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A View From The Close 118 - 28th September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Founders’ Day Service on Sunday (23rd) was a wonderful morning of celebration with Canon Nigel Nicholson (OD) delivering a fantastic address. The Feast afterwards was wonderful, with tasty food provided by our very brilliant chefs.

An incredible array of Sport has taken place this last week from Hockey and Football to Horse Riding and Paintballing!

Rehearsals for House Music have begun and we are excited for the final on Saturday 6th October.

Today (28th) saw the grand opening of the Ellerington Science Building, with the ribbon being cut by Mr Duncan Ellerington himself. Staff and pupils joined in with the celebration, noting all the refurbishments that took place over the Summer Holidays in the Science block. Our new Head of Creative Digital Media videoed the event and will put a short film together for my VFTC for next week.

This Saturday (29th) is Open Day and we are delighted to be welcoming over 90 people visiting Dover College. The Discovery Garden will be open for Junior School parents and children from 10:00 with the day culminating in a wonderful lunch in the School’s Great Hall.

As you will notice when you drive/walk through the main gates of the College, three flag poles have been raised this week on The Close. Currently, we are flying the Union, Duke of Edinburgh and Dover College flags. However, we would be delighted if parents and guardians wished to donate to the School any flags they have – national or activity based that are relevant to the College.

As ever,

Gareth Doodes


Tues 18th Sept

U15 Girls’ Hockey v St Edmund’s (Report E Breeze)

The girls started brightly, putting a young St Edmund’s team under early pressure. Some slick passing gave Lottie Hide (Yr9, St Martin’s) the space to fire home. The girls doubled their lead shortly after as Maisie Wells (Yr9, St Martin’s) deflected a short corner from Lottie Hide passed the goalkeeper and Angelique Taylor’s (Yr9, Duckworth) well-timed finish gave the girls a deserved 3-0 lead at half time.

The second half started with Dover on the back foot, but some excellent tackling from Rosie Baldwin (Yr10, St Martin’s) and Tamzin Vickers (Yr10, Duckworth) kept them out.

Normal service was restored as Maisie Wells once again swept home from a short corner, Lottie Hide and Angelique Taylor doubled their tallies before Rosie Baldwin’s superb pass out of defence found Lily Reif (Yr11, Duckworth) who in turn sent Tyler Henderson (Yr9, Duckworth) away down the right wing and three passes later the ball was past the St Edmund’s goalkeeper with Maisie Wells completing her hattrick.

Player of the game as voted for by St Edmund’s was Lily Reif but special mention must go to captain Emily Calder (Yr10, St Martin’s) who gave positive feedback throughout the game and encouraged her team at all times, showing superb leadership.

Wed 19th Sept

U13 Football vs Wellesley

The A team boys turned it around in stunning fashion from last week’s disappointing Northbourne result, turning over Wellesley by a large score line at home. In a much more characteristic performance full of attacking flair they ran out 9-2 winners, triumphing over a Wellesley side who had beaten Junior King’s by a single goal the week before. The B team boys found it harder going against a determined and athletic Wellesley side and went down to a home defeat

U13 Hockey vs Northbourne

Despite the experience of playing on grass the week before at Wellesley, both teams had very difficult afternoons against bigger and more physical Northbourne girls who were just that little quicker to the ball. The girls will look to turn things around at home against St Edmund’s this week.

Thurs 20th Sept

U15 Kent Cup Football vs Herne Bay High

The Under 15 boys were full of enthusiasm and vigour before this match at Farthingloe on Thursday. Unfortunately, this was very short lived as they found themselves up against a slick and physical Herne Bay side, who were far superior in every facet of the game. Despite some excellent performances, most notably by Adam Frost (Yr10, School) and Jaiden Flisher (Yr10, School) at both ends of the pitch. The boys will look for a reaction on Tuesday when they have an international match against Paulus Mavo from Holland, who will be visiting the College.


On Saturday 22 September, 44 pupils went to Quex Park to have a go at paintballing. Fortunately, the rain held off and the pupils were split into two teams as they went through five different games on the paintball area. In doing so they fired off 300 paintballs at each other; Mr Higgins also decided to play and he proved to be a popular target for all, even his own side! A great day had by all and certainly a place we will return to in the future.

Horse Riding

Dover College pupils have the opportunity to go Horse Riding as part of the Games options twice a week locally at Owl House Stables. We have a couple of new riders this term as well as our intrepid Mr Wilkinson, a new member of staff who has never ridden before, who went out on his first hack for his second lesson and was very pleased to report he didn’t fall off! The ride on Tuesday this week was out across the fields and beautiful woodland in glorious sunshine, everybody came back with huge smiles after a very enjoyable ride, despite some of the ponies and horses taking impromptu snacks from the shrubbery along the way!

Young Writers Poetry Competition

Year 9 students, Kirsten Blackburn (Duckworth), Isaac Hackett (School), Louise Wallace (St Martin’s) and Lottie Hide (St Martin’s), hoping to win £100, have entered a Young Writers Poetry Competition called Poetry Escape, where they have been challenged to write a poem either using a writing constraint or a specific theme chosen from: current affairs, inner feelings, the future or adventure.

Model Plant Cells

Lottie Hide’s created a model plant cell for her prep in Biology. Her class teacher, Mrs Messenger was very impressed!

Hector Hodkinson (Yr7, Priory) also made an impressive model plant cell which Mrs Messenger

Academic Certificates

In week 4 Academic certificates were awarded in Maths, English and Science.


Year 10                  Alicia Myers - Excellent participation, and improved confidence.

Year 11                 Sofia Martin Fuentes - Explaining in detail the theorems applied. Outstanding prep
                             and class work.

Year 13                Artem Pavlov – Excellent grade for his Mock exam.


Year 11                 Layth Khader     Achievement for spoken Language assessment.

Year 11                 Harrison Seal      Effort for confidence in speaking in public.


KS3 – Candela Garcia Escorza - Developing her English use of scientific language.

KS4 – Charlotte Klement  - Best marks in the Year 10 tests across the 3 sciences.

KS5 – Tul Lekhyananda  - Enthusiasm in lessons in both Biology and Chemistry.

European Day of Languages

On Wednesday 26th September, Dover College together with 741 million European citizens celebrated the European Day of Languages. This date was selected in 2001 by the Council of Europe as the day to celebrate diversity and to encourage people to learn other languages and discover other cultures.

This year at Dover College, we “thought differently” and went the extra mile.

Linking to this half-term’s whole school theme, “Connections”, we asked our pupils; to do a project on a European country/ language, using skills learnt in subjects across the curriculum and using a variety of resources.

As always, so many of our pupils rose to the challenge and exceeded expectations; carefully researched information was beautifully displayed on posters, brilliant 3D projects were created, using all sorts of materials such as card, wood and even wax! as well as many “edible” interpretations of a large number of European countries, their history, geography, culture and customs. It was clear that our pupils had been thinking differently and had made connections.

To add an element of competition, we put up an exhibition in the Great Hall and asked teachers and pupils in the school to vote for their 3 favourites. The kitchen staff also contributed to the day by cooking some European specialities and we raised some money for the School Charity by selling European cakes and biscuits at lunchtime.

“And the winners are………?” Well, I am afraid you will have to wait until our next Faculty Assembly, when those projects with the highest number of votes will be revealed and their creators rewarded with certificates and some extra goodies.

In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance and would like to have a look at the projects, they will be on display in the Great Hall and in the Kent Block on Saturday morning during Open Day.

Do come along, bring your “think differently” hat and join us to see how we made “connections”.

Duke of Edinburgh

The successful Gold DofE participants, Mehrdad Ameri, David Yeadon, Benjamin Kibler, Juliette Jordan and Sina Farhadi have just returned from their Gold Level expedition in the Lake District.  As part of their expedition they were required to complete an aim. They have to give a spoken presentation on their aim to an invited audience as part of the task. They will be doing this soon, but we thought that you would enjoy a sneak preview of some of the images associated with their aim of “Making a calendar of the people and places encountered on expedition”.  Enjoy!    

PS: We are still recruiting participants for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. See Mr Cox for further details –