The latest edition of Dane Court Grammar School's Ephemeral magazine brings you refreshing and often optimistic creative writing and poetry in a beautiful publication.
The content is entirely the work of our students who continue to surprise us with a wide variety of original written pieces.
This time around you will find the results of the creative writing competition (theme: 'A New Beginning'); delicious-sounding summer recipes; a fascinating look at the history of Broadstairs and a controversial article about the sixth form Gossip Box.
Many thanks to all the contributors and editors Sonia and Jasmine for putting together another absorbing edition of Ephemeral.
Dane Court Grammar School’s sporting girls came so close to a National final when both their year 9 and year 10 Rugby League teams lost hard fought semi-finals in Warrington last Tuesday (21 May). For a few years now, Dane Court has entered the Rugby League Champion Schools competition with increasing success.
Initially doing well in the county tournament they often qualified for the South East regionals and the, last year, one team gained entrance to the National Finals tournament finishing 5th - outside the semi-final qualifications. However, this season years 8, 9 and 10 all won county titles and then reached the National tournament following success at the Regionals in Roehampton. This meant a trip to either Leeds (year 9) or Warrington (year 8 and 10), both hotbeds of Rugby league competition in the country. Fantastically, both the older year groups gained entry to the semi-finals playing against vastly more experienced and bigger schools. They did this with skilful, determined and courageous play to surprise their northern opponents.
At the semi-finals, again in Warrington, the stakes were higher and the teams tougher as you would expect. Although Dane Court were ultimately defeated every girl gave everything they had for the team and caused their opponents more than a little anxiety. In the end experience of regular competition told as Dane Court succumbed to quality play by Castleford Academy year 9 and St Peters school Manchester year 10. The year 9 game in particular was a on a knife edge until the final 2 mins when Castleford, unbeaten for 2 years in the competition, scored the winning try. Their coach a former professional Premiership player, gave lavish praise to the Dane Court girls for their unrelenting efforts. Also, in both semi-finals a Dane Court student was awarded player of the match, albeit in a losing cause, those being Keira Hulks for year 9 and Holly Enright for year 10.
All the staff and helpers who aided the preparation and travelled with the students can, and do, feel proud of all the girls who lived up to Dane Court’s never-get-up, everything is possible attitude.
The Chatter Team have packed a great deal into a very short term and this has certainly been shown by the delivery of this fun packed newspaper in only a few weeks!
The Easter break has refreshed everyone and the enthusiasm for writing articles about their holiday, and participating in activities, appears boundless. We have over 70 students plus staff who work on the newspaper and we welcome anyone who would like to get involved. On page three you can read how one Chatterer, Jacob Cherry, has summed up his year with the newspaper. Having just celebrated our first birthday and finally had our birthday cake, we jumped straight into the mixing bowl once more by holding our Chatter Charity Bake Sale. The students worked incredibly hard and produce some amazing bakes but, Jacob was right, popcorn was inspired and lucrative! The Cheerful Sparrows Ward at QEQM Margate will be the recipient of the bake sale takings this term. With boundless energy, the students are eager to do the next one, but the great news is that it is half term next week so we can stock up on baking supplies!
On the weekend of 11 and 12 May 2109 Ben Pope took part in the Walk the Walk Moonwalk in London. It is run by the charity Walk the Walk and it is about raising money and awareness of breast cancer. It involves walking (absolutely no running is allowed) marathon (26.2 miles) through the night around London along with 15,000 other men and women (10,000 women & 5,000 men) in decorated bras (or dressed as a superhero in the case of Ben and his friend Paul) - from about 11:00pm until however long it takes. The minimum age to take part in the event is 13. Being 13 they could only be registered for the Half Moon plus 2 (15.1 miles) and not yet for the Full. This is the same event but for just over half of the route.
We trained since January and built up the distances gradually and the longest walk we did was 14 miles - Ramsgate to Sandwich and back via the nature reserve. We did a fundraising quiz night to help with building up our donations which was very successful and this all boosted their confidence in completing the Half Moon. On Thursday 9 May we received an email from Walk the Walk to tell us that out of 15,000 people there were 36 13 year olds taking part - 33 girls and 3 boys (Ben, Paul and one other). On Saturday evening the 13 year olds were called to the stage in the huge pink 'tent' where the impact could be made that when they are middle aged (in 2050) there will be a cure for breast cancer. They raised awareness that men get breast cancer too (worryingly not that many people know this) and they put themselves through mental and physical endurance challenge to achieve this. They saw the London Eye and Marble Arch lit up pink for the night to mark the event. Ben showed great stamina and willingness to put himself through this challenge for others. Up until Saturday night our team of four had raised £875. This has contributed to the total of £2.8 million which is incredible for 15,000 people.
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!
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...