Weekly Bulletin 22/09/2017
On Saturday 7th October, we are hosting our annual Open Event with the theme - Happiness Matters! We have comedian James Campbell, The BIG Happiness Experiment, InnerDrive, Music and the mind, Forest School, a free lunch and much more so make sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place! This is for the whole School community, friends and prospective parents. We look forward to seeing you there, don't miss out!
Junior Triathlon Competition
Last Sunday, Andy M, Adam N and Alex B, Mr Kettle and I headed down to Bognor Regis for a junior triathlon event. Awaiting the boys was a 300m pool swim followed by a 6km bike ride and a 2.4km run. All three decided to start at the back of the pack in the water (which may have been tactical so that they couldn't get overtaken by anyone), however they impressed with their improved technique and pace, and Adam N and Andy M even managed to go past the competitor in front of them. They quickly got on their bikes and started their 9 laps of the course, the biggest challenge possibly being keeping count of how many times they'd gone round! Lastly there was the run, where they were close to us and their parents, so we could provide a much needed boost for the final hurdle. They all finished strongly and were rewarded with a much needed handful of jelly babies, a banana and a well earned medal. Finally, we must mention how well Andy M has improved in his swimming, knocking off a full minute and a half from his 300m swim time. He also clocked the second fastest ride of the day and the third fastest run time narrowly missing out on a podium place. Well done to all three boys!
On Tuesday a group of Stretch and Challenge students travelled to the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden near Ockley. They spent the day exploring the fabulously landscaped forest and the carefully curated sculpture using photography. Highlights included snapping dragon flies laying eggs, the giant spikey Gunnera plants and the giant sculpture by Ronald van der Meijs made using 5000 bicycle bells.
We were joined on the trip by two students from Jigsaw School who worked alongside our students exploring the gardens. This cemented further an already strong link between our two schools.
Year 2 visit the Sea Life Centre, Brighton
Year 2 demonstrated their adventurous side this week, exploring the depths of the sea and coming face-to-face with some real life underwater giants at Brighton's Sealife Centre. In the ocean tunnel, there were squeals of delight and gasps of amazement as turtles and sharks glided gracefully all around us. Other exhibits gave the pupils the chance to see rays, sea horses and crabs at close quarters. Mr Wright and Mrs Cherriman were thrilled to see the children learning so much about marine life and how we can help to protect it, and it was particularly exciting to hear them sharing their newfound knowledge with each other and the Centre staff, who were equally impressed with their curiosity and behaviour. Well done, Year 2 - what a super trip!
A few match reports from this week
Senior Girls' House Swimming Gala
The annual girls’ house swimming gala took place this Wednesday; all girls from years 7 to 11 took part in the exciting event. Whittle started well with Tyla W showing her strength in all four strokes and in the individual medley race. Issy P and Izzy F performed well in their individual races to help give Armstrong the lead after 10 races. Some strong butterfly swims from Chichester resulted in them streaking into first place after some consistent freestyle finishes from Lexi B. The atmosphere was electric as the gala came to a close with only the relay races to go. Each relay race was worth double points so all houses still had a chance to take the win. All teams swam brilliantly, with Lucy H demonstrating some lovely swimming for Armstrong and Amelie W-B and Milly B continuing to swim brilliantly for Hillary. After some very close and exciting relays, it was Chichester who persevered to take the win. A big well done to all the girls who got involved, they showed great sportsmanship throughout the gala with brilliant (and very loud) support for all. Whittle came 2nd with 69 points and Armstrong finished a point behind in 3rd place with Hillary gaining 65 points and finishing in a very close 4th position – great work, ladies!
Football: U13 v. Dorset House and Handcross Park (Triangular)
The Under 13s met for their first fixture featuring students from Year 7 and 8. The addition of Marcus D, Ben W and Freddie N in Year 7 really brought an element of creativity and pace to the team that worked wonderfully alongside a strong and resolute defence.
Wednesday’s fixture was an 11-a-side triangular against Handcross Park and Dorset House. Duke of Kent School were first up, taking on Handcross Park. With the exception of an epic 7-7 two seasons ago, it is a fixture where Handcross Park have traditionally had the upper hand. Things looked different this year after 10 minutes when Marcus D was played through and finished emphatically into the top left corner.
Duke of Kent School were down to 10 men in the second half after Dylan B brilliantly closed down the keeper but took a knock in the process. This allowed Handcross Park back into the game with a high ball finding its way into the back of the net via Ashley A in goal.
With time running out, the Handcross Park keeper cleared to 30 yards where Archie B took a touch and on the volley looped it into the left corner. It was reminiscent of David Bentley’s cracker for Tottenham against Arsenal in a 4-4 draw in October ’08…sublime.
Duke of Kent School’s second match was against Dorset House where it was tale of defences. Some outstanding and resolute defending was evident from both teams and the Duke of Kent School defensive unit of Fynn W, Arthur B , Jonathan H, Harry S and Oisin W should be commended for forging a solid back line. The game ended 0-0 with Ashley A saving a penalty early in the second half.
A great couple of results from a group of students that are starting to come together and play well as a team.
Football: U11 C & D v. Handcross Park
The U11 C and D teams continued their season playing Handcross Park away this Wednesday. Due to illness we travelled without any subs but the boys showed great energy running throughout all their games. We played three matches in total with all of the boys playing with great gusto and displaying a showcase of skill. Special mentions go to Sam S who made some fantastic saves and showed brilliant sportsmanship, Alex F and Alfie C for showing great strength tackling in midfield and power when running forward. Well done to all who took part.
Football: U15 and U16 v. King Edward's Witley
A select Under 15 and Under 16 team took on a spirited King Edward's team on Wednesday 20th September. After coming close on a number of occasions Man of the Match Ben C unleashed a piledriver of a shot from thirty yards which fizzed into the corner. This opened the floodgates for a glut of goals to arrive with the likes of Seb A-T, Austin R, Tom G-B, Lucas D, Fergus W and Felix S getting on the scoresheet. The final score was 9-1 to Duke of Kent School and, although the result suggests a very one-sided affair, it was competitive throughout and the game was played in a good spirit.
Football: U8 v. Longacre
On Thursday the under 8s had their first football match for Duke of Kent School. All boys were involved and showed great commitment and work ethic during their game. Monty L scored the only goal for the A team with a thunderbolt from long range. Jude B battled well putting in some big tackles against the other team. Rhys W worked hard and showed good skill during the 2nd game with Charlie L showing good positioning and bravery. Well done to all involved and good luck for future matches.
Whole School Reminder
Monday 25th September:
School Photographs - Individual and siblings
Senior School Reminders
Friday 29th September:
Senior Careers Assembly 8:20am
Friday 29th September:
Year 11 Parents' meetings
Saturday 30th September - Sunday 1st October:
Year 10 DofE Qualification Expedition
Prep School Reminder
Year 3 Settling-In meeting (for Parents) 16:00 - 16:45pm
The NEW Junior Library
Over the summer holidays the Prep Library was subject to some wonderful renovation work. It has seen many changes including a multitude of lime green shelving units, replacement tables and chairs, a small reading ‘nook’ for pupils to enjoy a class story and of course an influx of new books! The Prep Library is now a bright and vibrant learning space that is being utilised for a variety of purposes throughout the week such as class library sessions, Prep School talks and debates, Pre-prep Star Assembly, timetabled lessons and much more. Each pupil has visited the library on a number of occasions since their return in September, and here’s what they think of it…
‘I think the new library is a fun and exciting place to read.’ Alanna, Year 6.
‘The tables have a map of the world on them. It really helps me to know all the countries that exist (for example Chile, I didn’t know it existed before I saw the table!) Also, the signs on top of the shelves make it quicker to find a genre of book that you feel like reading.’ Millie, Year 6.
‘I like our new library because we have got lots of new books and very comfy seats. Pre-prep have an amazing little section all to themselves. They enjoy going through the arch to their own area. It looks amazing. I love it!’ Annabelle, Year 5.
‘I like the little arch and the comfy sofas. I enjoy reading the new books as they are very interesting.’ James, Year 4.
‘I love it. Everything in it looks nice. It has lots of colour and lots of nice sitting space.’ Jack, Year 3.
‘I like the invisible whiteboard because it is cool!’ Arthur, Year 2
Year 6 Assembly
On Wednesday Year 6 delivered the first assembly of the year to the pupils in Years 1 to 5. The theme of the assembly linked to the work they have been doing in Creative Curriculum so far this term where they have been looking at what it means to be a leader. Each pupil chose an historical figure who they thought was a leader. There was an enormous variety of personalities ranging from former US Presidents to scientists to explorers, and it was great to see how many were recognised by some of the younger members of the Prep School. Year 6 then encouraged the Prep School to 'go first' and show people the way by being the first one to say 'good morning' to someone in the corridor, or by showing someone how to do something if they are stuck. They also thought that leaders look after people, so they appealed to people to look for ways in which they could help their friends and help others around them. They finished by reading the poem 'If' by Kipling which speaks of courage, resilience, humility and endeavour. It was a super effort by Year 6, with some excellent work on costumes and some well delivered lines!
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Nursery: Thomas W for settling in happily and for demonstrating kindness and a very sensible attitude.
Reception: Ben W for working hard in phonics and being able to blend his sounds to make words.
Year 1: Phoenix H for being kind in the classroom and helping without being asked.
Year 2: Elliott S for terrific listening skills on our Sealife Centre trip, and for sharing his excellent knowledge to help us all learn more
Music Department News
Music Lessons are now in full swing and the timetables are up for the first half of term. If there are any issues please contact Mr Rye or Mr Kaye and they will sort them out.
The school Chamber Choirs are already rehearsing for both the school carol service and the annual RAF Benevolent Fund carol service in St Clement Danes church. Both these are highlights of the year and big events for the school choirs.
We are also looking to host more recitals for visiting professionals, after the success of the violin recital and the jazz evening last Spring; so look out for these! Current ideas include an opera gala, a West End matinee and an unplugged night!
We Will Rock You
The cast of We Will Rock You have been working hard, already putting the hours in. Can I remind them to keep checking the VLE to practise their harmonies and get those lines learnt. Tickets for this will be available soon - watch this space.
General Account Safety Tips
Previously, we have looked at ways of making your password better protected, such as by making it strong and using programs to save. This week we round out our series on passwords by looking at general ways of keeping your online accounts safe, no matter what it is.
- Use two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is by far the best method of protecting your accounts without having a good password. It works by using your phone to verify that it is actually you trying to gain access into your account, usually by texting you a code or through an app. Even if someone knows your password, they cannot access your account without getting your phone.
- Get notified if someone tries to access your account. Most services automatically send you an email if someone tries to reset your details, but it is still worth checking to confirm it.
- Be careful of what you access online. Programs that infect your computer such as viruses or malware can monitor your computer activity and can sometimes even log what you type, such as websites and account information. Make sure you are absolutely sure of what you are clicking on before you click on it.
- Never tell anyone your account details. It seems pretty obvious but the best way of keeping your account safe is to not tell anyone your username or password, if you can help it. Sometimes you may come across "phishers" who attempt to take your details by pretending to be someone else. Emails who pretend to be your bank or service provider will commonly ask you for your password, whereas the real companies would never do that.
If you want to see if a service you use accepts two factor authentication, use this site https://twofactorauth.org/
Next week we will look at how to spot and avoid scammers online, also known as "phishing".
Thanks for reading!
Nick Rye & The Accidentals - tickets are selling fast!
Book your babysitter - book your taxi and join us for a great evening of live music, delicious food and fantastic company.
Tickets are selling fast, email email@example.com to reserve yours.
After the success of last year, PADOK is organising our second Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Meeting Rooms on Friday 29th September, 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
There will be tasty cakes and fruit to eat and also tea and coffee, in exchange for a donation to help support Macmillan.
It's a great chance to catch up with friends and to support this wonderful charity.
Sarah S & Bex C