Dear Parents and Guardians,
I feel that our pupils’ feet do not ever touch the ground! We have had another busy week at the College, which was crowned in its success by the announcement – see below – of the Prep School Pumas selection, and the House Music competition that was won, for the first time in seven years, by School House. Earlier in the week we had an International Pupils’ Dinner, and highlighted pupils’ and staff mental health with Young Minds #HelloYellow campaign.
I know that a number of pupils are travelling far and wide over the coming weeks, and wish them, and parents and enjoyable Half Term. We look forward to welcoming boarders back on Sunday 28th October and day pupils on the 29th.
Tuesday 2nd October
1st XI Hockey vs Sir Roger Manwood’s
A battling performance from our girls, showing great resolve against an excellent Manwood’s side resulted in a loss but with many positives to take away.
Squash vs St Lawrence
Harvey Mashiter-Yates (11, Leamington) played a friendly afternoon of squash against St Lawrence’s top three players, with each match exceptionally close, a difference of two points being the maximum margin of victory in each set. Well done to Harvey for single-handedly reviving our squash programme, and my thanks to Mr Carson for taking and supporting him for the afternoon.
Wednesday 3rd October
U13 Hockey vs Battle Abbey
In their best performance of the season, the U13 girls played superbly to beat Battle Abbey 5-1. The star of the show was Olivia Kibler, from Year 6, who fully justified her promotion with a hat-trick in an all action performance. Hopefully, this should fill the girls with confidence for the visit to Bethany this week.
Thursday 4th October
1st and 2nd XI Football vs Battle Abbey
After an encouraging performance at the weekend the first team went into the game full of confidence which showed as we went 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes with goals from Kal Mere (11, School) and Antoine Chaumont (11, School). Unfortunately, Battle pulled a goal back and in the second half we allowed ourselves to get distracted by some underhand tactics from the opposition who ended up coming away with a 3-2 win. Despite the loss this season has begun well and there is a lot of encouraging signs that there will be some successful results in the future. The 2nd XI had a
thumping win against their counterparts from Sussex, with the Spanish trio of Juan Muniz Reina (11, School), Pablo Garcia Escorza (11, Leamington) and Manuel Govantes Nunez (11, School) all netting, amongst many others, in a superb team performance, ably led in calm fashion by Clem Boo from centre midfield.
1st XI Hockey vs Kent College
In the Senior girls second engagement of the week, they went down away in Canterbury to Kent College in an ill-tempered match, with the hosts not displaying some much-needed humility that comes with being the superior team.
Prep School Pumas – A Football Performance Pathway
The Prep Schools Pumas is for the most talented Independent School footballers across Kent, Surrey & Sussex. These representative teams offer players the opportunity to not only represent their region but also a chance to showcase their skills at representative level against Academies, other regional teams and at the world's most prestigious international youth tournament; The Gothia World Youth Cup.
This year Dover College has had nine players chosen following trials at Worth School on October 7th 2018, by far the most from any one school. Five boys for U11-U13 A teams, two girls for U12 and U13 A teams, and two boys for the U11 development squad. In the past two years we have had individual boys involved but never the quantity of players this year, proving that not only do all pupils have the chance to get involved with competitive sport but we can provide the best with a pathway to excellence.
Congratulations to Isla Taylor (7, Priory), Ava Taylor (8, Priory), Inigo Mayayo (8, Leamington), Alvara Govantes (8, Leamington), Sam Smith (8, Priory), Ronnie Meadows (6), Freddie Fairclough (6), Monty Taylor (6) and Chayce Tobin (6).
Highlight of the Week – U13 Football at the Shapira Cup
Drawn in a tough group a squad of 10 went to Junior King’s to compete in the Shapira Cup. We finished 3rd in our group with two losses and two victories over St Edmund’s and Dulwich College Prep which qualified us for the plate competition. We had a tough semi-final against hosts Junior King’s but went 1-0 up with a goal from Alvaro Govantes (8, Leamington). King’s levelled shortly after
half time and the game looked to be going to penalties until Martin Jeanson (8, Leamington) won a penalty in the dying seconds which was converted by Inigo Mayayo Mansoa (8, Leamington) putting us into the final and securing our first win over Junior King’s in many years. The final was against Dulwich Prep and despite tired legs the boys rallied and came away with a resilient and resounding 4-1 victory, with Alvaro clearing the ball off the line and scoring a hat trick plus one goal from Inigo capping off a fantastic effort wining the Shapira Plate for the first time ever. It was a whole team performance over the course of the tournament as there were goals from Martin, Alvaro, Inigo, Erwan Gaborieau (7, Priory) and Sam Smith (8, Priory) which was accompanied by some fantastic saves from Archie Grove (8, Priory) in goal. Truly an incredible collective effort and one to be celebrated.
Harvey Mashiter-Yates (11, Leamington) completed and passed his Tennis Team Leader course.
House Music Competition – Saturday 6th October 2018
House Music – Saturday 6th October 2018
As ever, House Music attracted great attention from all of the Houses in the final week leading up to the competition on Saturday night in Menzies Hall. This event brings all together in a mutual enjoyment of music in what, for some, is the highlight of the school year. However, this does not come easily, and there is much angst, anxiety and the testing of House bonds in the preparation process, as many discover that it is not simply a matter of dressing up and going on stage.
The format of: ensembles, solos and whole House presentations has now become comfortably established and, to my mind, showcases Dover College’s musical talents more thoroughly than a singing-only competition can do. As the adjudicator, Mr Patrick Lee-Browne commented, this event showed a camaraderie and shared enjoyment of each other’s performances that makes clear that pupils here enjoy this evening.
The theme of 1978 offered much in the way of Disco, ABBA and the film “Grease”, so there was high energy to be savoured in all whole House numbers.
In the ensembles, there were good harmonies in St Martin’s’ “Someone like you”, a fine instrumental group in Leamington’s “Paradise”, sensitive vocals and a delicate string trio from Duckworth in “Slipping through my fingers” and a first-rate percussion scene created by School House.
The solos were all of high quality – Summer Leigh’s (12, St Martin’s) commitment in performance came across well, Izzy Nudd (12, Duckworth) used a good dynamic range which complemented the emotional progression of her song, and Tim Wu (10, School) impressed all with his piano playing in Mozart’s Rondo “Alla Turca”, but for me Jack Dewick’s (13, Leamington) heartfelt rendition of Vance Joy’s “Georgia” was outstanding both in emotional range and in musicality.
The whole House songs were highly charged, not least because School House laid down the gauntlet with a very strong performance of “Greased Lightnin’” that was committed, powerful and truly united. St. Martin’s’ “Blame it on the Boogie” had everybody dancing in the aisles, ably accompanied
by Rosie Baldwin on drums and Summer Leigh on bass guitar. Leamington’s “Dancing Queen” again had a strong instrumental support in Edward Aylward-Lopez, Jack Dewick and Harvey Mashiter-Yates, and Duckworth’s “Stayin’ Alive” brought us back to the Disco Fever that enthralled us that evening with some committed singing and bursts of harmony.
In the end School House were worthy winners, strong across the board and proof, if it were needed, that every year, “It could be you!”.
All in all, it was another fantastic evening’s entertainment musically, and credit should go to all Houses, the staff who have supported them, and those who worked so hard, both pupils and staff to make it such a success.
Effort: Martin Jeanson (8, Leamington)
For his excellent questioning and often asking for extension work.
Achievement: Gleb Gorodetskiy (11, Leamington)
For his excellent presentation on the environment.
Effort: Tianliang “Tommy” Yuan (12, School)
For always giving his best.
Achievement: Aleks Babaev (9, Leamington)
For his good poetry work in Geography and always being inquisitive.
Effort: Gleb Gorodetskiy
For his diligence in note taking on Henry VIII.
Achievement: Freya Laidlow-Petersen (12, St Martin’s)
For her top scoring essays this term including a staggering 19/20 for her work on the Stuart Church.
Special Award: Sam Smith (8, Priory)
Most improved student since last term.
Effort: Chloe Leedham (8, Priory)
For her consistent effort and progress.
Achievement: Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory)
For his outstanding result in the half-term assessment.
Effort: Cameron Matthews (7, Priory)
For his excellent effort and participation in lessons.
Achievement: Zico Osman-Titcombe (7, Priory)
For scoring 100% in the Listening and Reading half-term assessment.