Weekly Bulletin 14/10/2016

Design Technology so far...

Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students have had fun disassembling vacuum cleaners, getting into parts that you would not normally be able to investigate. Remarkably having taken them apart the students then successfully managed to put these back together, fully working.

At the start of term, we borrowed three educational boxes from the James Dyson Foundation. Each box came complete with one vacuum cleaner, 6 heads and torx screwdrivers, along with various other attachments. The idea behind this was for students to learn a bit about the difference between Dyson cyclone technology and traditional suction technology. In addition they learnt that plastic was not just plastic, discovering a wide variety of polymers (plastics) included in each product. As part of this, the students also investigated issues related the vacuum cleaners design and manufacture.

Year 7 and 10 students then looked at a range of design styles, from Arts and Crafts through to Memphis. They then analysed a range of juicers including Phillip Stark’s Lemon Squeezer and the Alessi ‘Mandarin’ Citrus Squeezer, before working as part of a team to develop a design and deliver a pitch to launch their new products. Having seen a short extract from Dragons Den where Levi Roots promoted his Reggae Reggae sauce the students put together a pitch for their new product; the Year 7 students coming up with some imaginative presentations. Well done to all.

Mr Usher

Year 6 Battle of Hastings re-enactment

In order to mark the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings Year 6 recreated that fateful day when English history was changed forever. On 14th October 1066 Harold Godwinson’s Saxon army fought the Normans and was killed, some say by being hit in the eye with an arrow. William Duke of Normandy then seized the English throne and set about taking control of his new kingdom.

Mr Seeley

Year 2 visit Brighton Sea Life Center

On Thursday, Year 2 went to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton as part of our topic Commotion in the Ocean. After a quick stroll along the sea front we entered the amazing undersea world. After a wander around the tanks, the children took part in a workshop where they took a close-up look at marine articles such as cuttlefish bones, coral and a tooth from the dinosaur era! To finish off our visit, we took a ring side seat at the big tank to watch the sharks' feeding time! Here are some of the children’s reviews of what we saw and did…

“I liked the anaconda because it was really big and it’s a snake that lives in the water.” – Tess G
“We saw an enormous turtle!” – Anabelle E
“I liked the stingray because it looked as though he was smiling at me.” – Isla
“I loved all of it, we had an amazing day!” – Heath P

Miss Coady

Year 7 Macmillan Charity Bake Sale

On Friday 30th September I ran a charity cake sale at school.  All the money that was raised has been sent to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Lots of Year 7's helped me with the sale and baked lots of yummy cakes for everyone at school to enjoy.

Overall we raised £125.40! My mum held a separate Coffee Morning and raised £167.50 so together we were able to raise £292.90 for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all of my friends for helping and to everyone that bought cakes and donated to the charity.  I can't wait to do it all again next year!

Martha Mc, Year 7

The School Council test out the new packed lunches!

On Monday 10th October the School Council were invited by Piotr Baginski (the head chef) to give their opinion on the new packed lunches. Piotr explained that the lunches would now be stored in individual cool bags with the school logo on. Every pupil going on a trip would be able to choose either a sandwich or baguette and select a filling from the choices available (and also whether they wanted salad with their filling). There would also be individual salads available, such as couscous or noodle. There would be a range of cookies or cake and the usual selection of fruit and crisps. There would also be additional items available such as sausage rolls or pork pie. The pupils asked a range of questions such as whether pasta might be available as an option and whether water would be available as well as the range of yoghurt type drinks. The pupils thought the new lunches looked very appetising and were delighted to sample the different items on offer.

Mr Wilson and Mrs Lock

A Duke of Kent School Reunion

Last Saturday we were visited by a group of Duke of Kent School students from 20 years ago. They came for coffee, cake and a tour around the School where they lived as boarders between the ages of 7 and 13. Many happy memories were shared as they ran down the Link, rang the outdoor bell and tried to remember the teachers and lessons they'd had in each classroom. They visited their old dormitories, which are now the Art Room, the ILC and the classrooms on the top corridor.

Mrs Ives

This Week's Featured Books

Here are two of the wonderful books that you can pick up in the school library. Brian Jacques’ Redwall series is completely bewitching (one of Miss Blake’s favourite series of children’s books). The descriptions of the creatures’ feasts are mouthwatering.

For Prep:

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge – the evil-one-eyed rat warlord – and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends . . .

For Seniors:

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader is none other than Her Majesty the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely (JR Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people like the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U15 v. Box Hill School

The Under 15 netball team played Box Hill School. The team was playing with great confidence by the time I came to umpire at half time. Josie M in the centre played her usual tenacious game and she along with Lexi B as GA set the tone for excellent teamwork. Lexi B and Chloe E-L resumed a partnership from previous years and were effective in the shooting circle. At the defence end, Jasmine B and Anna D, both showed determination in their marking and once on the attack they passed accurately out from the defending circle. Tyla W, Constance C and Ava H are athletic centre court players and they used their height and handling skills to great effect to create space and receive the ball. The final result was a resounding win 23-9 with Josie M being awarded Girl of the Game.

Mrs Wilson

Netball: U13 v. Box Hill School

The girls' U13 netball team had an excellent match against Box Hill School on Wednesday afternoon securing another win of 23-2. The girls quickly found the oppositions weaknesses and worked effectively in the center court to work the ball up to the shooters. The girls played a mix of positions, and Hannah D was nominated as Girl of the Game for her drive and determination across the court. There was also some impressive shooting from Blue R scoring from the top of the circle. A fantastic effort girls, well done girls!

Miss Jones

Football: U11 C Football Tournament at Belmont School

This week the U11 C’s had an indoor, 7-aside, football tournament at Belmont School. The boys approached the tournament with their usual enthusiasm and determination but were caught unawares during the first of the 6 minute matches, losing 5-0. The boys didn’t let that curb their enthusiasm, however, and took it up a gear for the next game where they defended incredibly well, only to concede a very lucky goal close to full time.

The third game was when everything changed. The boys put the opposition under a lot of pressure and were dominating the territory. After a few attempts the ball came to Will W, who struck it very well and got our first goal of the afternoon. The boys didn’t let their excitement get the better of them and managed to hold on to that lead to finish the game 1-0 to Duke of Kent School. This was their first win of the season!

In the final game, another goal came, this time from John Mc, who surged up the pitch from half way and booted the ball past the keeper. Another round of heroic defending meant that the game finished 1-0 to Duke of Kent School again.

Every member of the U11 C team has shown a superb attitude towards their football throughout this term and it is wonderful to see their hard work pay off. As well as congratulating the goal-scorers, mention should be made of our goalkeeper, Matthew G, who did his best impression of Joe Hart, making save after save, showing great reflexes and saving our bacon on more than one occasion! Well done to all the team; you have a lot to be proud of.

Mr Gritton

Senior Production Reminder:

"Just So" rehearsal on Sunday 16th October (10:00am - 16:00pm)

Ski Trip to Passo Tonale, Italy 2017

For next year’s Ski Trip we will be travelling to the delightful resort of Passo Tonale in Italy from 9th - 16th December 2017. This high altitude resort has an excellent record of good snow conditions as well as access to the Presena Glacier. The trip is open to all school pupils currently in Years 6 to 10.

The price of £995 is all inclusive covering flights, transfers, full insurance cover, ski equipment hire, hooded top, 6 day lift pass, 5 hours tuition a day, full board, evening activities and rep support. The only additional expenses are pocket money and the acquisition of suitable ski clothing. An evening programme will also be included for the children with a variety of activities offered such as a Pizza Night, Karaoke, Disco night and various items of in-house entertainment.

If you would like to register your interest then please email: evernon@dokschool.org

Mr Seeley

Gardening Club

On Monday evening the gardening team harvested the crop from the school garden. There were leeks, onions, a beetroot and a pumpkin, sadly the tomatoes had already finished. The gardeners were clearing the bed of weeds to make it ready ready to plant some bulbs next week.

Mrs Lock

Creative Curriculum

Year 3 and 4 had a fun packed afternoon in the Art Department this week using their colour mixing skills to paint the models they had created from recycled materials in Creative Curriculum.

Mrs Turner

A literary surprise for Year 2

Last week, Year 6 sprang a very pleasant surprise on the unsuspecting children of Year 2, sharing with them the tales that had been written on World Book Day last year - with them in the starring roles! The short stories, created by mixed-age groups of Prep School pupils, were read by Year 6's who then also guided their younger peers in illustrating the pages of their very own books. After hearing them read just once, the children were able to reel off the plot, characters, twists and endings with great enthusiasm and amusement. Thank you to all the Prep School children who contributed to the creation of the tales, and especially to the Year 6's for making it such a memorable afternoon for Year 2.

Mr Wright

Sausage Making Workshop

Today at Duke of Kent School we were hosting our local butcher who was showing kids how they make sausages. Butcher and Co. director Brian had his old fashion sausage making machine, sausage skins and sausage meat.  The children were invited to take part and make some individual sausages of their own. We were able to cook some sausages that were made for everyone to try.

It was a fun experience but it’s scary to think what is coming next...Halloween –watch this space...

Piotr Baginski - Catering Manager

Pre prep Stars of the Week


Herb for settling in well and for being enthusiastic throughout all activities.


Tom for excellent thinking skills and keeping a calm attitude when working with puzzles.

Year 1

Erin for excellent focus and imagination during our princess and the pea work.

Year 2

Annabelle for showing excellent focus and engagement during our trip to the Sea Life Centre. She listened to questions and discussions carefully and gave great thought to her answers.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

Just So tickets are available from bookings@dokschool.org - seats are limited so please book yours early to avoid disappointment.

Ocarina Club will be starting after half term for children in the Prep School. An email will go out about this to all Prep School parents, but we will have to limit the numbers to 10, so let Mr Rye know if your child might be interested. We have a name for the group already - The DoKarinas, of course!

Senior Ukulele Club will also be starting after half-term and Mr Rye will be contacting all the Seniors who have expressed an interest in this over the next week or so.

And finally, Nursery were enjoying themselves last week on the keyboards in the Music Department, creating some funky grooves and getting down with the beat!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

This week I would like to draw your attention to two excellent articles recently published. The first is from internetmatters.org and gives information from experts on online safety, with a focus on problems that may arise early in the school year:


The second is some excellent research undertaken by HMC, the Headmasters' and Headmistress' Conference. In their recent study they have looked at the effects of screen time on mobile devices at night. It is a very interesting read with some excellent advice at the end!


Mr Southee

PADoK News

PADok Magic Night with Griffin & Jones

PADoK put together a super Magic Night on Saturday 8th October , which was enjoyed by both parents and staff. The Performing Arts Hall very much looked the part with giant playing cards on the tables and pictures of famous magicians hanging around the hall. The girls on the bar did a great job and kept everyone topped up with their preferred choice of refreshment.

The magic began with Griffin and Jones moving around the tables performing incredible tricks that had people amazed and in awe of how it was done. It was obviously magic!!!

We were then treated to freshly cooked fish and chips served to us from a van outside the hall.

Once appetites were satisfied the magic show began. Griffin and Jones treated us to a stand up show of magic and comedy. They performed some incredible tricks and involved many members of the audience. Griffin and Jones were energetic, funny, talented and gave us all a very entertaining evening.

A huge thank you to Harriet and her team for putting on such a fun filled night.

Mrs Phillips