Weekly Bulletin 23/03/2018
At midday on Thursday 15th March 104 children and 9 teachers headed off to GLive! in Guildford for the annual Rotary Combined Schools Concert. As always the children behaved wonderfully during the afternoon, rehearsing patiently and sensibly and then thoroughly enjoying the meal in Zizzi’s, who had reserved us a table for 123!
The performances by our pupils were fabulous, with each group or soloist most definitely rising to the occasion and receiving rapturous applause from not just our loyal parents but the whole audience. I don’t need to make special mention of anyone; I want to make special mention of everyone! We are extremely proud of all the children that took part so thank you and well done to The Rock Choir, The Jazz Band, The Junior Chamber Choir, The Senior Chamber Choir, The Ukes of Kent, The Year 10 Harmony Group, The DoK Rock Band, Jas P and Lexi B, and of course the wonderful staff team that help and support so much on the day.
The photos on show here were taken by the professional photographer on the day, who just happened to be our own Mrs Turner who volunteered her services to the Rotary as the professional photographer for the day!
The Prep School Production - 'The Coin'
This week, the Prep School gave two rousing performances of ‘The Coin’. This play, written by Mr Macdonald and directed by Mrs Honey, told the story of the journey of a coin from the hands of Julius Caesar to Captain Tiberius. It was then to be found and passed on to Vikings, Medieval maidens and even the Tudor court of Henry VIII. It was finally discovered by a boy at Hampton Court Palace. When he grew up this boy became a History teacher and used his coin to attempt to inspire and engage his class of unruly pupils. The children are to be congratulated on all their efforts throughout the rehearsals as well as their wonderful acting, singing and dancing on the nights of the shows. A great many thanks to all involved!
Years 7 & 8 visit Hampton Court
On Tuesday Year 7 and Year 8 pupils to travelled to Hampton Court Palace to take in part in two curriculum based workshops. The first was ‘Applying History Hampton Court’, which gave the pupils the skills to become a historian for the day. They handled historical artefacts, some close to 500 years old, and pieced together a historical jigsaw from the fragments of a bygone era. The second was a guided tour by costumed characters, ‘The Tudor Kitchens Revealed’, where pupils experienced life at the heart of the Tudor royal kitchens. We then explored the rest of the Tudor Palace as well as the baroque splendour of William III’s apartments and Fountain Court.
Pre-Prep Spring Concert
Pre-prep pupils sang out the Spring Term in some style this week, delighting their audience with a Magical Mystery Tour of music. The playlist ranged from all-time classics such as 'A little Help from my Friends', 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'We Will Rock You', to the slightly less well known, but no less rock' n' roll, 'The Nose Song'. Amidst the harmonious group singing, we were also treated to a wonderful selection of small group and solo instrumentals, including: Elliott S, Patrick W and Eddie C playing cello, ably accompanied by their cellobaby buddies; piano solos by Harry L, Sam W and Marth G-A; a tribute to Stevie Wonder by Henry L, on the drums; and a tenor horn solo by Eddie C. There was even time for not one, but two renditions of everyone's favourite - 'Mr Fizz'. Well done to all the pupils for putting on such a fantastic show, and to Mr Rye and his staff for inspiring the children in their musical enjoyment.
A few match reports from this week
Rugby: U13 v. Copthorne
The Under 13s took on Copthorne last week, and in spite of losing, the game is worth mentioning for the sheer application, skill and determination shown by our boys, up against some very large and pacey Copthorne lads. Copthorne literally blew us off the park in the first half scoring six unanswered tries. At this point there was concern that heads would drop completely and we would be at the wrong end of annihilation. None of it! We came out re-energized and motivated, showing huge amounts of skill in handling, in the rucks and mauls and at the tackle, and all over the field we outplayed the opposition. They, of course, still had their big boys on who occasionally broke away to score, but with the indefatigable Marcus D scoring three terrific tries and standout performances from Fynn W and Tom S (who also scored), we ‘won’ the second half by 4 tries to three leaving a far more respectable final score of 45-20. Well done to all involved; the strength and power of Oisin W, the finesse of Tom M, the fight shown by Ashley and Ben A in the pack, the leadership of Harry S, the positional play of Arthur, the pace of Jonathan H and the courage of Dylan B. Their coach admitted that we had outplayed them but were undone by size. It felt like a win.
Tag Rugby: U8 Tournament at Pennthorpe
On Tuesday the Under 8 Tag Rugby team travelled to Penthorpe School for a tournament to close the tag rugby season. Duke of Kent School played six other schools and picked up two wins and one draw over the six games.
The boys demonstrated some fantastic running with the ball, brilliant tackling and quick organisation back into formations. Over the season they have improved massively and should be proud of their efforts at the tournament, well done boys.
Netball: U11 v. Shoreham College
On Wednesday afternoon, the U11B team travelled down to Shoreham for their last netball match of the season. After a few big defeats this term, the team were in good spirits and gave it 100% effort throughout. The first quarter started well for both teams with the score line at 1-1 after just a few minutes, however a second goal from Shoreham was scored just before whistle. A special mention to Ariane L who made some key interceptions in defence. Our girls managed to equalise in the second quarter with some lovely passing from defence to attack by Iris R, Katyana W and Alanna H. The third quarter, Duke of Kent School continued their quick passing and managed to work the ball into the goal third on numerous occasions and scored a further 2 goals against Shoreham’s 1. Well done to Rose S, Alanna H and Katyana all playing in shooting positions who scored for the team. The final result was 4-3 to Duke of Kent School - a brilliant end to the season, you should all be very proud of yourselves!
Girls' Football: Years 5 & 6 Tournament at Longacre
On Wednesday, a mix of Year 5 & 6 girls competed in a football tournament at Longacre School. The girls were extremely excited to represent Duke of Kent School in their first football match of the year! The team went up against Belmont School in their first match of the tournament; they worked well together and managed to link some lovely passes to offer goal scoring opportunities for Romilly F as striker. The girls fought hard and lost 1-0, however the team stayed positive and learnt from their mistakes. Longacre Pumas were Duke of Kent School’s next opposition, some fantastic midfield play from Alex K allowed Ava W to score a goal for Duke of Kent School leading to a 1-0 win for the girls. The final box match was against Longacre Tigers, both teams played well and created some chances throughout the game but the match ended level at 0-0. Finally, the girls got through to the knock out stages to play Rowan School. It was a thrilling match to end a wonderful afternoon with some great defending from Anabelle R and super work in goal by Millie W-D. Well done girls!
Girls' Football: Years 3 & 4 Tournament at Longacre
On Thursday, it was back to Longacre School for another football tournament, this time Miss Vickers took some of the Year 3 & 4 girls to compete in their first ever football matches. The U9 team played with great enthusiasm and listened well to ensure they picked up the tactics very quickly. The girls had four pool games against a variety of local schools. In their first two matches, they managed to minimise both Longacre Lions and Amesbury Hawks scoring opportunities. Both games ended 0-0 with some fantastic midfield play from Mia O, Clara H-S and Sydeny R. Next, Duke of Kent School were up against a strong team from Belmont. Edie H made some fantastic saves as goalie and the girls played extremely well but just lost 2-0. The final oppositions of the afternoon were Longacre Cheetahs, the game was exciting from start to finish and included some lovely passes and dribbling skills with Longacre just edging the win 1-0. A huge well done to all the girls involved!
Whole School Reminder:
Wednesday 18th April:
Summer Term begins 8:20am
Girl Guide Achievement
Unperturbed by the snow last weekend Milly B, Year 8, completed her Baden Powell award. After months of completing numerous tasks, including fundraising, charitable work and engagement activities she achieved the highest award available to a Girl Guide. This will be presented to her by the Commissioner at a future date. She raised the money to fund her adventure weekend by making and selling cakes and her famous fudge and then doubled her money by completing additional challenges. She then chose to fund the trip herself and donate the proceeds to Sport Relief.
Milly B, Year 8
Mr Lodge's Nomination
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to be nominated as one of the Surrey schools representatives to visit St James's Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award presentations. The Earl of Wessex presented the certificates to Surrey-based students in the 'Entrée Room', which, I have since learned, hosts the fireplace where many Royal engagements are pictured! Accompanying speeches emphasised the personal challenges every single individual had to overcome to achieve each part of the Award - and the mood of the participants and their guests was of very well deserved pride and accomplishment. Our pupils are themselves just too young to achieve this level of Award at Duke of Kent School but I would love to see them continue their DofE Bronze/Silver progression through opportunities at their future colleges/Universities. If that is you, please let us know!
A Taste of Zambia
This week, the school welcomed Teddy Mukula, a Zambian who recently arrived in England to study at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. He has been working for the Zambian Carnivore Programme (www.zambiacarnivores.org) for the last few years, researching the distribution and behaviour of a range of predators including lions, cheetah, hyenas, wild dogs and leopard. To start the day, Teddy gave an assembly to Years 1 to 9, explaining how his team run educational outreach sessions with communities living in and around the Liuwa National Park, to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. The eloquence and passion with which he spoke about his work had the children - and staff - enchanted. Throughout the rest of the day, Teddy worked with a variety of year groups, allowing them greater insight into life in Zambia, teaching them beautiful traditional Zambian songs and giving them a crash course in the Nyanja language (one of four that Teddy speaks, and one of 73 spoken across the whole of Zambia!). "Zikomo" (thank you) and "bwanji" (hello) could be heard being uttered by pupils along the school corridors all day long! It was inspiring for the children to hear Teddy's story that has brought him from a small rural village to one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions, and he was clear to point out, with great humility, the importance of hard work and determination in reaching one's goals. Year 2, who had prepared some cards and presentations of their own for Teddy as part of this term's "Home and Away" topic, were given the special honour of escorting him up Pitch Hill and showing him some of rural England's finest views. We didn't encounter any thing as large or exciting as a lion, but he was thrilled with a sighting of a rabbit, and also a buzzard, soaring overhead! As charmed and entertained as the pupils evidently were by Teddy, he too remarked on what a wonderful experience it had been to visit the school, and how warmly he had been welcomed. We wish Teddy well with the rest of his studies in Oxford, and a safe return to Zambia later in the year.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of recognising fake news. This week I'm following up on that with some things you can do that you can do to help with this. The BBC have made an interactive game that puts you into the role of a journalist, challenging you to make decisions on which news stories should be published. Critical thinking and reasoning skills are essential for life in the information age, so I think that this is a great thing to try in the Easter holidays.
Here is a link for more details:
Thanks for reading!
Pause for Thought
Easter is a very special time for Christians. We have been travelling through Lent in preparation to share with Jesus in his last week of life on earth which culminates in Holy week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday where we remember Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Holy week, leading up to Easter day is marked by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and holy Saturday. In various churches up and down the country there will be processions, feet washing and all night vigils to enable us to journey with Jesus and engage in the mystery of his death and resurrection.
Easter is a message of hope and the recurrent story of good overcoming evil which is available to all. For a brief (slightly humorous!) look at the Easter story please look at the link attached.
I hope you all have a restful and joyous Easter break.
The 100 Club draw results:
1st £250 - Jackman T Yr 10
2nd £150 - Ben C Yr 10
3rd £100 - Blake F-PYr 11
Mrs Seal and Mr Finill