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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.


This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how to cope with ‘worry’. How do you explain worry? - It is a caution signal, a natural response to a big event, change, or challenge, a way of thinking and feeling ahead: "Am I ready for this?How do I train my brain to stop worrying?



The Children’s Commissioner is encouraging our young people to complete her survey. She will be using what they say to inform what she says to politicians and decision makers. The survey is open for a few more weeks. .


Our wonderful Anti-Bullying team worked hard to promote Anti-Bullying week last week . They set up a stall for pupils to write a Random Act of Kindness card to give to other pupils/staff. There were many Acts of Kindness so well done to the Team!#cdsantibullying


CDS will be taking part in Disability History Month this year - The focus is childhood and youth. As well as sessions in tutor time, pupils will be able to create presentations/posters showing how things have improved for children and young people through history.


This year’s Black History Month theme our Sisters, brought about some amazing work and thought provoking work from our pupils that we are proud to showcase. Well done everyone who took part!#cdsblackhistorymonth


The rain held off for the majority of the Remembrance service held at the Broadstairs War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday this year. Our head pupils, Amelie and Teaghan, honoured the memorial by laying a wreath on behalf of the School.Lest we forget ....#cdsremembrance


The Charles Dickens School is the highest performing non-selective school in East Kent - see our Headteacher's press release attached for more details.


Year 7s went to RHA for a dodgeball tournament. CDS were in the final game against RHA and came out victorious winners after a sudden death catch! It was an amazing show of teamwork and dedication from both teams!#cdsdodgeball


Anti-bullying week is 13 to 17 November. The theme this year is “Make a Noise About Bullying”.Pupils will carry out Random Acts of Kindness and they will also be able to purchase anti-bullying bracelets for 10 pence, on sale in the Heart.#cdsantibullying


Y7 had a fire safety talk from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They looked at the dangers and consequences of arson, as well as considering the ways that they can keep themselves safe in the community. Thank you to KFRS for coming in!#cdsY7


CDS pupils recently enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament, in which they had the opportunity to visit the House of Commons and learn about the history of democracy and devolution in the UK. We can’t wait for the next Houses of Parliament trip!#CDSSociology


This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at techniques for ‘Writing for wellbeing’. Writing for wellbeing, also known as expressive writing or creative writing for therapeutic purposes ,is a simple and rewarding way to develop self-expression and make space for reflection.


A reminder that our senior prefect team are selling poppies and British Legion merchandise at both break time and lunchtime in the Heart. Pupils can purchase these items for a donation,Thank you for your support.#cdscharities


Ever feel like your voice isn’t heard as a young person? Vote in the Kent Youth County Council elections! KYCC is open to all young people aged 11 to 18 years. We have two candidates applying – Amie and Zoe. Read their policies below!#kycc


CDS have an opportunity for our Y7 pupils to take part in a 7-week workshop with the Emotional Wellbeing Team looking at ways to better manage worries and maintain our wellbeing. See the poster for information on signing up.


Music and Music Technology

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel

Course Title:  BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice

Why should I choose to study music?

Music BTEC will help you improve both practical and academic skills, preparing you for a possible career within the music industry.

What will I learn?

The course involves a study of a wide range of musical genres and traditions. You will gain an understanding of various well known examples of music through practical projects and workshops with a focus on performing, composing and producing.

What will be expected of me?

Performing and composing are significant elements of the course, and you may choose which instrument (including voice) you use for each; but it is expected that you are willing to perform in front of an audience.

Each lesson will consist of a practical workshop where you should make notes that will be written up in more detail between sessions. Key aspects of each genre will be taught but there is also an expectation that you will develop your knowledge through your own research and ideas in order to reach the higher grades.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your ability to ‘think outside the box’ and provide solutions to arts management issues. You will develop your reflection skills and be able to analyse how a product or performance/composition/recording can be improved. You will gain an understanding of the music industry and what sort of role you could be suited to. You will also gain an understanding of printed notation, what makes a ‘good’ piece of music, how technology can enhance the recording/compositional process and how to run a successful live event.

How will I be assessed?

BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Music Practice is assessed over 3 units. Unit 1 – Exploring the Music Industry is designed to give you an understanding of various genres and styles of music, experience in a range of musical activities and a firm grounding in music theory. This is worth 30% of the course and is assessed as a diary/blog/vlog with supporting evidence such as audio/visual extracts and examples. During Unit 2 – Developing Music Skills, you will begin to specialise in 2 of the 3 areas of music (performing, creating or producing) and analyse your current skill set. You will then take on a range of projects to develop your skills culminating in the submission of a detailed diary of your progress over an extended period of time. This will make up a further 30% of your course.

The final 40% is an external assessment. You will be provided with an industry standard brief and will be expected to focus on 1 of the 3 specialisms and produce a product that will respond appropriately to the brief in 23 hours.

Where will this qualification lead me?

A good result in music shows employers and interviewers that you are creative (increasingly important in today’s society); that you can work both independently and in a group; that you can organise your time (think of the regular practice needed for success in performance!) and much, much more. Music is highly-valued as a subject for university applications.

Many students go on to A-Level or BTEC music courses and some then progress to study music at university or music college.