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A View from The Close 136: Friday 15th March 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The View from the Close is getting wonderfully busy, which hopefully reflects what is going on at the school.

A highlight of this week for me was Alicia Myers’ Assembly. More details about Alicia’s trip to the US this summer is in this document, but needless to say we’re hugely proud of her and her achievements.

I’m delighted to be able to announce today that Dover College has been accepted as a Round Square Candidate School. This is the start of our journey towards becoming a Global Member, & opens up the Round Square organisation to my pupils and staff. More details can be found here, but this is extremely exciting for the College and its pupils, and opens up even more opportunities for our pupils to think differently.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes

Sport Report

Monday 4th March

The Priory boys had a thumping win at home against Gad’s Hill in what was an excellent warm up before the stiffer test of Northbourne this week. Tries came from many different individuals but what was most pleasing was the coherent play and teamwork, as the boys were once again well-led by stand in skipper Archie Seward (8).

Tuesday 5th March

Stevens & Wainman Cross Country at Northbourne Park

12 Priory pupils represented the College with great distinction in the annual invitational over at Northbourne. Amy Brown (7, Priory) came in as our top girl finisher in 13th place and Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory) ran superbly to finish 5th. The boys team managed to secure 3rd place overall in the team competition, a great effort. The remaining runners were Poppy Harris (7, Priory/Duckworth), Poppy Tillin (7, Priory), Maisie Nudd (8, Priory), Ella Ray (7, Priory), Isla Taylor (7, Priory), Avy Taylor (8, Priory), Nicholas Proctor (8, Priory), August Moos (8, Priory), Sam Smith (8, Priory) and Cameron Matthews (7, Priory).

Wednesday 6th March

Society of Heads U18 7s at LVS Ascot

On Wednesday the Senior Boys travelled to Sunbury-on-Thames and the training facility of professional rugby outfit, London Irish. Battling the elements, the long bus journey and some strong opposition, the boys got off to a slow start and lost their first game; one they arguably should have won. This set the tone for the rest of the group games despite huge improvements from game to game.

As a result, the boys were put through to the bowl competition against teams of similar experience. In the first of their fixtures - against LVS Ascot – they channelled their frustrations and found inspiration with an outstanding display of determination and counter attacking rugby, epitomised by Ryan Sewell’s (12, School) chip-and-chase, capitalising on an error by the opposition to score the winning try in the final play of the game.

The next round saw us up against Clifton High School; a school of 600 students from Bristol. A fantastic and secure defensive display held Clifton at bay and a superb individual try from David Yeadon (12, School) (who seemed to briefly get confused between his football codes) saw us through comfortably to the Bowl Final.

Our opponents in the Final were familiar to certain students and members of staff. Whilst the boys were playing their two games, Milton Abbey’s opponents had disappeared off home to beat the traffic, affording them the luxury of a two-hour break and bye through to the Final. This was the key factor in a very one sided affair as the boys’ tiredness showed and we were well beaten.

The Final score should take absolutely nothing away from a fantastic day of rugby from every one of those boys involved. They can be very proud of their efforts and the way they held themselves in both victory and defeat.

Throughout the competition, the boys scored 10 tries with Ryan Sewell contributing half of them as well as some fantastic goal kicking.

Thursday 7th March

Senior Granville Netball Tournament

Despite the involvement of some Under 15 players playing up several age categories, the Senior girls performed well in Rochester at the Granville tournament. Coming up against much bigger schools, and taller girls in many cases (!), was a tough test but they acquitted themselves well throughout.

U15 Kent 7s

The Under 15 boys put in a fantastic all round display on Thursday at Gravesend at the County 7s. winning our first match convincingly could well have set us up for a couple more, but it was not to be as our small squad of 10 tired quickly in the following games. The stand out performers were Adam Frost (10, School), Harry Meadows (10, School) and Sammy Smee (10, School) (who showed an outrageous side step sending multiple defenders the wrong way before crashing over the line between the posts) A little more work on consistency in the defensive line needed before the  next game but the efforts of all the boys involved are to be very much commended.

Outside of College sport, another highlight was Edward Aylward Lopez’s (11, Leamington) water polo team Hythe Aqua clinching the London U16 league over the weekend, capping off a busy week for Ed after his involvement in the Senior 7s on Wednesday. Congratulations to him and all others who represented the College with distinction in the last week.

Mathematical Achievements

The following team was entered into the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge Regional Final on Tuesday 12th March at Ashford Senior School.

Sebastian Powell (8, Priory)
Nathaniel Turner (8, Priory)
Anna Grant (9, St Martin’s)
Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s)

The team worked exceptionally hard and focused well throughout each round. 15 schools were entered mainly consisting of Grammar Schools. The Dover College team placed 10th.

Alicia Myers Fundraising

Alicia Myers (10, Duckworth) gave an excellent and inspirational presentation to the whole school at Monday’s Assembly. She told us about her journey to the World Scout Jamboree, taking place this Summer in the USA. She has been working hard to raise money to fund the trip; a large part of which supports scouts from developing countries so that they too can have this one in a lifetime experience. This Friday, Alicia has organised a non-uniform day and sweet sale.

“I am hugely proud to be representing my country and Dover College at the jamboree. I hope to learn new skills, meet loads of interesting people and have lots of fun! It will take me out of my comfort zone and I hope it will make me more self-confident and a bit braver! I’m sure being able to “think differently” will be a massive help!”

If you would like to help her in this fundraising, initiative, please visit the following link:

Whole School Sponsored Walk – Saturday 23rd March 2019

Each year, the whole school community at Dover College participates in a sponsored walk to help raise funds for charity – our elected charities for this academic year are Young Minds and Dover smART project.

The walk will take place on Saturday 23rd March, covering a distance of approximately 15 miles starting in the historical town of Sandwich and ending back at Dover College. Further details will be sent out in a separate email to parents.

A paper sponsorship form will be sent out with the letter to parents and pupils are encouraged to gain as many sponsors as possible prior to the event. In addition to the paper sponsorship form an online sponsorship campaign has also been launched. Staff, pupils and parents are encouraged to share the online sponsorship link in order to widen our sponsorship appeal.

If you would like to donate online, please visit:

The Dover College Reusable Travel Cups!

The Friends of Dover College are delighted to offer the opportunity for parents, staff, friends of family to purchase a Dover College branded reusable travel coffee cup. The cups are offered at the price of £7.50 each available from Priory Lodge Reception now. Money raised from the sale of each cup will go to the Friends of Dover College who provide the little extras to the school therefore each cup purchased will contribute to benefiting your child.

To place an order please feel free to pop into Priory Lodge and pick yours up now!