When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance designed by primary and secondary care clinicians from Barts Health & North-East London STP.
The Chatterers (a group of Dane Court student journalists and editors) have not allowed lockdown to halt publication of the Spring edition of the student newspaper DCGS Chatter. Download your copy here.
People will be reacting in different ways to the change in lifestyle, and we are aware that some of our students and their families are finding it hard to adjust to the new restrictions. With this in mind, our colleagues at the Thanet Inclusion Support Service have compiled some resources to support parents with children at home during lockdown. Firstly, there is a list of external services still available for support or set up to help support the community during the crisis. Contact details for these services are provided, however please bear in mind the speed at which the landscape is changing; some services may be difficult to reach or may have already been withdrawn. Secondly, they have created a pack of resources to support positive mental health and provide emotional support while at home. These are activities that can be explored by the whole family if necessary. If you have any particular concerns or worries, we are happy to hear from you and will do our best to support you. Mrs Holmes (SENCO) can be contacted by email at email@example.com, Mr Sunderland at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs Ives at email@example.com.
Faced with a global pandemic, Emily keeps calm and carries on. Service Learning is an important element of our IB career-related programme (IBCP) in the sixth form which could have been hit hard by the coronavirus measures. Under normal circumstances students liaise with members of the local community and undertake unpaid and voluntary activities that help the community and also have a learning benefit for the student. That's not even a possibility at the moment but thanks to the swift action and advice of her teachers IBCP student Emily Vaccaro has devised a plan. Read more here.
Our Food Technology department has been ecouraging year 8 students to get involved with the preparation of meals at home and many have taken photos of the delicious-looking creationsand submitted them to their Food Tech Google Classroom. Inspired by the response, Mrs Leese has started uploading more recipes (at least one each week) to this website. Take a look here.
Week commencing 23 March 2020
published a factsheet to help you incorporate school work into your household routine
provided a safe place to work and play for our students whose parents are fulfilling critical roles in the national response to the coronavirus.
Check your school email inbox and Google Classrooms to find work your teacher has set for you or your class.
More learning activities
We are maintaining a collection of extra tasks, resources and activities for all year groups in all subjects. You can view it here: Here's where to get help if you have problems accessing your account or difficulties with Google Drive or Google Apps.
We are aware that, with the school closed as part of the resonse to COVID-19, it is likely that many children will be spending an increased amount of time online over the coming weeks. Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Dane Court and as such we would like to share some helpful advice to help you consider how you can keep your family safer online at home.
The year 12 *IBCP Health and Social Care class treated the residents at Yoakley Homes to a Christmas extravaganza when they performed a magical version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ last week. All the class members took part, including the teachers. Mr Osborne, at six feet eight inches tall just had to be the giant! Each year the Health and Social Care students are given the task of working together as a team in order to produce something for others and this year the residents of Yoakley Homes had asked for a pantomime.
For many of the students this was quite a challenge as they had not performed before, but we were so impressed at the way they came together to create the scenery, costumes, props and refreshments for the performance. The challenge was to present the final show in a week. One of the residents said “It is so kind of these young people to take time off their studies to come and entertain us here. We do like to see them. They are very good!”
*The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme in Health and Social Care is one of five exciting vocational courses you could study as a member of our sixth form. Alongside the IB Diploma Programme, it forms part of a unique range of opportunities available at Dane Court Grammar School. Learn more about our sixth form.
Loud, buzzy and exciting to say the least. The International food evening that took place on Thursday 6 December 2018 and has been hosted by determined members of the Food Department for 23 years running. It took weeks and weeks of preparation and hard work but it was all worth it in the end and I’m sure that all the members of year 7 that took part in this event will cherish it for the rest of their school career and far into the future.
It was a fabulous opportunity for many to show what food they eat and enjoy within their culture, country and religion to classmates and members of the public. In my opinion, above all it was about trying something new, experimenting and getting out of your comfort zone. As well as the food, there were so many opportunities to get out of your comfort zone, whether that was something as simple as cooking for the first time, or communicating with other people whilst setting up, or something more nerve racking such as talking to members of the public. With my partner we did South Africa, but in this event there were over 40 countries, From England and Wales, to places across the world such as India, Oman, Australia, Greece and Spain to name a few. As well as the food stands we had a raffle, an auction and even a cocktail bar with a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails that everybody could enjoy. As well as this we had a tea bar, that served tea, coffee and also small cups of squash for people’s babies, toddlers and little kids to enjoy.
Of course this event was to have fun and to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, but it is a huge event for the Food department as it is a chance for them to raise much needed money for the department to have the best equipment to help make our experience in our Food and Nutrition lessons the best it can be, and to give us the highest chance of succeeding in this subject. Also new equipment will benefit many years of Dane Court students to come.
Thank you to everybody who helped in this event: all of the Food and Nutrition teachers, the year 7s, the helpers at the cocktail bar, the auctioneer, helpers with the raffle and also the people who helped with the under estimated job of cleaning up so that all of the building would be able to be used by students the following school day. Also a big thank you to anybody who provided auction or raffle prizes or spent any money at the event as it all helps. Altogether around £600 was raised and thanks to all of these efforts this is money that the food Department can use to help all of the students in Dane Court Grammar School.
After our under 14s netball ball team won their round at the Kent Netball tournament in Rainham, they were in the Kent finals on Saturday 24 November in Aylesford.
After some very tough competition they came 8th out of all Kent Schools. All girls played exceptionally well and the Dane Court community are so proud of their accomplishment, commitment and team work.
2018 marks 50 years since the International Baccalaureate community was founded. In contrast Dane Court Grammar School has been an IB World School for a mere decade. Nevertheless our students and teachers have benefited from the IB's high standards and innovation in the field of education.
The IB website is currently celebrating their 50 years of successes with the eye-opening IB Stories which presents some of the many achievements of its alumni and dedication of those teaching the Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme.
Here at Dane Court we offer both the Diploma and Career-related Programmes with a wide range of subject choices and a variety of flexible course formats.
During the summer holidays 19 Dane Court students took part in the National Citizenship Service. This fantastic and engaging programme took students away for a week of team building activities and on their return to Thanet they ran social action projects to promote Help for Heroes, Breast Cancer Awareness and Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. During their celebratory event at Dreamland on the 14 September the teams won awards for creativity, innovation and determination.
New school year and uniform reminder
Written by Mr M Alderson
The start of the new school year for all students is 8:40am on Wednesday 5 September 2018.
Important documents are available in our Summer Mailing section. There will be a few more items added in August and September (Homework Timetables, for example) so please check back later.
Students in years seven to 11 should wear standard uniform when they return to school.
This week is Freshers' week at universities across the UK. Dane Court would like to wish all our students who graduated from the IB this summer well in their new endeavours.
This year students are leaving us to study at University of Cambridge, Durham University, Imperial College London, University of Kent, London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Warwick to name but a few.
As well as university pathways students will be embarking on apprenticeships at Kreston Reeves, Boeing, St Mildred’s Primary School and here at Dane Court Grammar School.
The last two years studying the IB at Dane Court has been a significant journey for everyone and will set the students up well to manage the studies and responsibilities required of them.
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...