Weekly Bulletin 19/10/2018

Aspiring Medic Workshop

On Monday 15th October nine Year 11 students attended an aspiring medic workshop at Farlington school. The day was delivered by ‘operating theatre live’ who provided synthetic Cadavers and various organs for dissection. On arrival students where presented with full medical scrubs including hats, face masks and stethoscope. Students spent the morning learning about medical procedures, the importance of sterilisation and also how vital communication skills are for anyone entering the medical profession. Medical terms for human anatomy where covered as well as anaesthetic calculations and neurological detail.

After a short break students then got the chance to dissect a pig's cranium. This involved removing the brain and examining areas of the internal cranium, followed by the challenge of extracting their eyeballs. This required collaborative work to continuously cut for nearly ten minutes to slice through the strong muscles that hold the eye in its socket.

In the afternoon students learnt about the structures of the oesophagus, trachea, lungs and the heart by dissecting the organs and relating the organs design to its function.The day culminated with a look at the abdominal cavity - it was quite a sight to see the full length of the intestinal tract!

All students gained valuable experience and practice of anatomical dissections as well as a vast source of information about what is involved with a career in medicine.

Mr Wyllie

Year 8 Trip to Tillingbourne River

On Friday 12th October Year 8 went on a fieldtrip to investigate the downstream changes along the Tillingbourne river. Arriving at Abinger Hammer to find a huge group of GCSE students from another school doing a very similar investigation they set to work amicably, finding an appropriate spot and behaving in a conscientious and mature manner. Having split into groups of 3 or 4 the students measured the width, depth, velocity and bedload sizes using various pieces of equipment as well as producing a fieldsketch of the site individually. With an apparent average depth of just 10cm it was surprising just how many students still managed to get wet! Nevertheless we pushed onto our second site in fine spirits and proceeded to calculate similar results in Shere. A whistle-stop tour that saw us return to school with a huge amount of data ready to analyse over the forthcoming weeks.

Mr Wilson

Year 6 Battle of Hastings Trip

A band of intrepid Duke of Kent School warriors set off for Senlac Hill last Saturday morning, un-armed, but in high spirits. Despite the group being overwhelmingly in support of Harold Godwinson's Saxon army, the invading Normans triumphed with some sneaky tactics and wrestled the English crown for Duke William. Whilst the result may not have gone their way, our wonderfully behaved pupils showed no signs of revolting, and still managed to enjoy a thoroughly educational day out. We were treated not only to the spectacle of hundreds of fully armed soldiers and cavalry rampaging across the site of the original bloody battle, but also some informative conversations and demonstrations from the re-enactors, who gave of their knowledge and time most generously, themselves inspired by the children's enthusiasm and curiosity. With souvenirs, swords and crossbows in hand (not to mention bon-bons and ice creams in tummies), we marched our way back to the top of the hill happy and much better informed, excited to stage our very own Duke of Kent School re-enactment after half term. The question is, will it be 6E or 6W who get to play the victorious Normans. Over to you, Mr Lodge...

Mr Wright

Senior School Council Meeting

The newly appointed Senior School Council met for the first time this academic year on Monday 15th October. The team of Charlie C & Maddie I (Y7), Hannah S & Jack A (Y8), Fynn W & Eva P (Y9), Zach H & Fleur B (Y10) and Constance C & Louis C (Y11) discussed a variety of topics. High up on the priority list was the dining room, not just discussions over what snacks were most popular (a contentious issue) but also whether the tray system is necessary, how we can speed up the morning and afternoon service and if there are enough water fountains for all. A productive conversation ensued with strong views being aired on subjects as diverse as lesson timings, climbing walls and the current girls' changing rooms. All proposals will be passed onto the Senior Leadership Team or Head Chef for consideration.

Mr Wilson

5T Social Evening

Year 5 enjoyed their first fun packed, energetic Social Evening last Friday. After school, they changed out of uniform into suitable attire and we began the evening by playing “Ambush” in the forest. One team had to leave a trail with a decoy and then hide. The other team gave them a start and scouted diligently until they found the opposing team. It was a challenge to remain quiet on crackling twigs and rustling leaves! As darkness fell we encamped to the Pre-Prep playground and had a try on all the wonderful new adventure equipment. Tea was served in the Meetings Room which added an extra layer of extraordinary to the ordinary. This was followed by a spirited session in Ness Hall playing Tag and Dodge Ball. To round off the evening we had a few cases of Wink Murder in Old Hall and we are pleased to report there were no lasting casualties! Everyone engaged fully and had a exhilarating experience in the grounds they know so well.

Mrs Turner

Pause for Thought

Firstly, thank you so much for your generous donations for the Foodbanks which I have taken this morning. They were incredibly grateful and will make all the difference to those families who live near us.

At the end of each weeks 'Pause for thought' I say Every Blessing and I'd like to elaborate on what I mean by this and what a Blessing is.

This is a term used when we want to evoke God's grace upon a person or persons, or indeed a place. It is a bestowing of God's favour and protection. One of my favourite is from the bible in Numbers 6:24-26 where it says,

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

I hope you all have a relaxing and restful half term.

With every blessing,

Rev Kia

A few match reports from this week

Football: U13 C v. Ripley Court

The U13 Cs, boosted by the inclusion of a few B-team regulars, played a super game in the wet, slippery conditions at Ripley Court. From the off, we showed energy and purpose, making it hard for our opposition to get out of their half. Captain, John M, was the embodiment of determination in midfield, battling hard to win the ball and distributing it sensibly to team mates, as Charlie B made a nuisance of himself in their defence. Ten minutes into the game, Charlie N forced home our first goal after considerable pressure, soon followed by his second, a composed and accurate finish. In defence, we looked solid, Max S, Alfie C and Alex S keeping their shape and challenging for every ball, whilst keeper Jack C made a couple of good saves on the rare occasion our goal was threatened. Other chances came and went, and a 2-0 half-time scoreline did not fully reflect our dominance. Immediately after the break, though, a fantastic long-range shot from Ripley Court reduced the arrears, and we briefly looked vulnerable. The team regrouped remarkably well, though, and a very even-sided game ensued. Oscar H made some crucial tackles, Josh N grew in confidence in possession and Charlie C began to dictate play in midfield, culminating in a remarkable volleyed effort from half-way with moments remaining, to restore our two-goal lead. Some excellent passing and energy boys, well done!

Mr Wright

Netball: U8 & U9 v. Longacre

On Thursday afternoon, Duke of Kent School’s U8 and U9 girls welcomed Longacre for a netball match in the sunshine. The girls gave each match their full effort and enthusiasm and tried their best to put their learning into practice. The U9 team were lucky enough to play two matches in one afternoon, the first match was very tough against some strong opposition but Duke of Kent School continued to fight and played a great match. After a quick break, they were back on and this time they passing really came together and they managed to win 3-1, what a great game! Meanwhile, the U8 team were working tirelessly on the other court, showing their knowledge and understanding of the game. Well done to the Year 3s who managed to score a goal against Longacre during a close and exciting match. Well done to all the girls involved for their team spirit and positive attitudes throughout!

Miss Vickers

Whole School Reminders

Tuesday 6th November:

WWI Evening 18:30 - 19:30

Friday 9th November:

Remembrance Service 10:30

Saturday 10th November:

British Legion WWI Commemoration

Sunday 11th November:

ISA London South Regional Swimming at Beckenham Spa

Senior School Reminder

Sunday 4th November:

Senior production rehersal 10:00 - 16:00

Prep School Reminder

Tuesday 6th November:

Years 5 + 6 WWI day at Guildford Cathedral

Happy Halloween

A huge thank you to Jason our Catering Manager and his team for putting together a wonderfully spooky Halloween lunch for all the pupils and staff today.  What a treat for the end of this half of term!

Miss Vernon

Stars of the Week

Nursery: Elsie S, for displaying infectious enthusiasm for all activities and a friendly attitude towards her peers.

Reception: Sam P-R for thoughtful work in measuring and producing clear representations of his findings.

Year 1: Raphael A for showing a positive attitude and putting lots of effort into his work.

Year 2: Holly B for overcoming personal hurdles and displaying admirable kindness.

Mrs Green

Performing Arts News

It has been a busy first half of term in the Performing Arts department, with rehearsals for Made in Dagenham in full swing, rehearsals for the WW1 evening being squeezed in, plenty of entries for the Christmas Songwriting competition received and a successful trip to the ISA ballet competition for ballet club. To book tickets for the WW1 evening on 6th November please email bookings@dokschool.org

After half term the box office will open for Made in Dagenham. Over half term cast members should be finalising their lines and getting ready for the run up to the show nights.

And the of course there is Christmas! But more of that later...

 Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

The NSPCC has recently released findings of a survey conducted into attitudes and experiences of live-streaming. Nearly 40,000 children between the ages of 7 and 16 were asked about the risks they have potentially faced when broadcasting their activities to the internet. Some of the results indicate that almost a quarter of those surveyed have live-streamed before, and that one in eight have video chatted to someone they have never met in person. The biggest dangers of live streaming is the unpredictable nature of it as, unlike traditional tv, anyone can interact with the broadcaster. The survey also found that using these services can lead to a greater risk of being asked to commit inappropriate acts and groomed.

Time will tell as to what the streaming services will do in order to combat these dangers. But in the meantime, supporting your child and explaining the risks of these sites as well as ensuring that they remain private to anyone they don't know off the internet is the best course of action.

Here's a link for more details:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/livestreaming-video-chat-online-safety/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/video-chat-sharing-streaming/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK News

As this half of the Autumn term comes to an end, everybody on the PADoK team is working hard to put together lots of events for our community of parents and friends.

The 16th November will be the first of this year's PADoK events “Bingo, Bangers and Beer”. This is shaping up to be a fantastic evening with lots of fun and prizes to be had, some tickets are still available from the PADoK email address PADOK@dokschool.org remember to add your child’s name, class and any dietary requirements.

Just a few days later on Monday 19th November we shall once again be returning to Manns department store in Cranleigh for our annual Christmas shopping event. What a fantastic way to kick start your Christmas shopping than with an “exclusive use” evening at Manns surrounded by friends. Lots of discounts available only on the night. Please book your tickets at PADOK@dokschool.org.

Finally we will be fully embracing everything Christmas at the PADoK mulled wine and minced pie evening. Join us in Old Hall just before the prep school Christmas concert for Christmas refreshments and the drawing of the PADoK Christmas hamper raffle. Tickets for the Christmas raffle will be on sale after half term. PADoK parents always donate very generously towards our Christmas hampers, a box will be located in the foyer by the PADoK notice board after half term if you would like to donate. Thank you to you all in advance.

Don’t forget Netball is available for everybody on Wednesday mornings 8am-9am in the Sports Hall.

Singing group is held every Thursday morning 8.20 -9am in the Performing Arts Hall.

Our next PADoK walk will be on Friday 16th November, meet at 8.30am in Hurtwood control carpark 3.

All our events are available to everybody and anybody - we would love you to join us, you will be made to feel very welcome.

Everyone on the PADoK team wishes you a wonderful and restful half term. We very much look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming functions and events.

Mrs Trotman and The PADoK Team