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A View from the Close - 18 May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are thoroughly looking forward to our Wedding Themed Tea Party this afternoon. We hope that Prince Harry and Meghan have a happy marriage!


There us much to celebrate this week, and I’m especially proud of all our pupils, especially Tom Baker and his achievements with shooting.


As ever,


Gareth Doodes.


Academic Achievement


Design Technology

Effort: Ollie Cheeseman (Yr11) – For his effort in his GCSE project

Achievement: Valentine Kopf (Yr11) – For her effort and achievement towards her GCSE resistant materials



Achievement: Layth Khader (Yr10) – Excellent prep and contribution in class

Effort: Jonny Heaver (Yr12) –  in his rehearsal technique and drama written responses



Effort: Harry Cordell (Yr9) – Superb sustained effort in class

Effort: Verity Watkins (Yr8) – Outstanding effort in class



Effort: Maisie Wells (Yr8) – Outstanding level of commitment

Achievement: Emily Calder (Yr9) – For working hard in class and excellent prep



Effort: Vincent Zou (Yr13) – For his consistent effort throughout the course


Travel and Tourism

Effort and Attainment: Shadow Zhao


Business Studies

Effort: William Crudgington and Julian Thomas

Achievement: James Blair Hickman


Sixth Form Maths

Achievement: Senior Maths Challenge

Jenny Ren – BRONZE

Arya Lu – BRONZE

Vincent Zou - BRONZE


GCSE Maths

Achievement: Intermediate Maths Challenge

Sophia Chen – Best in School, GOLD, Intermediate Olympiad MERIT

Yan Zheng – Best in Year, GOLD and Year 10 Maths Team, International Olympiad MERIT

George Ting – BRONZE and Year 10 Maths Team

Qizong Luo – BRONZE

Harry Wang – BRONZE

Artem Solovyev – Intermediate Olympiad Qualification


Priory Maths

Achievement – Angelique Taylor

Achievement – Calum Johnson


Sports Report


Week 3 was affected by the inclement weather but there were two clear highlights.


On Thursday 3rd May the Senior Tennis team of Sarah Hickel, Mai Knap, Frankie Ollerenshaw, Izzy Nudd, Lucas Wood, Simon Gignoux, Jannes Duncker, Alexis Montironi and David Yeadon recorded an excellent 5-3 win at home against Kent College.


Saturday 5th of May saw the start of the Athletics season proper as we competed at Duke of York’s against the hosts and King’s Canterbury, who our squad outnumbered, a great testament to the enthusiasm of our pupils. Disappointingly, both Sevenoaks and St Lawrence pulled out late in the week but we travelled up the hill with a bumper squad of 21 athletes. Results were, on the whole excellent with several 1st places and many pupils finishing on the metaphorical podium in their events. The following pupils represented the College:


Year 9

Maria Demchenko

Rose Foucault

Rosie Baldwin

Emily Calder

Leigh Hoyle

Tom Baker


Year 10

Evy Siddans

Rhiannon Church

Sam Smart

Erin Seal

Edward Aylward Lopez

Sarah Hickel

Lucas Wood


Year 11

Alexis Montironi


Year 12

Theo Collins

David Yeadon

Imogen Davis

Ellie Willetts

Amelie Pick

Artem Pavlov

Simon Gignoux


Week 4


Tues 8th May

U15 cricket vs St Lawrence (credit JP)

After opting to bat first on a good wicket we got off to a shaky start but steely resolve and a good showing of 20 runs from James Hide we posted a respectable 70 runs for the opposition to chase down. There was all round team effort with the fielding and bowling but unfortunately the target we set was not high enough and was chased down in just over 14 overs. It was a good effort from our boys but unfortunately St Lawrence were too strong.


Wed 9th May

U13 6 a side cricket vs DYRMS and Northbourne Park

A squad of 8 U13 boys played a triangular last Wednesday and acquitted themselves well, in a much improved showing from our Cup exit in week 1. The batting was more steadfast with Archie Grove, in particular, striking some excellent boundaries, and the bowling, with Nathaniel Turner to the fore, much more accurate and threatening. Work still needs to be done, especially on running between the wickets, but the boys can be pleased with their efforts.


U13 Rounders vs St Edmund’s (credit CEB)

The U13 Rounders team travelled away to St Edmund’s Canterbury with the weather finally on our side. The girls fielded well with Tyler Henderson and Libby Turbutt working well from deep to 2nd and Gabriella Hood taking a magnificent catch, much to her own surprise. Lottie Hide and Verity Watkins shared the bowling and kept the St Ed’s side to 15.5 rounders. Despite some good batting and a valiant effort we were unable to catch the total finishing just 2 rounders short with 13.5. Player of the match was Tyler Henderson for her all round performance both batting and in the field.


Thurs 10th May

1st XI vs XL Club (credit GRH)

On Thursday 10th May the 1st XI played the XL Club. The XL Club are a club whose raison d’etre is to promote and develop cricket, especially in schools.

The XL Club won the toss and batted. The College bowled tightly before lunch and restricted the XL Club to 101 for 1 at lunch. Ryan Sewell was unlucky not to take any wickets and Tom Baker made a promising debut with the ball. Harry Amos and James Hide bowled well but both strove for extra pace on occasion at the expense of accuracy.

After lunch The XL Club accelerated despite a very good spell from Harvey Mashiter-Yates. He ended with three wickets and would have had more if his fielders had held onto the chances.

The XL Club declared on 224 for 4. The College batted well. It was good to see David Yeadon spending almost 20 overs at the crease and James Blair-Hickman scored well with some fluent driving. Wickets tumbled rather too regularly and although batsmen were comfortable against pace, the wiles of slower spin bowlers led to temptation and the loss of wickets.

The College were all out half way through the last 20 overs.

After the match the David Hamilton Memorial Trophy was awarded to the College’s man-of-the-match. This trophy was donated by the family of David Hamilton to remember the many occasions he came and played for the XL Club at Maxton. This year the winner was Harvey Mashiter-Yates.


Senior Rounders vs Bethany

On Thursday we received the Bethany Senior Rounders team. They brought with them some big hitters and set a total of 18. Mia Deverson bowled well despite playing up an age category and Macy Hadler covered the deep field well. Our batting was good but we struggled to score sufficiently due to Bethany’s strong fielding restricting us to 14. Final score 18-14 and player of the match was Macy Hadler after a great all round performance.


SE Kent Athletics

17 athletes competed against 7 other schools on Thursday afternoon in the District Championships. Amongst the best performers were Libby Turbutt and Tom Hutton from Year 8. Libby won the LJ with a season’s best jump of 4.78m, 4 cm off her personal best and the 100m, and Tom was just pipped on the line in the 1500m by a year 11 boy in a time of 4.56. Jaiden Flisher won the High Jump after little or no practice with a jump of 1.50m and Sarah Hickel had another excellent showing in her 1500m race. They all gained District selection for the County championships in June as result of their performances. The other athletes involved were as follows:


Year 8

Anna Grant


Year 9

Tamzin Vickers

Leigh Hoyle

Nathan Young

Harry Cordell

Emily Calder

Jarred Tobin


Year 10

Joe Grinstead

Edward Aylward Lopez

Sam Smart

Erin Seal

Rhiannon Church

Lucas Wood


Week  5 sees boys, girls and mixed cricket matches being played, as well as rounders on Tuesday.


Qualifying Expedition for Bronze DofE (12 and 13 May 2018)


On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, eleven intrepid adventurers battled against downpours, mud and missing footpaths to navigate their way across the Kent countryside to complete their Qualifying expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.


They had already completed a training programme, two training days and a practise expedition.  They had learnt: first aid, emergency procedures, how to safely use a campsite cooker, kit selection, navigation skills -  including map and compass - and now was the chance to show what they could do.  


Each team had to walk for two days, camp overnight and decide on an expedition aim – for which they have to give a presentation once back at college.


Team Boomf – Tom Neale, John Carleton, Nathan Young, Evy Siddans and Tilly Turnbull – started each day quickly and ended each day slowly.  Team Spongebob – Emily Calder, Tamzin Vickers, Leigh Hoyle, Tom Baker and Nathan Hall seemed to move at a more sedate pace but somehow managed to finish each day quicker than Team Boomf.


Both teams showed that they had the grit, determination and resilience to make it through a gruelling experience and epic downpours.  For the entire weekend, both teams were shadowed by an Assessor, Mr Edward Gaskin, who watched their every move and followed them across the landscape – judging them on their expedition skills as they went.


At the end of the weekend, Mr Gaskin declared that he was very happy with all the participants in both teams and passed them without reservation.  He made the point that they had especially impressed him with their team work, good humour and patience with each other and how willing each person was to help another. 


All the participants should be congratulated for their hard work and courage and for their determination to see the thing through.  Well done Team Boomf and Team Spongebob!


Thomas Baker Clay Pigeon Shooting


Congratulations to Thomas Baker who achieved 6th place in The English Open Colt Class. He will continue to shoot in this class for another 18 months so plenty of time to gain more experience.


On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders


Wednesday saw the publication of a new book documenting the extraordinary lives of some of this countries Victoria Cross and George Cross holders. A chapter is devoted to Dover College Alumni Arthur Harrison.  He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery on St George’s Day, 1918 during the raid on Zebrugge.


He remains the only England Rugby International to have been awarded the VC. His chapter is introduced by Bill Beaumont. £3 from every book sold goes to armed forces charities including Combat Stress.


David Akenhead (Martins 1960-1964)


For those who enjoy a crossword, Dover College Alumni David Akenhead has a new website.