Science was very much at the fore this week as we celebrated outstanding resilience and effort on the topic of Quantitative Chemistry shown by Year 10 pupils. Science helps children begin to make sense of the world around them and gain an understanding of how things work. Children are naturally curious and Science provides a sense of intrigue as they wonder and ask questions. This can be seen right from the Early Years when children experiment with ice cubes to our Year 10s calculating the yield of important chemical reactions. As part of our Strategic Development plan, now in its second year, our Summer project is the complete refurbishment of 2 of our Science labs as we continue to ensure that Science remains a core part of children’s education. Well done to Freddie S, Josh McG, Charlie B, Matthew K and Jack A for their hard work in Chemistry.
Have a lovely weekend.
Year 9 History Trip
On Thursday Year 9 deployed on their first school trip for a while! Mindful of COVID protocols the group were taken to three open locations, each of which provided an impressive local reminder of WW2. The first site was behind the Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford which contained over 150 concrete blocks known as 'dragon's teeth' on a slope leading to the River Wey. This was designed to delay or divert any German tanks spearheading attempts to capture Guildford with its key factories and important roads/railway junctions. The British soldiers manning the trenches overlooking these obstacles would have included the 'Home Guard', famously known nowadays as 'Dad's Army'. Their weapons were described by researchers from Duke of Kent School History Club. Ollie and Harry D described the Bren gun, a type of machine gun, while Alex S and Max S explained the purpose of a spigot mortar, a weapon produced after the Dunkirk evacuation when the army had lost most of their existing mortars. Harry S and Fraser R informed us about the 'Northover Projector', a type of anti-tank gun that could fire all manner of ammunition including glass bombs filled with petrol.
A 20-minute uphill walk took us to our second site, two concrete bunkers overlooking Shere village. Josh N and Calum McK expertly informed the group about the purpose of what are also known as 'pillboxes', where the soldiers would fire through slits in order to stop or delay any advance of the German army to London. Our final visit was to the 'Quick Response Memorial Woodland', a garden of reflection at Holmbury St. Mary. The entire year group managed to attend the visit, including Max K who as our own 'wounded warrior' bravely hobbled around the 'dragon's teeth'. Many thanks are also due to Matron for her medical support, the catering staff for our baguettes, and the maintenance department for managing our minibuses, piloted by Mr Macdonald, Mr Seeley and myself. Miss Francis also provided excellent company and the accompanying pictures to this article.
Pre-prep and Prep School News
Our Prep School Sustainability Committee met for the first time on Thursday morning. They shared their ideas on what action they might like to take to make the school a more eco-friendly place. Ideas ranged from keeping pigs (who would be fed with food waste produced at school), growing our own vegetables, planting trees and having a House competition to encourage pupils to eat more plant-based food. It was decided that their first step would be to interview Mrs Knox and Mrs Green to find out what their vision is for the school in terms of becoming more sustainable. More to follow soon!
On Wednesday morning 6E hosted a debate in the Prep School, arguing for and against the motion, 'This House believes that Remote Learning is better than learning in school'. After the well-considered, insightful and detailed initial arguments presented by 6E pupils, comments were heard from the rest of the Prep School pupils before they were asked to cast their vote. We're delighted to say, it was a landslide victory for education remaining in school! There were some excellent displays of public speaking and presenting skills, which engaged and persuaded their audience, well done 6E!
In English this week, Year 2 pupils have been planning a diary entry from the perspective of Samuel Pepys. They have thoroughly enjoyed the process and have produced some detailed plans with impressive vocabulary. We can't wait to read their final pieces soon! Year 6 pupils have been busy exploring poetry and have created their own fantastic examples of limericks and haikus:
I'm scared and alone,
The flowing red sea above.
How can we be saved?
Eva and Lucy
There once was a girl from Chester,
Who wanted to travel to Leicester,
So she got in her car,
And drove to a bar,
But they stole her car and left her.
By Edie H, Rose S and Arthur DK
Stars of the Week
Nursery - Aoife Ffor settling into Nursery life with such enthusiasm and a wonderfully positive attitude.
Reception - Jack Mfor an improved attitude towards tackling tricky challenges such as writing.
Year 1 - Norah C for her amazing number sentences to 10, plus for pushing herself to write more facts during our Topic lessons.
Logan N for amazing concentration while writing a whole page on crocodile facts in Topic.
Year 2 - Simon F for fantastic independence during English lessons. You worked so hard to complete a detailed plan of your diary entry.
Senior School News
It has been another busy week at Duke of Kent School where we have taken the opportunity to celebrate the hard-work of a select number of Year 10 students in Chemistry whose ongoing efforts have been exemplary. Keep it up Charlie B, Matthew K, Jack A, Bea H, Freddie S and Josh McG! We have also seen Year 9 go out on our first Senior School trip since lockdown, visiting various areas of historic interests. Fingers crossed many more trips will soon be taking place as they have such a great educational value.
Our first sustainability staff-interview also took place on Thursday, with Mr Hanvey, our Catering Manager, being interviewed by Emma M, Sydney R, Annabelle R and Ariane L as we continue to look at all aspects of School practices and put together a thorough Action-Plan. Watch this space for their findings!
Commendations this week have been awarded to Jasmine K, Tilly C, Maddie I, Hannah A, Macy B, Abby C, Sophie S, Amber C Imogen C, all in Year 9, for their excellent effort and application regarding their lung projects in Biology. Commendations have also been awarded to Emma B (Year 10), Charlie C (Year 10) and Charlie G (Year 8) for their outstanding efforts in Geography, particularly regarding their note-taking and preparation for their Summer Exams. Well done to all of you.
U16 Rounders v. Box Hill School
On Tuesday afternoon the U16's travelled to Box Hill School for their first rounders match of the year. The girls batted first and quickly got into the rhythm and managed to get 6 full rounders and a total of 9 1/2 rounders when they set out to field. Box Hill School came into bat and started the innings well, but the Duke of Kent School girls were quick to react and adjusted their fielding resulting in three catches from Izzy F at Backstop and a further 5 players being stumped out. There was great communication and teamwork throughout the team which resulted in a final score of 9 1/2 – 4 1/2 to Duke of Kent School. Special thanks to Lucy H and Ellis McK for stepping in last minute. I'm looking forward to the rematch next week already.
U14 Rounders v. Box Hill School
On Tuesday afternoon the U14 girls had their first rounders game of the term. Everyone was very excited to play and all had great team spirit. Duke of Kent School batted first and hit some fantastic shots scoring lots of rounders for the team. Poppy K and Ruby K played fantastically throughout the whole game hitting the ball past all Box Hill School fielders and when we were fielding, played brilliantly as bowler and second post. Jas K and Maddie I did an exceptional job working together as backstop and first post managing to stump out all the Box Hill School players before their inning was over. Tilly C played extremely well as second deep catching all the balls that came her way and passing them to fourth post to catch the player out before they could score a rounder. At the end of the game Duke of Kent School won with 14 rounders to 8 rounders. Everyone played very well showing great enthusiasm throughout. Jas K was awarded girl of the game for her excellent fielding as backstop, well done to everyone who played, a brilliant win for Duke of Kent School.
Girls' Cricket: U13 & U12 v. Box Hill School
On Wednesday afternoon the U12 and U13 girls welcomed Box Hill School to our Wilsons' Pitch for a cricket match. They were all very excited to play and were ready to show their new cricket skills they have been practising in lessons. Despite the interesting change in weather throughout the match, all the girls kept in high spirits and played extremely well. In the U12s game, Bella S demonstrated her newly learnt skills and played a fantastic shot allowing the team to score lots of runs during the match. Niamh A played exceptionally well, making multiple catches and stumping several Box Hill School players out. Isabelle H was awarded Girl of the Game for her superb bowling and excellent batting. Meanwhile, the U13s produced some great bowling, managing to bowl very few wides during the game. Well done in particular to Esme P and Alex K for making some great catches and to Ella S and Frankie M for some quality hits. Well done to all the girls involved!
Years 3 and 4 Cricket v. Frensham Heights
On Thursday afternoon, some of the Year 3 & 4 pupils travelled to Frensham Heights for their first cricket game of the season! Both teams were extremely excited and particularly enjoyed the bus journey! The teams were split into the U8/9 Tigers and the U8/9 Lions! Both teams batted first and got off to a great start. Well done in particular to Rommy B and Thibaut J for hitting multiple 4s and 6s for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Dante R-D and Freddie P were also putting their batting skills into practice for the Lions hitting 4s and gaining some extra runs for the team! All pupils worked hard in the field, doing their best to stay focused and kept Frensham Height's run rate to a minimum. Congratulations to Henry O and Harry L for taking a wicket and to William T and Ruby W for some cracking fielding. The U8/9 Tigers had a great game and lost by only 3 runs whilst the U8/9 Lions won their game by 40 runs. What a day!
Miss Vickers and Mr Green
Boys' Cricket: U15 v. Frensham Heights
Frensham batted first in this 15 over game and scored quicky. Frensham's opening batsman played superbly well, scoring 50 with some excellent strokes. Duke of Kent School took some good wickets and there was particularly accurate bowling from Freddie N and Teddie J. The Duke of Kent School U15 team batted well but didn't quite chase down the 100 they needed, eventually coming up 6 runs short. Ben W batted well, and Marcus D scored quickly with some excellent pull shots, unfortunately this was not enough. Well done to all who played.
Boys' Cricket: U14 v. Frensham Heights
Tuesday saw the U14s have their first cricket match of the season vs Frensham Heights. Duke of Kent School won the toss and inserted Frensham Heights to bat. Tom H bowled with good line and length to take the first wicket, caught and bowled. This was continued by Alex W, who took two wickets in two balls, this was continued by Max S who took a wicket. Luke I displayed good throwing technique in the field with a direct hit, hitting 1 stump. Frensham Heights scored 147 off their 16 overs for 6 wickets.
Duke of Kent School managed to chase the total down in 14 overs thanks to Leo H scoring 50 and Tom H with 46. Josh N showed good attacking cricket before getting run out. Allowing Alex W to come in to hit the winning runs with two 6’s and a 4. Well done to all the U14s who played as they showed accurate bowling and bravery in the field.
Boys' Cricket: U12 v. Cottesmore
The U12 team took on Cottesmore at home on Wednesday afternoon. The pitch was looking in great condition and the sun was shining. Cottesmore won the toss and decided to field. Duke of Kent School started batting sensibly, keeping a straight bat to some good bowling and running well between the wickets. As the innings developed, Duke of Kent School started to find it difficult to find the gaps and due to some very good bowling, lost some key wickets. We managed to score 66, which Cottesmore reached with some powerful batting. The boys showed great teamwork and spirit throughout, well done to all who played.
Boys' Cricket: U11 v. Cottesmore
The U11 team set off from School with cricket bags full of enthusiasm and delight at being able to play their first game of 'hard ball' cricket. We lost the toss and were put in to bat, on a very tricky wicket, that made the ball spit and bounce after a truculent shower had raced through the ground on brisk wind. Felix C and Miles C put up some steadfast resistance against some aggressive pace bowling, until Felix was unlucky to be caught by a good catch at mid-on. Will M, Jude B, Chester S, Sam R, Kit B and Rhys W all batted well, but the standout performer was Miles C who knock an impressive 36 runs. We scored 85 off 16 overs. We bowled and fielded well, but Cottesmore managed to get past our total, in what was a really enjoyable game of cricket.
Boys' Cricket: U10 v. Cottesmore
On Wednesday the U10 boys played their first cricket match against Cottesmore, showing great team cohesion through fantastic communication between them to work together especially with their fielding performance. Duke of Kent School batted first and scored 152 in 12 overs, with the player of the innings being Eddie C scoring multiple boundaries and working well with his partner Eddie P. Cottesmore then batted second scoring 173 to win the game, an evenly contested game played within the spirit of the game. Well done boys.
This year in particular, people have found huge solace in watching the weather and wildlife in their immediate environments, as well as exploring undiscovered routes, on foot or tyre, in their close vicinity.
So many people I have spoken to have talked about daily walks being the highlight of their day during lockdown; the appreciation of our natural environment has taken on an even greater significance in this turbulent year. The sensory stimulation of being outside has the effect of bringing ourselves out of our heads and back into our bodies to experience being in the present moment. An opportunity to slow down to nature’s gentle rhythms, calming stress and anxiety.
At Duke of Kent School we are blessed to have such a fantastic natural environment to explore and soothe our souls; this week we hope to make even greater use of it. There will be opportunities for outdoor learning, mindfulness and celebration as well as conversations about how we are and what we do when we’re not ok. There will be walks, assemblies and outdoor music to remind us that,
“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”
Things will go wrong online. How you respond when they do will make all the difference in the long term.
… Your child has seen inappropriate or upsetting content.
KNOW: Children of any age can find things online that upset, confuse, or worry them. This can lead to a whole barrage of questions about anything from violent YouTube videos to world news, sex, or extremism.
REACT: Take your lead from them: ask them to explain what they’ve seen. They will have questions, so offer straightforward, honest answers (while being careful not to overwhelm them) to help them deal with whatever has upset them.
While local Covid-19 infection cases are still low, they are beginning to creep up in the Waverley borough (see chart). A reminder that if anyone in your family experiences any of the three possible symptoms of Covid-19 (a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher, a new continuous cough, a change or loss of smell or taste), then you still need to follow household isolation rules and book a PCR test to rule out Covid-19 (Lateral Flow Tests are not to be used in this scenario). School pupils with any of these three symptoms will need a negative PCR test in order to return to school. This useful chart from the Government and NHS Test and Trace explains the difference between the two main types of testing.
In terms of asymptomatic rapid (lateral flow device) testing, this continues for staff and pupils on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at home. The pupils should have 2 tests left when you read this - I will be sending more test kits home with the Senior School pupils next week.
Away from Covid, it's been a real pleasure for me to be back in the classroom with pupils this term, covering important health topics in PSHE. The Year 10 pupils dealt with the sessions on cancer with great maturity during the first couple of weeks of term, and hopefully came away with some potentially life-saving information and skills. Next week, I'm looking forward to meeting with the Year 4 pupils to open up the important topic of growing up. Meanwhile, I hope the Year 7s are busy filling their anonymous question boxes with questions on puberty before I meet the girls and boys separately during the next fortnight to answer all of their questions and concerns on this really important topic.
Finally, well done to the Years 8 and 9 pupils who had their HPV Immunisations at school today - you were all very brave!
Enjoy the weekend,
The School Nurses
The votes from the House renaming surveys have been counted! Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast their votes, we have looked through all the feedback and have taken it on board. The Birds of Prey option proved to be the most popular option and will be taken forward to the next stage. The House Captains and School Councils will meet next week to form a shortlist of names which will be sent to the rest of the school to vote on. This next vote will also include an option where the students and staff can vote to not move forward with four new names based on birds of prey and stick with the current House names, with a review in 3 years. We will proceed with the majority vote.
The House Riddle competitions finished this week; with 134 pupils taking part. Congratulations to Armstrong who won the Prep competition and Chichester who won the Senior won. You can use the weblink to see a breakdown of the results and current positions-Leaderboard- Summer Wk 3.
The pupils have been taking part in a Motivational Poster competition this week and there is still time to take part in House Photography.
What a beautiful start to the day, the sun was out and the skies blue for our 2nd PADoK walk this side of Half Term. Spirits were high and the walking brisker than usual due to that bitter Easterly wind! Always a fantastic hour of laughing and chatting together. The power of the great outdoors and good company is very therapeutic, all we need is our coffee and biscuits back... won’t be long now! We look forward to seeing those who’d like to come along for the next scheduled walk on Friday 21st May. Thanks to all and have a great weekend.
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Congratulations to Freddie S, Josh McG, Charlie B, Matthew K and Jack A for their recent efforts in Science. They had afternoon tea with Mrs Knox to celebrate their outstanding resilience and effort on the topic of Quantitative Chemistry. Well done boys! #Chemistry #GreatWork https://t.co/2kMe5dvf3D