Weekly Bulletin 30/06/2017
Year 11 Trip to Sorrento
On Sunday 25th June a large number of Year 11s rose before dawn to embark on their annual trip to Sorrento in Italy. Having been welcomed at the airport by Giovanni, our incredibly skilful coach driver for the week, we headed to Piano di Sorrento to meet Lucia and her family who taught us how to make (and eat) pizza on their beautiful balcony with vistas down to the sea. All woke feeling refreshed on Monday ready for our guide Gianni to regale us with spectacular stories regarding the innovation and advancements made by the Roman people as we toured Pompeii. We then began our lung-busting hike to the summit of Vesuvius to see the huge crater coupled with remarkable views of Naples, Capri and the surrounding islands.
Tuesday and Wednesday revolved around exploring the dramatic Amalfi Coast, visiting such beautiful villages as Amalfi and Revele as well as taking a boat trip around the headland. We also completed the uncompromising Walk of the Gods along an ancient mule trail down to Positano where we had a quick dip in the sea and admired the incredible mountains rising up to heights of 1400m towering over us. A wonderful trip in a spectacular location.
Year 8 Trip to Preseli
On Friday Year 8 got up early and drove 6 hours to Preseli Venture in Pembrokeshire, Wales. We arrived at lunchtime and had a tour before swiftly getting into wetsuits and splitting into groups. We kayaked around the cliffs and even capsized our boats a couple of times! Afterwards, we enjoyed a well-deserved hot chocolate and flapjack. Later, after a delicious dinner, we walked to the beach on the first night. We played a few games, relaxed and went to bed after an exciting day. On Saturday we tried surfing and coasteering, both were exhausting! In the evening, we played some team building games before heading to bed. Our final day included a hike and more coasteering before looking at all the photos from the activities and enjoying marshmallows by the campfire. Everyone loved the trip and thank you to all the teachers for taking us on such an amazing experience!
Blue R, Year 8
AEGON Tennis Trip
On Tuesday eight Year 10 pupils together with Mrs Meredith and myself went to see the tennis at Eastbourne. The programme for the day was fantastic, Djokovic for the first match followed by Angelique Kerber, the women's world number one and finishing up with Johanna Konta the British number One. We were full of anticipation! Eight minutes into play the rain came down, Novak one game up and 30-15 up. The rest of the day was spent waiting for the covers to come off but it didn't happen. At 3.45pm we gave up and headed to the beach for a well deserved ice-cream.
Thanks to all pupils and Mrs Meredith for their good humour and patience - there's always next year!
Year 3 and 4 visit Drusillas Park
On Tuesday 27th June Years 3 and 4 spent an exciting and fun day at Drusillas Zoo, despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil it! The pupils attended two different workshops, Year 3 enjoyed a talk on "Rainforests" and Year 4 one on "Habitats". The Year 4 pupils got to see a snake and a chinchilla close up and learnt some very interesting things about different animal adaptions. Did you know that penguins have very sharp bristles on their tongues?
All the pupils enjoyed seeing the many different animals; such as the bandicoot, lemurs, otters and bats and learning about where they lived and what they ate. The staff were fascinated to discover which pupil had the loudest scream and who could stand on one leg - like a flamingo! for the longest amount of time. It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all.
Year 5 and 6 visit Painshill Hill Park
Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining and challenging day at Painshill Park this week. "One of the finest remaining examples of an English landscape park," Painshill provided the children with a beautiful, historical setting for some excellent adventures around the grounds. Having identified the various types of water body at the park, and a few games of 'pooh boats' along the way, we began with a morning of engineering at the giant Water Wheel. After investigating an Archimedes screw, a vaporising water rocket and all manner of pump and projectile paraphernalia, the children showed some excellent scientific understanding to explain how a water wheel works and what it is used for. After lunch, navigational skills were brought into play as a top-secret mission was revealed - to find and rescue a pilot whose plane had unexpectedly crash landed somewhere on site. The first task was to create a 3-D map of the grounds using only what the children could find in the woods. They then had to complete a sequence of tasks that eventually led them to the unfortunate airman, who - I'm pleased to report - was successfully resuscitated and rescued. Adam, our charismatic and energetic guide, remarked on how well the children had behaved and how enthusiastically they had all participated, showing great teamwork and problem solving skills. Well done all.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
On Tuesday evening, Year 7 headed into Guildford to watch the Guildford Shakespeare Company perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Racks Close (just behind the castle). The performance was outside and the action was followed around the amazing space, a former quarry. The performance was outstanding with great acting and staging. It was very amusing and had the students laughing along at various points. Even though it rained throughout the performance (the first evening of rain for 10 days!), the stoic Year 7s and staff persevered and had a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable time!
Pre-prep Sponsored Walk
Last Friday, a sponsored walk took place in order to raise money for Jigsaw School. The walkers were Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2, and several Year 10s.
We walked up to Pitch Hill and I am so proud that everyone made it. We had a lovely picnic with a beautiful view and a short while exploring the surrounding wooded area.
Thank you to all those parents who supported this worthy cause. So far we have raised £220! Thank you to Miss Coady for making this possible and to all the staff who helped. Also, thank you to the Year 10s who came with us, it truly was a team effort!
Josie M, Year 10
Pre-prep Swimming Gala
On Wednesday Pre-prep hit the swimming pool for their annual swimming gala. All went 'swimmingly', with the children showing great courage and determination in their races. I was most proud to see all the children doing their best and it was wonderful to watch them celebrate each others' achievements as well as their own. Thank you to the parents for their uplifting cheering and an enormous well done to all who participated.
A few match reports from this week
Rounders: U11/12 v. Ripley Court
The U11/U12 girls rounders team played an excellent game against Ripley Court with excellent fielding from Amelie W-B and Aoife W. Their fielding resulted in getting 8 players out in the first innings. There was some good batting during the 1st innings from Izzy B, Zoe L and Laura A with a score of 6 rounders by the end of the first innings.
The second innings had its drama but some excellent fielding from Kora W, Lily W-D, Grace F and Zara H with many Ripley Court girls stumped out.
Some fantastic batting was displayed by Zoe L, Amelie W-B, Lily W-D, Aoife W and Zara H with a total of 7 1/2 rounders.
The match finished with a Duke of Kent School win of 13 1/2 to 11 1/2. Well done girls.
Rounders: U13 A v. Dorset House
The Under 13 A rounders team played away at Dorset House on Wednesday, the final game of the season, in damp rather heavy conditions. The team got off to a reasonable start leading six and a half rounders against five and a half. In the second innings we batted first and finished with a strong total of twelve and a half. We then fielded really well in the second innings with some great catches from Martha McA who was bowling and lovely teamwork between Izzy F at backstop and Izzy P at first post. With just four balls to play we were leading by one and a half rounders. Dorset House played very well under the pressure and clawed their way back. The final score was a draw twelve and half each. A fair result, ouch!
Well done to all who played. A great effort all round.
Whole School Reminder
NO ACTIVITIES OR PREP
Monday 3rd and Friday 7th July:
15:30 - Pre-prep and Prep siblings
16:05 - Prep School and Senior siblings
16:45 - Senior School
17:00 - All after school buses depart
Saturday 8th July:
Parents' Day and End of Term
Prep School Reminder
Thursday 6th July:
Years 3 + 4 Roald Dahl Showcase - 19:00pm
Tuesday 4th July:
Pre-prep Sports Day - 14:00pm
Thursday 6th July:
Pre-prep Trips Day
This week 4G held a debate on 'Should lessons be outside in the Summer Term?' All of the children presented their arguments clearly and there were some interesting points raised. The final vote was against the motion.
5S had their assembly this week and were happy to share with the Prep School the information they received from their visit to Cranleigh Library. They learned about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. This Challenge introduces readers to the ANIMAL AGENTS, characters exclusively designed by the award-winning children’s illustrator, Tony Ross. Your child can help the Animal Agents, a bunch of furry, slippery and four-legged friends, solve a library
mystery – with a huge helping of fun along the way! It’s totally free and to get started all your child has to do is sign up at the library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. As they read their books, each child will receive special stickers to complete their folder. Once they have collected the stickers they will be able to crack the case and catch the crook! Children are encouraged to read at least six library
books. Head down to your local library for more information.
Pre-Prep Stars of the Week
Herb M for consistently displaying good listening skills, excellent behaviour and enthusiastic participation in all activities.
Freddie P for his general knowledge about wildlife, nature and his observations about the world around him.
Johnny E for showing perseverance and determination and working with care.
Tess G for approaching all aspects of school life with focus and maturity.
Music Department News
Another busy couple of weeks in the Music Department! This week we have had over 20 pupils sitting instrumental exams in a variety of instruments from drums through to violin. Last Wednesday Mr Wilson's pupils took part in their lunchtime recital; we had a lovely combination of recorder, clarinet, piano and saxophone performances on display. Last Friday Mr Thomas's drum pupils showed parents and friends what they have been up to and the PA Hall was rocking to the sounds of rhythms and fills! Then finally, last Friday evening saw the Summer Concert held in the PA Hall. This year the focus of the concert was school ensembles, so on stage were the School Orchestra, the Senior Jazz Band, Senior Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, The DoKarinas and the DoK Rock Band. There was also a wonderful cameo from the Prep Ballet Club with a special piece composed by Dexter B in Year 9. A big thank you to Mr Kaye, Miss Barnes, Miss Macaulay and Mr Wilson who also all performed on the night. It was a fabulous evening, really well attended and a lot of fun was had by all!
Snapchat have released a new feature that enables users to see where their followers are and visa versa. This location sharing can be a problem, particularly if users do not know all the people they are following. (It's HIGHLY recommended that you check who your children are friends with online!)
There is an option to turn off the location settings on snapchat and go into ‘ghost mode’, stopping the user’s location being shared. A video of how to do this is on the BBC website - here: