Year 7 students took part in the International Food Evening at Dane Court with great panache this year, presenting dishes from 34 different countries. All corners of the world were represented. Parents and visitors were bowled over by the huge variety of foods that the students had cooked. Many parents admitted that they honestly did not know what to expect and could not believe the scale of the displays. This year the Food Evening was opened by local celebrity baker Chetna Makan, heralded by The Broadstairs Town Crier. Over 600 people attended.
The school was grateful to the traders who came along to add to the evening with displays of specialist foods and drinks. The school jazz band and talented year 7 soloists provided musical entertainment on stage. Parents kindly donated raffle prizes.
In the weeks preceding the Food Evening, the students had the opportunity to practise their dishes and prepare display materials to inform their guests about their country.
“The students did us proud. They produced some superb food, including a wide range of curries from Thailand and the Far East, maple syrup cake from Canada, sushi from Japan and many other delectable dishes from a diverse range of countries across the world. They enthusiastically enticed the visitors to try their food and were a great credit to the school and to their Parents,” said Judith Baker, Head of the Food Technology Department.
As the rain cleared on 1 December 2017, in National Tree Week, our students planted a tree to mark the school’s sixtieth anniversary. Andrew Fowler, Headteacher, invited Roy Copper, Chair of Governors, and Paul Luxmoore, Executive Headteacher of the Coastal Academies Trust, to help plant the tree. He then invited Dane Court students to complete the planting by shovelling in a spadeful of earth.
Mr Fowler told the students, “A tree symbolises life; an oak tree symbolises long life. The tree that we are planting today could live for 200 years. It will be growing here long after you and I have gone, and long after these buildings have disappeared. We have chosen to plant a red oak because its green leaves in the summer and its red leaves in the autumn remind us that we also change as we grow. Look after this tree! In years to come, you will be able to point it out to your children and grandchildren, and tell them, ‘I planted that tree when I was at school’.”
The Red Oak tree (Quercus rubra) was supplied by Top Branch Tree Services, whose managing director, Joe Weitzel, is a former student from Dane Court. Joe was very enthusiastic about planting the tree at his old school. He admitted that, as a student, he was fascinated by trees, and that he would have wanted to be involved in the whole planting process. Roy Copper commented, “You never know what seeds have been planted today in the minds of our students, and what they may dream of doing or becoming in the future.”
Following a practical activity in their Japanese Culture lesson, sixth form students Samantha and Marisa tell us about the art of Sushi making.
Sushi is an important and well known part of Japanese cuisine. Specially prepared with vinegared rice and using a range of ingredients such as uncooked fish, seafood and vegetables. Sushi can be prepared and presented with a diversity of styles, for example, onigiri; a ball of rice shaped like a triangle and wrapped in nori (seaweed).
During our Year 13 Japanese Cultural lesson we have been introduced to making sushi by our teacher, Miki Sensei. Many of us have not made sushi before or even tried it! So we began the lesson by watching a clear demonstration as she talked us through the process step by step. To save time she had already prepared the sushi rice, toppings, seasoning mix, cutlery and makisus. A makisu is a mat woven from bamboo and cotton string, specially made for rolling sushi.
Additionally, we made special origami boxes out of beautiful origami paper following clear steps written and drawn out kindly by Miki Sensei. Most of us either ate or discarded the ends of the sushi roll as it doesn’t look as appealing, then we put the rest of our sushi in box with cling film to take home.
Some students discovered that they did not like the taste of sushi but it’s the process of making it that counts! Overall the class enjoyed the process of making the sushi and boxes, also the outcome of them trying sushi for the first time was great! Some students really enjoyed the lesson and it even encouraged them to make sushi outside of school to bring in for lunch.
It was a really valuable experience and enjoyable lesson, not to mention learning things within Japanese culture in all our other lessons were great too. The course as a whole teaches you a few beneficial phrases if you were to ever go to Japan, also things you should and should not do in Japan which would make your way around much easier and simpler. It is definitely a recommendable course and worth partaking in.
Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Kent Schools Team Table Tennis Tournament held at the Medway Park Sports Centre.
Two years ago, Dane Court returned from this event with one gold medal and two bronzes which was an achievement that would never be easy to exceed but such is the strength of Table Tennis at the school across the age range and with both boys and girls that this year amazingly all 4 teams took home medals to record by far the most success out of any of the 21 competing schools.
Thirty seven year 9 students travelled to North Wales last week (29 October to 4 November 2017) to experience the challenging and unique mountain terrain of the Snowdonia National Park and the spectacular coastal cliffs on the island of Anglesey.
A group of year 7-9 students joined forces with students from King Ethelbert Secondary School as part of Looping the Loop Festival. Students spent two workshop days exploring the Opera Semele by Handel through vocal and physical theatre practice, creative work around the themes and performances from two Opera singers.
As part of the two days, students worked together to compose their own scene, with music and movement which will be performed on Wednesday 15 November 2017, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate (6:00pm-8:30pm). If you would like to come along and support our performers, please reserve FREE tickets using the link below;
Here is a clip from our workshop rehearsals, where our students composed their own lyrics for a scene in the Opera, featuring soloist one of our year 7 soloists:
On Thursday 14 September 2017, 12 students from years 7 to 12 joined two accomplished jazz musicians (one ex- Dane Court Pupil) in a Jazz Journey workshop in conjunction with The Deal Festival. Pupils learnt about improvising, leading and performed Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock) as a group.
Students will also be working with other musicians from other schools, performing and composing their own piece. The workshops will end in a joint performance on Sunday 26 November 2017, 6:30pm at Godwin Academy, Hamilton Road, Deal, CT14 9BD.