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It’s Wellbeing Wednesday! - How do we teach ourselves to receive love? To be loved and nurtured by others is a basic human need. It is one of the main experiences in life that helps us grow into the best versions of ourselves.


Attached is some information about FREE wellbeing activities that are taking place over February half term for young people aged 13-17 years in Thanet.More information about the programme can be found at via Instagram at .



9x1, 10x1 & 10x2 mathematics pupils entered into the UKMT Maths Challenge. This was an online challenge, testing logical abilities and problem solving skills. A big shout out to all who took part, we are very proud. Now to wait for the results!


This week’s Hospitality Skills Club saw pupils mastering the art of sushi making!Some great results and many headed off home with the intention of making more.#cdshospitality


Y7 and 8 pupils worked with staff from Margate Turner Contemporary to create a range of abstract sculptures.Under the theme ‘Adapt’, pupils were challenged to create group sculptures but without talking to each other! How did they know what they were making?#cdsvisualarts


We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in electing 2 candidates for Kent Youth County Council. Amie in Year 9 and Zoe in Year 10. They will join Jasmine, who joined KYCC last year. The students will work with KYCC on their policies.


Cultural capital days this year included a Y7 trip to see Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre, Y8s taking part in Food Champions/Society Makers and Y9s on the Canterbury Trail. Y10 pupils visited the Natural History Museum and Y11 took part in activities relating to Post 16.


Pupils from all year groups came together to perform dance, drama and music to family and friends.There was a range of performances including the school choir, dance club, drama club, and GCSE pieces.Thank you to everyone for their support.#cdsperformingarts


There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to feel happy because everyone else is. Christmas looks different for everyone and you should spend it in a way that makes you feel as relaxed as possible and helps you look after your mental health.#cdswellbeing


Thank you and well done to everyone who has taken part in our CDS Christmas Food Bank Appeal. You have helped to provide 286 meals! Congratulations!


Well done to our CDS community on the Christmas food bank collection to go to FareShare Kent. Thanks to everyone who donated this year, we appreciate your contributions.#cdscharity


We had some great entries for our Christmas card competition and somehow managed to whittle it down to just two! The winning card has been made into a CDS Christmas card. Well done to all entrants. The top two, each received a certificate and prize.#cdschristmas


Barton Court Academy Trust are recruiting an Attendance Administrative Assistant for CDS (term time only + 5 SDD). If you, or someone you know, feel you have the skills and knowledge to fulfil this role, please see the vacancy in full here:



Year 11 Hospitality pupils have been trying their hands at truffle making to get into the Christmas spirit – they were a lot harder to produce than expected. Don’t they look incredible! Well done!#cdshospitality





One of our VI pupils has been practising his braille and how to structure a letter with paragraphs.He used his skills to write to Tottenham Hotspur and received this response ! What a lovely letter to get back.#cdsvi


Sustrans were in school for the second session with our Pupil Voice team last week. We looked at with an Engineer, and suggested ways that we can improve the roads to make them safety and user friendly for cyclists, and pedestrians.


Our VI pupils have been raising money for two charities close to their hearts – Porchlight (the School’s chosen charity) and Great Ormond Street Hospital.Our leading girls took on a sponsored walk raising a staggering £222.00 (£111.00 for each charity).


Please see attached a poster advertising an upcoming Under 18’s disco for Year 9 upwards (ages 13-17) at Retort House, Broadstairs. Broadstairs and St Peters Town Council are really keen to promote Retort House as a welcoming, safe environment for young people in the town.



Congratulations to our Term 1 Take it Further task competition winners! Pupils submitted a range of fantastic work The quality of work was very impressive and well done to these pupils for pushing their learning the extra mile.


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.