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A View from the Close - 9 February 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we look to half term beginning today, I want to reflect on this week’s achievements, and include a very splendid poem written by our Head Boy, Harry Amos, it is to be entered for the Christopher Tower Poetry competition and I wanted to share it with parents as they prepare for their half term.

I write this the day after our evening at the TES Awards. We didn’t win, but to have been shortlisted in two categories as one of the six best independent schools in the Country is a great achievement of which I am enormously proud. This is completely the result of superb effort from staff and great buy-in from pupils.

And on the subject of pupils, we’ve been interviewing for new staff for September this week in the Junior School and the Senior School to replace Mrs Hooper, Mr Ellerington and Mrs Kennett, all of whom leave for new challenges at the end of the year. Each prospective member of staff has been interviewed by a pupil panel. And their feedback has been utterly priceless and completely accurate. Oh for the wisdom of our children that is lost when we reach adulthood!

Have a wonderful few days of peace and rest with your children.

As ever,


Week 5 Lent - Certificates for Achievement and Effort


Achievement: Edward Aylward-López (Yr10)

Effort: Louis Von Guilleaume (Yr10)


Achievement: Silvio Conte (Yr12)

Effort: Xinyuan Luo (Yr12)


Effort: Calum Johnson (Yr7) & Cara Xu (Yr11)


Effort: Juliette Jordan (Yr12)


Effort and Achievement: Sophia Chen (Yr11)

Design Technology

Effort: Jaiden Flisher (Yr9)

Achievement: Lilian Reif (Yr10) & Amelie Pick (Yr12)

We also presented a Leaver’s Hymn Book to Lilian, who finished at the College on Friday amid tears from the Headmaster downwards!

We Soldier

By Harry Amos

So many people, apparently the same faces.

There’s a story behind each one. Please don’t be racist.

Some drive taxis, work in restaurants,

Pick up our rubbish, now isn’t that testament?

All are trusted people, but we have a job to do.

Chosen for the sake of Islam, to paint the skies anew.


There’s a problem in this world that some of you may know.

Because we are the minority, so we try to lay low.

But there’s a light in our rucksacks,

For some a halo

We fight against the past, but this isn’t our craft.


We are not heroes, although to some maybe.

But we are doing what is asked, for the sake of our country.

We carry guns on our backs into towns and villages,

Is this a war for Islam or just those who are villains?


We see so many innocent faces,

Some are children, some are babies

But that doesn’t stop us doing what we’re told.

Am I driving you crazy?


I know what you are all thinking,

Sadly, that’s the world we live in.

But we’re not the ones who walk into public places,

Hear the boom. Bloody Faces.


So keep your faith while society looks back

As we were the ones who lost our lives,

Fighting against ISIS in the deserts of Iraq


Sports News

Week 4

Tuesday 30th January

Senior Netball vs St. Lawrence

A well fought and disciplined performance for the senior girls against a strong SLC side. Imogen Davis showed strength and resilience and played through an injured finger until coming off to be replaced by Lily Rashbrook who injected some energy into the team. Macy Hadler and Libby Kerry held a strong defence as ever and Elly Laflin and Juliette Jordan worked well as link players.

Thursday 1st February

Senior Netball vs Bethany

A much more even match than the score line suggested in this senior game, Bethany running out comfortable winners, turning the tables on the hockey result from the Michaelmas term. The girls really tightened up their passing play through the centre third with Ellie Willetts and Juliette Jordan being key players in getting the ball to the attacking third. Imogen Davis was out due to injury and illness so Emily Winther was called up from the U15 team for her 1st team debut. She had a fantastic game working with Izzy Nudd and scored most of the goals and was finally awarded player of the match by the opposition.

U15 Rugby vs Norton Knatchbull (courtesy E Breeze)

On Thursday the U15s once again faced a strong Norton Knatchbull side. After being on the end of a lesson in running rugby, the boys knew they had to up their commitment levels and take what they had practiced in training into the game. And that is exactly what they did.
Their tackling and organisation in defence was of a far superior quality to the previous week, and the aggression in attack from Jaiden Flisher and Gustav Weimer was something to behold.
The all-round performance was very impressive and, despite not getting the win, they were rewarded with a typically bulldozing try from Harry Cordell.
Echoing the words of Captain Patrick Law, the boys can be very proud of their performance and it was impossible to select a man of the match as the team performed so admirably.

Art News

Sponsored by Dover Lions Club, Sam Smith, Year 7 has won the South-East heat of The Lions International Peace Poster Competition. The art contest for children encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. The theme of this year's competition was 'The Future of Peace.'

Sam says 'my design represents a child looking into the future in which the next generation are surrounded by peace, love and unity, whilst remembering all those who have lost their lives fighting for peace.'