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Kent Mountain Centre 2015

RIMG1073 250pxOn the last day of the Autunm half term holiday 36 lucky year nine students embarked on our annual trip to the mountains and sea cliffs of North Wales.

Oxford and Cambridge Offers for Dane Court Students

DaneCourtOxbridge2016 250pxThree of Dane Court’s sixth form students have been offered a place to study at Oxford and two at Cambridge in the autumn, pending their results.  The entry procedure is a demanding one:  students are required to meet not only the highest of academic standards but then they are rigorously interviewed in their chosen subject by college academics. ‘Sincerest congratulations’ to these successful applicants has come from Executive head teacher Paul Luxmoore, who said: ‘These brilliant students have won offers against increasingly strong competition, both nationally and internationally, across a broad spectrum of subjects. To have almost half of our applicants winning places to study at these world class universities is a wonderful reward, not only for the talent and hard work of our students, but it is also an endorsement of the expertise of our highly committed staff. This is continued evidence of the culture of rising aspirations in our school community and also in Thanet’

Abi Baker left Dane Court in July 2015 and received 43 points: she has been offered an unconditional place to study Veterinary Science at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge. Abi is passionate about the prospect of becoming a vet and the course provides the broad range that Abi finds appealing.

James Howard has been successful in his application to study Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford; he is a talented geographer who has excelled in his studies at Dane Court.

Amy Napier has received an offer to study Natural science at Jesus College, Cambridge: her passion is languages and her contribution to the life of the school in her role as Head Girl has been enormous.

Alex Payne has been offered a place to further his study of Biological Sciences at Somerville, Oxford and is looking forward to the challenge of this demanding course

Alice Rawson has accepted an offer to study Biochemistry at Wadham College, Oxford: Alice is a gifted scientist and her lifetime scientific interest has been endorsed by the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Heads of Sixth Form, Annie Hale and Nilufa Razzaq said, ‘These students capture much of the spirit of Dane Court. They combine intellectual power and a terrific passion for learning with a broader enthusiasm and energy for life beyond the classroom. They have worked really hard, but their success is also a great testimony to the excellent teaching of our colleagues and to the high expectation that we have of all of our students’

Head of School, Andrew Fowler  said, of those academically gifted students who were unsuccessful,  ‘To have courage to apply, to put in the extra work required in support of your application and then to see others succeed where you have not, takes great strength and determination. Perhaps it is some consolation that it is often from disappointment that we learn most in life. I was extremely impressed this year by those students who were unsuccessful in their application to Cambridge and Oxford. It takes courage to put yourself forward in the knowledge that so many students with the highest predictions are rejected by Cambridge alone. Even to apply is a daunting prospect.’

Table tennis qualifiers

ttennis qual jan16 250pxCongratulations to Dane Court under 16 girls table tennis team who on Sunday 31 January won two and drew two of their four matches to finish runners up in the South East Zonal Tournament in London. This means they have qualified for the Southern Regional Final in Bristol on 20 March 2016.

We were the youngest team there as all the girls, Angel, Annabel, Catherine, Grace and Tayla are currently in year 9.

Thank you to Mr Wallace for driving us there and back plus encouraging and supporting the team.

IB options for year 11

MO1L0239 250pxThis is an important time for our Year 11 students as they consider their options for post-16 study. During the first two weeks of February we will be interviewing all students in the year group for places in our Sixth Form and this will also be an opportunity to help them navigate choices for future careers. It is not in the least uncommon for students to have no idea, at this stage, of what they might want to do in the future, so it is important that they work to their strengths and keep their options open.

There is a wealth of advice and information available and it is always a good idea to become familiar with the UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Services) website if a student is considering Higher Education.

The documents below outline some things to be considering and there are also helpful links to UCAS and university advice. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

pdf How to approach making your IB subject choices 2016 (411 KB)

pdf University course subject requirements 2016 (9 KB)

Parents Emotional First Aid

efa logo 250pxEveryone knows you’re a parent... but do you remember who you are!

When we become parents our priorities change, we take on the responsibility of another little person and we tend to get so focused on this we forget we are still a person in our own right.

Parents’ emotional first aid will help you re-discover you!

We sometimes feel that we must be the only person in the world feeling the way we feel. Parents’ emotional first aid will help you recognise that we all share similar thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours to varying degrees.

The course helps to create strategies for our anxieties; identify the stress factors in our everyday lives; gain a better understanding of ourselves and promote a healthier sense of our own wellbeing. It is delivered by trained facilitators over 6 sessions, each lasting half a day.

Dates and location of future courses are to be confirmed.
Further information about Parents Emotional First aid is available at: http://www.emotionalfirstaid.co.uk/course-parents

If you are interested in this course please contact Mrs Brissenden at the school.

Year 7 microbes competition

microbe 250pxFor your chance to win up to £100 cash, simply design a poster showing;

"how microbes work for us by interacting with their surroundings and, sometimes, with each other”.

Hurry! Closing date for the competition is 29 February 2016.
  pdf Check out the flyer for more details (163 KB) .

You will be given one lesson and one homework to help you do this. The best posters will be entered in the official MiSAC competition by your biology teacher.

BBC School Report 2016

bbc news report 250pxOn Thursday 10 March 2016 Dane Court students will join forces with King Ethelbert school students for BBC School Report.
Stay tuned to see our work go live at 1600 GMT on the News Day.

BBC School Report 2015

BBC School Report 2014

More information on the BBC website .

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Kent Mountain Centre 2015
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Sir Ian McKellen visits
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