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It’s Wellbeing Wednesday! - How do we teach ourselves to receive love? To be loved and nurtured by others is a basic human need. It is one of the main experiences in life that helps us grow into the best versions of ourselves.


Attached is some information about FREE wellbeing activities that are taking place over February half term for young people aged 13-17 years in Thanet.More information about the programme can be found at via Instagram at .



9x1, 10x1 & 10x2 mathematics pupils entered into the UKMT Maths Challenge. This was an online challenge, testing logical abilities and problem solving skills. A big shout out to all who took part, we are very proud. Now to wait for the results!


This week’s Hospitality Skills Club saw pupils mastering the art of sushi making!Some great results and many headed off home with the intention of making more.#cdshospitality


Y7 and 8 pupils worked with staff from Margate Turner Contemporary to create a range of abstract sculptures.Under the theme ‘Adapt’, pupils were challenged to create group sculptures but without talking to each other! How did they know what they were making?#cdsvisualarts


We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in electing 2 candidates for Kent Youth County Council. Amie in Year 9 and Zoe in Year 10. They will join Jasmine, who joined KYCC last year. The students will work with KYCC on their policies.


Cultural capital days this year included a Y7 trip to see Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre, Y8s taking part in Food Champions/Society Makers and Y9s on the Canterbury Trail. Y10 pupils visited the Natural History Museum and Y11 took part in activities relating to Post 16.


Pupils from all year groups came together to perform dance, drama and music to family and friends.There was a range of performances including the school choir, dance club, drama club, and GCSE pieces.Thank you to everyone for their support.#cdsperformingarts


There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to feel happy because everyone else is. Christmas looks different for everyone and you should spend it in a way that makes you feel as relaxed as possible and helps you look after your mental health.#cdswellbeing


Thank you and well done to everyone who has taken part in our CDS Christmas Food Bank Appeal. You have helped to provide 286 meals! Congratulations!


Well done to our CDS community on the Christmas food bank collection to go to FareShare Kent. Thanks to everyone who donated this year, we appreciate your contributions.#cdscharity


We had some great entries for our Christmas card competition and somehow managed to whittle it down to just two! The winning card has been made into a CDS Christmas card. Well done to all entrants. The top two, each received a certificate and prize.#cdschristmas


Barton Court Academy Trust are recruiting an Attendance Administrative Assistant for CDS (term time only + 5 SDD). If you, or someone you know, feel you have the skills and knowledge to fulfil this role, please see the vacancy in full here:



Year 11 Hospitality pupils have been trying their hands at truffle making to get into the Christmas spirit – they were a lot harder to produce than expected. Don’t they look incredible! Well done!#cdshospitality





One of our VI pupils has been practising his braille and how to structure a letter with paragraphs.He used his skills to write to Tottenham Hotspur and received this response ! What a lovely letter to get back.#cdsvi


Sustrans were in school for the second session with our Pupil Voice team last week. We looked at with an Engineer, and suggested ways that we can improve the roads to make them safety and user friendly for cyclists, and pedestrians.


Our VI pupils have been raising money for two charities close to their hearts – Porchlight (the School’s chosen charity) and Great Ormond Street Hospital.Our leading girls took on a sponsored walk raising a staggering £222.00 (£111.00 for each charity).


Please see attached a poster advertising an upcoming Under 18’s disco for Year 9 upwards (ages 13-17) at Retort House, Broadstairs. Broadstairs and St Peters Town Council are really keen to promote Retort House as a welcoming, safe environment for young people in the town.



Congratulations to our Term 1 Take it Further task competition winners! Pupils submitted a range of fantastic work The quality of work was very impressive and well done to these pupils for pushing their learning the extra mile.

Textile Design

Examination Board: AQA

Course Title: GCSE Textile Design

Why should I choose to study Textile Design?

Students considering textiles as an option need to be hardworking and demonstrate an ability to research and explore the work of others at Key stage 3.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, have a passion for responding to the world around you and enjoy exploring tactile materials and processes then this is the course for you.

What will I learn?

The ethos of the CDS textiles course is to give students the skills necessary to create, evaluate and ultimately appreciate artworks from all cultures and of all styles. Students will learn to observe and respond to their own surroundings through their own first hand observations and exploration of materials and techniques. As well as investigating the work and culture of others, students will be introduced to a range of contemporary and traditional textiles processes.   Whether students are working on fashion or textile design we believe that true creativity is seen when students first acquire skills and then gain the confidence to apply those skills using their personal themes and ideas.

What will be expected of me?

Students will be encouraged to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through the realisation of ideas and intentions, exploring in context and to conduct evaluations.  The essence of the course is to be able to develop an idea from its initial source through to a final response.  Students will be expected to document their ideas and experiments in a sketchbook relating own ideas to the work of others through visual and written means.

What skills will I develop?

Initially there will be a reinforcement of basic observation skills as well as an introduction to new textile techniques and processes.  Throughout the course each student will have the chance to develop their skills on a wide range of media, processes and techniques including screen printing, felt making and hand and machine embroidery.  It is essential that students develop their observational skills and conduct research and investigation to inform their own ideas but must 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 examinable project forms the final 40% of the grade.  Students will be required to select and develop a body of work over time before producing a final piece in 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. We at CDS have a long history in sending our most able students to art colleges and universities throughout the country. After GCSEs many of our students will apply to the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury BTEC Art and Design course Level 3, before going on to a degree course.

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