Weekly Bulletin 27/11/2015

Calamity Jane

The much anticipated musical of Calamity Jane was performed on Wednesday, Thursday this week - with the final performance on Friday. It has been a real pleasure to see the development of such wonderful talent in our school, with great leads from Antonia, Kristien, Bastien and Ava being supported by amazing performances from Dan P, Erica and the fantastic chorus. Each pupil tackled their role and the songs with a professional attitude. The chorus provided some beautiful moments, such as the hoe down dance and their stunning rendition of The Black Hills of Dakota.

The whole cast have worked as a troop to bring together an ambitious and breath-taking final performance accompanied by a live professional band. The schedule for rehearsals has been gruelling but everybody approached the show with energy and enthusiasm from start to finish.

Huge praise must go to our brilliant student technical director George, Hamish who runs the and lighting for each of our shows and to Lisa Lee who has choreographed and directed Calamity Jane with unstoppable drive and ambition.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make Calamity Jane such a success!

Mrs Brookes & Mr Rye

Watts' Gallery Take Over Day

On 20th November, through our links with Watts Gallery, students from the Senior School were given the opportunity to get involved with 'Takeover Day'. This is a national event, designed to allow students and young people to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. They are supported in run sections of the gallery themselves for the day, thus developing their understanding of the workings of these organisations and a taste of what it is like to work in the industry.

Students were chosen from Art, English and History departments and spent the morning researching G.F. Watts and brainstorming ideas to deliver to the public. After lunch they put their new found knowledge to the test running a series of practical art workshops and tours around the gallery. The gallery staff and members of the public were impressed with the level of professionalism the students acquitted themselves and how much they learnt about Watts during their research.

Duke of Kent School's links with Watts Gallery go from strength to strength with further collaborative projects planned in the coming academic year - watch this space...

Mr Watson

PSHE Theatre group

ADAD performed to Duke of Kent School's Year 10 & 11 pupils on Tuesday afternoon, dealing with issues about domestic violence. The performance and workshops were part of the School's PSHE programme.

ADAD’s central ethos is to make learning an active experience. They combine elements of performance, discussion, role-play and active participation to make learning fun, dynamic and ultimately effective.

Through adopting an open, safe, non-didactic learning environment, participants are encouraged to discover for themselves solutions to problems, alternative perspectives and are ultimately helped to further develop and implement their reasoning and communication skills.

Mr Wilson

French Penfriends

Year 6 pupils have been sharing comics and magazines with their French
penfriends in Voussac. Not sure what they made of The Beano! Mrs Ives

Christmas with PADoK

PADoK Mulled Wine and Minced Pies

Everybody is invited to our annual mulled wine and minced pie evening to be held in Old Hall on Friday 4th December from 6.00.pm (please note new time). Start your festive season around the fire in Old Hall and catch up with friends old and new.

We shall also be drawing the winners of the PADoK Christmas hamper raffle and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club draw.

PADoK Christmas Hamper Raffle Tickets are now on sale for the PADoK Christmas hamper raffle, please contact your class rep to obtain tickets for this marvellous prize.

Donations for our hamper raffle are now required. Collection boxes are located in the pre-prep reception area and by the signing out table in old hall. Also for the first time this year PADoK reps will be available to collect your donation from your car window during pick-up and drop-off on Monday 30thNovember and Tuesday 1stDecember.

We would love to receive: Vouchers, bottles – soft or alcoholic, toiletries (such as soap, perfume, bath/shower products, candles, reed diffusers), tinned foodstuffs, cured meats, chocolates, Christmas cakes and puddings, dried fruits, homemade chutneys, jams, marmalades, cheese biscuits, mince pies, puddings and anything else you can think of that would go nicely in a hamper!

As ever, we thank you in advance for your continued support and generosity.

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair


Pre-prep Stars

Year 2

Jonny P for learning all his lines and song words so quickly and
for such enthusiasm in rehearsals.

Year 1

Devon for having a fabulous conscientious attitude to learning and for super progress with flash cards.

Reception

Eddie for great work in phonics and recalling all 42 sounds.

Nursery

Freddie P for a great effort in getting dressed on his own and for listening carefully.

Year 2 Trip to Santa Fir

As a treat for excellent class behaviour and effort in lessons Miss Walpole and Mrs Macdonald took the Year 2 children to see the reindeer at Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm. We had a wonderful warm welcome from Mr Alexandersen who showed us around and introduced us to the reindeer. To the children's amazement Father Christmas was seen walking through the Christmas trees and he came over to talk to us. After telling us about the mischief his elf helpers have been up to he gave the children a charming wooden reindeer to take back to school. We had a really lovely visit and now all feel very Christmassy!

Mrs Macdonald