This week, we safely welcomed Year 10 back in groups for revision sessions and, next week, will be joined by Year 2 pupils for the remainder of the term. Years 3, 4 and 5 will also have a week each with their teachers.
The children are to be acknowledged for the sensible way that have taken to the new procedures and their engagement with lessons. We are also extremely pleased to read that the Government is determined to have all children back in school for September.
A highlight for me this week has been the interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of our Prefect selection process. They all talked thoughtfully and maturely about the role and shared their ideas for leading the student body next year. I am really looking forward to working with them. Finally, a very Happy Father’s Day to all our Super Dads. Have a lovely day!
House Magic Trick Competition
Abracadabra! For the last two weeks, students in the Senior School and Prep School have been conjuring up their best magic tricks at home to dazzle our judges (Mr Gritton and Miss Anand). All of the entries we had left us wondering 'how on earth..?' and 'I wonder how they did did that...?' but our top four entries were:
1st - Charlie C (Whittle)
2nd - Tansy-Bela T (Whittle)
3rd - Dante R-D (Armstrong)
4th - Levi L (Hillary)
As always, well done to everyone who entered; every entry earns you points for your House, so well done! Please see the winning entries below, enjoy!
Cranleigh Hockey Club - or should that be Duke of Kent Hockey Club?!
Several of the extended Duke of Kent family were featured in the Surrey Advertiser last week, celebrating five years of sustained success for Cranleigh Hockey Club. Since the Cranleigh Men's Hockey team was created, thanks in large part to our very own Mr Wilson and Mr Green, many pupils, parents and staff from our school have turned out in the club's colours. The squad currently includes: Mr Green, Mr Monk and Mr Wright from our teaching team; Duke of Kent School dads, past and present, Mr Cranwell, Mr Bubb, Mr Burke and Mr Instone; former pupils Bastien H, Rory W, Harry B, Angus H and Calum H; and current pupil, Harry P (Year 11). After five successive promotions on the bounce, the team has evolved enormously, and we are proud that so many Duke of Kent School sportsmen have been so instrumental.
Prep and Pre-prep News
Last week, all Pre-prep and Prep pupils enjoyed some 'Moving Up' Meets, giving them a chance for some face-to-face time with their prospective Form teacher for next year. Although most had to be done virtually, and none could involve the same getting-to-know-you activities that Familiarisation Day normally entails, they certainly created a buzz of excitement for what awaits after the summer break. Year 1 were so excited they headed straight to the ICT suite, where they all wrote a letter to Miss Able. Year 2 have been learning about sound, making and playing their own instruments, whilst Reception loved singing and dancing to Mr Rye's latest song, Mr Fizz Dog. Nursery have continued with their Superhero theme. The children have all created their own superheroes, each with their own special skill. They have created a wonderful display and linked their Fathers' Day cards to the Superhero theme.
Year 6, too, enjoyed their own 'Moving Up' meeting this week with Mr Wilson, learning more about what life will be like in Senior School. The children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have been getting used to a new timetable, involving more 'live' lessons with their teachers, and next week, for some classes, things will change again. We can't wait to welcome Years 2 and 4 back into School on Monday, and soon after that, Years 5 and 3 as well. There will be several new rules and routines for those children to get used to, but I'm sure they'll adapt just as quickly and admirably as those classes who have already returned.
Value awards for this week are:
Effort - Henry R, Emma F, Jess I, Chester B, Zac W and Levi L
Responsibility - Eva P-R, Jack R and William M
Here is a link to the Prep and Pre-prep podcasts too, enjoy:
Nursery: Elsie S for showing good effort and persistence during a repeating pattern activity.
Reception: Mila-Rose S for displaying great social skills; being kind and a friend to everyone!
Year 1: Eliza R for having such a positive attitude to her learning and for using brackets in her ICT.
Year 2: Hope N for making and playing some impressive musical instruments as part of our 'sound' topic this week.
Performing Arts News
Summer Concert - 27th June - 6pm
Not long now until our Live Streamed Virtual Summer Concert! On Saturday 27th June at 6pm we will be Live Streaming the pre-recorded videos made by the pupils for the Summer Concert.
An email will go out early next week with the streaming link but put the date in your diary and get ready for some high class Saturday early evening entertainment!
Duke of Kent School Album - Vol III
Our third school album will be available before the end of term, featuring musicians from across the school. This term it will be downloadable via the school website with a donation to a charity being decided by the school's pupil led Charity Committee.
The latest instalment in Fizz world is available here for younger pupils! This week we meet the Fizz Cats and hang out at Fizzy Scott's Jazz Club...
Those of you who have found a lot of usefulness out the app "Zoom" during our time at home may be interested to know that "end-to-end" encryption is being added to everyone who uses it. End to end to encryption, which is also a feature on WhatsApp, ensures that those outside of a call cannot eavesdrop or snoop by intercepting data as it travels from one computer to another. the feature will be added in July and should go a long way into enhancing the privacy of its users during a call.
On a side note, a recently study by Kings College London has found that those who get their news primarily from social media are more likely to believe conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and as a result be less likely to follow the rules about lockdown and social distancing. This is something I have written about before, so I will not go into too much detail now, but I will link a very useful article about questioning news stories in the section below.
It can sometimes feel a bit of a slog can't it? In these strange and unsettling times with working in new and confusing ways we can find ourselves de-motivated and disorientated. Keeping it simple and taking one day at a time can help and I've found these 10 things helpful too. Be kind to yourself - you're doing great!
For all those budding astronomers out there, why not take part in a national science experiment run and hosted by the @RoyalAstroSoc & @SchoolsObs! Help them to calculate the size of Earth. Follow the link for more information and to participate#Space https://t.co/JGoeYZpy3D
Today we're hosting our second 'No Screen Day' following the success and positive response from students and parents for our last one. Here is an article by the @RCPCHtweets about screen time if you would like to know more: https://t.co/Sdamnt6PFg #MentalHealth #TheDoKWay