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A view from the Close - 30 June 2017

No. 89

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of term is nearly upon us, and as the Prize Day marquee is put into place on the Close, I can reflect on a cracking week at the College. It started with a really glorious OD Sunday, where I was privileged to preach on the ODs who fell in the Great War, followed by the AGM and lunch at Maxton. The cricket match was won by the ODs and I was delighted to to see so many returning and playing. Jim, our brilliant catering manager, provided a delicious lunch and afternoon tea, and a good day was had by all.

On Monday, we took next year's Head of School, this year's Head Girl, the Heads of School in the Junior School, the Heads of Houses, Year 6 and some Year 10 pupils to Belgium. Firstly visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, we then drove to Ypres where the College Chaplain, Canon Toby, led a beautiful service of remembrance at St. George's Church, and we unveiled a plaque to those who had fallen in the Great War from the College.

Everyone departed, apart from Harry and Macey, the new Heads of School, and the two Senior School Deputies, the Chaplain and me, and attended the 8pm Menin Gate Memorial, run by the Last Post Association. The Heads of School were asked to read the exhortation in the middle of the Gate, in front of over 300 people, and they represented the school superbly. I was particularly proud of them - they were wonderful.

On Tuesday we enjoyed the Early Years Garden Party, and at the same time were the first school to have a Prince William Award Graduation, with a special message from the Duke of Cambridge. The Year 5 pupils can be extremely proud of themselves for their achievement - it is considerable and well earned.

As we look ahead to next week, we have the end of term concert on Tuesday, with Prize Day taking place on Thursday 6 July on the Close. We very much look forward to welcoming parents and guests to the day, which will be a celebration of all the is wonderful about Dover College.

As ever,

Gareth Doodes.