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A View from The Close 130: Friday 25th January 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As I write this week’s VFTC, the Headmaster is nearing the completion of his epic tour of Asia, where he has been flying the flag for Dover College. He has travelled to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok and during this time he has visited Dulwich College in Singapore and had a tour of their impressive campus, with the Headmaster, Nick Magnus.

Gareth has also been able to reconnect with Old Dovorians in Singapore and Hong Kong, along with meeting agents and prospective parents. Former pupils were invited to a drinks reception in both Singapore and Hong Kong and were able to reminisce about their time at the College and hear from Gareth about the exciting Project 150 development plans and the new curriculum. 

The pupils and staff have had another busy and productive week, starting with 22 staff being trained in Mental Health First Aid last Saturday. During Monday’s assembly, the focus was on feedback to the whole school on findings from the Pupil Welfare Meetings, a crucial form of pupil voice within the School. There has been much sport played through the week despite the drop in temperature and a little splash of snow to raise excitement levels on Wednesday.

The Peer Mentors had the first of their bi-termly meetings and displayed a very mature outlook and caring nature in the support of pupils within the Houses. Thursday saw the start of the home leg of the French Exchange, with the French school arriving at the College and pupils being paired off. The weekend sees the boarders venture out on Saturday for Paintballing, Bowling and Cinema excursions, followed by the Whole School Eucharist on Sunday, which I look forward to welcoming parents and families to.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Kibler
Deputy Head

Sports Update

Wednesday 16th January

Both U13 Rugby and Netball squads were away at Northbourne Park in their first matches of the season. The girls battled bravely against their counterparts but were unable to match their slicker passing and came away second best on this occasion. The boys did not have such problems with their handling, playing some very good flowing rugby with lots of offloading, stretching the Northbourne defence. Unfortunately, their physicality and willingness to tackle was greater than ours and they ran away with the match, despite a superb rear-guard effort from the Powell (Nathan and Sebastian, 8, Priory) brothers and Archie Grove (8, Priory), in particular, and a try from Illyad Motiei (8, Leamington). The U13 Development squad played their inaugural touch rugby fixture, also against Northbourne, as the boys build confidence in their handling before possibly making the step up to full contact rugby. Skipper Harry Martin (8, Priory) scored a great try in a performance that promised much for the rest of the season.

Thursday 17th January

The U15 Netball girls played away at the Duke of York’s late on Thursday afternoon and performed very well indeed. With a side containing only two Year 10 girls each team won two quarters each in a well matched game. Although the final score was just edged by the Duke of York’s it was a superb effort from the girls involved who can look with confidence to the rest of the season.

Saturday 19th January

Seven runners represented the College, and the district, on Saturday at Duke of York’s in the Kent Schools’ Cross Country. In the Senior boys’ category, David Yeadon (13, School), Toby Clarke (12, Leamington), Dillon Clarke (12, School) and Tul Lekhyananda (12, School) all finished well with Sam Smart (Intermediate Boys) (11, School), Libby Turbutt (Junior Girls) (9, St Martin’s) and Sam Smith (Junior Boys) (8, Priory) also performing strongly.

On the back of the previous weekend’s performances at the South of England Championships, Libby Turbutt is currently ranked 6th in the UK, a year young, in the Triple Jump, a superb effort.

Highlight of the Week

The whole school highlight of the week was the Swimming Gala on Tuesday. Once again, with great support both on poolside and in the gallery we saw a very tight battle and six new records. Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory) lowered two Priory records, originally set by Adam Frost (10, School). Adam was not to be undone and lowered two of his Intermediate marks from last year, and Emma Howes-Lawrence (8, Priory) also set a new record in Priory. In her

last swim at a house gala, Swimming captain Libby Kerry (13, St Martin’s) broke a Senior Girls record that had stood since 2003, just desserts after a great contribution to the College. The final results were very close indeed with Duckworth and Leamington having exactly the same number of final points, 77, despite being at the top of the standings in the Senior category. The younger categories made a big difference for the other two houses, however, as St Martin’s finished with 96 points in second place and School House won with 97, congratulations to them.

Super Swimmers!

Ciara Flisher (6) competed in the Kent Championships at the Olympic pool in London over the weekend. She raced her 50m free-style and 50m back-stroke on the Saturday, coming 3rd overall in Kent within the girls 10-11 age group.

On Sunday, Ciara had her eyes set on winning the 50m butterfly and she did just that!

Ciara will be attending the Regional Championships in May and will be racing at Crystal Palace over the next three weekends.

Well done Ciara!

Adam Frost (10, School) also attended the Kent Championships on the weekend. He made every final and smashed four club records (which he already held himself), gaining his regional qualifying time and placing him 3rd in Kent.

Congratulations Adam – super swimmer!


Banishing the winter

To banish those January blues, the School House boys decided that a campfire with marshmallows, smores (toasted marshmallows sandwiched between two chocolate digestives) and hot chocolate was called for. So Saturday night they wrapped up warm, set the fire and had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours in King Stephen’s Gardens. The whole event was carefully managed by pupils Simon and Antoine who set up, managed and cleared up the event.


‘Hadestown’ Performance

On Tuesday evening a selection of pupils went to London to see the production ‘Hadestown’ at the National Theatre. They were awestruck by the design and performance elements of the show. It really is an exceptional piece of theatre and many of the pupils were inspired and excited by what they saw.

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anis Mitchell and Director Rachel Chavkin have created a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with Vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine the ancient tale of ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’.

Follow the link above to have a glimpse of this fantastic show!


Duke of Edinburgh

Leigh Hoyle (10, Duckworht) has achieved her Bronze DofE Award and is halfway through her Silver Award already! Congratulations to Leigh for her determinations, grit and persistence.

James Hide (11, School) has just achieved his Silver DofE Award. Well done James!

Guesthouse Chapel

For a whole term now the Chaplain and Headmaster have been organising a Service in Chapel on Sunday mornings at 10.00am, with the added help of Rupert Hill. We have deliberately made this open to the public as well as to members of the student body and the staff. Do please feel free to come and join us on any Sunday when there is no Whole School Eucharist. The service is normally Holy Communion but non-communicants are very welcome. It is a quiet, reflective, spiritual service, lasting 45 minutes, and followed by coffee and croissants. 

It takes place even in the holidays. Numbers are currently between 10 and 15 and we sit in the choir stalls. On Christmas Day, however, we numbered 65, with a good number of families with children. Why not give it a try?

School Notices

We are really excited to announce that Dover College is now a Member School with School Notices, a free online marketplace in which parents, alumni, staff and friends of the school can promote their businesses, buy and sell stuff, rent properties and look for jobs, interacting with thousands of parents in the independent education sector. There are also amazing exclusive offers for members. 

If you have a business that you would like to promote to this network or know one that does, business advertising is chargeable and 25% of any advertising that comes through a Dover College affiliated parent, alumni or local business, is given back to the school to put towards our internal & charitable initiatives.  

So please support us, have a look at and we would strongly encourage you to REGISTER HERE and enjoy the site.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Doodes –