At the Kent Schools Games Finals which have been running over the past few weeks Dane Court Grammar School have had conspicuous success representing the Thanet District. At the indoor rowing the year seven girls won gold and the year eight boys claimed bronze medals and in handball the year ten boys also took first place to bring home gold.
The most hotly contested competition proved to be the Indoor Athletics where all county districts ran, threw and jumped with incredible enthusiasm and much skill. The Dane Court year seven boys took third position in their first attempt at the finals but the year eight boys claimed a magnificent team victory to repeat their winning success of last year.
At 4:00am the chill of the Broadstairs air was also filled with excitement and anticipation as we began the annual sixth form trip to New York. However the cold of Broadstairs was nothing compared to what we found on the other side of the pond through the frostbitten doors at Newark Airport. Minus fifteen felt more like minus twenty five with the wind chill, whilst the local news agencies handed out advice on how to avoid frostbite! Dane Court students are never anything other than intrepid with hats and gloves donned for the first nights’ meal at Ruby Tuesday's and Times Square by night gave an opportunity for some iconic pictures.
After a much needed night’s sleep, as we had all been awake for nearly nineteen hours the next morning was kicked off with an American style breakfast at a local diner. Pancakes, waffles, French toast galore, breakfast always made for a great start to the day. The first full day was action packed and began with a trip to the top of the Rockafella Center, stunning views of the Manhattan skyline set against clear blue skies were a highlight for many students. A brisk walk through a snow covered Central Park followed, where students were able to ice skate and warm up with a hot chocolate. A few bumps and bruises but fun was had by all. After the adrenaline filled ice skating, group photos were taken in the park with the beautiful skyline behind us. Next stop, the natural history museum before returning to fifth avenue for a spot of retail therapy. A highlight for many was when we maybe passed David Beckham and his kids!
On Tuesday we waked across Manhattan to jump on a ferry tour of lower Manhattan, the snow and mini icebergs added a rather epic feel to the situation and students were able to get a close up view of New York's most famous bridges as well as her most famous lady, the Statue of Liberty. A bus tour to lower Manhattan followed, visiting the ground zero memorial site and St Paul's church. This gave students a time for reflection on a significant event in modern history, the emotion of this moment was felt by all and Dane Court students showed great understanding and sentiment. This was followed by subway ride back to Times Square and dinner at Applebees.
Before we knew it the time to pack had arrived, but before heading home there was still time to visit Grand Central Station, the famous New York Library and the biggest department store in the world, Macy's! All the staff who came would like to thank the students for an absolutely wonderful week, they were superb in attitude and a credit to the school throughout.
We are excited to tell you that Dane Court Grammar School will be hosting the Deal-based Railway Swing Band for a marvellous evening of family entertainment on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
Dane Court students will join forces with King Ethelbert school students for BBC News School Report.
Stay tuned to see our work go live at 1600 GMT on the News Day, Thursday 19 March 2015.
We are offering a varied and wide choice of activities this term.
All abilities welcome unless stated as a "team practice" or "invitation only".
For any further information please see a member of the PE Department.
After school clubs shown here take place from 3.30pm and finish between 4.30pm and 5.00pm.
Check with staff concerned for the individual finish times.
Dane Court Grammar School's third inter-house climbing competition was completed in early December.
First: Neuchatel (1725 points)
Second: Helsinki (1522 points)
Third:Sorrento (1341 points)
Fourth:Barcelona (1275 points)
Fifth: Tallinn (1195 points)
Sixth: Delphi (753 points)
Top three climbers in each year are:
First: James Scott (N)
Second: Aidan Holdford (T)
Third: Jacob Prentice (N)
First: Jon Hart (N)
Second: Elizabeth Allen (D)
Third: Ciro Fierro (T)
First: Eljoh Balajadia (S)
Second: Jason Talana (H)
Third: Joshua Escudier (S)
First: Charlie Burgess (H)
Second: Sam Williams (B)
Third: Lily O'Brien (N)
First: Rosalie Holden (S)
Second: Mitchell Barham (T)
Third: Bennet Kandathy (S)
First: Tom Gutrige(B)
Second: Will Taker (S)
Third: Dan Goodbourn (N)
First: Dominic Foord (H)
Second: James Topping (N)
Third: Oliver Crew (H)
Full details can be found here.
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