As same as every year, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students in Year 13 studying the Ab initio Japanese course have been enjoying exchanging letters with the students at Kitakyushu National College of Technology in Fukuoka in Japan. The students write letters in both Japanese and English, so that our Ab initio students can practice writing and reading Japanese and the Japanese students can practice communicating in English. Harley, one of our students, said “I think that writing to a Japanese penpal is interesting and fun! I learnt extra vocabulary and got to practice my writing and reading skills as well as have lots of fun making a new friend.” Yasmin also said “I enjoyed writing pen pal letters because it gave me a way to become familiar with everyday language and learn about the culture from a personal view. It was fun making friends, too!” Marli added “It was really fun to practise Japanese writing and reading whilst making a friend at the same time! It was an interesting way to learn about Japanese culture and share my own culture with my penpal too! It was also a great way to stay motivated to practise Japanese in the difficult time of COVID-19.” Mr Shinichi Watanabe, the Japanese teacher in the Kitakyusyu National College of Technology mentioned "It is not an easy task for Japanese students to learn English. Sometimes they get tired of learning, but it is very encouraging for them to read the letters from the students who are learning Japanese at Dane Court Grammar School. It has been six years since the exchange started, and we hope that the exchange will continue for a long time to come". Yuma Iwamoto, one of the Japanese pen pals mentioned "This correspondence activity has been a very important and interesting experience for me. I was very happy when my penpal asked me the meaning of my name. I would not have been able to communicate so much with foreigners without this activity. I would like to exchange letters more." We have found it greatly beneficial to our studies because it gives us sufficient practice in reading and writing Japanese outside the classroom. It is also nice to keep contact with each other over the countries under the current difficult times due to Covid.
The staff well-being committee at Dane Court Grammar School has launched a challenge for all Dane Court staff to help our physical and mental well being whilst bringing everyone together to reach a collective goal and with the added bonus of raising money for charity. Members of staff will travel a virtual route around Europe visiting each of the places that gave our school houses their names. The route is 5492 miles and we have 2 months to complete it. Everyone on the staff team can contribute their actual miles travelled under their own steam. For example, walking the dog, inside on a treadmill or exercise bike, outside running, walking or cycling, horse riding and swimming - literally any kind of physical activity that can be measured in miles.
The staff well-being team are maintaining a record of accumulated activity and will be keeping everyone up to date with the progress ‘around Europe’ We would like to raise at least £500 for Pilgrims Hospices so please follow the link to donate:
A virtual trip around Europe (using Google Maps walking route)
Dane Court to Neuchatel Castle, Neuchatel = 461 miles Neuchatel Castle to La Rambla, Barcelona = 530 miles La Rambla to Piazza Tasso, Sorrento = 739 miles Piazza Tasso to Temple of Apollo, Delphi = 607 miles Temple of Apollo to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn = 1727 miles Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to Suomenlinna, Helsinki = 56 miles Suomenlinna, Helsinki back to Dane Court = 1372 miles Grand total = 5492 miles
Year 7 Lockdown gallery
Written by Ms J Sadler
In their Art lessons while remote learning during Lockdown 3, our year 7 students learned about the work of the Impressionists, Post impressionists and their influence on David Hockney landscapes.
They have looked at the use of realistic and abstract colours and mark-making, the emotional content of the work and have produced a response using whatever materials they had available at home.
The Dane Court Grammar School music department are pleased to have been awarded The Music Mark Award in recognition of a commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people. This is our fourth year receiving this recognition and we hope to continue providing great music education to our learners for many years to come!
Jack attended and competed in the Kent Amateur Golf Championship on Friday 2 October2020, along with 59 other qualifiers. He was by far the youngest competitor, with only one other exception (a 15-year-old), they were all over 17 years old. A big achievement and credit to him to qualify for this prestigious event at such a young age.
It was not only a tough field of 60 of the best players from across Kent, but the weather conditions were seriously brutal, strong winds and heavy rain are far from perfect golfing conditions! Some players decided to drop out prior to the event and even on the day a few decided to give up during their round. Originally the event was set to be a double round, totalling 36 holes, however this was cut to one round, 18 holes, due to Storm Alex poor weather conditions having flooded the greens (see pic).
Jack started well considering, with 2 bogeys and a birdie. He battled well against the top selected talented players, all of which had lower handicaps than Jack - being off of 4. At just 12 years old, with the least experience and the highest handicap, Jack respectfully placed halfway in the final results table. He showed relentless determination, incredible effort and positive mindset to make the most of the opportunity. With such good qualities and characteristics, Jack is set to succeed in the future and looks forward to competing in many more events, with his aim to continue to reduce his handicap.
School buses - September 2020
Written by Mr M Alderson
We have received information from our school bus operator Stagecoach and Kent County Council (KCC).
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...
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