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31/03/21

Welcome to our final Wellbeing Wednesday of Term 4! What a year it has been! This week we are looking at adopting a flexible mindset. See the attached info for more detail and have a great Easter break everyone! https://t.co/dEEMlSQse5

31/03/21

Two Year 10 students have volunteered their free time to HeadStart, recruiting and evaluating the programme. Both girls are now leading on aspects of the project. For more information visit https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/lgpli7jQds https://t.co/oif1MDuSHM

24/03/21

Welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at the benefits of “journaling” to improve their mental health and wellbeing. What is journaling? See the attached tips to see how it might work for you! https://t.co/XbuN0v9EuW

17/03/21

Another Wellbeing Wednesday is upon us! This week students are looking at morning routines. https://t.co/DyDzvnJ9js

16/03/21

Comic Relief 2021! We are supporting “Red Nose Day” with a non-uniform day on Friday 19 March. Students can donate £1 on that morning if they wear non-uniform. Let’s support this fantastic cause and raise as much as we can! https://t.co/8Le7TcXAEc https://t.co/MxhXQRnhjV

10/03/21

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how diving into a book can nurture their wellbeing and sustain their resilience. https://t.co/GW7Qg3ChAJ

10/03/21

Calling all chefs! There is a cooking competition being run across the whole of Kent called Young Cooks. https://t.co/EbZRv5k29w Let Mrs Naylor at school know if you have entered! https://t.co/ciFaVb5xJK

24/02/21

Welcome back to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at self-esteem. See our attached wellbeing guidance for more info. Take a look at this YouTube video https://t.co/Xknm4Pre83 https://t.co/rikQwZJWiZ

23/02/21

H&C – Year 10 & 11 winners of their half term baking competition: excellent tray bakes and a home-made Buenos cheesecake. Well done! https://t.co/btm32xb7fA

23/02/21

H&C - Although there was no pancake tossing competition in the Hospitality & Catering classroom this year, Mrs Naylor challenged Y9 students to come up with the best looking, creative pancake. Here are the winning entries. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Xtn5eLtqEZ

23/02/21

H&C - Y8 students were challenged with a homemade soup making competition during half term. There were 3 winners: Vegetable soup with spicy notes &croutons, homemade cream of tomato soup, and vegetable and tomato winter soup. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/8i8jmkaAPa

23/02/21

H&C – Y7 students were challenged with a bread making competition during half term. Entries came in interesting shapes/unusual ingredients. 3 winners stood out: A rustic loaf, fantastic pretzels, and a plaited loaf. Well done to all who took part and keep baking! https://t.co/NraD7EjyUk

12/02/21

We would like to extend our thanks to all parents and carers for your support this term in enabling us to continue with our remote learning. Students are now able to limit the gaps in their knowledge that lockdown could bring. Thank you all. https://t.co/d69EFaZ8oR

12/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

In the week of , we’ve partnered with 👮‍ to bring you a special guide. Get top tips on how to protect your family from cyber crime! 🔒 Apple: https://t.co/jUsCN1Stq9 Android: https://t.co/X5AZ3kfekB https://t.co/qDYHLUsrnv

11/02/21

Ensure you visit our learner portal for great tips on keeping your child safe online and visit National Online Safety for their free online safety resources. https://t.co/AkDrdidSdB

11/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

10/02/21

Wellbeing Wednesday (2of2) - Resilience & Wellbeing We can find creativity in many different ways. These re inspirational start points: Art & drawing: https://t.co/FwEeZ4lyzX Photography: https://t.co/zTI77bYGcI Music: https://t.co/82qUp5iyRn

10/02/21

It’s the final Wellbeing Wednesday message of Term 3, and this week we are reflecting on wellbeing and resilience. Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 with the theme - Express Yourself! https://t.co/unuCYRLEZ8 https://t.co/EqxpETvszH

10/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

09/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

08/02/21

We are delighted to update you with the news that the School has been recognised for its commitment to providing safe remote education and has achieved National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accreditation. https://t.co/KyQwG4L9lg

08/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

03/02/21

It's our Wellbeing Wednesday message: We may be multi-tasking towards overload at the moment with our minds spinning through worries & anxieties. Have a look at the attached tips on using nature to refresh your wellbeing. https://t.co/rvwKp0tlo4 https://t.co/IzlUICgOXb

03/02/21

A talented Y7 art student responded to the work of artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, to transform some of Thanet's local buildings and landmarks into Hundertwasser inspired buildings and landscapes. His teacher says that she is thrilled with what he has created! https://t.co/tKgHclkhkn

28/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

IT'S HERE! 📢 This say hello to our FREE mobile app for parents & educators 📱🤩 Be . Download the app today for instant information about the latest apps, games, devices & more. Apple: https://t.co/VNrn1suz6q Android: https://t.co/AjNNOyXLK6 https://t.co/kWDIx35CMn

28/01/21

The School is delighted to announce that it has gained accreditation for supporting online safety. Stakeholders are accessing and using the National Online Safety resources to keep the school community safe whilst online. https://t.co/lLCtU5tnfr

28/01/21

Year 9 Photography students were given a brief to respond to the work of photographer, Matt Ball, creating a series of symmetrical images using their own photographs as starting points. This capable student has gone above and beyond – excellent work! https://t.co/VJfCWEZVGX

27/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – We are looking at establishing a good daily routine to enrich wellbeing & build resilience. While some are going through self-isolation, a “normal routine” is not something we are able to maintain. See the attached tips. https://t.co/98qW13StXt

27/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

On this there are some great mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 which help with managing feelings, expressing yourself, healthy habits & connecting with others. Sign up for free & give them a try. https://t.co/kD84ihU1Vs

27/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

We recently spoke to about tackling digital dangers and the importance of both educators and parents in harnessing tools to keep children safe online. You can read the full feature here >> https://t.co/jKWfh9KSbQ https://t.co/1svdOQDA4w

27/01/21

Well done to Carly (Y8) for volunteering at the COVID vaccination centre for Margate and Mocketts Wood PCN. She’s doing a wonderful job! https://t.co/7Lho8WzwfF

25/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It may come as no surprise to parents that children spent more time gaming online in 2020. With tweets related to the subject increasing by 75% over the last year, we’ve taken a look at the connotations in our blog feature >> https://t.co/VFvKec4eYo https://t.co/LgHxZx6Utk

25/01/21

The school is proud to announce that it is working towards its National Online Safety remote learning accreditation, to show the fantastic work taking place with online learning. https://t.co/YtM8pnG2E9

21/01/21

Year 8 & 9 HPV Immunisation Programme to go ahead at CDS on 1st/2nd February using a drive-thru clinic in the school car park. Keep an eye on emails for more info over the next week for time slots when children should attend. https://t.co/K1BDw3K9k0

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Week 2 of the Mental Cleanse Challenge - We hope that you took up some of the tips last week to get your mental health cleanse started! https://t.co/oNEFfl2DNX https://t.co/gmCnPB0zvc Wishing everyone a safe & restful week. https://t.co/grlaaPzS0H

14/01/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing message: The Mental Cleanse Challenge! It’s time for a mental health cleanse! See the attached for tips on cleansing your mind. https://t.co/POwpE2E6YQ

12/01/21

Barton Court Academy Trust wants to recruit a new School Governor for the Local Governing Body of The Charles Dickens School. If this is something that may interest you, please read the attached flyer. https://t.co/dWwn9gvJSA

08/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

Thanks for including us on your support sheet. https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 is free and available for 10-16 year olds in via a mobile, laptop or tablet. Once signed in, have access to a range of support features, as well as our online counsellors https://t.co/SDJa5Wgv27

Safeguarding

General Safeguarding

Our students' wellbeing is important to us. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mr Morgan, Mrs Dunbar, Mr Lee and Ms Lebby. We welcome and encourage parents and carers to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss any issues. Additional Safeguarding information and further websites and guidance can be found through the safeguarding section of the Learner Portal which can be accessed by parents and students (login required).

Our Safeguarding Policy is available here: View / Download

Our Child Protection Policy Addendum in Response to Covid-19 is available here: View / Download

Information on contacting the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for safeguarding is available here: View / Download

Online Safety

Responsible use of Social Media and Mobile Phones

In today's social media age, children now have access to each other more than ever via social media and their mobile phones and devices.  As a school we strongly encourage clear boundaries on using phones and the Internet. Parents and guardians should not allow their children to play age inappropriate video games or to attend age inappropriate events.

Parents and guardians, as bill payers, have a responsibility for how mobile phones are used and can install controls on phones enabling them to filter which games, apps and websites their child can use, as well as monitor their usage. Be open and transparent with your child and discuss how they use their phone to help them understand what is appropriate and what is expected of them. 

We regularly publish information for parents and carers about the use of the Internet and social media and hope the links below are helpful to you:

 

Online Courses - Kent Adult Education

A guide to help available to you

A guide on what help is available to Special Guardians with Previously Looked After Children during the Covid-19 Pandemic and beyond.

A guide to Knife Harm for Parents and Carers

Guides and Advice

Using Technology Safely Checklist View / Download
Using Social Media & Staying Safe for Pupils View / Download
What trusted adults need to know about Social Media and Mental Health View / Download
What pupils need to know about Cyberbullying View / Download
Children and Mobile Phones Leaflet for Parents View / Download
9 Top Tips To Get Smart About Children's Devices View / Download
14 Top Tips To Get Smart About The Devices In Your Home View / Download
Age Ratings Guidance View / Download
Screen Addiction Information View / Download
Parents Guide on Online Grooming View / Download
What parents need to know about Catfishing View / Download
Live Streaming Guide for Parents View / Download
What parents need to know about VPN View / Download
How to Spot Fake News View / Download
How are 8-12 year olds using social media View / Download

 

Sites, Apps, and Games

Facebook Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Twitter Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Instagram Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Snapchat Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Whatsapp View / Download
Youtube View / Download
Tumblr View / Download
Minecraft View / Download
Fortnite: Battle Royale View / Download
Grand Theft Auto View / Download
Doki Doki Literature Club View / Download
Momo Challenge View / Download
Houseparty View / Download
TikTok View / Download
YOLO View / Download


Extremism and Radicalisation Propaganda

Education Against Hate have created an online guide for parents on keeping your child safe from the dangers of radicalisation.

 

Gangs

Information and advice leaflet for young people.

 

Sexting

This involves sending or receiving explicit messages, images or videos of a sexual nature. It is illegal to share, make or take an indecent image of a child under the age of 18, even if it is consensual.

What Parents' Need to Know About Sexting View / Download
NSPCC Guidance View

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

NSPCC Guidance View

 

Child Exploitation

County Lines Gang Exploitation View / Download
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) View
Money Mules View / Download

 

The Law and Young People

LawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people to help them understand and access their legal rights.

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