Weekly Bulletin 29/11/2019
A Message from Mrs Knox
There is great excitement in the air as we get ready for our first performance of Beauty and the Beast tonight. It has been wonderful watching this show develop from early read throughs to a phenomenal dress rehearsal. I would like to pay tribute to our brilliant staff for inspiring the pupils and wish both cast and crew the very best for tonight. I know the audience will be enchanted.
Over the Half-term break a number of Year 6 pupils voluntarily created versions of Norman Motte and Bailey castles. The results were highly impressive and included Leo T-R’s cake (sadly destroyed and disposed of in class), Quentin J’s virtual castle created via Lego ‘Mecabricks’, an incredibly detailed model from Chester B, a semi-edible castle from Josh W-D and Oscar H, a totally edible castle baked by Scarlett R and Anna L, a castle constructed on the beach by Daisy N, and a paper and card model from Matilda R. Well done indeed to all the builders!
News from Salima LEA School
Over the last few weeks Salima LEA, our link school in Malawi, have made further progress on the new teacher's housing we raised money for last academic year. They have now weathered the structure and added a roof.
The School's on site housing stock was badly hit by storms in 2018 and has been in a serious state of disrepair ever since.
This new housing will add to the security of the school site, allow longer teaching hours and help support the whole School community.
Medical Room Reminders
A reminder please to send in to school any medication for the ski trip by next Wednesday 4th December. As always, medication must be in the original packaging with patient information leaflet included and pharmacy label attached if appropriate. Medication can be left at front office for my attention.
Year 7 French Trip
A final reminder please to give travel medication at home before departure if your child needs it on Friday 6th December, and to let me know if you would like your child to have some more medication administered in France for the return journey.
Year 9 Immunisations
Year 9 parents should have received an email about the immunisations (DTP and MenACWY) on the 10th February 2020. Please complete your E Consent forms; instructions on how to do this are in the letter attached to the email (closing date, 3rd February). Please check your junk mail if you have not received the email.
With Christmas fast approaching, a little reminder to please ensure that Secret Santa gifts etc do not contain any nuts, in order to protect our children with allergies.
Sports Performers of the Weeks
Congratulations to Callum M, Emily B and Violetta F for their amazing performance at the ISA gala on Monday evening in Croydon. Performances in the water were to our credit as the Duke of Kent School squad were selected for the ISA London South team to swim at the nationals at the Olympic Pool in London. Well done to you all.
U9/8 girls netball team for an excellent game on Thursday afternoon, considering three of the players were off school that day. Each girl played the whole game and did a great job winning 3-1 ! Well done to Isla W for scoring her first goal in a match for the school, Erin C for some great inceptions and Eve M for some great movement on the court and scoring 2 more goals for the team! Well done to all girls who played!
The PE Department
A few match reports from this week
Netball: U13 v. Belmont
On Wednesday the U13 netball team played Belmont at home. Both teams started well with some brilliant set play. By the end of the first half Duke of Kent School were up 8-3. In the second half Macy B worked hard at making herself an option at all times with the help of Tilly C and Ruby K. There were some fantastic turnovers from Jasmine K at GK and Alanna H at WA which led to some fantastic goal scoring opportunities from Poppy K and Maddie I. Duke of Kent School kept the momentum going and dug deep to continue their lead. Belmont matched this drive and came back in the final quarter with some great teamwork and determination but Duke of Kent School managed to hang on until the end which resulted in a 14-4 win. Well done girls, you all played at your absolute best. Congratulations to Jasmine K for being voted Girl of the Game.
Netball: U13/12 v. Moon Hall College
Last Friday afternoon Duke of Kent School U13/12 girls played Moon Hall College in a fantastic netball match. The girls started out strong scoring the first few goals getting us ahead. Moon Hall College came back tough and scored several goals in the first quarter as well. It was a very close game with each goal we would score, Moon Hall College would score one just after. Some excellent play from all the girls involved keeping a high level of netball at a fast pace. They worked well as a team managing to get the score to 13 all with 20 seconds to spare in the final quarter. Well done to all the girls who played such a great game!
Netball: U11/10 A v. Belmont
On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the Year 5 & 6 girls made the short journey to Belmont School to play netball in their sports hall. Both matches were very close and all the girls played well, once again showing the improvement they have made during the Autumn Term. The U11/10A team were up first, they got off to a slow start with Belmont's GA shooting some quite incredible goals all within the first quarter! However, the girls did not let this get them down, they continued to play their game and with goals from Isla B and Jessica I they started to get back into the match. Saoirse W played amazingly in GD, fighting hard for the ball and making countless interceptions for the team, she was later the well deserved Girl of the Game. The players in the mid court upped their game during the last two quarters and started to show some great movement. Next up were the U11/10B team. Within minutes of the game starting, it was clear it was going to be a close game with both teams managing to intercept leading to multiple turnovers. The game remained level during the first few quarters, the highlight moment came in the second quarter when Edie H scored an exceptional goal and gave the team great confident for the rest of the game. Edie was awarded Girl of the Game for her epic shot! Well done to all the girls involved.
Netball: U9/8 v. Belmont
On Thursday afternoon, the U9/8 netball team welcomed Belmont to Duke of Kent School. Unfortunately for the team, three of the Year 4 girls were off school due to illness so the team was heavily depleted! However, the team were keen to play and worked extremely hard throughout the game. It was a great match with both teams showing their enthusiasm and some great skill. Isla W stepped up to playing in GS for the whole game and managed to put Duke of Kent School in the lead during the first quarter with a great goal. Belmont fought back and scored in the second quarter but team Duke of Kent School kept fighting with Erin C intercepting the ball left, right and centre! This helped the team to gain more goal scoring opportunities and during the last two quarters Eve M came alive scoring two goals for the team. Well done girls on a wonderful 3-1 victory!
Boys' Football: U10 v. St. Cuthbert Mayne
The U11 A and B team played a talented St. Cuthbert Mayne side in a triangular competition on Wednesday. The matches were played under lights on Wilson’s pitch as the grass pitches were underwater. Our B team showed great spirit and determination but were not quite strong enough to cope with the speed and movement of the opposition. Our A team showed good movement and close control but let in a late goal to lose 2-1. This was a good test for both teams and it was fantastic to host St. Cuthbert Mayne for the first time.
Boys' Football: U8/9 v. Shoreham College
Three U8/9 teams played on the Wilson’s pitch on Thursday afternoon against Shoreham College. The Tigers battled well but were not quite strong enough to cope with Shoreham’s quick passing and impressive finishing. The Panthers showed great energy and strong tackling but were not quite able to break the deadlock, playing out a 0-0 draw. The Lions scored first through Ben W but conceded a late goal to draw 1-1. Well done to all who played.
Please can all Prep and Senior parents be reminded that the pick up times are 4:45 - 5:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Please do not arrive before these times as it causes congestion down the drive and onto the main road. If you wish to arrive early, please park at the bottom of the school site and walk up to collect your child. We would also like to remind you that Prep and Seniors parents are not to park in the middle three bays during pick up.
Whole School Reminders
Wednesday 4th December:
PADoK Uniform Shop open 15:00 - 16:00
Friday 6th December:
PADoK Walk 08:30
Friday 6th December:
PADoK Mulled Wine and Mince Pies 18:00 - 19:00
Senior School Reminder
Friday 6th December:
Year 7 trip to French Christmas Market, Arras, France
Prep School Reminders
Tuesday 3rd December:
Prep School Council meetings 08:30
Friday 6th December:
Prep School Christmas concert 19:00 - 20:00
Pre-Prep School Council meetings 08:30
Stars of The Week
Nursery: Henry A for settling into Nursery happily and approaching new experiences confidently.
Reception: Savannah L for trying really hard to remember the correct letter formation in all her writing.
Year 1: Seren G for applying mathematical strategies in practical activities.
Year 2: Harlyn S for trying his best to write in cursive script and for using capital letters and full stops consistently. Well done!
In case you may not be aware, all individuals who own a drone that weighs over 250g must register them with the Civil Aviation Authority before 29th November or risk being fined £1000. The owner must be aged over 18 years old and pay a £9 fee for registration, which lasts a year. Under 18s are able to fly registered drones if they fill out a questionnaire online.
These measures come in the wake of the Gatwick Airport disruption where drones prevented the take off of flights and delayed flights for thousands of passengers.
I have heard some members of our community who own or are getting drones for Christmas, so remember to register yours!
Here is a link for more information:
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Pause for Thought
Well, the countdown starts this Sunday with the beginning of advent.
This is a time of expectation and preparation. In the Christian tradition it is a time of prayerful waiting and expectant hope of a new arrival.
It is so easy to become distracted with present buying and menu planning, but there is more to it!
Follow the link for a two minute reminder as to why we celebrate this time of year.
With every blessing
Christmas Hamper Donations and Raffle
Thank you so much for all your generous donations for this years Christmas hampers. We have had some amazing gifts donated I think this years hampers are going to be the best yet!!
The Donations box is still in the foyer of both the main school and the pre-prep department and we are still accepting donations until Wednesday 4th December.
Raffle tickets went home with the children last week, if you wish to purchase tickets please fill out all the stubs and return them with your money to the front office. The Christmas hamper raffle will be drawn on the Mulled Wine and Minced Pie Evening between 6-7pm on Friday 6th December.
Beauty and the Beast
PADoK will be selling ice-creams during the interval at Beauty and the Beast, please do remember to bring some cash.
Next PADoK Walk
Friday 6th December from 8.30am
Meet in Hurtwood control carpark 3, near the Windmill pub for a Christmas walk in the Surrey Hills, followed by refreshments in the car park on your return.
Everybody very welcome.
Mulled Wine and Minced Pie Evening
Nothing can make you feel more Christmassy than the PADoK mulled wine and minced pie evening.
We hope you will join us around the fire in old hall on Friday 6th December for some festive cheer, we shall also be drawing the winners of our Christmas hamper raffle and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club draw.
We have changed the format of PADoK singers, we now have operate a weekly drop in and sing.
Yesterday we had an absolutely brilliant morning, the new format worked really well.
After a short warm-up and rendition of “Liza Jane”. We had a sing through of “Stand By Me” and over half an hour a little sing through developed into 4 part harmony and a final little performance that I would have been proud to perform at any parents event.
Personally I skipped out of singing yesterday morning full of the positive energy that only singing can give you!
New song next week, I can’t wait
Mrs Trotman, PADoK Chair