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A View from The Close 147: Friday 28th June 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week ended on a fantastic Junior School Prize Day service in the Refectory. We were joined by special guest, Jonny Meah from Heart Radio who presented pupils with their awards. The atmosphere was superb in the newly refurbished Refectory. Paintings of former Headmasters are now hanging, bringing a touch of history and animation to this beautiful building.

Earlier in the week, the Junior School performed with enthusiasm and 60s energy in their end of year concert. Celebrating the Beatles, pupils were dressed in their best 60s outfits, singing and dancing their hearts out on stage.

The Creative Digital Media Screening on Thursday evening really highlighted the skills pupils have gained on the course and the excellent guidance they are receiving from Mr Wilkinson.  Michael Kahn, Hollywood Executive Producer, attended the event, giving pupils the opportunity to speak to an expert in the field of Media and Film Production.

As we approach the end of this incredible academic year, we will be dancing and partying this evening at the FODC Summer Ball. I look forward to seeing everyone dressed up in their best 80s and 90s disco gear!

Next week, we look forward to the Senior School Summer Concert and of course, the Prize Day Ceremony on the last day of term. As you already know, Lord Jeffrey Archer will be our guest of honour and we are delighted he will be in attendance.  

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.

Sports Report

Tuesday 18th June

U15 Girls Cricket vs St Edmund’s

On a warm but overcast afternoon, St Edmund’s school batted first. Our bowling, apart from the occasional wide was quite tight, and we took a number of wickets, which helped to restrict their scoring. Angelique was our most successful bowler, whose spell finished with four overs four wickets for only 14 runs, including a double wicket maiden. They finished their innings on 67 (267) for the loss of 11 wickets.

Emily Calder (10, St Martin’s), our captain, thought very hard about our batting pairs and the order in which they should bat. Lucrezia Cerino (10, Duckworth) and Ines batted first and put on a solid seven for the loss of just one wicket. Alicia and Leigh were up next and some very good bowling from the St Edmund’s girls held them to only eight runs and lost two wickets. At this point, we were a little behind the run rate when our 3rd pair entered the arena. Angelique Taylor (9, Duckworth) and Tyler Henderson (9, Duckworth) with a number of quick singles and the occasion four put on 24 runs and lost just two wickets. We were now back in the game and had a chance. Maisie and Libby entered the frame and made batting look easy. Maisie Wells (9, St Martin’s) started four, four, two, four, four, two. 20 runs in the first six balls faced. Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s) joined in during the next over when the girls ran two 3’s in quick succession. In their four overs Maisie and Libby scored 41 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. It meant that our final batswomen, Captain Emily and Lottie Hide (9, St Martin’s) needed 20 runs in the last four overs. They started well scoring 11 in their first over. In the second over they got four. Then in the next over, Lottie took the game by the scruff of the neck by hitting four, six, six off the next three balls. This took us into the lead and even though we lost two more wickets we were safely over the line. We finished on 274 for the loss of 10 wickets and a well-deserved victory.

Congratulations to all of our team including Rose Foucault (10, Duckworth) (who fielded for us) and a big thank you to Mr Brooks for driving and leading the singing on the way home.

Thursday 20th June

The Senior tennis boys gave their very best away against Norton Knatchbull School in the County Cup Semi-Final but fell short as our hosts deservedly went on to the final. The team consisted of Lucas Wood (11, Leamington), Alex Despres (12, School), Toby Clarke (12, Leamington) and Vincent Clausen (11, School), all who battled gamely against their opposite numbers, with Alex winning his singles match 6-2 in a terrific performance, our best of the day. Overall, however, the better team went through and we wish them well in the Final this week. This is the second time in two years of entering the tournament that we have reached the Semi-Final stage and with half the team returning next year and some strong players in younger age groups, we will hope to continue our superb run in years to come.

Tremendous Trampolining!

Year 6 pupil, Lola Lanham, came first for the second time this month in her Trampolining competition on Saturday 22nd June. Well done Lola!

National Writing Day 2019

Year 10 were encouraged to create stories using concrete details and memory, mapping them out so they could visualise and learn to value their experiences as material for storytelling.

Each student was asked to draw a map of a place/town/route from a time in their past or present, one that was very familiar to them. This could have been a place from their childhood, or a place they first lived, or where a relative lives, or school, or a place they went on holiday. They labelled places of interest and added detail to their diagram.

Students then added people onto the map and thought about familiar sights and smells they could describe. Memories triggered by the exercise were shared, demonstrating that they were in fact stories.

Creative Digital Media Screening

Dover College Media students were delighted to welcome back Old Dovorian Michael Kuhn. Michael has been busy since leaving the College, he went on to real law at Clare College, Cambridge before going into the film industry. Michael (S62-67) started with a tour of the school before watching the music videos created by the year 10 students. He was impressed by the creativity and delighted to see the variety of techniques used. 

This was followed by the premiere of the year 12 documentary. They had been working hard to recreate a film made by news cameraman Ray Warner in 1969 where two young men paddled canoes down the river Dour (from which Dover gets its name). For this re-creation two Year 9 students, Tyler Henderson (Duckworth) and Libby Turbutt (St Martin’s) volunteered to undertake this challenge. The crew battled the elements to film, in 2 days, what the original film had taken eight days to complete.

This tricky film shoot used four cameras and would challenge even experienced filmmakers, add in driving rain and muddy riverbanks and it becomes a huge achievement. Keep an eye out for a chance to watch this film.

Michael was then kind enough to give his time for an interview and question and answer session where he discussed a wide range of topics, the image below shows just a fraction of the films he produced. 

For a man who is winner of two Palme D’Or’s at Cannes, an Oscar tally is well into double figures, and BAFTAs almost double that, he was impressively candid and offered a lot of advice for our budding film-makers. 

We barely touched the surface with his life and career so hope you will join us when we are able to bring him back.