Dear Parents and Guardians,
I welcome you back to the College after a wonderful Christmas holidays at the start of what will be a very busy Lent Term. There is much sport, music and drama to look forward to, including the College’s annual Musical. We will keep you posted of how this goes!
At the very end of last term I announced that our Deputy Head, Simon Kibler, had been successful in being appointed Headmaster of Terrington Hall in Yorkshire as from 1st September 2020. As agreed by the Governors, Simon Kibler will have the following two terms away from work to ready himself for his upcoming Headship. The College is grateful for the work that Simon has done, and I along with the community wish him and his family the very best of luck in the future in his forthcoming role.
We are delighted to have welcomed our new Teacher of English, Guy Allen.
James Rich, our Australian Gap Student, also joined us on Tuesday and has already made an impact on our community.
Regarding internal staff changes, we wish Charline Marié-Payne and Jack Payne the best of luck in their new roles as House Parents of St Martin’s. Michelle Rolfe is the new Assistant Housemistress of School House and Head of Sixth Form.
Here’s to a cracking term!
The College’s Aims and Ethos
It’s always important to remind ourselves of the College’s mission, and we’ve recently added our aims and ethos to the College website. Just so all parents are aware, I thought I’d share them with you so you’re up to date!
The College’s aim is to be a school where confidence is nurtured, inquisitiveness is encouraged, individuality is celebrated and creative learning is supported empowering pupils to achieve the very best of their ability.
Our ethos encourages the spiritual, social, and personal development of the individual:
• There is a strong family atmosphere and pupils are supportive of each other to help learn and succeed;
• Our open door policy is a strong feature of the Prep School, providing pupils with a sense of well-being and security;
• The school fosters positive actions with pupils looking out for one another and the wider community;
• The sharing of good practice is vital in guaranteeing robust safeguarding for our pupils;
• The School encourages the philosophy of the Round Square organisation, namely Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental, Activity, Leadership and Service.
Achievements over the Christmas Holidays
Jack Hanson (U6, Leamington) made his debut playing for Hemel Hempstead on the 7th of January. The manager at Hemel Hempstead is Sammy Moore (Old Dovorian and former professional footballer, before becoming a Manager).
Adam Frost (Fifth Form, School) became the east Invicta Swimming Champion in the men’s section, beating boys four years older than him!
Freya Laidlow-Petersen (U6, St Martin’s) performed with the St Margaret’s Players in their Christmas productions of Sleeping Beauty.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
David Yeadon (School, 2019 Leaver): Latest DofE Gold Award Winner at Dover College
David spent a year volunteering to help the 52 members of School House during his stint as Head of House. Mr Irwin commented: “This was a 24 hour a day role and he was ultimately responsible for the house winning the inter-house cup for the first time in five years. He was the Sports Captain and won numerous accolades in his final year as a result of his hard work.”
As David was a Direct Entrant to Gold Level, it meant that he had to take some sections for longer. The Physical section was one of these and David – for 18 months – created and ran a six a side football team that played in a league in Folkestone. His coach, Barry Collins, remembers that David always had encouraging words for his teammates and that his own confidence and ball playing skills improved massively over the time. For his Skill section, David worked on his coaching skills and achieved FA Level 1 in football coaching.
His week of Residential was spent at Gilwel Scouts Outdoor activity centre teaching children outdoor activities. Some of this time was spent putting up and taking down tents and marquees with the children – this was his expedition skills from the qualifying expedition in the Lake District being put to good use!
The assessor for his final expedition commented on David: “You were a natural leader of the group, taking responsibility for organising the day and keeping to schedules… You displayed much maturity…good humour, singing and exuberant approach to life which all helped maintain morale.”
DofE Leader, Mr Cox, is especially proud of the way that David grew into a fine, upstanding and mature young person as he worked his way through the challenges of the Gold. “David showed all the qualities of Leadership and Service that marked him out as a special person who had that extra grit and determination that enables him to achieve his goals. He came back to Dover College this week and I was very proud to shake his hand to congratulate him on his Gold Award and wish him well for the future knowing that he has already proved himself to be a good leader from his DofE achievements at Dover College.”
David is currently on a soccer scholarship at College in the USA.
If Lower Sixth, students feel inspired there is still time to sign up to Gold DofE at Dover College. See Mr Cox or Mr Lawrence this week!
International Students Diary
Welcome back to all of our International students, many of whom have travelled a long way, and are now settling happily back into Dover College life. Two of our students, in particular, went above and beyond over the holidays and we are very proud of the personal effort they put into their homework.
The Fourth Form students were asked by Mrs Hodson to produce a diary of their time at home.
Chilean student JoséAntonio Valenzuela Portilla(School, Fourth) wrote a grammatically accurate and heart-warming account, describing in some detail the positive and negative feelings felt when a boarder returns home.
Russian student Aleks Babaev (Leamington, Fourth) produced a very lovely diary, which included photographs of everyone in his family. He described in great detail how worried he is that it is climate change that has produced such unusual weather patterns in his country. This was the first year in his life when no snow fell over Christmas.
Iceland Adventure Trip
We are delighted to announce that a trip to Iceland is being planned for June 2020 and parents and students are invited to attend an information evening to learn more on Tuesday 14thJanuary, details below.
This is a trip packed with outdoor activities ideal for pupils who have an interest in Geography or those who have an adventurous spirit and like trying new things and seeing new places. It takes place in late June 2020.
The information meeting for this trip is in the Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday 14thJanuary.
Please email email@example.com you would like to attend (or your son / daughter).
This is open to pupils from Remove to Upper Sixth.
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!
Parents and guardians should please be advised that there is a continuing increase of Mumps and Measles in the area. Both are highly infectious and spread very easily. The best way of protection is to have the MMR vaccination, which can be arranged through your General Practitioner or via the Community Immunisation Team on 0300 123 5205. The school Medical Centre can be contacted for any further questions – 01304 244530.