime or after school concerts, at which only the pupils of the relevant teacher will perform. These soirees provide a great opportunity for the children to gain some valuable performance experience in a very relaxed setting in front of a small, friendly audience. It is also a chance for parents to meet the individual music teachers. Myself or Mrs. Harris will send out emails about these once we have all the dates in.
And finally, this Wednesday saw the first rehearsal of the newly formed Staff Choir. About 20 or so brave staff members met at lunch break in the music room and sung with gusto and panache (well, sort of…). Watch this space for details of our first gig!
PADoK Charity Masked Ball
Great fun was had by one and all at the Duke of Kent School Charity Masked Ball. I am very pleased to say that just under £5500 was raised for “The Lifetrain Trust”. Thank you to everybody for your support. Cranleigh Golf and Leisure very kindly offered every guest a 3 day pass, any passes left behind are currently in the school office awaiting collection.
Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair