Weekly Bulletin 23/06/2017

ISA National Athletics Final

On Monday six Duke of Kent School Athletes travelled to the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to represent London South in the ISA National Athletics Final. On an extremely hot day, all six athletes performed exceptionally well and helped London South finish 2nd in the final points position. Ellis M had the daunting task of competing first and ran very well in the Year 7 1500m finishing in 5th place. Hannah D finished 4th in the Year 8/9 long jump being pushed out of the medals on the very last jump of the competition. Rufus B recovered amazingly from a fall at the start of his Year 4 600m to catch the 14 strong field and finish in 6th place. Jonah H ran both the 800m and 100m in the Year 10/11 age group gaining a fantastic bronze medal in the sprint. Luca E threw his best attempt in the last round of the Year 8/9 shot put achieving a wonderful silver medal. Finally, Lucas W Jumped an amazing 5m94 only 3cm short of the winning jump to achieve a brilliant silver medal in the Year 10/11 long jump.

This was an incredible day in which all the Duke of Kent School athletes performed wonderfully well. Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who travelled to Birmingham to give their support; we eagerly look forward to next year's competition!

Mr Herbert

Sports' Dinner

Following Sports Day the Senior Sports Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of pupils from Year 8 to 11. Canapes in the Old Hall were followed by some fantastic food and drink in the beautifully decorated dining hall. Parents, pupils and staff gathered and were treated to a raffle, Mrs Wilson’s tricky cryptic sports quiz and two super speeches from Sophie C and Hollie B. Thank you to all who contributed towards such a wonderful evening. Below is a list of the deserving 2017 winners.

2017 Sports Dinner Awards



U16 Sportsman (Trophy)

Hollie B

Lucas W

U16 Team Player (Shield)

Emily C


Jonah H

U15 Sportsman (Trophy)

Josie M


Henry S

U15 Team Player (Shield)

Lexi  B

Andrew McN

U14 Sportsman (Trophy)

Tyla W

Luca R-E

U14 Team Player (Shield)

Chloe E-L

Samuel G 

U13 Sportsman (Trophy)

2017 – Fleur B

Alexander W

U13 Team Player (Shield)

Isabella P

Matty S

Mr Herbert

Prep and Senior School Sports Day

Alongside Sports Day events our Year 10 pupils were busy running a cake stall to raise money for Jigsaw School, inspired by Autism and they raised a total of £200! Well done and good luck with your future fundraising next year!

Mr Herbert and Mr Watson

Jane Eyre at Richmond Theatre

On Saturday afternoon, a small group of dedicated theatre enthusiasts from Year 9 and 10 accompanied myself and Miss Coady to Richmond Theatre to watch the National Theatre’s adaption of Charlotte Bronte’s classic: ‘Jane Eyre’.

The production was fresh and engaging. We all agreed it was particularly good at building the tension and mystery surrounding Mr Rochester’s secret on the third floor! The pupils also commented on the clever use of music to bring the emotions of the characters to life; we were all particularly blown away by the powerful singing talents of the actress playing Bertha Mason. The pupils’ behaviour was exemplary, and their engagement with the play was fantastic. Miss Coady and I particularly enjoyed the many enthusiastic discussions which ensued upon leaving the theatre, ranging from the importance (or not) of props and setting, to whether or not we actually like Mr Rochester!

Thank you to the pupils, for a delightful afternoon at the theatre!

Mrs Southee

Year 8 Community Action Project at Knowle Park

For two hours in the afternoon of 15th June, the Year 8 students visited Knowle Park Care Home in Cranleigh as part of their Archbishop of York Youth Award which they are undertaking in Religious Studies. Here is a summary of the trip in the students' own words:

"The task was to give them an alternative routine to the one they follow every day. We started with some beautiful songs from different people in Year 8. This was followed by cakes made at home and brought in. While we served we got to know their life before the care home. After this we had a very competitive game of bingo which was a great end to a great day." Matty S

"It was interesting with all the stories that the elderly had to tell. The stories were interesting from adventures in Japan to WW2 battles. We made cakes and handed them out in a tea party." Jeremy H

"All the students engaged well and listenend to all their stories from the past, also some of them made friends with the residents which was nice to see. The activities that were set up were, water colour painting, games, slime, music and just talking. All the residents I think really enjoyed it and it was a great idea and I think our school should do it again." Jasmine B

"We first started singing some songs, or playing on some instruments. We were really enjoying ourselves and they were too. Some of the old people started clapping along to the music. " Matthew C

Many thanks to Mr Rye for his musical assistance and to Mrs LaCroix, Mr Southee and Mrs Fremont-Barnes for their help on the day.

Mr Vallance-Webb

Pre-Prep Dance Show

On Thursday afternoon, Pre-prep family members gathered in Performing Arts to watch the annual Pre-prep Dance Show. The theme for this year was the Wizard of Oz. With fantastically choreographed moves and incredible costumes, the children re-told the story of Dorothy and her companions’ famous adventure to the Emerald City, through dance. Nursery pupils showed us that the Hokey-Cokey really is what it is all about, as part of the journey along the yellow brick road, and our Reception class made for perfect Munchkins to welcome Dorothy after her flight in the terrible storm. The Year 1 girls made beautiful poppies that lulled the motley crew off to sleep and the Year 1 boys astounded us with their sensational moves to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ in the role of the very cool icicles! Year 2 pupils completed the cast by filling all the key roles that you would expect in this great story, which they fulfilled brilliantly! A huge congratulations to all the children who were absolutely superb, and an enormous thank you to the wonderful Miss Lisa Lee for enabling it to all happen.

Miss Coady

A few match reports from this week

Cricket: U13 B v. Ripley Court

On Wednesday 21st June, the U13 B team travelled to Ripley Court. We won the toss and elected to bowl. We started off well with Archie S-B picking up a wicket in his first over. Ripley Court started to pick up the pace, with runs free flowing, however this was halted by an excellent direct hit run out from Joe P. A regular flow of wickets followed this, including an Oisin W hat-trick resulted in Duke of Kent School requiring 73 runs off 14 overs to win the game. We got off to a poor start losing a wicket in the first over, but the next pair steadied the innings, bringing us up to 31-1 at the half way stage in a finely poised game. A couple of quick wickets followed, but the attacking style of Alex P (31*) took Duke of Kent School over the line to win in the last over by 6 wickets. Well done to the whole team.

Mr Monk

Rounders: U11 v. Shoreham College

On Wednesday 21st June, the U11 team travelled to Shoreham College. We lost the toss and batted first. The girls managed to get some rounders but the Shoreham team were fast to field balls and their throwing skills from Backstop to 1ST post were very accurate. When Shoreham came into bat they were able to score a lot of half rounders but with Hannah S’s quick fielding she was able to assist Kora W in stumping out players on 2nd post. The half time score was 6 ½ to 7 ½ to Shoreham. After a team talk about not taking risks too early and finding the gaps in Shoreham’s fielding the girls came into bat focused and determined to bring their total up. Rounders were scored by a number of girls and Issy B really put their fielders under pressure hitting huge balls past their deep fielders. Shoreham came into bat knowing that they had to score 6 rounders to beat Duke of Kent School and equally our girls knew they had to do something different to stop that from happening. Amelie W-B threw consistently accurate throws to Aoife W on 1st post and between them were able to stump out a number of girls and Hannah S and Kora repeated their success on 2nd. Bea H was put under pressure from some big hits but was able to stop every ball and stop them scoring whole rounders. The final score was close but a well earnt win to Duke of Kent School, 12 ½ to 13. Well done girls, you all worked so well as a team and I was very proud of every one of you.

Miss Vernon

Cricket: Year 5 & 6 House Matches

Armstrong joined up with Hillary to take on Chichester and Whittle in the Year 5 and 6 House Cricket competition on a warm Wednesday afternoon. Armstrong and Hillary batted first scoring 168, highlights from the game came from Freddie B scoring a 6 and a couple of 4's during his innings. Chichester and Whittle kept it close and chased down the target to win in an exciting last over. A special mention to Alfie C who took a hat-trick of wickets and Ben W who knocked four 4's to win in the final over. Well played boys.

Mr Burwood

Rounders: U13 A v. Shoreham College

The Under 13A team travelled to Shoreham College on Wednesday on a blistering hot day, armed with water bottles, sun cream and plenty of enthusiasm. Fleur B, the captain for the day, won the toss and put Shoreham into bat. Within the first two balls we knew we were in for a battle as Shoreham scored two rounders. We struggled to find form with the fielding and after the first innings Shoreham led 9 and a half to 6. A team talk in the shade improved the determination and there was some super fielding in the second innings with Shoreham adding only another 5 to their score so we went into bat 14 and a half to 6 down. Immediately we started to claw back some rounders with some excellent hitting. With only a couple of minutes left we were behind by just two rounders. A little risk taking was needed and Shoreham began to feel the pressure. The final score was an excellent win to Duke of Kent School 16 and a half to 14. Well done girls, a great match to win.

Mrs Wilson

Cricket: U9 v. Belmont

Team massage at the U9 cricket match v Belmont!

Mr Herbert

Whole School Reminder

Friday 30th July:

School Barbecue lunch

Outside the Classroom

As it was pretty warm on Wed I took my Yr 7 Geography class into Senior Jungle for a lesson on 'where to locate a settlement 1,000 years ago'. Factors like finding wood for fuel, buildings and furniture were appropriate!

Mr Lodge

Assembly Guest

Lt Brijinder Singh Nijar spoke to Years 9 & 10 and then 7 & 8 about being a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He also gave us the perspective of serving as one of only 140 Sikhs in the British Army. This was informative and entertaining and we were lucky he could give his time, inbetween training, to present to us.

Mr Lodge

Oscar's Close Shave

Oscar L in Year 9 sadly lost his Father last year and he was trying to think of something he could do to mark the occasion, whilst raising money for Cancer Research. This will also be in memory of his Grandfather who passed away after a short illness in January. So, Oscar has decided that he's going to shave all his hair off and he has raised over £1,000 on his JustGiving site so far.  If you would like to sponsor Oscar in this heartfelt charity event please contact the Front Office to send you the link to his JustGiving page.  Good luck Oscar and we look forward to doing a feature on this in September (along with pictures) and announcing the total you managed to raise!

Miss Vernon

Dan's Athletics Success

Dan D in Year 9 competed in the South of England Inter County School event at the weekend and got a new PB of 2.85metres in Pole Vault and finished 3rd overall.  Well done Dan, we look forward to hearing about more of your athletics achievements!

Mr Green

Dancing Awards to Year 7 Girls'

Martha McA and Alice S in Year 7 are celebrating this week. All their hard work every Tuesday night at the Danceramix studio in Peaslake has been worth it. They both received commended awards for their Grade 2 Modern Jazz dance exams!

Miss Vernon

Dylan M's Birthday Generosity

Well done to Dylan M who is raising money for MDS, a little known charity supporting the illness which his late grandfather suffered and ultimately died from.

Dylan has set up a Virgin Money Giving page and has asked for donations to be made instead of Birthday presents this year at his party.

As a result and due to the generosity of his party guests, he raised an amazing £200 (£245 incl gift aid).

Well done Dylan, this is such a mature and selfless act for Charity.  You should be very proud of yourself!

Miss Vernon

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week


Hope N for lovely dancing during our show and for super drawing in class.


Tom C-G for sustained effort in all aspects of his work. He has made super progress especially in his writing.

Year 1:

Pip C-G for showing great enthusiasm for our dance show and for being kind and supportive to her friends.

Year 2:

Harry W for showing great concentration when learning his lines and dances moves to give two fantastic performances this week.

Miss Coady

E-Safety Tips

Vodaphone have released an excellent magazine aimed at parents with loads of e-safety advice in it. It is an excellent reference point and has some interesting features and interviews in it.

It is call 'Digital Parenting' and you can collect them from the front entrance by the signing out sheets.  Please help yourself.

Mr Southee

PADoK News

PADoK Reminder

Wednesday 28th June:

PADoK AGM followed by coffee with Chair of Govenors 8:30am

Charity Netball Tournament

It was a scorcher!! The hottest day of the year and more than 50 mums (well, mostly mums) from 6 different schools came together for a morning full of netball fun. The stakes were high, St Catherine's were defending their victory from last year... the Duke of Kent School mums really wanted the trophy back on display in Old Hall. Sadly, it was not to be. We were very gracious, nearly-runners-up coming joint 3rd with Lanesborough and St Hilary's. Belmont came 2nd and St Cat's took the trophy home.

Everyone was exhausted from playing in the heat. We had drunk at least a Thames Water tanker's worth of water and maintained energy levels by feasting on the wonderful spread. All the visiting teams commented on our amazing hospitality and knowing that at the end of the day that everyone had had such an enjoyable time was worth more than any silverware. (Honestly!).

Donations from the visiting teams raised £207 for the Starfish Malawi Charity.

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make the morning such a success.

Mrs Smith