Weekly Bulletin 11/11/2016

Remembrance Day

Duke of Kent School believes that Remembrance should be used to teach pupils about the realities of conflict, of those that have been affected by wars and of the importance of peace. To that end Mr Lodge, aided by Will J and Austin R, provided Years 6-11 with an informative and moving assembly exploring war and its consequences. With the use of original artefacts (including First World War British and German rifles) and by regaling us with personal narratives he also touched on the humanity, as well tragedy, of war.

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month the whole School community paused for two minutes silence to commemorate those who have been touched by conflict. The Last Post and Reveille were once again played beautifully by Robbie R. In a mark of respect our Head Boy and Head Girl, Bastien H and Pippa G, laid a wreath. It was a fitting tribute to remember those people who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

Mr Seeley

Years 10 & 11 at The Olympic Velodrome

On Saturday 22nd October some pupils from Year 10 and 11 went to The Olympic Velodrome to watch The 6 Day Races.  We arrived early evening to the event and on our arrival the first event was just beginning.  This was the U21's Madison race.  This race involved multiple teams consisting of two riders each and they have to cycle at their maximum speed for a few laps and then another member of their team riders alongside and grabs their hand and pulls the cyclist through to give them additional speed so they can complete another few laps at high speed.

All the riders were then introduced formally to the spectators ready for the Pro Madison race.  This included Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish who received a deaf defying cheer by all.  The race was tense and out of nowhere the Belgium team managed to lap their competitors, leveling them with Wiggins and Cavendish's team.  In the final sprint although the Brits clung on, they were tipped to first place by the Belgium team.

The most exciting race of the day was the Elimination Race.  This consists of riders going round the Velodrome and every two laps the slowest rider is eliminated.  It was a high octane race with riders swapping in and out to achieve the fastest pace and the winners of this race received a bottle of champagne and points for their country.  The winners were Belgium.

The final race of the day was called The Derny Race. A Derny race is a race in which the cyclists are paced by someone riding a derny. A derny is a motorised bicycle designed and built for motor-paced cycling events.  All the derny riders were introduced and they all had funny names such as, The Beast and The Grandad.  The race was 40 laps in total and has 8 riders at a time.  The winners of the derny race were Great Britain.

Finally we would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Kettle and Miss Coxhead for taking us on this trip during their Half Term.  It was a great day out!

Andy Mc & Connor d V, Year 10

Years 4 & 5 meet author, Matthew Haig

On Wednesday, Years 4 & 5 pupils had the opportunity to meet and ask questions to the well-known author Matt Haig. They were able to learn about life as an author and illustrator and what inspired him to write his new book, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, a sequel from his first book, ‘A Boy Called Christmas’.

The children took part in an interactive workshop and John M made a convincing troll. They all left feeling inspired and believing in the impossible!

Mrs Singleton

House Bake Off Semi Finals

We have been so impressed by the quality of bakes each house produced for the house heats. Judging was really tough as so many of the bakes could have gone through to the next round. It has been great to see so many students getting involved in representing their houses. However, only four students from each house could make it through to semi-final.

The first semi-final was between Hillary and Armstrong. From Hillary, Rose S and Ariane L made a wonderful set of chocolate cupcakes, cooked perfectly and finished with chocolate icing and decorations. Tom S made a chocolate cake, and persevered brilliantly, despite having some problems with his tin! Issy K's lemonade and raspberry cake truly was amazing, and saw her sail through to represent Hillary in the final. From Armstrong, Fleur S and Ella S were incredibly ambitious, and coped well under the pressure of making a three tiered oreo cake. They iced the whole thing and decorated with crushed oreo’s. They will be representing Armstrong in the final! Finally, Hannah D and Izzy P's Willy Wonka cake had a skittles centre and was covered in decorations. They worked incredibly well as a pair, and even brought extra cakes to ensure the bakers didn’t go hungry!

The second semi-final was between Chichester and Whittle. From Chichester, Matthew A made a chocolate pie. Unfortunately, there wasn’t quite enough time for it to fully set in the fridge - but everyone agreed it tasted exceptional! Kora W made a ‘space’ themed cake which included biscuits decorated as the earth, moon and sun. Josh B made a brilliant two tiered chocolate cake, complete with chocolate icing! Alice S made an orange marble cake, served warm and decorated with chocolate icing and orange zest. Alice S will be representing Chichester in the final! From Whittle, Henry C worked extremely efficiently, and timed his banana and dark chocolate chip cake to perfection! Ellis McK’s marble cake was delicious and iced wonderfully too! Minnie C and Fleur B decided to create a cake in the shape of a lego man, who they aptly named “Frank Whittle”! Henry C’s banana and chocolate cake was judged to be the best prep bake and he will be representing Whittle in the final!

The Bake Off Finalists are:

Seniors: Issy K (Hillary) vs. Alice S (Chichester)

Prep: Henry C (Whittle) vs. Fleur S & Ella S (Armstrong)

Well done to all of you who have contributed to the house competition so far! A huge thank you to the house leaders for all of your support and a special mention to Helen W and Kim B from our catering team for the very important job of judging!

Miss Coxhead

Chris Finill wins Sports Personality of The Year

On Friday 28th October, Sport Godalming held its annual awards ceremony where they recognised the sporting achievements of local athletes and volunteers. Chris Finill, our Bursar, was nominated for Sports Personality of the Year - and he won! The event was held at the Wilfred Noyce Centre in the presence of the guest of honour, gold medal winning Paralympic sportswoman Rachel Morris, the immediate past Mayor of Waverley Cllr Mike Band, the Mayor of Godalming, Cllr David Hunter, other distinguished guests from the local sporting world, nominees and supporters.

Rachel gave a truly inspiring talk and said “that she felt very fortunate to be able to give, especially young athletes, a chance to ask and see the elite end result, which may be the consequence from all of their efforts”.

Simon Crowther, Chairman of Sport Godalming said, “As always this is a truly inspirational evening showcasing the cream & depth of sport within our local community – be it potential Olympians – outstanding achievements – recognising volunteers as well as our own sports personalities – the bar gets raised every year at this event and long may it continue”

Chris' outstanding achievements are many and include running in every single London Marathon, all but one in under 3 hours, a record which has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, and running across America from San Francisco to New York in 79 days. Chris has also been instrumental in establishing Parkrun in Cranleigh and can be found most Saturday mornings marking out the course, competing and encouraging young (and less young!) runners to do their best.

Further details about the awards evening and the list of other winners and nominees can be found at:


Mrs Hopwood

This Week's Featured Books

For Prep:

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

In this classic and beloved novel, E B White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte, the wise grey spider, and their chatty animal neighbours. Lessons of friendship, loyalty and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

For Seniors:

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war. He volunteered for ambulance service in Itlay, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experience came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s unforgettable book recreates the fear, the courage and the comradeship of warfare with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war, it is also a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U13/14 V. Farlington

The girls' U13/14 netball team had an excellent match against Farlington School on Wednesday afternoon.  The girls' started the game with a 4-2 lead with steady passing throughout the court.  Tyla W used her pace at WA to her advantage in the first quarter always finding the gaps and managing to hold her space for the pass.  The second quarter followed a similar pattern with Duke of Kent managing to hold the lead again at 7-5.  Issy P made multiple interceptions at GK and managed to keep her GS out of play.  The third quarter took a whole new momentum with Tyla W, Fleur B, Minnie C and Ava H working the ball down to the shooters where Chloe E-L and Sophie D both got their eye in and were scoring on their first attempt everytime.  Chloe E-L and Sophie D both came under a great deal of pressure from the same player from Farlington but both girls managed to keep their focus and try new attacking skills to get round her. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 16-10 to Duke of Kent.  The final quarter was tense with Farlington creeping back with a run of goals but Josie M made some fantastic mid court interceptions helping the team to work the ball into the shooters where Constance C was able to dodge and find space repeatedly to shoot for goal.  The final score was 20-15 to Duke of Kent. Well done girls, this was a tough game and you all worked so hard for a very well deserved win!

Miss Vernon

Football: U14's, U15's and U16's matches

A fantastic week for the Seniors boys' football teams! The U14's won 8-2 away , the U15's won 5-1 - with birthday boy Harry scoring a hatrick with a couple of thunderbolts and an improvised chested finish and the U16's won 5-0 all against St. Edmund's. On Wednesday, the U16 boys then played Box Hill School's 2nd team which resulted in a fine 2-1 victory. Well done to all those who played displaying some fantastic team play.

Mr Green


Senior School Reminders:

Monday 14th November:

Yr 9 Parents' Meetings from 4:45 - 7:00pm

Senior Production Reminder:

"Just So" rehearsal continues as normal this Sunday 13th November (10:00 - 4:00pm)

Jasmine B has a clean sweep in Athletics

On Sunday 23rd October Jasmine B took part in an athletics competition at Lee Valley Athletics Center, London. Jasmine's first event was the 5x100m relay, the distance was 1500m and there were 5 girls running 100m at a time continuously until they covered Kelly Holmes's 1500m. The idea is to try and beat Kelly's gold medal 2004 Olympic time which was 3.57 mins which Jasmine and her friends did with a time of 3.38mins.

Jasmine also won a silver in standing triple jump with a distance of 6.14m and came third for a bronze plaque in 'weight for height', clearing 4m with a 3kg ball. This is an event where you throw a ball upwards over a rope standing at 4m high. Well done Jasmine!

Mrs Belshaw

Ben H-F meets Tim Peake

My brother and I were lucky enough to obtain last minute tickets to see the one and only Major Tim Peake at The V&A. 

Tim started off by showing us some amazing pictures of aurorae, which had the appearance of a spread out rainbow. 

Funnily, as Tim spoke about being trained for incidences that might happen with fire, hot metal or hazardous gasses. a picture came up on the screen of him playing around with fire like a fool.

I even learnt that the best astronauts make mistakes.  Tim managed to crash the simulator on one of his first training exercises. At the time, he was eager and ready to go, waiting for the engineers to give him the thumbs up. When they carried on chatting, our of curiosity, he pressed the button called, Regime 21, which caused it to crash!  This must have helped him for when things went wrong in Space. During his first docking on the space station, the automatic docking system didn't work and subsequently had to land it manually which is a huge task!

I also learnt the COOLEST fact ever, The space station is the size of an average football pitch.  So picture this, a football pitch, covered in metal suspended in space.  Amazing!

All in all, it was a fantastic trip!

Ben H-F, Year 7

Year 6 French

There was much excitement in Year 6 French lessons this week, as we received our first letters from our partner school in Voussac, France. We were fascinated to read their end of year newsletter to find out what French school children get up to! Although the French hand-writing was sometimes a little tricky to decipher, the Year 6 pupils loved reading about their pen-friends’ families and pets and putting a face to a name. Our letters to them are now on their way to France. I was so impressed by the effort the pupils put into their letters and I think their French pen-friends will be delighted to receive them and learn all about what Duke of Kent pupils do in their free time! We are already looking forward to writing and sending Christmas cards in a few weeks’ time

Miss Francis

Pre prep Stars of the Week


Teddy for settling into school so well, joining in all activities with enthusiasm. Congratulations too for being an amazing big brother.


Harry for great effort and progress in phonics.

Year 1

Arthur for reading with lovely expression, both in class and in assembly practice.

Year 2

Devon for showing an improved attitude towards his learning; demonstrating greater concentration and independence.

Miss Coady

Music Department News

Tuesday lunchtime saw the first rehearsal for the DoKarinas with Mr Wilson and his merry band of whistlers! By all accounts much fun was had by all and the group will be performing at the Prep Christmas concert.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

This week I wanted to share an article about the changes 'WhatsApp' have made to their terms and conditions in the past couple of months.

WhatsApp is very popular among the students so this is definitely one to pass on! They have changed their terms and conditions to now enable them to 'share' your contact details (including phone number) with Facebook.

There are some interesting articles about this change and some opinions on it on The Guardian website:



Mr Southee

PADoK News

Together with Ewhurst Infants School and Peaslake School, PADoK invite you to our exclusive evening of Christmas shopping at Manns of Cranleigh on Monday 28th November from 7.30-9.30pm, followed by complimentary glass of prosecco at The Richard Onslow.

A perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas with discounts across all departments and the chance to catch up with friends over drinks and canapés.

Friends and family are also welcome. Tickets are available now and MUST be preordered to enable entry into the store. We look forward to seeing you there. Email padok@dokschool.org to book your tickets, please quote your child's name & year.

Mrs Burr