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A View from The Close 125: 30th November 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday 3rd December we will be holding our candlelit Advent Carol Service in the Chapel at 18:30. This Service, taking us from darkness into light, consists of hymns and carols for the penitential season as we approach Christmas. Parents and guardians are warmly invited to attend.

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming scholarship candidates to the College tomorrow for interviews, and as we prepare for the end of term, I want to remind parents about the Christmas Carol Service that takes place on Wednesday 12 December in St. Mary’s Church. An invite will have been sent by email, but please make a note in your diaries for what is always a magical event.

As ever,

Gareth Doodes.



Monday 19th November
U13 Football vs St Edmund’s
The roles were reversed from earlier in the term as St Edmund’s played a compact and disciplined game against both of our teams, winning heavily in the B team game and triumphing 3-2 in awful conditions in the A game.

Tuesday 20th November
U16 Football vs Battle Abbey
Both A and B teams triumphed in home games against our visitors from Sussex. Jaiden Flisher (10, School) lay on a goal-scoring masterclass in the A game and the B team saw several new names on the scoresheet with Joe Grinstead (11, School), Elliot Nugus (11, School) and Sammy Smee (10, School) all finding the net in a deserved 7-1 victory.

U15 Hockey vs Battle Abbey
The girls battled hard in freezing conditions and dominated proceedings from the outset. Solid midfield play gave the basis for a flurry of short corners and, at the third attempt, Lottie Hide (9, St Martin’s) coolly converted. The floodgates soon opened and Battle Abbey were unable to stem the flow of the girls’ attack with Lottie completing a first half hattrick adding to goals from Tyler Henderson (9, Duckworth), Emily Calder (10, St Martin’s) and Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s). It wasn’t totally one-way traffic as a breakaway goal gave Battle Abbey a deserved route back in. More resolute defending and attacking potency enabled the girls to stretch clear in the second half, with Maisie Wells (9, St Martin’s) completing her own hattrick before Lottie added two more to her personal tally and Lily Reif (11, Duckworth) scored one to complete a 12-1 rout.

Opposition’s player of the game was Lottie, and prior to this game, the girls had scored 12 in total from their previous 5 fixtures!

Wednesday 21st November
Priory Interhouse Football
A quite brilliant game of football saw School House run out 3-0 winners, though this does not reflect the balance of the game with great play from both teams, and Leamington having a first half penalty saved by Nicholas Proctor (8, Priory). 30 boys took the field throughout the game and goals from Sam Smith (8, Priory) and brace from Max Williams (7, Priory) were enough for School House who took their chances well to earn the first Interhouse sports point of the year.

U13 Hockey vs Wellesley House
A 1-1 draw was just reward for the girls’ efforts towards the end of what has been a tough season. Captain and player of the match Avy Taylor (8, Priory) scored our goal with a smartly taken reverse stick finish.

Friday 23rd November
U13 Eton Fives @ Eton
No-one is quite sure when Dover College last entered an Eton Fives tournament, less so at Eton itself, with estimates ranging from between 46 to 60 years. On Friday eight Priory trailblazers travelled to Eton to compete against Highgate, Summerfield’s, Sunningdale Prep, St Olave’s and St Bart’s, Newbury in the first Michaelmas tournament. With 32 pairs in total filling the 16 courts, everyone was busy at all times and with play starting just after 13:00 and our involvement running until after 17:00, it was great experience gained against some excellent players. Our top pair of Nicholas Proctor and August Moos (8, Priory) won their second match, which was a tremendous effort and our other three pairs of Sam Smith and Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory), Archie Grove (8, Priory) and Avy Taylor and Luca Spencer (7, Priory) and Archie Seward (8, Priory) all scored points though were unable to win any of their matches. It was truly a baptism of fire in the birthplace of the game and we look forward to the Lent term and more tournaments as well as our trip to North Wales as the renaissance gathers pace.


Dover College University Challenge Final
Leamington won a close-fought and thrilling final by 170 – 80 points. Duckworth stayed in touch until near the end with good knowledge of Nursery Rhymes and words starting with the prefix poly. However, Leamington showed a slightly more eclectic knowledge and were strong on post-Soviet era revolutions, numbers and the opening lines of books.

None knew that the collective noun for a group of widows was an ambush!

Leamington will be taking on the Staff this Friday (30th November).


English in Action
On Monday Year 13 English Literature A Level students travelled to London for an inspirational Drama and Poetry Study Day.

They heard from a selection of the foremost speakers in their field who were passionate and engaging. Experienced examiners were joined by experts in poetry, prose, drama and Shakespeare to provide a stimulating and informative event.

The class received handouts containing invaluable examination tips as well as a handy guide on revision techniques to take home. The enrichment day provided fresh perspectives, greater motivation and increased determination to succeed.


An exciting new percussion-based after school music activity is coming to Dover College in the new year.

A new after school activity …

Coming to Dover College in the New Year!

  • For senior school students.
  • Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm in Tallis.
  • £5 per week; sign up for the whole term.

(Half price for pupils who receive drum/percussion lesson at the school)

  • Spaces limited to 10 players so sign up now. Email;


Thinking Differently
Rosie Baldwin (10, St Martin’s)
Incredible demonstration of her ability to ‘think differently ‘ for her prep on researching the National grid!


#ThinkDifferentlyDecember: Kindness Calendar
Kindness impacts everyone in great ways & makes the world a more positive place.  As we count down to Christmas we are challenging everyone to complete a random act of kindness each day using our #ThinkDifferentlyDecember Kindness Calendar Campaign. The Calendar is available to download from all Dover College social media platforms and a copy is also attached to this weeks addition of View From the Close.

We would like to see as many people as possible taking part in this December challenge by completing the challenge each day over the month of December. We would also like to encourage you to post your acts on social media using the hashtags #ThinkDifferentlyDecember #communitykindness to inspire & encourage others to join in our campaign. We want kindness to spread so make sure you also include a hashtag for the area you live in. 

“If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.”

Martin Kornfeld


Choir Dinner
On Thursday 22nd November a Choir Dinner was held in The Great Hall to celebrate all that the pupils do in providing our worship on a weekly basis, for Sunday Services, concerts and other special musical events.

Dr David Flood, Master of the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral was the guest speaker and it was lovely to see everyone turned out so smart and in party mood.

The food was excellent and the pupils had a great time, enjoying each other’s company in a relaxed setting just before the busy time really begins for them as we approach Christmas.


Academic Certificates
The students below received the Headmaster’s Award for courage and supporting each other on the High Ropes when they visited Kingswood recently.

Parsa Motei (10, Leamington)
Ines Mouchel (10, St Martin’s)
Marlene Sperling (11, St Martin’s)
Tommy Yuan (12, School)
Ryan Sewell (12, School)
Manuel Govantes Nunez (11, School)

The following students received Academic Certificates on Monday 26th November:


Libby Frawley Bailey (7, Priory)
For increased confidence and participation in English lessons

Luca Spencer (7, Priory)
For continued excellent achievement in reading and writing

Tommy Yuan (12, School)

Gold certificate in UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
Maria Munoz Perez (11, Duckworth)

Working hard in lessons and completing all tasks to a high standard

Clayton Ferguson (8, Priory)

Fantastic effort in all science lessons
Luca Spencer
(7, Priory)
Frequent high scores in end of topic assessments

Lucrezia Cerino
(10, Duckworth)
Consistently hard working and most improved
Imogen Langley (10, St Martin’s)

High scores in all end of topic assessments and enthusiasm for science

Lou Demleitner
(12, Duckworth)
Great progress and effort in Chemistry and Biology
Summer Leigh
(12, St Martin’s)
Consistently high scores in chemistry assessments