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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: BTEC

Course Title: Level 2 BTEC First Award in Sport

Why should I choose to study BTEC sport?

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport.

It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

What will I learn?

You will cover 4 units over the 3 years of the course, including:

Fitness for Sport and Exercise: Students will learn about the components of fitness and the principles of training to improve their sporting performance. Students will then learn about the different methods of fitness training we could use to improve fitness and then will investigate the different methods of testing an athletes fitness to determine progress or a benchmark of fitness.

Practical performance in sport: This unit aims to assess the students practical ability to perform. The unit opens by the students understanding the rules, regulations and scoring systems of 2 chosen sports whilst exploring the roles of officials. The students then go onto performing in a range of sports (individual and team) and assessing their practical ability. They will then analyse this performance and assess their strengths and areas to develop.

Leading sports activities: Students learn about some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader. They put their knowledge into practice by planning and delivering safe and effective sporting activity sessions. Afterwards they review their performance.

Applying the principles of personal training: This unit allows the students to explore them as an athlete. The students will design a personal fitness training programme for themselves, plan and participate in this programme to try to achieve their goals or objectives and then will review and evaluate their success of this programme based on their results.

What will be expected of me?

  • Bring correct kit to every practical lesson.
  • Complete all coursework in line with deadlines given.
  • Complete assignments and homework to ensure you have a full understanding of the work.
  • Attend a minimum of one after school club a week to help boost practical scores.

What skills will I develop?

You will gain many valuable skills from studying BTEC. You will gain an improvement in skill level in a number of practical sports, as well as developing coaching and officiating roles. You will also gain skills such as working as a team, leadership and confidence. Further to this you will learn about the body and how to exercise to make the body fitter and able to perform at a better standard.

How will I be assessed?

There are four units within the course. Three of these units are assessed through coursework with one unit being assessed in an examination.

Where will this qualification lead me?

BTEC Sport will lead you onto the next stage of your education within sport. All Level 3 courses will be applicable if you achieve well on the course. Further to this, it will give you the opportunity to pursue a career in the sports industry.