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A View from the Close - 6 October 2017

Dear Parents and Governors,

The Headmaster is away for a few days on school business so he has kindly asked me to write the View from the Close this week.

It has been a very busy week, as usual, at Dover College. We have been enjoying a Disney Theme week with many lessons ‘thinking differently’ by incorporating a Disney slant. I introduced the theme in Assembly with an emphasis on innovation, creativity and hard work as parallel aims for the Disney Corporation and Dover College. I did also manage to incorporate a video clip of my favourite film, Toy Story.

The New Parents’ Meeting in the Great Hall was very successful and enhanced by the interior decoration that is required for the renovation work that is now in operation in the building.

Our academic drive continues with Certificates in Mathematics, Economics, Business and Travel & Tourism given out in Assembly. They were:

Alice Zhang

Further Mathematics

Mehrdad Ameri Vamkani

Further Mathematics

Alex Yang


Summer Hilton

Additional Mathematics

Sophia Chen

Additional Mathematics and Business Studies

Elly Laflin


Lily Rashbrook


Mia Deverson   


Thomas Neale  

Year 9 Mathematics

Erin Harris

Year 8 Mathematics

Callum Johnson

Year 7 Mathematics

Jonny Heaver

Year 12 Economics

Michelle Probst

Year 11 Business Studies

Louis Von Guilleaume

Year 10 Economics

Ignacio Martin Haurie

Year 10 Economics

Harry Cordell     

Year 9 Business

Hai-Di Martinez 

Year 12 Travel and Tourism

Dillon Clarke

Year 11 Economics

Senior School Assessments will be available via the parent portal at the end of next week.

The Sponsored Walk was a huge success with many sore legs and feet but very warm hearts. Mr Cox did an amazing job organising the event and all proceeds collected will go to our nominated charity, Motor Neurone Disease. Well done to the whole school.

The Founders Day service to place on Sunday with the Chapel Choir singing magnificently and a wonderful service led by our guest preacher the Reverend Christopher Woods.

Sports Reports (from Mr Butt)

U15 Hockey and Football vs Battle Abbey on Tuesday 26th

The hockey girls came up against a more physical side with many players playing regularly for club sides outside of school, and went down to the better team on the day. Evy Siddans put in an all action performance in defence and Libby Martin in goal were jointly awarded player of the match after a superb rear guard action.

The boys found it tough going on the battlefields, though the molehills and slope could not be blamed for some silly defensive errors. The team were left to rue some golden opportunities, hitting the woodwork on various occasions.

U13 Hockey and Football vs St Edmunds on Wednesday 27th

The hockey girls decamped to Three Hills for the A and B matches, and a combination of many players underperforming and some who were very under the weather on the day contributed to defeats in both games.

The U13 A football team provided the team highlight of the week in a thrilling 5-3 win, after being 2-0 down. A hat trick from skipper Harry Meleady and two from Sam Smith certainly helped but Nicholas Proctor was Man of the Match after much good work in attack and defence.

U16 Football vs Bedales in ISFA Shield

This was a highly entertaining end to end game, with both teams creating opportunities and capitalising. After a goal fest in the first half Bedales went into the break 5-2 up. In the second half Bedales came out fighting and the comeback looked to be on as Dover College slotted one home to narrow the deficit. Skipper Ryan Sewell was superb, hitting the bar and having three other shots on target saved well by their keeper. However, Bedales eventually pulled away to secure a well-earned victory.

The U14 Girls Football team triumphed 5-0 on The Close against Astor College in a brilliant performance. Angelique Taylor proved her feet are just as at home in football boots as ballet shoes scoring a hat trick whilst Emily Calder’s goal, finishing into the top corner, was featured on @dovercolsport on Twitter and drew a “great to watch” comment from the County FA.

The 1st XI had a very tough away day at Worth on Saturday, going down to a defeat against a side that was superior on the day. A big week lies ahead of the boys as they look forward to a midweek home match against Battle Abbey and then international fixtures in Belgium at the weekend.

The undisputed highlight of the week came on the slopes, not in Meribel, Whistler or St Moritz, but Hemel Hempstead where David Williams-Gravener won a bronze medal in the U18 British Independent Schools Ski Championships. Aside from his category, he placed 17th overall out of 192 racers and was one of a handful selected for the National Schools Ski squad as a result. We will follow his progress over the coming winter season with great interest.

We have another eventful week to look forward to before half term starts.

Warmest regards,

Duncan Ellerington

Deputy Head Academic