On Monday 9 July2018, a number of musically talented students from year 7-12, took to the stage at St George’s Church, Deal as part of the Deal Music and Arts Festival.
The audience were treated to a fantastic programme, including Piano Trio in A minor by Ravel, Appalachian Spring by Copland and Blue Monk by our very own Jazz Journey performers.
Our students have been benefiting from termly workshop sessions with Jazz experts, who have been teaching the group the rudiments of Jazz theory as well as working through some Jazz standards and performance skills as an ensemble. Please take a look at the videos of them performing Blue Monk as an ensemble - of purely Dane Court students.
The concert finished with a composition commissioned by London Chamber Orchestra, which explores the idea of Simple Gifts, a composition from 1848 by Joseph Brackett. The melody may be recognisable as Lord of The Dance, explored through various interesting and progressive harmonic journeys.
Well done to all involved, it was a fantastic concert and one which showed how lucky we are to have such musically talented students within the school.
Students involved; Rohan Terenghi, Maria Munnich, Joseph Chesters, Ruby Naylor, Jonah Knight and Mikey Chesters.
Sixth Form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated impressive successes today.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is the world’s foremost academic qualification for 18 year-olds, requires students to study a balanced diet of six subjects, three at higher level. The programme also includes a 4,000 word research project and 150 hours of creativity, activity and service.
Headteacher Andrew Fowler praised the hard work and dedication of all the students in the school’s sixth form: “This demanding qualification equips students in Thanet for lifelong success and enjoyment of learning across the world. No other qualification comes near it for the global opportunities it opens up to our students. I hugely respect our students for their courage and vision, and congratulate them on their astounding success. They have been very well supported by their teachers and parents. The great feature of the IB is that, although it is undoubtedly ambitious, it is also accessible to all students in Thanet: we have courses here for everyone.” These excellent results came in the same week that Dane Court was dubbed the ‘Top secondary school in Thanet’ in data produced by the Department for Education, recognising the school’s performance across a range of measures including student progress, academic success and attendance
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, where 33 points would be the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. Top performing students at Dane Court this year include Esme Atkinson (42 points: heading to Cambridge University to read Geography); Siobhan Corby Tobin (43 points: Philosophy at Cambridge); Ronan Docherty (40 points: Physics at Imperial College, London); Niamh Houlihan (40 points: History at Durham); Dan Majd (40 points: Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London); Niamh McHugh (41 points: Biological Sciences at Liverpool); Megan Tudor (40 points: History at Exeter); and Jack Walton, with an amazing 44 points, heading to Exeter University to read English.
Annie Hale, Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “These fabulous International Baccalaureate grades come as little surprise: they are the result of considerable effort by our students over the past two years and I would like to join with the staff of Dane Court to congratulate all our year 13 students, who have achieved so highly in this prestigious and demanding qualification. We are truly proud of their achievements.”
Our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) students achieved a 86% pass rate. To gain this pioneering qualification students studied a suite of IB Diploma subjects that complimented their vocational studies, completed a project about an ethical issue, a Japanese cultural enrichment course, as well as a 50 hours community service project.
Top performing IBCP students at Dane Court this year are: Lily Anderson (16 points: Apprenticeship in travel conservation), Morgan Lawrence (16 points: Early Childhood Studies at Christchurch University), Luke Powell (19 points: Sports Psychology at Bournemouth), Thomas Skinner (21 points: Accountancy at Sussex),
Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “Our IBCP students fully deserve these excellent results. They are a very dynamic group of young adults who are academically and vocationally strong, and are well prepared for university study or the apprenticeship routes they have achieved. I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone on the programme and wish them the best for the future.
What a glorious end to KS4! The Year 11s were out in their finery, on Friday 22 June 2018. Thankfully the sun was shining and the balloon arch did not blow away! As they sashayed their way down the catwalk, it was wonderful to see how much they had changed since the start of Year 7. Here's wishing them every success for the future and we hope to see them return to Dane Court Grammar School in September.
A Dane Court Grammar School teacher, Ceri Diffley, has been recognised for her outstanding work with our students studying Business and Finance subjects.
A Dane Court student studying Geography as part of her International Baccalaureate Diploma has been recognised for the exceptionally high standard of her GCSE studies in the same subject over the last two years.
The Awards for Excellence in Geographical Learning are presented annually by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) to the students who have achieved the highest marks nationally in the geography examinations.
The Spring 2018 edition of Eloquent is now available. Download it from here or vist the school ibrary to read a paper copy. This edition features an Ode to Suffragettes, Top 5 Exam Tips, Competition Entries and an Avengers Review.
January 2017 saw the publication of the first edition of 'Eloquent', Dane Court's new creative writing themed magazine. The first edition, entitled 'By Candlelight', has been written and edited by a talented team of Year 12 students, with other submissions coming from students in Key Stages 3 and 4. With the pupils' continued hard work, the magazine has become a regular feature at the school.
The publication contains an extremely impressive breadth of styles of writing, ranging from crafted short stories and amusing book reviews to insightful political comment and analysis. The publication showcases the impressive literary skills of our pupils and is testament to their team work and organisation.
Most importantly, it's an extremely good read.
The Library is delighted to have a donation of new Japanese books on display. There is a wide selection of different books from novels to essays, Manga, books to help you learn Japanese, children’s textbooks and cookery books. The novels include Never Let Me Go by 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Kazuo Ishiguro, Empire of the Sun by Jo Ballard, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami and The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki. There will be a Japanese shelf in the library near the other foreign language titles. Students with even the slightest inerest in Japanese culture, literature or learning the language are encouraged to come and take a look.