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.
Dane Court students joined forces with King Ethelbert school students for BBC News School Report. They worked hard to meet the deadline and see their presentations go live at 1600 GMT on News Day, Thursday 19 March 2015.
Our Day as News Reporters
By Amika (Dane Court Grammar School) and Lani (King Ethelbert School)
Today we spent the day producing a news report. First, we looked through the newspapers and chose the story we wanted to feature. After being split into broadcasters and writers, we set off to gather our information, facts and statistics. We got into pairs with a pupil from the opposite school and started to research our two stories. We then started to compose a written News report featuring our chosen topics. Once our reports and scripts were completed the Broadcasting team prepared to film. After a few rehearsals, we went live at two o'clock. The broadcast was successful and we really enjoyed our day being reporters because we learnt new skills and made new friends!
The Railway Swing Band's and Dane Court Jazz Band's performed together recently and the event was a resounding success. Both bands thrilled the audience with their variety of music and entertaining swing and jazz styles. Two of Dane Court's talented students, Chloe Gaddes and Reuben- James Gilbery are already regular members of the Railway Swing Band and have completed several concerts with them. We look forward to the Railway Swing Band performing again next year at the school.
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
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