Weekly Bulletin 24/05/2019
A Message from Mrs Knox
It was a pleasure to report this week on the results from the Parental Perception survey completed last term. It has given us some excellent feedback and affirmation of the strengths of the School with some clear pointers for improvement. Pupils, staff and I will now commence the development of our 3 year plan. A few actions are already underway with the recruitment of a Stretch and Challenge coordinator, an on-line booking system for parent teacher evenings and a programme of school refurbishments. You can see the results here:
I would like to commend all of the pupils on the way they have navigated exam week with a clear understanding that exams are a learning tool and a part of their personal improvement journey.
I wish you all a very pleasant and happy half term break.
PADoK Charity Ball
“Oh What a night” Thank you to all the parents and teachers who came to the PADoK charity ball. It was a very special night, fabulous setting at Denbies Vineyard, lovely food and wine. But the highlights of the night were the singing waiters provided by “Encore Entertainments” and our fabulous after supper band “The Accidentals” lead by our very own Mr Rye.
Once again our auctioneer for the evening was DofK parent Guy Pakenham and he effortlessly lead us through an amusing and profitable live auction. We are still collecting money but I am very proud to say our current donation to Abbie’s Fund is over £11,700.
Thank you to the PADok Reps who helped organise the evening. But a special thanks must go to PADoK rep Debbie Rudge, who’s energy, expertise and vision were the underpinning ingredient to one of PADoK’s most successful nights ever.
Reception trip to Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve
On 21st May, Reception visited Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature reserve. We enjoyed an incredibly busy and fun packed day. We started with pond dipping. Everybody took turns to swish the big nets into the pond and found some amazing pond creatures including Phantom nymphs, back skaters, damsel fly nymphs, bloodworms and hundreds of water fleas. We calculated how many different species we had found by putting a peg onto a card indicting the creature we had discovered, some were so tiny we had to use magnifying glasses!
Next we went into the wooded meadow and conducted a minibeast hunt using a range of equipment. We found, spiders, flies, worms, beetles, woodlice to name but a few. Then we had an extra special treat to see a badger’s sett. We thought that the inhabitant might have been sleeping so we were very quiet! Throughout the day we were led by a team of experts from the RSPB reserve that shared their knowledge and answered all of the interesting questions posed by the children.
Later, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch and had time to play on the play equipment including a huge climbing net and fun tunnel area. The weather was wonderful and we took a walk onto the reserve where we listened for nightingales and watched out for adders. The children’s behaviour was exemplary throughout the day and got back to school happy but exhausted.
Share a Pencil Day
On Wednesday the Prep school took part in Share a Pencil Day along with thousands of other children all across the country. The day is all about raising awareness of the importance of education and the difficulties children face worldwide in going to school.
Millions of children around the world still have no access to education and cannot go to school. For those that can many have to walk hours to get to school each day. Many more lack the resources they need for learning. Children have to share books, rulers, pens and pencils.
Share a Pencil Day is a day on which we can learn a little about these issues. Why children cannot get the schooling they deserve and what difference it would make if they could.
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to, among other things, extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Share a Pencil Day is part of the World’s Largest Lesson, a global lesson to teach future generations about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The following link explains a little more.
During their lesson the pupils were asked to share one Pencil between two so everyone could try to understand first hand what it’s like not to have all the things in the classroom that we take for granted.
A Message from First Aid
With a busy and exciting schedule of residential trips coming up after half term, please can I remind parents to send in medications for residential trips to me (Chloe Sarjant) by a week prior to departure so they can be checked and packed. These can be left at front office. Please can I have all medications for Year 10 Silver Practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition, Year 9 Bronze Practice Duke of Edinburgh Expediton, Year 6 PGL trip and Year 4 Isle of Wight trip on the first day back after half term (Monday 3rd June). Please be aware that each trip will also have a small supply of over the counter medications sent for emergencies for staff to give at their discretion (eg calpol/paracetamol for pain and fever and antihistamine for hayfever/allergies). Thank you - I hope they all have a brilliant time on their trips.
A few match reports from this week
Pre-prep Swimming Gala
On Wednesday morning Pre-prep pupils and parents gathered in the swimming pool for our annual Pre-prep Swimming Gala. Spectators were treated to some well contested breast stroke, backstroke and front crawl races, there was an inaugural ‘motorbike’ race and Year 2 performed brilliantly in their first competitive relay! As always, the children put in an incredible effort. They participated in all their races with great spirit and enthusiasm, and not only did everybody reach the finish line but they did so with a smile on their face! Our sincerest thanks to Mr Darren, Angela and Mr Herbert for continuing to support and guide our pupils in making progress with their swimming this year, and an enormous well done and congratulations to all the participants!
Waverley School Athletics Team
Matty S (Yr10) and Jasmine B (Yr10) has both qualified for the Waverely School Athletics Team with Matty S representing them for 3000 metres and Jasmine B for 100 metres. Congratulations to you both as this is a tremedous achievement.
Year 3 and 4 Boys' House Cricket
Last week saw Year 3 and 4 play a pairs House Cricket competition on Front pitch. It was a lovely day which was well supported by the parents. It finished with a marginal victory to Hillary and Whittle by 3 runs. Well done to all the boys involved as it was great for them to show their skills they have been learning throughout the term and put them into a match situation.
Years 7 and 8 Girls' House Cricket
On Wednesday afternoon, every girl in Year 7 & 8 took part in the House Cricket competition on the Wilsons’ Pitch. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and all the girls were excited to get started. The semi-finals were randomly selected, Armstrong played Hillary and Chichester played Whittle. In both games, each girl had a chance to bat, bowl and keep wicket for at least 1 over. There was some cracking bowling from Macy B, Amber C, Tilly, C and Angelina M, with good technique and accuracy being shown. The girls played some great straight drives and Izzy B, Kora W, Ruby K, Emily B and Aoife W smashed it for 6 on multiple occasions! Armstrong and Chichester won their semi-finals and so they went through into the final whilst Hilary and Whittle battled it out for 3th place. There was more great fielding on display with some cracking catches and stops from Poppy K, Alanna H and Molly G. The team spirit was high throughout the afternoon with Armstrong managing to win their game and be crowned as Year 7&8 cricket champions! A huge congratulations to all the girls involved for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout!
1st – Armstrong
2nd – Chichester
3rd – Hillary
4th - Whittle
Year 5 & 6 House Cricket
Over the course of this week saw the Year 5 and 6 House Cricket competition take place. Armstrong and Whittle loss the toss and were put into bat scoring 197 off their overs. With notable batting performances from Jack B scoring 14 and Luca H with 15, hitting the only 6 of the game. Quentin J limited the runs as he took 2 wickets in his over.
Chichester and Hillary started brightly and keeping up with the required run rate. However, tight bowling from Oscar DK and Henry C ensured the 27 run win for Armstrong and Whittle.
Well done to all the boys involved as everyone faced and bowled one over of hard ball.
Year 7 Athletics meet vs Box Hill
Last Friday saw Duke of Kent schools inaugural inter school Athletics meet against Box Hill. All of year 7 took part in a run, throw or a jumping event. It was great to see the pupils execute their skills in a competitive situation and in preparation for Sports Day. Points were awarded for the top 4 places in each event; 4 for 1st place, 3 for 2nd place, 2 for 3rd and 1 for 4th place. Duke of Kent School scored 81 points to Box Hill 78 points to secure the trophy.
Whole School Reminder
Monday 3rd June:
Half Term Ends 08.20am
Senior School Reminders
Monday 3rd June:
"3 peaks Challenge" trail running for Senior pupils 16:45-19:30
Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th June:
Year 10 Silver DofE expedition practice
Friday 7th - Saturday 8th June:
Year 9 Bronze DofE practice expedition
Prep School Reminders
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June:
Year 6 PGL Osmington Bay trip
Thursday 7th - Sunday 9th June:
Year 4 trip to Isle of Wight returns
Just a quick reminder for parents to stick to the public areas of the school. Please could you follow the signs that state ‘Teachers and Pupils Only Beyond this Point’. This includes the wooded areas and footpaths - the Greensand Way is the only public footpath through the school site should you wish to access Pitch Hill.
On the 11th May Archie LaC’s club, Farncombe Youth Football Club, hosted their annual tournament and festival with 129 visiting teams.
Archie’s usual weekend team the “Fires" were split into two for the tournament and matches played as 5 a side with Archie playing up front .
Archie’s team played 4 matches in their group of 5 and with 3 wins and a draw topped their group.
They then played the runners up of other group (Albury), again winning to play Guildford City Dynamos in the final.
In a close fought match Archie’s team won 1-0 to lift the trophy 🏆
Duke of Cat
From Sydney (aka William Rands)
I am the cat of cats. I am
The everlasting cat!
Cunning, and fun, and sleek as jam,
The everlasting cat!
I hunt vermin in the night-
The everlasting cat!
For I see best without the light-
The everlasting cat!
Yes, that’s me!!!!!
Stars of The Week
Nursery: Savannah L for excellent use of role-play resources and wonderful language with vivid and imaginative descriptions.
Reception: Sam P-R for good word building and increased focus in comprehension work.
Year 1: Hubert S for excellent research work for out rainforest fact file.
Year 2: Tom C-G for being wonderfully helpful and polite.
An article came out yesterday about a previous data breach by Talk Talk, who supposedly failed to inform thousands of their customers that they had their personal information leaked onto the Internet in 2015, including bank details. A Google search revealed that their details were freely available for anyone to view and use for themselves.
Whilst I have previously spoken about the importance of data security, there is unfortunately not much you can do to prevent a company from losing your data. I would advise people to periodically use a service like "Have I Been Pwned" to check if their emails or passwords are floating around the Internet.
Here are some useful links:
Thanks for reading!
Pause for Thought
As the Beatles so famously put it All you need is love!
I hope you have a restful and relaxing half term and for those revising - be kind to yourself....and remember, you are loved exactly as you are. Unconditional love is simply that. No matter how many qualifications you get nothing can increase or decrease how special you are in God's eyes and how much he loves you.
With every blessing
PADoK Book Club
Our next book club will be on Thursday 27th June at 8pm.
We will be discussing “The Tent The Bucket and Me” By Emma Kennedy.
Refreshments will be served and everybody is very very welcome.
Friday 7th June. 8.30am-9.30am approx.
As usual we will be meeting in Hurtwood control carpark 3 near the windmill pub.
Tea, coffee and cake will be served in the carpark on your return.
Tuesday 18th June, 8.30am-10am
Do join us in the meetings room to hear about what we have been doing this year.
Richard Brocksom, the chairman of the governors, will be available for questions and answers at the end.
PADoK Charity Netball Tournament
June 19th 9.30am-1.30pm
One again we will be inviting parents' netball teams from schools in the surrounding area to our annual Charity Netball tournament.
All donations this year will go towards Abbie’s fund.
Do come along and get involved either by playing or supporting on the day.
PADoK Regular weekly Clubs
Don’t forget PADoK Netball continues to meet on Wednesday mornings 8.30am-9.30am, absolutely no previous experience is necessary, everybody is very welcome to join in.
Singing group meets on a Thursday Mornings, 8.20am-9am.