Weekly Bulletin 29/04/2016

Say 'Yes' more with David Cornthwaite

Last Friday alumni adventurer David Cornthwaite joined us to tour the School and give an exciting presentation to Year 10 during the day, and parents and pupils in the evening. It was a great opportunity to hear how David approaches life and adventure through 'Project 1000' - a plan to take 25 journeys on non-motorised transport, each over 1000km.

David began adventuring by setting off from Perth to Brisbane, which became the longest skateboard journey in history at 3618 miles! By the time he'd finished it was only 22 months since he'd first stepped onto a skateboard.

He now holds a number of World Records, has written four books and certainly leads an exciting life - to think it all began at Duke of Kent School!


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Historical Society Highly Commends Agincourt Exhibition 

Maheema Chanrai from the Historical Assosiation wrote to Mr Seeley this week to commend the pupils effort, team work across the age range and excellent curation of the Agincourt Exhibition in association with Watts Gallery:

"Further to your school’s entry into the Historical Association’s Exhibiting History competition, I am pleased to inform you that Duke of Kent’s exhibition has been selected by our judges as ‘Highly commended’. They were particularly impressed by your pupils’ creative approach and the representation of the French perspective using your twin school. Your work across year groups and departments also deserved special praise."


Prep School Easter Holiday Challenge

Here are some of the children that completed holiday activities over the Easter break, all were inspired by the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As usual, we had a wide range of work that was shared with the whole Prep school, some fascinating presentations, wonderful artwork, imaginative poetry and much more. Thank you to all who participated, a great effort!

Mr Coote

Music News

The Music Department has hit the ground running at the beginning of this term, with an assembly for the Rock Choir and Senior Chamber Choir on Friday morning, the House Music Finalists and Scholars Recital on Friday evening and recitals for the pupils of Miss Macaulay and Miss Snowden coming up next Tuesday. Please also check the calendar for the dates for the other recitals that will be taking place for each individual instrumental teacher. These informal events give the children excellent performance experience in a far less intimidating environment than a full concert and also offer a good chance to come and meet your son or daughter’s peripatetic music teacher.

In other news, last Saturday Tim Clifford-Hill, one of our singing teachers, was invited by the BBC to come and sing as part of the Shakespeare Live held at Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Tim, who is one of the country’s leading counter-tenors, sang with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the soprano Laura Wright (famous as being the singer who performs the National Anthem before every international rugby match at Twickenham) as part of the Sounds of Shakespeare which was broadcast live on BBC 3 and Radio 3. You can watch his beautiful performance here: http://bbc.in/1r8nPHX

PADoK Quiz Night 2016

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

Towards the end of last term PADoK enjoyed hosting our usual annual Quiz Night. Old hall was filled with teams all battling it out to be crowned the winners. It was a very close finish between the top three teams but the final victorious winners were a selection of parents from year 3. Congratulations to you all.

Photo: Year 3 Quiz team winners, Vicky Fletcher, Neil Fletcher, Harriet Hunter, Matt Hunter, Julian Smith, Georgina Rushworth, Zanna Davidson Kelly and John Davidson-Kelly

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

See Chris Finill on the BBC London Marathon Coverage...


Chris Finill is interviewed on the BBC before...

and after the race!

National Champion Swimmers!

Congratulations to Charlie & Alex

Last weekend Charlie and Alex took part in a swimming gala in Cardiff, The National Arena League 2016 finals. They were competing to become the National Champions. 9S have interviewed them about their day:

Will: How far did you have to swim in total? How many races?

We were part of a team and Alex swam Freestyle in the relay and Charlie 100m Breaststroke, medley relay and freestyle relay.

Harry: Did you win?

Yes, by one point. The closest ever final!

Adam: How long did you train for the event?

We obviously train every week and there was no special training for this particular event.

Henry: When you will be at the Olympics?

Tokyo 2020 is our aim…watch out Michael Phelps!

Adam: How many teams were at the event?

There were ten teams and loads of spectators.

Lexi: What was the atmosphere like?

It was very loud with music and cheering.

Jamie: What is your next goal?

Next up are the regionals and we hope to do well. It is not a team event so we will be competing as individuals.


U11B  vs Longacre

In a tense and exciting match the U11B team got off to a winning start to the cricket season. Casper captained this enthusiastic group who batted and bowled with great determination. Freddie B, who exploded at the crease like a small blond firework, and Dylan got us off to a flying start with the bat before Ben came in and played some nice shots. Charlie C and Will worked hard in the field, putting great pressure on the opposition batsmen. Freddie N and Charlie K were the pick of the bowlers both taking a wicket each. It all came down to the last over in which Freddie N took a crucial wicket for only one run, giving us a glorious four run victory.

Mr Seeley


The girls began their rounders matches this week with some very encouraging results and performances. The Under 16 team on Tuesday was depleted because of the Art GCSE exam but this gave an opportunity for others to show their skills. The team played well and was very narrowly defeated by 2 rounders against Seaford College.

On Wednesday, the Under 13 team, captained by Chloe, focused well in the field, with some great stumping at first post from Anna and throws from Tyla at backstop. The team had a convincing win over Shoreham, as did the Under 11 team on a cold and windy day by the sea. The Under 10 team played against Handcross and again played some very sound rounders to win their second game of the term. Well done to all who took part. Please check the website carefully as there are a lot of games on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Mrs Wilson

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Year 2

Scarlett for progress using money in practical activities.

Year 1

Harry W for working with great care and concentration to produce a super new ending to the story of 'Mrs Honey's hat'.

Tess G for working with great care and attention to detail to produce a fabulous mini-beast painting.


Patrick for settling in well and enthusiastic measuring using hand prints.


Harry for displaying kindness towards animals and mini-beasts (ants!) and for the parking hard in class.

Emily for working hard to improve her numeracy skills.

PADoK Continued...

DoK 100 Club Winners       

1st Prize-£225 - Smithson Family, Year 9

2nd Prize- £135 - Clark Family, Year 7

3rd Prize- £90 - Evelyn Family, Year 2

Fabulous PADoK Events This Term...

Wednesday June 22nd Surrey Hills Netball Tournament

A fabulous morning of netball bringing many local schools to our wonderful campus.

Can the DoK mums netball team retain the title for a second year? Do come and support us if you can.

Friday June 24th, “The Return of the Krypton Factor Evening”

Back by popular demand! Start to get your teams together (10 max), Tickets on sale after half-term.

Tuesday June 28th, PADoK AGM

Everybody welcome.

Saturday July 9th, Parents Day

Celebrate the end of the school year with “shared picnics” and giant inflatables on front lawn. See class reps for details.

Saturday July 16th Ewhurst Village Day.

Once again we shall be supporting our local community with the fabulous “DoK Teddy Tombola”. Teddy donations needed!! We shall have donation collection days towards the end of term, however, any teddy donations will be gratefully received at the second-hand uniform shop on Wednesday afternoons 3pm-4pm from now until the end of term.

More details on all of the above events very soon.

PADoK would like to wish all our families a happy summer term!