Keeping up to date with the latest developments in digital technology can be very challenging for parents, yet we all want to protect our children from coming to harm via on-line activity. Almost all of our students are never far from their devices and encouraging their positive use is very important. However, there are times when the technology makes bullying much easier and knowing how to help your sons and daughters protect themselves might be very helpful. Kent police recommend the Digital Parenting website as it has information about security settings and protecting on-line identity as well as hints on how to make the best use of tablets and smartphones.
Fourteen Japanese teacher trainees from Chaucer College in Canterbury visited our school recently as part of their outreach programme. Dane Court ab initio and IBCC students studying Japanese enjoyed sessions learning Japanese Calligraphy, Manga drawing and Sushi making. The Sushi making session proved very popular and the students were able to make a wide variety of Sushi experimenting with different ingredients and flavourings. It was a great opportunity for all to experience the cultural differences and share some time talking in native Japanese. The visitors had an opportunity to observe English lessons and help develop language skills in a Japanese lesson.
Thank you to the vast majority of parents who have heeded our request not to bring cars on to the school site to collect their children at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, several parents are still driving onto site and we would ask again, on health and safety grounds, that these parents refrain from doing so.
Whilst we understand that roadside parking near the school is at a premium, please park safely and considerately, particularly around school finishing time when numerous public service buses stop in both Broadstairs Road and Fairfield Road.
Dane Court staff and students got a head start on this year's Sport Relief excitement.
The charity reckon that our area raised more than its fair share of cash in 2013 and invited us to put on a special day of physical fund raisers a full three weeks before the rest of the nation.
The PE department swung into acton organising an impressive range of challenges from staff versus students dodgeball and non-stop badminton to climbing a mountain on our school climbing wall.
Following on from the success of reaching the U13 girls rugby National finals last year, Dane Court now have promising teams in two age categories. With the U13s having moved up to U15 level, they continued their success by becoming Kent champions this week.
Two students from Dane Court Grammar School entered a competition organised by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. The competition aims to encourage young people from around the world to express their concern for the environment and, in particular, the endangered species with whom we share our fragile planet through art and poetry. This year children were invite to submit art work or poetry on the theme ‘It’s Our World’ and required schools or individuals to think about the impact that human activity is having on our planet and the many species of endangered animals. The competition, this year, was generously sponsored by Marks and Spencer
Health and Social Care students from Dane Court entertained residents at Yoakley Homes and students at The Royal School for Deaf with their pantomime 'Cinderella'.
The script was written and directed by Year 12 students Rochella Fletcher and Grace Offen. The students prepared and served a tea for the Yoakley residents, including a scrumptious Christmas cake. Allysha Crow and Georgina Jaconelli, who played the part of Fairy Godmothers also made a pass the parcel for the residents. This went down very well as it reminded many of them of their childhood days.