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A view from the Close - 23 June 2017

23 June 2017, No. 88

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we move into the run-up towards the end of term, I will write a slightly shorter VFTC this week, bringing to your attention a number of key points and events.

This is a new format to the VFTC, with it being published directly to the College website. If you would prefer it also to be emailed, please do let me know and I will ask Kay to do this as well.

Whole School Chapel, Sunday 25 June

A reminder that there is a Whole School Chapel Service this coming Sunday, where we will welcome back ODs to the College and join them for coffee in the refectory afterwards followed by lunch for the ODs and guests at Maxton. We look forward to welcoming parents and pupils to the service. A crèche facility will be available.

Ypres Trip, Monday 26 June

I am very much looking forward to joining Year 6 and Year 10 historians on their trip to Ypres, where we’ll be visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, as well as going into Ypres and taking part in a plaque unveiling ceremony at 1630 in a service in St. George’s Church. The new Heads of School of the Senior School, Duncan Ellerington, the Chaplain and I will be staying on to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate. It should be a memorable day, and of great significance during this 100 year commemoration of the Great War.

Sports Day

Sports Day was a tremendous event last Saturday, beautifully organised by Mr Butt and well attended by parents – thank you! Duckworth won, and the Facebook Live broadcast of the presentations was well received, and will be replicated on Speech Day. Well done to all those involved – and here are some photos.

Junior School Concert

A super concert, masterminded by Mr Lockyer and Mr Young, and executed by some splendid singing and playing by the pupils. Special mention to Scarlett Hadler, Matthew Lewis, Florrie Winther, Tilly Seward, Olivia Kibler and Nathaniel Turner for some impressive individual performances. A great celebration of music.   


We’re looking forward to the FODC Ball tonight. All tickets have been sold and I am very grateful to the committee for all the exceptional work they have undertaken. It should be a great night – thank you.

Childnet Film Competition

The Childnet charity is concerned with safer internet use for children and advises parents and teachers on how to use the net whilst protecting children.  Each year, Childnet runs a video competition.  This year Dover College took part for the very first time.  The national competition was to make a video short (2 minutes or less) to show how the internet and other devices can be used as a force for good. 

We decided to have our own inter-house competition first and then send our films off to the national competition. So, each house set up a team of students to make a film that was then submitted to the judges, Mrs Doodes, Mr Kibler and Mr Judd.  This was a keenly fought contest as house points were up for grabs.  After much deliberation, the judges decided the following results and additional comments:

1st Leamington – Their message was a good one, the camerawork and editing was of a high standard too (Although if we were being mean, they would be disqualified as it lasted over the 2 minute limit).

2nd School House – Whilst it was a basic video and there was little student interaction shown, the message was a very good one for young people.

3rd Duckworth – The message was good and there was dedication from the student getting her hair cut for it. The edit wasn’t as good as Leamington but I think that’s because they stuck to the 2 minute limit.

4th St Martins – The story was good and funny and great acting from the students. Unfortunately, it was hard to hear the students at times. Good creativity with making props for the video too (theirs was also over the 2 minute limit).

A special mention must go to Erin from Duckworth House who really did get her hair cut to donate her long locks to the charity, Princess Trust , which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

The school competition over, it was time to send the films off to the national competition.  The great news is that Leamington’s entry has been shortlisted as one of the best 3 in the country!  Mr Hadler and the student team have been invited on an all-expenses paid trip to the British Film Institute for a special screening and where the national winner out of the shortlisted three entries will be announced.  Good luck, Team Leamington and Mr Hadler!

As ever,

Gareth Doodes.