We prepare for Open Day tomorrow with nearly 90 visitors booked in to see the school. This is wonderful news, and I am delighted that so many people want to come and visit the school and learn more about our provision.
I am very grateful to parents for contacting their local MP concerning the decision by the Labour Party to abolish independent school if they win the upcoming election. The support across the parent’s bodies of schools in our sector has been inspiring, and I will continue to do my bit for the College and independent education in ensuring that the work of our schools is celebrated and the profile of Dover College remains high.
I look forward to meeting new parents on Thursday 3 October, look forward to seeing a number if you tomorrow, and hope everyone enjoys the weekend.
Tuesday 17th September
U16 Hockey vs King’s Rochester
Tyler Henderson (4th, Duckworth) grabbed the only goal of the game in an excellent win, backed up by Goalkeeper. Alicia Myers (5th, Duckworth), who was voted player of the match.
U13 Hockey vs Northbourne Park
The B team came second in their match, despite an excellent effort from Lola Lanham (Shell, Priory), and the A team, inspired by player of the match Olivia Kibler (Shell, Priory), came away with a deserved draw with both goals from Phoebe Davis (Shell, Priroy).
U13 Football vs Wellesley House
Both Priory teams came out on the wrong side of the score line despite some determined a committed individual showings. Once again, every boy in the house was able to represent the College on the field.
The 1stXI put in an efficient and clinical performance away from home against their 2ndXI counterparts from St Edmund’s on Thursday. The 2ndXI showed tremendous heart, application and spirit against an excellent St Edmund’s 1stXI at Farthingloe and, with a young line-up, will be looking forward to the return fixture after half term when we match up like for like.
Both U13 and U15 boys travelled to South East London to play Farrington’s, with whom we have had some excellent match over the last couple of years. The U15 boys scored two excellent goals as part of their hard fought performance and the U13 boys displayed an attitude and work rate that was far better than anything else we have seen so far this term. We look forward to the visit of St Edmund’s on Wednesday to make further improvements.
On Tuesday 17thSeptember, six pupils took to the sea as part of their RYA Stage 1 sailing course. Indeed, six more from Priory do the same course on Mondays. The sessions aim to get new sailors through their Royal Yachting Association Stage One. Some of the sailors have already done some sailing but are doing the course to get more time on the water and practice. There are a number of people who missed out, as there just was not room for everyone! We hope to see these sailors in summer term.
Matthew Chan (5th, Leamington), Nathan Powell (3rd, School), Seb Powell (3rd, School), Sam Smith (3rd, School), Josephine Mueller (L6, St Martin’s) and Edward Aylward-López (L6, Leamington) go sailing on Tuesdays. For the first lesson, we doubled-up. This made rigging a little quicker than it would be otherwise and gave people the opportunity to take charge of the tiller or the main sheet (rope) but not both at once. We are lucky to have Mrs Shefford, a seasoned sailor, to assist each Tuesday. Once boats are rigged, there is a short briefing but it is very short, so we can get more time afloat. During the first session, we practiced sailing in a straight line and then at the end of the lesson did some capsize drills. It was good we practiced these as this week with a lot more wind; there were some more realistic occurrences! Sailing will continue for a total of six sessions and then again in the summer term.
Whole School Language Survey
As a school with an international focus, we thought it would be fun and informative to ask staff which other languages they speak. Alongside our Modern Languages department, composed of specialist fluent and native speakers, we also discovered the following highlights amongst our wider community…
Mrs Butt speaks fluent Spanish
Mr Doodes speaks fluent French
Ms Wilson speaks fluent Spanish
Mrs Hopkins speaks fluent Gaelic
Mrs Allen speaks a little French
Mr Flower speaks a little French, Spanish & German
Mrs Skinner speaks a little French
Mrs Hebblethwaite speaks a little Turkish
Mrs Hodson Roulet speaks fluent French
Mrs Thompson speaks fluent Polish
In addition, some of the reasons given for loving languages:
“Words are fascinating and I like communicating with people of different nationalities”.
“Because it allows me a true and real insight into other cultures. I have had experiences that I would not otherwise have had if I didn’t speak the language.”
“If you understand a language, you understand a culture”.
Royal Military Academy STEM Careers Event
On Thursday 26thSeptember 14 student went to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which opened its gates to 1000 students. Our pupils participated in workshops and activities from the Army and many Global and local Industries such as Xylem, BT, Babcock, BAE Systems and PWC the students were engaged and inspired by the day which encouraged our students to Think Differentlyabout their potential career paths.
The students rode a 7-person bicycle, tried out a virtual reality train station from transport for London and saw a display from the all-female parachute display team. They confidently quizzed people on the stands and tried out lots of tasks.
A special mention goes to Erin Harris (4th, St Martin’s) and Summer Leigh (U6, St Martin’s) for posing several excellent questions to a panel of guests from different industries, which made them think about their answers.
Louise Demleitner (U6, Duckworth) met a biochemistry student from Lincoln, which has inspired her further to pursue this career route.
Anna and Josephine Mueller (L6, St Martin’s) has great conversations about helicopters and got stuck in trying out different activities
Leigh Hoyle (5th, Duckworth) is seriously considering a career in the Army.
So many doors have opened to the other students too. The students came home with fresh inspiration from a truly magical day.