With a traditional fancy dress finale our year 13 students completed their time at Dane Court today.
Arriving just before morning break allowed the rest of the school to gather around and marvel at the fantastic costumes.
The year 13s followed the show with a farewell assembly where they were joined by their mentors for fond remeniscing.
Of course, they will return to sit their exams over the next few weeks and we wish them everey succes.
The glorious adventure ended on Saturday when the Dane Court Under 13 Girls Table Tennis team just missed out on winning a place in the National Finals. A 5:45 am start and a 360 mile round trip to the Southern Regional Tournament at Bournemouth saw Dane Court in a group of three schools with only the winner qualifying. After a long wait the first game against the Somerset champions Haygrove School from Bridgewater saw Dane Court come through with a 5-3 victory thanks to Catherine Banks and Tayla Bayley winning both their games with Annabel Cole securing the vital fifth point.
This was the twenty first year of the medieval banquet; a hugely successful cross curricular project at Dane Court Grammar School bringing together the Food Technology, History, Art, Music, and English departments.
As part of our year sevens unit on ecology and sustainability, we once again welcomed Ranger Emma from Zoolab, with her wonderful collection of rainforest creatures. Students were introduced to a giant African snail, a thorny stick insect, a tree frog, a millipede and finally a corn (constrictor) snake. Emma described many interesting facts about the natural habitats and life cycles of each creature and also the many dangers facing the rainforests of the world, particularly through deforestation. The students exhibited great curiosity and delight whilst handling the creatures and will take away a greater appreciation of the huge diversity that exists within the depths of the rainforests.
On Wednesday 18 March Dane Court Under 16s took part in the annual Kent Rugby Sevens tournament, hosted by Sutton Valence.
After a nervy start the boys soon got into try scoring mode, racking up 11 try's in the group stages.
By early afternoon they found themselves in the final against Harvey Grammar School. Saving their best rugby until the end, they pulled off an almost faultless performance and won 34-0. All the boys were superb throughout the day, with highlights coming from the dogged George Dyerson, hard working Joe Harmes and Dan Adams who was playing up a year. Squad: J Harmes, C Knight, A Shrestha, D Adams, L Doyle, T Norman, J Barnett, G Dyerson, B Kendathy, M Dennis, J Robinson.
Spurred on by the success of the girls, the equally quick boys side, competed in the Kent Under 14 Rugby Sevens bowl annual competition held at Dartford Grammar. Some excellent running rugby saw the team qualify undefeated into the semi finals, scoring 94 points and thanks to the excellent defence spurred on by the tackling of Joe Wyatt, they conceded just 12 points.
Dane Court students and staff raised well over £1000 for this year's Comic Relief campaign on Friday 13 March.
Results of the competition were:
First - Barcelona
Second - Tallinn
Third - Sorrento
Fourth - Neuchatel
Fifth - Helsinki
Sixth - Delphi