Weekly Bulletin 18/11/2016

Kids' Literacy Quiz

Yesterday Duke of Kent School hosted the Southern Heat of the Kids' Lit Quiz. This was the second year we have hosted the quiz and it went off without a hitch!

The quiz is held worldwide, with heats held in Hong Kong, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. All the questions are based around children's literature and delivered by Wayne Mills, the quizmaster, who has been awarded the Order of Merit of New Zealand for his work.

We had ten visiting schools. Each school had two teams making a total of 88 students competing in the PA Hall! It was great to have some of our classes come down to soak up the atmosphere and cheer on the teams!

Our teams performed admirably and came close to winning a couple of rounds. In the end RGS Guildford won with an excellent score of 75.5 out of 110. Representing Duke of Kent School were Charlie K (Year 6), Bella R-B, Oisin W, Daisy M, Oscar B and Ben H-F (Year 7) and James C and Alex G (Year 8).

A huge thanks goes to Mr Wright and Miss Blake for their help on the day, Mr Baginski for an amazing match tea for spectators and a packed tea for competitors and Miss Coxhead for her amazing scoring skills, enabling the afternoon to run so smoothly!

As part of the day we also invited in Robert Rigby, a children's author. He kicked off the day with an assembly for Years 6, 7 and 8 where they heard about Robert's amazing journey from Thomas the Tank Engine to writing with Andy McNab, via the Bernabeu! He then led an extended workshop for the Year 11s. Before he attended the quiz to present the prizes, he hosted a workshop for Year 8 on writing a thriller! Robert's personable character and engaging manner led the students to create some wonderful pieces of writing.

Mr Southee

6W Talks Go Global!

Last week, the Prep School heard two talks with a very international flavour. Firstly, Sienna D and Zoe L brought some Norwegian history and culture into our lives, teaching us about Norway's landscape, food, music and national celebrations. The girls then demonstrated some of the Norwegian language and Sienna D also brought in her beautiful traditional dress from Oslo. Those who had paid attention closely enough to answer a quiz question correctly were treated to a taste of Norwegian confectionery, called Krumkake. 

Next up, Kora W and Amelie W-B spoke very knowledgeably as they shared some of the wildlife art that Kora W's Dad has created, as part of the artistic duo "Olly and Suzi". They explained how the artists interact with the animals they're painting in the wild, and encourage them to participate in creating the artwork, perhaps slithering or clawing a mark on a canvas, or in the case of a great white shark, taking an almighty bite off the corner of it! To finish, Kora W had the audience rapt as she told of her recent half-term experience tracking grizzly bears with her Dad in Canada. Well done girls!

Mr Wright

Year 11 Biology Trip to a Fish Farm

On Friday 11th November the Year 11 Biologists along with Mr Hubbard, Mr Kettle and Miss Taylor took a trip to a trout farm in Albury Estate, where we met Richard King who runs the fish farm. He breeds Rainbow and Brown trout - game fish - for local pubs, restaurants and lakes in Shere, Albury and Gomshall.

The fish are kept in water that comes directly from a spring. This water is at 10°C which is the perfect temperature for the trout.

The water needs to have high oxygen levels and so pumps are run along the bottom of the ponds to bubble oxygen into the water. As well as this there is a wheel that spins the water as it leaves the pipe and enters the pond. This adds another 15% of oxygen into the water.

As we were walking around we noticed that the Rainbow Trout were far more ravenous than the Brown trout. Once the trout had reached a certain size they were either sold to restaurants and pubs or put into another pen where they would grow even bigger and become game fish.

Most of the trout are triploid which means they have an extra 33% of DNA. This means that they cannot sexually develop and so all the food he gives them goes towards producing more flesh rather than producing eggs or sperm.

Richard then got a fish and dissected it for us, after killing it in a 'humane' way - hitting it over the head with a wooden pole three times - he gutted the fish, looked at the different fins it had, then we saw that it was female as its insides were lined with eggs (caviar). The heart, liver and spleen were the organs that were pulled out. Fish do not have lungs because they have gills which filters the water for them giving them the oxygen they need to respire.

Bastien H and Pippa G - Heads of School

The House Bake Off Final

Tension? Absolutely. Utensils? Aplenty. A huge white tent with bunting aflutter? Not quite, but this week's Duke of Kent School Bake-Off final still had enough of the ingredients needed to rival its BBC counterpart. The five finalists served up a variety of scones roundly praised by the judges as so "professional" they wouldn't have been out of place in a National Trust tea room - surely the truest mark of scone quality. In the Prep School section, Ella S and Fleur S's inventive chocolate-chip scones just edged it for Armstrong, ahead of Henry C's delicious raisin-filled bake. For the Seniors, Izzy K's raspberry recipe clinched first place for Hillary, with the judges congratulating Alice S for her juicy blueberry scones.

Thanks go to all the staff and parents who have supported and prepared children throughout. In particular, thanks and congratulations to all the children who participated. It has been really heartening to watch them help their younger peers, encouraging rivals in the heat of competition and consoling each other when results have, inevitably, disappointed. Bake-Off may be leaving the BBC, but it is definitely here to stay at Duke of Kent School!

Mr Wright

This Week's Featured Books

For Seniors:

Wonder by R J Palacio

Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school – until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

For Juniors:

Five Children and It by E Nesbit

What would you do if you could wish for anything in the world? In E Nesbit’s classic tale of adventure and mayhem, five children discover a Psammead, a grumpy magical creature with the ability to grant wishes. At first, their newfound power seems exciting and full of promise, but soon the children realize that getting what you wish for can land you in a whole heap of trouble . . .

Regarded (by Miss Blake) as one of the best children’s books of all time.

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U14/15 v. Kind Edward's, Witley

Tuesday saw a mixed U14 and U15 team play a home match against King Edward's, Witley. A quick start saw both teams scoring within the first minute and the score quickly got up to 6-4 to King Edward's, Witley by the first quarter. The second quarter saw very much of the same with defence taking the brunt of the play. In the last two quarters, Duke of Kent School tried to claw it back however the opposition had a very tall shooter who managed to get her eye in when it counted. The girls continued their efforts down to the very last second of the game however the final score was 18-8 to King Edward's, Witley. A very good effort girls!

Miss Jones

Netball: U8/9 v. Pennthorpe

Both the U8 and U9 teams played in netball matches on Thursday afternoon against Pennthorpe, which for some was their first experience of playing against another school. A combination of a few nerves and bundles of excitement and enthusiasm meant that they girls we raring to go on the first whistle. The girls communicated well throughout and demonstrated their excellent passing and footwork skills across the whole court. Both teams drew against their opponents with the U9 of 3-3 and the U8's 1-1 by the last whistle. A special mention to Issy P who was girl of the game and also to Alex K for some excellent shots from the top of the circle. Fantastic efforts all round girls, you should all be very proud of yourselves!

Miss Jones

Cross Country: Years 3-8 at Handcross Park 

On Monday 14th November the Duke of Kent School Cross Country team travelled to Handcross Park. This annual event attracts schools from all over Sussex and is always a true test of the runners' fitness and mental strength. Duke of Kent School had thirty girls and boys from Years 3-8 competing. The afternoon started fantastically with the U9 boys team winning their section ahead of Windlesham House and Ardingly College Prep. Rufus B claimed first place with an excellent run and was supported brilliantly with fine runs from Caper C, Charlie F, Oscar H and Rian P. The afternoon continued well with some determined running from all of the boys and Girls. The penultimate race saw Matty S claiming second place in the U13 boys race. After all results were calculated, Duke of Kent School achieved third place. Well done to all who ran and the amazing support from the Duke of Kent School parents.

Mr Herbert

Football: U14 v. Shoreham College

The U14 football team travelled to Shoreham College for the second time this term. The first match saw Duke of Kent School play in a spirited fashion but unfortunately, we were beaten quite comprehensively. Tuesday's match was a chance to show how much the boys had progressed this term. Some weak defending saw us lose an early goal and a second was scored by Shoreham just after half time. This was not a clear reflection of the game as Duke of Kent School had the majority of the possession and far more chances to score. With ten minutes to go, Duke of Kent School were awarded a penalty which was confidently put away by Lucas R-E. Lucas, captain of the side, then rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-2. With one minute remaining Josh B scored the winning goal making the final score, 3-2 to Duke of Kent School!! Well done to all who played.

Mr Herbert

Football: U12 v. King Edward's, Witley

On Wednesday our U12 football team took on King Edward’s School, Witley. It turned out to be a humdinger of an encounter with both sides playing some attractive football, and our boys coming out on top, 4-2.

We dominated the first half but stubborn defence prevented us from scoring in the early stages. Then Archie stepped up to the mark and with a fabulous left foot shot from outside the box, put us in front. That spurred us on and shortly afterwards Alex P, not to be outdone by his teammate, scored with a sizzling right footer from even further out. To cap the half some clever build play led to our third goal, a very Ian Rush-like finish by Oisin W.

King Edward’s came back strongly in the second half, as we took our foot off the gas a little, and scored first (3-1), but to put the game beyond reach Oisin W crossed for Alex P to poach his second goal. That was the end of the scoring. A terrific performance and a well-deserved win.  A mention must also go to Harry S, who is developing in to a fine centre half, and to the rest of the team for a sterling effort. Well done.

Mr Macdonald

Senior School Reminders:

Friday 25th November:

Yr 8 Parents' Meetings from 4:45 - 7:00pm

Prefects' Charity Day

On Monday 21st November myself and the prefect team are organising a fundraising event for four charities that we all believe strongly about supporting. They are Papyrus (preventing young suicide in the UK), CRY (preventing young sudden cardiac deaths), Save the Elephant Foundation and Save the Rhino.





During the day we would encourage all pupils in Years 3-11 to bring in some money (up to £5) which can be spent on events such as a cake sale, penalty shoot-out competition, obstacle course and more. We would also like all pupils from Nursery to Year 11 to wear mufti and pay at least £1 towards the charities for this privilege.

Thank you for your support.

Pippa G, Head Girl

Antarctica Day

Last half term the prep school, Year 9 and Mr Lodge’s Polar Exploration club were invited to create a flag for Antarctica Day, celebrating the signing of the Treaty in 1959. Each school could submit five flags and we had so many entries that Mrs Fremont-Barnes and Mrs Monk had a difficult job choosing! The selected flags will travel to Antarctica with a Polar Network expedition on 1st December. The flags’ creators will receive a photograph of their creations in situ as well as a certificate of travel. Congratulations to Daisy R (Year 3); Madeleine I (Year 5); Max T (Year 9); Tyla W, Constance C and Anna D (Year 9) and Jago G (Year 10)!

Miss Francis

'Fire, Fire! Prep School Holiday Activities'

Over the recent half term break lots of pupils in the Prep School chose to have a go at some suggested activities that related to either The Great Fire of London or The Gunpowder Plot. We have put forward similar suggestions for activities in the past, centred on different themes, and once again there was lots of interest and a vast array of creations that were produced. We created a display of all of the work in the Prep School corridor and yesterday we were able to all join together and listen to each pupil's explanation of their work. We were treated to fact files, poems, paintings, organic art, models, news reports, videos and more. It was wonderful to see how creative and industrious the pupils had been and how they clearly enjoyed having a go and taking on a project. They all showed confidence in explaining their work to the Prep School and should be proud of their efforts, well done to all involved!

Mr Coote

Pre prep Stars of the Week


Alex R for settling in to school so well and for demonstrating kindness towards his new friends.


Fenella for a positive approach and good effort in taking on new challenges.

Year 1

Eddie for excellent listening and following of instructions in PE.

Year 2

Isla for showing an improved attitude towards many aspects of school life.

E-Safety Tips

The BBC have written an article summarising the findings of an OFCOM survey looking at children's online behaviours. It touches on some very important developments in the habits of children online including:

- The viewing of 'hate speech' online

- The increase in the use of Youtube instead of watching TV

- Children's 'trust' in Google

You can find the article here:


You can find the report here:


Mr Southee

PADoK News

Christmas Hampers

Raffle tickets will be on sale soon for our annual Christmas Hampers! All money raised will go towards funding the extras that make the after school clubs so great. We've recently funded new tents & equipment for the Duke of Edinburgh awards, bikes and static trainers for the triathlon club. We also made a contribution to the 3D printer, in the Art and DT departments.

PADoK Reps will be at the front of school collecting your donations on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at drop-off and 4.45pm pick-up. No need to get out of your car, just hand your donation to the Reps through your car window! There will also be a box for any donations inside the front door for anyone that misses these times.

There will be variety of hampers, your donation can be anything, such as:

For a pampering hamper:

Toiletries such as soap, perfume, bath or shower products, candles, etc

For a food & drink hamper:

Bottles, cheese, biscuits, chutneys, jams, marmalade - homemade or shop bought.

Chocolates, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies

For an all the family hamper:

Books, DVDs, Games, Craft activities

Also any Vouchers would be very welcome

And anything else you can think of that would go nicely in a hamper!

The Raffle will be drawn at PADoK's Mulled Wine and Mince Pies event.

This is held before the Prep School's Christmas Concert, Friday 2nd December from 6.00pm in Old Hall. everyone is very welcome - we hope to see lots of you there.

With huge thanks and best wishes,

All the PADoK Team