Weekly Bulletin 20/11/2015

Kids' Lit Quiz hosted by Duke of Kent School

On Tuesday, Duke of Kent School hosted the Southern Heat of the worldwide Kids’ Lit Quiz. This prestigious event holds heats all over the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and other countries, trying to find the best readers the world has to offer.

We were joined for the day by author Kevan Sutton who ran some engaging and interactive workshops in the morning for our Year 7, 8 and 9 groups and presented prizes in the afternoon. For the quiz we were joined by Wayne Mills - a receiver of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work on the quiz and children’s reading – who presented the quiz in his enigmatic

This was the first time Duke of Kent hosted the annual event and it was a great success. Ninety four students took part in the quiz from twelve schools, including two teams from Duke of Kent School. One of our teams got off to a flying start, winning round one which was titled ‘Birds’. Strong competition came in the form of Salesian and Portsmouth Grammar Schools, who ended up in a dead heat for first at the end of the competition and had to answer a tie-breaker question to decide who would represent the South in the National Final in two weeks time in Oxford. Salesian School won by a split second, with Portsmouth Grammar School becoming very worthy runners up. The winner of the National Final will be travelling to New Zealand to represent the UK in the World Final next year.

Mr Southee was super proud of his two teams comprising Uly, Blue, Adam G, Toby H, Fred V, Minnie, Louis and Sam G who represented the school wonderfully. He would also like to thank Ethan and Hamish for their help, as well as Mr Wright and Mrs Fox for scoring, the catering team for amazing packed snacks for the competitors and tea for the spectators and not forgetting the site staff for running the teams up from the bottom car park to save them walking in the pouring rain! A special mention goes to Miss Coxhead, who kept score with great enthusiasm with her amazingly complicated spreadsheet, which enabled everyone taking part and watch to see how they were doing, adding to the excitement of the afternoon. See if you can have a go at some of the questions asked! 1. What was Matilda’s favourite school subject? 2. The Disney movie Frozen was based on what story by Hans Christian Andersen? 3. Who was the television-obsessed boy that visited Mr Wonka’s factory?

Year 3's Mission Impossible

This week, 3W put on an assembly for the Pre-prep and Prep School
children, which highlighted that if you have the right attitude the
impossible might just sometimes be made possible.

The pupils, ably assisted by a flying pig, a talking pig and even Peppa and George in a hot air balloon, showed that you can always change things for the better in some way with positivity and self belief. Congratulations to all of the children for acting and speaking with such confidence. Maybe our
next assembly won't seem quite so impossible at the outset!

Mr Wright

Christmas with PADoK

Christmas shopping and Pamper Evening at Manns Department store Cranleigh

Monday 23rd November 7.30-9.30pm

Thank you for your ticket orders. Tickets are now available for collection
on the signing out table. Please note entry to Manns on Monday is by ticket

If you have not got round to ordering your tickets yet, we still have some
available, Please contact PADoK@dukeofkentschool.org.uk to secure your

PADoK Mulled Wine and Minced Pies

Everybody is invited to our annual mulled wine and minced pie evening to be
held in old hall on Friday 4th December from 6.30pm.

Start your festive season around the fire in old hall and catch up with
friends old and new, we shall also be drawing the winners of the PADoK
Christmas hamper raffle and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club

PADoK Christmas Hamper Raffle

Tickets are now sale for the PADoK Christmas hamper raffle, please contact
your class rep to obtain tickets for this marvellous prize.

Donations for our hamper raffle are now required. Collection boxes are
located in the pre-prep reception area and by the signing out table in old
hall. Also for the first time this year PADoK reps will be available to
collect your donation from your car window during pick-up and drop-off on
Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December.

We would love to receive:
Vouchers, bottles - soft or alcoholic, toiletries such as soap, perfume, bath/shower products, candles, reed diffusers, tinned foodstuffs, cured meats, chocolates, Christmas cakes and puddings, dried fruits, homemade chutneys, jams, marmalades, cheese, biscuits, mince pies, puddings...

And anything else you can think of that would go nicely in a hamper!

As ever, we thank you in advance for your continued support and generosity.

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

National Chemistry Week

This week was National Chemistry Week. Students took part in a range of
activities from Methane bubble demonstrations to a chemistry treasure
hunt. The prep school were invited into the Chemistry lab where a range of
demonstrations took place. We also conducted an assembly at a local
primary school.
Ms Armstrong

Music News

The Music Department is gearing up for another busy festive season with forthcoming productions, concerts and carol services.

Between now and the end of term we have:

26th and 27th November – Calamity Jane – SOLD OUT

Friday 4th December 7pm – Prep School Christmas Concert: featuring The Ukes of Kent, the Junior Chamber Choir, the Whole School Junior Choir, Junior Guitar Ensemble, the newly formed Junior String Group (see photo!) and various solos from members of the Prep school, with a few guest Seniors. Please email bookings@dofk.org to book your seats.

Sunday 6th December 3pm – Senior Chamber Choir singing at the annual RAF Benevolent Fund Carol Service at St. Clement-Danes Church, London. Please email office@dukeofkentschool.org.uk for information about this.

Tuesday 8th December 2 pm – Pre-prep Christmas Show.

Wednesday 9th December 6pm – the school Carol Service at St. Nicolas Church, Cranleigh.

I hope to see you at some of the above!

Mr. Rye

Musical March for Robbie

Robbie was delighted to be playing in the RAF Air Cadet Marching Band last weekend in The Lord Mayor Show. They marched and played for
6 miles! Despite being wet and cold they were all still cheerful (and in tune!) 4 hours later.

Pre-pre Stars

This week's stars are...

Year 2

Scarlett for great enthusiasm in all lessons

Annabel E wonderful expression when reading poetry

Year 1

Mia for a great effort in improving the presentation of her work and her handwriting

Charlie for a fantastic positive attitude to learning

Tess for expressive reading


Eddie for fabulous letter formation

Millie D for fantastic independent writing


Fenella for showing really happy and positive communication skills

Henry H for increased independence while selecting activities

Penny for enthusiastic mark making

Handcross Park Cross Country

Congratulations to the Duke of Kent School Cross Country team who all performed with great determination and high levels of fitness at the Handcross Cross Country Meeting. So many Duke of Kent parents showed great support for the team as they ran throughout the afternoon. The team of Year 3 to Year 8 boys and girls finished with an overall team place of third out of seven strong schools. Ellis achieved an amazing 2nd place in the U11 girls after leading the pack for the majority of the race and Harry B pushed himself extremely hard to also achieve 2nd place in the U9 boys. Congratulations to the whole team!

Some Football Highlights

Following their hardfought tournament win against Belmont and
Chinthurst a few weeks ago, the U11B squad divided into B and C teams
recently and both conquered Longacre with superb performances.

The Bs looked solid from the opening kick-off at Longacre showing confidence on the ball. There was a lovely, and natural, sense of teamwork at play with each player doing his best to link passes and control possession. It was a relatively even contest that proved thrilling
at times from the sidelines, but our boys always looked to have the upper hand. This was reflected in the final score, a thoroughly well deserved 2-1 win, that certainly felt like it could, perhaps, should have been more in our favour. Well done everyone, excellent effort, spirit and

Meanwhile, the Cs braved the autumnal drizzle and recorded a
resounding 7-0 home win. Positional awareness and the ability to find
space have come on enormously this term, allowing man-of-the-match
Ross Stafford to net four times, and Harry Bubb (playing his first U11
game in Year 4) not only marshalling the defence but bagging two goals
for himself in the process. Apparently, Ross' second language is no
longer French...it's GOALS!!!! Several of the players also commented
afterwards how much they think they are improving. Congratulations to
all the squad members who have played U11 football this term; they
have shown, in some style, that with belief and perseverance you can
make startling progress.

Mr Wright & Mr Coote

The Junior String Group practising!