Year 6 War Horse & Shakespeare's Globe Trip

Last Thursday Year 6 braved the chilly conditions and took the train upto London for an action-packed day. Upon arrival at London Waterloo we made our way to our first stop; a studio space around the corner from The Old Vic Theatre. Here, the Year 6 pupils attended a 'Warhorse' puppetry workshop run by The National Theatre. This excellent session was run by an actor who, along with numerous roles in the West End, also starred in 'Warhorse'. The pupils learned the importance of teamwork in acting, as well as the 'three rules of puppetry': focus, breath, and fixed point.

The workshop culminated with the pupils working in groups of three using sticks and a balloon to mimic the movements of a horse, representing the head, fore and hind legs. Ready for lunch we walked up to The National Theatre to tuck into our packed lunches and fuel ourselves for the afternoon.

Restored and re-energised we strolled down the South Bank to The Globe Theatre for our tour of the theatre itself, followed by a Shakespeare workshop. Fellow groups visiting the theatre were taken aback as the pupils were encouraged by our guide to burst onto the stage of The Globe yelling "Horror!" (from Macbeth) to all those in attendance. In the warm of a nearby studio, the pupils were then coached on how to show emotions through their demeanour, and on the different ways of delivering a line. This led onto each pupil being given one line from Shakespeare, which had to be combined with three or four of their peers to create an original sketch. The results were exceptional; truly impressive and memorable.

It was then back to Waterloo and home to Duke of Kent. A fantastic day was had by all, with positive comments from both of our workshop leaders about our pupils' enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and good manners. Well done everyone, and an enormous thank you to Mr Wright and Miss Morris.

Mr Coote

Holocaust Assembly

On 27th January, the world paused to remember the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, on Holocaust Memorial Day. This important anniversary, possibly the last that will be marked with a significant number of survivors present, was remembered at events around the country and around the world.

At Duke of Kent School Mr Seeley gave a poignant assembly to the Senior School. He stressed the importance of looking at the individual lives and stories of those who experienced the Holocaust. In the assembly pupils learnt about a courageous woman called Hannah Senesh who was a paratrooper trained to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Captured and killed by the Nazi's, she is still a national heroine in Israel.
Senesh in uniform as a Hungarian soldier

Through her brief but noteworthy life, Senesh became a symbol of idealism and self-sacrifice. Her poems, made famous in part because of her unfortunate death, reveal a woman imbued with hope, even in the face of adverse circumstances.

The following poem was found in Hannah's death cell after her execution:

One - two - three... eight feet long

Two strides across, the rest is dark...

Life is a fleeting question mark

One - two - three... maybe another week.

Or the next month may still find me here,

But death, I feel is very near.

I could have been 23 next July

I gambled on what mattered most, the dice were cast. I lost.
Senesh's grave stone in Israel

Mr Seeley

Sports News

U13 Rugby

The Under 13s Rugby team were back to winning ways this week, having suffered a battling reverse last week (19-38), to a very good Dorset House team. This week, however, Box Hill arrived and were duly dispatched, 40 – 19, unable to cope with or match our size and strength. Harry again proved too much of a handful for the opposition defences, whilst the rest of the team supported him ably. There is still improvement to be made, especially in our tackling, but the results are beginning to speak for themselves: played 5 Won 4 Lost 1.

Mr Herbert

Music Department News

The Music Department is well in to another busy term having ended last term on a high with a lovely a carol service to a packed St. Nicolas church in Cranleigh. Congratulations to all who took part.

Dates for the diary this term are:

House Music finals: Monday 9th March GLive Rotary Concert: Thursday 19th March

Pre-prep Spring Concert: Friday 20th March

Duke of Kent Senior Performing Arts showcase evening- 'A Night at the Movies': Thursday 26th March.

The house music heats have begun, with some great entries already. The judge for the finals will be renowned Gospel choir leader Mark Delisser. Mark is an inspirational singer and vocal coach, who runs the award winning ACM Gospel Choir, taught Jessie J and various other pop stars at the Brits School, and is currently one of the vocal coaches on The Voice. (Just a reminder that all those who have instrumental or singing lessons are expected to enter. Please see Mr. Rye for more info if you haven’t yet entered.)

The GLive concert promises to be a great evening and will see Duke of Kent performing a mixed programme on a bill shared with Tormead and St. Peter's school, the items are yet to be finalised but both Senior and Junior Chamber Choirs, our new ‘a capella’ vocal quartet, percussion group and the ukulele club 'The Ukes of Kent' will all certainly be performing. Tickets are available for this now costing £12.50. Please email Mr. Rye for details.

And finally, watch this space for information about the Pre-prep concert and ‘A Night at the Movies'!

Mr Rye

Pre-prep Stars of the Week

Good Manners Week

Year 2 - Ariane for excellent behaviour at lunchtime and for being polite and well mannered in class.

Year 1 - Ed for being polite and for good table manners.

Reception - Charlie for remembering to say please and thank you.

Nursery - Elliot L for always having a polite greeting and shaking hands when we say goodbye.

Mrs Macdonald

PADoK Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open every Wednesday during term time between 3 and 4pm. PADOK reps and second hand uniform managers Yasmin Wilkinson and Suzanne Lonie are waiting and happy to help you. Please leave any second hand donations in the front office.

Sarah Trotman, PADoK Chair

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