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A View From The Close 117 - 21 September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians

The school is without mobile ‘phones during the day.

It has made such a difference to our community. However, I know that some pupils have been unhappy. Therefore, ensure that you blame me, and us, for limiting your child’s access to their ‘phone. That’s what we’re there for!

We’ve had a busy week at College with lots going on. As well as student activity, the Governors met on Wednesday for a very positive meeting, and work is going well for the onward planning or Project 150. Our new staff have settled in really well, and I am delighted with the work of Mrs Tyrell and Mr Carson in St. Martin’s and Leamington respectively.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Founders Day Service on Sunday, where we are very lucky to have Canon Nigel Nicholson OD preaching. We look forward to hearing from him and celebrating the founding fathers of the College.

Over these last two weeks there have been many activities taking place. Highlights from the week include:


Wednesday 12th September

U13 Football vs Northbourne Park

All 32 boys in Priory House had the opportunity to represent the College at Northbourne for the start of the competitive season. In two differing performances the A team went down to a heavy defeat against a home side who were just that little bit quicker to the ball, but the B team salvaged some much needed pride with a terrific showing, battling to the end and having three chances cleared off the goal line in a scoreless draw.

U13 Hockey vs Wellesley House

The U13 A & B teams travelled away to Wellesley House. Whilst the A team came up against tough opposition with the grass adding an extra element of difficulty, the B team came away victorious under the direction of Mrs Myers with a 5-0 win. Captain Katie Cowell (Priory, Yr8) found the goal on two occasions as did Maddie Warnock (Priory, Yr7), but the player of the match was Hannah Cummings (Priory, Yr7) for her attacking runs that set up most of the goal scoring opportunities.

Thursday 13th September

1st XI Hockey vs St Edmund’s

The 1st XI Hockey squad had a tough encounter for their first match of the season against St Edmund’s. There were notable performances from Evy Siddans (Duckworth, Yr11) on her debut for the Senior Squad and captain Ellie Willetts (Duckworth, Yr13) led the team positively right up to the final whistle. Player of the match was Imogen Davis (Duckworth, Yr13) for her tenacious performance.

Saturday 15th September

Saturday saw the start of the Senior Football season and the visit of Tonbridge to Farthingloe. Despite early optimism in all games, and the biggest number of supporters seen in recent years, the

1st and 2nd XIs soon found the going very tough and after good starts, fell behind and were unable to recover lost ground in two heavy defeats. The Under 15s provided the highlight with a characterful performance. Even though the boys were missing a couple of certain starters from the squad, they were able to give Tonbridge Under 16s a great game, with the lead changing hands on various occasions before Jaiden Flisher (School House, Yr10) slotted home with 45 seconds to play to secure a well-deserved 3-3 draw. The Seniors now have a period of intense training, uninterrupted by midweek fixtures, to work on improving before the visit of Sevenoaks whilst the Under 15s have a quick turnaround before a Kent Cup match against Herne Bay High at home on Thursday.

Off-Site Sports

Outside of College Sport there have been many successes and notable achievements by our pupils over the recent months.

Last weekend, Tamzin Vickers (Duckworth, Yr10) and the rest of the Junior 14 Girls Crew from Herne Bay Rowing Club were awarded the 2018 South Coast Rowing Champions in the Girls U14 Quad Sculls category following the annual South Coast rowing regatta at Deal.

Tom Baker (School, Yr10) has continued his outstanding shooting form and just this weekend secured third place overall (and second place in Colts category) in the CPA (Clay Pigeon Association) Premier League after multiple rounds throughout the year against the top shooting clubs in the country. In what has been his first real season of full competition this is an unbelievable effort, and one that he and the rest of us are very proud of.

Jack Hanson (Leamington) in Year 12 had the good news on the last day of the Summer Term that he had been named 1st XI Captain for this season. Over the Summer, he has also been selected, a year young, for the Kent U18 squad, a fantastic achievement.

Adam Frost (School, Yr10) competed in the 1500 metres and 800 metres swimming for his club, winning gold in both and smashing his personal bests. He has qualified for the Kent County’s and has been training hard with his new coach in order to progress to National level.


‘A Comedy about a Bank Robbery’

Tuesday evening saw a very successful trip to the theatre with pupils from Priory House right up to Year 13 enjoying a wonderful play at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury; A Comedy About a Bank Robbery. Mrs Myers and Mr Wharton were surrounded by cackling pupils, all entranced by the escapades and slapstick routines performed by ‘Mischief Theatre Company’. It was particularly wonderful to hear the international pupils on the trip laughing and commenting, clearly delighted that they were able to understand and engage with the fast paced humour.

Beach Clean

125 members of the College Community took part in the Great British Beach Clean on Sunday 16th September. This formed part of the national survey for the Marine Conservation Society and in partnership with the Port of Dover. A great day had by all to help both the environment and the local community.

Melanie Wrigley from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership wished to thank all the pupils involved. It was the biggest turn-out she’d ever seen for a September beach clean.


Week 3 Michaelmas Term - Certificates for Achievement and Effort


Cameron Matthews (Priory, Yr7) and Nathaniel Turner (Priory, Yr8) - Excellent effort towards their art and design work.


Parsa Motieri (Leamington, Yr10) - for his excellent start in Textiles.

Design Technology

Evy Siddons (Duckworth, Yr11) and Lawrence Dougall (Leamington, Yr13) - for their outstanding Holiday Prep.


Anna Zhang (St. Martin’s, Yr13) - for consistent hard work and perseverance towards her photography work.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Dover College: 2018-2019

DofE is an important part of the school life at Dover College and we are pleased to be able to provide pupils with opportunities to access the scheme at Bronze (Year 9), Silver (Age 15) and Gold (starting aged 16).

There are several sections that each DofE person must pass: Volunteering, Skills, Physical, Expedition (and, just at Gold, Residential).  Full details about the scheme can be found at

It is an exciting journey that, with completing Gold level, leads to a presentation by royalty at St. James Palace, London.  Employers value Gold DofE as equivalent to an A level (although it does not carry UCAS points).

Mr Cox runs DofE at Dover College. There are training days and practice and qualifying expeditions and pupils from Year 9 onwards who wish to join the scheme should speak to Mr Cox. Year 9 are strongly urged to join. All DofE sessions are in the LRC:

Gold DofE – Monday activities session (16.30 – 17.30)

Bronze and Silver – Wednesday activities session (16.30 – 17.30)

Parents wishing to find out more are warmly invited to email Mr Cox on: or see the school website for details of past expeditions.


National Online Safety

National Online Safety is an organization dedicated to promoting online safety. (

Dover College is pleased to promote a guide for parents regarding You ube.  As
part of their “#WakeUp” campaign, NOS have created a free updated YouTube guide for us to share with the whole school community, especially parents and carers.

YouTube is the world's largest video platform and the second biggest search platform after Google. With over 1.8 billion users per month, this free guide for parents & carers covers what you need to know about the YouTube platform to help safeguard children from potential online risks including: age inappropriate videos, in-app messaging, dangerous challenge/viral videos, digital wellbeing and more.

You can access the YouTube guide for parents & carers here: