The trip began with an unexpectedly long wait at school. Apparently we are not the only Dane Court School (but of course we are the best). Trevor, the driver, unfortunately chose to pay a visit to Dane Court in Surrey. This obviously created a domino effect making us late for the ferry. But all was not lost! It only gave us another tale to tell.
After arriving in France, the day was jam-packed with pre-planned activity. Commencing with a trip to Berck-sur-mer and a charming little sweet shop where we witnessed first-hand the art of candy making, from the owner himself. He is the third generation making candy at Berck.
On Thursday 16 January, both Dane Court Grammar School and King Ethelbert School enjoyed a visit from the Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss, as well as Laura Sandys MP and Sir Roger Gale MP.
The Minister wanted to see at first hand the International Baccalaureate Careers Related Certificate (IBCC) that is offered at both schools, as well as a number of other Kent schools, including Ellington Hereson, Hartsdown and Sandwich Technology School.
Stuart Barr from Miles and Barr talks to the Year 10 Business Studies Groups about being Competitive, Motivating his staff and Entrepreneurial Qualities.
The Business Studies GCSE Controlled Assessment requires students to conduct independent research to investigate a local business in response to an analytical question posed by Edexcel, the exam board. In preparation, we have a practice run to help students hone their research skills and build knowledge and understanding. This year, the topics are: Successful entrepreneur qualities; how businesses compete; and how businesses motivate their staff. We were very fortunate that Stuart Barr from Miles and Barr kindly volunteered his time to come into school and speak with year 10 students about how Miles and Barr and answer their questions.
The Parent Gateway is our name for the website offering parents secure access to data we hold about their children attending Dane Court Grammar School.
Appearing as a website in its own right, the Parent Gateway shows information about your child (or children) keeping you up to date with their progress and providing you with opportunities to discuss and support their time at school.
On Monday 2 June, eight Dane Court students travelled by minibus up to the University of Kent for the Kent School Games training day. This was the first time they have held a training day for the event.
The morning started with an inspirational talk by an Olympic athlete, Martyn Bernard. He competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His event was the high jump.
Students at Dane Court Grammar School have been raising funds for one of the chosen house charities, The Pilgrim's Hospice. Both Barcelona and Sorrento, two of the Houses at Dane Court joined together and organised a range of activities some of which were fairly unique. The fund raising began with Emily Bennett of Sorrento organising the first ever school sleep over for her year 9 class in the process the students raised over £200.
This was followed by girls from Barcelona spending two weeks collecting as many coins as they could to fill a massive heart at a 20p Bazaar Event hosted by both Houses. The Bazaar included one of the biggest Tombola ever seen at the school as students brought in over 250 prizes for the stall. Emily was delighted to have raised £660 in total which was presented to Jo Spiteri, Youth Fund Raising Coordinator at the Pilgrim's Hospice. The presentation took place in the last week of term before the Easter holiday.
On Friday 9 May 2014 we laid on a great morning for our year 11 students. They all made the now traditional grand entrance along the red carpet with cheering students and admiring parents forming an excited guard of honour.
They then moved on to the theatre and enjoyed presentations from fellow students and mentors looking back over their time at Dane Court.
We wish them every success; both with the forthcoming GCSE exams and their plans for the future.