Weekly Bulletin 29/09/2015

Malawi Day Special

On Friday 25th September, Duke of Kent School celebrated the eagerly anticipated Malawi Day. For this special occasion the children were off timetable and, instead of their usual lessons, took part in subject-specific projects. They completed these projects alongside fellow pupils; however, rather than their usual peer group, they were with other members of their House, forming groups consisting of all ages from Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

In addition to time dedicated to their designated task, the children also spent one hour in the swimming pool competing in our Sponsored Swim event. The atmosphere in the swimming pool was electric, with lots of cheering and support being given to house members. A special mention must be given here to Miss Coxhead for by far the loudest encouragement! The children showed relentless determination, overcoming personal challenges and travelling their fastest to swim a grand total of 3753 lengths! Hillary emerged victorious from the Prep School swimming challenge, managing 209 lengths, and Armstrong snuck into top spot in the senior competition swimming 770 lengths. The overall winning House for the sponsored swim, based on number of lengths swum, was Armstrong, with a grand total of 945 lengths. Well done to all who participated, supported and cheered!

Enormous thanks also go to the many generous families that have donated on our JustGiving Page for the sponsored swim. We currently have a whopping £2580! The page will remain open for another week to see if we can reach our £3000 target, so please feel free to visit and reward your children for their hard work, if you should so wish: https://www.justgiving.com/DoKsponsoredswim

Our visitor Mr Sayfred Majomeka on his visit to London.

As well as watching our determined swimmers, our visiting Malawian teacher, Mr Sayfred Majomeka, stopped in on groups as they completed their activities throughout the day. He demonstrated some Malawian drumming to those participating in the Music challenge, and taught some greeting phrases from the Malawian national language, Chichewa, to our Modern Foreign Languages groups. Sayfred named Malawi Day as one of the top highlights of his trip and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all that the children had produced in our assembly to culminate the day and his visit.

If you would like to see some of the fantastic work that our talented pupils produced as a part of Malawi Day, please visit the displays in the Meetings Room, just off the Old Hall.

Not only did this experience allow the children to learn more about our partner school Salima LEA and life in Malawi, they also discovered new information about Britain. They were able to meet and get to know more members of our own community too, staff and students alike, here at Duke of Kent.

Furthermore, after an unbelievably busy week of touring London, walking the Surrey Hills, enjoying the sights of Brighton and going to a Tottenham Hotspurs match (to name but a few events on his itinerary), Sayfred has now departed Duke of Kent to return to Malawi. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in England and would like to thank all the staff, students and parents that made his week unforgettable. It is now with great excitement and anticipation that Matt Green and I look forward to seeing his ‘school life’ in Salima in October!

Miss Coady

Don't forget to book your tickets! Book now!

Pre-prep News

Year 1 Visit Arundel

We set off in great excitement in our two minibuses and unfortunately arrived to heavy rain. Luckily we had a fabulous guide who brought the castle to life with her animated stories and interesting facts. We toured the castle and also got the chance to dress up in medieval costumes. A good day was had by all and the Duke of Norfolk’s relatives, who were visiting that day, commented to our guide what a well behaved group of children our class were! We had a very quiet journey home as many of the children were asleep on the bus!

Gill Crabtree

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

This week all the Star of the Week awards were for good behaviour and
table manners in the dining room...

Year 2
Saoirse and Tommy

Year 1
Isla

Reception
Arthur

Nursery
Henry O

Sayfred's time in Pre-prep

Sayfred accompanied Nursery and Reception to Forest School. It was
absolutely pouring with rain and Sayfred commented on how well he
thought the children coped with the awful weather. Of course they were
all dressed in waterproof clothing and hadn't really noticed the rain!
Sayfred was very interested to learn how our youngest children get the
opportunity to spend so much time outside and he was impressed by the
way they all joined in with the forest activities.

Sayfred also visited Year 1 and 2 for an Art lesson. We talked about
Malawian Wildlife and Sayfred told the children about the hazards of
snakes and elephants in his garden.

Judaism Day

On Tuesday 29th Pre-prep had a special Judaism Day. The children were
put into mixed age groups and spent the morning learning about Judaism.
There was a drama room where the children acted out the Purim story of
the brave and beautiful Esther. There was an art room where children
made and a decorated Star of David and a tasting room where a Shabbat
meal had been prepared for them to try.

Kathryn Macdonald