Year 7 and 8 students took part in a Jazz workshop led by a professional musician from Deal Music and Arts Education on Wednesday the 24th May. They learnt to play a brilliant funk piece called Pass the Peas by James Brown (based on a D minor pentatonic scale), and had a lot of fun in the process. Students pushed themselves outside their comfort zones with many trying improvisation for the first time, and some playing in front of peers for the first time. Very well done to all involved, but in particular well done to Aurora, Winter, Aaron, D'Angelo, Kaiya and Prudence for being prepared to have a go at a solo! The Music Department is very proud of how well they collaborated during the workshop; have a listen to the outcome below.
Parenting Adolescents Skills and Support
Written by Mr M Alderson
PASS is for parents would like to understand the behaviours of their teenager as they move through this development stage and begin their transition into adulthood. Workshop’s themes have been identified as an area of support required by parents and professionals. The focus for this year is co-production with parents so there maybe additional workshops added to the offer based on feedback.
Each district will deliver one face to face workshop per month. These can be also accessed virtually from anywhere in the county. These are on rotation, so if the need arises, no parents should be waiting more than 4 weeks.
Parents will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of their teenagers, be given some techniques and strategies to support them, seek advice of professionals and be sign-posted to further support if required.
DCGS Chatter members have worked incredibly hard on creating this edition of the school newspaper for you, bringing you a variety of articles from members of the team across the school community in our tribute edition to Queen Elizabeth.
We have, as always, so many fangtastic articles within this edition. We hope you have as much fun reading it, as we have had putting this edition together for you. We have had reporters focusing on the various events that have been held across the school, a spooky short story & our competition poem winners, news on the amazing amount raised at the book fair and we have also have lots of interesting articles on Queen Elizabeth, including her IB learner profile and King Charles.
If anyone would like to join the Chatter team, we meet in the library twice a week at lunchtime, find out more details by emailing Mrs Cronin, Mrs Finlay, Mrs Roger or asking your mentor or head of year when we return. All students from across the school & staff are very welcome, if you aren't very good at writing, we always need a hand at new ideas editing, page design or you could create some art!
Chatter would like to wish all DCGS students, staff, the PTA and their families a safe & happy half term. The Chatter team would like you to all have a good well-earned rest over the holidays, so grab a warm autumn drink or a bowl of pumpkin soup and enjoy Chatter 23.
Dane Court's fantastic Chatter team have been working super hard to bring you this special festive edition of Chatter that we hope you will enjoy.
Bursting with many fantastic articles to read from students across the school, such as new staff interviews, the amazing fundraising events happening around the school & the year 8’s fantastic Christmas cakes! Our fantastic students have also been reporting on what they have been doing outside of school, reviewing shows, books & how to make delicious festive bakes.
Also in this edition there are details of what is happening in the library, Armistice Day celebrations and lots of helpful suggestions to survive the festive season along with a chance to win £15. Not forgetting our creative writing students and their fantastic stories & poems, featured in Chatter to enjoy with a warm hot chocolate or festive treat!!
If anyone would like to join the Chatter team when we return to school, or just come along and see what we get up to, we meet in the library on a Monday & Friday lunchtime or by emailing Mrs Cronin, Mrs Rogers or Mrs Finlay. Students from across the school community are welcome. It would be especially great to hear from you!
Chatter would like to wish all students, staff, the PTA and their families a safe & happy Christmas along with a healthy New Year. Enjoy yourselves but most of all ensure you all have a good well-earned rest over the holidays.
The DCGS Chatter team have, as always been working hard to to create this eggsiting edition of Chatter for you. There are so many delightful articles within this spring edition! The team have been out around the school busy reporting on all of the fantastic events that have been happening since we returned in January.
We have reports on the ever popular Valentines Bistro, Year 7’s life saving training and some tasty Japanese cooking. There is sporting news from the many successes of students & staff including the Under 16’s Girls Kent Cup Final win!
Along with an update on the fundraising that has happened across the past couple of terms. We hope you enjoy reading the school's World Book Day story created by some very talented students and the many reviews from the students on theatre performances.
If anyone would like to join the chatter team when we return to school, please just come along and see what we get up to, we meet in the library on a Monday & Friday lunchtime or you can get more information by emailing Mrs Cronin, Mrs Finlay or Mrs Holmes. All students from across the school community are welcome and it would be especially great to hear from you if you enjoy editing and page design!
We hope you have as much fun reading as we have had putting this edition together, perhaps whilst tucking into a chocolate egg or a toasted hot cross bun.
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.
CAT continuing professional development day
Written by Mr M Alderson
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!”
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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