Weekly Bulletin 23/09/2016

Reception visit The Weald and Downland Museum

On Tuesday 20th September the Reception class visited the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton to see how children lived 100 years ago. The children took part in household chores such as brass cleaning, carpet beating and bed making before going to school and sitting in strict rows and using slates for writing! We noticed the differences between modern and old houses that had no electricity or running water. The only toys play with were outside and there were no televisions or technology at that time.

We also visited the mill and saw the waterwheel powering the huge machinery. The miller allowed everyone to have a go at grinding the grain to make flour and we also enjoyed feeding some hungry ducks! After our own picnic lunch we explored other buildings on the site and saw some enormous shire horses and a huge sow with her piglets.

The children behaved wonderfully and interacted with the staff at the museum by answering questions and making well thought-out suggestions. It was an interesting and informative day and we all got back to school exhausted but more informed about the past.

Mrs Henry

This Week's Featured Books

Each week we’ll be highlighting some of the fantastic books in the school library.

For Seniors:

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, Maggot Moon is the astonishing new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by Maggot Moon's powerful story.

Sally Gardner will be visiting the school for our Challenge Yourself event on Saturday 15th October and taking part in some exciting workshops. Be sure to book your place and not miss out on a number of exciting challenges we're offering.

For Prep:

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognize these vile creatures, but can they get rid of them for good?

Miss Blake

Prep School presentations and debates

Very well done to members of 4L this week who delivered their first presentations to the Prep School! Pippa S, Esme P and Fleur S gave a very informative talk about cats including their favourite breeds and some very useful guidelines on looking after pet cats. Jasper B, Johnny M, Henry P and Alex S gave a presentation on Star Wars. This included the different planets, droids and characters, and the key differentiating factors between the Jedi and The Dark Side. Well done and thank you to all for their enjoyable talks.

Mr Coote

A few match reports from this week's matches

       U13 v. Handcross Park                       U14 v. More House 

The U13 C and D team travelled to Handcross Park on Wednesday afternoon. The C team played first and managed to put in a fine second half performance to win 3-0. The D team managed to win 7-1 with a fantastic performance. Both teams showed great energy and determination throughout. They improved their positional play as the matches developed and started to show greater awareness when passing. Well done to all who played and particularly Dylan B who scored four goals.

The U14 team drew 1-1 against More House on Tuesday. Duke of Kent had the majority of possession and spent most of the match camped in the More House half. Unfortunately, the boys couldn't turn all of their good approach play into goal scoring opportunities after our early goal from Luca E. More House scored a break away goal to level and although Duke of Kent hit the woodwork on three occasions the score stayed at 1-1. Well done to the whole team.

Mr Herbert

On Wednesday the U13B netball team had their second match of the season against Belmont. The squad had seen a few new additions since their previous match last week and won against Belmont 15-3. Eve L and Holly B took every opportunity they could to have a shot scoring 6 goals in the third quarter against some very aggressive players on the Belmont team. Issy P (GD) was nominated girl of the game for her excellent interceptions and close marking of a speedy GA, turning over as many centre passes that came her way. Meanwhile, Alice S and Zara H demonstrated some excellent skills and agility on centre court. Individually, every girl on the court improved their skills throughout the match whether it be their footwork or marking skills contributing to a strong team all with high spirits. Well done girls!

Miss Jones

On Wednesday, girls from years 5 and 6 A team had a netball match against Belmont. In the first quarter Belmont were up 2-1. Amelie W-B did an amazing job playing Centre moving the ball from the defending end to the attacking end repeatedly. In the second half Duke of Kent School had gained another 2 goals and were now leading 4-2. There was excellent defending from Kora W (GK) and Aoife W (GD). The girls also had great attacking from Izzy B (GS) and Emma B (GA).  The girls had even more great defending by Kora W and Aoife W in the third quarter and they kept Belmont on a score of 2 goals while Duke of Kent School got another goal to stay in the lead with a score of 5 - 2. In the last quarter Duke of Kent School retained the ball and were always attacking with Zoe L dodging for the ball successfully contributing to one more goal but unfortunately so did Belmont. The game finished with a score of 7 - 4. Izzy B was girl of the game! Well played everyone.

Hannah S, Year 6 

The Under 13 A Netball team had an excellent game against Belmont on Wednesday. Belmont had all the play in the first quarter but in the defending circle Bella R-B and Lottie W played with gritty determination to keep out the goals. At the end of the quarter we were two goals up. Throughout the game the centre court players, Fleur B, Issy F and Laura S took control of the middle of the court and once on the attack moved the ball down the court with speed and accuracy. Poppy S and Martha Mc developed some good teamwork and grew in confidence with their shooting and by the end of the third quarter we were well ahead by six goals. However Belmont played a super final quarter nudging nearer to our score as the time went on. We defended well and held on to our lead. Final score was 12-10 to Duke Of Kent School, well done to all the team.

Mrs Wilson

Challenge Yourself @ Duke of Kent

Year 3 Meeting Reminder

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Nicholson will be holding a settling in Meeting for parents of Year 3 pupils on Thursday 29th September. This will be an informal meeting which will be held in the Meetings Room in the Old Hall from 4.15pm until 4.40pm to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.

Mrs Wilson

Pre prep Stars of the Week

Nursery

Alex for a positive attitude in class and imaginative construction outside.

Reception

Phoenix for excellent engagement in activities whilst on our trip and for thoughtful replies to questions.

Year 1

Patrick for excellent effort with handwriting and improvement in letter formation.

Year 2

Rollo for showing a mature attitude towards his learning and around school.

Weekly E-Safety Tips

Thank you to those Year 7-11 parents who attended the 'E-Safety: Hints, Tips and Trends' talk in the meetings room on Thursday. For those of you who were unable to make it, here are the links to the websites we explored:

Using parental controls:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Parental-controls/

Social network settings:

www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-online-services/social-networks

Usage:

www.nhs.uk/news/2015/02February/Pages/Teen-screen-time-linked-to-poorer-sleep.aspx

Grooming:

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/grooming/

Consoles:

www.internetmatters.org/advice/online-gaming/

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-gaming-stay-safe-avoid-risks/

Mr Southee

PADoK News

PADoK's Magic Night is taking place on Saturday October 8th. Guests include Griffin & Jones, who recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is described as “incredible magicians with the banter and chemistry of a punk rock Morecambe and Wise”. To book your tickets please email me at padok@dokschool.org

PADoK will be holding a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support Charity. It'll be held in The Old Hall at 8:45am on Friday 30th September. All are welcome so please join us and help raise money for such a brilliant charity.

Harriet

Duke of Kent School Singers is a new group forming this term and is open to everyone regardless of their musical experience.  First get together is Thursday 29th September in The Performing Arts at 8:20am.

Mrs Burr