Weekly Bulletin 26/06/2015

Sports Day 2015

Duke of Kent School Mums' Netball

On Wednesday this week and for the second year running, PADoK hosted a netball tournament for other school mums' teams in the area. We were joined by Lansborough, Chilworth Infants, Belmont, Shere Infants and St Hilary's for a fantastic morning of Netball in glorious sunshine. I am delighted to tell you after a highly competitive final between Duke of Kent School and St Hilary's (last year's winners), with a very close final score of 5-4, Duke of Kent School mums' team were the overall winners.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to support and a huge congratulations to all the mum's who took part. A special thank you must be given to Miss Vernon, who has given up some of her spare time over the past year to give our mums' team some excellent training advice.

What a fantastic end to the year for our mums' netball team and we shall continue to meet on Wednesday mornings in September. Everybody of any ability is very welcome to join, Please contact padok@dukeofkentschool.org.uk for more information.

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

Year 10 Tennis Trip & Farewell to Miss Nicholson

The Year 10 girls had a wonderfully sunny day out watching the tennis at Eastbourne on Wednesday. It was also a great opportunity to celebrate Alice Nicholson's time with us this year as a Graduate Assistant. She has been a wonderful addition to the team and heavily involved in girls' sport during her time here. We wish her every success in the future!

Mrs Wilson

Year 7 visit the Globe Theatre

On Tuesday Year 7 had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Globe Theatre
in sunny Southwark.

Whilst touring the remarkable building we were lucky enough to be
serenaded by musicians in Elizabethan dress and watch a troop of actors
rehearsing for this summer’s production of ‘Measure by Measure’.

After their tour Year 7 were able to show off their outstanding dramatic
skills in a workshop revolving around ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ; a
play which the year group have become very familiar with whilst studying
Susan Cooper’s novel: ‘King of Shadows’.

The trip was a wonderful way for the pupils to engage with the works of
Shakespeare and his beloved theatre.

Mrs Southee

Year 8 Preseli

Last weekend Year 8 went away to Preseliventure on the Welsh coast for
three days of action and adventure! Even though there was a little
drizzle on Saturday, the rest of the weekend panned out in the beautiful
Welsh sunshine.

Activities included coaststeering (clambering around rocks on the coast
and jumping into the sea!), kayaking, surfing and hiking. It was action
packed and everyone was kept going by the wonderful food served at the
eco-lodge we stayed at.

Students had an amazing time and it was great to see the camaraderie
between them, helping each other on some physically and mentally
demanding activities! All the students (and staff!) committed themselves
to the highest jumps on coaststeering and were willed on by fellow form

Thank you Year 8 and Mr Harris, Miss Coady and Mr Green for a memorable

Family Golf Morning at Clandon

A couple of weekends ago Duke of Kent School held its first Golf Morning at Clandon Golf. It turned out to be a beautiful morning with some
excellent (and not so excellent!) golf played.

Parents, staff and students took part and the competition was
friendly. There was a closest to the pin on hole 2 (Student Competition
won by Blake (Yr 8) and Adult Competition by Mr Sutherland) and longest
drive on hole 9 (Student Competition won by Alex (Yr 10) and Adult
Competition by Mr Sutherland), as well as overall score, which was won
by the Potts family. Congratulations to all winners.

The day was more than just about competition and everyone had a
fantastic time on a tricky course (the 600 yard, Par 5 a real tester!)
and hopefully this will be the start of an annual event at Duke of Kent School.

Mr Southee

Year 7 Southwater Adventure

Year 7 enjoyed an excellent teambuilding visit to Southwater Park. The elements conspired to provide lots of water from above as well as on the water, so wetsuits were entirely necessary!

The year was split into three groups who took turns to have a go at kayaking (single paddlers), canoeing (teams of 2-3) and raft-building. The kayakers and canoeists were subjected to tests of their balancing skills not only while sat in their craft, but also by stepping precariously from one vessel to another in order to increase their watermanship confidence!

The raft builders created contraptions out of logs, barrels and uniquely tied ropes which provided a degree of amusement before the inevitable collapse of the ‘rafts’. At least one group christened their creation ‘Titanic’ with good reason.

Certain individuals spent at least as much time in the water as their vessels. Luca R-E never seemed to work out the art of staying IN a boat while Mr Leverington created much merriment with his watermanship ‘skills’. Suffice to say, thank goodness he took his own advice NOT to take the camera onto the water. Wisely, Mrs Coackley took charge of that particular activity.

A thoroughly productive time was enjoyed by all, and our thanks are owed to Mr Adrian Green and his team.

Mr Lodge

Pre-prep News

Sunny and Cupcake, the Pre-prep ducks, are getting ready to leave us
for their new home. Alex B in Year 8 is taking them to live at his
grandparents' this weekend where they will have a pond to swim in and
a large safe enclosure. Alex has done a brilliant job handling the
ducks everyday, looking after them at half-term and fixing the duck
house door. The Pre-prep children will miss them but are really happy
that they going to such a good home. Goodbye Sunny and Cupcake!

Alex B carrying out a bit of maintenance on the duck house. Sunny and Cupcake will be leaving us this weekend for their new home with Alex's family.

Dads' Forest School Party

On Thursday the Pre-prep fathers were invited up to Forest School as a Father's Day treat! The children had made lemonade, flapjacks, sweet potato chips and dips for their daddies to enjoy. More than 30 daddies came and they all took part in a den building competition with their children. They played a blind fold game and made flags. It was a lovely warm afternoon and we hope the daddies agree that is was a fun and relaxing way to spend time with their children.

Peter Pan Dance Show

Stars of the Week

Nursery - Arthur for writing his letters correctly and for being a fabulous head of the Dance Show crocodile

Reception - Isla being thoughtful and helpful in class

Year 1 - Annabel E for improved fluency with reading

Year 2 - Johnny for fabulous dancing in the Dance Show and for increased independence in class.

Toby Turnbull for excellent sentence work and
neat presentation.

Mrs Macdonald

Charity Cake Sale Success

On Thursday 11th June the Prep School Council organised a cake sale to support the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. The fantastic cakes were all made by the pupils and parents of Years 4 and 6 and were enjoyed by the whole school community. The wonderful sum of £300 was raised.

A huge thank you to all those people who gave up their time to make cakes and also to all those who were generous enough to support the event by buying and eating the cakes!

Mrs Lock

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