Dane Court's student newspaper Chatter team have been working super hard reporting on events in and out of school over the past couple of terms, to bring you this special bumper edition of Chatter.
Bursting with many fantastic articles to read from students across the school, such as how the students at Dane Court were successful in many different aspects of their school life and outside of school. Our fantastic students have also been reporting on hobbies they do outside of school, reviewing books & some of the in school events such as National careers week & world book day. Also in this edition there are Easter activities and lots of other competitions you can enter, not forgetting our own special JUBILEE competition to win- £15 for the first prize is up for grabs with two runners up prizes.
If anyone would like to join the chatter team just come along and see what we get up to, details on meetings can be given to you by your form mentors or by emailing Mrs Cronin. We meet in the library every Monday & Friday lunchtime. Students from across the school are very welcome & if you aren't very good at writing we always need a hand at editing! It would be especially great to hear from you!
Chatter would like to wish all student's, staff, the PTA and their families a safe & happy Easter holiday. Look after yourselves & each other but most of all ensure you all have a good well earned rest over the holidays.
On Wednesday 23 February, we were delighted to welcome nearly 100 Year 11 students from local schools to Dane Court. Our senior team spent a very enjoyable evening in one to one meetings with some very talented, ambitious and impressive young people, who were keen to discuss the International Baccalaureate course most-suited to them. In an increasingly competitive university and work environment for young people, it is little wonder that more Year 11s than ever before are keen to enrol on the most extensive and flexible programme of sixth form study available anywhere in the UK. With 940 hours of direct teaching time per academic year available at Dane Court, the IB continues to enhance its global reputation as the world's elite further education qualification.
We are delighted that so many local young people are keen to study with us, and It is no surprise that the majority are set on the IB Diploma, a programme with a track record of helping 40% of its students achieve a place at a top university, compared to 24% of their A level counterparts. It is likewise no surprise that the IB Careers Programme, which prepares students equally well for university, salaried degree apprenticeships, or a wide range of other paid higher level apprenticeships or work opportunities, continues to prove such an attractive alternative proposition.
In the meantime, why not watch this video to hear from some of our former students about exactly where Dane Court and the IB can take you:
Online safety - Follow the GOLDen Rules
Written by Mr M Alderson
Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at school. All of our pupils are taught how to be safe and behave appropriately online, but we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together. It's important that as adults, we take an active interest in our children's online lives and show a willingness to engage in the digital world with them. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, always contact 999 for police assistance.
Free consultations with educational psychology service
Written by Mr M Alderson
The Kent Educational Psychology Service is offering free 30-minute consultations to parents. The aim is to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers to support children’s wellbeing and learning. Topics or areas that you may wish to discuss might include:
Exam Certificates - 2020 and before
Kent Mountain Centre 2019
Written by Mr M Alderson
On the 27 October 2019, thirty one year 9 students made the journey to North Wales for the annual outdoor activities week of adventure and excitement. Our fourty year relationship with Kent Mountain Centre (KMC) has seen hundreds of Dane Court students make that journey to participate in one of the most challenging and adventurous programmes offered by any visiting school.
As always, the group were well prepared for the challenges of the mountainous Snowdonia National Park and the nearby rugged coastline. With expert guidance from the tireless KMC instructors, our students reached mountain summits and tackled river gorges, mountain crags and sea cliffs. Evenings were filled with outdoor problem solving activities in the grounds of the Centre and a visit to the excellent local indoor climbing wall. And, now in its tenth year, the Dane Court KMC blog was maintained every evening by a dedicated band of students and staff who produced illustrated daily reports to update parents and friends back in Kent.
Dane Court Grammar School had two excellent groups of year 10 students who qualified for the final of this year's Business of Enterprise competition and one of those returned from London with the top prize. Last Friday (5 July 2019), the two groups travelled in hope to NatWest's HQ in Bishopsgate with their well thought out and rehearsed business propositions and both performed with commendable skill.
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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