Weekly Bulletin 02/02/2018
Reception Trip to Winchester Science Centre
Reception had a fabulous day at Intech experiencing a vast array of science activities that all involved hands-on learning. We looked at bubbles being pushed through liquids, magnets and the effect of forces to name but a few.
The class were particularly interested in the ‘Colon Café’ where they went on a journey of discovery through an enormous colon as a type of food or antibiotic. They learnt about good and bad bacteria, and how what you put into your body affects what comes out!
The children loved playing in the ‘Little Big room’ in which children can dwarf adults, and people grow before your very eyes. They also enjoyed trying on an astronaut space suit and took a ‘Sneak Peake’ (named after Tim Peake) in which they could fly across our beautiful planet from an astronaut's eye view, or swoop down to explore different landscapes.
We consolidated and extended our knowledge when visiting the planetarium show for a journey around the solar system. The children were very enthusiastic as the ‘cardboard rocket’ went to visit the particular planet that they had been researching in class and shared their knowledge with their friends.
Throughout the day the children were beautifully behaved and full of enthusiasm for learning through play. What a full and fantastic day out!
Year 2 Assembly
In Assembly this week, Year 2 gave a super performance of the much-loved story 'Tyrannosaurus Drip'. Against a prehistoric backdrop, the characters brought to life a time when vicious beasts roamed the earth and mercilessly hunted cuddly toys of all sorts. With the help of a sneaky compsognathus, and an unashamedly vegetarian hero, the mean and grisly T-rex family got their rightful comeuppance in the end. All the children learned their lines diligently and delivered them with aplomb, reminding the audience that we should all be happy with who we are, and help those around us to feel like they belong. Well done Year 2!
Year 7's Chocolate Project
This half-term in English, our Year 7 students have been busy learning how to become successful chocolatiers and entrepreneurs! As part of the 'Chocolate Project' the students have had to turn their business brains on, as they have had to come up with a unique idea for a new type of chocolate bar. Their persuasive skills were also put to the test as they had to devise a sales pitch 'Dragon's Den' style where they had to persuade an audience to invest in their idea! Some students even created a printed advert and TV campaign! I was so impressed with the students' efforts to come up not only with an original idea, but the care and attention taken to make their chocolate and package their products so diligently. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed watching their presentations and I was more than happy to help sample their new chocolate treats - I think Willy Wonka has some serious competition!
The Readathon Begins Next Week
The English Department is excited to announce the launch of the Duke of Kent School House Readathon Competition for Year 5,6,7 & 8 this Friday (2nd of February). This is a brilliant opportunity for all our students to get stuck into several great books and earn points for their House. There will be a runner up prize and the winner will win their very OWN KINDLE!
How it works:
On Friday, the students who have signed up for the competition will receive a bookmark. They will need to keep a record of the books they are reading by completing a summary of the book and will need to have a parental signature to confirm they have read the book. The bookmark is double-sided and the students should take time to comment on the literature they have read. Please note that whilst the students are allowed to choose what they read, we would like to see that they have read a BROAD RANGE! When students have finished their bookmark, please ask them to hand them to their form tutor or a member of the English department and they will receive another one!
Please contact Miss Anand if you have any questions about this competition. The winners will be announced at the World Book Day Assembly on Thursday 1st March.
A few match reports from this week
Cross Country: ISA Regionals
Duke of Kent School pupils travelled to Buckingham Park in Shoreham for the ISA Regional Cross Country event. The afternoon consisted of 3 races with a variety of pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 participating. The first race to start was the Year 7&8 boys and girls. Duke of Kent School ran very well considering the hilly and muddy terrain with Tom S finishing in 16th and Ellis McK in 7th place. Next the Year 9 boys ran, both Dan D and Raef B put in a fantastic effort with Raef B only missing out on qualifying by 2 places. Finally, the Year 9 girls, Minnie C and Hannah D, endured the race and gave it 100%, with Minnie managing to qualify in 10th place. Ellis McK and Minnie C will now represent ISA South in the national event on the 3rd of March. A huge congratulations to all the competitors including Jack A, Arthur B, Ross S, Amelie W-B, Hannah S, Emma B, Freddie B, Marcus D and Fynn W.
Rugby: U11 Belmont Triangular
In a tough opening match against Belmont we opened the scoring with an impressive team try, with strong rucking and controlled handling, which was neatly finished by Calum McK. Tries also from Archie L and Luke I were a satisfying reward for some dedicated endeavour. We let ourselves down slightly with some tentative tackling which allowed Belmont back into the game and gave their wingers the chance to put away their chances.
After the first game we regrouped and mustered our determination for a tough test against Handcross Park. We showed our mettle with some good work at the breakdown with Max S being particularly impressive. Good breaks from Charlie C, Alfie C and Calum M helped us gain a territorial advantage and some excellent mauling from Leo H put us in the driving seat. Man of the match though was Luke I who ran in a further 5 tries, which demonstrated his impressive turn of pace. This emphatic win demonstrated the excellent progress that the Year 6 boys have made this year.
Rugby: U10 A & B v. Belmont
On Wednesday afternoon, the U10 A and B rugby teams played against Belmont. The B team are growing in confidence in defence and their tackling held Belmont at bay for the majority of the match. Special mention to Alex F, who approached his sweeper role with the heart of a lion and tackled anybody who came his way. The attacking play is building as the boys are learning to ruck to secure their own ball and even steal the ball from the opposition. Well done to Ozzie H, who’s great alertness around the tackle area led to some important steals near our try line. B’s were also able to add to the score sheet, through some confident running by Charlie F and Toby T.
The A team started the game on the back foot but soon grew into the game through aggressive rucking which helped them retain the ball. Special mention to Will R and Casper C who’s tackling put the opposition under a lot of pressure. Powerful running from Rufus B continued to put Belmont on the back foot, and also resulted in a try for Rufus B. At half time the A team’s efforts put them within touching distance of victory. Unfortunately they couldn’t sustain that platform going into the second half, and Belmont took full advantage by retaining the ball and exploiting the space on the wings. However, the boys didn’t give up and kept battling until the final whistle.
Overall, it was an excellent afternoon of rugby which all of the boys on both teams enjoyed. The boys’ confidence and understanding of the game is growing with each fixture and we are excited to see what the future holds for these teams. A huge well done to all of the boys involved.
Mr Gritton and Mr Monk
Netball: Year 3 & 4 House Matches
On Thursday afternoon, the Year 3 and 4 girls played in their first house matches. 3 netball games took place on the courts with all teams playing each other. The girls demonstrated some lovely netball skills and were able to adapt to multiple positions across the court. After some very close matches, the final results were as follows:
2nd: Hillary & Whittle
Well done to all the girls who played. We are all looking forward to some more house matches next term during hockey.
Netball: Year 5 & 6 House Matches
On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 girls played in inter-house netball matches. All of the girls played in 3 matches across a variety of positions, displaying some good netball skills and all the houses joined together to ensure this was possible. The girls effectively managed to link passes down the court to score while defending effectively when not in possession of the ball. The final positions were as follows:
Congratulations to all the girls that participated, it was lovely to see so much team sprit and fantastic teamwork throughout the afternoon!
Hockey: U14s v. King Edward's Witley
On Tuesday Duke of Kent School's the U14s played hockey against King Edward's Witley. We didn't start very well as we conceded within the first 5 minutes despite the brave attempt by Raef B in goal. This seemed to wake us up as we started to move the ball forwards resulting in 2 goals from Matthew C after good link up play with Jamie C and Archie L. We scored another good team goal just before half time with James C finding the back of the net. Second half saw Duke of Kent School playing some lovely passing hockey using the full width of the pitch. Matthew C completed his hat trick after a brilliant run down the right side by Fred V who pulled it back. Well done to all those boys involved as they listened well and showed a big improvement in their skills and positioning.
Rugby: U8 & U9s v. Belmont
On Thursday the U8s and U9s had a Rugby match against local neighbours Belmont. It was a festive of Rugby with each side playing at the same time. The U9s came up against a stronger and bigger Belmont team but we managed to hold our own with Oscar H scoring 3 tries. The U8 Tigers started the game the stronger of the two teams with Jude B showing bravery making tags. The 5 of them linked up well showing good handling of the ball to score some good team tries. The U8 Panthers got off to a slow start but found rhythm through Rhys W, Ben K and Arthur D-K with some brilliant footwork to score good team tries. This was backed up by Sam R who made some fantastic tags defending out try line. The U8 Lions had a stormer of a game winning 10-5 with Kit B and Henry R leading the way with some fast running in to space and some good tagging from Jamie C. All of the teams showed much better understanding of the defensive line today and were better at running into the space to score tries. Well done all!!
Whole School Reminder:
Tuesday 6th February:
Safer Internet Day
Thursday 8th February:
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
Senior School Reminders:
Monday 5th February:
Senior School - Drugs and Alcohol awareness seminars
Tuesday 6th February:
Year 11 Parents' Meetings 16:45 - 19:00
Prep School Reminders:
Saturday 3rd February:
Prep School trip to Dorking Halls Author Event - an audience with Cressida Cowell
Thursday 8th February:
Prep School Valentines Disco 14:00
Tuesday 6th February:
Prep-Prep Science Day
Pre prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: Isabella B for good listening and displaying a good understanding of our 40 day challenge.
Reception: Hope N for displaying high levels of engagement and enthusiasm for learning during our trip to Intech.
Year 1: William T for fabulous independent writing and an improvement in focus.
Year 2: Harry M for terrific effort and excellent progress in all areas of Literacy.
This week some of our Year 10s have been making batteries out of fruit and vegetables. Can you explain how these three students were able to measure a voltage produced by this potato?
If you know the answer email email@example.com for your chance to win a prize!
Music Department News
House Music Competition
The House Music competition is well under way and we have had over one hundred entries across both Prep and Senior School. The first round auditions must be completed by half-term so if your child has yet to audition please encourage them to come to the Music Block whenever they get a chance and get their first round audition done. Those who have made the semi-finals will find out before be half-term, to give them a chance to have a practice, and then the finals will be on Friday 9th March. The judge has yet to be finalised but he or she will, as always, be someone working in the music industry who will be able to hold a workshop or a Q&A, and also give a performance to the school.
Tickets are still available for GLive. £12.50 per ticket - email firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours. It promises to be as entertaining an evening as ever!
Safer Internet Browsing
One of things we take for granted is how easy it is for our privacy and safety to be exposed just when browsing the Internet normally. Thankfully DuckDuckGo are launching an add on for browsers, as well as an app, that includes features such as safety grades for websites and providing summaries for their terms-of-service. DuckDuckGo are already well known for their alternative search engine, which does not track preferences or give out data to advertisers, and this new release should appeal to those who want to prevent their browsing data from travelling around the web.
You can read more about it here:
Thanks for reading!
The Krypton Generation - Friday 2nd March
Tickets are now on sale for PADoK’s spring event: the Krypton Generation, a mashup of rounds taken from iconic ‘80s gameshows.
Tickets are £15 per person, this includes supper. Tickets can be booked with your PADoK Rep or by emailing email@example.com
We look forward to seeing lots of you for an evening of fun & laughter.
The PADoK Team
Pause for Thought
What with another busy week of G.C.S.E mocks, rugby, hockey, trips to Winchester science centre, readathons and history trips I feel the need for chocolate!! I must confess that I don't need much encouragement at the moment as I'm trying to get in as much as I can before February 14th, as I have set myself the challenge of giving it up for Lent!
But there is another opportunity to stuff my face before then as one of my favourite days approaches; Pancake day!
We all have our favoured toppings but I don't think you can beat golden syrup. My record for pancake eating is 12! But where does this tradition come from?
Pancake day is also called 'Shrove Tuesday ', 'Fat Tuesday' and 'Mardi Gras' (which is French for Fat Tuesday!) and is the last day of feasting before Lent. Shrove Tuesday gets it's name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. In the week immediately before Lent everyone went to his confessor to confess his deeds 'and the confessor shall so strive him'.
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration before the time of reflection and fasting of Lent. Christians, historically, wouldn't eat meat, eggs, fats and milky foods during Lent, so the day before (Shrove Tuesday) would be the time when they would use up all their stores. Pancakes, conveniently, used up some of these!
Right, where did I put that dairy milk.........