Year 8 students Natalia Austin and Jake (pictured) are really looking forward to competing in the New Balance English Schools' Cross Country Championships at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 7 March 2020. They have trained extremely hard and it has paid off to reach this fantastic stage. Jake recently represented Kent at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough in the National Inter Counties Championships. He came 22nd overall in the under 15 boys category but sixth in his younger actual age group. Everyone at Dane Court wishes both athletes the best of luck.
Update (23 March 2020): Jake took part in the English Schools Cross Country on Saturday at Sefton Park in Liverpool. He finished in 12th place out of 334 finishers. He was the first runner back for the junior boys Kent team.
An amazing result for the Kent junior boys team as they finished first place overall in the team results.
Jessica Lynn - transgender activist and life changer
Written by Mr J Rye
To say that Jessica’s life has changed beyond recognition from her childhood and young adulthood is putting it mildly.
Jessica Lynn is a world-renowned transgender advocate, educator, and activist. Her experiences as a transgender woman and parent have led her to dedicate her life to spreading awareness and acceptance for gender non-conforming communities around the world. Over the last several years, Jessica has crisscrossed the globe sharing the story of her journey over 750 times in 28 different countries and is now internationally considered one of the foremost transgender speakers. We are hugely privileged that this was the second time that Jessica has come to speak to our students, keen to speak to every student in the school to help them shape the future. We hope that this relationship can continue and that Jessica will be able to work with more sections of our school community.
Her core message was about getting people to accept themselves and others, letting people live their lives as the person they truly are. The tale of Jessica’s life demonstrated the power of one story to highlight the pain and injustice that a transphobic society can bring. It rang alarm bells for the amount of prejudice in the world that anybody can face and how a single person’s bias and discrimination can completely ruin someone’s life. She called for everyone in the room to go out and speak about what they had heard to at least one person to spread the message of acceptance. Hopefully in this way the tide of prejudice can be turned as people become more aware.
Images below were taken in February 2019 and February 2020
The Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes arrived at Yoakley Residential Home Margate this week in the guise of the Year 12 IBCP Health and Social Care class’s festive offering of “Cinderella” to the residents.
On the 27 October 2019, thirty one year 9 students made the journey to North Wales for the annual outdoor activities week of adventure and excitement. Our fourty year relationship with Kent Mountain Centre (KMC) has seen hundreds of Dane Court students make that journey to participate in one of the most challenging and adventurous programmes offered by any visiting school.
As always, the group were well prepared for the challenges of the mountainous Snowdonia National Park and the nearby rugged coastline. With expert guidance from the tireless KMC instructors, our students reached mountain summits and tackled river gorges, mountain crags and sea cliffs. Evenings were filled with outdoor problem solving activities in the grounds of the Centre and a visit to the excellent local indoor climbing wall. And, now in its tenth year, the Dane Court KMC blog was maintained every evening by a dedicated band of students and staff who produced illustrated daily reports to update parents and friends back in Kent.
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...