We encourage students to make use of their digital devices to support their learning. However, there are occasions when they can be used inappropriately and there have been incidents of cyberbullying that have been brought to our attention.
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13.
For Vine, Tinder and Yik Yak it's 17. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, although a 13 year-old can signup with a parent's permission. But according to The Social Age Study by knowthenet.org.uk, approximately 59% of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10.
As a school we have a duty to safeguard our students and while we cannot police their social networking we can try to encourage responsible use. Support from parents and guardians is essential to our success in keeping our students safe, and we know it can sometimes seem an uphill task to keep up with the expansion of social networking.
The following are very useful sites for every one who has the interests of young peoples’ online safety at heart, and we would encourage you to take some time to explore them:
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience.
Parents may also wish to take advantage of www.parentsprotect.co.uk
It is a comprehensive resource designed to raise awareness about safeguarding children, answer questions and give information, advice and support with particular reference to child sexual abuse and internet safety. Anyone working with or looking after children will find topics covered very helpful.
The children's charity, NSPCC and mobile 'phone service provider, O2 have created a useful up-to-date reference for parents and carers.
The website lists all the social networks popular with children along with the results of surveys and advice.
During the summer holiday’s, Olivia Miles, 10H, took part in the British Summer Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
On Friday 6 October 2017, eighteen musical students made their way to The Royal Festival Hall, SouthBank Centre, London to watch a fantastic performance with The London Concert Orchestra playing all the very best film scores from two of the best composers of the 20th century.
We heard music from Hans Zimmer, highlights including Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception and Gladiator and music from John Williams such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Superman and E.T.
The group had seats in the choir stalls, with excellent views of the orchestra from above, which meant we could see all of the conductor's direction first hand.
Unexpectedly, the conductor had themed outfits for each piece and added a lot of comedy to such a fantastic night.
On Wednesday 27 September, thirty lucky students travelled to London to take part in a musical workshop at Pineapple Studios and watch the Matinee performance of Wicked the musical.
We were incredibly lucky to have the assistant director of music (of the show), who took the students on a musical journey of how to sing short excerpts from ‘One Short Day’ and ‘What Is This Feeling’. The students learnt how to project their voice and how to add stage presence to their performance to create a convincing performance!
The matinee performance was excellent and it is likely we will be repeating the trip next year.
On Monday 18 September 2017, the whole cohort of year 7 were treated to a musical feast with the Bach to the Future Music Roadshow. Three musicians came to talk about the instruments of the Orchestra, how the instruments work and also got to join in singing some well-known songs!
We would really like to get as many students in year 7 involved in instrumental lessons at Dane Court. If you would like to learn an instrument, please collect a letter from the music room or speak to Mrs Cooper or Mr Dunn.
Our students celebrated the results of years of hard work today as they collected their GCSE results.
Earlier this year our choir travelled to France to perform at Disneyland Paris