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A message from Mr Wallace

Dear Parent/Guardian

Like most secondary schools, Dane Court has an annual Summer Sports Day. However, that is where the similarity ends. Our Sports Day actually takes place over one and a half days.
Athletic ‘Field Events’ take place during the morning of the first day, then Athletic ‘Track Events’ and Team Games run throughout the second day.
Although Sports Day is the largest ‘House’ competition of the year, and fiercely contested by all performers, it is also the only event where every student participates and plays their part.

We realise that some students do not enjoy athletics and so each year group has a ‘striking’ team game. Unlike the athletics where the competitions are single gender, the team game is a mixed gender activity. Year 7 play Rounders, Year 8 Stoolball, Year 9 Cricket and Year 10 Softball.
The success of the day is always due to the fantastic response from the students. Students have to organise themselves during Sports Day, making sure their form teams are organised and that they get to events on time. They are given a great deal of freedom during the ‘main’ day and I am never disappointed with their effort and behaviour which is always superb.
The sense of community is immense, with all staff involved in the smooth running of the day. Sports Day is my favourite day of the year because the whole school is taking part in one activity. And, of course, I’m just a little biased when it comes to sport!

All parents are welcome to watch some, or all, of Sports Day. The day is very informal. When you arrive please sign in at the main office. If you are not sure where to go to spectate ask any student/member of staff. We do not provide seating – feel free to bring a rug or folding seat.

The programme is shown below and can be downloaded here. We look forward to seeing many of you on the day.

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Friday 30 June 2017 - Pentathlon

Years 9 and 10 only
This will take place during Periods 1 to 4

 

Monday 3 July 2017 - Field

Order of events

 

10.55

11.25

11.55

12.25

 Long Jump

7 + 8 B

7 + 8 G

9 + 10 G

9 + 10 B

 Triple Jump

 9 + 10 B

 8 B

 

 

 Javelin

8 G

7 + 8 B

9 + 10 B

9 + 10 G

 Discus

9 + 10 G

9 + 10 B

7 + 8 G

7 + 8 B

 Shot Put

9 + 10 B

9 + 10 G

7 + 8 B

7 + 8 G

 Rounders Ball
 Throw

7G

 

 

 

High Jump - This competition will start at 8.50am for all competitors

 

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Team sports

Order of play

Time

Pitch 1

Pitch 2

Pitch 3

 10.15

B v D

H v N

S v T

10.55

T v B

D v H

N v S

11.35

T v D

B v N

H v S

12.15 to 12.55

 L U N C H

1.15

D v N

S v B

H v T

1.50

D v S

B v H

N v T

Track

Order of events

Time

Event

10.15

1500m
7G & 7B, 8G & 8B, 9B, 10B

10.55

100m
7G, 7B, 8G, 8B, 9G, 9B, 10G, 10B
6th Form Girls, 6th Form Boys

11.25

400m
8B, 9B, 10B

11.35

4 x 100m ‘B’ Relays
7G, 7B, 8G, 8B, 9G, 9B, 10G, 10B
Sixth Form, Mixed

12.15 to 12.55

L U N C H

1.15

300m
8G, 9G, 10G

1.25

200m
7G, 7B, 8G, 8B, 9G, 9B, 10G, 10B

2.00

800m
7G, 7B, 8G, 8B, 9G, 9B, 10G, 10B

2.30

4 x 100m ‘A’ Relays
7G, 7B, 8G, 8B, 9G, 9B, 10G, 10B

3.00

Staff v Yr12 Relay

3.10

PRESENTATIONS

*All timings are approximate

MO1L4815 250pxToday we welcomed our annual gathering of year 13 students in fancy dress.
The event marks the end of their formal International Baccalaureate Diploma lessons and the start of study leave for most students.

Examination season starts in early May and we wish everyone involved the very best.

Gold Fever 1 250pxThe past six weeks have been very exciting for the students studying Sport Science. 2017 started with two visits to Canterbury Christ Church Universities SportsLab. The year 12 students took part in a variety of fitness testing opportunities, looking at how their bodies respond to exercise in the short term. They also learnt how to assess body composition, heart and lung function. Meanwhile the year 13 students took their research proposal to the SportsLab to see if they can understand the science of talent identification. Each of these visits offer great opportunities not only to support their current studies but get a taste of what life after Dane Court Grammar can be.

The half term however came to a close with the visit of a sporting legend. Five times world champion and twice Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory graced the sports hall to give students an insight into the world of elite sport and what it takes to be the best. Coupled with some rowing masterclasses, Alex spoke to the students about his journey, turning 8 years of disappointment into 8 years of unrivalled success. Words of wisdom echoed around the room, as his gold medals passed from hand to hand. Much of what he spoke about could be applied to the students own sporting lives, as well as using the lessons he learnt and applying them all areas of their life at Dane Court.

"A truly great bloke, it was good to see the smiles on the students' faces as they worked with Alex during the day...
We cannot wait for him to come back" said Head of PE Ian Wallace

As we move into the next half term we hope to see the students step up and take on board everything they have learnt so far in 2017 and build towards success in the summer.

IMG 2512 250pxFor the third year running the Dane Court Girls, now playing as Under 16's, have reached the Regional Finals of the Butterfly National School Team Championships after clinching the Runners Up place in the Zonal tournament held at the Morpeth School,Tower Hamlets on Sunday 15 January 2017. This was definitely the toughest of the Zonal events both in terms of the number of schools taking part (6) and the standard of the opponents Dane Court had to play later in the competition.

The 6 schools were split into two groups of three and Dane Court breezed through both their matches starting with an 8-0 victory over the Essex Champions, Chelmsford High School, and then repeating the same result against Parmiter's School from Garston. Hertfordshire. Then the pressure really mounted for the girls in the Semi Final against a strong Christ the King College team from Newport, Isle of Wight who were the Hampshire County Champions.They had a really strong number one player who beat both her two Dane Court opponents and after the first six games the score in matches was 3-3 but then two fantastic wins from the Dane Court number 3, Annabel Cole, and the number 4, Angel Foster, saw the Kent Champions squeeze home 5-3 in a contest that saw all eight girls produce some very high quality play.

Amazingly the final saw the two best teams in the competition reach even higher standards and an even closer result. Again the Willingdon Community College from Eastbourne, the East Sussex Champions, had a top number one girl who won both her games but Dane Court never gave up and forced a battling 4-4 scoreline. However Willingdon had won two sets more over the whole contest so they were declared overall winners with Dane Court taking the Runners Up spot.
Once again all four Dane Court girls, Catherine Banks, Tayla Bayley, Annabel Cole and Angel Foster, deserve tremendous credit for the level of their play and their determination to never give up and fight for every point. Annabel in particular deserves a big pat on the back for remaining unbeaten throughout the whole event winning each one of her eight games.

So now it is on to Bristol for the Regional tournament in March where the opposition will be tougher still but the Dane Court team continue to improve and should be confident of giving anyone in the Girls Under 16 category a run for their money.

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