UPDATE: Japanese cooking competition - results
- Written by Mr Myers
The winners have finally been chosen from the many enthusiastic entries for this competition and certificates and small prizes were awarded.
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The winners have finally been chosen from the many enthusiastic entries for this competition and certificates and small prizes were awarded.
Calling all 2020 GCSE and IB students, your Summer 2020 exam certificates are now ready for collection. Certificates can be collected from the main reception between 2:00pm and 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and between 2:00pm and 4:00pm Friday.
Dane Court Grammar School had two excellent groups of year 10 students who qualified for the final of this year's Business of Enterprise competition and one of those returned from London with the top prize. Last Friday (5 July 2019), the two groups travelled in hope to NatWest's HQ in Bishopsgate with their well thought out and rehearsed business propositions and both performed with commendable skill.
Dane Court's student newspaper Chatter team have been working super hard both from home and back in school (hoorah!) over a couple of very unusual terms, to bring you this special bumper edition of Chatter.
Bursting with many fantastic articles to read from students across the school, such as how the students feel about the return to school and some of the amazing work they got up to from home. Our fantastic students have also been reporting on what they have been doing outside of school, reviewing music albums and their creative writing.
Also in this edition there are details of what is happening in the library, Easter recipes and lots of competitions you can enter. Not forgetting our own competition to win £20 to spend when the shops reopen!!
If anyone would like to join the chatter team just come along and see what we get up to, details on meetings can be given to you by your form mentor or by emailing Mrs Cronin. We meet on week B for years 7, 8 and 9 or week A for years 10 and above. Students from across the school are very welcome and if you aren't very good at writing we always need a hand at editing! It would be especially great to hear from you!
Chatter would like to wish all student's, staff, the PTA and their families a safe and happy Easter holiday. Look after yourselves and each other but most of all ensure you all have a good well earned rest over the holidays.
As same as every year, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students in Year 13 studying the Ab initio Japanese course have been enjoying exchanging letters with the students at Kitakyushu National College of Technology in Fukuoka in Japan.
The students write letters in both Japanese and English, so that our Ab initio students can practice writing and reading Japanese and the Japanese students can practice communicating in English.
Harley, one of our students, said “I think that writing to a Japanese penpal is interesting and fun! I learnt extra vocabulary and got to practice my writing and reading skills as well as have lots of fun making a new friend.”
Yasmin also said “I enjoyed writing pen pal letters because it gave me a way to become familiar with everyday language and learn about the culture from a personal view. It was fun making friends, too!”
Marli added “It was really fun to practise Japanese writing and reading whilst making a friend at the same time! It was an interesting way to learn about Japanese culture and share my own culture with my penpal too! It was also a great way to stay motivated to practise Japanese in the difficult time of COVID-19.”
Mr Shinichi Watanabe, the Japanese teacher in the Kitakyusyu National College of Technology mentioned "It is not an easy task for Japanese students to learn English. Sometimes they get tired of learning, but it is very encouraging for them to read the letters from the students who are learning Japanese at Dane Court Grammar School. It has been six years since the exchange started, and we hope that the exchange will continue for a long time to come".
Yuma Iwamoto, one of the Japanese pen pals mentioned "This correspondence activity has been a very important and interesting experience for me. I was very happy when my penpal asked me the meaning of my name. I would not have been able to communicate so much with foreigners without this activity. I would like to exchange letters more."
We have found it greatly beneficial to our studies because it gives us sufficient practice in reading and writing Japanese outside the classroom. It is also nice to keep contact with each other over the countries under the current difficult times due to Covid.
Here at Dane Court, we understand that life brings its difficulties, especially at the moment, and we want to support our students and their parents or carers through these challenging and uncertain times.
Here are some suggestions for students to increase positive wellbeing.
Click here if you are a parent or carer looking for advice on supporting a young person’s mental health.
Whilst we have been sheltered in our homes, it is natural to feel some anxiety about venturing back into the wider world. As you will be aware, students of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason* applies. We are here to support our students and their families – we will work with you to support you as best we can so that students can start accessing face to face education with us again.
If you choose to keep your child off school and your child is not Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), is not self-isolating and does not have covid, or any other illness, or any other pre-agreed absence, the absence will be classed as unauthorised.
We understand from the most recent government guidance, 'that many children identified at the start of the pandemic as clinically extremely vulnerable are not at increased risk of serious outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19) and children are gradually being removed from the shielding patient list (SPL) as appropriate, following review with a clinician'. (Schools Coronavirus Operational Guidance February 2021)
If your child continues to be classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you will have received a recent shielding letter.
The advice for pupils who have been confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable is to stay at home as much as possible until further notice. They are advised not to attend school while shielding advice applies nationally. We will continue to provide remote learning for these students.
If your child is CEV, we would ask for you to contact the School Office to notify us of this at the earliest available opportunity, providing a copy of the shielding letter sent to confirm that they are advised not to attend.
Please find below a brief summary of some of the measures we will be using to minimise the risk with some suggestions of how students and their families can help us in this respect.
|What we are doing in school to promote safety||What students and their families can do to help|
|We are vigilant regarding symptoms in our students in school. Someone presenting symptoms will be sent home straight away or be supervised under strict guidelines provided by the government to make sure the risk of spread is minimised.||Stay at home if you have symptoms of the virus (use government guidance).
Stay at home if you have been abroad following government guidance.
Collect children as quickly as possible if you are asked to.
|Home testing kits provided to parents/carers collecting symptomatic children, and to staff who've developed symptoms at school (if unable to get a test elsewhere.)||Arrange a 'standard' coronavirus (PCR) test and inform the school if there is a positive result|
|3 lateral flow tests provided to students within school, then home testing kits for testing of students twice a week.||Carry out the home testing on Sunday and then on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Staff will also carry out the home testing on Sundays and then on either Wednesday or Thursday.
|2 lateral flow home tests per week offered to staff.|
|We ask students and staff to share all test results with us, we'll keep accurate records of all results and will only share health records with the relevant people.|
|Deep cleans in the areas that a symptomatic person or student who has tested positive has been.
PPE will be disposed of properly, following decontamination guidance.
|Cleaning staff will regularly clean frequently touched surfaces including:
Bathroom facilities (including taps and flush buttons)
Door and window handles
|Remember the basics of good hand hygiene and the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' ethos.
Avoid unnecessary touching of banisters/switches etc.
Try opening swing doors with your elbow.
|Teachers to wipe the teacher's desk and any shared equipment available on arrival e.g. remote controls, HDMI cables. Teachers will use their own pens and board-markers.||Don't touch anything in classrooms that is not your property unless directed by a member of staff.|
|Track and Trace|
|Thorough records kept to enable us to track and trace contacts of a positive case.||We would ask parents to collect students as quickly as possible if you are contacted as part of track and trace procedures. Students should self-isolate as per the government guidance.|
|All close contacts to self-isolate in line with current government guidance.|
|Work with the local health protection team if there are 2 or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus is suspected. Advice given by the team will be followed.|
|Sanitisers at every entrance to the school and mounted on walls in the corridors.
Promotion of good hand hygiene. Reminders given to students to sanitise wash and sanitise their hands frequently.
|Sanitise your hands every time you enter the building.
Remember 'catch it, bin it, kill it'.
Wash your hands more frequently.
Remember not to touch your mouth, eyes and nose.
|Thorough cleaning at the end of the day.|
|Shared resources, such as sports, art and science equipment, will be either:
cleaned frequently and meticulously, and always between groups using them; or
rotated so they can be unused and out of reach for 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different groups.
|Rooms will be kept well ventilated by keeping windows slightly open and opening more widely while unoccupied.||Bring extra layers if it is cold weather – acceptable layers include; plain black jumper, sweatshirt or hooded top (Dane Court PE Hooded tops are acceptable, any logos must be discreet), underneath and in addition to your blazer, not instead of; your coat over your blazer and sweatshirt.|
|Bubbles and social distancing|
|Continued use of year group entrances and bubbles to reduce individuals mixing.||Use the same entrances used in Terms 1 and 2 to enter the building. Stay in your Year group areas and use the one way system.
Take steps to stay further away from people in the corridors while moving around. Be proactive in protecting yourself. It is acceptable to request that someone stands further away if you are uncomfortable with their proximity.
|Arrive at school from 8am and wait for the start of school in their inside or outside year group zones.||Consider staying outside and away from a busier communal space before school.
Leave the building promptly at 3.20 and keep social distancing from those around you.
|Reminders given to maintain distance and students should not touch staff or peers. If possible, students sit side-by-side and facing forwards.||Try your hardest to maintain the 2 metre distance between you and your friends when in school.|
|Teachers will try to maintain a 2 metre distance from students and other staff members; although this is not always possible, close face-to-face contact will be avoided, and time spent within 1 metre will be minimised.||Allow space for teachers in corridors.
Where you are allowed to enter a room ready for a lesson, be seated when the teacher comes in.
|The canteen will not be open during morning break.
Lunchtime will be staggered to create two serving opportunities. Year groups will not mix whilst eating.
|Consider bringing a packed lunch with you.
Bring a bottle with a sports lid.
Consider eating and socialising outside to give you more space from your friends and to provide natural ventilation.
|Revised behaviour protocols will minimise unsafe student conduct.||Consider how you behave – be considerate of all those within our school community.
If we see unsafe behaviour, we will challenge it to keep our wider community safe.
|Face covering will be promoted unless social distancing can be maintained or a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity (or they are exempt from wearing one).||We would strongly encourage you to wear a mask in school.
Make sure you bring a mask to school (unless you are exempt).
Follow government guidance on mask safety.
|Spare face coverings available for anyone without one or has a covering that's unsafe.||Have a supply of face coverings ready at home. Keep a spare one in case one gets lost.|
|Lessons and Learning|
|Textbooks and student exercise books will be subject to a quarantine period. We will aim to use electronic methods to mark work.||Bring all equipment you need for you own use; do not share your equipment with others.|
|Some lessons might have revised protocols; we will follow government's guidance for lessons involving drama, singing, chanting, shouting or playing instruments.||When working in groups in larger spaces, consider whether you can build in some extra distance from the peers you are working with.|
|Remote learning for students are shielding (*see notes below) or are self-isolating due to government guidance.|
|Visitors will have guidance on physical distancing and hygiene explained to them on or before arrival.
Visits will happen outside of school hours wherever possible.
A record will be kept of all visitors.
|Parent and carers should not to gather at entrance gates or doors, or enter the site unless they have a pre-arranged appointment.
Consider whether you can email or call school instead.
If you need to visit our reception, please sanitise your hands on entry and remain 2 metres away from others.
|Meetings will be conducted by telephone or using video conferencing.
Where this isn't possible, meetings will be conducted outside, outside of school hours, or in a room large enough to allow distancing.
Consider using our school website support page to explore possible ways to alleviate anxiety:
The page includes help for students and directions for parents wishing to support their children.
Anxiety particularly linked to the return to school can be found here:
Here is some specific advice from our colleagues at Thanet Inclusion Support Service. It is possibly aimed at parents of slightly younger children, but it does contain some useful advice if your child is worried about our return to school.
Other useful websites:
Click below for a series of short videos on building resilience in children provided by the Kent Resilience Hub: