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20/10/21

Welcome to your Wellbeing Wednesday message, the last of Term 1! This week students are looking at how having a positive mindset is good for our Wellbeing. https://t.co/QjWhWlI7Oo

15/10/21

Retweeted From Kooth plc

Join us, as we celebrate this October! We'll continue to share resources and discussions celebrating black history and experiences. If you need a safe space to celebrate or talk, you can find support from the community over on Kooth and Qwell (by Kooth). https://t.co/kOMMLYKj8h

15/10/21

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

Young people can still sign up and take part in Kent Youth County Council (KYCC) elections until Tues 19th October! Here's the link to register and lots of other information about KYCC👉: https://t.co/hrC7PghNgv https://t.co/TNxx1lrfmp

15/10/21

CDS Prefect Instagram Post: Black Poetry Day on Sunday October 17th celebrates the importance of black heritage and literacy. Here we celebrate Langston Hughes' poem 'Dreams', that encourages readers to hold onto their dreams despite life's adversities. https://t.co/Ki58D8XHol

13/10/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing Wednesday message! This week students are looking at how eating healthy affects your wellbeing. For more information see the attached and please click on to the link to the NHS site https://t.co/QpaQQCQkF8 https://t.co/RLusKaYzuI

13/10/21

Retweeted From Barton Manor School

Barton Manor School is looking for LGB Govs to join them in Jan 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Trust to help implement the vision, ethos & direction of our new free school click the link below or retweet to spread the word. https://t.co/JqhtzCvv49 https://t.co/WcNV2KxhgA

11/10/21

Following our Open Evening last week, we are hosting Open Mornings this week on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th October. The School will open it's doors to Year 6 families from 9am until 11am, so if you were unable to make the Open Evening, please come along! https://t.co/ginpIjw7MZ

08/10/21

We are seeking to recruit a Second in Mathematics (KS3). Check out the job description and if you are suitably qualified and feel that you would be an asset to us, please apply. The closing date for applications is Monday 18 October. https://t.co/Ukl0qCBot1 https://t.co/dgWarKbTb6

06/10/21

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message - This week we are raising awareness for Mental Health. It is World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October this year - https://t.co/FArVQ3HsuV

06/10/21

Retweeted From WorldMentalHealthDay

TODAY IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY! Let's make top trending. Attention on social media can lead to more awareness and give a higher priority worldwide. Please help us to reach as many people as possible by retweeting and using our hashtag💚 https://t.co/apqIwefHac

29/09/21

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message! This week we are looking at how a daily check in with yourself can improve your wellbeing - This daily mental health habit can make a big difference. https://t.co/chay71uEIo

24/09/21

Today we celebrated the European Day of Languages at The Charles Dickens School. Our celebrations included; A European themed bake off, a poster competition, Treasure hunts, Tutor sessions and European treats in the canteen for students to try. https://t.co/qeRReZt4pg

24/09/21

Macmillan coffee morning staff bake off - Judges were hard placed to pick a winner but looked for artistic presentation, taste and texture in the bakes. Our star baker award today goes to the chocolate/Oreo bake. https://t.co/7Ezm5K7pLi

23/09/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Parents and educators! 📢 Have you downloaded our FREE app yet? 📱 Join the National Online Safety community and access hundreds of free guides, covering TikTok, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and more! 🤩 Download our mobile app today >> https://t.co/FD0f3CfzAw https://t.co/Tw2A3Jiub2

23/09/21

Art - These are Year 10 observations inspired by the work of Sarah Graham. Students took photographs of toys and, after selecting an area, are in the process of transferring these to canvas using acrylic paint. I think you will agree, these are starting to look great! https://t.co/TtyvrS1tPs

21/09/21

We are looking forward to enjoying lots of cake on Friday 24th September to support MacMillan Cancer! Students will be joining in a bake sale, and staff will hold a “bake off” to raise extra funds! https://t.co/r5FQwu8P2F

21/09/21

We are looking to recruit Teaching Assistants (multiple roles available) and a Specialist Teaching Assistant. Please look at the job advertisements if you feel that you could be an asset to our school. Deadline for applying is 30/09/2021. https://t.co/ibDvGXSgAo https://t.co/oAvE3bG52J

15/09/21

It's Wellbeing Wednesday: This week we're looking at how perseverance can improve mental health. You’ve heard the quote “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” Few achieve anything great without first overcoming a few obstacles. https://t.co/LYtDISHX3l

14/09/21

Retweeted From Kooth plc

Today marks . If you or someone you know is struggling with any issues at all, know that you are not alone and support is always available at Kooth! Hope Board ➡️ https://t.co/gVrgnt5NUW Other great services to reach out to for support ⬇️ https://t.co/QXw5bHxqI3

14/09/21

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

Be kind to your reflection 💠

14/09/21

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

Know your worth. You are irreplaceable.

14/09/21

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

Open Morning Tours for the new free School Barton Manor can now be booked. Places are limited. Click here to access the booking form. https://t.co/B10eo1NpX2

14/09/21

Lots of work has been going on in summer in the anti-bullying garden. Students will be able to enjoy this calm space throughout the year. https://t.co/PyyxWTfG8C

14/09/21

Anti-Bullying Update - A lot has been happening in the anti-bullying garden this summer. Students have grown, nurtured and released butterflies to demonstrate growth and positive change. https://t.co/GXdPWph9M1

09/09/21

Retweeted From Ramsgate Football Club

Free family ticket for every Thanet based school child as a welcome back to school gift from Ramsgate FC just produce this attached image on the turnstile to receive free entrance to Saturday’s game at the ⁦⁩ community stadium https://t.co/P6hotwe8iG

08/09/21

Welcome back to our Wellbeing Wednesday message! This week we are looking at the practice of self-care. See the attached self-care ideas and have a positive week! https://t.co/szWYFMTzp1

07/09/21

CDS Prefect Instagram - – A message from the Prefect Team: Welcome back students! We all hope you had a great fulfilling summer and are eager to go for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you back in school this week! https://t.co/kCdK4KH6wG

07/09/21

We are sharing a picture of our second new food room in as many years. Students in Y7 & 8 will be mainly cooking in here – what lucky students they are! There are 15 state of the art workstations, fitted with induction hob, double oven and industrial sink unit. https://t.co/gBVy3gRofg

07/09/21

Football is Back! Trials are in Sept 2:50-4:00pm Thurs 9 - Y7 Boys - Mr Taylor Thurs 9 - Y10 & 11 Boys - Mr Masters Fri 10 - Y7 & 8 Girls - Mr Taylor Tues 14 - Y8 Boys - Mr Shepperson Tues 14- Y9 Boys - Mr Allen Bring outdoor PE kit, boots/shin pads https://t.co/8tWpq2ZSIy

02/09/21

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

The applications process for the new free school, Barton Manor School, is open today, 1 Sept. Apply online for a Y7 place only using the link below. Closing date Friday 10 December 2021. https://t.co/Svaz5Vxc89

02/09/21

All pupils return to CDS on Tuesday 7 September 2021 - We look forward to seeing you all then! https://t.co/wP5KXAJ2rm

27/08/21

Over the last year CDS students and staff have raised a whopping £2,475.23 for the School’s chosen charities. A massive thank you to everyone involved! https://t.co/Mv0IkJfuIk

26/08/21

Yr 6 into 7 Transition Days: Tues 31st Aug, through Fri 3rd Sept. We are welcoming our new Y7s next week to familiarise themselves with CDS prior to a return on the 7 September. If Y6 parents need any info regarding the days then please email office.kent.sch.uk https://t.co/XDEOReCWvQ

24/08/21

Vacancy: BCAT Trust Estates Manager/The Charles Dickens School Site Manager. Please follow the link below for full details. https://t.co/t1mRUUvAzZ

16/08/21

Please see the link below to view the full Barton Manor School consultation summary report and associated appendices. App 1 provides an executive summary of the responses received and App 2 provides a summary of the FAQs, and the Trust responses. https://t.co/K138U2dDAd

16/07/21

Body positivity is something we want to address. Remember to not only to be kind to others but also kind to your self with your body image. BE KIND STAY POSITIVE HAVE A GOOD SUMMER!! From the CDS Prefect Team https://t.co/XHO9oc2qMn

16/07/21

Hospitality & Catering: Year 10 Hospitality & Catering students have been working on their plating and presentation ideas. They have made their own sushi! Very impressive technical skills on show, and beautifully presented! Well done! https://t.co/ATE3b8Er5z

16/07/21

Competitions & Rewards: Throughout the year students have been working hard, entering weekly competitions and gathering reward points. This year’s winners are Tavistock! Well done to all colleges for all their hard work! https://t.co/3GfSZpM3Ec

14/07/21

Wellbeing Wednesday Some of the apps and websites to support your wellbeing: NHS https://t.co/s80x1KEfue MIND https://t.co/lL5nU8zZYY

14/07/21

Wellbeing Wednesday Some of the apps and websites to support your mindfulness Headspace https://t.co/XNoh7bgRjJ Insight timer https://t.co/zxlH8l7og2 Smiling mind https://t.co/evBFb1oZr3 My life https://t.co/fQyocNPEcR Calm https://t.co/kZXnVKNLSm

Attendance

The Charles Dickens School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all of our students. Regular attendance is critical if our students are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.

One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. The Charles Dickens School actively promotes 100% attendance for all our students and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual rewards to promote good attendance and punctuality.

We recognise that parents/carers have a vital role, and a legal responsibility, to ensure good attendance and we promise to identify, investigate and work in partnership with parents/carers, students and other agencies to resolve attendance problems.

Attendance and punctuality are recorded electronically and an automatic service is used to keep the school and parents informed. Parents will be notified automatically via a messaging service by the Year Support Officers if a student is absent and the school has not been notified; see parental responsibility below. Parents will also be notified when a student is late for school.


Parental Responsibility

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time.  Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of children and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them.  Poor attendance undermines their education and sometimes puts students at risk, encouraging anti-social behaviour.

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent. This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe.

Students are expected to arrive by 8.40 am.  All students that arrive late must report to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.


Leave of Absence (holidays in term time)

Holidays in term time will not be authorised. If a parent/carer wishes to request leave of absence then this must be made in writing, 2 weeks in advance to the Head of School. Leave of absence will only be granted if there are exceptional circumstances. Penalty Notices are routinely issued when holidays are taken during term-time

Timeline of School Action for Poor Attendance

  • Less than 95% attendance – Head of Year (HoY) to monitor. Support to be offered through attendance meetings with SLO, school intervention letters and School Attendance Manager meetings with parents.
  • Below 90% attendance - School may consider Attendance Service or Penalty Notice referral where the absences have not been authorised and referral criteria are met.

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