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Kent Mountain Centre 2018

IMG 1453 250pxIn what must have been Dane Court Grammar School's fortieth year of visiting Kent County Council's outdoor adventure centre, we were blessed with calm, sunny weather to greet our group of 32 year 9 students.

As always, there was excited anticipation mixed with a little apprehension as we arrived at the Kent Mountain Centre (KMC) set on the shores of Llyn Padarn at the foot of Snowdon in North Wales. We were welcomed by the friendly KMC staff who, as usual, smoothed the way to our settling in.

Our weeks at KMC are always action packed with outdoor activities every day starting soon after a good breakfast and finishing in time for a well-earned evening meal (with a packed lunch in between, obviously). After dinner there are more indoor and outdoor activities followed by supper and a welcome bedtime.

I am pleased to report that the weather remained pretty much perfect all week. We even had stronger winds on the days we visited the sea level traverse (which is always more fun when the waves are bigger) and lighter breezes when we ventured onto the mountains.

The group were outstanding; full of awe and enthusiasm. They thoroughly enjoyed their experiences (just look at the photos below) and returned home full of stories about their adventures and carrying memories that will last a lifetime.

During their time at KMC, the students contributed to a live on-line blog which forms a journal to keep parents and friends up to date. You can read the Dane Court KMC Blog here.

KMC 2019 takes place in the week after autumn half term. It is open to all current year 8 students.
Introductory letters will be available for download here or students can pick up a copy in C2.

Voyage au Château de Warsy 2018

Picture1 250pxvendredi 29 juin
Aujourd’hui nous sommes allés en France. Nous avons visité un mémorial de guerre et une ville qui s’appelle Albert. Ici nous avons visité un musée de la Somme, et selon moi, c’était vraiment intéressant. Après ça, nous sommes arrivés au Château de Warsy. Nous avons mangé le dîner et puis nous avons joué un jeu qui s’appelle ‘Buddy’. Je pense que, et mes amis pensent que ce n’était pas très amusant! Après le jeu, mon amie et moi avons dormi mais mes autres amis ont joué jusqu’à vingt-deux heures moins le quart!
samedi 30 juin
Aujourd’hui, nous sommes allés à Amiens, une grande ville avec une cathédrale qui s’appelle Notre Dame d’Amiens. C’était extrêmement grand et intéressant donc c’était difficile de partir! Après ça, nous sommes retournés à Warsy, où nous avons mangé le déjeuner. Après le déjeuner, nous avons joué aux sports nautiques. Par exemple, nous avons fait du canoë-kayak et c’était très ludique!
dimanche premier juillet
Aujourd’hui nous sommes allés à Paris! Nous sommes partis très tôt, mais quand nous sommes arrivés, nous sommes montés la Tour de Montparnasse où nous avons vu beaucoup de Paris. Après ça, nous avons visité la Tour Eiffel et il faisait très chaud! Plus tard, nous sommes partis prendre un bateau mouche sur la Seine. Nous avons vu Notre Dame de Paris et c’était chouette! Puis nous sommes retournés à Warsy où nous avons joué au volley-ball!
lundi 2 juillet
Aujourd’hui nous sommes rentrés en Angleterre. Avant de rentrer, nous avons visité une ville au bord de la mer qui s’appelle Le Touquet et c’était très amusant! Nous avons mangé des crêpes. Puis nous avons visité un hypermarché où nous avons acheté beaucoup de bonbons! Finalement nous sommes arrivés à Calais et nous sommes rentrés à l’école à vingt heures.
C’était des vacances géniales!

Trip to Sevilla FC

IMG 7704 250pxOn the 8th of April, 22 students and 2 teachers boarded a coach and headed for Gatwick Airport. It was around 4 o'clock when we arrived at the airport but even being this early in the morning you could feel the buzz within the students. Before we boarded Mrs Sotiri and Mr Wallace gave each room a challenge sheet for the trip, including getting pictures of landmarks and answering general knowledge questions about Seville. We boarded the plane at around 6 o’clock and didn’t touch down in Spain until around 9 o’clock. When we got there we met our tour guide Juan.

After a short coach trip we got out and went sightseeing, we went to see a landmark square of painted ceramic tiles called Plaza de España. We all went for a canoe ride which was really fun. We then headed to our hotel called Abades. At around 5:30pm we left the hotel and headed for Sevilla’s stadium, Ramón Sánchen Pizjuán. We watched Sevilla V Deportivo, Sevilla won 4-2. The next morning we woke up early to get ready for breakfast and our first training session at Sevilla’s training ground. The sessions were really fun and the coaches were really nice. Later that day we had our first Spanish lesson with Carlos, it was really funny. On Monday we had the second of two training sessions and in the afternoon a tour of the city. During the coach trip back to the hotel we saw Real Betis’ stadium, Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla’s rivals). In the evening we had a cooking class where we learned to cook paella, a traditional Spanish dish. On Tuesday we got ready to play an 11 a side game Vs a Sevilla youth team. They were really good but even though we lost, it was a great experience for us all. After the game we got to see the first team train for a little bit. In the afternoon we headed to Sevilla’s stadium once again for a stadium tour. It was extraordinary. We got to learn many different things to do with the club and its history. We also saw many things to do with the club including: the trophies won by the club(including the European trophy), the changing room facilities. We also got within touching distance of the pitch. On the final day we went to a shopping centre to buy souvenirs.

We headed for Sevilla airport and arrived at around 2:30pm, our flight left at around 4 o’clock and we arrived back in England at around 7 o’clock. We boarded our coach and set of home at around 7:30pm and arrived back in Thanet at about 9 o’clock. The trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Kent Mountain Centre 2016

RIMG2140"The reason I chose Dane Court."
"Can I stay another week?"
"Dane Court's best trip." 

Over the years, students partipating in our annual visit to Kent Mountain Centre in North Wales have said some wonderful things about the place and their experiences. The visit in November 2016 was certainly no exception. As always, everyone took part in a spectacular range of truly exciting and physically challenging activities. The teams of staff, instructors and students were all keen to take advantage of the ideal weather and spent some awesome days on the mountains of Snowdonia National Park and the sea cliffs of Anglesey.

Year 7 Lockdown Gallery
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Kent Mountain Centre 2019
Sports day 2019