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A View from the Close - 3 November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been a super week, rounded off by the announcement of the College being shortlisted in two categories of the TES Independent School Awards. We’re delighted – and proud of everyone for such superb national recognition.

Priory Garden Development

Students of Priory House have been developing the garden at the rear of the building since the Summer term. A large amount of remedial work needed to take place and students spent a long time de-weeding the existing flowerbeds.

Once the garden had been tidied, a number of flowers and vegetables were planted and, over the Summer holidays, have bloomed! Peas and beans, pumpkins and some truly huge courgettes have all been harvested and eaten by the students.

Pictured are Tyler Henderson, Alvaro Morales Lopez and Angelique Taylor holding the three pumpkins they have grown. The pumpkins have made their way down to the Great Hall where the kitchen staff will turn them into something delicious.

The students are now beginning to turn a new leaf and prepare for the Spring.

All vegetable plants were kindly donated to Priory House by Coldred Plant Nursery.

News from the Sports Department

Monday 9th October

U13 football vs Gad’s Hill

Once again, all the Priory boys had the opportunity to represent the College in a 9 a side fixture on The Close. Though we played well in parts through the midfield we were unable to add a clinical finish on many occasions and the 3-1 loss to a physically stronger team was probably a fair result.

Tuesday 10th October

U15 Hockey vs King’s Rochester

Miss Geddes reported that if the girls had played the whole game as they started it would have been a different result to the eventual victory for the home team.

Wednesday 11th October

U13 Hockey vs Bethany at Three Hills

This performance was the highlight of the week.

Our Priory girls dominated the opposition throughout with Mrs Butt able to rotate all the girls onto the pitch for significant playing time, special mention goes to Katie Cowell as she scored her first goal for the College.

Thursday 12th October

1st Hockey vs SLC

Lost 2-0. Conceding two soft goals were not the reward that a good performance deserved.

U15 Hockey vs SLC (also lost 2-0)

1st and 2nd football away vs St Edmund’s

1st XI went down to a second half defeat, despite going into the break 1-1. Hitting the woodwork 4 times in the 2nd half didn’t help and with a little more accuracy the result would have been different. The 2nd XI went down 3-0 with a few silly errors sealing their fate.

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

Just to remind you that our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal chapel service will take place on Tuesday 14th November. 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.

A small shoebox filled with love can have a big impact on a child at Christmas time.

Confirmation 2018. 

We are going to try out a new method of preparation for the Confirmation Service next term. Instead of weekly preparation sessions throughout the term we shall concentrate everything in to one weekend away, just before the Confirmation Service itself.  Minster Abbey Guest House in Minster near Ramsgate has been booked for a group of up to 12 students, plus two or three members of staff, from Friday evening March 18th to Sunday 2.00pm March 20th.

The Chaplain will lead a programme of talks, discussions, games, puzzles and quizzes on the theme of Christianity and Confirmation in particular. The Bishop of Dover will come to the College Chapel the following Wednesday, March 21st, to conduct a Confirmation Service at 7.00pm.

Please would Parents and Guardians discuss with their children whether they would like to consider being confirmed and let the Chaplain, Canon Toby Marchand, know their names via Mrs Anderson on

More details will be available by a separate letter from the Chaplain later in the Term. 

As ever,

Gareth Doodes.