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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!


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.


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.


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.


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! …


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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.


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.


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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!


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.


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!


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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.


Well done to all of our DofE students with their volunteering efforts! We are proud of all of you!


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


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.


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


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!


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!


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.


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!!!


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:


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Please see the attached for important dates for our Year 6 into 7 parents & carers, for September 2022 Admissions.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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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:


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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.


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.


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!

Breadth Thinking Tools

CoRT Thinking Lessons have been taught in schools since the mid 1970s. They have since become the most widely used school materials for the direct teaching of thinking as a basic skill worldwide.

All of this experience has contributed to developing CoRT Thinking Lessons that:

  1. Are practical and hands-on in nature.
  2. Can be taught as a separate subject–thinking skills–or embedded in existing curriculum to strengthen student learning and develop independent thinkers.
  3. Are focused on equipping students to become effective, open-minded thinkers–critical, creative, constructive, and comprehensive.
  4. Address the increasing interest and recognition for the need to teach thinking as a basic skill along with reading, writing, and mathematics; the traditional basics.
  5. Can be used in a wide variety of situations from schools in disadvantaged areas to elite schools to students being home schooled.
  6. Appeal to a wide range of ages (6-adult) and abilities (IQs of 75-140).

Breadth Thinking Tools 1

Think of a person setting out to learn to be a carpenter. Each carpenter's tool is designed to carry out a specific function. The carpenter learns when and how to use each of the tools one-by-one. A lot of practice is required to become a skilled carpenter. Learning to become a skilled thinker is the same approach: to make the basic operations of thinking second nature so that they are carried out automatically, smoothly, and without fuss or effort.

P4C – is short for Philosophy for Children.

Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.  For example the question might be 'is it ever ok to steal? 

The teacher, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue.  After the enquiry the children and facilitator reflect on the quality of the thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve; either as individuals or as a group (community).

P4C is intended to be a regular activity so that the children develop their skills and understanding over time.  The role of the facilitator is crucial to ensuring quality dialogue and progress, as well as integration with the curriculum.

It is well documented that P4C has an impact on children's cognitive, social and emotional development. P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves.

P4C is a thorough pedagogy with considerable academic pedigree. Professor Matthew Lipman, frustrated by his students’ lack of engagement with learning and thinking, was influenced by educationalists and philosophers such as Vygotsky, Piaget, Dewey as well as the tradition of Socratic dialogue.


If we expect pupils to engage in more creative and stimulating thought process, we, as teachers must encourage them by asking higher level questions.


Linking higher order Questioning with higher order Thinking.

  • Developed initially in 1050's by Benjamin Bloom, readapted and significantly improved by Lorin Anderson in 1990's.
  • Hierarchy of 6 developmental stages of thinking which become increasingly complex and demanding.
  • The levels of thinking can be applied to developing questioning across all levels of schooling and in areas of learning.

Breadth Thinking Tools 2

Deeper questioning and anticipated deeper response is developed from top left to bottom right.

Get pupils to come up with their own questions by choosing a word from the left-most column followed by a word from the top row.


What Is… the time / the name of… etc

When Will… the reaction stop if I use X grams of Y?

How Might… we use photosynthesis to overcome the impact of burning fossil fuels?