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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.

CDS Arts Festival 2022

Posted on: 30/06/2022

CDS once again hosted its Annual Arts Festival, the first since 2019 and it was wonderful for the school open the doors to showcase the amazing talents of its students.

Key Stage 4 students from across the Drama department shared a range of monologue and duologue performances from GCSE and BTEC set texts like ‘An Inspector Calls’ ‘DNA’ and ‘Blood Brothers’, as well as challenging subject matter on teenage cancer and relationships.  Year 7 students showcased their talents from their classwork this term, performing extracts from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Dance performances displayed a collection of work from all year groups across CDS. Year 7 students performed repertoire from BalletBoyz ‘Young Men’; Year 8 performed contemporary solos and the Key Stage 4 students performed ensemble pieces from a diverse range of styles.  

Reception guests were entertained by the School’s talented music students whilst sampling the delightful and tasty canapes created, and served, by students studying Hospitality & Catering, skilfully overseen by Mrs Naylor and Miss Williams.

Outstanding work from students in Art and Engineering was on display in the Theatre and the School’s VI Unit also opened its doors to demonstrate the equipment it uses to aid the learning of its visually impaired students.   The Brilliant Club students talked to visitors about their academic work on this programme and of their remarkable achievements.

Special guests included The Mayor, Councillor Dexter, and his Lady Mayoress who were toured by the School’s head students. The School would like to thank all of its supporters, parents, friends and students for attending this special event.

The generosity of sponsors this year has been overwhelming and means that Showcase Awards can be presented to all students for their outstanding contribution to the event.  They all worked extremely hard to ensure the success of this year’s Arts Festival and awards this year will be presented in the end of year assembly.

Appreciative thanks go to our sponsors this year: Westwood Cross; Independent Catering; Hornby Hobbies; Pauline Quirke Academy; Drink Warehouse UK; Revolution Skatepark; Seaward Copy Shop; Quex Park, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve; Kaspa’s; Clip n Climb Thanet and Original Artworks, for all of their donations towards this event.

CDS would like to thank all staff, friends, and parents for their continuing support in inspiring the students to do their very best, and to excel in their given field.

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