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A View From The Close 116 - 14 September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians

It has been a fantastic start to the term. I have been delighted with how the boarders have integrated so quickly, and they all enjoyed their weekend visiting Dover Castle. As they explored the Castle tunnels, the management team and Governors were locked away in an Away Day where we discussed the various Project 150 plans and onwards College developments. The P150 brochure is being printed as I type, and will be sent to parents in the next two week, as will the new curriculum brochures outlining the Connected Curriculum, the GCSE+, A Level+ and the Careers Programme. It is hugely exciting time!

This last week there have been many activities already taking place. Highlights from the week include:

Gold Strike in the Lake District!

Five Sixth Form students successfully completed their expedition section for the Gold standard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme when they completed a four day/three nights walking and camping expedition in the wild country of the Lake District returning on Monday 11th September.

The Lake District has challenging walking terrain with the group, each with heavy pack, scaling a famous peak – Catsbells – as part of their route.  Each day they were required to be out and about for eight hours; either walking or completing a challenge activity (the group decided to photographically record the countryside and themselves for a commemorative calendar). The weather was fierce at times – with high winds and heavy rain coming in sideways at regular intervals but the group remained cheerful and positive throughout the whole of the expedition.

This group was a typical mix of Dover College students – three British and two international; four boys and one girl – each with a unique set of talents that, collectively, made this one of the strongest – and certainly the quickest – groups that the expedition company, Sam Sykes Limited, had seen. The group had nothing but praise for each other at the journey’s end: Sina Farhadi (Year 13, School House) admired the others’ resilience, Merhdad Ameri (Year 13, School House) quietly completed all the camping activities of cooking, tent raising and cleaning when his tent companion was too tired to help; David Yeadon (Year 13, School House) entertained with his non-stop chatter and singing; Ben Kibler (Year 13, Leamington) made sure that no-one was left behind and Juliette Jordan (Year 13, Duckworth) was the calm and soothing person that everyone could talk to and know that they would be listened to with sympathy and understanding. Juliette was also a shining example of Dover College Head Girl material – undaunted by being the only girl, determined to do as well as the boys and always smiling.

Dover College are proud to have these fine students as representative of all that is good about Dover College and its students and we wish them well with the completion of the other sections of the Gold Award and look forward to seeing them meeting members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace in the near future.

Sixth Form Lecture

On Monday the 10th September we had the pleasure of inviting Beatrix Schmidt to the college where she gave a lecture to our Sixth Form students. Beatrix catered for the College by embracing ‘Thinking Differently’ and tailoring her Sleep Deep Method to the Sixth Formers. Beatrix had fabulous feedback from our students and replied, ‘They were great student, great conversations and loved the school and the grounds.’ The next Sixth Form lecture is from the University of Kent, discussing University; ‘How to Choose & Location, location, location’.

Rowing Success

Celebrating out of school success is Tamzin Vickers (Year 10, Duckworth) who, on Saturday 8th September, was awarded the title of Champion for the U14 Quad Sculls when Deal Rowing Club hosted the South Coast Rowing Regatta. Congratulations to Tamzin and her team mates!

Academic Effort

A certificate for Academic Effort from the English Department was awarded to Katie Cowell in Year 8, Priory House.

Joe Graduates as a National Citizen

Hearty congratulations go to our Year 12 student, Joseph Payne-Martinez. Joe becomes the first ever Dover College pupil to graduate from The National Citizen Service by giving up four weeks of his summer holiday to complete the scheme. Joe spent a week with PGL completing outdoor pursuits, a week at Kent University learning life skills such as student cooking and money management. For the last two weeks of the project, Joe was an organiser for a community event raising over £300 for the local Emmaus homeless charity in Dover. Joe graduates today (14th September) with an NCS Celebration event at Dreamland, Margate. As part of his graduation award Joe will receive a certificate personally signed by the Prime Minister. Well done, Joe!

The scheme is open only to 16 and 17 year olds (pupils in Year 11 or Year 12). It is completed in the month after the public last exam. Pupils interested in following Joe and volunteering for this scheme should speak to Mr Keith Cox.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Gareth Doodes