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A view from the Close - 2 February 2018

No. 108

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been another busy week at the College. I was particularly pleased with the feedback from the recent Parents’ Evenings, and although there is much work to be done in preparation for the mock exams this summer, analysis has shown that we expect the exam results to demonstrate a marked improvement this year. This is felt to be a result of improvements that have been made in teaching and learning, and a more business-like approach from the pupils.

I love ambition in my pupils and staff. Macy Hadler and Lucy Dargan did superb work in the A Level drama exam. Both too are great leaders of the College community, with Lucy being a super guide to the girls in Duckworth House and throwing herself in to all aspect of College life. We’re very lucky as a school to have such inspiring role models in our senior pupils for our younger children.

I am having to pinch myself that it is half term next week. There is much going on – and I wish those who are off on the Iceland Trip on Tuesday safe travels. Mrs Kennett has done wonderful work in organizing it so well. It should be a superb experience for the pupils.

And please don’t forget to put your business details into the Business Directory – email with the size of advert needed and artwork details will be sent from there. Listings start from £10 and a full page ad is £100. The document will be sent to all parents and the wider College community, including our Alumni.

As ever,

Gareth Doodes


Academic Certificates were presented in Assembly on Monday 29th January for work done in Mathematics and Business:




Rooshene Patel

Year 12 Mathematics

Maria Ortega Cantos             

Year 13 Mathematics and Economics 

Dave Xu

Year 13 Further Mathematics,   96% in A level mock exam

Rosie Baldwin   

Year 9 Mathematics    

Emily Calder  

Year 9 Mathematics    

Anna Grant  

Year 8 Mathematics 

Sophia Chen 

GCSE Business

Elly Laflin  

GCSE Business

Excellent effort and Potential


Tianliang Yuan

Year 12 Further Mathematics

Louis Von Guilleaume

Year 10 Mathematics, Excellent Classwork & prep

Michael Xie

GCSE Mathematics




Year 12 Mathematics

Sam Smart 

Year 10 Mathematics                     

Erin Aimee Harris  

Year 8 Mathematics 

Effort and Attainment


Theo Collins 

BTEC Business   


Charity – Whiskers for Ronnie and Ronnie 100MileMonth

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our Whiskers for Ronnie challenge which has been a huge success and is now complete. We are so pleased to announce that the challenge has raised a grand total of £974.50. It is still not too late to donate and share the link though, could we reach £1000?!

After the success of our January Challenge and we enter the month of February and are at the start of 100MileMonth, which has over 20 staff members and 10 pupils signed up to the challenge. We again have a fundraising target of £500 and the Just Giving page for this challenge can be found at the following address if you wish to donate.

Assembly, 29 January

In our assemblies this term I’ve been focusing on creativity and music. This week we looked at Berlioz.

The Symphonie fantastique grew out of Berlioz's obsession with the English actress Harriet Smithson. The affair was a turbulent one, and for a time Berlioz was in despair. He himself described the story of the symphony. The composer falls in love with the ideal woman. He finds himself at a party but is distracted by thoughts of his absent beloved. He takes refuge in the countryside and solitary reflection.

“A young musician of morbid sensitivity and ardent imagination poisons himself with opium in a moment of despair caused by frustrated love. The dose of narcotic, while too weak to cause his death, plunges him into a heavy sleep accompanied by the strangest of visions, in which his experiences, feelings and memories are translated in his feverish brain into musical thoughts and images. His beloved becomes for him a melody and like an idée fixe which he meets and hears everywhere.”

In this movement, March to the scaffold, he is in despair and tries to commit suicide by taking opium. Instead of dying, he is seized by terrifying nightmares. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, is tried, found guilty and is being taken to his execution. There had been nothing in music to match both Berlioz's phantasmagorical visions and the dazzling array of orchestral effects he was able to marshal to depict his ideas in all their extravagance.

Sports News

Week 3

Tuesday 23rd January

Rugby returned to Dover College with a bang this week as both the U15 and U13 boys hosted Norton Knatchbull in blustery conditions at Farthingloe on the newly restored full size playing area.

Tuesday saw the U15s play their first game of the season, fielding a full XV for the first time in recent years at the College, with many of the boys playing their first ever game. The boys showed plenty of vigour and determination against a much more experienced outfit and didn’t give him, displaying great improvement as the game went on as they took the advice from Mr Higgins on the touchline.

An encouraging start to the season with lots to work on to earn their post-match bacon butties!

U15 Netball vs St Edmunds

The U15 girls faced a tough St Edmunds side on Tuesday. We started well and at half time the scores were close at 9-8 to St Edmunds, with all the goals scored by Emily Winther. Unfortunately in the second half St Edmunds took hold of the fixture and ended up the victors. Despite the loss there were many positives to take from what was the first game of the season.

Wednesday 24th January

The U13 side were faced with an equally strong Norton Knatchbull side, and even stronger winds than the day before.

Harry Martin in Year 7 writes:

On Wednesday 24th of January the under 13's rugby team set off to Farthingloe to play Norton Knatchbull. The ground was exceedingly wet and soggy. It was also very windy which made the ball rather difficult to pass. One of the opposing team towered above our players which was quite intimidating. Archie and Carlos performed some rather impressive tackles. Two tries were scored by both Sam Smith and Tom Hutton but, by great effort, Norton Knatchbull won the match. Man of the match was Tom Hutton for his outstanding try and his great tackling. Well done boys. Better luck next time!

Thursday 25th January

Senior Netball vs St Edmunds

Senior 1st team vs St Edmund’s away. With some very close marking Imogen Davis took a heavy elbow to the nose in the first quarter. She recovered quickly and contributed significantly along with Izzy Nudd as the shooting pair. Juliette Jordan and Ellie Willetts worked incredibly hard in the middle of the court keeping up with fresh legs as St Edmunds swapped on endless substitutes. As the game intensified Libby Kerry and Macy Hadler had their work cut out in defence but saw them win the 3rd quarter. Despite a very competitive performance from the girls it wasn’t enough to win the game which resulted in a 10-17 loss. Many positives to take forward into this week’s games vs St Lawrence and Bethany.

Saturday 27th January

Saturday saw a first for the College as five of our Priory boys joined forces with their counterparts from Northbourne Park in a combined side versus Deal and Betteshanger U13. We were represented by Max Ritchie-coombs and Archie Grove, who both started the game, and Nicholas Proctor, Archie Seward and Sam Smith all joined the fray from the bench. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of both our boys and their Northbourne teammates, the Deal and Betteshanger boys came out on top. In what was a hugely physical game against a much bigger side, the boys would have learnt valuable lessons for the rest of the school season and they represented the College with distinction.