This is an excellent opportunity to join our organisation at an exciting time in our journey, as the trust enters a further period of growth. We are a strong trust currently with four secondary schools and one primary school in Thanet, East Kent. As Trust Estates Officer you will provide effective estates management support by acting as the link between each of the schools and the Central Executive Team.
On Friday 10 February 2023, Coastal Academies Trust (CAT) hosted its first groundbreaking conference at Dane Court Grammar School, bringing together over 400 delegates from its five member schools. David Didau - renowned education expert, teacher, author and self-professed provocateur – captivated the audience with his key note speech, challenging myths and misconceptions, and promoting innovation in teaching.
Twenty five speakers from Trust schools and external organisations delivered inspiring presentations on topics ranging from pedagogy to mental health. The conference served as an invaluable opportunity for educators to expand their networks and learn from the experiences of their peers, with delegates and speakers engaging in lively discussions, exchanging ideas and sharing best practice.
This event showcased the commitment of Coastal Academies Trust to excellence in education, as it continues to create a supportive and progressive environment for its member schools. With a focus on fostering collaboration and sharing expertise, the success of this conference highlights the Trust's dedication to nurturing the next generation of academic achievers in Thanet. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.
“High quality speakers and excellent ideas and challenges to help move us all forward.”
“Lovely to spend time talking and swapping ideas with different members of your own setting, rather than just your year group. Good to meet colleagues from other schools and hear their perspectives. Loved the Key Note speech.”
“I felt the collaborate and supportive atmosphere of a CAT wide CPD day was excellent.”
“It was lovely to have all trust schools in one place, it encouraged so many conversations where people want to go and visit the other schools for certain collaborations. Brilliant!”
Japanese cooking lessons
Written by Libby
In our IBCP Language Development class, we had a Japanese cooking lesson and made two different Japanese noodle dishes. The steps to both of the recipes were simple and easy to follow. We worked well together as a group to make chicken udon noodle soup which was my personal favourite and soba noodle. The soba noodles were noodles served with dipping sauce.
Fin and Amy said 'It was really enjoyable. The dishes tasted very nice and flavoursome and everyone ate lots of it. It gave us an interesting and fun insight on a common dish they eat in Japan'. Ms Myers commented 'It was great to see the students enjoyed cooking and tried the Japanese noodle dishes. Some students asked me to share the recipes as they wanted to make it again! I hope the lesson encouraged the students to be open minded to try something new from other countries. Well done, everyone.’
Here are the recipes if you would like to make these dishes. Most ingredients are available in supermarkets or online.
On Monday 16 January, some of our year 8, 9 and 12 students who are studying Spanish assembled in the theatre to watch the Onatti Theatre Company perform a wonderfully funny play, entitled 'Mi Personalidad (My personality)'. The play was delivered entirely in Spanish by two professional Spanish actors. The students absolutely loved it and were talking in Spanish afterwards. When they were first told about the play, they were a little apprehensive about how much they would be able to understand so it was brilliant to see them engaged and participating during the performance. The play is all about identity. It’s Fernando’s first day at University and he is trying to make friends, however, it doesn’t go well at all, and so, he tries out different personalities with the help of a mysterious acquaintance… Here’s what some of our students said: “We were happily surprised to see how engaging the show was. There was a good balance of educational and entertaining aspects.” - Year 12 ab initio students. “It was so entertaining and really easy to understand and follow.” - Year 9 student. “It was very funny, the comedy was perfect and the props were really good”. - Year 9 student. We are so glad that students enjoyed the experience and we look forward to welcoming the Onatti Theatre Group back on the 9th of February when they will be performing a French play ‘Parlez-vous français?’ for some of our year 7 students.
All these workshops are intended for parents of children in primary school and year 7.
The Kent Emotional Wellbeing Teams' online workshops offer information around key topics to help understand what is going on for your child and strategies to support them, based on the latest evidence and practice.
We were very pleased to receive this letter recognising the quality of our modern foreign languages provision, from the Minister of State for Schools. Language learning is central to our broad, challenging and international curriculum.
"In an increasingly globalised economy, it has never been more important for our pupils to be taught modern foreign languages. Languages help young people understand culture and societies beyond our own and they help widen career opportunities.
I would like to congratulate your staff and pupils for their hard work and success."
The Dane Court Grammar School Parents Association's monthly boot fairs usually take place at the school from 6:30am on the second Saturday of each month with breaks over winter and during the summer holiday. Read more...
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