The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn't matter who you are or where you’re from. It is the world's leading youth achievement award, it gives millions of 14- to 25-year olds the opportunity to push themselves to be the very best they can be. The award was founded in 1965 by HRH Prince Philip.
In October 2020, eighteen Year 12 students were enrolled to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award programme. On Wednesday 30 March 2022, we had the pleasure of presenting Award certificates and badges to every single one of them! We were very grateful to have our Chair Of Governors, Dave Roberts, CBE in attendance to present the awards and we also welcomed Edward Gaskin, the DofE Operations Officer for Kent who gave a heartening brief on the DofE award.
As an old man once said and often repeats, “In a tight game, make sure you are wearing a Dane Court shirt”. Thus it proved to be the case as Dane Court's first eleven footballers lifted the Kent Cup for the third time in its 50 year history. These triumphs are always hard won, and are rightly celebrated. There were no easy games in their run to the final, and throughout the campaign the Boys have shown total commitment to the team and managers.... Wallace, White, Argyrides, and Coyne.
The final itself was an end to end, eleven goal, extra time thriller- not one for the faint hearted. On a clear, crisp evening over 400 supporters crammed into the Margate Football Club stands to cheer their school team. Dane Court Grammar School and Harvey Grammar School have a well established football tradition and it was fitting both should make and take part in such an action-packed Kent Final.
In the early stages both sides moved the ball well and the pace was lightning quick as the adrenaline coursed through their bodies. The game eventually settled down and after 20 minutes Court produced a precision move on their right and Sammi Takaloo squared a perfect ball for a tap in from five yards by Jack Hawkins. Dane Court’s back four looked relatively comfortable at that stage and dealt well with the Harvey forwards in open play. However, on thirty minutes a foul gave Harvey the chance of a direct free kick from 25 yards, which they converted via a wonderfully struck shot. Just before halftime, Josh Belsey had a great effort well saved and the break gave everyone a chance to catch their breath. The dressing room pep-talk appeared to work as Belsey slammed in his own freekick in the 55th minute to re-take the lead. Just a few minutes later, captain Matt Weatherley stooped low to head the ball in from a free kick to give Court a two goal cushion. The pace of the game increased and both sides had further chances before a very soft penalty was awarded to Harvey who’s striker emphatically found the roof of the net. Now it was all hands to the pumps for Dane Court as Harvey went for broke with wave after wave of attack. With only three minutes remaining of normal time, as the ball ran loose from a corner the Folkestone school equalised. Then, only a brilliant last minute save from Linus Hammond kept Court in the game.
Within a minute of extra time, it was Belsey who again terrorised the Harvey back three and slotted a beautiful left-foot shot into the bottom right corner. But within a minute of that another mix-up of the home defence saw Harvey level again. Tired legs were giving way to cramp for many and it needed the crowd to lift their side once again to greater efforts. Into the last 10 minutes and it was still in the balance until from a superb individual break from man of the match Belsey, saw him tuck away his shot to complete his hat-trick.
Harvey rallied once more, like a boxer rising from another knock-down and they equalised with just a few minutes left. These two worthy teams of young athletes continued to slug it out, desperate to land the killer blow. From somewhere the Dane Court boys managed to drag up the energy needed for another attack with only two minutes to go. Jack Hawkins took possession of the ball just outside the penalty area and had 2 shots blocked before he was on hand to rifle the ball home from the 18 yard line, cue delirium. Dane Court saw out the last seconds of extra time without further warning to secure victory. This in some way helps to atone for the team’s disappointment for losing the U15 Cup Final in 2019.
Many thanks to you all for adding such a prestigious trophy to the Dane Court cabinet and for providing another addition to the memory bank.
The team was:
Linus De-Syllas Hammond
Chatter 21 - Easter 2022
Written by The Chatter Team
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:
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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