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31/03/21

Welcome to our final Wellbeing Wednesday of Term 4! What a year it has been! This week we are looking at adopting a flexible mindset. See the attached info for more detail and have a great Easter break everyone! https://t.co/dEEMlSQse5

31/03/21

Two Year 10 students have volunteered their free time to HeadStart, recruiting and evaluating the programme. Both girls are now leading on aspects of the project. For more information visit https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/lgpli7jQds https://t.co/oif1MDuSHM

24/03/21

Welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at the benefits of “journaling” to improve their mental health and wellbeing. What is journaling? See the attached tips to see how it might work for you! https://t.co/XbuN0v9EuW

17/03/21

Another Wellbeing Wednesday is upon us! This week students are looking at morning routines. https://t.co/DyDzvnJ9js

16/03/21

Comic Relief 2021! We are supporting “Red Nose Day” with a non-uniform day on Friday 19 March. Students can donate £1 on that morning if they wear non-uniform. Let’s support this fantastic cause and raise as much as we can! https://t.co/8Le7TcXAEc https://t.co/MxhXQRnhjV

10/03/21

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how diving into a book can nurture their wellbeing and sustain their resilience. https://t.co/GW7Qg3ChAJ

10/03/21

Calling all chefs! There is a cooking competition being run across the whole of Kent called Young Cooks. https://t.co/EbZRv5k29w Let Mrs Naylor at school know if you have entered! https://t.co/ciFaVb5xJK

24/02/21

Welcome back to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at self-esteem. See our attached wellbeing guidance for more info. Take a look at this YouTube video https://t.co/Xknm4Pre83 https://t.co/rikQwZJWiZ

23/02/21

H&C – Year 10 & 11 winners of their half term baking competition: excellent tray bakes and a home-made Buenos cheesecake. Well done! https://t.co/btm32xb7fA

23/02/21

H&C - Although there was no pancake tossing competition in the Hospitality & Catering classroom this year, Mrs Naylor challenged Y9 students to come up with the best looking, creative pancake. Here are the winning entries. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Xtn5eLtqEZ

23/02/21

H&C - Y8 students were challenged with a homemade soup making competition during half term. There were 3 winners: Vegetable soup with spicy notes &croutons, homemade cream of tomato soup, and vegetable and tomato winter soup. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/8i8jmkaAPa

23/02/21

H&C – Y7 students were challenged with a bread making competition during half term. Entries came in interesting shapes/unusual ingredients. 3 winners stood out: A rustic loaf, fantastic pretzels, and a plaited loaf. Well done to all who took part and keep baking! https://t.co/NraD7EjyUk

12/02/21

We would like to extend our thanks to all parents and carers for your support this term in enabling us to continue with our remote learning. Students are now able to limit the gaps in their knowledge that lockdown could bring. Thank you all. https://t.co/d69EFaZ8oR

12/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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11/02/21

Ensure you visit our learner portal for great tips on keeping your child safe online and visit National Online Safety for their free online safety resources. https://t.co/AkDrdidSdB

11/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

10/02/21

Wellbeing Wednesday (2of2) - Resilience & Wellbeing We can find creativity in many different ways. These re inspirational start points: Art & drawing: https://t.co/FwEeZ4lyzX Photography: https://t.co/zTI77bYGcI Music: https://t.co/82qUp5iyRn

10/02/21

It’s the final Wellbeing Wednesday message of Term 3, and this week we are reflecting on wellbeing and resilience. Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 with the theme - Express Yourself! https://t.co/unuCYRLEZ8 https://t.co/EqxpETvszH

10/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

09/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

08/02/21

We are delighted to update you with the news that the School has been recognised for its commitment to providing safe remote education and has achieved National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accreditation. https://t.co/KyQwG4L9lg

08/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

03/02/21

It's our Wellbeing Wednesday message: We may be multi-tasking towards overload at the moment with our minds spinning through worries & anxieties. Have a look at the attached tips on using nature to refresh your wellbeing. https://t.co/rvwKp0tlo4 https://t.co/IzlUICgOXb

03/02/21

A talented Y7 art student responded to the work of artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, to transform some of Thanet's local buildings and landmarks into Hundertwasser inspired buildings and landscapes. His teacher says that she is thrilled with what he has created! https://t.co/tKgHclkhkn

28/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

IT'S HERE! 📢 This say hello to our FREE mobile app for parents & educators 📱🤩 Be . Download the app today for instant information about the latest apps, games, devices & more. Apple: https://t.co/VNrn1suz6q Android: https://t.co/AjNNOyXLK6 https://t.co/kWDIx35CMn

28/01/21

The School is delighted to announce that it has gained accreditation for supporting online safety. Stakeholders are accessing and using the National Online Safety resources to keep the school community safe whilst online. https://t.co/lLCtU5tnfr

28/01/21

Year 9 Photography students were given a brief to respond to the work of photographer, Matt Ball, creating a series of symmetrical images using their own photographs as starting points. This capable student has gone above and beyond – excellent work! https://t.co/VJfCWEZVGX

27/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – We are looking at establishing a good daily routine to enrich wellbeing & build resilience. While some are going through self-isolation, a “normal routine” is not something we are able to maintain. See the attached tips. https://t.co/98qW13StXt

27/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

On this there are some great mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 which help with managing feelings, expressing yourself, healthy habits & connecting with others. Sign up for free & give them a try. https://t.co/kD84ihU1Vs

27/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

We recently spoke to about tackling digital dangers and the importance of both educators and parents in harnessing tools to keep children safe online. You can read the full feature here >> https://t.co/jKWfh9KSbQ https://t.co/1svdOQDA4w

27/01/21

Well done to Carly (Y8) for volunteering at the COVID vaccination centre for Margate and Mocketts Wood PCN. She’s doing a wonderful job! https://t.co/7Lho8WzwfF

25/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It may come as no surprise to parents that children spent more time gaming online in 2020. With tweets related to the subject increasing by 75% over the last year, we’ve taken a look at the connotations in our blog feature >> https://t.co/VFvKec4eYo https://t.co/LgHxZx6Utk

25/01/21

The school is proud to announce that it is working towards its National Online Safety remote learning accreditation, to show the fantastic work taking place with online learning. https://t.co/YtM8pnG2E9

21/01/21

Year 8 & 9 HPV Immunisation Programme to go ahead at CDS on 1st/2nd February using a drive-thru clinic in the school car park. Keep an eye on emails for more info over the next week for time slots when children should attend. https://t.co/K1BDw3K9k0

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Week 2 of the Mental Cleanse Challenge - We hope that you took up some of the tips last week to get your mental health cleanse started! https://t.co/oNEFfl2DNX https://t.co/gmCnPB0zvc Wishing everyone a safe & restful week. https://t.co/grlaaPzS0H

14/01/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing message: The Mental Cleanse Challenge! It’s time for a mental health cleanse! See the attached for tips on cleansing your mind. https://t.co/POwpE2E6YQ

12/01/21

Barton Court Academy Trust wants to recruit a new School Governor for the Local Governing Body of The Charles Dickens School. If this is something that may interest you, please read the attached flyer. https://t.co/dWwn9gvJSA

08/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

Thanks for including us on your support sheet. https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 is free and available for 10-16 year olds in via a mobile, laptop or tablet. Once signed in, have access to a range of support features, as well as our online counsellors https://t.co/SDJa5Wgv27

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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