Weekly Bulletin 19/01/2018

Peter Murray visits Duke of Kent School

On Monday 15th January, Peter J Murray (a children’s author) and his wife Kath Murray visited Duke of Kent School. Peter has been an author for 14 years and is best known for his spooky/fantasy fiction series ‘Mokee Joe’. Peter began his day by delivering an assembly for Years 2 to 11 where he was kind enough to share his journey of how he became a successful writer. It was interesting to learn that Peter had previously been a mathematics teacher; he even came to know Stephen Hawking during his time at Cambridge University!

Throughout the day, Peter delivered a range of engaging and exciting workshops for some of our Prep and Senior school students. Peter has also kind enough to return on Tuesday afternoon for a book signing. It was wonderful to see so many of our students eager to get their hands on some of Peter’s books and be so excited about reading!

Miss Anand

“The year eights gathered in the ILC for a talk from Peter J Murray. Peter talked about his scariest book yet called ‘Moonwailer’. Mr Murray showed us an array of images from his amazing travels; it was easy to see how Peter’s imagination sprung to life and where he got the inspiration for his stories from. Chills ran down Year 8’s spines as Peter told us about his terrifying stay at The Myrtles in New Orleans. All in all, I really enjoyed Peter’s visit, I learned so much about characterisation and how to create spooky settings in my own writing - I even took notes!”

Ben H-F– Year 8

Year 10 GCSE Art trip to Booth Museum

Last Friday an intrepid group of Year 10 art students embarked on a field visit worthy of any Victorian naturalist, to Brighton's Booth Museum. They encountered taxidermied alligators and tigers, preserved mermen, narwhal skeletons and even a dodo! In true Victorian fashion they were camera free and recorded the day's experiences in their trusty sketchbooks.

The Booth Museum was opened in 1874 by naturalist and collector Edward Thomas Booth. Booth was particularly interested in birds, and it was his ambition, though not fully realized, to collect examples of every bird species found in Britain. Each species collected would include a male, a female, a juvenile and any plumage variations. The museum's collection of taxidermied birds is one of the largest in the country.The museum also has some skeletons of animal species, including primates, whale as well as extinct species such as dodo and woolly rhinoceros. Also included in the display are fossils and minerals. Insects displayed include over 650 types of butterfly. Victorian curiosities such as a hoax merman and a "Toad in the Hole" are also found in the museum.

This hidden gem of a museum inspired gasps, excitement and disbelief in even the coolest of this group of teenagers. The work they have done here has made for a really exciting, positive start to the second project of their Art GCSE coursework.

Mr Watson

Ski Trip 2018 - Passo Tonale

A very early start saw an eager group of Duke of Kent School skiers set off from school dreaming of mountain tops, fresh powder and sunshine. Our destination was for the soaring peaks and elevated views of Passo Tonale, which nestles graciously on a mountain pass in the Italian Alps. With its row of uncrowded wide easy runs behind the town and its pretty links down to Ponte di Legno, which add steeper and pretty tree-lined terrain, Passo Tonale is the perfect place for skiers to develop their skills.

Our party was bursting with enthusiasm upon our arrival so we took the short walk to the slopes and enjoyed a delicious Italian style hot chocolate to warm our cockles. That night, our snow filled dreams were answered when, for two whole days and two whole nights, heavy snow deluged the mountain with fresh deep powder for us to play in. When the sun came out we experienced some of the best early season conditions for years as the whole ski area opened up into an enormous white quilted playground.

All the pupils worked hard to improve and develop their skills. As ever, moments of despair and frustration, gave way to feelings of elation and satisfaction as boundaries were pushed and our gritty bunch pushed themselves to achieve things they never thought possible. The progression of some of the groups was incredible and to see all the pupils get to the top of the Presena Glacier, a dizzying 3016m, by day four was mightily impressive.

The fantastic days spent skiing were further enhanced by some excellent après-ski. We couldn’t go to Italy without having a traditional stone baked pizza night and even though I struggled to pronounce everything on the menu, particularly the ice cream (stratechelli anyone?), we all had a fantastic time. In addition to this we had a superb competitive quiz night (yes they did beat the teachers), swimming, a DVD night, a town trail and all rounded off with everyone throwing some shapes on the dance floor of the magnificent Hotel Miramonti for a disco.

We all returned intact, happy but exhausted!

Mr Seeley

Scunthorpe v. Portsmouth Football Match

On the 13th of January 2018, 12 students accompanied by Mr Burwood, Mr Allen, Miss Barnes and Mr Kay set off on an hour’s journey to Portsmouth, all excited for the day ahead of us.

We arrived to be greeted by our tour guide outside the main entrance which dated back to the 1800s. We learnt lots of interesting facts about this old stadium which had one stand still made of wood! We were lucky enough to see the Pompey dressing room and walked through the tunnel to the dugout and onto the sideline like actual players.

At the end of the tour we went for lunch and quickly popped into the merchandise store. Then we all received our tickets and found our seats. Before entering Miss Barnes and Mr Burwood were disappointed to hear that they had to remove their Scunthorpe scarves as we were sitting in the Portsmouth stand. We were sitting behind the shooting practice goals and were right in the firing line for wayward shots from the preparing Scunthorpe players. One ball flew over and almost hit Mr Allen’s hand and another one bounced off one of the seats behind us and was caught by Jude L in year 10.

The match began and it didn’t take long for action to happen. Portsmouth had a few great chances and looked as if they were dominating the game. The noise was incredible and most of our students joined in with the Pompey chants. A loose pass from Scunthorpe player Josh Morris was intercepted by Jamal Lowe who burst forward, cut inside and drilled it into the bottom corner to put Portsmouth ahead in the 15th minute. The only real threat of the half from Scunthorpe was a shot from Murray Wallace just before half time which floated awkwardly towards goal but a good save from Pompey keeper Luke Mcgee kept it out. After a dominant half, Portsmouth looked fully in control at the break. Much to the disappointment of Mr Burwood and Miss Barnes.

Suddenly right from the off Scunthorpe seemed to switch on producing dangerous attacks threatening the Pompey goal. There was a big penalty shout and despite the Pompey fans protesting nothing was given. Then in the 53rd minute Scunthorpe striker Tom Hopper picked out an excellent through ball to Kevin Van Veen who smashed it in to the back of the net to equalise. A nail biting finish to this cracker of a game where tempers flew high between players and fans. The game finished a draw which made Miss Barnes and Mr Burwood content. This result moved both teams down a place, Scunthorpe to be overtaken by rising Blackburn and Portsmouth to be replaced by Charlton. Scunthorpe have been removed from the top three but still remain dangerous.

A huge thank you to Mr Burwood for arranging this incredible opportunity and all the teachers for coming along. This couldn’t have happened without you. Overall an amazing day and I hope we do something similar next year.

Reuben D, Year 8

Nursery Trip to Frimley Park

This Tuesday Nursery went on a trip to Little Street in Frimley. Little Street is in a converted railway station waiting room and is long and narrow- like a street. The street is split into different shops, a café, theatre, construction site, hairdressers, vets and doctors. All the equipment is child sized and perfect for inspirational role play opportunities. The children had a wonderful time there and an equally wonderful minibus ride and packed lunch. They were all so engaged with their play. We had comments from some other mummies about how well behaved they all were, which was lovely. We came back to school for our packed lunch, tired but happy.

Mrs Ragless

A few match reports from this week

Tag Rugby: U8's v. Ripley Court

Last Thursday the U8's had their first tag Rugby match against Ripley Court. It was a good experience for all with Chester S and Jude B showing good running and dodging skills. In the other game Seb D and Arthur D-K passed well to score some lovely team tries. Charlie L showed good defensive awareness and ensured that the line was ready. Well done to all those taking part showing promise for future games.

Mr Green and Mr Burwood

Rugby: U12's v. Kingswood House

Duke of Kent School U12 rugby team played their first match of the season against Kingswood House. Our boys started with a good level of determination and confidence. They put Kingswood under pressure from the first kick, winning rucks and breaking through their line. Tries from Tom M (2), Ben D, Freddie B and Marcus D helped Duke of Kent School to a 25-5 win. Well done to all that took part.

Mr Herbert

Rugby: U12's v. Shoreham College

After victory over Kingswood House last week by 5 tries to 1, the Duke of Kent School team travelled to Shoreham College. We started very brightly with strong rucking and powerful running. Marcus D scored in the corner showing good strength and agility. Shoreham then started to take control with their fast and strong back runners breaking through tackles to lead at half time by 3-1. Duke of Kent School started very brightly and with good determination in the second half but were unfortunate to lose another try to put us 4-1 down. The response from there on was fantastic! One try each for Freddie S and Charlie K started the fightback and with a couple of minutes to go Marcus D intercepted a pass and ran from deep inside his half to score and level the match.

Mr Herbert

Senior School Reminders:

Saturday 20th January:

Senior Trip to England v. New Zealand netball match at The Copper Box Arena, London

Tuesday 23rd January:

Year 8 French language event at Notre Dame School

Wednesday 24th January:

GCSE Mock Exams begin

Prep School Reminders:

Tuesday 23rd January:

Year 6 trip to National Theatre

Friday 26th January:

Year 5 History visit to The Old Rectory, Ewhurst

Prep School's Creations

On Thursday last week a number of Prep School pupils presented their creative work that they produced during the holidays to the rest of the Prep School. This time the optional activities focused on a literary theme to celebrate the opening of the new Prep Library last term. As always the variety of creations was incredible and it was lovely to see wonderful pieces of work that were individual, creative, and informative. The care taken on each piece of work was evident and it was excellent to hear each pupil's inspiration along with a summary of how they completed their creation. The library is already looking brighter thanks to their efforts and there may be one or two more projects to come that aim to give the pupils a chance to make their mark on the walls in and around the Prep School. Many thanks to those who had a go and thank you if you helped with the various creations. Well done to all!

Mr Coote

Pre prep Stars of the Week

Nursery: Herb M for being brave and resilient and for working hard in class.

Reception: Raphael A for enthusiastic work exploring repeating patterns.

Year 1: Martha G-A for independent and careful aeroplane writing.

Year 2: Johnny E for showing great patience and care in Art, and excellent enthusiasm and interest towards our new topic.

Mrs Green

Music Department News

Duke of Kent School are once again performing at the annual Combined Schools Rotary concert at GLive this year. This is a definite highlight of the school's musical calendar and every year features approximately one hundred pupils representing the school in various different ensembles and formats.

This year the concert is on 15th March at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available from bookings@dokschool.org. Please let Miss Vernon know how many you would like and then the cost will be added to your end of term bill. It is always a thoroughly entertaining evening and a great chance to see your children in action!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

The Tide Pod Challenge

You may have heard of something making the rounds on the news called the "Tide Pod Challenge", the latest stunt to hit social media. It involves eating laundry detergent pods, which usually results in serious illness afterwards. Thankfully platforms like YouTube are being proactive in combatting these videos, and it should hopefully fizzle out soon. Regardless, its worthwhile keeping a eye.

Here are some useful links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42730235/tide-pod-challenge-youtube-blocks-videos-after-poisoning-fears

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/17/16902990/youtube-tide-pod-challenge-video-take-down-community-guidelines-removal

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/18/youtube-is-pulling-tide-pod-challenge-videos/

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause for Thought

The term is now in full swing with visiting authors, hockey, swimming, rugby, netball, trips and mock exams - not to mention the usual timetable of lessons, prep and activities. It can often feel overwhelming and stressful. As human beings we are very good at worrying.

Somebody wise once said to me that if we are good at worrying we will be good at praying! It is easy to forget that God wants to be involved in our life. We don't have to do life on our own. He is always there, just waiting to be asked. Praying is just the term we use when we talk to God. It doesn't have to be long or elaborate - he doesn't want to be impressed with your vocabulary skills. Just start by saying hello! He's there to help.

Reminder: Prayer meeting next Wednesday 24th January after drop off.

Mrs Pakenham