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A View from The Close 121 - 2nd November 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A wonderful week following the half term break!

As ever,

Gareth Doodes



Prep School Pumas – A Football Performance Pathway

The Prep Schools Pumas is for the most talented Independent School footballers across Kent, Surrey & Sussex. These representative teams offer players the opportunity to not only represent their region but also a chance to showcase their skills at representative level against Academies, other regional teams and at the world's most prestigious international youth tournament; The Gothia World Youth Cup.

This year Dover College has had nine players chosen following trials at Worth School on October 7th 2018, by far the most from any one school. Five boys for U11-U13 A teams, two girls for U12 and U13 A teams, and two boys for the U11 development squad. In the past two years we have had individual boys involved but never the quantity of players this year, proving that not only do all pupils have the chance to get involved with competitive sport but we can provide the best with a pathway to excellence.

Congratulations to Isla Taylor (7, Priory), Ava Taylor (8, Priory), Inigo Mayayo (8, Leamington), Alvara Govantes (8, Leamington), Sam Smith (8, Priory), Ronnie Meadows (6), Freddie Fairclough (6), Monty Taylor (6) and Chayce Tobin (6).

Tremendous Tennis

Lucas Wood (Leamington, 11) took 1st place in the U16s County Tournament.

Swimming Success

Adam Frost (School, 10) and his team competed in relay events over the half term with outstanding success. Adam swam the 100 metre backstroke in 1 minute and 12 seconds which is 6 seconds inside the Kent County qualifying time. His Head Coach described his swim as ‘phenomenal!’

Adam also competed in a gala at the London Aquatic Centre Olympic pool. He gained gold medals in all events and also personal bests for times in all his races. This recent success also means he has broken his own club records, both for his age group and the age group above him. Adam now holds club records for all events. 


Duke of Edinburgh
Nicholas Dean (Former Pupil – Leamington 2016), has achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh. He will be presented with the award at St James’ Palace on 27th November.

‘Return of the Unknown’
In the image below, the Dover College choir are running through a couple of numbers with Musical Director, Anna Poole for the production of ‘Return of the Unknown’. An immersive production celebrating the 100 Armistice. Listed in ‘What’s on Stage’ as one of the top shows to see in England relating to the Armistice. 

Follow this link to find out more about it -


Each year the whole Dover College community participates in Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal organised by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. This year our Shoebox Chapel service will take place on Tuesday 20th November, in which the whole school community comes together for a special thanksgiving service and each box is placed at the Chapel altar.

Leaflets have been distributed to pupils which give information about the appeal, however, if you wish to know more information, please visit

The link provided gives gift ideas and instructions on how to pack your shoebox, including a list of items that cannot be included within the boxes.

Through the generosity of parents, pupils and staff last year we donated a total of 290 boxes to the appeal, which is a phenomenal amount and is our biggest total to date, and we hope to match or even exceed this total again this year.

A small shoebox filled with gifts and packed with love can have a big impact on a child who may not receive any other gifts this Christmas. Thank you for your continued support.