Dover College



Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have been very touched by the kind messages that I’ve received after the Chairman of Governors’ letter informing parents of Jess’ and my move to King’s Worcester in September 2020. The decision to move was not an easy one, and I have loved my time at the College. However, it is very much business as usual, and I will be working tirelessly for Dover College and its pupils until the moment my feet step into my new study in Worcestershire.

Even before it was announced, the Governors had appointed a headhunting firm that is sector leading. Work is already underway on the search for my successor, and the Chairman of Governors will announce him or her by the end of the Lent term. I am more than confident that someone brilliant will be appointed and the school will continue to flourish and grow.

I will write more in my end of term letter next week, but I am now off to the Christmas Fair and Father Christmas has just stopped by to give me a festive hug, so its good cheer all round!

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.


Sport Report

Tuesday 26thNovember

The U15 Hockey girls had a resounding win at home against Bethany. Angelique Taylor (4th, Duckworth) scored a superb hat trick as the girls ran riot in one of their strongest performances of the season, carrying on their excellent form from the Basque Tour.

The Senior Interhouse Football matches resulted in a win for School House in the B Team match, and a draw in a finely contested A Team match, finishing 3-3.

Wednesday 27thNovembers

Priory Hockey could not get the better of a strong St Edmund’s team away in Canterbury, despite some strong play from, in particular, the Shell contingent in the squad.

The Priory boys got stuck into a competitive training session against Northbourne Park, braving torrential rain, as the rugby season kicked off in style.

Thursday 28thNovember

The 1stXI’s Kent Cup run came to an end on Thursday away in Sittingbourne with a disappointingly tame showing against Borden Grammar, which served only to sharpen the mind ahead of Sevenoaks’ visit to Farthingloe on Saturday.

Saturday 30thNovember

The Priory boys finished their football season at Farthingloe against Farrington’s with goals from Edward Leggett (Sh) and Thai Deekes (Re), on a beautiful but very cold morning.

The 1stXI bounced back after Thursday’s disappointment with an excellent home win on Saturday afternoon against Sevenoaks, with goals from Jaiden Flisher (5th, School) (2), Ryan Sewell (U6, School) and Kal Mere (L6, School). The boys will now look to the final game against St Edmund’s full of confidence for a final flourish as the season.


Priory Interhouse Hockey

On Monday 2nd December Priory competed in the Interhouse Hockey competition. It was a hard fought game with some standout performances, underpinned by a spirit of FairPlay. Duckworth came out victorious just topping the scoreboard with a 7-5 win against St Martins. A fantastic effort by all the girls!







Duckworth House Trip to Bruges Christmas Markets

On Friday 29thNovember Duckworth House travelled to Bruges Christmas Markets. This was an exceptional bonding experience for the girls who had an opportunity to explore the world-renowned Christmas Markets, stay overnight in the magical city and explored the sights the next day.

This was truly an unforgettable experience for each of the Duckies, building further on the tremendous sense of community within our house. We have all returned very much in the Christmas spirit as the term comes to a close and we count down to Christmas.


Festive Fun in the International Study Centre

This week the ISC staff and students entered into the Christmas spirit with great delight. Monday afternoon saw us sing, dress up, some evidently more thrilled to do so than others!,  dance, and play party games. The students had organised ‘name that tune’ and ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ whilst others performed Christmas songs and tasted mince pies for the first time. One of our German students, Emma Jung, even went to the trouble of making delicious traditional biscuits, called Plätzchen, which were much enjoyed.

A very good time was had by all and the icing on the Christmas cake was our surprise visit from Father Christmas.

Happy Christmas, safe travels home, and we much look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


Sixth Form Christmas Ball 2019!

In order to celebrate the festive season and to say goodbye to some of our One-Term students, on Monday 2nd December we hosted the 2019 Christmas Ball for all of the Lower and Upper Sixth and what a hit it was!

This year we wanted to think differently! Our Catering Team provided us with some delicious canapés and deserts but instead of asking them to prepare the main course, we asked Mr Govender to cater for us. He is a parent of one of our Dover College students and has his own Food Company: The Big Pan Foods.What a better way to support our community than asking parents who have a business to take part into the life of Dover College. The Big Pan Foods have served us some of their signature paella’s and it was D E L I C I O U S! So many students came up for seconds, and thirds!

A Secret Santa and a silent disco followed the dinner and we also had a photo booth to keep a little souvenir of this great evening.

We all had a fantastic time and it was a great way for students to celebrate the end of a busy term together. We could not be happier to have witnessed almost the full cohort present on that evening!







Leamington Life

Question.         What do you do with unnamed items of clothing?

Answer.           Think differently…Make Christmas decorations!


Prep 6 History Lesson

An air raid siren sounded. The children were ushered into the shelter, they had to be quiet and to move quickly, but not to rush or panic.

“I don’t know how long we will have to be here, but we are safe now. What do you think is happening? What is the siren warning us about? How do you feel right now? We are in an Anderson shelter because it is 1940 and German planes are flying overhead. The siren is warning us that they may be planning to drop bombs. The war has been going on between Germany and Britain for six months. Not many people have taken the war very seriously up until now. It has even been called the ‘Phoney War’, because it did not seem real – until the German army marched into Belgium and the Netherlands. Listen: I think our Prime Minister is about to make an announcement about Britain getting more involved.”

Winston Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ speech was then played to the children.

This was a History lesson for Prep 6 last week. The teachers turned desks on their side, covered them with black material and gave the children electric candles as the only source of light to make the experience as authentic as possible. While in there, the pupils had to use brown paper to record their thoughts and emotions in order to generate discussion for the next part of the lesson.

They will use these as part of their World War II memory box. Who knows what will happen next time?


Mandarin Club

This week in Mandarin Club, Shell pupils worked together and made one-of-a-kind Chinese buns, “拉丝面包”. They enjoyed the process and shared with the final product with their classmates. Their team spirit and awareness is growing

The whole Mandarin Class designed Christmas gifts and bags for their friends and parents. The group are incredibly creative!




Christmas Quiz for the Pilgrims Hospice

Have some fun for a good cause over Christmas. Try the Sandwich Quiz 2019 at home, with the family. Money and Prizes to be won.

Quiz sheets are available in retail shops and hospices.

Or, download from the following link:

Entries close on 23rdJanuary 2020.

Good luck!