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The History of PADoK

There is an incredible sense of family unity that runs throughout the Duke of Kent School, and this sense of togetherness forged the direction of the school’s parents’ association. In 2009, the association went through a rebrand to become the Parents Association of the Duke of Kent School - PADoK. The rebrand came about as PADoK wanted to further strengthen the unique Duke of Kent School community and gain more parental participation through enjoyable events by fostering relationships with parents of children across all year groups.

A positive community spirit for the children has always been of paramount importance to the school, and so it was only natural that, through PADoK, this sense of community continued through events and clubs that the parents could participate in as well.

About Us

PADoK has created a fun-loving community that every parent can be a part of. As a result of the events they have organised, funds have been raised for school projects and donations made to many charities. It is primarily made up of 2 representatives from each year group, with a meeting held once every half term, however, all parents at the school are more than welcome to attend. At these meetings, events are reviewed, planned and new fundraising ideas are discussed.

Members of PADoK

PADoK has a leadership team made up of:

Chairperson: Camilla Phillips 

Treasurer: Sarah Smith

Secretary: Claire Read.

PADOK Chair History

2009 to 2012  — Jenny Cropper

2012 to 2013 — Ali Scott

2013 to 2016 —  Sarah Trotman

2016 to 2018 —  Harriet Hunter

2018 to 2020 — Sarah Trotman

2020 — to date Camilla Phillips

Fundraising

Every year PADOK raises over £5,000 through a variety of different events which have included Fireworks parties, Quiz Nights, Krypton Factor evenings and themed evenings, for example Movie and Bingo nights. PADOK also organise a bi-annual Charity Summer Ball. In 2019 it was held at Denbies Vineyard, with entertainment provided by the fantastic music of 'The Accidentals', led by our very own Director of Music and Performing Arts, Mr Nick Rye. All proceeds raised on the night were donated to a small local charity, Abbie's Fund” www.abbiesfund.com

A popular yearly event is the chance to win fabulous Christmas Hampers that are put together by PADOK members from donations from the parents and won through buying raffle tickets. In December 2020 PADOK was delighted to raise over £2,100.

Supporting Duke of Kent School

During the school year PADoK assist the school at a number of events.

  • Open Days - PADoK representatives are on hand to talk with prospective parents about the school and give them information from a parent point of view. They also help serve refreshments.
  • School Productions - PADoK representatives serve refreshments to those attending.

Donations

In 2009 donations to the school began with purchasing books for the Junior and Senior Library. This was the start of many wonderful projects being donated to over the years and PADoK have contributed to the seating area around the AstroTurf grounds, lighting for the Performing Hall, toys for nursery, decorating the Year 11 form common room, musical instruments and sporting equipment. Please see a list of donations to the school and charities since 2016.

Donations to School in recent years:

2019/2020 - Willow Deer weaving, the Senior Decking area - total £4,000

2018/2019 - The School buggy - Total £4,500

2017/2018 - A new Performing Arts floor, Drone, PODDLEY play equipment for Pre-prep, Mitre (art/dt) Total - £4,600

2016/2017 - New Performing Arts lighting, tents for Duke of Edinburgh, Forest School equipment, static bikes for triathlon club, construction blocks (Pre-prep), printing press (Art) - Total £5,800

Each year PADoK contributes to the Year 11 leavers party/prom (around £500).

PADoK donates £200 towards prizes for PI Day.

Charity Donations

In 2010 donations to charities began, and over the years PADoK have donated to the a number of charities (from. Every year, PADOK helps raise monies for the MacMillan Cancer Charity and in November 2020, despite this being a virtual event, they raised £880 for the charity.

External charity donations (most recent):

2020 - £500 to Cranleigh Food Bank

2019 May Ball - Abbie's Fund £11,600 (Cancer charity for children)

2017 May Ball - Dusty Yak (Nepal Charity for young girls) £4,800

Macmillan Coffee Morning event:

2020/21 - £880

2019/20 - £573

2018/19 - £277

2017/18 - £234

2016/17 - £501

Local Schools

As well as donating monies to projects at Duke of Kent School, PADoK have invited local schools to attend our November Christmas shopping evening at Manns in Cranleigh.

Events and Clubs

Regular Events Include:

Monthly Walks

Each month PADoK organises a walk from the Hurtwood Control Car Park 3 (Pitch Hill). Everyone is welcome, with or without dogs. At the end of the walk we provide hot drinks and cake or biscuits. Due to Covid we have recently made the walks every other week to allow some continuity for parents when all other meets have been on hold. This will be reviewed once restrictions are lifted.

Singing

Every Thursday morning at 08.20in the Performing Arts Hall or Meetings Room depending on availability. Mr Rye & Mrs Burr coordinate this club.

The group came about after a conversation between Mrs Burr, a parent, and Mr Rye (Director of Performing Arts). Mr Rye kindly agreed to give up his time to lead a choir for the parents and in September 2016 The Duke of Kent School Singers was formed. The Duke of Kent School Singers first performed at the Prep School Christmas concert in December 2016 singing Coldplay’s “Fix You”. They have since performed at the Bi-annual Charity Ball, Leaving Concert and Prep School Christmas Concert.

The format has changed over the years and they now work on technique, sing a variety of songs and have the option to work towards a performance if there is an opportunity to perform. The main aim is to have fun and everyone who attends all agree that they feel uplifted by singing first thing in the morning. All welcome regardless of ability.

Netball

For many years this was a very popular club that met on a Wednesday morning before school. Miss Vernon kindly gave up her time to lead the netball sessions.  Following on from this each year Duke of Kent School hosted a netball tournament for other school PTA netball teams. This was a really fun event that was enjoyed by all who took part.

Book Club

Book Club has been running for a couple of years with limited numbers attending. We haven’t given up though and numbers are on the increase! Please check the weekly bulletin and information from your class rep for details of the current book.

Second-Hand Uniform Shop

The Second-hand Uniform Shop is an important resource for parents throughout the school. It is located by the Sports Hall near the car park at the bottom of the site. The PADoK team have always run this on a voluntary basis and try their best to accommodate the needs of current and new parents.

The shop opens twice a term. Should anyone need uniform urgently then a private appointment can be arranged through your class rep.

There is a box outside the shop where second-hand uniform can be donated.

Plans for the Future

Due to the impact of Covid19 on the school community, unfortunately many of the yearly events have had to be postponed, however, plans are in place for when our school community can meet in person once more and information on these events will be shared in due course.

Contact

If you would like to find out more about PADoK or have any questions about future events, please contact padok@dokschool.org