We have published three documents providing help and and advice to parents, carers and students about mental health and wellbeing:
Mr Jones has written a letterto parents and carers containing information received from Kent County Council
A letter to parents from Kent Educational Psychology Service along with a dowloadable version of a leaflet providing Guidance around supporting children and young people's wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
We have launched ourtransition progammefor year 11 students intending to join our sixth form in September. This includes students joining from other schools.
Dane Court Grammar School staff were pleased and privileged to provide practical support to Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School's Design Technology department in their amazing visors for health workers project last month. Congratulations to them for being nominated for the Daily Telegraph DIY Lockdown Awards and making it to the top three.
Week commencing 11 May 2020
From the start of Lockdown our Food Technology department has been asking students in years 7, 8 and 9 to get creative in their kitchens with the aim of cooking meals for their families at home and then reporting back with recipes and photos of their creations. Initially Mrs Leese recommended a couple of recipes to give the students a little help but the project soon became a popular activity with some students planning day-to-day menus and recording 'consumer feedback'. Click here to see a small selection of meals and individual courses developed by our students over their time in Lockdown.
Ellie is one of our very talented year 9 students, who wanted to compose a song to express how much she missed her friends and school life here at Dane Court. Ellie has perfectly captured how much school and her friends mean to her, in: 'Don't Be Afraid'. Listen and view the video here.
Week commencing 4 May 2020
Inspired by the tasks being set for her year group by the Food Technology department, Sophia in year 8 devised her own. This is her Family Cooking Challenge complete with evaluations or "What went well" (WWW) and suggestions for improvement or "Even better if..." (EBI) ready for the next time Sophia takes on feeding the family for two whole days. Read more here.
Week commencing 20 April 2020
We have written a letter to parents about the Government temporarily extending the eligibility criteria for free school meals to some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds.
This week Dane Court staff supported Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School (CCGS) in its truly amazing efforts to provide face shields (visors) for health workers on the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the story.
Our Food Technology department would love all Dane Court students to share photos of their cooking with us. Years 7-10 have a Google Classroom space to upload photos of their cooking to. We are so impressed with all of the cooking that has been shared so far. Keep it up Dane Court. This week's recipe is for mini fruity pasties. There are some filling suggestions on the recipe - let us know if you come up with any other ideas.
Week commencing 6 April 2020
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 creations and 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.
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...