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A View from The Close 122 - 9th November 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you are able to join us for a special Remembrance Day Service this Sunday 11th November.

The service begins at 10:30 in the School Chapel and is followed by a reception in the Refectory. We hope to have everyone seated by 10:20.

Due to limited parking, we politely ask that parents please park outside of the College grounds. There are local car parks located at Albany Place, Bench Street, Castle Street, Norman Street, Maison Dieu Road and Pencester Road. All free on Sundays.

Please note that various roads in Dover will be closed from 10:50 – approx. 11:30 for the Dover Town Remembrance Service.

BBC South East visited the College a couple of weeks ago to prepare a story on Billie Nevill. You can view the fantastic report here:

As ever,

Gareth Doodes


Highlight from the last week before half term was the Under 16 football girls winning their first round Kent Cup match away at King Ethelbert’s. Dover Girls Grammar, with whom we shared a scoreless draw earlier in the season, are next up.

Wednesday 31st October
U13 Football at Wellesley House
The home team got their revenge after we won the first match earlier in the season, running out deserved 6-2 winners. Despite two great goals from Sam Smith (8, Priory), we went down to a much improved Wellesley, which was also the case in the B team game, despite an excellent and wholehearted performance from our boys.

U13 Hockey at Ashford
The U13 girls, bolstered by some younger players, were unable to follow up their improved performances from the end of last half term and went down to a technically proficient Ashford side away from home.

Thursday 1st November
U15 Hockey at Kent College
The girls showed terrific heart and determination away at Kent College but were unable to match their hosts who fielded a full A team including several County players. Maria Munoz (11, Duckworth), in particular, played really well in adversity, ensuring a very positive report from Mr Breeze on their return to the College.

Senior Football Away in Belgium
For the first time ever, we took both the 1st and 2nd XIs away to Belgium, ensuring 26 boys had the experiences that only overseas trips can provide, including this year billeting with local host families, which was another new development and one we were all very much looking forward to. On arrival on Friday evening we had two matches against our hosts, Antwerp International School. The 1st XI went down 3-2 (Kal Mere (11, School) and Ryan Sewell (12, School) with the goals) but the 2nd XI, led superbly by 1st XI regulars Alessandro Grasso (13, Leamington) and Ben Kibler (13, Leamington), ran out 4-1 winners with a hat-trick for Jaiden Flisher (10, School) and a great headed finish from Seb Klappa (10, School). After a great evening, spent billeted out in pairs with AIS boys, we met again on Saturday morning for a triangular fixture, playing AIS again and also the International School of Amsterdam who travelled down from Holland to be part of the weekend. The 1st XI got their revenge for the Friday defeat, winning 5-1 with goals from Bekas Yusuf (12, Leamington), Ryan Sewell, Kal Mere, Simon Gignoux (13, School) and James Hide (11, School) and the 2nd XI continuing their superb form, again scoring four in a 4-0 win, Jaiden with another hat-trick and Pablo Garcia (11, Leamington) with a great finish into the top corner from the edge of the box. The two matches against the Dutch opposition came immediately following these results and proved to be a bridge too far, with the 1st XI losing narrowly 3-2, Bekas Yusuf again with the goals, and the 2nd XI unable to score in their defeat. Despite this, spirits were justifiably high and after visiting the College plaque in St George’s Church and the Menin Gate in Ypres on our return journey we returned to the College on Saturday evening. Each one of the boys was a great ambassador for the College throughout the weekend and I would like to place on record my thanks to Mr Payne and Mr Breeze for their invaluable assistance and support.

Achievements Outside of the College

I am delighted to say that Olivia Kibler in Year 6 has been selected for the Kent U11 Cricket squad, and after a rigorous process of four trials, has already started her winter training. This is the second year running we have had girls selected in the County set-up and says much about the opportunities we can provide for our pupils. We look forward to her having a great season for both the U11 and U13 teams this coming summer.

Alongside Olivia’s great news I am also very proud to say, that after a series of trials and testing days at the University of Bath, Evy Siddans (11, Duckworth) has been selected as one of only three girls in the GB Youth Olympic Bobsleigh squad, working towards the Winter Olympics. When we first travelled down in the Summer Term, it was clear that the standard was very high and that Evy would have to improve in certain areas. This has indeed been the case, and is reward for her determination and perseverance. We look forward to following her journey with great interest.


LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 6) BRONZE with DISTINCTION
Juliette Jordan (13, Duckworth)

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
Edward Aylward-Lopez (11, Leamington)

Academic Certificates

Achievement: Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory) - For effort in delivering excellent work
Effort: Charlotte Diezmann (10, St Martin’s) - For effort in delivering high-quality work

Achievement: Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory) - For all round brilliance and thinking differently
Effort: Maddie Warnock (7, Priory) & Demira Govender (7, Priory) - For exceptional effort and focus

Achievement: Chloe Leedham (8, Priory) - For mature and insightful character work
Effort: Erin Seal (11, Duckworth) - For taking risks and offering ideas

Martin Jeanson (8, Leamington) - Excellent work


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 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.