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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

Houses

The purpose of our College system is to divide a large school into small, permanent, cross-sectional components that promote both learning and loyalty as well as a sense of belonging.

The Colleges are permanent, cross-sectional, family-like, co-curricular societies, led by a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team. They will have a rich and regular rhythm of life throughout the year that lets students feel personally secure while the academic curriculum works to stretch their abilities.

Aims:

The College system is an integral part of life at The Charles Dickens School and aims to provide a sense of cohesion, team work, competition and fun through a range of school based activities.

Benefits:

  • A greater sense of belonging to the School
  • A more aware, stable and involved school
  • A greater sense of community
  • Greater student involvement in the School
  • More opportunities for participation in inter-house competition and school events
  • Greater connection between year groups
  • Further motivation for academic and personal excellence
  • Opportunities for friendships outside of usual peer groups
  • Reflection of the ethos of the School by maintaining high standards

Every student and staff member at The Charles Dickens School is assigned to a College. The College structure creates competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the School together. The College system runs alongside the Year Group structure, not instead of it.

The Charles Dickens School works to foster a sense of College pride and belonging. This is accomplished by creating College identities, building on the College colours and shields established a number of years ago.   The four Colleges, Cobham, Fort, Gower and Tavistock are all named after places where Charles Dickens lived. Students are assigned to a College on entry to the Charles Dickens School. This is done by the Admissions Officer. If a student already has a sibling within the School, then they are assigned to the same College. Then all other students are assigned. Every effort is made to ensure an equality of distribution by

  • Gender
  • Ability
  • Behaviour
  • AEN need
  • Gifted and Talent identification
  • Sporting Prowess

Each College is run by a member of the SLT and College Captain.

College events run throughout the year with CDS reward points being awarded for each event. The running total of CDS points, for each College, is regularly updated and portrayed through the College notice boards around the school, on the portal and the website.

Although there are many one off events students can take part in, day to day work and conduct can achieve points or in some cases have points deducted! Staff and students alike are encouraged to run any appropriate event/competition for the whole school or year group.