Weekly Bulletin 29/09/2017

World Languages Day

World Languages Day was celebrated by all of Year 2 to Year 11 and staff on Tuesday. Mufti was worn to raise money for a crate of stationery to be sent to our partner school in Malawi. I was hugely impressed that everyone I asked knew how to say “hello” in the language of the country’s flag they had chosen to wear. The day started with a colourful assembly, during which we were taught 15 different languages spoken within our school community! Reuben D even impressed us by pronouncing the longest place name in the Welsh language! The amazing adventures one can have by speaking another language were also demonstrated by Madame Fellous and myself. Lessons had a linguistic twist for the day with World Languages Day starters, ranging from Google Translate failures to idioms used in other languages. Lunch was spectacular, with dishes from Greece, France, Italy, Germany and even Malawi on offer! HUGE thanks go to the catering team for their efforts. A fun and poliglottal day was had by all!

If you have any more unused stationery or unwanted football strips at home, please to bring them in any time until half term so we can send them to Malawi to use in their Schools.

Miss Francis

National Poetry Day

On Thursday 28th September 2017, Duke of Kent School celebrated National Poetry Day 2017. Over the last few weeks, some of our students from Year 3 to Year 11 have been busily writing poems on the theme of freedom. A special whole school assembly was held to celebrate this wondrous occasion! Max T and Sam G opened the assembly with a creative writing piece they had written on freedom as part of ‘An Evening of Original Work’ in Ewhurst Church last year. During the assembly, I was highly impressed with the level of confidence from our performers, and more importantly the quality of their writing. I was amazed how each student took the theme of ‘freedom’ and produced a piece of poetry which was original and thought-provoking.

A special mention to all the students who took the time to craft such engaging and interesting poems or read a poem on another student’s behalf: Kit B (Year 3) Mia O’B (Year 3) Daisy N (Year 5) Ariane L (Year 5) Ozzie H (Year 5) Kai G (Year 5) Charlie N (Year 6) Katyana W (Year 6) Layla S (Year 7) Hannah S (Year 7) Reuben D (Year 8) Oisin W (Year 8) Milly B (Year 8) Lily W-D (Year 8) Minnie C (Year 9) Blue R (Year 9) Matty S (Year 9) Oscar B (Year 9) Jago G (Year 11).

A special thanks to Mrs Honey who also took the time to work with these students on the delivery of their poems and Mr Rye for organising some atmospheric lighting during their performances!

Miss Anand

The ISA National Sailing Regatta

Duke of Kent School had an elite team of sailors represented at the Independent Schools Association regatta held at Datchet Sailing Club under the shadows of Windsor Castle. Ben P (Year 9) and Josie M (Year 11) both sail for RYA Squads and so hopes were high for team Duke of Kent School. Conditions at Datchet appeared perfect for the spectators, light winds and a beautiful sunny day. The sailors thought otherwise, light and shifty were how they described it! Approximately 30 boats competing across a range of boat classes from single hander Optimist, Topper and Laser as well as two handed boats such as the RS Feva.

With such a wide range of boats competing it was a handicap regatta so all could compete against each other no matter what they were sailing. Keenly fought over 4 races with a short and very welcome interlude for lunch Josie and Ben were unbeaten in their class and both finishing in the top ten overall.

This is the second year of the ISA regatta and is going from strength to strength and is open to all Duke of Kent School sailors of all abilities. Many thanks to Mr Herbert for entering and organising the event.

Mrs Meredith

Surrey Hills Challenge 2017

Last Sunday the Surrey Hills Challenge 2017 took place in glorious sunshine with Duke of Kent School providing the starting point for the Half Marathon. Among the participants were Ross S (Y8) and Toby H (Y10) who both crossed the finish line at Denbies in Dorking in good times. Although such a ridiculously hilly course should be enough of a challenge for anyone Ross S has already spoken of his desire to complete the 60k (ultra) distance in the future, as his father did this time. Sadly he will not find me joining him on such a venture! Good luck and well done to both boys.

Mr Wilson

Year 5 meet Edna Doreen Winifred Eggington

Mrs Honey transformed herself into 'Edna Doreen Winifred Eggington' (her late gran's real name) as she immersed Year 5 into the period we are currently studying, the 1930s. The pupils were met by Mrs Honey as a cinema usherette as they made their way into a 'cinema' to enjoy a clip of Johnny Weissmuller playing 'Tarzan'. They then learned the dance 'Underneath the Chestnut Tree' before being invited into Edna's 'front room'. Edna told her 'guests' her 'background story' of how she and her family tried to cope with being poor, for example, by having their lamp on for only one hour per day and how all nine of them had to fit into two small bedrooms. Edna also described the real difficulty of paying for health care, and she looked forward to a future when perhaps everyone could receive free hospital treatment.....Edna's guests then joined her for a game of charades.  All enjoyed listening to 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' by Noel Coward, and the visit was rounded off by a special sampling of the 'newly invented' Jaffa Cakes! Year 5 and I were most impressed and we are already planning future 'episodes' - thank you Mrs Honey.

Mr Lodge

A few match reports from this week

Netball: U13 A v. Dorset House

The U13A team played away at Dorset House on Wednesday afternoon. This was an exciting game from the start where the team played strong attacking netball and taking every opportunity to gain possession. Shooters Daisy M and Poppy S were on top form with rare misses and excellent movement in the circle. By the end of the second quarter the score stood at 12-2 to Duke of Kent School. The girls quickly found the oppositions weaknesses and worked effectively in centre court via Laura S to work the ball up the court to the shooters. Each centre pass, Alice S was quick off the line and accurately fed the ball into both Daisy M and Poppy S. Issy F (WD) played an energetic game, never loosing her opponent and marked tightly throughout. Our defence was tested in the final stages of the game where Izzy B and Charlotte W worked tirelessly gaining multiple interceptions. By full time the score was 19-5 to Duke of Kent School. A great display of netball today, congratulations to all the team.

Miss Jones

Netball: U13 B v. Dorset House

Last Wednesday, The U13B's travelled down to Dorset House. The pace was high from the start and both teams were quick to get the ball through the net. The action was back and forth and not a goal could separate them in the first quarter with a score of 4-4. It was in the second and third quarter where we started to settle and play our game. Amelie W-B was fantastic throughout with her speed and ability to read where the ball was going, and she intercepted countless passes. Daisy K showed real strength at GD and made Dorset House really struggle to get the ball into the circle. Lucy H ably adapted her play to step in at WD and showed real intuition with her dodging to get the ball out of tight spaces. Bea H and Eva P formed a great shooting partnership, scoring 13 goals between them by the end of the third quarter. With 10 minutes to go, there was just one goal separating us and Dorset House and all the girls were starting to feel the pressure. It was in the last few minutes where we started to panic and make a few mistakes, but Eva P and Bea H scored some vital goals and Lily W-D kept some important ones out at GK. The final score was a deserved draw at 19-19. All the girls worked really well together and it was a lovely game to watch.

Miss Taylor

Netball: Years 3 & 4 Practice Games

On Thursday, Years 3 and 4 took part in a practice Netball match ready for their first match against another school next week. All the girls tried their best to use their skills and knowledge they have learnt over the past few weeks to produce a brilliant display of Netball. The pupils worked really hard to grasp the rules of the game and enjoyed showing their parents on a sunny Thursday afternoon! Well done to all Year 3 and 4 girls for showing a brilliant, enthusiastic and positive attitude throughout the game.

Miss Vickers

Football: U13 D v. St. Edmund's

The U13D side enjoyed their first home games of the season against St. Edmund's. I say 'games' as St Edmund's brought so many players we decided to have a triangular 'tournament' with them providing two sides (the 'Banterers' and the 'Crocodiles'). Our side, the 'Alpacas' won their first match 1-0 against the Banterers with a well taken goal by Henry W after an astute pass by Oscar H. They followed this with a 0-0 draw against the Crocodiles, whom they then met again in a 'playoff final' to decide the champions. They lost a tight match 1-0 but all certainly enjoyed competitive and equally matched games. Credit goes to Reuben D who served both as goalkeeper and as a forward, nearly scoring a free kick after being fouled. Charlie C also performed well in goal (and as a defender), Ben H-F demonstrated his commitment as a 'man-marker' and Josh M also did well as a box-to-box player. Well done to all!

Mr Lodge

Swimming: U9/U11/U13 v. Windlesham House

Duke of Kent School swim squad took on Windlesham House on Monday evening. Swimmers from Years 3 to 8 represented the school; some swimming competitively for the first time. This was a very exciting and well supported gala where the Duke of Kent School squad showed good technique and a fantastic will to win. The scores were quite close after the individual races with Duke of Kent School just in front. The relays were very exciting! Duke of Kent School won six out of the eight races which made the final score Windlesham House 55 - Duke of Kent School 67. This was a great performance, well done to all that swum.

Mr Herbert

Whole School Reminder

Thursday 5th October:

Artists in residence - Olly and Suzi

Saturday 7th October:

Duke of Kent Schools' Open Event, Happiness Matters 10:00am - 14:00pm

Senior School Reminders

Tuesday 3rd October:

Year 7 Parents' meetings 16:45 - 19:00pm

Friday 6th October:

Year 10 Parents' meetings 16:45 - 19:00pm

Egg Review

The Year 10 Geography class came out of their shells and had a cracking time at creating the tectonic plates on a egg shell by puncturing it, with egg-cellent results.  This is no yolk they egg-ucated themselves on the boundaries and margins of tectonic plates. Some students over egg-xaggerated about how strong the shells were and ended up breaking the egg. Mr Allen was scrambling for ideas to help this stay in our brains without frying our minds, so he hatched a plan.

Chloe E-L and Sacha W

Eraser Challenge and Nutmeg Challenge

Both of the above mentioned ‘challenges’ are doing the rounds in the UK currently. Both are potentially dangerous and we wanted to make you aware of what they are. Do be vigilant to any mention of them or any online presence of them.

Eraser Challenge - This involves using an eraser to rub the skin (normally on the hand or arm) until the friction breaks the skin.

Nutmeg Challenge - This involves eating a spoonful of nutmeg. It increases heart rates and creates a brief buzz. It is then followed by a horrible low which can last up to two days.

Mr Southee

Pre-Prep Stars of the Week

Reception: Raphael A for settling quickly in his new school and his enthusiasm in phonics.

Year 1: Freddie P for showing great enthusiasm and excellent focus on Medieval Day.

Year 2: Eddie C for consistently settling to tasks quickly and quietly, and focusing on doing his very best.

Mrs Green

Music Department News

The Senior Chamber Choir are busy rehearsing for the end of term Carol Services, whilst keeping an eye on next year's tour to Holland! We're hoping to confirm soon the locations in which we will be performing on this trip, but we know for sure one of them will be the beautiful English Church in Amsterdam. The pupils are already excited at the thought of this trip and it promises to be a wonderful experience.

Meanwhile, we are booking various artists to come and perform at the school this academic year; so far Frank Walden and his quartet have confirmed, back by popular demand to play a jazz evening. The Belgian piano duo Duo Bizart! will be performing and holding workshops for the children next term and Austrian percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger will be bringing his fusion of Indo-European music to school early in 2018.

We Will Rock You

The cast are continuing to work hard and are making good headway in this ambitious production. Tickets will be available soon so watch this space!

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

Avoiding The Scammers!

You might have seen adverts on tv recently made by Barclays bank aimed at helping people stop getting scammed and it's important to understand that scamming doesn't just happen over the internet, but also over the phone and in person. This week we will look at a few tips that you can use to avoid getting scammed.

  1. Avoid contact with people you don't know. Often scammers will call or email pretending to be someone of importance in an effort to get your details and money. The best strategy is just to ignore them by...
  2. Blocking unwanted calls/emails. Some phones are able to block incoming numbers, which can be useful to filter out nuisance callers or fraudsters and email providers will definitely allow you filter and block messages based on their content.
  3. Use a different email address. It might seem like a bit of an overreaction, but using a service like mask me (https://www.abine.com/index.html) can protect you by providing a proxy email address to use when signing up for websites and services. You can then filter if the messages reach you or not, preventing spammers from getting hold of your real email address.

Here are some of the videos I mentioned:



Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK News

Once again, PADoK held a cake and coffee morning at school this year in aid of Macmillan. The table was oozing with fabulous cakes and treats and even fruit made an appearance ensuring there was something for everyone. Though the weather was overcast and wet, the room was full of laughter whilst people caught up after the long summer break. A big thank you to everyone who came along or who donated and we're delighted to say we raised £234.50 for this fabulous charity.

PADoK team

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Wed 4th October 3-4pm

The Second hand Uniform service is operating from the PADoK HQ, located next to the Red Bus & Sports Hall, near the bottom car park.


We are hugely grateful for your donations but please can we respectfully ask you give only CURRENT uniform that is in saleable condition (i.e. no rips, no stains, etc).


Items with name labels — half of the proceeds will go to the original owner and half will go to PADoK

Items without name labels — all proceeds from sale will go towards PADoK

Sales are usually processed at the end of each term and the appropriate amounts are added/deducted from next term’s bill.


Any items purchased and not consequently required must be returned to stock before the end of the term otherwise the item will treated as a new donation.

Returns can be left in the front office with a note stating purchaser’s name or handed into PADoK HQ.

Mrs Wilkinson, PADoK's Uniform Shop Leader

Nick Rye & The Accidentals - tickets are selling fast!

Book your babysitter - book your taxi and join us for a great evening of live music, delicious food and fantastic company.

Tickets are selling fast, email padok@dokschool.org to reserve yours.