Today, our Modern Languages Department held a fantastic assembly for our Senior pupils as we celebrated European Day of Languages. The focus this year was the significant benefit languages can have on a career. Thank you to parents who shared their stories with us and the advantages of having numerous languages in their field of work. Many examples were shared which gave pupils an insight into the importance of studying languages. Gorgeous weather saw Year 10 head off on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition today and we look forward to their stories as they cook their dinner on a trangia tonight. I also wish Year 3 a wonderful evening of fun during their social event. Finally, a highlight for me: playing with Humphrey and Norah in the Pre-prep mud kitchen and eating Christmas pudding ice cream!
On Monday 4th October, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival. It is an important event as we reflect on our good fortune and consider those who are in more need than us. We will be collecting items for the Cranleigh Food Bank who provide emergency hampers for those in need, so no one goes hungry. Please could we invite you to donate non-perishable items and put them in the hamper placed in the main reception over the course of next week. Many thanks in advance for all you are able to contribute.
Year 8 trip to Horace Walpole's House and Gardens
On Tuesday morning, glorious sunshine welcomed Year 8 pupils and staff onto the grounds of Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill House and Gardens.
This was an incredible opportunity for the pupils (and staff!) to experience Walpole's ultimate legacy - his very own gothic empire surrounded by a landscape of history.
Year 8 were taken up and down spiral staircases, in and out of narrow passages, through Walpole's secret library and his majestic artwork gallery. In one of the rooms, they were able to see one of Strawberry Hill's most iconic objects - the 18th-century Chinese porcelain vase in which Walpole's favourite cat drowned.
As part of the trip, pupils took part in a 'what is gothic?' workshop that started with a quick 'I heard...' game. Once separated into groups, the pupils were handed costumes (and gothic props) from the Victorian era. There were corrupt priests, maids, damsels in distress and mad scientists! The pupils then had to devise freeze frames and create a gothic comic strip using iPads.
After a quick visit to the gift shop, the pupils enjoyed time in the wonderful sunshine, sketching the castle on the grounds and eating ice cream - Miss Francis said, "it was like being on holiday!".
Overall it was a memorable day for all - the trip was the perfect opportunity for the pupils to consolidate their understanding of gothic and its conventions. A special thank you to Mr Monk, Mr Southee and Miss Francis, who volunteered to drive the minibuses early in the morning!
Year 1 trip to Lewes Castle
On Tuesday 21st September Year 1 went on an exciting trip to Lewes Castle. Our journey started by being collected from school in a coach and Dan, our driver, carefully drove us to Lewes, where we were eager to be the first to see the castle.
Once we arrived, we were met by our guide Lynne, who showed us to our classroom and took us on an interesting tour. We discussed what a ruin is where Annabelle T explained that it was a fallen down building and Finn H told us that it meant the building was destroyed. We looked at what the material was used to build the castle and Angus was able to tell us all it was flint. Next, we used our detective skills to see if we could work out what used to be on the Barbican to help protect the castle from the enemy. Angus found where the Portcullis used to be and Annabelle spotted where the drawbridge was. We then made our way up lots of steps to the keep where we saw some amazing 360 degree views of Lewes, this was Obie M’s favourite part of our trip. When looking at the remains of the Keep, Daniel L could tell us where the fireplace used to be by looking at the shape of the wall, we then climbed some very narrow stairs to the top of the tower and we got to go inside the arrow loops, we were amazed how much space is inside there compared to the slit you see on the outside of the castle, lastly we went to the very top and saw the battlements and imagined what it was like to defend the castle, Willow B really enjoyed this part.
When we finished our tour we went back to the classroom and Lynne told us a story called Three brave knights. It was a story about three knights who had to build castles to protect themselves from a dragon, the first knight built a sandcastle which the dragon trampled, the second built a stick castle, which the dragon burnt down and the third knight built a stone castle, with a moat and a barbican and all the other defences that Lewes castle has. The dragon couldn’t destroy it, so he ran off, never to be seen again. The children were so engaged with this story and really enjoyed the sound effects Lynne used to tell it.
Before lunch, we spent some time looking at and trying on armour. It was really heavy! We also looked at artefacts, we saw tiles and spearheads and bones. It was fascinating, and we felt really lucky to be able to touch them.
We were so lucky with the weather that we were able to eat our lunch outside, and have a lovely play time running around the grounds. We loved Mr Ellarby racing us around the garden.
Finally, we went to the education room. This was George D’s favourite part because everybody was able to dress up in medieval clothing. The children then got into character and enjoyed acting their parts.
Year 5 Camping
5G returned to school on Saturday afternoon (obviously they did not have enough school during the week!) for their long-awaited camping evening. It all kicked off with a very competitive game of capture the flag and once the pupils were suitably tired we moved on to collect sticks ready for the camping later that evening. To their delight, a large supply of pizza and chips awaited 5G in the Dinning Hall but they made sure that they saved room for S'mores. Armed with touches and jumpers 5G bravely ventured into the woods. The roaring campfire kept the darkness at bay long enough for everyone to have a delicious S'more. To finish off the night Mrs Green and Miss Vickers set up dodgeball and beachball to burn off the sugar from the S'mores. All the pupils had a relatively settled nights sleep before heading to breakfast and off home to enjoy the rest of their weekend.
It was lovely to see 5G bond as a group. Every pupil went out of their way to be kind to their peers which was lovely to see.
Year 4 Camping
Last Friday, Year 4 enjoyed their long-awaited camping event. The evening began with a scavenger hunt around the woods. After tea we told stories and sang songs around the campfire while enjoying toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. In fact, the singing was so good that a visiting frog decided to come and join us! Then, armed with torches, we head off up Pitch Hill for a moonlit walk under a beautiful, clear and starry sky. When we got back it was pitch dark but nobody seemed in the slightest bit ready for sleep so Mr Orme entertained everyone with some games in Ness Hall. After a story, we brushed teeth, removed visiting slugs from the tents and snuggled down in our sleeping bags for the night.
Young Writers invites you to write a poem for This Is Me and celebrate yourselves in verse. Write a poem all about you, you could be inspired by a word that describes you, your memories, a person who inspired you, or a problem you have overcome. Closing date is Friday 22nd October. More information is available at (youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/KS2/thisisme). Please email your entries or any questions to email@example.com
A world without plastics Podcast (11-18 years)
The Royal Society of Chemistry is releasing regular podcasts on topical issues. Currently, they are discussing the issue of whether Plastics are the enemy, and how we can attempt to tackle this global issues.
Another busy week races past with a huge number of sports matches taking place as well as the Senior School Council meeting on Tuesday where they discussed, amongst other things, the rewards and sanctions system within the school. The week ended with a wonderfully informative assembly to mark European Day of Languages, showing the many career opportunities that exist for those with a second language and the many opportunities that being bilingual can bring.
Commendations this week go to Harry D (Year 10), for lending assistance to the DofE Club at the expense of his own plans, to Tom H (Year 10) for going above and beyond when restoring an elderley gentleman's garden as part of his DofE Award, and to Alex G (Year 7) for helping to collect equipment and tidy up after activities without any prompting. They also go to Mercy M (Year 7) for creating an excellent document to help with revising verb endings in French and to Emily B (Year 11) for assisting with a friend's organisation when needed. Violetta P (Year 9) receives a commendation for her excellent independent learning; a comprehensive, well researched, and empathetic presentation about Asperger's Syndrome. Abi W (Year 9) and Ariane L (Year 9) receive a commendation for their excellent role play work in English Skills, as do Tom B (Year 9) and Josh E (Year 9) for their outstanding presentations regarding autism. Well done to all of you!
Prep and Pre-prep School News
Prep and Pre-prep classrooms have been abuzz as usual this week, but I've also been delighted to hear about what goes on in our after-school clubs. It's such a dizzying array of options across the two departments, I'm not sure how the children choose (or have the energy for it all!). In Cookery, in Pre-prep - always a sell-out - Mrs Henry's group are preparing to make vegan apple and blackberry crumbles using locally sourced, natural ingredients. Sustainability Club were also savouring nature's local fruits, harvesting and devouring the remaining few raspberries in the Prep School vegetable garden - well-earned reward for having worked so hard to clear the raised beds that had become overgrown in summer, ready for some autumn planting.
The Prep School Production group have also been hard at it, flexing their dramatic muscles with some lively small group mini-plays, and in Science Club, Pre-prep pupils enjoyed a visit to the Senior labs, where Head of Science, Mrs Tattan-Robb, demonstrated the explosive 'elephant's toothpaste' experiment. Conversely, Miss Able's young yoga enthusiasts have been seeking calm at the end of a busy Monday, with exercises to control their breathing and movement to music, and the Wasgij Club are enjoying rounding off the week with some challenging puzzling in the library.
Please be advised that the current activities continue until Christmas; anyone not yet participating in the after-school activity programme is welcome to join after half term.
Kindness - Max M
Star of the Week
Nursery: Oliver T, for settling into Nursery with such a positive attitude and a sunny smile.
Reception: Lottie Ffor showing great attention in phonics and effort when blending letter sounds.
Year 1: Annabelle T for her enthusiasm on our school trip and engaging with the questions.
Rocket M for super listening on our trip and writing an excellent review of it.
Year 2: Violet W for improved independence during Maths lessons - I'm so proud of you!
Football: U15 v. St. Edmund's
Duke of Kent School U15 football team played against a determined St Edmund's side on Tuesday and it was a dominant performance from the well-organised hosts. From the get go, the Duke of Kent School side immediately took control of the game and played stupendous football, leaving the opposition chasing shadows. Taking control in the midfield early, thanks to hard work from Alex W and Benjamin E, Duke of Kent School began creating chance after chance until they scored in the 20th minute with a great finish from Alex L from less than 5 yards out (making up for his earlier misguided penalty). Shortly after, Duke of Kent School scored again after a superb counter-attack, some quality defending from Leo H and Calum McK setting up the opportunity.
The boys never stopped creating chances and came in at half-time 3-0 up, our hardworking captain Tom H scoring a brace after some previously questionable shooting. At the start of the second half, St Edmund's came out trying to play a more physical game but this was no match for Duke of Kent School, with the strong spine of the side doing well to keep their shape. The boys kept their cool and out manoeuvred the opposition, scoring twice more with Alex L (yet again) and Max K adding to the tally, the latter showing Alex how a penalty should be taken with a sublime finish, completely bamboozling the keeper and securing the win. A truly terrific performance from the boys and a well deserved victory over our notorious rivals.
Calum McK, Year 10
Football: U15 B XI v. St. Edmund's
On Tuesday, the U15B XI played against St Edmund's in a well contested match. The game started slow but Duke of Kent School started to increase the intensity with some good play from Luke I and Harry S, leading to a well taken goal by Harry S. St Edmund's then scored a couple, which gave them the momentum and the game ended 4 - 2 to St edmunds. The Man of the Match for this game was Luke I for his all round play, being solid in defence and helping the team to start the attack. Well played to all involved.
U14 A v. Belmont
On Tuesday afternoon, the U14 A team played Belmont's U14/15 A team at Duke of Kent School. Belmont had a few boys a year older than ours and one particular player that was strong and fast. The Duke of Kent School team played extremely well to minimise this player's impact and used the ball well when in possession. After a few misses at both ends, Duke of Kent School took control of the game and scored some excellent goals. Rufus B scored three, Jack B scored two and Oscar D-K also scored a brace. The final score was 7-1 to Duke of Kent School. Well done to all who played!
Football: U14 B v. Belmont
On Tuesday the U14B football team travelled the short distance to play Belmont School. Duke of Kent School played some lovely passing football which resulted in Alex F scoring 2 quick goals. The goals kept coming with Johnny M, Daniel M, Freddie W x2, Sam S, Luke M and Charlie G all managing to find the back of the net. Duke of Kent School showed good control over the game with some accurate passing. Well done to all the boys involved as they kept going throughout the hot day.
Football: U12/13 B v. Handcross Park
This was the first match this season where Duke of Kent School played a mixture of Year 7 and Year 8 players. The U12/13 B team was predominantly made up of Year 7 boys and so looked quite small in comparison to some of the tall Handcross Park players. This did not affect the performance of the Duke of Kent School team who moved the ball well through midfield and were too fast for Handcross Park in attack. A fine first half performance from Monty L (4 goals) and Felix C (3 goals) saw Duke of Kent School go into the break 7-0 ahead. In an attempt to even the teams up a little, Monty and Felix were substituted at half time. The second half was a little more even with Handcross scoring two. Further goals from Chester B, Sam R, Harry L and Jude B helped Duke of Kent School to an 11-2 win. Well done to all who played!
Football: U10/11 A v. Ripley Court
This Wednesday, the U10/11 A team played against Ripley Court in a 6 a-side match. The game was a very tough match and the team struggled in the first half, with Ripley Court constantly looking to attack. The boys showed great work rate to continually put Ripley under pressure and in the second half Duke of Kent School started to create some more goal scoring opportunities. Well done to all of the players involved.
Football: U10/11 B v. Ripley Court
On Wednesday, the U10/11 B team played against Ripley Court in a 6 a-side match that was very evenly contested. Throughout the match it was great to see some end to end football with both teams always looking to attack. During the game some great saves from Ben W kept Duke of Kent School in the game, but unfortunately a couple of good goals from Ripley lead to a loss in a close game. Well played to all involved for continuing to work hard throughout the match.
Football: U8/9 A team v. Ripley Court
This was the Year 3 and 4 boys first match of the season and they were taking on Ripley Court who had already managed healthy wins against some local schools. Our boys were a little nervous but very excited and performed extremely well. Ripley Court played some very good football but Duke of Kent School defended well. We were 2-0 down at half time but this did not affect the boys enthusiasm and determination. Alfie H made some excellent saves in the second half and goals from Ben W and Alex J made the second half a more even contest. The final score was 4-2 to Ripley Court. This was a good start for the Duke of Kent School team and they should be proud of their performance. Well done to all who played!
Football: U8/9C v. Ripley Court.
On Thursday saw the Year 3 and 4 C team have their first football match of the season against Ripley Court. They got off to a bright start with George S scoring 2 goals in the first half after some lovely passing from Max M and Freddie G. In the second half Ripley Court were kicking downhill and used this to their advantage to equal the scoring. However, they were restricted due to tight and strong defending from Rowan B and Ivan K and some fantastic saves from Oscar F. Well done to all those boys involved.
Netball: U15 v. Shoreham College
The U15 girls faced a very strong team down at Shoreham College on Tuesday. It was clear from the start that we had a tough match ahead, but the girls stepped onto the court with everything they had from the start all the way until the final whistle. Emily B was superb as GS, a position she doesn't normally play, but she got stuck in and even scored a goal to her amazement! Molly G, Macy B, Emma B and Maddie I worked so well together working the ball through from the defensive end to the shooters and this hard work resulted in some great goals from Maddie I.
The team did lose however I was thrilled with their performance and determination to give the game everything. After almost 2 years of not playing netball, this was a match for every player to be proud of. Well done girls.
Netball: U14 v. Shoreham College
On Tuesday afternoon, the U14s girls travelled to Shoreham College for their second netball match of the term. They enjoyed singing and chatting all the way on the minibus and so were positive and excited once they arrived! After a quick warm up, the team were ready to go. Both teams got off to a good start, with some accurate passing and shooting on display. Frankie M worked tirelessly in centre to create opportunities for Alex K and Esme P to score. During the second and third quarters, the U14s stepped up their game and Abi W and Violetta P playing amazingly in defence managing to keep their GA out of the circle and making it much harder for Shoreham to add to their score. After the first two quarters, Duke of Kent School had a comfortable lead but knew they had to remain focused to secure the win. The mid-court continued to flow nicely with Ella S, Helena K, Fleur S and Ava W all playing an important role in maintaining possession of the ball. Duke of Kent School managed to keep their lead in the final few quarters and come away with a fantastic win! Well done to all the girls involved for an excellent team performance!
Netball: U12/13 v. St. Edmund's
On a very sunny Tuesday afternoon, the U12/13 girls welcomed St Edmund’s for two netball matches. They were both tough contests with all the girls showing great effort and enthusiasm. The U12A team started slow but had a much better second half to bring the scores much closer. The U12/13B team showed great teamwork from the start and although it was a tough game everyone very much enjoyed it! Special mention to Phoebe A for a great goal and Iona H for being star player!
Performing Arts News
Senior Production Rehearsal dates.
Rehearsals for 'Moby Dick' are well underway and the cast are certainly getting back into the swing of large scale group work!
Please see below for the Sunday rehearsals. They are all in the calendar as well.
Sunday 3rd October - 10am - 4pm
Sunday 31st October - 10am - 4pm
Sunday 14th November - 10am - 4pm
Sunday 21st November - 10am - 4pm
What people need to know about SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS!
Clickjacking for fake rewards
Here, the attacker tries to lure you into clicking a link by offering something in return, such as a free gift for completing a survey. However, when the link is clicked, it collects the details of whoever fills out the survey. This might include full names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Scammers could use these to hack into your other accounts or simply sell your data to other criminals.
Malicious app downloads
Some cybercriminals design software that appears genuine or helpful (and is normally free) but has been created to steal your personal information. There may be a pop-up ad encouraging you to download and install the app. Once the app is downloaded, the attacker can see any personal credentials you enter, and could then use this information for their own gain.
‘Payment first’ scams
Prevalent on sites such as Depop, these scams have spread to Facebook since it added the Marketplace feature. A user lists an item for sale and requests payment up front. Most online stores work this way, but the crucial difference is that scammers ask for payment via PayPal friends and family – not goods and services. This means you can’t dispute the payment: the scammer keeps your money, and you never receive the item.
This week, the Year 9’s have completed the final part of their Peer Mentor training and Mrs Southee, Miss Anand and myself are very proud of the way they have explored the sensitive and difficult issues we have discussed. I’ve no doubt they will make fantastic school transition mentors to our Year 7 pupils.
One of the things that particularly struck me about our sessions yesterday, was our consideration of self-esteem. The students learnt how damaging words can be, to others’ self-esteem and how the power of a compliment can turn negative situations into something more positive. The reminder that we can influence others’ self-esteem as well as giving positive encouragement to ourselves, is an important lesson for everyone. A well-chosen compliment focusing on a person’s human qualities has the power to lift their mood and brighten their day. I urge you all to consider practising this whenever you can;
‘A compliment is verbal sunshine.’ Robert Orben
Sometimes it can feel awkward or we may find it difficult to receive compliments but we need to learn to accept them with grace, as the gift that they are. Remember, it is just as important to compliment ourselves as it is others.
An interesting TED talk on an experiment proving the power of compliments:
Another busy week for the School Nurses, with bugs doing the rounds, and lots of school trips and matches to prepare medical bits for. We do hope the Year 10 pupils enjoy their Duke of Edinburgh expedition this weekend, and don't need to call on their first aid training and supplies too much!
Whilst cold and tummy bugs have been circulating the School, we have so far managed to stay clear of Covid-19 at school this term (at the time of writing). However, infection rates continue high, and local schools are reporting positive cases. Please remain vigilant, continue your twice weekly lateral flow tests (remember to log results athttps://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-resultso that the Department for Education and the School Nurses can see how well we are engaging with this programme), and ensure anyone with symptoms gets a PCR test booked up. Thank you to those of you who have already had your children PCR tested as a precaution this term - much appreciated.
Further to last weeks' announcement that the government recommends the Covid-19 vaccine to be offered to all 12-15 year olds at school this term, we are still waiting for full instructions from our very busy immunisations team about the plan for us at Duke of Kent School. Whilst we wait for news of a date, do please start to consider your position on parental consent for this vaccine - it's likely that we will need a rapid decision from you as soon as we have a date to go for (keep an eye on your emails - including your junk mail just in case!). We have posted the NHS leaflet on Covid 19 vaccines for children aged 12-15 on the School website (go to "The Medical Room" within the Parents area and open "Covid Guide") which we recommend you read with your child to aid your informed decision-making on parental consent for the vaccine.
Whilst on the subject of immunisations, please can we have Nasal Flu Immunisation E Consents completed for all pupils in years Reception through to 11 by the end of next week if possible (even if you do NOT give consent for your child to have the immunisation), so we can start to plan the immunisation session. The letter about the flu immunisation is available to view on the school website (as above).
Enjoy the weekend - it looks like it might be the last of the dry weather for a while, so we hope you get to enjoy the outdoors whilst you can.
p.s. Please can parents supply throat lozenges for their children with sore throats - the medical room supply is for emergency back up only and is rapidly depleting.
The School Nurses
The Big Night Out
A limited number of tickets remain, so act fast by emailing PADOK@dokschool.org with the number of tickets you require and your child's name and year group. It would be so wonderful for our come back live event to be a sell out!
We thought you might like a little more info and a listen to our fantastic band, Mr Rye’s ‘The Accidentals’, enjoy!
Treat yourselves, you deserve it!!! Please also join us for a complimentary glass of bubbles and a few hours of laughing and dancing on Friday 1st October, 8pm to 11:30pm in the PA Hall at school.
Duke of Kent School Singers are back!
We met in the PA Hall this week and what a great turnout we had! Mr Rye soon had us doing vocal warm up exercises and singing while counting, which proved quite taxing for some of us, but took our minds off what our voices sounded like!!! We finished the session singing along to "Take Me Home, Country Roads". Everyone had a fun time, lots of laughter and above all, we sounded ok!!! Thank you Lucy Burr and Mr Rye.
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.
After having fun racing drones and 4x4 remote control cars last week, STEM Club pupils started to assemble their own remote control kits at lunchtime today. #TheDoKWay #DesignTechnology #ComputerScience #STEMeducation #STEMClub #ThursdayLunchtime @ISAartsUK@SurreySatrohttps://t.co/I4CiKIFV7M
Oscar H in Year 11 has been going above and beyond in Computer Science by developing a Time function in Python. Oscar developed this to control time functionality within any future program. #TheDoKWay #ComputerScience #SeniorSchool #STEMeducation #StretchAndChallenge https://t.co/BjKV1Tqlc3