Dane Court Grammar Schools’ girls Rugby league teams have a busy schedule coming up with three teams having reached the National Finals Tournament. Last year saw one team qualify after winning the county and South East Regional Finals before travelling to Lancashire where they eventually finished in 5th place from the 8 teams that made it through their respective area campaigns. This year our U13, U14 and U15 sides have all made great strides to reach this prestigious stage of the Rugby League Champions Schools Cup. The U13 (year 8) side have improved most with a number of girls joining their friends for the first time in playing this fast, physically demanding game. As with all new games basic technique has to be allied with the confidence to engage with the physical challenge and the girls have stepped up to that challenge. Power, pace and courage are all on show in ever game and the team is superbly lead by captain Macy Bowerbank.
The U14 (year 9) team have also had an influx of players which has added depth to their squad and strengthened their confidence. They too, are well led by captain Keira Hulks and she has plenty of skillful backup in her team. For the U15 (year 10) girls this will be a return to Warrington where they played so well last year. Several girls are now reaping the rewards of three years experience in the game and can call on the benefits gained from some of the girls’ regular involvement in rugby union, including skipper Abbie Debling - already a World Youth 7s tournament winner. So a long day awaits in the second week of May as the girls travel north to pit their skills against the country’s best schools, we congratulate them and wish them well.
Netball Invitation tournament
Written by Ms G Bolt
On Thursday 25 April 2019 the year 7 and 8 girls netball team attended the Kent Netball Invitation tournament at Rainham School for girls. We are extremely proud of both teams achieving some amazing results; year sevens came first and year eights came second. Well done girls.
In the last week before the Spring holiday, Dane Court Grammar School joined forces with other members of Coastal Academies Trust to raise awareness of and money for Porchlight, a charity helping homeless people in Thanet.
Students supported Porchlight through the following activities: Monday - Bake sale in the school theatre at break and lunch time Wednesday - Hot dog sale in Food Technology at break time Thursday - Bring in donations for food bank to be collected in mentoring Friday - Pyjama day (wear pyjama, slippers or dressing gown) donate a £1
In total, Dane Court raised £1541.17 for the homeless people in Thanet. We also collected food, goods and bedding for this very worthy cause.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed cash, cakes for the bake sale and items for the food bank.
In our last lesson on 21 March 2019, we made two different Japanese noodle dishes. The one my group made was a dish called Soba noodles. It was very technical to make but it was worth it. The food was very delicious and we had great fun making them. Our peers made a dish called Udon noodles. This was different to ours as it included chicken and leeks. They said it was easy to make and great fun. Some even said that they would make it at home for friends and family. We were very lucky to be able to take part in this lesson. Thank you, Ms Myers!
Who wants GIANT CHOCOLATE? Well, we'll get to that soon enough! Firstly, Chatter is now officially one year old and the Chatterers have produced a truly bumper issue with all the events and activities they have been involved with - both in and out of school. They are a wonderful and ever-growing group of students who never fail to enthuse one another and get as much packed into every issue that they can. So do take the time to read this eighth Chatter and let us know what you think. Ye gads! Another Mediaeval Banquet is done and dusted and the sawdust has finally been swept up. The Year 7s have a fantastic historical experience to remember thanks to Mrs Baker and Mr Baker and their Food and History departments. The photos, although wonderful, will never truly convey the cacophony that fills Dane Court at this exciting and inspirational event showcasing living history! So, back to the GIANT CHOCOLATE. To win a Cadbury's GIANT Dairy Milk Easter Egg, simply design and colour an Easter egg (see back page) and bring to school by 1 May 2019 to be in with a chance. Best design chosen by a panel gets the egg. HAPPY EASTER The Chatter Team
On Thursday 21 March, we had the wonderful opportunity to host Alex Gregory, two-time Gold Medal Olympic Rower, as he gave inspirational talks to some of our students. The Head Student Team and the House Captains had the pleasure of taking part in a special presentation after school, where they were given advice about conquering their upcoming challenges in the IB program as well as their responsibilities as leaders within the school community.
Alex related his success story to the pressures and trials that we face. He made it clear that "communicating the pressure that you're under is the key to success" and advised the students to seek help from teachers as well as from each other, especially in times of great pressure. Teamwork is a crucial part of success and communication is what keeps teamwork strong. He also encouraged students to "keep consistent" He counselled them that it was the consistent rowers that were the best - not the ones who only trained and performed well some of the time. The students were encouraged to keep consistent in their work and studies so that they could rely on it when it really counts.
Our gratitude goes to Alex Gregory for the wonderful opportunity that the students were given, and Mr White who helped arrange it for them.
Written by Miss R Neve
On Wednesday 13 March Mr Towe and Miss Neve accompanied eight of our best year 10 mathematicians to the Canterbury Maths Feast. The competition consisted of four rounds and students competed in teams of four. Our teams were; Team A: Oscar Phillips-James, Ben Jellett, Erin White and Christopher Nisan alongside Team B: Oliver Goult, Kirsten Hutchinson, Tom Askin and Ben Geraghty.
The first round involved a variety of maths topics and had to be completed in silence. Both teams made a strong start with high scores in this round. The second round required pupils to teach themselves an A level maths topic which they were then required to apply to a set of problems. Once again both teams put in strong performances putting them well ahead of most of their competition. Team A did particularly well in this round and were crowned champions. The third round was based upon ‘Play your cards right’ with teams being asked to solve problems and to determine whether the next answer was higher or lower than the previous. Team A once again managed to gain a top score. The final round was by far the most challenging with the top score for this round being 10 out of a possible 20 marks. In this round pupils were split into two pairs within their teams and sat at opposite ends of their table with an adjudicator between them. Each team then had five minutes to answer questions which pairs completed alternately. Added to this was the jeopardy that the second pair's problem could not be solved without the first pair's answer.
Both teams demonstrated excellent mathematical prowess as well as exemplary teamwork. Team B were also highly commended by the event organisers for their consistently high scores in all rounds, despite narrowly missing out of being round winners. A special thank you goes to Mr Towe who drove us there and used his mathematical skills during the event, despite it being his day off.
The Dane Court Grammar School Parents Association's monthly boot fairs usually take place at the school from 6:30am on the second Saturday of each month with breaks over winter and during the summer holiday. Read more...