Weekly Bulletin 30/11/2018

Ballet Club go to see The Nutcracker

Ballet club had such a treat on Thursday, having a special invitation to watch Northern Ballet Company in class, normally a very private time for professional dancers! It was lovely how engaged the children were with the opportunity, asking questions about everything from how the dancers picked up the combinations so quickly and how they could jump so high, to why they were wearing such eclectic items of clothing and why they were so muscly! Louis N was particularly observant in noticing the dancers executing some of the same steps we practise in the PA Hall on Monday evenings: pliés, tendus, retirés, chassés and even the tricky polka step!

After lunch and a quick Christmas Concert rehearsal outside, we made our way back into the theatre to watch the Company’s performance of The Nutcracker. The children loved spotting the dancers they had seen in class on stage in different guises and we were all swept along with the christmassy magic of the ballet. Isabelle H said she had never clapped so hard in her life and Myles C summed it up with “amazing”! Isla B thought it was particularly clever when the Nutcracker doll turned into a real prince, and Daisy R re-enacted the King Mouse’s rather unballetic dance moves for us in the interval! Perhaps most gratifyingly of all, both the members of the public sitting next to us and the ice-cream vendor commented on how beautifully behaved they all were. Many thanks to the children for their enthusiasm and comportment, to Mr Wilson for driving us through road closures and horrendous traffic and generally being brilliant, and to Northern Ballet for giving us such a wonderful day out.

Miss Francis

Student Fundraising Event - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale Thursday 6th December

Imagine a life where your home is just sheets of plastic, corrugated iron and a dirt floor. I will be going to Mexico with Urban Saints on a 10 day trip during the Easter holidays (2019) to build houses for families in desperate need. In order to help fundraise for this project I will be holding a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale during junior and senior afternoon break on Thursday 6th December. The doughnuts will cost £1.50 each. Please come prepared if you are likely to be hungry!

Ben P (Y10)

House Bake off Semi Finals

The semi finals for the Duke of Kent School Bake Off were held this week, giving our 16 semi-finalists a chance to once again dazzle the judges with the cakes that set them apart from the rest of the 50 bakes that were entered this year.

The attitude of the students was excellent. All of the Prep and Senior competitors approached their semi final with enthusiasm and gusto. Whether it was adapting when things didn’t go quite as expected or encouraging and congratulating their competition on their hard work.

The quality of the cakes was truly exceptional; which made even more difficult for the judges to pick out two Prep and Senior entries to progress to next week’s final, where their efforts will be judged by Steven Carter-Bailey.

Our finalists are:

Prep - Oscar H (Hillary), Henry R (Chichester)

Senior - Milly B (Hillary), Ben P and Ben H-F (Armstrong)

The Grand Final will be held on Tuesday 4th December, 4:30 to 7pm

Well done to all of the semi-finalists, you have a lot to feel proud of, and good luck to our finalists!

Mr Gritton and Miss Anand

Children's Festival

Over the half-term holiday, Prep School pupils were encouraged to reflect on the issue of marine conservation. Inspired by their love of the oceans, more than half of the children participated, creating an array of imaginative and informative projects that ranged from poems to sculpture, and beach clean-ups to scientific experiments. Many of these are now on display in the porch by the Pre-prep entrance, as well as brightening up the Prep corridor and classrooms.

We focused on the topic of marine conservation not only because it has regularly featured in the news of late, but also because our school had been invited to take part in a Children's Festival on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals at Greenfield School in Woking. This week, five of the Prep School pupils attended the festival, along with delegations from six other local schools, and presented on Goal 14: "To conserve and sustainably use marine resources." It was an inspiring day, hearing children aged between 8 and 11 talk passionately and knowledgeably about issues such as climate change, sanitation, gender equality and access to education. Alex F, Pippa S, James B, Henry R and Isabelle S performed brilliantly on stage, underlining to their audience the severity of plastics pollution, sharing some of the work other Prep pupils had done in half term, and also giving practical ways in which every person can help keep our oceans healthy. The day was rounded off with a roundtable Children's Parliament, in which all delegates discussed with pupils from other schools the issue of poverty and how it can be tackled.

To find out more about the Sustainable Goals, and ways you can do your bit, visit:


Mr Wright

Pause for Thought

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent.

This is a season in the Church that waits in anticipation of Jesus second coming and remembers his first - Christmas!

It is marked by the lighting of four candles, one each Sunday, leading up to Christmas day. But what do these candles symbolise?

The Advent wreath first appeared in Germany in 1839. A Lutheran minister working at a mission for children created a wreath out of the wheel of a cart. He placed twenty small red candles and four large white candles inside the ring. The red candles were lit on weekdays and the four white candles were lit on Sundays.

Eventually, the Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible. Advent candles are often nestled in the evergreen wreath. Additional decorations, like holly and berries, are sometimes added. Their red colour points ahead to Jesus’ sacrifice and death. Pinecones can symbolize the new life that Jesus brings through His resurrection. Families begin lighting a candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and they light another candle each subsequent Sunday.

The most common Advent candle tradition, however, involves four candles. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Each candle represents something different, although traditions vary. Often, the first, second, and fourth candles are purple; the third candle is rose-coloured. Sometimes all the candles are red; in other traditions, all four candles are blue or white. Occasionally, a fifth white candle is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Have a great weekend!

Rev Kia

A few match reports from this week

Football: Years 7 & 8 House Football

Two Wednesdays ago saw the completion of the group stages of the year 7 and 8 House football competition, played on the Wilsons’ pitch. There were good skills on show with plenty of goals on offer resulting in a tight finish with the teams being separated by goal difference. The final and the 3rd and 4th play-off matches were played on Monday 26th November which saw Hillary and Whittle battle it out in the final and Armstrong vs Chichester fight for 3rd and 4th place.

Hillary and Whittle played really well in a tightly fought contest with the result finishing 2-1 to Hillary with Freddie N and Archie L scoring for Hillary and Ben W for Whittle. Armstrong showed their dominance in the 2nd game winning 3-0 with Marcus D, Alex W and Charlie N scoring the goals.

Mr Green

Football: U14 v. Shoreham College 

Duke of Kent School made the journey to Shoreham College on a wet and windy day. This however did not dampen the boys’ spirit as they set about playing their passing football. It was a much improved performance from a couple of weeks ago with Duke of Kent School threatening the Shoreham College goal on a number of occasions. Ashley A and Harry S ensured that the goals were kept to a minimum with some good save and marshalling at the back. Arthur B and Jon H applied pressure upfront by chasing endlessly after any balls played over to them. Well done to all the boys involved as you listened well and showed an improvement on your own individual performance.

Mr Green

Football: U15 vs Shoreham College

On Tuesday afternoon the U15 football team battled the elements to face Shoreham College. Despite the weather, Duke of Kent School tried to play attacking football with well worked passing leading to several chances, building on from last weeks impressive performance. However, we were unable to stop Shoreham College scoring 3 goals. A late fight back saw Alex W score after a skilful run and finish from the rebound. Special mention to our keeper Dan J who also made several brilliant saves throughout the match and kept our hopes alive.

Mr Burwood

Football: U11 B and C vs Moon Hall College

On Wednesday afternoon the U11 B and C team travelled to Moon Hall College to play in a triangular tournament. The B's played Moon Hall College in the first game, keeping it tight at the back, however, we were unable to convert our chances and lost 1-0 after a long range effort. The B's then played the C's in a hotly contested affair, the B's coming out on top 2-0 winners. Finally the C's played Moon Hall College in the game of the day with end to end play and many chances. Leland W put the C's 1-0 up after a skilful run and finish. Moon Hall scored a late equaliser and the game ended 1-1. Well done to all the boys who showed great effort and determination.

Mr Burwood

Football: Year 2 v. Belmont

On Tuesday, Year 2 enjoyed their first ever sports fixture! They played football against Belmont School on our very own Wilsons’ Pitch. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side but this did not deter the parents as they came out in great numbers for some thrilling football in the rain! Both schools played two matches, showing their enthusiasm for the sport as well as the skills they have learnt during their PE lessons with Mr Green. All matches included some Duke of Kent School goals with fabulous finishes and impressive dribbling skills. All the pupils enjoyed an indoor packed lunch match tea after their run around in the cold! It was brilliant to see such effort and enjoyment from every single pupil in Year 2, huge congratulations and we look forward to our next fixture – Tag Rugby in Spring term!

Mr Green and Miss Vickers

School Reminders

Whole School Reminder

Friday 7th December:

PADoK Mulled Wine and Mince Pies 18:00 - 19:00

Sunday 9th December:

Choir to St. Clement Danes Carol Service

Senior School Reminders

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December:

GCSE Art Mock Exam

Saturday 8th December:

Optional Senior trip to Harry Potter World

Prep School Reminder

Friday 7th December:

Prep School Christmas Concert 19:00 - 20:00

Duke of Kent School Hoodies

Forms are now available from the front office for Senior School pupils to order their DUKE hoodies. Hoodies cost £36 each and are paid for by cheque.


Year 3 Assembly

On Wednesday morning, Year 3 preformed their first assembly of the year. In our Topic lessons, we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. All of the children have really enjoyed learning about the gods and goddesses as well as many of the myths, so it was the perfect opportunity to show off what they have learnt. The children worked really hard to remember their lines and on the day they delivered them with clarity and expression. Just to make the assembly a little more memorable the children dressed up in bed sheets to replicate Ancient Greek clothing. They should be extremely proud of themselves and give themselves a big pat on the back. Well done!

Miss Nott

Stars of the week

Nursery: Logan N for making progress in all areas and for displaying empathy towards his friends.

Reception: Olivia W for consistently putting in tremendous effort in the classroom and helping others.

Year 1: Hubert S for showing kindness to his friends and offering them support to help them when they’re sad.

Year 2: Lulu B for beautiful singing and reading during our assembly rehearsals. You’re a star!

Mrs Green

E-Safety tips

Christmas shopping season has begun, and with events like "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" it's a great time to find some deals on the internet. However, it is also a prime opportunity for malicious online threats. GCHQ, the country's cyber security agency, has voiced concerns that retailers and consumers could come under attack by scammers and "elite" hackers from other nations.

Some of the top tips mentioned include:

  • Type in a shop's website address rather than clicking on links in emails

  • Choose strong and separate passwords for accounts

  • Keep an eye on bank accounts for unrecognised payments

It is important to stay aware of the possible dangers and, should the worst happen, make sure to contact your bank so that losses are minimised.

Here is a link for further reading:


Thanks for reading!

Mr Win-Pe

PADoK news

Mulled Wine and Minced Pies

Please do join us around the fire in Old Hall on Friday 7th December from 6pm for our annual festive mulled wine and minced pie evening. We will also be pulling the winners for the Christmas hampers and announcing the winners of this terms 100 club draw. After we are filled with festive cheer we shall make our way to the performing arts hall for the glorious prep school Christmas concert.

Mrs Trotman

Hamper Donations

Thank you so much for all the hamper donations we have had so far, Duke of Kent School parents have characteristically been very generous and our hampers are going to be bursting with goodies this year. Please don’t worry if you have not yet had a chance to donate, our hamper collection boxes will remain in the reception hall and the pre-prep entrance foyer until Wednesday 5th December.

Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets are available to buy from the front office and all PADoK events up to and including the mulled wine and minced pie evening on December 7th. Please return your ticket stubs to the front office for your chance to win a glorious PADoK Christmas hamper.

Charity Ball News

PADoK Is pleased to announce that the charity we will be proudly supporting at our charity ball in the summer term will be “Abbie’s Fund”. Please visit the “Abbie’s Fund” website or visit the PADok Parents Facebook page for more information.

“Make my childhood cancer survivable”


Mrs Trotman