On the 8th of April, 22 students and 2 teachers boarded a coach and headed for Gatwick Airport. It was around 4 o'clock when we arrived at the airport but even being this early in the morning you could feel the buzz within the students. Before we boarded Mrs Sotiri and Mr Wallace gave each room a challenge sheet for the trip, including getting pictures of landmarks and answering general knowledge questions about Seville. We boarded the plane at around 6 o’clock and didn’t touch down in Spain until around 9 o’clock. When we got there we met our tour guide Juan.
After a short coach trip we got out and went sightseeing, we went to see a landmark square of painted ceramic tiles called Plaza de España. We all went for a canoe ride which was really fun. We then headed to our hotel called Abades. At around 5:30pm we left the hotel and headed for Sevilla’s stadium, Ramón Sánchen Pizjuán. We watched Sevilla V Deportivo, Sevilla won 4-2. The next morning we woke up early to get ready for breakfast and our first training session at Sevilla’s training ground. The sessions were really fun and the coaches were really nice. Later that day we had our first Spanish lesson with Carlos, it was really funny. On Monday we had the second of two training sessions and in the afternoon a tour of the city. During the coach trip back to the hotel we saw Real Betis’ stadium, Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla’s rivals). In the evening we had a cooking class where we learned to cook paella, a traditional Spanish dish. On Tuesday we got ready to play an 11 a side game Vs a Sevilla youth team. They were really good but even though we lost, it was a great experience for us all. After the game we got to see the first team train for a little bit. In the afternoon we headed to Sevilla’s stadium once again for a stadium tour. It was extraordinary. We got to learn many different things to do with the club and its history. We also saw many things to do with the club including: the trophies won by the club(including the European trophy), the changing room facilities. We also got within touching distance of the pitch. On the final day we went to a shopping centre to buy souvenirs.
We headed for Sevilla airport and arrived at around 2:30pm, our flight left at around 4 o’clock and we arrived back in England at around 7 o’clock. We boarded our coach and set of home at around 7:30pm and arrived back in Thanet at about 9 o’clock. The trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Today we welcomed our annual gathering of year 13 students in fancy dress.
The event marks the end of their formal International Baccalaureate Diploma lessons and the start of study leave for most students.
Examination season starts in early May and we wish everyone involved the very best.
Congratulations to all who performed as part of Our Choral Concert Evening on Tuesday 28 March 2016 at St. Peter’s Church, Broadstairs. The audience were treated to a feast of music with Solo Organ and Oboe as part of the evenings performances.
Many members of the Junior and Senior Choir joined the church choir to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria, with soloists Bridget Tizzard and Claire Troth. Thank you to everyone involved!
Please do come along to our next concert Music Showcase on Friday 5 May 2017 to support our musical learners. If you are a Dane Court student interested in performing at this event, please come and see Mrs Cooper or Mr Dunn.
"The reason I chose Dane Court."
"Can I stay another week?"
"Dane Court's best trip."
Over the years, students partipating in our annual visit to Kent Mountain Centre in North Wales have said some wonderful things about the place and their experiences. The visit in November 2016 was certainly no exception. As always, everyone took part in a spectacular range of truly exciting and physically challenging activities. The teams of staff, instructors and students were all keen to take advantage of the ideal weather and spent some awesome days on the mountains of Snowdonia National Park and the sea cliffs of Anglesey.
The House Music Cup Competition took place on Friday 17 March and we welcomed guest judges Mark Smith and Louise van der Linden.
Thank you to everyone who contributed and well done to Sorrento for winning the house cup overall and all the individuals and groups for their hard work.
On Wednesday 29 March members of the choir and GCSE music students descended on London to take part in a movement and voice workshop at Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden.
Students worked on creating four part harmonies based around the Lion King and even rehearsed a choreographed section of The Musical.
The group went on to watch the award winning musical at The Lyceum Theatre, which was absolutely brilliant. An excellent time was had by all.
The past six weeks have been very exciting for the students studying Sport Science. 2017 started with two visits to Canterbury Christ Church Universities SportsLab. The year 12 students took part in a variety of fitness testing opportunities, looking at how their bodies respond to exercise in the short term. They also learnt how to assess body composition, heart and lung function. Meanwhile the year 13 students took their research proposal to the SportsLab to see if they can understand the science of talent identification. Each of these visits offer great opportunities not only to support their current studies but get a taste of what life after Dane Court Grammar can be.
The half term however came to a close with the visit of a sporting legend. Five times world champion and twice Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory graced the sports hall to give students an insight into the world of elite sport and what it takes to be the best. Coupled with some rowing masterclasses, Alex spoke to the students about his journey, turning 8 years of disappointment into 8 years of unrivalled success. Words of wisdom echoed around the room, as his gold medals passed from hand to hand. Much of what he spoke about could be applied to the students own sporting lives, as well as using the lessons he learnt and applying them all areas of their life at Dane Court.
"A truly great bloke, it was good to see the smiles on the students' faces as they worked with Alex during the day...
We cannot wait for him to come back" said Head of PE Ian Wallace
As we move into the next half term we hope to see the students step up and take on board everything they have learnt so far in 2017 and build towards success in the summer.