Weekly Bulletin 26/02/2016

Pablo's Football Academy Tour

Pablo forms part of an academy football team as a goalkeeper and over the recent half term his team (Pro-Direct Academy) was invited to train and compete against three academy sides in the Spanish football leagues, one of which was Granada CF, a 'La Liga' team. Training was undertaken by top English and Spanish coaches with serious gruelling workouts between matches.

One match was filmed and televised on a local television station. The team won their first two matches, with a final very tough match against Almeria UD on Saturday. The team went 2-0 down, in the first half, and their strength of character and determination in the second half led them to a nail-biting 3-2 win with Pablo making several saves and with an extremely important double save within a minute of the final whistle!

Cyclocross

Before half term Andrew in Year 9 entered the Vélo Bagarreur cyclocross event held at Brinsbury Agricultural College, coming 6th in his age group on a technically challenging course. Duke of Kent School is one of the sponsors of the event, loaning the pads from our rugby posts to go around bits of gate and fence which might be hazardous to riders. If you enjoy riding your bike along rough tracks and aren't afraid of mud, speak to Andrew about his favourite sport. If you want to know more about the local Vélo Bagarreur club, ask Mrs. Ives.

Kew Gardens

In decidedly untropical temperatures, Year 3 adventured to the rainforests of Kew this week. Having already studied many features of rainforests in Topic this term, the children impressed our guide with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm. He in turn, treated us all to some fascinating insights into the lives of rainforest plants, and how we benefit from them, as the pupils braved an imaginary night in the wild! The pupils not only had the chance to enjoy a spectacular canopy view from the vertiginous treetop walkway, but even caught sight of some nesting parakeets who had thoughtfully shown themselves to make our visit even more authentic. As ever, the staff were complimented on the children's impeccable behaviour and attitude by guides and members of the public alike.

Valentine's Disco

On the last day of last half term, Mrs Lock and her passionate band of helpers organised a LOVEly Valentine's Disco. Hips swivelled, limbs flew and prizes were awarded for various rhythmic combinations of both. It was great to see so many of the children on the dancefloor, though the real stars of the afternoon were undoubtedly Pre-prep, who taught us all a thing or two about grooving.

Mr Wright

Agincourt Exhibition at Watts Gallery

A group of Year 8 and 9 pupils have been engaged in the curatorial process this week as they prepare museum exhibits for our exhibition for the Historical Association Agincourt competition which will take place at The Watts Gallery Studio on Saturday 5th March from 11am – 4pm.

It would be wonderful if parents, children and friends of Duke of Kent School could come and see the exhibition. It would also be a perfect opportunity to visit and explore the Watts Gallery complex which includes a work by G.F. Watts which has been sponsored by the School:

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/visit/

Visits to our exhibition are free but entry to the other galleries will be charged at the standard rate:

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/visit/admissions-and-opening-times/

We hope to see you there.

Mr Seeley

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Year 2

Ed for a fantastic effort learning his times tables.

Year 1

Rollo for sensible behaviour and care and attention to detail with our Mothers' Day work.

Tilly for thoughtful and careful Mothers' Day work and great problem solving.

Reception

Millie D for being kind and thoughtful towards her friends and helpful in the classroom.

Nursery

Freddie P for being really well informed about all our Forest School rules.

 Mrs Macdonald