Weekly Bulletin 27/02/2015

Year 10 Paris Trip

Mrs Power and Mrs Macdonald took 15 very enthusiastic Year 10 French students to Paris during the February half-term. The party walked everywhere, the highlight of their journey being a 19 kilometre walk on the second day, as they trekked all the way from the Louvres Museum via “le Jardin des Tuileries” for lunch to the Champs Elysées and finally climbed the “Arc de Triomphe” three hours later! All in very good humour. Another highlight of the trip was the visit of the “Sacré-Coeur” basilica in the pouring Valentine’s Day rain. Students were brave enough to climb hundreds of steps all the way up to the dome where they enjoyed magnificent views of the city. There is no doubt however, that the students’ most memorable visits were the “Stade de France” and of course the Eiffel Tower, where they were the first ever to get an ice skating tutorial at the top of the Tower! Mrs Power and Mrs Macdonald were very impressed with both the maturity and level of fitness the students demonstrated during this trip, having walked on average 14 Kilometres per day and climbed 150 floors. Well done!

Mrs Power

Year 3 Kew Gardens Visit

On Tuesday Year 3 went to Kew Gardens to support their Topic work on rainforests. They explored resources from rainforest plants in the Palm House, looking at plants which produce fruit, spices and medicines. They also overcame any fears of height as they ventured around the treetop walkway, where they could see the gardens and wonderful views beyond.

Mrs Nicholson

Music News

The Music Department continues to gear up for the GLive annual schools concert on 19th March and our very own performing arts evening ‘A Night At the Movies’ on 26th March. The choirs need to be learning their words and practising their parts please! Tickets for both these events are still available so do contact Miss Vernon if you are interested: bookings@dofk.org

Studio Time in the Music Department - Over half-term a few of the year 10 GCSE students and Mr. Rye had a ‘recording day’ in the Performing Arts block. Using professional recording equipment Hannah McAuley, Antonia Goddard and Hamish Lonie recorded their GCSE coursework performance pieces and compositions, and made a start on their debut single ‘Those Three Words’! We will be recording many more works over the next couple of terms, so watch out for a GCSE album available soon!

Mr Rye

Prep School's Valentine Disco

The annual prep school Valentine’s Disco was held on Thursday 12th February. This year, instead of the usual dance competition there were demonstration dances from the Rollerblading Club, Year 6 and the Monday evening Dance Club. Their excellent performances were enjoyed by both Pre-prep and the whole Prep School. It was delightful to see every pupil in the Prep School getting up to dance so enthusiastically and enjoying themselves so much. We raised about £110, which will go towards sponsoring at least two endangered species. Many thanks for all the donations.

Mrs Lock

Science News

Mrs Margaret Lennard from Farnham Beekeepers Association, presented a workshop on honeybee conservation and looking at the life cycle of the honeybee. Some Year 8 boys in Science Club have chosen to make bee hotels and design a flower bed to ensure Duke of Kent School supports the conservation of honeybees.

Ms Armstrong

The Year 9s have been busy over the past few weeks creating their own individual models to represent different types of energy resources used to produce electricity. This was an engaging activity where students brought their own creative ideas to the projects whilst learning key scientific information.

Dr Wicks

Prep School Fund Raising

During half term Izzy was delighted to be able to present a cheque, on behalf of the
Prep School, for £400 to St Peter and St James Hospice in Haywards Heath. Money
which had been raised at the Prep School Christmas Fayre.

Mrs Wilson

Puppet and Puzzles Club

Martha, Alanna and Harvey have enjoyed making various puppets in Puppets and Puzzles Club, including glove puppets, finger puppets, shadow puppets and marionettes. They have now completed their horse, zebra and monster puppets, have named them and created their own puppet shows with them.

Mrs Nicholson

Sports News

Girls' Sport

This was another busy week for fixtures with a mix of fortunes in the results. The
match of the week was the Under 15 girls netball against a strong Priorsfield's first
team. In the first half, Priorsfield edged ahead but we kept fighting and making the
most of opportunities. There was some great team play from everyone involved. At the end of the third quarter we had taken the lead by two goals. The final quarter remained a closely fought battle but we won 16-13 at the final whistle. Well done to all who played.

Mrs Wilson

Pre-prep News

Rocket Science!

It was Year 2's turn to do an assembly for the Prep and Pre-Prep children this week. The children appeared as NASA Scientists and amazed the audience with their Space facts . They performed a rap about the Moon and recited a poem that they had written together in class called 'From My Rocket'. Year 11 were able to come and watch and told Mrs Macdonald afterwards that they had really enjoyed the Assembly and that they had learned a lot too. Well done Year 2!

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Kindness Week

Nursery - Arthur for being polite and kind to the teachers and other children.

Reception - Mia for including other children in her games.

Year 1 - Saorise for showing kindness to others and for great improvements in reading.

Year 2 - Rian for being gentle and kind towards the younger children.

World Religions' Day

The children in the Pre-Prep Department enjoyed World Relgions' Day on Friday. The children were split into four mixed aged groups and spent the day moving between the classroom learning about different religions. They made Rangoli Patterns in the Hindu room and animal masks in the Buddhist room. The children learnt about Christian symbols and tasted some typically Jewish food.

In the afternoon all the children got together in the Performing Arts Hall for games such as 'Daniel in the Lion's Den' and 'Hunt the Religious Symbol'. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and really seemed to get a lot out of the enlightening activities.

Mrs Macdonald

eSafety News

Please could parents check security settings on their LinkedIn accounts if they have one, this would be much appreciated. Recently Staff have been receiving several e mails from accounts of parents in their school inboxes. You can find instructions on how to do this here:


Many thanks!

Mr Southee


Tickets for 'A Night at the Movies' are free of charge but do need booking: bookings@dofk.org

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