Weekly Bulletin 26/04/2019

From Mrs Knox

It has been super to welcome the students back after their break and the School is awash with buzz and excitement again. We have an incredibly busy term ahead with exams, excursions, presentations, fixtures and recitals to name but a few and I look forward to participating in many of them. Next Thursday, Year 7 students have the opportunity to discuss academic progress with their teachers and parents during the Year 7 Parent Teacher evening. We are trialling an on-line booking system where parents can pre-book suitable time slots and this system will be rolled out for all future evenings. There are a number of parent sessions this term and I commend the talk by Tom Southee, our Safeguarding Lead, on “the teenage brain and online safety” for Senior Parents on the 13th May at 5 – 6pm. Please have a look through the School diary for further interesting talks. I wish you a lovely weekend.

Mrs Knox

Attain Magazine

For any parents who would like to read the Summer edition of Attain Magazine, follow the link below to the electronic version:

This edition of Attain has some excellent contributions from fellow IAPS Heads, looking at everything from dealing with disappointment and preserving childhood through to happiness and parental ambition.  All offer extremely useful advice for prep school parents, exploring issues which can be overlooked or are worth considering from a new angle.  It all helps navigating the maze of parenthood and education a little easier.

Miss Vernon

Senior Netball Tour

On the final day of Spring term, fifteen of our Year 9 and 10 girls made the journey to Liddington in Wiltshire for our first ever Senior Netball Tour. It was a glorious day and everyone was in high spirits. Miss Vernon took on the role of playing DJ and took requests all the way to PGL! On arrival, the girls settled in, had dinner and then got straight into some activities involving various challenges and team building exercises!

On Saturday morning, the Year 9s headed off for a morning of activities including high ropes, zip wire, trapeze and much more whilst the Year 10s started their first rounds of the tournament. The Year 10 team consisted of Sophie D, Minnie C, Blue R, Fleur B, Jasmine B, Issy P and Ellis McK. They played four games on Saturday morning and scored an average of 14 goals in each 16 minute game! The team worked fantastically together and managed to secure four extremely well deserved wins. After lunch the Year 10s headed off for their activities, starting with Archery and then onto the high ropes. They also came over to the netball courts during the afternoon to cheer on the Year 9s as they started their tournament campaign. The Year 9 team consisted of Millie L, Martha McA, Poppy S, Daisy M, Alice S, Laura S, Milly B and Bella R-B. The Year 9s also had four games on their first day and they came up against some well-matched competition but dug deep and managed to win all four matches too! The girls finished Saturday feeling very positive and soon got involved in a variety of activities including a more relaxed film option in preparation for another big day of netball.

On Sunday the nerves started to show but after some reassurance and discussion about tactics and pace of play the girls got back into a positive mindset, and they were ready for the last two games of the tournament which would determine their place in Semi Finals. The wins kept coming and both Duke of Kent School teams managed to win their Semi Finals, with Year 9 winning 8-4 and Year 10 winning 10-4 ... finals here we come!

The Year 9 Final was a fierce but exciting match. The match was very fast paced and with lots of turnovers from both teams. Duke of Kent School just missed out on the win in a very close game with a final score of 7-5. The Year 9 performance was fantastic and they worked so hard as a team, every single player drove for each ball and worked tirelessly throughout the two days. The Year 10s were up next with an equally exhilarating final, their opponents came out strong and quickly took the lead at half time but after a team talk Duke of Kent School changed their tactics very slightly and it seemed to click for each player. Suddenly Minnie C and Sophie D were on fire and they didn’t miss a shot! The girls managed to come back within the last minute to win by just 1 goal, what an incredible result!

A huge congratulations to all the girls for their superb efforts throughout the weekend. Aside from the fantastic standard of netball that was played, the girls attitude and behaviour was exceptional and every pupil was a great asset to Duke of Kent School. PGL Netball Tour was a huge success and we are already excited to return in the future to try and regain the title! 

Miss Vickers and Miss Vernon

ISA Cross Country Finals

On the first Saturday of the Easter holidays, four Duke of Kent School pupils travelled to Rugby School to take part in the ISA National Cross Country Finals. Luca H and Rufus B ran in the U11 age group, Alex S in the U12 age group and Matty S in the U15s. These runners had already performed exceptionally well in their regional event to qualify for this huge event. The standard was very high and all of the Duke of Kent School runners produced fine performances although the flat course suited some runners more than others. The last race for Duke of Kent School saw Matty S put in an amazing run to win the race by some distance. Well done to all who ran.

Mr Herbert

A Message from First Aid

Public Health Alert: Scarlet Fever

Public Health England are recommending that schools raise awareness of the symptoms of Scarlet Fever which is a seasonal illness common at this time of year, further to a spike in cases in March 2019.

It is usually a mild illness, with symptoms including sore throat, headache and fever, with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red rash with sandpapery feel. Public Health England recommends early treatment with antibiotics as there is a risk of complications such as pneumonia and the spread of infection. 

Children diagnosed with scarlet fever can return to school 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment (if no antibiotics have been administered, the child may be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks).

Please be aware!

Many thanks,

Chloe and Maya

PADoK News

Teddy and Booze Donations

To support Peaslake School “Teddy Bears Picnic” we are asking all parents (and Children) to donate any no longer wanted teddies and soft toys, please can you ensure all soft toys are clean and intact. Peaslake school annually hold a teddy bears picnic on Abinger Hammer cricket green on Bank Holiday Monday, this event raises money vital to the successful running of Peaslake Village School. Our teddy and soft toy donations will help to support one of their most popular stalls at the event.

We are also asking for bottles of booze donations for an auction prize at the PADoK Charity Ball.

Reps will be waiting for your collections at drop off (8am-8.40am) on Thursday 2nd May and Friday 3rd May.

PADoK Walking Group

We will be leading PADoK walks on the first Friday in every month during term time.  Walks this term will be held on 3rd May, 7th June, 5th July.

Meeting is in Hurtwood control carpark 3 (near the windmill pub) at 8.30am for a gentle walk in the Surrey Hills, returning to the carpark for refreshments. 

Everybody and dogs very welcome. No need to book just turn up.

PADoK Back to Netball

Wednesday mornings 8.30am-9.30am on the outside court opposite the swimming pool

First session this term Wednesday 1st May.

This is a New Netball Group for parents who are trying out the sport for the first time or returning to the sport after a long time. The focus will be on fun and fitness. Everybody is more than welcome, mums, dads and grandparents, it really is great fun and a fantastic way to keep fit and a nice way to socially meet parents across the school. The netball group usually meet up twice a year for fun nights out - over the past few years we have got together for cocktail making evenings, karaoke nights, Thai evenings and even been to watch England play in a netball game or two. We are a very friendly group and would love more parents to get involved.

The PADoK Singers

Continue to meet on Thursday mornings 8.20am-9am in the Performing Arts Hall. Mr Rye generously gives his time for this most joyful group, what better way to start your day than with a song.

Contact Lucy Burr for more details. lucyjaneburr@yahoo.co.uk

Mrs Trotman, Head of PADoK

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School Reminders

Whole School Reminders

Wednesday 1st May:

PADoK Uniform Shop open 15:00 - 16:00

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May:

PADoK car park collection of teddies, soft toys and bottles 08:00 - 08:30

Thursday 2nd May:

Lunchtime cello/piano recital for pupils of Mrs Young 12:45 - 13:30

Friday 3rd May:

An Evening of Original Works 19:00

Senior School Reminders

Tuesday 30th April:

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (selected Years 7 and 8 pupils)

Thursday 2nd May:

Year 9 trip to Hendon Air Museum

Thursday 2nd May:

Year 7 Parents' meeting 16:45 - 20:00

Friday 3rd May:

Year 7 Social evening 16:45 - 19:30

Prep School Reminder

Tuesday 30th April:

Year 3 trip to Butser Farm

Pre-prep Reminder

Thursday 2nd May:

Year 1 trip to Ashley House Care Home, Shalford

Duke of Cat

Welcome back to the Summer Term! The break was incredibly quiet and I ended up quite bored – which did surprise me. In fact, I had so much time on my paws, I began researching sayings that involve cats – not that I am narcissistic or anything… So I shall start with an easy one:

It’s raining cats and dogs. Where does this saying come from?

Well of course, now we use it to say it is raining very hard, but, apparently, in olden times, homes had thatched roofs and my fellow dogs and I would hide in them. So, in heavy rain, we would be washed out of the thatch or abandon it for shelter so it would seem to be raining cats and dogs. So there you are. My lesson for the day. Perhaps I should turn my paw to teaching….

Miaow, miaw


Performing Arts News

The Performing Arts Department is gearing up for another busy term of productions and concerts. This term sees the lunchtime recitals for all the pupils of each individual instrumental teacher, so please check the calendar for these dates, and a host of other wonderful events. (Please see the dates at the bottom below.) A few of the headlines of the term are:

  • We will be holding our first LAMDA exams, which is very exciting for all those involved - all the pupils need to be learning those words.

  • Years 8 and 9 will be performing their production of Grimm's Fairy Tales, directed by Mrs Honey.

  • Pre-Prep will once again be strutting their stuff in their Annual Dance Show.

  • Our Ballet club will be taking their ISTD Grade 1 Ballet exam.

And finally I am also delighted to announce that we had some excellent music exam results from last term: 

James F. - Clarinet Grade 6 - Merit

James F. - Theory Grade 5 - Merit

Alfie C. - Cello Grade 4 - Merit

Alex S. - Piano Grade 3 - Pass

Rose S. - Piano Grade 2 - Merit

James B. - Piano Grade 1 - Distinction

Johnny M. - Piano Grade 1 - Merit

Ariane L. - Piano Grade 1 - Merit

Performing Arts Dates:

3rd May - An Evening of Original Works

10th May - House Music finals concert

10th June - LAMDA Showcase evening

14th June - Summer Concert

24th June - LAMDA exams

25th June - LAMDA Exams

28th June - Yrs 8&9 production of Grimm's Fairytales

30th June - ISTD Ballet exams

1st July - Year 11 Leavers' Concert

4th July - Prep Performance at Woodhouse Opera

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Welcome back to the weekly e-safety bulletin, I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break. This week we take a look at online reputation, a topic which can sometimes go under the radar in the general e-safety environment. A lot of the messages in e-safety focus on how we interact with the people around us, but we must also be mindful of how our posts can affect our lives long after we have made them. One phrase I like to quote is "The Internet isn't written in pencil, it's written in ink", and the decentralised nature of The Internet means that as soon as something is posted online, everyone else in the world can see it and do whatever they want with it.

Here are a few general tips you can use:

-Remember the difference between public and private information

-Be positive online

-Search your own name online and see what comes up

-Respect other people's privacy and viewpoints

Here are some links you might find useful:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

Pause for Thought

I hope you've all had a restful Easter break and are raring to go head long into a busy summer term!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the horrendous bombings that happened in Sri Lanker on Easter Sunday. Although these bombings were aimed at Christians, all faiths, including Muslims, have come together to condemn these actions of terror. And all are united in prayer. When tragedy like this happens we often turn to prayer, sometimes for the first time, as there seems little else we can do. The Church of England have offered this prayer that I would like to share with you.

A Prayer for Sri Lanka

God of resurrection life we pray for the people of Sri Lanka.

We commend to your eternal love
those who have been senselessly killed
as they gathered for Easter celebrations,
and we pray for those who mourn.

We pray for the many injured and for all caring for them.

We proclaim the hope of the risen Christ
as we pray for peace, peace for the people of Sri Lanka and for all who are persecuted because of their faith.

We pray for peace among the nations of the world.

In the truth and hope of the risen Christ
transform all darkness to light, all fear to trust, and all hatred to love, in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Saviour. Amen.

Next Wednesday I would like to invite you to join me at the start of this new term in praying for our school community. Although at times we might feel like we are in our nice Surrey bubble on the hill we are not immune to the stresses and strains of the world. As we enter into exam season the pressures mount upon our young people and I believe that taking our worries and concerns to God our Father makes a huge difference to us and them.

Join me for coffee, pastries and prayer after drop off next Wednesday where we can spend some time together in fellowship and prayer - all welcome!

With every blessing

Reverend Kia