A VIEW FROM THE CLOSE NO 164

24th February 20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Half term is upon us, and this last week has seen the Prep School win the Best Green Champion at the KM Green Awards. Everyone is delighted about this achievement, which is a result of the commitment and dedication of the pupils and staff.

We enjoyed welcoming visitors to the Sixth Form Open Evening last night in the Refectory – the range of subject available continues to provide superb choice for pupils as they consider the L6, and after this year’s introduction of the new curriculum, we are seeing great work being undertaken with various EPQs and the Thinking Differently course.

I hope that everyone enjoys a relaxing and restful half term break. After the efforts of everyone in January, which culminated in the ISI Inspection Report, which I will be delighted to share with parents once the embargo is lifted at the beginning of March, staff and pupils deserve some quiet time to re-charge the batteries.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.
Headmaster

Sports Report

On Wednesday 5th February, all Priory boys had the opportunity to represent the College for the visit of Wellesley House. The match was split into extended quarters and it was a pleasure to see some of the less experienced boys making a great fist of it, against a large and physical team. Louis Olson-Welsh (Re), Harry Dyson (Sh) and Barnaby Agar (Sh) were the pick of the players to make an impact, with Geoff Richter (Re) scoring a well-taken try.

The Priory girls travelled away to Ashford and battled very well in both A and B team fixtures. Lola Lanham (Sh), continuing her excellent run of form was again Player of the Match, and Poppy Harris (Re) channelled her inner Lebron James with some fine shooting from right out on the edge of the circle.

On Thursday 6th February, the U16 Netball girls triumphed at home against Bethany Seniors and Maisie Wells (4th, St Martin’s) was player of the Match in a superb all round team performance. Our Senior girls lost narrowly against the U16s from Bethany despite a much improved team effort.

Under clear skies on Saturday 8th February, we welcomed runners from both Duke of York’s and King’s Canterbury to White Cliffs Country for our Cross Country Invitational. Over 40 runners represented their schools and our team did themselves proud. Sam Smith (3rd, School), Toby Clarke (U6, Leamington), Tul Lekhyananda (U6, School), Aaron Martinez (4th, School) and Ben Preusser (U6, School) ran on the boys side, and Lou Demleitner (U6, Duckworth) and Nora Peucker (L6, Duckworth) for the girls. Dillon Clarke (U6, School) won the boys’ race in a superb run, with Seb Powell (3rd, School) also storming onto the podium with a 3rd place finish. My thanks go to the staff and senior pupils who helped to marshal the event.

 

Essay Winner

Freya Laidlow-Petersen (U6, St Martin’s) 13 has become one of ten national winners of an essay prize run by St Andrews University. Freya has been awarded £150 and an all-expenses paid weeklong short course at the LOGOS Institute of Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews. Congratulations Freya!

 

The Dover College Musical – Chicago!

The cast are working extremely hard in rehearsals and Mrs Myers is very proud of their professionalism and talent! Tickets are now available to purchase from the Bursary. Pupils go free and all other tickets are £5.00 per head. Please ensure when you book that you mention pupil tickets too so that we have correct numbers. Seating is limited so I advise booking ASAP!

Thursday 5th March, 19:00

Friday 6th March, 19:00

Prepare to be Razzle Dazzled!

 

Recycle with Michael

After the success of the last appeal, we are happy to accept donations for the Recycle with Michael project again. If you are planning a Spring Clean over Half Term this is a perfect opportunity to donate your unwanted clothes and shoes while raising money for Dover College and the Salvation Army. Bags are available from the Prep School office as well as Priory Lodge and our donations are being collected on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

 

Dover College Barn Dance!

Save the Date for the Dover College Barn Dance!

Join us on Saturday 7th March at 6.30pm in the Refectory dancing and dinner with music from Contraband.

Tickets are on sale from Priory Lodge and the Prep School Office.

 

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!

 

Goodbye and Good Luck Miss Chen!

I wanted to express my gratitude for everyone’s kindness and help over the last past year.

I am very lucky to have been a part of the Dover College family and have the chance to meet many kind and friendly colleagues. I deeply appreciate the support, guidance, and friendship I have received from staff. I have also have many fond memories of the pupils!

Working at Dover College was my first full-time job in the UK and has made a great impact to my life. I am very proud that I was able to be a member of Dover College staff and I will continue to pursue my educational research dream to help more children to explore the world. Best wishes for the school, students and all the staff.