13th March 20
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is wonderful to reflect on a super production of Chicago and a week where we have been stoically as business as usual, as we can possible be!
Concerning the COVID-19 plans, as you can imagine we have had numerous SMT meetings during this last week. In my 10 years of being a Headmaster, I have never experienced a period like this.
The Government has chosen not to close schools and we will only close should we be advised to do so.
The Government makes whatever decisions, Dover College remains fully prepared. We will encourage social distancing, limiting pupil and staff access to people outside of the community on the site, and keeping our community calm, clean and focussed.
We now have 30 boarders who plan to stay with us over the Easter break should the school remain open. They will have a full revision, activity, entertainment and relaxation programme, looked after by many staff who have so kindly volunteered to help.
If we shut, as you are aware, we have an e-learning platform and will teach to the school timetable, focussing on pupil centred work to free you as parents to do your work.
Despite everything, we will try to have business as usual for our pupils, staff and you, our parents.
I am incredibly proud of everyone. This is a frightening time, but the College is here for you. We will all work together, and look after each other.
Rugby and Netball highlights from last week as follows:
The Priory girls had two engagements versus St Edmund’s and Wellesley House, both very competitive matches, in particular the Wellesley one on Wednesday, when our opponents won by two points despite another excellent showing from this young team, with Lola Lanham (Sh) giving another Player of the Match performance.
The Senior girls performed very well in a feisty encounter to beat their counterparts from Ashford School 27-23, with Emily Calder (5th, St Martin’s) named as Player of the Match.
A busy week of rugby commitments saw the Priory boys play at home against Northbourne Park with our visitors proving too strong on this occasion, despite the best efforts of Louis Olson-Welsh (Re) from the back of the scrum. The U14 boys travelled to Dartford for the County Sevens, winning one, drawing one and losing two in what was a good day of learning and excellent preparation for Rosslyn Park at the end of term. In addition, the Seniors represented the College at the Society of Heads 7s at London Irish’s training centre in Sunbury, qualifying third in their group for the Plate semi-finals after a hard fought win against the hosts LVS Ascot before coming unstuck at that hurdle against a strong Cokethorpe team.
Head Girl, Isabella Nudd (U6, Duckworth), is the latest Dover College pupil to achieve her Gold Level Award of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Izzy completed 18 months of Volunteering through her position as Prefect and Head Girl in Duckworth House. Her assessor, Mrs Butt – Housemistress of Duckworth – commented, “Izzy has become a true leader and role model in her role as Head Girl. She is always there for others and has their best interests at heart. Izzy’s kindness and support has helped a number of students and she should be proud of her achievements”. For the Physical section, Izzy completed 6 months of hockey during which she was “…reliable and supportive to her team mates” and made “…a superb contribution to the team as a whole”. Izzy is in the school choir and this completed the Skills section as Izzy worked on improving her singing over the year of this section. Mr Young, who wrote her report, commented, “Isabella is a worthy DofE Gold candidate who has much to offer.”
For the “Expedition” section, Izzy worked with her team to complete a practice and then a qualifying expedition in the Brecon Beacons. The assessor commented, “Izzy has certainly exceeded her personal goals for the expedition. She has kept going and motivated others…”
The “Residential” is an extra section that challenges Gold participants to spend 5 days and 4 nights on an organised group activity that they have to organise. For this section, Izzy spent a week with her team renovating the Youth Hostel at Sheringham. The assessor said, “Isabella engaged well with the team, understanding the importance of team work and the need for a professional approach.”
As well as all this, Izzy has done a fantastic job as an Ambassador for DofE at Dover College. She has given much of her free time and weekends to further the DofE scheme at Dover College. Mr Cox, Centre Manager for DofE, commented that, “Izzy’s generous nature and determined personality has seen her through the completion of the award and to proving to herself that she has admirable leadership qualities. Izzy epitomises the spirit of a DofE Gold participant.”
John Wiggell and Dave Fisher from the Rotary Club of Dover led this week’s assembly. Rotary Young Writer Competition winner Gabriella Hood (4th, Duckworth) was presented with a £100 prize for her poem ‘The Boy He Bullied’; runner-up Imogen Langley was rewarded with a £50 prize for her creative writing entry ‘Paradox’.
Judges considered imagination relative to the ‘connections’ theme and the ability to engage interest. We are hugely proud of both girls.
Gabriella’s entry will now be entered into the District Finals. We wish her luck.
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 Friday 20th March 2020.
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!
Need to get your hands on some second-hand uniform?
Want to sell all those items of kit your child has grown out of?
Find our Pre Loved Uniform page on Facebook!