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A View from the Close 17th November 2017

A View from the Close 17th November 2017

I am pleased to announce that Miss Marie, Mr Breeze and Mr Payne have all passed their NQT year, so congratulations to them and thank you to all of those who helped and encouraged them for your hard work and dedication.

Science Fiction Theme week was a great success with all departments in the Senior school thinking creatively about the future in their lessons. Mr Ellerington introduced the week in Assembly with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. The benefits will be great but it must be controlled. Humans will need to develop the thing that makes them different - their creativity. Switch off your smartphone!

Academic Certificates were presented for:



Effort: Leigh Hoyle

(She has made fantastic progress in English and achieved a very good grade in her assessment, which is all down to her excellent effort.)

Achievement: Chloe Leedham

(She wrote a 6 page story for her holiday homework and did a fantastic job on it too)


Effort: Libby Martin

(For outstanding prep efforts over the half term break dealing with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand)

Achievement: Libby Kerry

(For achieving a good understanding of Queen Henrietta Maria's role in Stuart England)


Effort: Angelique Taylor

(She always gives 100% effort for homework and classwork. She likes to get involved in the lessons and as a result of her enthusiasm, the quality of her work is high)

Achievement: Emily Winther

(She is always meticulous with the quality of her work and does not ever like to settle for almost right)


Effort: Louis von Guilleaume

(Excellent level of commitment and participation in French lessons)

Achievement: Edward Aylward-Lopez

(Excellent prep and vocabulary tests scores)


Effort: Charlotte Hide

(A high number of effort points and excellent effort in her project work and holiday work)

Achievement: Rosie Baldwin

(For getting full marks in tests + completing all extension work on Active Learn achieving 100%)


Effort: Katie Cowell

(Katie tries very hard in her Latin lessons and always asks for help when she needs it)

Achievement: Nicholas Proctor

(Nick produced a wonderful “Scroll” about Roman eating habits for his half-term holiday prep)

Young Enterprise


If you feel you could donate to the Young Enterprise it would be highly appreciated. They raise money for charity so you would be donating to a good cause. If you could donate 1 or if you could donate 30 anything would be appreciated these are to be melted down into bowls.

School Photographs

The first orders for the photographs have arrived from Bentley’s and are with House Staff for distribution.

If you would like to order a photo and have not yet done so, please follow the link below where you can view/order the group photographs on the Bentley website.

Bentley’s have extended the free postage offer for delivery to the College until November 30th.!!AQkAClNaUTQwFnRlaGcYQU8JA14xBxYuBi8GBQAGWgEE

Careers Information

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News from the Sports Department

Tuesday 7th November

U15 hockey vs Ashford

A 2-1 loss for the girls was an unfortunate result given a very cohesive performance and yet another goal from Tilly Turnbull. This was a progressive performance for the U15 girls showing much promise for the future.

Wednesday 8th November

U14 hockey vs Simon Langton Girls

Rather like the U15 hockey the day before, the 2-0 loss does not reflect the extremely productive experience this match provided for our girls. This was a 9-a-side experiment that gave many Year 8 girls the opportunity to play a year, recreating a valuable taste of what is to come in their senor hockey careers as they move up the College.

Thursday 9th November

1st XI hockey vs Kings Rochester

A 2-2 draw away from home with goals from Ellie Willetts, a direct well-timed hit, and Valentine Kopf was a well-deserved result. The highlight of the game was Valentine’s post finish after great build up work from Millie Smith, Valentina Brehm and Ellie Willetts.

SE Kent Cross Country Championships (courtesy Mr Platts)

Convincing wins by Tom Hutton and Libby Turbutt were the individual highlights of a successful afternoon at Astor College, but there were other strong performances, including the junior girls’ team, who backed up Libby’s 1st place with 7th and 8th places from Anna Grant and Angelique Taylor, and good runs from Tyler Henderson and Lottie Hide.  On a tough course, including a short but very steep hill on each lap, completing the race was something to be proud of, but other noteworthy performances also came from Sam Smith and Jack Hanson, who both finished 7th in their respective events, and Avy Taylor, who finished a creditable 11th in the year 7 girls race.  Jack also had good team support from Sam Smart in 12th, Dillon Clarke in 13th and Toby Clarke in 15th position.   The intermediate girls’ team of Erin Seal, Rhiannon Church, Michelle Probst, Kathi Kugel and Julia Gonzales also performed with great credit. 

Well done to everyone who took part.

Wednesday 8th November to Saturday 11th November

Senior Football at NECIS tournament in Düsseldorf

After the roaring success of the overseas fixtures in Antwerp earlier in the term, 15 senior footballers travelled to the International School of Düsseldorf as an invitation team for the annual NECIS (Northern European Council of International Schools) end of season tournament. Over three days our boys were pitted against two teams from Germany, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, the Vikings of Stavanger, Norway, Copenhagen International School from Denmark, and the International School of Luxembourg. As a so-called “Varsity” tournament under NECIS rules, our boys were pitted against solely 6th form age teams and aquitted themselves well under the circumstances. Wins were hard to come by but durability and discipline were prevalent throughout, which was to all tourists’ great credit. The overall winners were the hosts Düsseldorf, who beat Luxembourg in the final, with third place going to the International School of Amsterdam who got past Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Laroverket (Sigtuna) of Sweden in the 3rd/4th playoff. Goal scorers on tour included Head Boy Harry Amos with two poacher’s finishes, and Alessandro Grasso weighing in with a penalty against the eventual winners, Düsseldorf. Harry Amos was also voted as Man of Tour in a vote from his team mates and the staff on tour and was presented with a NECIS 2017 commemorative T-shirt as a result. Though not tournament winners our boys did leave Germany with an award, as they were awarded the Fair Play award from NECIS for the tournament, which had been voted on by all of the other teams and teachers present for each of the three days, which was terrific recognition of the spirit in which the College played our five games. Well done to all boys involved who conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion through our time in Germany, on and off the pitch.