Weekly Bulletin 18/05/2018

GCSE Art Trip to Alexander Creswell Exhibition

On the 10th of May GCSE Art students, accompanied by prospective Year 9 GCSE Artists, visited Alexander Creswell's most recent exhibition, 'Glimpses of Eternity'. The exhibition is on display in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey. Alexander showed the group around the exhibition, giving a personalised account of the journey he went on in creating this remarkable collection of watercolours based on his experiences of the Abbey. We were treated to a tour of the Abbey taking in key locations and subjects that resonated with Alexander and formed the making of his work. In 2011 Alexander was commissioned to paint the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton which took place in the Abbey. He was able to give us a real insight into how he went about documenting such an exciting and prestigious event. Students enjoyed this personalised exploration of the history of the Abbey and had the opportunity to then explore the Abbey Cloisters themselves sketching as they went.

Mr Watson

Year 6 to Lancing Science Challenge

On Thursday 15th May, twelve Year 6 pupils took part in the Lancing Science Challenge. The pupils were divided into three teams, Physics, Chemistry or Biology and each pupil had to work in a team with pupils from other schools. The Biology team had to do a series of short activities, which consisted of things like: identifying different British birds, making a skeleton, building a nest and seeing how much weight it could take and making a food chain. The Chemistry team had to carry out an experiment involving a chemical reaction and then use their results to plot a line graph and draw a conclusion. The Physics team had two different activities to complete in an hour: one involved making a block of wood as aerodynamic as possible and in the other they had to make a marble run, where the marble had to reach the ground as slowly as possible. All of the pupils enjoyed their different challenges and worked hard to try and solve the problems they had been set. Working within a team, where they did not know any of their fellow team members was a new and quite daunting experience at first but they embraced it and made their best effort to work well together. After the team events the pupils listened to a very interesting talk by a scientist from Portsmouth University entitled “Our Cosmic Address”.

The event finished with a prize giving and we were delighted when Toby C’s team came first in Physics and Calum C’s team came first in the Biology.

Congratulations to everyone who took part

Mrs Lock

Yr 5 Poetry takes to the woods!

As part of our poetry work in English this term, last week Year 5 studied the poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. Having tried to decipher what in fact 'slithy toves', 'borogoves' and 'mome raths' might be, we decided to take our vorpal swords and enter the woods to snicker snack any frumious Bandersnatches or, indeed, Jabberwocks that we might encounter amidst the Tumtum trees and bystanding Jubjub birds. The resulting action interpreted by the various groups was most frabjous and not at all mimsy with expressive, clear and creative performances that led to our galumphing return in time for lunch. Well done everyone!

Prep School trip to Woodhouse Opera, Holmbury

On Wednesday morning Years 3 and 4 went to Woodhouse Copse, a beautiful venue in Holmbury St Mary, to watch a children's version of Janaceck's opera of 'The Cunning Little Vixen'. With a professional orchestral trio of cello, violin and piano led by Jenny Janse and wonderful narration by Sam Henderson, the children were treated to a lovely 40 minutes of old fashioned story-telling and beautiful live music. The highlights of the performance for us were our own wonderful Junior Chamber Choir,who sung three short pieces with skill and precision, and Ariane L, Isabelle S and Daisy R who danced a lovely dance as Dragonflies.

Mr Rye

Year 2 Trip to Farnham Sculpture Park

Accompanied by the sun, Year 2 journeyed to the Farnham Sculpture Park for our class trip this week. During our visit we studied and discussed nearly 50 of the venue's 800 exhibits, meandering around the beautiful botanical setting to find sculptures of all sizes, subject matter and media hiding in the foliage. From majestic dragons and Greek Goddesses, to humble conkers and even a rhino made from a skip, the children learned lots about how sculptures are made, from which stories they often derive and why our appreciation of Art is very personal and always valid. It was also pleasing to hear the children begin to recognise works of art by the same sculptors, and to consider how a curator's choice of placement affects our relationship with what we are observing.

Mr Wright

Year 2 - Famous Faces within our School Community

As well as learning about "Famous Faces" such as James Cook and Samuel Pepys this term, Year 2 have also been considering those within our school community or local area who have gained acclaim for their achievements. Last week, we interviewed school bursar and long distance runner, Chris Finill, who is one of only a handful of people to have run all 38 London Marathons. It proved be an extra special occasion, as the children were confronted with all of Chris' medals, dusted off from his loft especially for our visit. Some very interesting and thoughtful questions had been constructed in preparation, and the children listened intently as Chris talked about his experiences and inspiration. All of them have decided they too will run a marathon in future, though whether they will match Chris' longevity, only time and fitness will tell! Well done Year 2 and thanks to Chris for sharing his passion with the children.

Mr Wright 

Year I Trip to Wakehurst Place

On Tuesday 15th May Year 1 visited Wakehurst Place. The purpose of our trip was to learn about the rainforest and our first activity involved looking at plants. The children dissected them and looked under a magnifying glass to help them decide which part of the plant we would eat. Next we visited ‘Mr Mcgregor’s Garden’ where we had to identify fruits and vegetables and work out which part of them we could eat. Our final activity before lunch was a rainforest walk. We imagined we were in the rainforest and walked around the gardens, spotting the sorts of plants we might see and looking at the ways in which they are adapted to their environment.

We were lucky to have chosen a gloriously sunny day for our trip so we enjoyed our packed lunch in the garden. After lunch we spent some time in ‘The Mansion’, learning about the rainforest layers and looking at the products we get from the rainforest areas, in particular fruits, spices and cacao. We were most proud of Year 1 and their fantastic manners and concentration- it was a fabulous day and we all learnt a great deal.

Mrs Crabtree

Royal Wedding fever hits the school

On a gloriously sunny day today, we celebrated the Royal Wedding with a spectacular picnic for all the pupils and staff. Bunting and union jack flags were abundant, and the sun kept shining throughout. Amongst other things we were treated to chicken caesar salad, salmon nicoise, warm minted potato salad, heritage tomatoes, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, a variety of quiches, lemon and elderflower cake (like the real thing!), summer berry eton mess and chocolate cheesecake brownies !!! Delicious! A big royal thank you to the catering staff for taking such care.

A few match reports from this week

U15 Rounders vs King Edwards

On Tuesday afternoon, the U15s played their first rounders match of the season against King Edwards. We were in for a glorious afternoon of sport with the sun shining. After winning the toss, the girls decided to bat first. Some fast spin bowles from the opposition meant that Duke of Kent School were out after 23 balls with a score of 5 1/2 to King Edwards 7 1/2. The second innings, some big hits from Tyler W and Chloe E-L put us into a good position with 10 1/2 rounders. When fielding, some lovely catches and fast passes to Anna D on 1st post kept King Edwards score low - they were all bowled out after 28 balls. The final score was 17-16 to King Edwards. An extremely close game and very well played by all. A special mention to Chloe E-L being nominated as girl of the game.

U10 and U11 Rounders vs St Edmunds

All the year 5 and 6 girls played in a triangular rounders fixture away at St Edmunds on Wednesday afternoon. Game 1 we lost the toss and batted first scoring 5 rounders to St Edmunds 8 1/2. After a tough second half, we lost this game 19-11 1/2. Going into the second game, we took some positives from our first match. Katyana and Romilly kept up their brilliant passes from backstop to first base and stumped out 4 of St Edmunds players. Whilst batting, rounders were scored by Alex, Maddie and Millie in the first innings and Katyana, Alanna and Fleur in the second innings and half rounder to Ariana. The final score in Game 2 was 11 1/2 to 10 1/2 to Duke of Kent. A special mention to Alanna, Maddie, Katyana and Romilly for being nominated as girls of the game across both matches. Keep up the great work this season girls!

U13A Rounders vs Ripley Court

On Wednesday afternoon, Duke of Kent School's U13A team travelled to Ripley Court for a rounders match in some windy conditions! The girls chose to field first and made a flying start, they managed to get 4 of the Ripley Court team out within the first 10 balls. Duke of Kent School's high quality fielding continued as the match went on. The girls didn't fail to impress when it came to batting, with some brilliant rounders scored by Laura S, Issy F, Martha M as well as a number of others in the team. With a combination of strong fielding and consistent batting the girls managed to win the match is fantastic style, 20-3. Well done to everyone involved and keep up the hard work!

U13A Cricket v. Copthorne

On Wednesday, the U13A cricket team played Copthorne away. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, Duke of Kent School got off to a good start with an early wicket. Copthorne got back into the game with some lusty shots, but then came a moment of magic as Arthur B took a splendid hat-trick, removing three batsmen in three consecutive balls; excellent bowling, Arthur! Copthorne continued to score runs as Duke of Kent School picked up a few more wickets to leave the opposition scoring 132 runs after their 20 overs. An early wicket fell in our reply; however the ship was steadied thanks to some brilliant batting from Marcus D and Arthur B. The boys batted well, pacing themselves through the innings, however it was not enough to win the game, with the boys scoring 82 – 4 off our 20 over, which left the game as a draw. Well done to the whole team!

Yrs 9-10 House Cricket

Position      Team   Games Played      Won      Lost

1=               Whittle           1                      1            0

1=               Hillary             1                      1            0

3                 Armstrong       1                      0            1

4                 Chichester       1                      0            1

Top Run Scorers

Armstrong            Adam McN        18

Chichester            Sam R             27

Hillary                   Sam G                     25

Whittle                 Toby H                29

Top Wicket Takers

Armstrong       Louis C                     1

Chichester       Tom W & Jago C     1

Hillary              Sammy L, Dom A & Harry P    1

Whittle            Callum H, Alex W & Fraser D-G  1

Whole School Reminders:

Friday 25th May:

Half Term Departure Times:

15:30 - Pre-prep and Prep siblings

16:05 - Prep School and Senior siblings

16:45 - Senior School

16:45/17:00 - All after school buses depart

Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th May:

School Examinations

Thursday 24th May:

An Evening of Original Works 19:00

Pre-prep Stars of the Week


Reception: Alex G for working hard to recall all of the 'Tricky Words' and for using them in his independent writing.

Year 1: Lulu B for showing great focus and asking sensible at Wakehurst Place

Year 2: Johnny E for showing great concentration and listening skills throughout our class trip.

Mrs Green

Music Department News

On Thursday at 12.30 the Meetings Room came alive with the sounds of violin and piano as Mrs Blunden and Mr Kaye's pupils gave a little recital for their parents. In this lovely setting all the performers played wonderfully, and we were also treated to visit from the Year 2 Violin Group, who played two pieces with impressive cohesion and musicality! Well done to all.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Facebook continue their efforts at restoring trust in their service this week as they launch their "Youth Portal". This "guide to all things" covers privacy tips, how to spot scams, and how to improve their security. Under a section called "Guiding Principles," Facebook also advised young users to think (for 5 seconds) before they post publicly.

While social media is not the best place to spend time, you might as well do so in a responsible manner if you really have to, and many of the tips given by Facebook are applicable to other social media platforms.

Here is a link for more details:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause For Thought

As exam season rolls on I thought we would remain with a focus on Prayer.

The power of prayer is greater than we can possibly imagine. On one, very important level it is our acceptance that there is a power greater than us in which we can trust. At times of increased anxiety this can be such a freeing and liberating experience; yes, we have to put the work in but ultimately God has got us covered. There is such peace in knowing this.

As 'Thy Kingdom Come' initiative continues I invite you to watch a short clip from Michael Curry (who, incidentally is preaching at Harry and Meghan's wedding!).


With every blessing

Kia Pakenham