Sixth former Alice recently took part in Brighton marathon with the aim of raising awareness and much needed funds for her chosen charity, Action Duchenne.…
Two teams of Y12 students from Dane Court Grammar School participated in the Engineering Education Scheme culminating in a celebration and assessment event at the University of Kent last week. The Engineering Education Scheme provides talented Y12 students the chance to explore the opportunities presented by careers in engineering.
The scheme consists of a number of phases which include a company induction day, a scheme induction day, the project, a two day regional workshop at Kent University and a celebration and assessment day. During these phases the team will learn about the task then develop a solution over a period of about six months. The project concludes with a technical report compiled by the team which they present to a panel of practising engineers.
This year one of our teams worked with Instro Precision Ltd, Broadstairs developing a cost effective training device to measure angles of azimuth and elevation. Our other team worked with Integrated Technology Ltd, Ashford developing a data logging device to measure the accuracy of the temperature of a dry heater block.
Both teams presented their work at a celebration and assessment day which showcased the work of fifteen other schools from across the county. The team representing Instro Precision Ltd was thrilled when they were presented with the Frank Manning Award for the best overall performance at the event. All Dane Court students were awarded Gold CREST certificates in recognition of their achievement. CREST is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. it is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
This is an important time for our Year 11 students as they consider their options for post-16 study. During the first two weeks of February we will be interviewing all students in the year group for places in our Sixth Form and this will also be an opportunity to help them navigate choices for future careers. It is not in the least uncommon for students to have no idea, at this stage, of what they might want to do in the future, so it is important that they work to their strengths and keep their options open.
There is a wealth of advice and information available and it is always a good idea to become familiar with the UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Services) website if a student is considering Higher Education.
The documents below outline some things to be considering and there are also helpful links to UCAS and university advice. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.
On a wild Monday evening, punctuated by squally wintery showers, Dane Court Grammar School’s girls contested the county cup final at Margate’s Hartsdown stadium. Although the overhead conditions were challenging the rain encouraged passing on the superbly presented pitch. Having battled through several rounds the Dane Court girls faced hot favourites Rainham Girls for the trophy.
The game was full of excellent endeavour and skill from both sides, with the standard of play unsurprisingly good from the two best sides in the county. Although chances were few and far between as both defences held sway, the three goals had the mark of enterprise and quality. Unfortunately all three goals came from the visitors who took the title of county champions at the conclusion of an otherwise evenly matched contest.
However the Dane Court girls can justifiably hold their heads high, having played with determination to produce their best performance of the season against deserved winners.
Dane Court and Kent Schools FA would like to thank Margate Football Club for generously allowing the final to be played on their ground and the hospitality on the evening, hosted by Ryan Day. Also grateful thanks go to the ball and match sponsors, Dr and Mr Napier, Mr and Mrs Barnett of the Racing Greyhound and finally Mr and Mrs Fisher of Fisher Transport. Special thanks to the 200 or so supporters who braved the arctic conditions to give noisy but sporting encouragement to both sides.
Sixth former Alice recently took part in Brighton marathon with the aim of raising awareness and much needed funds for her chosen charity, Action Duchenne.
Action Duchnne. initially called Parent Project UK, was set up in 2001 by Nick Catlin and Dr Janet Hoskin, after their son Saul was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The charity was the first organisation in the UK dedicated exclusively to Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy and, with the help and support of friends and supporters and other Duchenne families, developed into a national organisation.
Alice explained ‘When I first started training and fundraising for the marathon I was rather anxious but keen to get started. I began my fundraising by starting up a Just Giving page and spreading the word via social media. However I soon realised that I was going to need to do some kind of event to make up the £500 I planned to raise before running the marathon so I decided to organise a quiz night at my school and shared the sponsorship money with the David Shepard Wildlife Foundation as it is a charity that Mr White is a part of and he helped a lot with the running of the event. I also did a number of assemblies at school to raise awareness about the illness and about what I was doing to help raise money for the charity.
I found the marathon a real challenge and at the start line I was very nervous but with such a positive atmosphere I was able to cross the finish line with a grin on my face and have a strong sense of pride for myself and everyone else that had completed the run. I managed to complete the marathon in a respectable 4 hours 37 minutes and 4 seconds and have raised more the £1300 for the charity. I hope to run another marathon in a few years but would like to concentrate on my studies for the time being.’
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a common genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 male births (around 2500 people have DMD in the UK). To find out more about the charity, Action Duchenne, or to donate to the help support sufferers of the condition please visit: http://www.actionduchenne.org/
On Friday 18 March a group of Year 7 students from Dane Court attended The Big Bang event at Discovery Park in Sandwich. The Big Bang was a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people. The show aimed to highlight how many rewarding and exciting opportunities there are in STEM related careers and further education.
20 March 2016
After early starts over the last couple of years to play in tournaments at such places as Gillingham, Eastbourne, London and Bournemouth the Dane Court Girls Under 16 team had their earliest start, at 5:00am, and their longest journey, to Bristol, to compete in the Regional Finals of the Butterfly English Schools’ Table Tennis Championship.
On Thursday 10 March 2016 Dane Court students took part in BBC News School Report.