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07/12/22

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday and we are looking at the Pomodoro technique for effective time management. That is...thinking in tomatoes rather than hours! People swear by the life-changing power of the Pomodoro technique and here are some tips! https://t.co/ldoiSzuIFq

30/11/22

Wellbeing Wednesday! This week we are looking at the science behind Feng Shui, the ancient art and science that was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. The literal translation means wind and water which are both associated with good health. https://t.co/fzOX8Mcq5U

30/11/22

If you or someone you know uses languages for work, or have stories to tell about how languages have helped in your career, would you be willing to come into CDS and speak to pupils about it? Contact the MFL department if you can help. zjohnson.kent.sch.uk https://t.co/6RUHqQGNn0

23/11/22

It's Wellbeing Wednesday and we are looking at an “Introduction to Self-Compassion”. This means being gentle, kind and understanding with yourself and involves 3 elements: mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. https://t.co/4aQgqq9fNd - https://t.co/5KJPDeZjk3

23/11/22

A reminder that voting is open for the Kent Youth County Council Youth elections! Manifestos and voting links can be found here: https://t.co/28IhVcSZ0p Voting is open until 27 November with results announced 8 December. https://t.co/ZfyTCfVOsU

22/11/22

CDS hosted its annual Awards Evening at the school with VIP guests and supporters in attendance as well as pupils past and present. Our talented musicians and singers provided interlude entertainment and canapés were served by our talented H&C pupils. https://t.co/INGcPTyi9P

18/11/22

Voting is open for the Kent Youth County Council Youth elections! Manifestos and voting links can be found here: https://t.co/xrHHEEue3Z Voting is open from 14 November – 27 November with results announced 8 December. https://t.co/BXWNGG50Jp

16/11/22

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday! This week we are exploring Confidence and Identity. What is Personal Identity? It is your perception of who you are which includes your personality and character, occupation, background, skills, experience and appearance. https://t.co/fmnVfZ6cJy

15/11/22

CDS Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are managing a stall in the Heart all week so that students can “reach out” and come together to tackle bullying. Wristbands are on sale for 10p each and they can also complete a “Random Act of Kindness”. https://t.co/qarI28owkl

15/11/22

Voting is open for the Kent Youth County Council Youth elections! Manifestos and voting links can be found here: https://t.co/RV3NQ7ZQLB Voting is open from 14 November – 27 November with results announced 8 December. https://t.co/BIvPFeSmYl

15/11/22

The School was represented this year by prefect pupils at the Town’s Remembrance Service, laying a wreath at The War Memorial at Pierremont Hall. The service was a poignant reminder of those that defend us, and a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made. https://t.co/xEUR26BsGn

11/11/22

Two CDS Year 9 students are standing for election in the Kent Youth County Council elections. The link to voting in these elections is on Satchel One so CDS students can access and vote. Voting is open from 14 November – 27 November. https://t.co/Sm8PlSIDHV

11/11/22

Y8 and 9 girls’ football team played in a football tournament earlier this week at Ramsgate FC. The girls’ team was victorious, leaving the tournament overall winners! All who played showed amazing attitude and determination - A huge well done to all of them! https://t.co/M0YHx0yzNE

10/11/22

Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a workshop by the BCC. ‘BBC100 Share Your Story’, is part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations and they heard from 2 ambassadors, through the power of story telling, about their inspirational journeys. https://t.co/Z8wVLzbTPX

10/11/22

Y7 Sports Captains played in the Thanet Schools’ Dodgeball Tournament this week. Pupils were separated into two teams (CDS 1 & 2). The final was a battle between both CDS teams, with CDS 1 winning. We took both 1st & 2nd place as a school! Well done to all of you! https://t.co/Z3VmJg3lpV

10/11/22

Year 11 Hospitality & Catering pupils have been practicing their cooking skills and plating entire dishes. These all look both mouth-watering and professional! CDS are developing some seriously talented chefs! https://t.co/y3qBfY5tmf

09/11/22

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message This week we are looking at the benefit of deep breathing exercises. https://t.co/DpeeHIkIAW

09/11/22

A group of Y9 language students are entering the National Language Competition this week. The competition is a week long event and competitors will tackle language related puzzles, collecting flags on their journey through the week to gain points. https://t.co/zDYEcyDReF

09/11/22

East Kent FC - would like to invite boys, girls of all ages & abilities to our ‘Open Trials’ Players needed for: U8 - U16’s • New U8 team • Girls Teams • Boys / Mixed teams For more info or to book a place…. Please email: ekfcsecretary.com Whattsapp 07566220987 https://t.co/ijHMQtY5c0

07/11/22

We are selling poppies from the school's reception this year and our prefects are also selling them in school to both students and staff during break times and lunchtimes. https://t.co/EoaiOxcVR6

07/11/22

The School has received a National Online Safety Certified School Accreditation for its whole school community approach to protecting children in the online world for the year 2022-2023. https://t.co/WdCWYyaiTq

04/11/22

CDS has been successful in achieving Thinking School accreditation. The University of Exeter’s Cognitive Education Development Unit has recognised the school’s achievements with regards to promoting pupil thinking and the effectiveness of teaching. https://t.co/ry3V4wppnh

04/11/22

CDS is the most improved school out of 101 secondary schools in Kent on the improvement in Basics 4+ percentage between 2019-2022. The improvement of +23% pts ranks the school 33rd out of more than 5000 schools nationally between 2019-2022. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBoWte https://t.co/sahoiOGTLs

04/11/22

The Charles Dickens School is the 4th highest performing non-selective school in East Kent (Thanet, Canterbury, Swale) on Basics 4+, which is the percentage of pupils achieving a standard pass in English and Maths. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBoWte https://t.co/teDse9u9Dr

03/11/22

Y10 pupils attended a workshop today run by The Life Skills Company. They were given tips on revision and study skills which will help them with their revision and assessments. Huge thanks to Steve and Karla https://t.co/su3KWkjwPn

03/11/22

The Charles Dickens School is the highest performing non-selective school in Thanet on Basics 4+, which is the percentage of pupils achieving a standard pass in English and Maths. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBoWte https://t.co/43j3vgOmpD

03/11/22

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03/11/22

CDS ranked 2nd out of 101 secondary schools in Kent on the improvement in attainment (A8) score between 2019-2022. The improvement of +9.4 equates to almost a grade for every child in every subject across all counting elements of Progress 8. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBooDG https://t.co/WICYilX9KD

02/11/22

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message! With the clocks going back 1 hour at the weekend the beginning of the early dark evenings is upon us and so this week we are looking at SAD disorder. https://t.co/DyiKxXOTNT

02/11/22

A group of music students had the fantastic opportunity to attend a performance of the musical Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a story of the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West. https://t.co/rkmxGjfzlD

02/11/22

The Charles Dickens School is the 3rd highest performing non-selective school in East Kent (Thanet, Canterbury, Swale) on Attainment 8, which is the average points score achieved by pupils at the school. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBooDG https://t.co/Urpc21n08S

02/11/22

The Charles Dickens School is the highest performing non-selective school in Thanet on Attainment 8, which is the average points score achieved by pupils at the school. Source: https://t.co/VE1WvBooDG https://t.co/lMf6sqTOoU

01/11/22

CDS are looking to recruit for two maternity teaching positions in school - MFL (French/Spanish) and also Maths. For more information, please follow the link below. https://t.co/mLfRhfBXqf https://t.co/6b6gY8s5yg

Photography

Examination Board: AQA

Course Title: GCSE Photography  

Why should I choose to study Photography?

Students considering Photography must be prepared to learn about the workings of the camera, composition, lighting and camera control.  Students need to be hardworking and demonstrate an ability to research and record ideas in their own time.   If students enjoy a creative challenge, have a passion for the world around them and enjoy exploring the finer details, capturing those special moments and meanings behind photographs then this is the course for them.

What will I learn?

Students will learn the skills necessary to create, evaluate and ultimately appreciate artworks from a range of different artists and designers. Students will learn to respond to their own surroundings through their own first hand observations and exploration of processes. Students will explore photography manipulation processes and cover topics such as portraits, landscapes, still life and work in the abstract. We believe inspiring students to become photographers in their own right allows for the development of a creative journey with personal and meaningful outcomes. 

What will be expected of me?

Students will be expected to describe and evaluate each photograph in sketchbook form. With every shot comes a written explanation.  Students will need to use specialist vocabulary and be able to present and annotate their own work and that of others.    This course delves into the workings of the camera as well as the inspiration and thought process behind a range of photographers.  Students will be expected to engage in a wide range of independent study.  They will need to have access to a camera in order to complete and develop work. The essence of the course is to be able to develop an idea from its initial source through to a final response. 

What skills will I develop?

The course will reinforce basic observation skills as well as an introducing students to the rules behind photography, developing an understanding of the workings of a camera and Photoshop processes.   Throughout the course each student will develop an initial photograph and developed to a final response/s. It is essential that students conduct relevant research to inform their own ideas and be prepared to work out of their comfort zone in order to explore alternative working methods and practices.

How will I be assessed?

Your coursework portfolio forms 60% of your overall mark.  This portfolio will comprise of one exploratory unit and one extended project. Your examination project forms the final 40% of the grade.  The examination requires you to select and develop a body of work over time before producing a final piece during a 10 hour practical examination.

Where will this qualification lead me? 

The creative industries of the world look to the UK for its inspiration and skills. Our most able students are currently studying at art colleges and universities throughout the country. After GCSEs many of our students will apply to the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury or Canterbury Christ Church University to study BTEC course or equivalent before going on to study degree course.

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