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A View from The Close 141: Friday 10th May 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to announce the following new staff appointments for the next academic year: These are a superb set of appointments of high calibre staff.

Mr Ian Stephens (Director of Music) – During his musical training, Mr Stephens was a Junior Exhibitioner at The Royal College of Music where he studied trombone with Christopher Mowat (BBC Symphony Orchestra).

Dr Sean Lawrence (Teacher of Business & Maths) – Dr Lawrence has a doctorate in Theoretical Astrophysics and has held lectureships in Applied Mathematics. He has assisted with Young Enterprise and actively taken part in Duke of Edinburgh.

Ms Michelle Rolfe (Teacher of Science & Head of BTEC) – With extensive experience teaching all secondary levels of Science, Ms Rolfe will be bringing her knowledge and passion for the subject to the classroom.

Miss Francesca Haddon (Teacher of German & Assistant Housemistress of St Martin’s) – Miss Haddon was educated in Germany until she was 16 and is just about to complete her Masters in French and German. She is enthusiastic about bringing a new language to the Dover College curriculum and looks forward to delving into the pastoral aspect of her role.

Miss Alice Armstrong (Teacher of Geography & Outdoor Education) – Born in Northern Ireland, Miss Armstrong has grown-up loving the sea and outdoor environment. Following her studies, she toured to world, working in New Zealand for a number of years before returning to the UK. Miss Armstrong is a keen Yachtswomen.

Mrs Jeanine Munro (Individual Needs Teacher, Junior School) – After supply teaching in the Junior School last year, Mrs Munro joins the College as a permanent member of staff. Currently focussing on a course in Special Educational Needs, Mrs Munro will certainly be bringing a fountain and knowledge with her. My son, Humphrey, is delighted she is returning!

Mrs Johanna Riley (Singing Teacher) – Mrs Riley is a graduate of The Royal Academic of Music and has had a hugely varied singing career working professionally in opera, jazz, pop, a cappella and early music. She also works regularly a session singer for TV and film soundtracks!

We very much look forward to welcoming these new members of staff to the Dover Community.

There are a few remaining appointments to be made and we will inform parents of these in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.

Sports Report

Monday 29th April

We welcomed West Point Academy from Vancouver, Canada for an afternoon of mixed football on The Close. 22 Priory pupils took part in mixed teams as we played a four team round robin in glorious sunshine. They last visited us in 2012 and commented on how improved the College looked, and were already planning next year’s visit, hopefully on an annual basis from now on.

Wednesday 1st May

The Priory girls had a great afternoon of Rounders against their counterparts from Duke of York’s with some big hitting from the Taylor sisters (Avy, 8 and Isla, 7) and good work in the field from the whole team.

Thursday 2nd May

1st XI vs MCC

The MCC batted first and scored 178-3 declared, which was a result of good, steady bowling from Ryan Sewell (12, School) and Harvey Mashiter-Yates (11, Leamington), in particular. The batting was determined and steadfast against an attack which contained the opening two bowlers for Kent 2nds, one of whom had been involved in the match day squad for the county against Pakistan the week before. Harry Meadows (10, School) hit 41, the highest score, and a superb effort from a Year 10 boy. Loic Woodhead chipped in a with a valuable 16 on his 1st XI debut and Jack Hanson (12, Leamington) batted maturely for 17. Sadly, the College ended 28 runs short but it was a thoroughly enjoyable match played in a positive spirit. Superb to be back on the MCC’s radar after the weather disappointments of the last two years.

U15 Girls Cricket vs SRMS

The College won the toss and chose to bowl first. Our bowlers made a considerable effort to keep their run making to a minimum and to try to take as many wickets as possible. Emily Calder (10, St Martin’s), Angelique Taylor (9, Duckworth) and Lottie Hide (9, St Martin’s) all took one wicket but the star bowler was Maisie Wells (9, St Martin’s) who managed to take three wickets and with some great fielding by everyone else. Manwood’s made 108 for 6 in their 20 overs.

When it was our turn to bat the progress was steady even though we kept losing the occasional wicket which held back our scoring rate. To win we required 16 off the last over and despite a great try we could only muster 8. We finished our innings on 101 for 6. It was a close run thing and a terrific effort from all concerned.

Batters in partnership:

Alicia Myers (10, Duckworth) & Maxi Timmermann (10, St Martin’s) scored 19 in 4 overs

Emily Calder & Verity Watkins (9, St Martin’s) scored 16 in 4 overs

Leigh Hoyle (10, Duckworth) & Tamzin Vickers (10, Duckworth) scored 25 in 4 overs

Angelique Taylor & Rose Foucault (10, Duckworth) scored 11 in 4 overs

Lottie Hide & Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s) scored 30 in 4 overs

Priory Boys Tennis at Kent Doubles Festival

Eight Priory boys represented the College with distinction at Bromley Tennis Centre. August Moos (8), Sam Smith (8), Nicholas Proctor (8), Nathaniel Turner (8), Archie Grove (8), Archie Seward (8), Oakley Price (8) and Ilyad Motiei (8) all managed to get through at least seven match throughout the day, with August and Ilyad notching up some superb wins as our top pairing. Another highlight was seeing Emma Raducanu, Junior Wimbledon and US Open quarter-finalist being put through her paces on an adjacent court.

Tuesday 7th May

Senior Tennis at St Lawrence

Six senior boys, David Yeadon (13, School), Simon Gignoux (13, School), Alex Despres (12, School), Toby Clarke (12, Leamington), Dillon Clarke (12, School) and skipper Lucas Wood (11, Leamington) gave a tremendous account of themselves away in Ramsgate. On a very blustery afternoon, with a low bouncing surface, we had a very competitive fixture with each of the final one-set matches finishing with a one game difference.

Wednesday 8th May

The Priory boys played some excellent cricket as they beat Duke of York’s and just lost to Northbourne in a 6-a-side triangular at Northbourne. Eight boys were involved and Mr Breeze was able to rely on each of them with bat or ball in hand, a great team effort.

On the same afternoon, the Priory girls were also involved in a cricket quadrangular with two teams from Wellesley and one from Northbourne. Playing three games back to back was great experience for all concerned and will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

Thursday 9th May

1st XI vs XL Club

The 40 Club batted first and were 92-0 at lunch. After lunch, the boys bowled better and caught some good catches, with the 40 Club ending on 172-3 declared. Their number 3, 1st XI College captain in 2000, scored a quick fire 38 not out. The boys started brightly with the bat with Jarred Tobin (10, Leamington) and Harry Meadows playing some decent strokes. Sadly, the heavens opened as we were getting into our stride and the game was washed out into a draw.

Senior Rounders vs Bethany

The first Rounders match of the season was played in between showers and was an exciting game. The solid trio of Tilly Turnbull (11, St Martin’s), Mia Deverson (11, St Martin’s) and Evy were the backbone of the team, providing a firm foundation of quality communication and consistent play. Around them we had a mixture of new faces and old girls. Though we lost against the well drilled big hitters of Bethany, the girls enjoyed the game and could walk off with their heads held high. Special mention to the aforementioned terrific trio, also Elly Laflin (12, Duckworth) for almost taking out the opposing bowler with a well-placed hit, Alicia for some big hits and superb catches, and finally for Mathilde Levprovost (12, St Martin’s) who stopped the ball travelling into the outfield with most parts of her body apart from her hands which would have been the easier option.

Senior Tennis away at Ashford

Vincent Clausen (11, School), Vincent Mehra (11, School) and Bekas Yusuf (12, Leamington) joined the boys who played on Tuesday in another away fixture, this time in Ashford. Playing their top four pairs we competed superbly well and the overall fixture finished equal, four apiece, with our French pairing of Alex Despres and Simon Gignoux winning all their games convincingly.

South East Kent Athletics

Year 9 and 10 girls represented the College at Duke of York’s on Thursday on an afternoon better suited to muddy rugby than track and field. Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s) won her three events and Maisie Wells won the shot. Emily Calder (Jav), Leigh Hoyle (Discus), Anna Grant (9, St Martin’s) (1500m), Tyler Henderson (9, Duckworth) (Discus) all also finished in the top three in their respective events. Rosie Baldwin battled tremendously well to finish the 1500m with an injured knee and Angelique Taylor jumped to a PB in the Long Jump as a guest.

Tasty Prep Work!

Angelique Taylor’s (9, Duckworth) made a cross-section of a leaf in the form of a sponge cake for her Biology prep A creative a very tasty piece of homework!

Romeo & Juliet

Year 8 are exploring the text of Romeo and Juliet through a range of dramatic techniques. This week they told the entire story through a ‘whoosh’ activity; as the plot is read members of the class come up and act out the plot, when you say Whoosh they sit back down again. Some students were even having to act the part of the legendary balcony!

National Pilgrimage

May I draw your attention to an event taking place in and around the College in August? Our Chaplain, Toby Marchand, and two others, are organising a National Pilgrimage based on Dover and Canterbury. It is under the auspices of a body called the British Anglican Cursillo Council. “Cursillo” is a renewal movement within the churches of Great Britain and abroad. The event is called “The Pathway to Pilgrimage: Becket and Beyond”.

Up to 40 “pilgrims” can be accommodated, in School House at Dover College. There will be visits, in the School minibuses, to Dover Castle, and to Canterbury. Lectures, visits, worship, feasting and entertainment are all on the programme as befits a traditional pilgrimage.

Dates: Tuesday 13th August 16:00 - Friday 16th August 10:00

Cost £250

Full details and application forms can be found on the British Anglican Cursillo Council website. Look for “Information for Dioceses”.

It’s open to anyone, of any Faith or none. You will be assured of a warm welcome and a great experience.