Dear Parents and Guardians,
Another wet but eventful week comes to a close with lots of highlights and the inevitable tensions of mock examinations now fully behind us for the Fifth and Sixth Form.
We were very pleased as a community to welcome Mr Cox back into the fold after a lengthy absence due to surgery. We have all missed him, but he is now on the road with his rehabilitation. Welcome back Keith!
Well done to the group of pupils who represented the College with the ‘Shed load of Toys’ initiative which were presented to KMFM. Likewise a valiant effort on the sports pitches again from all the boys and girls who have played with endeavour in some awful weather conditions this week, battling hard and never giving up.
The latter stages of the week have seen 30 plus Bursars descending on us for their ISBA regional conference hosted by the College.
The Campus is beginning to take on a more festive feel with the instalment of the Christmas tree and lights and we are very much looking forward to the Advent Carol Service on Monday at 18:30, followed by the Sixth Form Christmas Ball on the same evening. Later next week, we play host to the Dover and Deal Parliamentary Hustings debate on Thursday 5thDecember at 19:00 in the Refectory. If you wish to attend, please contact Jane Skinner.
Friday sees the FODC Christmas Fair and there is lots of excitement brewing about this event, with over 20 external stalls and many internal ones too. Please purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win the main prize of a Fortnum and Mason hamper! Please see Jo Proctor for more details.
Finally, I sign off with congratulations to Gareth, Jess and their charming children, with the news announced this week of Gareth’s appointment as Headmaster at King’s Worcester. There will be plenty of time for us to wish them well and give them a full send off in due course, but well done to the Doodes’ family and thank you for what you have achieved at the College.
The Priory Football boys had a testing encounter at home against a Gad’s Hill side whose physicality and resolute defending got the better of our boys at Farthingloe, despite a well taken goal from Thai Deekes (Re, Priory).
Battle Abbey visited with their U15 football team, and came away with the win after a below-par performance from our boys, though most of the team were third form boys playing up a category. Two goals from Sam Smith (3rd, School) and a superb effort from August Moos (3rd, School), who had moved up into midfield, were reward for our performance.
Wednesday 20th November
Every Priory boy once again played for the College on Wednesday, away at Wellesley. The B team scored a superb goal through Zac Ollerenshaw (Sh, Priory), and another Shell boy was to make his mark in the A team match as Tom Walmesley (Sh, Priory) opened his account for the season, following up a corner at the back post.
We welcomed Wellesley to Three Hills on Wednesday afternoon for A and B team hockey. Poppy Harris (Re, Priory) made some fantastic saves in goal and Olivia Kibler (Sh, Priory) and Phoebe Davis (Sh, Priory) continued their good run of form, putting together some excellent passing through midfield. Well done to all that were involved.
The 1stXI had a great away win at Kent College on Saturday afternoon, Bekas Yusuf (U6, Leamington) finding his shooting boots with a double, one from stand-in captain Ryan Sewell (U6, School) and a penalty from Jaiden Flisher (5th, School), sealing a 4-3 win. The second XI battled gamely at home, again involving five third form boys in a squad of 15 players, but could not break down a much bigger Kent College team, who ran away with the victory.
U13’s Deal and Betteshanger Vs Canterbury at Dover College
Dover College were honoured to host the long-standing rugby fixture of Deal and Betteshanger against Canterbury.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the game. Playing on a slightly smaller pitch pushed the boys further as the back row had less running space. This was definitely a forwards game and the boys kept pushing through the entire game.
The game was ably refereed by Leamington Housemaster, Mr Hill, who came out of retirement (again) to take charge of a very even game. The final score of 2-2 was a very fair representation of the game.
We also welcomed the Deal and Betteshanger Lionesses who trained at the College and then watched the game. The College is a great supporter of female rugby and one or our Remove pupils Libby Frawley-Bailey plays for the team.
The kitchens did a great job looking after parents and players alike.
The player of the match went to Leamington boy Hector Hodkinson (Re) and the donkey jacket (awarded to the players’ player) went to Jimmy Irwin (Re) for having the least amount of travel to get to the match as he lives next to the pitch.
We look forward to seeing the players here again next term.
This year we are putting on a cabaret style production of Chicago! I have postponed the audition day scheduled for Saturday 30th November, as I would like to ensure as many pupils as possible are able to attend. The times of the auditions are on the poster below. Please do come and find out about it, there are opportunities for everyone.
Actors / Singers / Dancers / Musicians / Stage management / Lighting / Costume…and all that Jazz!
See you there ‘suckers’!
Shed Load of Toys!
Jack Hanson, Annastazia Dziumak, Nathaniel Turner, Evelyn Taylor and Isabella Dyer joined Jessica Doodes to deliver Dover College’s donated toys direct to the KMFM studios on Wednesday.
They enjoyed a tour of the studio and recorded some pieces that will be used in the Breakfast Show on Monday morning. The team at KMFM passed on their thanks to all those who donated so generously. It was a great experience and be sure to tune in on the 2ndof December at 08.10am to hear the students in action!
Friends of Dover College Christmas Fair
The Friends of Dover College are busy preparing for the Christmas Fair on the Friday 6thDecember from 16:00 in the Refectory.
They are hosting over 20 stalls – a perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping started! The Horsebox will be selling festive hot drinks and Father Christmas will be visiting. Donations to the Chocolate Tombola can be left in the Prep School Office or in Priory Lodge.
Recycle your crisp packets
Your used crisp packets will be turned into life-saving funds for the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. Please do bring them in to Priory Lodge!