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Chatter 25 - spring 2023


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.

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CAT continuing professional development day

CAT logoOn 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!”

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Japanese cooking lessons

IMG 1464In 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.

pdf Japanese Cooking Lessons (Recipies) February 2023 (163 KB)

Onatti Theatre Spanish performance

OnattiOn 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.

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