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A View from The Close 137: Friday 22nd March 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Sunday’s Choral Evensong was superb, with Summer Leigh (12, St Martin’s) and Edward Aylward-Lopez (11, Leamington) performing beautifully as soloists.

We will be ending this week with our Non-Perfect Dad event. Richard Shorter, an inspirational coach, will be joining the College to speak to guests about working together to produce winning characters on and off the Sports field.

Tomorrow, the whole School will be taking part in our annual Sponsored Walk; beginning in Sandwich and ending back at the College. The weather should be on our side with the sun peeking out late morning.

Next week, I will be visiting three Round Square Schools in Boston, USA to share and gather ideas as well as building links for new pupil exchanges that will be launched in September 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes


Sport Report

Wednesday 13th March

Priory house played Netball vs Duke of York’s Royal Military School (DYRMS) and Rugby vs Northbourne Park. Whilst most of the matches were very hard going, the B team Rugby boys played superbly well in their touch rugby fixture to earn their first win of the season, well led by skipper Harry Martin (8), with many boys scoring their first tries for the College.

Thursday 14th March

The Senior and U15 girls had two very well contested Netball matches away against Ashford, winning one and losing one, but performing at a much higher level than of late, well done to all involved.

Kent Indoor Athletics Championships

The College was represented in exemplary fashion at the weekend by Libby Turbutt (9, St

Martin’s). In several fantastic performances she won three gold medals, the 200m in 26.7

seconds, the Long Jump in a new PB of 5.03m and the Triple Jump in a Championship record of 10.83m. This was just reward for lots of hard work in the off season, training alongside representing the College in our major Games. Congratulations to her and best wishes for an equally successful outdoor season.

Inter-House Rugby

The inter-house senior and junior rugby took place on a chilly Tuesday. The senior sevens went first and it was a good game with some fantastic tackles made on both side. As ever it would come down to the least amount of errors and School House rose victorious with outstanding play from our French boys, Antoine Chaumont (11, School) and Simon Gignoux (13, School). Some great runs from Kal Mere (11, School) and Julian Thomas (13, School) and good leadership from David Yeadon (13, School). The junior game was a mixed affair with some of the seniors stepping in to help. The overall winners were once again School House and we are now looking forward to the Priory match which should be a very close game.

Muck to Masterpiece!

“Environmentalism” is one of the key IDEALS of the international Round Square organisation that Dover College has just joined and so we are working to promote several local initiatives with several local charities in this area.

Future Foundry is a small but active local charity which encourages local young people to produce artwork from discarded items. The Director, Lisa Oulton, has been in touch with this special request:

“We’re working directly with young people to take waste and turn it into new products. As part of Fashion Revolution Week, on the 24th of April, we are creating an installation and exhibition at the Turner Contemporary (in Margate, Kent). We are collecting old office shirts, old and broken Doctor Martens and old and broken canvas shoes such as Converse.

Are these things you could ask people to donate to us?”

It will be brilliant if Dover College could help Future Foundry with this very practical and worthwhile project. Please can these items be brought to Mr Cox in the LRC for forwarding – before the Easter Holidays. Thank you.

Student & WDC Supporter’s Impression of Vancouver Aquarium

Year 13 School House student and Prefect, David Yeadon, is a passionate Whales and Dolphins Supporter.

Two years ago, he had the opportunity to visit Vancouver’s Aquarium and he was shocked by what he saw. David tells his story in this beautifully written piece:

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!


Recycle with Michael

The ‘Recycle with Michael’ scheme has been a great success with over 70 bags of clothes and shoes donated. The Salvation Army came and collected the donations today and were delighted with the results.

We will find out shortly how much our donations weighed and then will report back with the fundraising total that will go to the Friends of Dover College.

A big thank you to all the parents, grandparents and pupils who had a spring clean of their wardrobes out on our behalf!