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23/06/22

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! https://t.co/dcHVfTOhWh

22/06/22

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. https://t.co/N8NF28pSD5

21/06/22

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. https://t.co/Ppb7KCRzZ1

20/06/22

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. https://t.co/XmlFPqMptL

17/06/22

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! … https://t.co/tDUudYBPEZ

17/06/22

Retweeted From Kent Police Thanet

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.

16/06/22

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. https://t.co/0y2zDogwRr

16/06/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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16/06/22

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! https://t.co/ee4ELegsAV

15/06/22

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. https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/fYEFdz2SRk https://t.co/g4jfAvy7hn

14/06/22

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! https://t.co/HCCCmR0a8v

14/06/22

Retweeted From Department for Education

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. https://t.co/fQ3TG6xOqF

14/06/22

Well done to all of our DofE students with their volunteering efforts! We are proud of all of you! https://t.co/R6z6j9fNGa

08/06/22

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 https://t.co/sA9OXRqodt

27/05/22

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. https://t.co/5gjCZflB6I

26/05/22

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 https://t.co/JIq0ANgZV5

25/05/22

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! https://t.co/o3FjZ938ia

25/05/22

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! https://t.co/El3NARaijN

25/05/22

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. https://t.co/6sLEoAwlea

23/05/22

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!!! https://t.co/Pl1MqKwwp6

18/05/22

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: https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/H6dJOHM94f... https://t.co/53TnaW4WUd https://t.co/Sxe8AVJqJC

18/05/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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18/05/22

Please see the attached for important dates for our Year 6 into 7 parents & carers, for September 2022 Admissions. https://t.co/obV2NNOh1P

18/05/22

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! https://t.co/JbyDlT1eoA

16/05/22

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. https://t.co/NQlv8TxOMj

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)

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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)

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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

Drama

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.