It has been a pleasure acknowledging the pupils who received Attitude to Learning prizes this week which were due to be announced during our Prize Giving ceremony. Being a successful learner starts with an excellent attitude and these pupils are to be sincerely congratulated. Following a review of our assessment and reporting procedures and consultation with parents, pupils and staff, we are introducing a new framework this year. We will maintain our strong focus on inspiring pupils to develop a "Growth Mindset" by encouraging them to recognise their talents, abilities and intelligence can be developed. Information on the new framework can be found in the Parent Section of our website here:
Matches resumed this week, and it was lovely watching the pupils engage so enthusiastically in their games of football and netball. Finally, I wish Years 4 and 5 a wonderful time camping this weekend.
GCSE Art visit to The Booth Museum
When it comes to hidden gems The Booth Museum ticks ALL the boxes. This quirky treasure trove is a cornucopia of Victoriana. Displays vary from narwhal skeletons to stuffed mermen, taxidermied cheetah to golden eagles. Stacked floor to ceiling, every corner invokes curiosity and intrigue, making it the perfect venue for Year 10 GCSE Art students to enjoy a day of drawing. Students explored the collection using a variety of media from pencil to collage, oil pastels to watercolours, making an excellent start to their Art and Design GCSE and enjoying a great day of out of school learning.
An Art and Design Technology Investigation of Cranleigh High Street.
This Thursday the Art and Design Technology Department visited Cranleigh for a morning spent investigating the architecture and built environment of the High Street. Students were able to compare and contrast the breadth of architectural periods, styles and functions they experienced, through the lenses of Art and Design and Design Technology. They added to the interest and colour of an already busy High Street drawing a number of positive comments from members of the public, a number of whom took a genuine interest in their activities.
During the Art section of the morning, pupils explored the Old Hospital, St. Nicolas Church and a number of panoramas of the High Street. Pupils worked individually and collaboratively, using traditional drawing media, as well as wax resist and continuous line work.
During the Design Technology section students focussed on size, scale, dimensions and layout of a range of buildings including the new Medical Centre, Old Hospital and Cranleigh Art Centre. In addition to 2D drawings and floor plans we looked at how new and old buildings cater for movement of people and modern society with a view of producing designs and 3D architectural models themselves.
On Friday 10th September students in Year 7 took part in a team building activity day at Sayers Croft in Ewhurst. After a brisk walk up Pitch Hill the students meandered along the local paths leading to the centre, admiring the views and forming new friendships along the way. They undertook a variety of activities including a team challenge and axe throwing. Fortunately, although not all the axes hit the targets, none of them hit any children and we escaped injury free! It was a great opportunity to get to know each other better and set us up well to face the challenges that lie ahead.
Senior School News
With the school back in full swing and the weather treating us kindly it has been wonderful to see so many of the students involved in matches this week, with a huge range of hockey, netball and football matches taking place across the senior school age range. The Year 10 Art Trip to Booth museum proved a hugely enriching experience on Monday whilst it was also great to see the Year 8 cohort getting off-site, attending an Art and DT combined trip regarding architecture on Thursday. Year 9 have also been attending an onsite peer mentoring course with Mrs Douglas, our Wellbeing Coordinator, learning a large range of transferable skills and striving to become even more worthwhile, supportive role models to other members of the school community.
Commendations this week have been awarded to Bea H, Marcus D and Ben W (all Year 11) for their outstanding English work so far this term, and to Izzy P (Year 9), for taking the time to compassionately advise and help a Year One pupil settling in. Well done to all of you!
Finally, as part of the Great Big Green Week, Guildford community groups, organisations, and businesses will be showcasing the work being done locally on food security, environmental protection, and mitigation and adaptation to the climate and ecological crisis. Around 30 events will take place throughout the week, from talks and seminars on sharewear and vertical farming, to film presentations, bike repair classes and the possible transport solutions for Guildford's young people. Check out the list of events below and get involved with your future changemakers!
Our Autumn Term is well and truly underway! This week pupils have attended after-school activities, started matches and practiced a fire drill! Assembly on Wednesday morning saw our Summer ATL winners collect their prizes and our first Values Certificates of the academic year awarded. Congratulations to our new Prep School House Captains: Patrick W (Buzzard), Isla W (Hawk), Elliott S (Kestrel) and Poppy F (Peregrine), we know that you’ll do a fantastic job of representing your House and our school throughout the year.
It’s been a busy week across each of our year groups: Nursery children have begun to embrace their construction theme, creating structures and building stories around them. They’ve also been focussed on creating self portraits, ready to be displayed on the classroom wall. Reception created the houses of the three little pigs, and have done lots of storytelling and role play surrounding this famous tale. Miss Walpole has been very impressed with the excellent enthusiasm shown by Year 1 throughout the week and is delighted that they are so excited for their very first spelling test! Year 2 have been investigating ‘What makes something alive?’ in Science this week. The children shared their thoughts on what qualifies something as living or not, which opened some interesting discussion and raised questions such as ‘Is fire alive?’ (given that it requires oxygen and people also require oxygen!) They investigated each question thoroughly and, at the end of the lesson, were able to answer each one with certainty!
Election fever has hit the Prep School this week, with pupils spending time trying to persuade their peers to vote for them in order to ascertain a position on the Prep School Student Council. In Year 5, pupils spoke enthusiastically about their wish for a skateboard arena, their desire to be involved in improving the school’s sustainability and were keen to promote their abilities to speak clearly and enthusiastically in meetings.
Elsewhere, Year 3 have started their journey with James and the Giant Peach, Year 4 have begun to plan their projects for their Heritage badge in Endeavour lessons and Year 6 have started learning about micro organisms and some of the diseases caused by them.
Finally, Thursday was ‘National Teaching Assistant Day’. On behalf of the Pre-prep staff, pupils and parents, we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Miss Lennon, Mrs Richmond and Sammie for all they do - you’re amazing!
Responsibility - Isla W
Effort - Rebekah S
Kindness - Jack M
Star of the Week
Nursery: Maisie J for settling into Nursery beautifully, with calmness, confidence and resilience. Well done.
Reception: Olivia P for settling into Reception so beautifully and being willing to try so many new experiences with confidence.
Year 1: Ivy H for always coming into school with a smile and approaching classroom tasks with effort and perseverance.
Charlie S for beginning the year with such a positive attitude to learning and trying hard in all he has done.
Year 2: Henry H for an incredible start to Year 2. Your positive attitude, energy and effort have been brilliant. I am so proud of you!
Stretch and Challenge
This new section of the bulletin will feature every few weeks and include information about external events and competitions that students can enter in areas of interest to them. Ways to challenge yourself in specific subject can be found on the DoK Stretch and Challenge website, although please note the website is still under construction in some areas. There are also additional upcoming competitions and events that you can get involved with so do have a look!
This online lecture will look at how Science fiction has used apes as a mirror in which to view ourselves. Conflicting views have shaped the numerous versions of King Kong and the Planet of the Apes films, which the lecture will use to look at evolving images of humanity. The lecture is on Monday 27th September 7pm with more details available here
This competition focuses on identifying and capturing evidence of a process happening in physical geography. To enter, you should take a photograph of a process or of a feature produced by a process. More details and how to enter can be found at (https://www.geography.org.uk/2021-physical-geography-photo-competition#teachers). The closing date is 30th September so get those camera's flashing.
On Monday all of our new Prep and Senior pupils were sorted into their new House. A very exciting moment for them! This was just in time for them to take part in the first House General Knowledge Quiz, which was about the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Pupils across the four Houses displayed excellent knowledge of Team GB’s heroics and some general trivia about the games. The winning House will be announced next week. A big congratulations to the four Year 6 pupils who were selected to be the Prep House Captains. The following pupils will lead their House in the race to be crowned House of the Year:
Buzzard: Year 6 Patrick W, Year 11 Freddie B Hawk: Year 6 Isla W, Year 11 Casper C Kestel: Year 6 Elliott S, Year 11 Will W Peregrine: Year 6 Poppy F, Year 11 Izzy B
Next week all of the Prep and Senior School pupils will be heading to their first House meetings since March 2020! They will be informed about all of the exciting events and competitions which will be happening this term.
Netball: U15 and U14 v. Belmont
On Tuesday afternoon, some Year 9 and 10 girls travelled to Belmont for their first netball match in a very long time! The weather attempted to ruin the afternoon but luckily Belmont kindly let us play indoors! The U15s were up first, the match was a little rushed and lacked quality during the first quarter but the girls soon got into their flow. With some epic defending from Imogen C and Sophie S, the U15s managed to keep Belmont out of goal third and could begin to attack. Towards the end of the match, Maddie I and Izzy P scored multiple goals for the team to give the U15s the win, 10-2! Next up were the U14 girls, they had just watched and cheered on the U15s and so were ready to go! The team used some great passes and communicated well throughout the game, Alex K and Ariane L worked well as shooters with Ella S and Abi W feeding some great balls into attacking areas. The girls remained in the lead throughout the game and came away with another win! Well done to all the girls involved.
Hockey: U13 v. King Edward's Witley
On Wednesday afternoon, the U13 girls travelled to King Edward's for a hockey festival. It was a great opportunity to practice the skills they'd practised in their first few lessons of the term. The girls had a really enjoyable afternoon with a lovely relaxed festival atmosphere. They played matches against Downsend, King Edward's and Barrow Hills. All matches were extremely close with both teams getting opportunities on goal and defending with excellent effort. The girls came away with two draws and two very narrow losses. A particular mention should go to Matilda R in goal who made 3 incredible saves in the first match and only let in 3 goals throughout the whole afternoon! Niamh A also demonstrated great leadership skills and outstanding effort, managing to hit the post on multiple occasions! A great afternoon, well done to all the girls for the excellent effort and determination shown in every match.
Netball: U10/11 v. St. Edmund's
On Wednesday afternoon the Year 5 and 6 girls welcomed St Edmund’s for a netball match. St Edmund’s brought 14 pupils, and so we played a variation of their U11Bs and U10Bs. Despite being on court for double the amount of time of any given St Edmund’s player, the girls showed excellent perseverance and worked tirelessly to eventually secure a 5-2 win!
St Edmund’s were the first to score with an early goal in the first quarter, but Tansy T and Isabella N were thirsty for some points of their own and Duke of Kent School offered a speedy rebuttal. With some excellent defending from Erin C and Isla W, and top work in the middle of the court from Lola C, Grace M, Penny A and Eve M (who soldiered on despite a thumb injury sustained during the warm up), the scores remained level at 2-2 throughout the second and third quarters.
In the final quarter, following some further changing of positions, Eve M and Isabella N continued to apply the pressure in our attacking circle and converted three of their hard-earned shots into points, bringing the match to a close at 5-2.
Huge congratulations to all the girls for lots of hard work and fantastic team spirit, and well done to Erin C, who was voted as Player of the Game.
Football: U16 v. St Edmund's
The U16 team played away at St Edmund's on Tuesday afternoon. The boys showed some good tackling and an improvement in their team shape as the match progressed. There were chances at both ends but we unfortunately could not convert ours and eventually lost 3-0 through a first half penalty and two goals conceded from corners. The boys showed great grit and effort throughout and we look forward to better results in the coming weeks.
Football: U14 A v. Box Hill School
The U14s travelled to Box Hill School to play their first football match of the season. Duke of Kent School got off a flying start scoring 3 goals in the first 6 minutes. Duke of Kent School continued their dominance throughout the game with some lovely passing and keeping possession of the football. Well done to all the boys involved, with goals being scored by Rufus B x4, Jack B x2, George P x2 and Oscar D-K. Well done boys.
Football: U12 B v. Box Hill School
The U12Bs had their first football match of the year hosting Box Hill School on the Wilsons' pitch. It was great to see the new team gel together with some nice passing from everyone on the pitch, using all the space available. Duke of Kent School showed good determination and skill, resulting in scoring 5 goals in the first half. The boys continued to play with confidence in the second half with the goals being shared amongst the team. Well done to all those involved as they showed great skills and passing accuracy throughout the whole game.
Football: U12 v. Box Hill School
What an EPIC match!! In all the time I have worked at Duke of Kent School, rarely have I refereed or witnessed such an enthralling and exciting football match. This was the U12 A team's first fixture and the boys were very excited and a little nervous. Box Hill started the game with good possession and a calm approach when passing. After a few near misses, Duke of Kent School broke with pace and scored on the counter through Chester S. A good strike from Jude B put Duke of Kent School 2-0 up and the boys started to play with greater confidence. Box Hill were a physically strong side and it was difficult to protect the ball at times. They came back into the game with two quick goals and the game was even going into the half time break after a Hugo S goal was again cancelled out. The second half started brilliantly for Duke of Kent School with two very quick goals from Monty L and Felix C. Box Hill were then struggling to cope with the pace of the Duke of Kent School front three. The score finally finished 9-5 with Duke of Kent scoring further goals through Hugo S and Felix C.
It was amazing to see so many parents at the game, the support they provided truly helped the boys. Well done to all who played!
Football: U11 Tournament at Lancing College
The U11 football team travelled to Lancing College on Monday to take part in their annual tournament. The seven boys who played showed great determination, sportsmanship and an improvement in their play throughout the afternoon. We started with a couple of narrow defeats and then a draw against the team that topped the group. After the group stage, we went into the quarter finals of the shield. The boys took a two goal lead but could not hold onto this and eventually lost 4-2. Well done to all who played.
Football: U10/11 B v. Handcross Park
On Wednesday, the U10/11 B team played two 6-a side football matches against Handcross Park. In the first match the team got off to a great start, with some great team work which led to a couple of early goals. Rommy B and John B played very well to start, with John B scoring a hattrick in the first match and Ben W made some great saves in the first match. In the second match Harry L and Arthur H showed fantastic energy throughout, with Eddie C making some great tackles during the second match. Well done to all the players involved.
Performing Arts News
We have nearly finished finalising the Individual Instrumental and LAMDA timetables. Once all the relevant requests for changes have been made then we shall be publishing them to the Parent Portal. Please bear in mind that there are last minute changes that need to be made at times, but at least this will help parents know roughly when a lesson is. The teaching days for the visiting teachers are below. Please email PADept@dokschool.orgif you have any timetable queries.
Mr Hall - Drums , Mrs Young - Piano/Cello and Miss Raye - LAMDA
'Moby Dick, A Whale of a Tale' - Friday 26th November - 7.30pm
'Moby Dick, A Whale of a Tale' - Saturday 27th November - 2.30pm
'Moby Dick, A Whale of a Tale' - Saturday 27th November - 7.30pm
Prep Christmas Concert - Friday 3rd December - 7pm
School Carol Service - Wednesday 8th December - 5.30pm
Pre-prep Christmas Show - Thursday 9th December - 2.30pm
Manage online relationships wisely
Most people in a relationship chat to their partner online. Just be mindful that once you send a pic or message (even if it’s private), you no longer control who else might see it. Messaging someone you’ve never actually met – and who might not be who they say – is definitely best avoided.
Know how to deal with bullies
Sadly there are people online who enjoy picking on other users. If you ever feel like you’re being bullied online – by anyone, not just someone from school – talk to a trusted adult about it. Together, you can discuss possible steps, such as blocking or reporting the person who’s targeting you.
Report offensive in-game chat
If you game online with your mates, you’ll know things can get competitive and heated on the in-game chat. Playing against people you don’t know (especially if they’re older) raises the risk of offensive comments and even threats. Our advice? Find out how to block or mute those bad losers.
This week I have enjoyed the first of our two Peer Mentor Training sessions with Year 9. They will be completing their training next week and those that feel able and comfortable will be appointed as Peer Mentors to our Year 7 pupils to aid their transition into our Senior school.
The Year 9 Peer Mentors will initially meet weekly with their Year 7 mentees, to offer a listening ear and friendly advice. Miss Anand and myself talked about the qualities and skills required to be a mentor and then discussed listening skills, communication styles and individual values and beliefs. The pupil’s particularly enjoyed playing Human Bingo, where they had to find pupils in the group to match their bingo cards, such as ‘somebody who can juggle’ and ‘someone who can name all the members of One Direction’. Also, Listen and Draw, which involved one pupil describing to their partner an image only they could see, whilst their partner drew it. This helped highlight the importance of being specific and listening carefully.
Miss Anand and myself were really impressed with the empathetic and considered way the Year 9’s approached all our tasks and we really hope as many of them as possible choose to take on the role. Mentor sessions will hopefully begin in Week 4 when the Year 9 mentors and Year 7 mentees will be introduced.
Please continue to send in your sunflower pictures, the deadline is next Friday.
A Message from the School Nurses
It's been a busy week in the Medical Room, both in preparing medical documentation, first aid supplies for matches, school trips and camps, but also in dealing with the inevitable "back to school" bugs. Mrs Sarjant enjoyed visiting the Pre-prep children on Thursday to talk about ways they can protect themselves from bugs and germs, and encouraged them to become good "germbusters" with excellent handwashing and good respiratory hygiene (ie sneeze into the inside of your elbow and not on the person sitting next to you!). Well done Pre-prep for excellent listening and being keen to learn!
With regards to a common cold, although strictly speaking, pupils are allowed to attend school as long as they do not have any of the 3 symptoms associated with Covid-19 (A high temperature/fever, a new continuous cough, or loss or change of smell or taste), please do consider keeping your child at home if they are at a particularly infectious stage of their cold and likely to sneeze/breathe germs all over their peers and teachers. They are more likely to recover quickly with a well-timed day of rest to boost their immune system too!
A reminder also, that once a pupil has one of the three potential symptoms of Covid 19 (as listed above), we will be asking you to provide us with a negative PCR test before your child can return to school (in line with government guidance). Lateral flow tests are only valid for asymptomatic testing of healthy children and are not sensitive enough for use in pupils who are poorly. PCR test results should be forwarded to Mrs Sarjant at email@example.com. Please see the link below for further information.
With regards to the vomiting bug, we have a strict 48 hour policy in line with Public Health England. Therefore any child with vomiting and/or diarrhoea must stay away from school until 48 hours after their last episode. See the link below for further information:
We hope this information is helpful, and wish everyone a restful, immune-system boosting weekend! Stay well everyone!
The School Nurses
The Big Night Out
We are delighted to invite you to PADoK's Big Night Out with The Accidentals in the Performing Arts Hall on Friday 1st October, 8pm to 11:30pm.
Please book your £15 tickets by emailing PADOK@dokschool.org with the number of tickets you require and your year group. Tickets are limited to current parents.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Last Friday we had our first PADoK walk and what a great turnout we had. There were new parents and dogs, even a small but determined dachshund puppy who was keen to join in the fun! Labradors and retrievers leapt into deep muddy ponds while the other dogs sensibly avoided them!
Even though the weather was slightly damp, we had a lovely walk around Pitch Hill with lots of chatting and fresh air. A perfect start to the weekend.
Next walk - Friday 24th September at 08.30. Hurtwood Control car park 3, Pitch Hill. Everyone welcome.
Our walks will be every other week and the next one is on Friday 24th September at 08.30am, Hurtwood Car Park 3, PItch Hill. All welcome.
PADOK Book Club
We are very much looking forward to the next PADoK Book Club that will be taking place at 8pm on Thursday, 7th October and we are delighted to say we will be meeting in person once again in the main hall at Duke of Kent. We will be sharing our thoughts on Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – a book that won various awards including WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION and FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - BRITISH BOOK AWARDS. It is a heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play and tells of the bond between twins and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. As well as our regular members, we would love for new parents to join us for a relaxed discussion and social evening.
New Optional Senior School Hoodie
The Senior School hoodies have been redesigned by members of the School Council and the finished product can be seen above. They have done a fantastic job at putting this design together and now finally getting to see the finished product.
This new hoodie is available from Stevenson's on their website: https://www.stevensons.co.uk/. There is also the option to have your child's initials printed onto the front of the hoodie for a slight additional cost, something we would advise to avoid mixing up tops with other pupils. This hoodie is not an essential item of School uniform, so there is no expectation for pupils to have it.
If you wish to see the sample, please pop into the Main Office to see me and have a look at the new hoodie.
School Social Media
At Duke of Kent School we have three social media platforms;Instagram (dukeofkentschool), Twitter(@DoKSchool)and Facebook(Duke of Kent School).
Our Twitter and Facebook accounts are public however, our Instagram account is private to keep it strictly for the Duke of Kent School community only. To follow the School Instagram account you will need to request to follow the account.
We recommend following all three accounts to receive push notifications with news, updates, educational articles, interactions with other schools, communities and public figures.
Today Mrs Douglas and Miss Anand assisted by our Wellbeing Prefect, Iris R launched our Peer Mentoring Training Programme. This involves learning about their own communication styles, individual values and beliefs, and improving their own listening skills #TheDoKWay #Wellbeing https://t.co/VIKar9SVkb
Congratulations to Mr Wyllie who has completed his Master's degree in Educational Leadership through @UniOfBuckingham. This is a fantastic achievement and we are all so pleased for you, well done Mr Wyllie! #TheDoKWay #Masters #ProfessionalDevelopment #Congratulations https://t.co/8CObvLf3MX