One of our year 9 students has recently returned from an exciting week of international Rugby Sevens competition. Abbie took part in the Paris World Games between 9 and 13 July 2018.
vendredi 29 juin
Aujourd’hui nous sommes allés en France. Nous avons visité un mémorial de guerre et une ville qui s’appelle Albert. Ici nous avons visité un musée de la Somme, et selon moi, c’était vraiment intéressant. Après ça, nous sommes arrivés au Château de Warsy. Nous avons mangé le dîner et puis nous avons joué un jeu qui s’appelle ‘Buddy’. Je pense que, et mes amis pensent que ce n’était pas très amusant! Après le jeu, mon amie et moi avons dormi mais mes autres amis ont joué jusqu’à vingt-deux heures moins le quart!
samedi 30 juin
Aujourd’hui, nous sommes allés à Amiens, une grande ville avec une cathédrale qui s’appelle Notre Dame d’Amiens. C’était extrêmement grand et intéressant donc c’était difficile de partir! Après ça, nous sommes retournés à Warsy, où nous avons mangé le déjeuner. Après le déjeuner, nous avons joué aux sports nautiques. Par exemple, nous avons fait du canoë-kayak et c’était très ludique!
dimanche premier juillet
Aujourd’hui nous sommes allés à Paris! Nous sommes partis très tôt, mais quand nous sommes arrivés, nous sommes montés la Tour de Montparnasse où nous avons vu beaucoup de Paris. Après ça, nous avons visité la Tour Eiffel et il faisait très chaud! Plus tard, nous sommes partis prendre un bateau mouche sur la Seine. Nous avons vu Notre Dame de Paris et c’était chouette! Puis nous sommes retournés à Warsy où nous avons joué au volley-ball!
lundi 2 juillet
Aujourd’hui nous sommes rentrés en Angleterre. Avant de rentrer, nous avons visité une ville au bord de la mer qui s’appelle Le Touquet et c’était très amusant! Nous avons mangé des crêpes. Puis nous avons visité un hypermarché où nous avons acheté beaucoup de bonbons! Finalement nous sommes arrivés à Calais et nous sommes rentrés à l’école à vingt heures.
C’était des vacances géniales!
We are very proud of our sports days.
We don't just see outstanding effort and physical performances - every year, students across the school take part in a day of friendly but fierce competition. Every member of staff is involved under the organisational guidance of our brilliant PE department and with the help of the sixth form house captains.
Visitors on the day often comment on the quiet efficiency and truly supportive atmosphere our community creates for this annual event.
Sports day is the biggest single competition on the inter-house calendar. The results of all events (track, field, pentathlon and ball games) are summarised below.
On Monday 9 July2018, a number of musically talented students from year 7-12, took to the stage at St George’s Church, Deal as part of the Deal Music and Arts Festival.
The audience were treated to a fantastic programme, including Piano Trio in A minor by Ravel, Appalachian Spring by Copland and Blue Monk by our very own Jazz Journey performers.
Our students have been benefiting from termly workshop sessions with Jazz experts, who have been teaching the group the rudiments of Jazz theory as well as working through some Jazz standards and performance skills as an ensemble. Please take a look at the videos of them performing Blue Monk as an ensemble - of purely Dane Court students.
The concert finished with a composition commissioned by London Chamber Orchestra, which explores the idea of Simple Gifts, a composition from 1848 by Joseph Brackett. The melody may be recognisable as Lord of The Dance, explored through various interesting and progressive harmonic journeys.
Well done to all involved, it was a fantastic concert and one which showed how lucky we are to have such musically talented students within the school.
Students involved; Rohan Terenghi, Maria Munnich, Joseph Chesters, Ruby Naylor, Jonah Knight and Mikey Chesters.
Sixth Form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated impressive successes today.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is the world’s foremost academic qualification for 18 year-olds, requires students to study a balanced diet of six subjects, three at higher level. The programme also includes a 4,000 word research project and 150 hours of creativity, activity and service.
Headteacher Andrew Fowler praised the hard work and dedication of all the students in the school’s sixth form: “This demanding qualification equips students in Thanet for lifelong success and enjoyment of learning across the world. No other qualification comes near it for the global opportunities it opens up to our students. I hugely respect our students for their courage and vision, and congratulate them on their astounding success. They have been very well supported by their teachers and parents. The great feature of the IB is that, although it is undoubtedly ambitious, it is also accessible to all students in Thanet: we have courses here for everyone.” These excellent results came in the same week that Dane Court was dubbed the ‘Top secondary school in Thanet’ in data produced by the Department for Education, recognising the school’s performance across a range of measures including student progress, academic success and attendance
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, where 33 points would be the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. Top performing students at Dane Court this year include Esme Atkinson (42 points: heading to Cambridge University to read Geography); Siobhan Corby Tobin (43 points: Philosophy at Cambridge); Ronan Docherty (40 points: Physics at Imperial College, London); Niamh Houlihan (40 points: History at Durham); Dan Majd (40 points: Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London); Niamh McHugh (41 points: Biological Sciences at Liverpool); Megan Tudor (40 points: History at Exeter); and Jack Walton, with an amazing 44 points, heading to Exeter University to read English.
Annie Hale, Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “These fabulous International Baccalaureate grades come as little surprise: they are the result of considerable effort by our students over the past two years and I would like to join with the staff of Dane Court to congratulate all our year 13 students, who have achieved so highly in this prestigious and demanding qualification. We are truly proud of their achievements.”
Our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) students achieved a 86% pass rate. To gain this pioneering qualification students studied a suite of IB Diploma subjects that complimented their vocational studies, completed a project about an ethical issue, a Japanese cultural enrichment course, as well as a 50 hours community service project.
Top performing IBCP students at Dane Court this year are: Lily Anderson (16 points: Apprenticeship in travel conservation), Morgan Lawrence (16 points: Early Childhood Studies at Christchurch University), Luke Powell (19 points: Sports Psychology at Bournemouth), Thomas Skinner (21 points: Accountancy at Sussex),
Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “Our IBCP students fully deserve these excellent results. They are a very dynamic group of young adults who are academically and vocationally strong, and are well prepared for university study or the apprenticeship routes they have achieved. I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone on the programme and wish them the best for the future.
What a glorious end to KS4! The Year 11s were out in their finery, on Friday 22 June 2018. Thankfully the sun was shining and the balloon arch did not blow away! As they sashayed their way down the catwalk, it was wonderful to see how much they had changed since the start of Year 7. Here's wishing them every success for the future and we hope to see them return to Dane Court Grammar School in September.