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23/06/22

Today we said farewell to our Year 11s who have worked tirelessly through their GCSE exams. A final assembly, brought tears and laughter looking back over their 5 years at CDS. We wish them all well in their next adventure! https://t.co/dcHVfTOhWh

22/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday! Last week we endured some very hot weather which for some of us was warmly received but for others, very uncomfortable. Attached are some top tips for staying cool in the hot weather. https://t.co/N8NF28pSD5

21/06/22

CDS is proud to host the Arts Festival this year celebrating the multiple talents of our fabulous students, showcasing all things creative! Families of current & Y6 students, are invited and we look forward to seeing you on 30 June between 5-7pm. https://t.co/Ppb7KCRzZ1

20/06/22

A VI student embarked on his effective communication unit, part of his AQA award scheme, using his brailling skills to raise money for TAG Pet Rescue making staff name tags. He raised a whopping £175! A representative came to thank him for all his hard work. https://t.co/XmlFPqMptL

17/06/22

Navy Chefs came into school to work with H&C classes this week, briefing them on careers in the Catering arm of the Navy, and showing some amazing pictures of cooking around the world. Can learning be fun? - ‘absolutely, yes!’ – the kids had a blast! … https://t.co/tDUudYBPEZ

17/06/22

Retweeted From Kent Police Thanet

A dispersal order has been put in place in town centre this afternoon, giving police additional powers to move on anyone causing a nuisance and, if necessary, arrest those who return to the area once dispersed.

16/06/22

Y7 & 8 students continue to compete in the school’s Knowledge Organiser quizzes. Quick fire questions, on the buzzer, have challenged the recall of all of their knowledge. Here are some of the top placed Year 7 students with their certificates of award. https://t.co/0y2zDogwRr

16/06/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

If your child knows gaming, they’ll probably know Twitch 🎮💻 It’s a livestreaming community for dedicated gamers – but in among the helpful tips, some risks are lurking. Our guide investigates 🔎 Download >> https://t.co/e34tAokupc https://t.co/3YqUceFwoC

16/06/22

CDS students have now successfully completed their DofE assessed Bronze expedition, completing all of the evidence needed for their bronze award. Well done to all involved and a massive thank you to all staff who supported the expedition! https://t.co/ee4ELegsAV

15/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday! How does feeling guilty affect our wellbeing? Mindfulness can help us to accept our feelings and begin self-forgiveness. It can help you understand your emotions. https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/fYEFdz2SRk https://t.co/g4jfAvy7hn

14/06/22

Y10 art students took part in the English Heritage Art exhibition at Walmer Castle this year. Their work was inspired by their visits to the grounds and gardens of the Castle was displayed over the weekend as part of their Blooming gardens Event. Well done! https://t.co/HCCCmR0a8v

14/06/22

Retweeted From Department for Education

Last summer, our Holiday Activities and Food clubs helped over 600,000 children to keep active, learn new things and enjoy healthy meals. It’s great that supermarkets and sports organisations will also help disadvantaged children during the summer holidays this year. https://t.co/fQ3TG6xOqF

14/06/22

Well done to all of our DofE students with their volunteering efforts! We are proud of all of you! https://t.co/R6z6j9fNGa

08/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday - It's International Bike Week! Top 5 reasons to get cycling: It gets you out in the open Aerobic exercise reduces anxiety You can ride a bike socially It's a proven stress reliever It's easy to fit into your daily life https://t.co/sA9OXRqodt

27/05/22

Wishing you all a great May half term! Enjoy the break and the Queen's Jubilee long weekend and celebrations. Students return on Monday 6 June. https://t.co/5gjCZflB6I

26/05/22

CDS pupils took part in the Kent School Games virtual indoor rowing competition and the results are in! CDS finished in the following positions: Year 8 Boys – 2nd Place Year 8 Girls – 1st Place Year 9 Boys – 4th Place Year 9 Girls – 3rd Place Year 10 Boys – 4thPlace https://t.co/JIq0ANgZV5

25/05/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend approaches, and her 70 years of service recognised, we are looking at the secret to a long and healthy life and how to maintain healthy habits! https://t.co/o3FjZ938ia

25/05/22

A student from our Visually Impaired Unit has completed a mini project on Japan for his Unit Award Scheme – He had to produce a mini fact sheet which contained lots of interesting facts about Japan. The sushi and cookies went down well with all the staff in the VI unit! https://t.co/El3NARaijN

25/05/22

A selection of Y10 students visited Kent University, where they looked at the question of whether humans can live forever, from scientific and humanitarian perspectives. There were some fantastic presentations, and some thoughtful ideas on the topic. https://t.co/6sLEoAwlea

23/05/22

Y7 History have been learning about the Atlantic Slave Trade and were set homework to identify and carry out a small piece of research on an instance of slavery throughout history. It was their choice how to present the work - in a paragraph, a poster, or as a cake!!! https://t.co/Pl1MqKwwp6

18/05/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week we are looking at how meditation improves wellbeing. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. Links to meditation: https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/H6dJOHM94f... https://t.co/53TnaW4WUd https://t.co/Sxe8AVJqJC

18/05/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

“National Online Safety has joined the server” 🎮💬 Discord helps around 390 million gamers globally to communicate and cooperate. Mixing young and older users, however, can cause risks. Our guide investigates 🔍 Download >> https://t.co/D1BpQ1aY4B https://t.co/1Vqj5vwe4R

18/05/22

Please see the attached for important dates for our Year 6 into 7 parents & carers, for September 2022 Admissions. https://t.co/obV2NNOh1P

18/05/22

Year 9 and 10 Drama students went to The Orchard Theatre in Dartford to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A teenage boy’s journey following the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, which turns his world upside down! https://t.co/JbyDlT1eoA

16/05/22

Y10 Maximising Success: Students took part in a workshop with The Life Skills Company to help improve their study and revision skills and techniques, practising some key tools for revision and recall. https://t.co/NQlv8TxOMj

13/05/22

The School’s Emotional Wellbeing Team delivered an “Understanding Your Own Mental Health” workshop to a group of year 10s. The workshop explored what mental health is and considered what mental health means to the students. https://t.co/BWBoUfjxz5

13/05/22

Duke of Edinburgh Award - CDS took pupils on a practice expedition for their Bronze Award. As a joint expedition with BCGS , the groups went to Ross Wood camp site. The next expedition is in June, when they will be under assessment for their Bronze Award - Good luck! https://t.co/pisFlO1kPv

11/05/22

Our Wellbeing Wednesday this week is focused on Mental Health Awareness Week which focuses on loneliness this year. What is the real meaning of loneliness? Loneliness is the state of being alone and feeling sad about it. https://t.co/KEY1R9o6Ep

09/05/22

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

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09/05/22

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. We may all feel lonely at times. Millions of us hide feelings of loneliness. By coming together we can tackle loneliness and help prevent mental health problems. https://t.co/regUGzb8tu

05/05/22

CDS are looking to appoint a Director of Science. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/ellTDeCidh https://t.co/DyycCFdsWP

05/05/22

BCAT are looking to appoint a Specialist Science Teacher. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/mFDbXir32v https://t.co/wZUsq4OQ1I

05/05/22

Retweeted From Turner Contemporary

There's now only one week to go to enter this year's Portfolio art competition! Make sure you get your entry in to us by next Wednesday 11th May. Your artwork could end up on our walls as part of an exhibition this Summer! Find out more and enter here: https://t.co/W2W1VwFedz https://t.co/us3dKwjX2S

05/05/22

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

Feeling ? Being able to slow our breathing down & take longer breaths, can help us to feel calmer & reduce overwhelming feelings. Give it a try or have a look at the other mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3. It's free, safe & anonymous. https://t.co/09AVQLhGcV

05/05/22

CDS are looking to appoint Teaching Assistants – Fixed Term Contracts (multiple roles available). Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/QSen9vZWFn https://t.co/5ckzzuXY5J

04/05/22

CDS are looking to recruit a Cover Supervisor. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/kbytR64TEn https://t.co/YHztBHqymJ

04/05/22

Have you ever felt like you can't keep up with your daily tasks and deadlines, leaving you little or no time for rest? Rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. Attached is information as to why it's so important! https://t.co/r2ld8mwmzI

Remote Education Statement

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical subjects such as PE and dance will be different to how delivery might look when in school.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Our remote education will support learning for 5 hours of live lessons per day in line with pupils’ existing timetable, allowing for a short break between lessons. Homework will continue to be set in addition to this.

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All on-line lessons will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. Pupils will be invited to the ‘Team’ hosting the lesson through their Outlook e-mail.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • Additional laptops and dongles have been distributed to families to enable them to access live lessons.
  • Pupils experiencing technological barriers are invited into the school’s key worker & vulnerable pupil provision. We view a lack of technology as a vulnerability.
  • Printed materials are distributed to those that request it.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Every pupil will have a full timetable of live lessons delivered by their normal teacher. Lessons may involve the use of other software to support the acquisition of skills, e.g. Bedrock in English and Maths Watch in Maths. All lessons are recorded so pupils can access them later if they have missed the lesson.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect all pupils to engage in all lessons. We appreciate the support of parents in getting their children in front of a device by 08.40am. From there, we can take over.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Attendance and engagement are monitored. Parents will receive a text to notify them if their children have not been present in lessons by break time each day. Parents will also receive a text to notify them if their child has not attended any lessons in a day. Parents will be notified if we are concerned about the evidence of engagement beyond the attendance in lessons.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms including comment on assessed pieces of work, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • All pupils with an EHCP are invited into school. Pupils with SEN who are experiencing barriers to access are invited into school.
  • Teaching Assistants are present in the on-line lessons to provide additional support.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

  • Where significant numbers within a cohort are asked to self-isolate, teachers deliver blended lessons, accommodating learners at home and in the classroom
     
  • Where there are small numbers and isolated cases, pupils will work from the termly Knowledge Organiser alongside work sent to them by their subject teachers.

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