Weekly Bulletin 23/02/2018

Cressida Cowell Trip

On Saturday 3rd February, Mrs Green and I were delighted to take a small group of Prep School literature enthusiasts to see acclaimed children’s author, Cressida Cowell. Cressida passionately discussed where she found her inspiration as a child, and told some thoroughly amusing anecdotes about her and her siblings’ slightly precarious, summer adventures during the 1970s!

Cressida also spent time talking through the origins and evolution of the ‘How to Train a Dragon’ series; she had many of the children laughing at some of her silly ‘Dragonese’ translations!

We were also lucky enough to listen some extracts from Cressida’s new book in the series ‘The Wizards of Once’, a magical tale, set in old England, inspired by the beauty and mystery of our natural surroundings.

It was wonderful to hear how much Cressida was dedicated to encouraging children to read, write, and create. Our pupils were very much engaged, and Jasper B even got to ask Cressida a question! I hope the pupils enjoy reading their signed copy of ‘The Wizards of Once’, and I look forward to hearing about the imaginative stories they may have been inspired to develop.

Mrs Southee

Prep School Disco

Fabulous dancing and fantastic fun was had by the Prep School during their disco on Thursday 8th February. The PA Hall was decorated with wonderful garlands and hearts covered in flowers, all beautifully made by Years 3 and 4 during their Creative Curriculum lessons. There were lots of games of musical statues throughout the afternoon. The dancing was both enthusiastic and innovative, with all the pupils keen to show off their moves! Many thanks to DJ Mr Gritton and all the staff who helped out.
The proceeds of the disco will be donated to a local charity chosen by the pupils of the Prep School. The disco raised the fantastic sum of £230 which will be donated to a charity chosen by the Prep School Pupils.

Even more thanks

Mrs Lock

Year 9 Spanish trip to the BFI, London

On Tuesday 20th February, Year 9 set off for the British Film Institute where they were to enjoy a full day of Spanish immersion. During the morning session, we were shown three short films, which were engaging and entertaining. The students were then required to discuss the cinematography (in Spanish!) and predict what they thought would happen next. Three of our students, Oscar B-A, Raef and Jago C, were even brave enough to get up on the stage and volunteer their alternative voice-over for a scene of the last short film! After a picnic lunch at The National Theatre, we made our way back for the afternoon screening of Zipi y Zape y el Club de la Canica. All the students really engaged with the funny and adventurous film and I am hopeful that the day will encourage them to watch more films in Spanish, as they said the subtitles were easy to follow and it is such a good way of improving listening skills, in particular. Thank you to Mr McDonald for chauffeuring us and to Mr Kaye for valiantly supporting the MFL department trip!

Miss Francis

SATRO Problem Solving Challenge

In another successful Surrey Satro competition, our Year 8 KS3 team, comprising of Osin W, Laura A, Laura S, Charlotte W, Issy F and Milly B, decisively won their heat and are through to the finals on Thursday 22nd March. Our year 10 team, comprising of Ben C, Adam G, Tom W, Sam G, Toby H and Caitlin P, worked very well on the night however didn’t a manage to place into the final this year.

As one of the judges later said to our staff, who were looking on from afar, it was obvious our year 8 team would do well as they had, within half an hour, demonstrated inspirational lateral thinking so soon in the challenge. With the heats only half way through I am unable to tell you more at this stage.

Many thanks to Mrs Coackley and Mr Macdonald for taking the students to the venue.

Mr Usher

A few match reports from this week

Hockey: U16/15 v. St. Edmund's

On Tuesday afternoon we took our U16/15 Hockey team to play St. Edmund's away. In the first half all the players came on with determination to start the game with an advantage. Ava H provided strong defence continuously battling against their strong forwards to keep the match level. This was mirrored by Anna D in goal. Our forwards and mid players linked their passes well to create goal scoring opportunities. At the end of the first half the score was 2-1 to St. Edmund's.

In the second half after a motivating team talk and with some strategies put in place the girls managed to hold their own and fight for possession to make the score level at 2-2. With 5 minutes to go there was a wonderful break from Tyla W assisted by Lexi B to score a thrilling third goal. Moments later St. Edmund's were on the attack and just broke through our defence to make the final score 3-3. Well done to all the girls involved for their fantastic efforts in a very close game.

Miss Vickers and Miss Vernon

Rugby: U10 A & B v. Cottesmore

On Wednesday our U10's travelled to Cottesmore School with two Hockey teams. The ‘A’ team drew their first match 3-3 after being 2-0 ahead and 3-2 down. Rufus B and George P were the scorers, with the equaliser provided by an own goal. Toby T was excellent in goal/defence while Charlie F, Caspar C, Will R, Jasper B and George D all contributed to an excellent team performance. They fulfilled their potential by winning their second game 6-0, with a hat-trick from Will R, and goals for George P, Casper C and Rufus B. The ‘B’ team drew their first game after a spirited end-to-end match which somehow remained goalless. Kai G, Ozzie H, Oscar D-K, Josh E, Sam S, Alex F, Alessandro P and Jonny McM competed extremely well throughout and were a little unlucky to lose 4-0 in their other game. Both teams were a credit to Duke of Kent School and congratulations to them both!

Mr Gritton and Mr Lodge

Hockey: Years 9, 10 and 11 House Matches

On Wednesday afternoon, the Year 9,10 and 11 boys took part in house hockey matches. 2 semi finals, a 3rd/4th play off and a final took place. The results were as follows:

Semi final 1Whittle           5 - 0            Chichester
Semi final 2              Hillary             0 - 1            Armstrong
3rd/4th play offChichester      1 - 0            Hillary
FinalWhittle           0 - 3            Armstrong

The boys demonstrated some great skills and control and adapted well to playing outdoors on a grass pitch. Well done to all the boys and the winners Armstrong.

Mr Burwood

Rugby: U11 v. Longacre

Duke of Kent School U11 Boys took the short trip to engage in a closely fought contest against our local rivals Longacre. We played some good rugby with Calum M (2) and Leo H scoring outstanding tries early on. Our rucking, though, was not at its best and we allowed Longacre too much possession.

Max S put in a man-of-the-match performance with some really secure work at the breakdown. He was quick to get over the ball and his low body position was a tremendous example to the other boys. Luke I gave the enthusiastic band of Duke of Kent School supporters the grand stand finish they were hoping for with a superb line break and fleet footed dash for the corner to score an outstanding try.

Unfortunately, our late rally was not enough and we came away with our heads held high, but losing nine tries to four.  Well played boys.

Mr Seeley

Tag Rugby: U8 v. Longacre

Thursday saw Duke of Kent school U8s play against Longacre at tag rugby on a lovely warm sunny day. The yellow belts played some good team rugby with postive runs from Monty L and Seb D resulting in Jude B scoring a couple of tries. Unfortunately they were conceeded breakaway tries but should be pleased with how they played.

The green belts have showed great improvement overs previous weeks and set a good defensive line led by Herny R. Great attacking play by Kit B and Rhys W resulted in tries with Tom S scoring after a mazy run. All of the U8s are showing signs of improvement and a better understanding of the game.

Mr Green

Pause for Thought

I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable half term.

School life has returned with a bang - trips to London and Valencia, matches, visiting theatre groups and open mornings not to mention the usual routines of study, all of which can put us in a bit of a tail spin! The change of tempo can leave us feeling a little overwhelmed and if we are honest, struggling to keep up.

We all struggle with life at times. We are not alone.

New Christians – and some not so new – can be discouraged by discovering that belief in God does not free our lives from difficulties or disaster. What matters is how we face these challenges. We can allow our trials and temptations to overwhelm us and drive us far from God, in the mistaken belief that faith provides a golden ticket to a trouble-free existence, or we can seek God in our troubles, confident that this is where he will be found.

New Christians – and some not so new – can be discouraged by discovering that belief in God does not free our lives from difficulties or disaster. What matters is how we face these challenges. We can allow our trials and temptations to overwhelm us and drive us far from God, in the mistaken belief that faith provides a golden ticket to a trouble-free existence, or we can seek God in our troubles, confident that this is where he will be found.

As Christians we look to the life of Jesus for inspiration and we find that he too struggled. Jesus spend 40 days in the wilderness where he wrestled with self doubt and purpose.

Mark 1.13 tells us that although Jesus was in the desert ‘with the wild beasts’, he was not completely abandoned – ‘angels waited on him’. So too we can take comfort from an awareness of God’s presence with us even in our personal wilderness times. The angels who wait upon us might not be supernatural beings but friends or companions who share our journey, providing help and support when we need it. Who are our angels in our wilderness times, and how can we act as angels for others?

Mrs Pakenham

Whole School Reminders:

Wednesday 28th February:

The final day of the Readathon

Thursday 1st March:

World Book Day

Thursday 1st March:

Year 7 English workshop at the Royal Courts of Justice

Friday 2nd March:

PADoK Krypton Factor Event 20:00

Senior School Reminders:

Sunday 25th February:

GCSE Spanish trip returns from Valencia

Prep School Reminders:

Monday 26th February:

Years 5 & 6 Parents' Meetings 15:30 - 18:30

Thursday 1st March:

Years 3 & 4 Parents' Meetings 15:30 - 18:30

Pre Prep Reminders:

Tuesday 27th March:

Pre-Prep Cross-cultural Day

3N Assembly

This week 3N presented their class assembly. They began the assembly by talking about our '40 Acts of Kindness' challenge, giving examples of kind words and actions they have recently completed. They then acted out the story of 'The Good Samaritan' to demonstrate that we should be kind to everyone, even those who are 'different' from ourselves.

Mrs Nicholson

Year 9 First Aid

On Thursday morning Year 9 had to consider how they would deal with a first aid scenario (asthma, bleeding, burns and scalds, bones/muscles/joint injuries, bites and stings and allergies, and heat and cold). Using the first aid supplies given, the children had to say what they would use and how they would treat their casualty. There was an impressive amount of knowledge amongst all of the students. All reassuring for their forthcoming Duke of Edinburgh expedition, although we do of course hope they won't need to use the skills discussed! I have recommended the children download the St John's Ambulance app onto their phones for the expedition as a useful resource if needed.

Well done to all of Year 9 for their effort and great display of knowledge!

Mrs Sarjant

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week

Nursery: Seren G for working really hard throughout the week and for displaying good cooperative play with her peers.

Reception: Ben W for a great first attempt at using alphabetical order and a wonderfully detailed observational drawing.

Year 1: Harry L for neat cursive handwriting and a great improvement in presentation. .

Year 2: Patrick W for showing exceptional enthusiasm in numeracy, halving odd and even numbers.

Mrs Green

Music Department News

The second half of term is a busy one for the Music Department.

We have the House Music Finals on 9th March, with a special guest judge (more info to come next week!). Over 100 children have entered and the semi-finals take place next week, ready for the finals the following Friday.

The annual GLive! concert is on Thursday 15th March. Again, over 100 children from the school will be participating in this.

Please email bookings@dokschool.org if you have not yet bought your tickets.

Duo Bizart!, a 'piano playing art duo', will be visiting on Tuesday 13th March to entertain pupils from both Prep and Senior Schools.

The Prep School Production of 'The Coin' written by Mr Macdonald is on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of March in the PA Hall at 7pm.

The Pre-Prep Spring Concert is on Thursday 22nd March at 2pm in the PA Hall.

And finally, the Senior Choir trip to Holland departs on Friday 23rd March.

As always, a lot going on but we love it!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

The British Computer Society recently published the results of a survey they conducted into children's opinions of e-safety, in response to a Government Safety Strategy consultation. Interestingly, even though most children surveyed said that they would want to see the amount of bullying that happens on social media platforms, seeing the extent of it would still not discourage them from using it, especially as they got older. Sadly, the children surveyed also did not believe that their safety was considered by the companies in charge of these online services. I will put the link to the full results below, please read it and see if they line up with your own views, the views of your friends, or if you are a parent, the views of your children.

Here are the results in question:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK News

Mr Rye's Jazz Supper Club - a few tickets are still available

Friday 2nd March, 7:30pm

Tickets are £20 each which incude a curry buffet. Tickets are selling fast so to book please email padok@dokschool.org, quoting your child's name and year group.

The evening will feature three acoustic acts, each playing a short set of jazz standards, blues songs and folk classics along with some original material. Promising to be an intimate and classy evening of high quality musicianship, featuring some of London's top musicians, the acts will come together to finish the evening with a jam of some classic tunes in a 'supergroup' style! Offering something for everyone the evening will be another chance to experience the cool Supper Club vibe created last year for the first successful jazz evening held in the PA Hall, enjoy a wonderful curry courtesy of Jason and his excellent team and partake of the cheap bar!

Ma Polaine's Great Decline

Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits recording session”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act. The duo have played the Later with Jools T.V. show, toured Europe and are gaining rave media reviews, after 2015’s nomination as an emerging artist in the British Blues Awards. They will be playing a selection of blues and jazz classics along with some original material from their forthcoming album 'The Outsider'

Mojo Pin

Mojo Pin play an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards and original material, with an alternative twist on well known songs. The trio have worked all over the world for a wide range of clientele and the band members can often be found working with artists such as Tom Jones, Nicole Scherzinger and Olly Murs (or teaching music at Duke of Kent School!)

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Mrs Hunter