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A View from the Close - 13 October 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

So we arrive – at speed – to Half Term. I am delighted to report to parents that much hard work has been undertaken and the drive across the school on academic achievement and industry has so far been a success, with teachers already seeing an improvement in the drive, ambition and results of the pupils in the College. This can only be very good news for everyone, and to that end we look towards the next set of assessments and tracking to ensure that this positive trend continues. I explained to the College at the start of term that I was not going to be satisfied with the satisfactory, and I’m delighted to report that we are moving onwards to excellence.

There are a number of things that I’d like to share with you.

News from the English Department

On Wednesday a group of A level English Literature pupils went to The Shakespeare Experience at Canterbury University.

There was a speaker from The Globe for the morning session, Simon Muller who is a Shakespearean actor who has also appeared in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary and TV series including Silent Witness. He enthused students with a lecture based on why no one has ever actually read a Shakespeare play. He explained the history of The Globe and about the dangers of so many people watching plays that often involved the overthrowing of people in authority. In the afternoon the pupils took part in a combined workshop for 3 plays: The Tempest, Hamlet, and Othello. It proved very useful for learning about prose, verse and Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter.

Opening of the Strength and Conditioning Suite by James Tredwell

I was delighted to be at the Opening of the new Strength and Conditioning Suite today, kindly provided by the Friends of Dover College, where James ‘Tredders’ Tredwell, the England International Cricketer, visited the College to formally open the facilities. This addition to the College’s sports provision has proved enormously popular among the pupils, as well as staff, and as with all donations from the Friends, we are very grateful. Details will be added to the College website.

Junior School Open Afternoon, Thursday 2 November 2017

Invites have been sent out for the Junior School Open Afternoon on the Thursday after half term. We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible. If you would be interested in attending, or know of people who are, please email

House Music - Saturday 4th November

This year we have had to move the House Music competition to Menzies, because of the essential refurbishment of the Great Hall. Unfortunately, on this occasion we will not be able to accommodate both pupils and parents, as the maximum capacity allowed, for safety reasons, is 200. This is the exact number of pupils.

I am sorry for the inconvenience this will cause and the disappointment that missing the pupils in action will bring, but I am sure that you will understand that the safety of our pupils is paramount

Whole School Service – Remembrance Day, Sunday 12 November

Especially for parents of day pupils, I bring to your attention the Remembrance Day Service on 12 November. This is a solemn and important date in the College’s calendar, and all day pupils unless otherwise engaged should attend. There is a reception afterwards, and parents who are either former or serving members of the armed forces are encouraged to come in uniform.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

It’s nearly that time of year again – The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal is fast approaching. Leaflets will be distributed at the start of next term, but if you wish you can wrap and pack your shoebox with gifts over the half term break. Last year a total of 286 shoeboxes were donated by pupils and staff at school for the campaign and we hope to match or even exceed this amount this year.

There will be a whole school chapel service on Tuesday 14th November all pupils and staff will bring their shoeboxes packed with gifts for less fortunate children all around the world. This is always a lovely service and demonstrates the whole Dover College community coming together to help others. A small shoebox filled with love can have a big impact on a child at Christmas time.

For more information, please visit

The link provided gives gift ideas and instructions on how to pack you shoebox, including a list of items that cannot be included within your shoebox.

Inter House Photography Competition 2017

This Inter House competition is open to all Dover College senior school pupils. Pupils may enter any photograph they have taken as there is no set theme, however they may wish to consider one or more of the following in their image; Composition, Colour, Texture and Detail.

To enter pupils electronically submit their photo/s to their Housemaster/Housemistress and a maximum of three photographs can be entered per pupil.

Closing date 18th November 2017. Photographs will then be judged and winners will receive points towards their houses.

Whole School Service, Sunday 28 January 2018

We plan ahead! On the 28 January we are having a whole school service, although undertaking a new innovation: the Termly Feast. Parents and pupils who come to the service, with friends and family, will then be able to join the school community afterwards for a carvery feast in the Great Hall. I mention it now so you can put the date in your diaries. More details will be sent closer to the time.

News from the Sports Department

Tues 3rd October

A great afternoon of international football on the Close saw Paulus Mavo School from Haarlem in the Netherlands visit for U15 fixtures in a triangular set-up with Gads Hill and ourselves. In an excellent first match, with James Hide scoring a very good headed goal, we triumphed against the Dutch before our younger U15s played Gads in the final of three matches, also winning out with Jarred Tobin amongst the scorers.

Wed 4th October

The U13 boys travelled to Wellesley for the 6-a-side Shapira Cup. The highlight of the four group games was a fantastic last match against unbeaten Junior Kings, when the boys secured a 1-1 draw against all the odds to qualify for the Plate semi-finals. An overall finish of 8th place from 10 teams was probably a fair result but with 7 of the 10 man squad a year young, the future is bright in this category.

U13 hockey vs Ashford

The A team won 5-0 in a match featuring their slick passing and textbook short corners, though the B team lost 4-0. Anna Grant stepped up as A team goalkeeper and Amira Ostalski-Khan as B team goalie also played very well despite her team’s result.

Thurs 5th October

Two Senior football matches at Farthingloe against Battle Abbey resulted in two narrow away wins for the visiting team but the boys acquitted themselves well against an older and more experienced group of boys who had a little too much despite the efforts of our boys, who never gave up and kept their discipline throughout.

1st XI hockey vs Ashford

A brilliant performance from the girls at Three Hills, with goals from Valentine Kopf and Lily Rashbrook, resulted in a deserved 2-0 win. Macy Hadler was nominated by Ashford as Player of the Match, though Mrs Butt was most pleased by the efforts of Mia Deverson in goal, who stepped in at the last minute and kept a clean sheet, a brilliant effort.

1st XI Belgium Tour

The 1st XI played three matches in two days, against teams from Belgium, Holland and Germany. In the first match on Friday afternoon against Antwerp International School we went down 4-2, despite the best efforts of David Yeadon who scored a brace. It seemed his teammates were aware they would never hear the end of it if he scored a hat trick and so did their very best to not pass to him when he took up threatening positions after scoring his second. On Saturday morning we had games against the Eindhoven Wolves and St Georges Duisberg, the latter our best performance of the season, leading at halftime through Antoine Chaumont’s excellent lobbed finish. The gale force winds in the second period proved very difficult to counter and the German team managed to pinch two goal to come out on top. A very good couple of days sport, with 160 minutes of football, no injuries and 15 boys from years 10 to 13 representing the College with distinction on and off the field. We look forward to four days in Germany in November with great anticipation.

We are delighted to announce that Sam Smith, of Year 7, has been selected for the Under 12 A Prep School Pumas squad after a trial day at Worth School. This representative team is made up of the best players from independent schools in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and it is the second year running that we have had boys from the College making the final cut. Aside from matches against Football League academies, the boys will also have the opportunity to represent England at the Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden next summer, an international event, which draws teams from over 90 countries. Sam has worked extremely hard since joining the College in September, making a big impact on the pitch, and we are rightly proud of his achievement. Well done Sam!

Teenage Cancer Trust Cheque Presentation

Teenage Cancer Trust was selected by staff and pupils at Dover College as the nominated charity for the 2016-2017 academic year. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ Teenage Cancer Trust are the only charity dedicated to making this happen.

We were exceptionally pleased to present a cheque of £9573.97 to Sian Cooper, South East Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust. Through this donation the charity will be able to continue and expand their amazing care and support to young people with cancer. Thank you and well done to the whole Dover College community for their support in our fundraising campaign.

Sponsored Walk

Now that the Sponsored Walk has taken place pupils have begun to collect their sponsorship money and we are hoping to exceed our event fundraising target for our chosen charity – Motor Neurone Disease Association. A huge thank you to all those who have already donated. If pupils didn’t get a chance to gain any sponsorship before the event, now is the ideal time to collect over the half term holiday – it is never too late! Donations can made through the online donation page.

If you would like to donate online, please visit: (If you are using the JustGiving page we would really encourage you to GiftAid your donation please.)

Donations between £1 and £10 can also be made by text message. Start your message with DOVC50 stating the amount you would like to donate and send to 70070. Every penny of your donation goes to our chosen charity, you may be charged for your text message - please refer to your network operator’s standard rates.

Any other donations that are collected should be sent to the Bursary clearly labelled as sponsorship money and cheques should be made payable to Dover College.

Week 5 Michaelmas - Certificates for Achievement and Effort:


Achievement: Verity Watkins (Yr8)

Effort: Rosie Baldwin (Yr9)


Effort: Milly Smith (Yr11)

Design Technology

Achievement: Adam Frost (Yr9)

Effort: Joseph Grinstead (Yr10)


Achievement: Marie Hubner (Yr10)

Effort: Louis von Guilleaume (Yr10) and Julia Gonzales (Yr10)


Achievement: Niall Noonan (Yr10)

Effort: Ellie Willetts (L6)


Effort: Harry Neale (L6)

As ever,

Gareth Doodes