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A View from The Close 142: Friday 17th May 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

An incredibly busy week filled with events including the Kingswood Residential Trip for Years 5 and 6, the Senior School Steeplechase and the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Activity morning!

The highlight of this week had to be interviewing the wonderful Heads of School and School Prefect candidates. It was a great reminder of the talented, passionate and ambitious pupils Dover College holds. The Senior School and staff have cast their votes today and the 2019-20 School Prefect positions will be announced on Monday.

On Wednesday, I visited my old Prep School, St Andrew’s to preach. I even had the opportunity to walk the corridors, stumbling across my French teacher who is still teaching, 30-years later!

This week has culminated in a fantastically fun activity morning for local primary school children. Pupils from Dover College and two other schools had the opportunity to play mini-gold, croquet and hopscotch on The Close as well as jumping in muddy puddles and taking part in a scavenger hunt.

We look forward to the final Open Day of this academic year tomorrow. The Discovery Garden will be available for the younger children and our wonderful Admissions Team have organised tours of the School from 10:45 onwards. Parents and guardians are very welcome to also attend.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.

Sports Report

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.


The Steeplechase results will be announced during today’s Evensong and a full breakdown will be available in next week’s copy of A View from The Close.

Excellent Prep Work

Lottie Hide (9, St Martin’s) created a fantastic cross-section of a leaf for her prep work this week.

The Friends of Dover College Quiz Night

The Friends of Dover College hosted a very successful Quiz Night on Friday the 10th May. New parents were welcomed  as well as a team of Old Dovorians for eight rounds of questions, masterminded by Mr Martyn Prince!

A delicious supper of Fish and Chips were enjoyed and a lots of fun was had.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Siddans whose team won first prize!

Creative Writing

This terms theme, The Moon, has inspired a number of Year 7 and Year 8 students. They were given the freedom to choose whatever style they would like to write in which resulted in some thoughtful poetry, reflective diary entries, informative writing as well as a script of the conversation that might have been held between Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

The Moon
By Clayton Ferguson (8, Priory)

The moon is a ball of craters

The moon is like a bright, cloudy pearl dancing with the earth

The moon looks down with precious power

The moon looks changeable but it stays the same

Always there, always moving, always pulling.

Neil Armstrong’s Diary Entry
By Finlay Clark (7, Priory)

July 30th 1969

I got the call from NASA to see if my team was ready, we were in a race with Russia so I had to say ‘yes’ otherwise they would have beaten us.

I felt scared and anxious as control said we had a 50/50 chance of landing the Eagle safely on the moon. As it happened the auto pilot directed us to the side of a huge crater with large boulders – thank God I took over the controls and landed us safely…

And it was certainly worth it. The sky was pitch black and the earth looked blue with milky white clouds and small green dots of land as well as jungles. I stepped out and began my slow descent onto the desert surface. ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’


that was the sentence that changed NASA, the world and me.

As the ship blasted back to earth I looked behind me and saw proudly my country’s flag perched upon its nest beside the mark of my foot – laid there forever.

The Moon
By Archie Grove (8, Priory)

What is the moon?

  • The moon is the earth’s only natural satellite.
  •  It orbits the earth every 27.3 days.
  • Our planet’s tides are caused by the moons gravitational pull.

How does the moon make feel?

In some cultures it: is worshipped, it dictates when   Muslims can eat in Ramadan, it also can be seen as exciting or romantic. Luna means moon in Latin and in the past people thought that under a full moon it would turn you into a Lunatic/crazy!

Legends associated with the moon

The Vampire is one of the most original monsters; it is nocturnal and bites people’s necks to drink the victim’s blood.

The Werewolf is half human and half wolf and it also comes out with the full moon. It makes an appearance in many myths and legends, even in one of our modern stories – Harry Potter.

One Step
By Charlotte Hodkinson (7, Priory)

Neil:  ‘One step for humans and another for…um, I need to work on that.’

(Neil and Buzz are walking to the NASA spaceship.)

Buzz:  What about ‘one step for science and two steps for mankind?’

(They are on the spaceship and they are still trying to get the words right.)

Neil:  I should start with ‘One giant step…’

Buzz:  No,  you should start with ‘One small step!’

Neil:  Oh. ‘One small step for NASA, one giant step for mankind.’

Buzz:  No!

Neil:  What’s wrong with it?

Buzz: We are men walking on the moon.

Neil:  We have to get to the moon first in this race.

Buzz: Come on we’re out here alone, no other people are here.

(They finally get to the moon and Neil steps out first…)

Neil:  That’s one small step for man, one giant step for mankind!

Buzz:  Finally!

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.