Girls reach national league rugby finals
Published: Friday, 26 April 2019 20:19
Written by Miss E Downes
Dane Court Grammar Schools’ girls Rugby league teams have a busy schedule coming up with three teams having reached the National Finals Tournament. Last year saw one team qualify after winning the county and South East Regional Finals before travelling to Lancashire where they eventually finished in 5th place from the 8 teams that made it through their respective area campaigns. This year our U13, U14 and U15 sides have all made great strides to reach this prestigious stage of the Rugby League Champions Schools Cup.
The U13 (year 8) side have improved most with a number of girls joining their friends for the first time in playing this fast, physically demanding game. As with all new games basic technique has to be allied with the confidence to engage with the physical challenge and the girls have stepped up to that challenge. Power, pace and courage are all on show in ever game and the team is superbly lead by captain Macy Bowerbank.
The U14 (year 9) team have also had an influx of players which has added depth to their squad and strengthened their confidence. They too, are well led by captain Keira Hulks and she has plenty of skillful backup in her team.
For the U15 (year 10) girls this will be a return to Warrington where they played so well last year. Several girls are now reaping the rewards of three years experience in the game and can call on the benefits gained from some of the girls’ regular involvement in rugby union, including skipper Abbie Debling - already a World Youth 7s tournament winner.
So a long day awaits in the second week of May as the girls travel north to pit their skills against the country’s best schools, we congratulate them and wish them well.
Japanese cooking lesson
Published: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:44
Written by Louisa McDonald
In our last lesson on 21 March 2019, we made two different Japanese noodle dishes. The one my group made was a dish called Soba noodles. It was very technical to make but it was worth it. The food was very delicious and we had great fun making them.
Our peers made a dish called Udon noodles. This was different to ours as it included chicken and leeks. They said it was easy to make and great fun. Some even said that they would make it at home for friends and family.
We were very lucky to be able to take part in this lesson. Thank you, Ms Myers!
Chatter edition 8 - Easter
Published: Thursday, 04 April 2019 22:49
Written by The Chatter Team
Who wants GIANT CHOCOLATE? Well, we'll get to that soon enough!
Firstly, Chatter is now officially one year old and the Chatterers have produced a truly bumper issue with all the events and activities they have been involved with - both in and out of school. They are a wonderful and ever-growing group of students who never fail to enthuse one another and get as much packed into every issue that they can. So do take the time to read this eighth Chatter and let us know what you think.
Ye gads! Another Mediaeval Banquet is done and dusted and the sawdust has finally been swept up. The Year 7s have a fantastic historical experience to remember thanks to Mrs Baker and Mr Baker and their Food and History departments. The photos, although wonderful, will never truly convey the cacophony that fills Dane Court at this exciting and inspirational event showcasing living history!
So, back to the GIANT CHOCOLATE. To win a Cadbury's GIANT Dairy Milk Easter Egg, simply design and colour an Easter egg (see back page) and bring to school by 1 May 2019 to be in with a chance. Best design chosen by a panel gets the egg.
The Chatter Team
Chatter 8 - Easter
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Inspiring Olympic speaker
Published: Sunday, 24 March 2019 10:23
Written by Josh Rudloff
On Thursday 21 March, we had the wonderful opportunity to host Alex Gregory, two-time Gold Medal Olympic Rower, as he gave inspirational talks to some of our students. The Head Student Team and the House Captains had the pleasure of taking part in a special presentation after school, where they were given advice about conquering their upcoming challenges in the IB program as well as their responsibilities as leaders within the school community.
Alex related his success story to the pressures and trials that we face. He made it clear that "communicating the pressure that you're under is the key to success" and advised the students to seek help from teachers as well as from each other, especially in times of great pressure. Teamwork is a crucial part of success and communication is what keeps teamwork strong. He also encouraged students to "keep consistent" He counselled them that it was the consistent rowers that were the best - not the ones who only trained and performed well some of the time. The students were encouraged to keep consistent in their work and studies so that they could rely on it when it really counts.
Our gratitude goes to Alex Gregory for the wonderful opportunity that the students were given, and Mr White who helped arrange it for them.