Weekly Bulletin 23/11/2018

English literature quiz

On Tuesday 20th November, students from Year 5 to Year 8 went to Seaford College to take part in the first round of the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2018.
The Kids’ Lit Quiz is hugely popular as it 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.
Representing Duke of Kent School were Aoife W, Matilda R, Ozzie H, Oscar D-K, Leo H, Iris R
Issy B and Ben D. A special mention to Aoife who managed to win a cash prize with her quick-thinking and Matilda R who won her whole team a book each! Well done all!

Miss Anand

House Bake Off has begun!

On Monday, the first round of the Duke of Kent School House Bake Off started. Needless to say, the competition in the first round was fierce with a whopping 50 entries from students across the Prep and Senior School. The House Leaders and House Captains had an extremely difficult (and tasty!) task of sampling all of the cakes and bakes brought in. They then had to make difficult decisions of which entries would be taken to the next round: The Semi-Final.

For the first time ever, we also held a Duke of Kent School Staff Challenge where the House Leaders had a chance to compete in a ‘Blind Bake’ where the students judged the best cake. The results are:

1st - Miss Nott and Mrs Nicholson

2nd - Miss Vickers

At breaktime, the students held a bake sale for Children In Need where they sold their lovely creations! All their efforts paid off and as a school we managed to raise over £100!

Congratulations to the students through to the semi-final:

Prep

Senior

Armstrong

Alex F

Ben H-F & Ben P

Chichester

Henry R

Kora W

Hilary

Oscar H

Milly B & Charlotte W

Whittle

Esme P

Alex G

These pupils will be competing for the 2 Prep and 2 Senior places in the Grand Final on Tuesday 4th December, which will be judged by 2017 Great British Bake Off Finalist, Steven Carter-Bailey!

Well done to all the students and staff who have taken part so far - more updates next week!

Miss Anand and Mr Gritton

Science assembly

On Thursday 22nd November the Prep School had an exciting and dynamic Science Assembly presented by Dr Francis from Working Science. He entertained them with lasers, exploding rockets and slime!! They saw how forces work ( demonstrated with a leaf blower!) and which materials conduct electricity.The pupils had an opportunity to ask questions and to try and catch Dr Francis out!

Mrs Lock

PADoK Bangers, Bingo and Beer event

Everybody had a brilliant evening at last Friday’s nights event “Bingo Bangers and Beer”. The dining hall was transformed into a Blackpool pier bingo hall, prizes were in abundance and everybody went home in jolly spirits.

Congratulations to PADoK reps Mrs Leslie and Mrs Weatherby for putting together such a fantastic evening. Special thanks must also be given to our master of ceremonies Mr Roberts for his expert and effervescent bingo calling.

Mrs Trotman

PADoK Manns of Cranleigh Christmas shopping

Once again Mann’s department store in Cranleigh hosted parents from Duke of Kent School, Peaslake School and Ewhurst Infants for an exclusive Christmas shopping evening. The champagne was flowing and it was fantastic way to start our Christmas shopping. Thank you to Mrs Burr, Mrs Hunt (Peaslake school) and Mrs Williams (Ewhurst School) for arranging the evening. It was a fantastic event and got everyone into that Christmas Spirit, albeit in November!

Mrs Trotman

Pause for thought

There is always something to get excited about at the start of everyday - even if it feels only small! Have a lovely weekend.

Rev Kia

A few match reports from this week

Netball: U13 v. Amesbury

On Wednesday our U13 Netball team faced Amesbury away.  This match was fast paced and entertaining from start to finish.  The opening quarter reflected this with both teams scoring 5 goals each.  In the second quarter we swapped a few players around and focused on options at the top and side of the circle, our circle defense (Kora W, Angie M and Lucy P) sticking tight to the Amesbury shooters and stopping those cheeky overhead passes to their GS. Issy B and Bea H worked well together in the circle making sure they jumped up for every rebound and ensuring they got a second attempt at goal. With some grit and determination the Duke of Kent School girls had the lead with an 11 - 8 half time score.

In the second half, Amesbury came back fighting with quick and accurate passes through the center court and they increased their defensive play which saw Duke of Kent School lose possession and get flustered by the change of play. That being said, the girls worked hard and only allowed one goal in throuhout the quarter! The third quarter ended with Duke of Kent School hanging on with a 12-9 lead. 

In the final quarter the focus was to play our game and take our time with passes and dodging. Amelie W-B and Aoife W fought to maintain options throughout the attacking quarters assisted by Izzy B and Zoe L who made multiple inteceptions.  Bea H made a fantastic shot in the final minutes from the edge of the circle which every player, umpire and supporter cheered whilst she stood in utter disbelief. The whoole team worked so hard in the final quarter and managed to hold on to their lead with a final score of 15-14 to Duke of Kent School.  Well done girls, there was great sportsmanship and 100% effort from every single player.  What a game to umpire!

Miss Vernon

Netball: U12 v. Amesbury

On Wednesday, the U12 netball team travelled to Amesbury for what turned out to be a gripping game. On a day that saw highs of about 5 degrees, the girls struggled in the first quarter to find their game; mainly due to the temperature shock after a warm journey down! They found themselves just behind at 2-3.

After a quick talk however, the girls really found their form in the next quarter. Poppy R was fantastic at GD, making countless interceptions and leaving her opponent stunned. Imogen C found her voice and made valuable calls for the ball to help in the middle of the pitch and Hannah M showed a huge improvement in her marking, defending and movement around the pitch, that really made a difference to the game. They deservedly found themselves ahead by half term but only by one goal, so it was all to play for.

Over the next quarter it really was back and forth and a few errors from both teams kept the score very close, but Amesbury had managed to sneak ahead 11-12. However, this only seemed to fire up the girls even more. Despite Amber C's opponent being significantly taller than her, she and Poppy K worked brilliantly together to get the ball into the circle and score valuable goals. Natasha B showed agility to grab the ball from the opponent's shooters and Alanna H continued to be a key player, always providing an option for a pass to get the ball down the pitch. The final score was a close but deserved 15-14 to us and really reflected the hard work, resilience and team effort that all the girls showed. Well done!

A few match reports from this week

Netball: U13 v. Amesbury

On Wednesday our U13 Netball team faced Amesbury away.  This match was fast paced and entertaining from start to finish.  The opening quarter reflected this with both teams scoring 5 goals each.  In the second quarter we swapped a few players around and focused on options at the top and side of the circle, our circle defense (Kora W, Angie M and Lucy P) sticking tight to the Amesbury shooters and stopping those cheeky overhead passes to their GS. Issy B and Bea H worked well together in the circle making sure they jumped up for every rebound and ensuring they got a second attempt at goal. With some grit and determination the Duke of Kent School girls had the lead with an 11 - 8 half time score.

In the second half, Amesbury came back fighting with quick and accurate passes through the center court and they increased their defensive play which saw Duke of Kent School lose possession and get flustered by the change of play. That being said, the girls worked hard and only allowed one goal in throuhout the quarter! The third quarter ended with Duke of Kent School hanging on with a 12-9 lead. 

In the final quarter the focus was to play our game and take our time with passes and dodging. Amelie W-B and Aoife W fought to maintain options throughout the attacking quarters assisted by Izzy B and Zoe L who made multiple inteceptions.  Bea H made a fantastic shot in the final minutes from the edge of the circle which every player, umpire and supporter cheered whilst she stood in utter disbelief. The whoole team worked so hard in the final quarter and managed to hold on to their lead with a final score of 15-14 to Duke of Kent School.  Well done girls, there was great sportsmanship and 100% effort from every single player.  What a game to umpire!

Miss Vernon

Netball: U12 v. Amesbury

On Wednesday, the U12 netball team travelled to Amesbury for what turned out to be a gripping game. On a day that saw highs of about 5 degrees, the girls struggled in the first quarter to find their game; mainly due to the temperature shock after a warm journey down! They found themselves just behind at 2-3.

After a quick talk however, the girls really found their form in the next quarter. Poppy R was fantastic at GD, making countless interceptions and leaving her opponent stunned. Imogen C found her voice and made valuable calls for the ball to help in the middle of the pitch and Hannah M showed a huge improvement in her marking, defending and movement around the pitch, that really made a difference to the game. They deservedly found themselves ahead by half term but only by one goal, so it was all to play for.

Over the next quarter it really was back and forth and a few errors from both teams kept the score very close, but Amesbury had managed to sneak ahead 11-12. However, this only seemed to fire up the girls even more. Despite Amber C's opponent being significantly taller than her, she and Poppy K worked brilliantly together to get the ball into the circle and score valuable goals. Natasha B showed agility to grab the ball from the opponent's shooters and Alanna H continued to be a key player, always providing an option for a pass to get the ball down the pitch. The final score was a close but deserved 15-14 to us and really reflected the hard work, resilience and team effort that all the girls showed. Well done!

Mrs Vermeulen

Netball: U10 v. Amesbury

On Wednesday our U10 team faced Amesbury in a thrilling netball match. After a bit of a slow start, Duke of Kent School found their rhythm and put in a sterling team performance. It was a close match throughout, however, sustained effort and motivation in the final quarter saw Duke of Kent School take the lead and win the match 8-6. Each and every member of the team worked really hard, but a special mention has to go to Jess I and Isla B for some outstanding passing and moving which saw them dominate the attacking third and shooting circle. It was a fantastic match to watch and all members of the team should be very proud of their performance, both individually and as a team.

Mrs Green

ISA London South U11 5 a-side Regional Champions!!

Congratulations to the Duke of Kent School U11 football team for winning the London South regionals at Rosemead School last Friday!! The team consisting of Conrad C, Toby T(c), Luca H, Jack B, George P, Rufus B and Casper C played extremely well all day long. Winning 6 of their 7 group matches they went in to the semifinals with the knowledge that they had already qualified for the National Finals at St George’s Park in May. A very strong semifinal performance put Duke of Kent School through to the final where they played Rosemead. The final was a very tightly contested game although Duke of Kent School played some excellent football and created more chances. A second half goal from Jack B gave us the win and topped off what was a fantastic day. Well done to all who played and thank you to Mr Beveridge for his support.

Mr Herbert

School reminders

Senior school reminders

Tuesday 27th November:

Band call for Senior production 16:30 - 18:30

Wednesday 28th November:

Senior production dress rehearsal 9:30 - 12:00

Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December:

Senior Muscial - Made in Dagenham

Stars of the week

Nursery: Elsie S for having such an enthusiastic attitude and working with increasing independence.

Reception: Louis M for showing good motivation when making a robot design using 2-d shapes.

Eliza R for amazing work in maths using coins.

Year 1: Rupert L for always putting in 100% with everything he does

Year 2: Freddie P for brilliant focus and effort in all lessons.

Mrs Green

E-Safety tips

One issue that I have highlighted before is gambling, especially in video games. A recent gambling commission study suggested that 450,000 children aged 11-16 bet regularly - more than those who have taken drugs or alcohol.

While the study was focused on physical gambling, it raised concerns that close to a million young people had been exposed to gambling through "loot boxes". These boxes, which are now a regular occurrence in video games, contain a random object for that game and are usually bought with real money or in game currency.

In parallel, researchers from York did find a link between the purchase of these boxes and problem gambling. Studies in this field are relatively new and loot boxes are currently unregulated in the UK, unlike some other countries in the world (particularly in Asia and Europe).

The addictive and enticing nature of loot boxes can be damaging both from an emotional and financial standpoint, so i would definitely encourage people to keep an eye out.

Here are some links for more details:

https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/survey-data/Young-People-and-Gambling-2018-Report.pdf

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-46295317/loot-box-spending-creates-problem-gamblers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46286945

https://www.gambleaware.co.uk/

Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK news

The Christmas raffle/hamper donation boxes are now in position in the Old Hall. Please do feel free to donate anything suitable, candles, smellies, jars or cans, a Christmas pudding or two, some chutney or jams, a box of chocolates. Any alcohol would need to be delivered to the front office and not put in the collection box. Reps will be on the front door at drop off to take items from your car window if this is easier. (They will be dressed in 'Christmas attire' so you can't miss them!!) Please donate by Wed 5th Dec.  These drop off days are:

 Monday 26th November

Tuesday 27th November

Wednesday 28th November

Raffle tickets will be available to buy at all PADoK events from now until the draw on 7th December. Tickets have also gone home in pre-prep and prep school children’s bags. Prices are £1 a ticket and £5 for the book please fill out your details on the ticket and return the stub with your money to front office. Tickets will also be available to buy from front office.

The Christmas hamper raffle will be drawn on Friday 7th December, before the prep school Christmas concert.

Mulled Wine and Minced Pies

Please do join us around the fire in Old Hall on Friday 7th December from 6pm for our annual festive mulled wine and minced pie evening. We will also be pulling the winners for the Christmas hampers and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club draw. After we are filled with festive cheer we shall make our way to the performing arts hall for the glorious prep school Christmas concert.

Mrs Trotman