Weekly Bulletin 02/12/2016

Prep Christmas Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Prep School Charity Christmas Fair which took place on Thursday afternoon and was a wonderful event. The crafts and games which had been made in Creative Curriculum were fantastic and the children certainly excelled in their selling skills! Very many thanks to everyone who provided cakes for the refreshment stall. It was a lovely start to Christmas and made all the more special with the array of Christmas clothing. The Year 6 will be counting the money in their Creative Curriculum lesson on Monday which I think could take some time!

Mrs Wilson

Year 8 Geography Field Trip to Tillingbourne

On Tuesday afternoon Year 8 departed school to enjoy a Geography field trip. Their aim was to examine the characteristics of the River Tillingbourne at two sites - namely at Abinger Hammer and Shere. On what was a sunny but 'fresh' day the students were split into groups and carried out their tasks with enthusiasm and aplomb. These involved measuring the width and depth of the river at a given point, before calculating the speed of the water and analysing the size and shape of the river bedload (stones and rocks). This necessarily involved students standing in the river, timing oranges floating downstream, using metre-sticks to measure depths and (most popular of all) searching for stones and rocks in the cool waters! The results will be written up by students in the next few weeks as they discuss why a river's characteristics change along its course. One conclusion reached by a few students may be that if water is let in at the top of their wellies.....then their feet get cold rather quickly! The students took the conditions in their stride and I was very impressed by their collective spirit and good humour. Many thanks also go to Mr Wilson, Mr Southee and Miss Taylor for their supervision and help.

Mr Lodge

Year 10 Visit ‘The Curious Coincidence of the Maths in the Daytime’

On the 30th November, Year 10 visited the Gielgud Theatre for ‘The Curious Coincidence of the Maths in the Daytime’. After studying the book (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime) in Year 9, they were interested to learn the mathematics behind the story! The book is about a boy called Christopher, and his love of numbers- even the Chapters are prime numbers! After braving the London traffic, we arrived at a very cold Shaftesbury Avenue and were shown to our seats. The talk itself was in the theatre where the performance would usually be and we were lucky enough to watch a scene taken from the show. We saw how the set is first designed and made into a model 25 times smaller than real life. We learnt about how they’d even used prime numbers to come up with the music! In the book, Christopher has a ‘super good day’ if he passes 4 red cars in a row- so we learnt how likely this would really be. There was Maths to predict the number of frogs in a pond, and the Maths that ants use to find their way through a maze! Best of all, we learnt that you should never make a bet with a mathematician- they know their odds of winning!

Miss Coxhead

UK Primary Maths Challenge 2016

Some Year 5 and Year 6 students took part in the 2016 UK Primary Maths Challenge here in school. They worked very hard on some very tricky maths problems for an hour and were rewarded with some Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates for their awesome achievements! Well done everyone for taking part!

Mrs LaCroix

'Virtual Visit from Marcus Sedgwick'

This term in English Year 6 have been reading and studying a book described as a 'terrifying tale of ancient magic' called 'The Dark Horse' by Marcus Sedgwick. On Tuesday this week, as we were approaching the dramatic ending, we were fortunate enough to have a 'virtual visit' from the author himself, Marcus Sedgwick. Marcus lives in the French Alps, so actual visits are slightly tricky, but thanks to Mr Young and Mr Mann we were able to connect live to Marcus in his writing studio. He was able to share with us his writing process and his thoughts and memories from writing The Dark Horse a number of years ago. He also showed us all of the different versions of the book that have published so far, including different front covers and versions that had been translated into numerous different languages. The children had also prepared lots of interesting questions, both about writing in general and The Dark Horse, that they were able to put to Marcus directly and is was fantastic to hear his advice and pick up some useful tips and inspiration.

Mr Coote

Year 4 Assembly on the Egyptians

The Pre prep and Prep school were treated to a Year 4 assembly about their new Topic, Ancient Egypt. Year 4 shared a wide range of information and facts that included everything from mummification and pyramids, to Ancient Egyptian Gods and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter. However Year 4 weren’t content with just sharing the information, the assembly also included music and a play that told the story of Osiris and Seth (I believe the Oscar is on its way!)

This was a very ambitious and large project. All of the children showed great commitment to the production and tried their best to learn their lines. They threw themselves into their performance, regardless of whether they were an actor in the play, a dancer or a narrator.

A special thank you to all the Year 4 parents for providing the amazing costumes and encouraging the children to learn their lines.

Mr Gritton and Mrs Lock

This Week's Featured Books

For Seniors:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim – that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.

With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.

For Prep:

Tarka the Otter is the classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter's own eyes.

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Boys' PE - Fitness Up Pitch Hill

The weather may have stopped our matches at Home due to frozen pitches however, the boys spent their lessons developing their fitness up on a glorious Pitch Hill!!!

Mr Herbert

Netball: U12/13 v. Shoreham

On Wednesday, a mixed U12/13 girls Netball team played at home against Shoreham College. The first quarter saw both teams scoring very early on and the girls were challenged both in attack and defence. In the second quarter, Shoreham College came back fighting and the score was 10-5 to Shoreham College. After some substitutions and some quick passes through centre court straight into the circle the score levelled again to 10-10 by the end of the third quarter. The final score was 14-12 to Shoreham College but throughout the game, the team developed great communication skills and turning over as many centre passes as they could that came their way. Well done to Jasmine B who was awarded girl of the game and to Sophie D and Daisy M who performed well shooting under pressure in the circle right to the closing minute.  Well done girls.

Miss Jones

Football: U13 A v. Christ's Hospital

On Wednesday the Under 13 A team travelled to Christ's Hospital for their final football match of the season. With 11 in the squad for the 9-a-side game, confidence was high.

The boys got off to a solid start, piling the pressure on CH's goal. The pressure paid off when Scott N turned in his first of three goals. Throughout the season, Scott N has been deadly in front of goal, scoring over 15 goals in school matches. On the day he was assisted by some pin point accurate passing from Archie B on the left wing. His deliveries will be a huge asset to the team next season.

Once Scott N had reached his hat-trick after 20 minutes, it was time for Raef B to step up front. In no time at all he had scored his three goals and we were celebrating two hat-trick heroes! For the final 20 minutes the formation was changed and the reliable centre backs of Matty S and Archie L went on the left wing and up front respectively. Archie L, with the final touch of the game, scored a goal that was 2 years in the making! The final score was 9-2 to Duke of Kent School, a fantastic way to wrap up an excellent season.

Taking the Under 13 A team has been a great honour this year and it is not often a team has come so far in such a sort amount of time. Highlights have included beating Windlesham for the first time in years, getting a draw against a Cottesmore team who had one every game in the year running up to the fixture, and finally, as mentioned, the progression of this talented group of footballers.

Mr Southee

Pre prep School Reminders:

Tuesday 6th December:

Pre prep School Christmas Show from 14:00pm

Whole School Reminders:

Wednesday 7th December:

School Carol Service from 18:00pm at St. Nicolas Church, Cranleigh

Friday 9th December:

End of Term - Departure times;

12:00pm Pre prep and Prep

12:30pm Seniors

12:45pm After School buses depart

Park Run First Place

Ellis McK, Year 7, was the first lady home in the Cranleigh Parkrun on Saturday 26th November 2016. Ellis has now completed 11 Cranleigh Parkruns over the last few months and achieved a Personal Best on Saturday of 24 minutes 28 seconds which is pretty good when you see the size of the hill you have to run up, TWICE. Ellis challenged herself to improve her time - and she did, coming 11th overall in a field of mostly adults and teenagers. Parkrun is a weekly 5km timed run that is free to take part in and open to everyone regardless of age and ability. It's run by volunteers and there are Parkrun events all over the world. Ellis has quite a bit to do before she will be on the heels of Mr Finill but she has him in her sights!

Mrs McKenzie

Year 3 Decorate the Christmas Tree

Year 3 received a treat this Monday, when our school Christmas tree was delivered to Old Hall. Squeals of laughter and enthusiastic choruses of carols filled the air as they decorated the tree. The Nativity crib was carefully arranged and Mr Macdonald had the honour of crowning the tree with the star. A very big thank you to the Alexandersen family for donating such a magnificent tree. A great hour of festive fun for everyone involved.

Mrs Nicholson

Year 7 Map Reading up Pitch Hill

Mr Lodge and Mrs Ives

Pre prep Spanish Club Nativity Play

On Tuesday, Pre-prep Spanish club performed a (very!) condensed Nativity play entirely in Spanish. After only two rehearsals, they rose to the occasion beautifully in front of an audience of parents, grand-parents, siblings and Miss Coady. The children have only had an hour of Spanish a week for one term so they should be very proud of their achievement. Congratulations to Annabelle B (María), Charlie L (el burro), Mia O (el posadero), Monty L (José) and Pip C-G (el ángel y la vaca)!

Miss Francis

Music Department News

The Music Department is gearing up for a busy last week of term! We have:

  • The Prep School Christmas Concert on Friday 2nd December
  • A farewell recital at lunchtime on Tuesday 6th for the singing pupils of Miss Snowden who is sadly leaving us at the end of this term
  • The Pre-Prep Nativity at 2pm on Tuesday 6th December
  • The School Carol Service at St Nicolas' Church, Cranleigh on Wednesday 7th at 6pm
  • A music assembly on Thursday 7th December
  • Finally our Senior Chamber Choir are singing once again at the RAF Benevolent Fund's annual Carol Service at St. Clement Danes Church on the Strand on Sunday 11th December.

A huge number of children have been involved in all the musical and performing arts events across the whole school this term, showing great commitment and endeavour and each one deserves to be applauded for his or her work. Well done!

Mr Rye

Pre prep Stars of the Week


Ben W for working really hard and improved maths.


Freddie P  for taking on extra responsibilities in our Christmas show and super attention in phonics lessons.

Harry L for showing kindness towards others in class and great recall of tricky words.


Elliott S for excellent progress with reading.

Year 2

Mia O'B for showing a pro-active attitude towards her learning and fantastic perseverance in her reading.

Miss Coady

E-Safety Tips

This term a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students have started their Childnet 'Digital Leaders' training.

The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme aims to empower children and young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

This youth leadership programme offers pupils an exciting online community, structured training and ongoing support from Childnet’s expert team, helping make e-safety learning fun and effective and helping schools work towards an outstanding whole school community approach to e-safety.

The group will be hosting talks and creating resources for both students and parents. They should finish the first part of their training before the end of next term and then they will be preparing their first talk for the PrePrep parents in March!

Mr Southee

PADoK News

This Friday before the Prep Christmas Concert from 6pm

Christmas Shopping Event at Manns of Cranleigh

On Monday 28th November, PADOK held their Christmas Shopping Evening at Manns of Cranleigh.
Together with parents from Ewhurst Infant School and Peaslake School, guests were treated to exclusive after hours access to the whole store, with prosecco and canapés and the opportunity to shop and socialise at the same time. The evening was a fun and festive one and all in all a huge success. The Duke of Kent School parents showed off their finely honed shopping skills by buying up most of the stores stock! There will be lots of happy children with full stockings this Christmas!
Thank you to everybody who attended the evening and helped make it such a great night.

Mrs Burr