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A view from the Close - 26 January 2018

No. 107

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was heartening to see so many pupils and parents at the recent whole school service. Following from this, in Assembly on Monday Mr Irwin and Mr Hadler encouraged us to undertake an act of random kindness. It’s been a great success – more information can be found below!

Whiskers for Ronnie and #100MileMonth Challenge

Don’t forget the #whiskersforronnie sponsorship page, and thank you to everyone who has donated so far….we’ve raised £435 to date as of this CFTV – can we make the magic £500?

As the end of January is quickly approaching and the beards are now fully flourishing I am releasing the info for February’s challenge. It is open to all staff and pupils however, it would be good to see a lot of the ladies getting involved after the sterling effort from the #whiskersforronnie campaign this month.

Throughout the month of February you are invited to join the #100MileMonth Challenge

The challenge will start on February 1st and last for the duration of the month. Run or walk as little or as much as you like each day with the goal of achieving at least 100 miles for the month to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. You could challenge yourself further…..if you wish you can boost your mile target and opt for either 150 or 200 miles! (You will need to track your miles)

To register for the challenge please email me. Registration will close on 29th January.

The JustGiving page is also up and running, so please spread the word.

A poster is up on the Charity noticeboard but I have also attached a copy to the email if you wish to print and display in your depart

Random Acts of Kindness Chapel Service

The chapel on Monday focused on Random Acts of Kindness. The pupils explained how the movement started with a group of people led by comedian Danny Wallace and spread worldwide. Along with Mr Hadler, Mr Irwin asked members of staff what they would do over the next week as a random act and Mr Brooks, Mrs Pearson-Miles, Miss Walters, Mr Prince and Mr Cox gave some excellent answers.

The pupil body was then asked to undertake a random act of kindness and once they had done so they had to write it on a postcard and peg it on the ‘Random Act of Kindness Washing Line’ that Mr Hadler and Mr Irwin had strung up in the chapel.

The pupils have been very busy and the washing line is now full. We will be taking the acts down later and we will be putting them into a book ready for people to read. We may be putting some of the most original up on the school website.

Design Technology Up cycling Competition

Please find details below for the rules regarding the DT Up cycling Competition. The competition will run until Easter and the rules are below.



  1. The product must be made from a waste item.
  2. The waste item can be anything but I would suggest that you look at packaging or an obsolete item.
  3. The new product must have a function/purpose. So for example a tin can into a candle holder or a spoon into a coat hook.
  4. The pupils can add extra materials to make the new product, however the main body of the item must be made from the waste item.
  5. Clothes can be used, but the new item must be functional and not another piece of clothing. For example a pair of jeans into a cushion is fine.  
  6. Please no mains electricity or naked flames on the items, however battery lights are fine.

Mr Dewick and Mr Irwin have launched this through the Design Technology lessons and the pupils are aware of what up-cycling is. Also tutors have shown a PowerPoint to their tutees explaining the rules.

There are lots and lots of ideas on Google, so its worth a look. We are also putting on a display of up-cycled pieces in the LRC over the next three weeks so the pupils can get inspiration from actual objects.

Thank you for your support with this competition, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sport News:

Wednesday 17th January

U13 Netball vs Wellesley House

The A team lost 7-4 in what was a very close match until the final quarter, Libby Turbutt was player of the match. The B team went down in a heavy defeat but Amira Ostalski-Khan performed very well in the circumstances, also as player of the match.

U13 Rugby at Northbourne

On Wednesday 17th January DC Under 13s set off for a rugby training match at Northbourne Park School, where the conditions were clear but a little wet underfoot.

Despite a strong start and some gallant efforts to block the attack from the opposition we conceded three early try's which was disappointing. Further into the match Dover College were able to build some momentum. Notably Archie Seward got stuck in with some excellent tackles. With support of the forwards, Iliad showed a glimpse of brilliance too as he was able to run through the whole field at pace scoring what was a fantastic try.

Although the score was not vital as it was a training match both teams produced a strong showing, particularly towards the end of the match when they were fighting hard for possession. The man of the match was Isaac for his amazing defence and attacking play.

The boys should be commended for a good performance which will hopefully lead to some real victories during the season.

By Harry Martin (Priory Sport Press Officer)

Thursday 18th January

Swimming Gala








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Could it have been better/closer/more competitive with the results? St Martin’s joint winners in Priory, Duckworth won Intermediate, Leamington won Senior and School won overall. Congratulations to all houses!

Saturday 20th January

U13 Netball vs Ashford

On Saturday morning the Priory girls had a superb victory away at Ashford, winning 12-7, and using 10 different players in the process across both A and B games. Tyler Henderson and Maisie Wells, who was later named Player of the match had great games, with some very accurate shooting. Well done girls!

Kent Schools Cross Country

11 runners from across the Senior School ran at Duke of York’s representing the College and the South East Kent District in the county championships on Saturday. From Priory, Avy Taylor and Sam Smart ran well in the Year 7 category, before Anna Grant and Libby Turbutt put in strong performances in the U14 group. Tom Hutton had our best result, coming home as second placed Year 8 boy in the combined race. Further up the senior school, Erin Seal, Sam Smart, Jack Dewick, Jack Hanson, and Toby and Dillon Clarke also put in commendable performances on an extremely wet and muddy course in awful conditions.

Senior Certificates Awarded in Assembly on Monday 22nd  January


Attainment         Sophia Chen

                          Isabelle Klappa

Effort -               Gabriella Hood

                          Dillon Clarke


Attainment      Jack Hanson 

                       Valentine Kopf

                       Ryan Sewell 

                       Lily Rashbrook 

                       Patrick Law

Year 11 attainment in passing the external assessment element of the BTEC Sport course.

As ever,

Gareth Doodes.