Weekly Bulletin 20/04/2018


The Choir Trip to Holland

On the final Friday of last term, at 3.30 in the morning, Duke of Kent School Senior Choir set off on the first ever school choir tour; ready to entertain the residents of the Dutch towns of Noordwijk, Leiden and Amsterdam with a varied programme of group and solo pieces! Despite one of the children nearly missing the coach due to parents oversleeping (no names!) and the Channel swelling in what felt like force nine winds we made it to France in one piece, and headed through Belgium into Holland.

With sole occupancy of our hotel and a lovely big restaurant to congregate and rehearse in, we quickly settled in ready for an intense few days of performances, rehearsals and outings. The first day comprised of a trip to a Dutch pancake house, followed by our first concert (always good to sing on a stomach full of pancake and syrup!) in a beautiful church in our ‘home’ town of Noordwijk. As the children rehearsed in became apparent very quickly that this was going to be a special trip. The focus and application which they brought to the process and the wonderful way in which they conducted themselves on that first day was maintained throughout the whole trip, with each concert bringing a standing ovation and the sense of togetherness and joy amongst the choir spilling over into the audience. Day two saw a trip to the beach, followed by a wander round the beautiful town of Leiden and a concert in a large old people’s home; again the children behaved and sung superbly and the residents of the home were full of smiles. Even Mr Rye made a new friend! Day three was a busy day in Amsterdam, with a final, very moving concert in the 16th century English Reformed Church in the middle of the city, followed by a visit to Ann Frank’s House and then a canal trip. We even had time for a surprise flash-mob by the main station!

The trip was a huge success, and a celebration of everything the choir have achieved over the last couple of years. Thank you to Mr Macdonald, Mr Kaye and Miss Barnes for all their help and of course to the wonderful choir, for their exceptional commitment and conduct.

Mr Rye

Noggin the Nog visits Duke of Kent School

In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale… of the time that Noggin the Nog visited Duke of Kent School!

On Thursday 19th April Prep and Pre-prep pupils enjoyed the sagas of our favourite Norse-man, Noggin the Nog, on our very own School stage!

Prep pupils began the day by hearing from Mrs Fremont-Barnes about the wonderful childhood memories these characters and tales hold for her, and as a consequent result of the television show peaking her interest in the Norse language, she then went on to study Old English and Middle English at University.

During the show itself, accompanied by the bold Thor Nogson and the talkative bird Graculus, the pupils watched the courageous Noggin go on a journey of adventure and discovery to find a wife, battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and snuff the deceitful plans of his devious uncle, Nogbad The Bad, and his crows! Alongside the exciting storylines, pupils were treated to some great humour, wonderful puppetry and incredible melodious singing.

We were also delighted to welcome Peaslake School, who joined Pre-prep and Year 3 pupils for the morning performance, and Year 5 pupils from Wonersh and Shamley Green School, who joined Year 4, 5 and 6 for the afternoon performance. It was truly a remarkable experience, enjoyed by all (especially Mrs F-B!)

Mrs Green

Pause for Thought

Mrs Pakenham

A very 'warm' welcome back!

As I write this the sun is streaming through my window, the birds are singing and the smell of freshly cut grass permeates the air!

This week I have started an after school activity called 'Youth Alpha' on Thursdays at 4.45 (It's not too late to sign up!).

It's a DVD series put together by Holy Trinity Church in Brompton and it's designed to give space and time to explore the big questions of life: What is life all about? Why are we here? Is there a God?

Over 6 weeks we will be eating donuts, watching TV and having honest and open discussions about life and faith. Do have a look at the clip for more info.

Every blessing

Mrs Pakenham

Whole School Reminders:

Monday 23rd April:

Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School Council meetings 08:30am

Friday 27th April:

PADoK Supper Club and Music Evening 20:00

Senior School Reminders:

Monday 23rd April:

Years 8, 9 & 10 PSHE Seminars

Friday 27th April:

Senior Careers Assembly 08:40am

Prep School Reminders:

Tuesday 24th April:

Prep Parents - Literacy Information Evening 19:00 - 20:00

Thursday 26th April:

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

Pre-Prep Reminders:

Tuesday 24th April:

Pre-Prep Maths Day

Tuesday 24th April:

Pre-Prep Parents - Literacy Information Evening 19:00 - 20:00


E-Safety Tips

E-Safety Bulletin - Building Digital Skills Through Games

In this first bulletin after Easter, I'd like to switch focus momentarily and talk about digital skills. Living in a digital age is often seen as a challenge, with lots of dangers lurking around every corner. However, it does also create opportunities for creativity and the development of skills that can be useful in a future career. Organisations like BAFTA are encouraging the young to get involved with video games development as a way of building skills in technology and design. While games are often viewed as time wasting exercises, they can be a good way of exploring important social issues, and anyone of any age and gender can get involved. I would definitely recommend having a look a BAFTA's Young Game Designers page and see if you or someone you know would be interested in trying out games design. If it is something you are interested in then Unity is a free program that you can make some very impressive games with, and there are plenty of tutorials and guides on their website to help you.

Here are some links for further reading:

https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/16821-encouraging-young-people-to-get-involved-in-games-creation-develops-vital-transferable-skills-and-opens-up-a-variety-of-career-opportunities

http://ygd.bafta.org/

https://unity3d.com/

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe