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06/02/23

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week with a focus on “Let’s Connect”. Pupils can come along to our stall in the Heart to see what organisations offer. For more information: About - Children's Mental Health Week (https://t.co/huHqfmYu72) https://t.co/dl0oY18wnz

06/02/23

We welcomed Chef Kenny Marsh to our KS4 Hospitality club to run a masterclass in making fresh gnocchi and homemade pesto. It was a brilliant skills session learning the art of rolling gnocchi, boiling and pan frying it and then drizzling with homemade pesto! https://t.co/L6GsOvcnfC

02/02/23

Y8 and 10 sports pupils went to the Thanet Schools Handball Competition. The Year 10 team lost 3 games - but all only by one goal! The Year 8 team came 2nd, only losing on a goal difference of 1! Well done to all, a great start with this new sport. https://t.co/kDVMO2ujCO

01/02/23

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message. This week we are looking at how stress can affect the teenage brain. https://t.co/uarXeEM9gy

30/01/23

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

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30/01/23

If your child missed their cancer prevention HPV vaccination when the NHS Team visited you can book an appointment at a community clinic via the link below: https://t.co/XwHMG6sDKd Kchftimmsteam

27/01/23

H&C Club - Boning a chicken leg, stuffing it and rolling it! Poaching the ballotine and making a mushroom cream reduced sauce. Plating up with duchess potatoes, roasted peppers and chargrilled courgettes. Thank you Victoria and Eve for running this session. https://t.co/U8XjsJEzZG

25/01/23

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday - A well balanced diet can improve your mood, energy levels and overall mental health and wellbeing. We all need a mixture of fibre, proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals to achieve this. https://t.co/KUVYlB0bDo https://t.co/ftmDEpmMSx

25/01/23

CDS Sports Leaders represented the school in a leadership capacity at a local primary school sports festival at Ramsgate Leisure Centre. The group worked with children showing their enthusiasm for the leisure industry and coaching. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/UvVeyXC75p

20/01/23

Year 10 textile students have been working on a project based on their identity. For inspiration they looked into the work of Edo Morales, Darren Ball and Oliver Bliss to gather ideas for techniques and processes to use within their own work. https://t.co/4vZsG4QlHM

18/01/23

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18/01/23

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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18/01/23

Love is in the air! Hospitality pupils have been creating valentine themed cheesecakes – We think you will agree that they look amazing! Well done! https://t.co/JYRpN8KHeQ

18/01/23

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at ways we can relax to improve wellbeing/mental health. You may enjoy these links for help in relaxing. https://t.co/4pMORDrazX https://t.co/SQ5t1krOss https://t.co/DLIoUx05uB

18/01/23

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11/01/23

It's Wellbeing Wednesday and this week we are looking at sensehacking - Sensehacking is set to be a big wellbeing trend for 2023 and highlights the crucial role that senses play in our everyday lives. https://t.co/21qIx2ClGx

11/01/23

What fun at Y10 Hospitality Club! Thea Barrett from came into school and led a “Mocktails Masterclass”. They muddled, layered, blended and shook! What a great session! results of the mocktail making can be seen in our photographs. https://t.co/DRAYvd1Z3U

11/01/23

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11/01/23

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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10/01/23

During Disability History Month 16 November to 16 December students took part in a project creating posters or presentations showcasing the history of the disability rights campaign, and contributions those with disabilities have made to our world. https://t.co/LjOocwiPD8

04/01/23

At CDS we celebrate the amazing work our VI pupils do in school, and it’s World Braille Day today! Watch this video to see why today is so important to celebrate. What is Braille? | World Braille Day 2020 | Newsround - YouTube https://t.co/Q2rQ4dIHfz https://t.co/O3BEfiXjtt

04/01/23

To celebrate World Braille Day, Mrs Pluckrose is running a competition: Pupils should create their name in Braille in the most creative way (from apples to lego bricks) and hand in by Mon 23 Jan (or photos). There will be prizes for the winners! https://t.co/Rkav7IBfMH

04/01/23

New Year can signal a time for change, and a sense of ‘starting afresh’. While this can bring a sense of inspiration and motivation, there can be pressure from the media, society, or others, to come up with a range of goal-setting resolutions. https://t.co/dNWDXrgC4o

04/01/23

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03/01/23

Every term pupils are set an optional “Take it Further” challenge in history. They are encouraged to select a topic to research and produce a poster, report, model or timeline. We are impressed by the standard of work which we would like to share with you. https://t.co/M3eVNZ7Xo4

16/12/22

This year’s Christmas charity is The Gap Project - A one-stop shop that provides food, support and advice over the festive period for those in need. Everyone has been generous with their donations to support the work of this local charity. We are extremely proud. https://t.co/Z9oIqMSSeN

15/12/22

Working in the style of local artist Clare Youngs, Year 8 pupils created a number of beautiful patterned papers before collaging these into endangered animals. They then considered how these collaged animals could be used on a poster – great work Year 8! https://t.co/mKC6ZHgBJ5

15/12/22

Hospitality students in Years 9 & 10 have been busy with their festive projects. Traditional Christmas cakes baked, covered with marzipan and iced and decorated by Y9. Gingerbread houses made from scratch and decorated to within an inch of their lives by Y10! An amazing display. https://t.co/Hcv52wxXsi

14/12/22

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14/12/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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14/12/22

We are delighted to confirm that two excellent Year 9 pupils, have both won the recent Kent Youth County Council elections. Both students have worked extremely hard on their campaigns. Huge congratulations from everyone at The Charles Dickens School! https://t.co/jlsCZXHe8y

14/12/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at why Christmas is good for mental health? Festivities highlight things we are grateful for, and this gratitude can increase our sense of wellbeing. Mental health support services: https://t.co/OhcG8vhsn6 NHS (https://t.co/o7vmFIVu8l) https://t.co/YY2RKgjqf2

12/12/22

School is open as normal today! https://t.co/qZWbchDWeb

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

Dance

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel

Course Title: BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Why should I choose to study Dance?

Dance allows students of all abilities to be supported and challenged in developing their technical, choreographic and appreciation skills. Dance is a fun and enjoyable course that relates to the performing arts industry in giving you a taste of the roles and responsibilities of a dancer. This course is ideal for dedicated students who like a challenge and those who enjoy learning in a practical way. It is great for building confidence and communication skills.

What will I learn?

Component One is “Exploring the Performing Arts”. You will learn about different styles of dance and approaches to choreography. Whilst study existing dance works, analysing roles, skills and relationships; processes and techniques used in rehearsal and performance. The final assessment includes a presentation, teacher observations and recordings of workshops.  Component Two is “Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts”. You will learn skills and techniques used in rehearsal and performance. Assessment includes teacher observations, recordings of classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, peer observations and a logbook containing self-review and target-setting sheets. In Component Three, “Performing to a Brief”, you will work through the creation and realisation processes of production to generate a performance for an audience. You will also evaluate the processes and outcomes. The evidence for this assessment is a combination of recordings, a written log and evaluation report.

What will be expected of me?

You must follow and abide by clear rules, routines and expectations.  Your attendance must be outstanding as it is very hard to catch up work if you are absent. You will be expected to adhere to the high code of conduct established in the performing arts department. You need to be self-motivated and willing to accept and act on constructive criticism. You should be able to take direction, but also generate ideas of your own and be an independent thinker. 

What skills will I develop?

The aim of the course is to make dance understandable and accessible to all students and for you to understand the skills needed to be a dancer. You will develop skills in technique, choreography and appreciation.

How will I be assessed?

Internally assessed and externally moderated work makes up 75% of the final grade – Components One and Two; the remaining 25% is external assessment – Component Three. There are practical examinations as part of the controlled assessment elements and in these you will be assessed on your technical competency and performance quality. There is also a significant amount of written work for all units and this must reflect and match the standard of your practical work.

Where will this qualification lead me?

A number of our students go on to study BTEC Level 3 courses at college and sixth form, this can then lead to study at degree level in a performing arts subject.