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13/05/22

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. https://t.co/BWBoUfjxz5

13/05/22

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! https://t.co/pisFlO1kPv

11/05/22

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. https://t.co/KEY1R9o6Ep

09/05/22

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

If you feel lonely, support is available at Kooth this . Visit https://t.co/RwQAJqZj7m to speak to a qualified professional or find support from the Kooth community. It's available for 10-25 yr olds in & https://t.co/3JHkOIIg8T

09/05/22

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. https://t.co/regUGzb8tu

05/05/22

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. https://t.co/ellTDeCidh https://t.co/DyycCFdsWP

05/05/22

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. https://t.co/mFDbXir32v https://t.co/wZUsq4OQ1I

05/05/22

Retweeted From Turner Contemporary

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: https://t.co/W2W1VwFedz https://t.co/us3dKwjX2S

05/05/22

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

Feeling ? Being able to slow our breathing down & take longer breaths, can help us to feel calmer & reduce overwhelming feelings. Give it a try or have a look at the other mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3. It's free, safe & anonymous. https://t.co/09AVQLhGcV

05/05/22

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. https://t.co/QSen9vZWFn https://t.co/5ckzzuXY5J

04/05/22

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. https://t.co/kbytR64TEn https://t.co/YHztBHqymJ

04/05/22

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! https://t.co/r2ld8mwmzI

20/04/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: April is Stress Awareness Month. Many of us will experience stress at some point and it is one of the great public health challenges of our time. https://t.co/kscbRRJMQl

13/04/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Eight billion messages every day 😲📱 How many of those are potentially harmful? This week’s guide highlights some dangers that trusted adults need to be aware of to protect young people on Facebook Messenger 🛡 Download >> https://t.co/bZxjw21uwo https://t.co/SPDZEUZ0wQ

01/04/22

Have a great Easter holiday everyone - Students are back on Tuesday 19 April. https://t.co/7evmpcTQli

01/04/22

Students of the Scholars programme received bronze and silver certificates, together with an Amazon voucher and pin badges. They earned these rewards by completing additional subject tasks and challenges outside of lessons, going that extra mile! https://t.co/ya0KDYZTdY

31/03/22

Thanet Basketball Championships were played last night @ CDS. Thanet Champions title for CDS Year 9/10 boys team with a final 8-6 win. Well done to all who played! https://t.co/HbXYxD9Lwj

31/03/22

“Thinking like a poet” - CDS was fortunate enough to host 2 poets over the Cultural Capital days. Students were encouraged to “think outside of the box” resulting in poems focusing on the topic of names; what they mean and where they come from. https://t.co/qnO8ajxy69

31/03/22

Cultural Capital - A number of organisations came into school to work with students. Workshops included mystery solving using forensics, heat transfer techniques & make up artistry as well as a careers talk from the Police, and a lesson in business pitching. https://t.co/V6I5aFJTNJ

31/03/22

Y10 Cultural Capital – Ethics! The famous thought experiment: “the trolley problem”. Philosophical theories of utilitarianism and deontology, discussions on gene editing and biomedical engineering and ethical considerations in science. https://t.co/3M4Udv1g9L

31/03/22

Y7 took part in a series of Harry Potter related science activities for Cultural Capital, brewing the “Helios potion”, burning "Basilisk skin" and making broomstick bookmarks. https://t.co/RxuGCRsJTX

31/03/22

The School’s Emotional Wellbeing Team delivered “Ways to Wellbeing” workshops to groups of Year 8s based on the “5 Ways to Wellbeing” – connect; be active; play and creativity; keep learning; and take notice. https://t.co/1BRa4ALt6N

31/03/22

Capital Culture for Cultural Capital! A group of Literacy Champions were rewarded for their hard work this year with a trip to London to see the stage adaptation of the award winning novel, ‘Life of Pi.’ https://t.co/E8njyQ4wuA

31/03/22

Y11 workshops with NCS & Charlton Athletic community team, during 2 days of Cultural Capital. Engaging sessions educating students on areas outside of their education such as managing finance and reflecting on current world issues. https://t.co/Zt3ZhJgcor

31/03/22

Engineering for Cultural Capital – Students’ talents were really put to the test when challenged with building spaghetti towers! WOW! Just look at these structures! https://t.co/uZQaZXqBd3

30/03/22

Y11 HSC students took part in a workshop, delivered by the Health and Care Engagement Team from Canterbury Christ Church University. https://t.co/SD17eNpDkO

30/03/22

Retweeted From Margate FC

A lot has happened since we last played at 🏡. We’ve reached a Velocity 🏆 final, but lost 2️⃣ other away league games. Time to get back to business as we welcome to HDP 💙💙 🎟- https://t.co/0FGRxFZv7B https://t.co/8eZqaGwvZa

30/03/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: We are fortunate soon to have a break during which we can recharge and relax! Experiencing gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation tends to foster positive feelings which contributes to our overall sense of wellbeing. https://t.co/CWj0KABvn1

23/03/22

Our Thai masterclass was an enormous success as local Thai Chef Noi Silk taught a group of students how to make authentic Phat Thai, the national dish of Thailand. It was a lesson in new ingredients, specialist techniques and heat control! Well done chefs! https://t.co/TDZgRGQ9Tf

23/03/22

The School’s Emotional Wellbeing Team delivered an “Understanding Low Mood” workshop to Year 9s. The workshop included topics such as psychoeducation of low mood, how low mood is maintained, and strategies to improve low mood. https://t.co/yYR1PGyo5g

23/03/22

Wellbeing Wednesday and this week we are looking at calm communication and being able to talk through stresses and worries. Timing plays an important part of getting this right and the best time to talk is when everyone is calm and in control. https://t.co/yA9SDXSQel

23/03/22

Comic Relief Update: Thanks to all students and staff who contributed to this fantastic charity. The school raised a whopping £1135.00 for this amazing cause. Well done everyone! https://t.co/m2xV8xK5WZ

22/03/22

Comic Relief Update: Thanks to all students and staff who contributed to this fantastic charity. The school raised a whopping £1135 for this amazing cause. Well done everyone! https://t.co/5PkBefwA4J

21/03/22

Over the last 2 weeks students/staff/parents have supported us in providing items for those in Ukraine. With your help have we provided many essential items which were delivered to the Dover collection Depot. Thank you to everyone for your support! https://t.co/GlePjoT3jj

17/03/22

Retweeted From Kent County Council

Life can get really tough sometimes, but talking can help. A highly trained and experienced team is available 24/7 to provide expert support no matter what you are going through. Don’t suffer in silence: text the word 'Kent' to 85258. https://t.co/ICq49J4aHd https://t.co/ywlgJMxUSC

17/03/22

The Charles Dickens School has successfully completed a comprehensive online safety training programme demonstrating its commitment to keeping children and young people safe online. https://t.co/IYzdWRX8Pc

16/03/22

CDS staff and students are supporting Comic Relief this year with a non-uniform day on Friday 18 March. CDS community can pay their £1 via ParentMail or by calling reception. Let’s raise some funds for this amazing cause! https://t.co/r1rMLvC0fP

16/03/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Smile, Red N🔴S Day is coming! 😁 In support of 2022, this week’s special poster has tips on simple things that we can all do to brighten someone’s day when we’re online! 🤗❤😆 Download >> https://t.co/dubV0wvFDR https://t.co/tXryrFYTag

16/03/22

Wellbeing Wednesday message - Friday is Comic Relief and it highlights how important laughter is in our lives! 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem over the course of a year and Comic Relief has been raising awareness around this. https://t.co/vJFpoxIRX3

Spanish

Examination Board: AQA

Course Title:  GCSE Spanish

Why should I choose to study Spanish?

With over 400 million native speakers in over 20 countries, Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.  In the UK, it is also the fastest growing language to learn as a second language.  By choosing to study Spanish at GCSE level you will access many future career and study opportunities that would not be open to you without a language.  With Spain being the top tourist destination for British holiday makers (19 million British nationals travelled to Spain in 2018); Spanish is the natural choice for anyone wanting to study a language at Key Stage 4. When studying a language, not only do you study the words and grammar, you also develop an insight into the lifestyle and culture of other countries, helping you to develop skills to become a true global citizen.

What will I learn?

The GCSE course covers three distinct themes, which apply to all four GCSE Spanish examinations:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

What will be expected of me?

Students of all abilities can take a language at GCSE.  All that is needed is a great deal of enthusiasm, commitment to learning, with preparation and independent learning at home.  Learning a language is a challenge – but it is worth it!

What skills will I develop?

The aim of the GCSE Spanish course is for you to successfully achieve a number of objectives in a productive and supportive environment.  These objectives are:

  • To understand and use Spanish effectively for the purposes of practical communication
  • To use and understand Spanish both imaginatively and creatively
  • To develop an understanding of the grammar and structure of the Spanish language
  • To gain insights into the culture and civilisation of Spanish speaking countries and communities
  • To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure


How will I be assessed?

There are four GCSE examinations for Spanish, which assess each of the key language skills.  All four examinations take place towards the end of Year 11. 

  • Listening examination (25%)
  • Reading examination (25%) - including translation from Spanish to English
  • Speaking assessment (25%) - role play, photo card and general conversation
  • Writing assessment (25%) - structured writing task, open-ended writing task and translation from English to Spanish

Where will this qualification lead me?  

Do you aspire to have a career in business, travel and tourism, the media, journalism, MI5, sales and marketing, customer support, education or translating and interpreting?  The knowledge of a foreign language would be an advantage for furthering your career in any field.