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  • Year 11 Holiday revision Timetable

    Published 21/02/17

    Holiday Revision Classes are one of the many strategies in place to help our Year 11 students to be as successful as possible in their GCSE exams and we are fortunate that members of staff are prepared to give up some of their holiday to provide this support.  The Holiday Revision Classes offer a series of revision sessions for Year 11 students to give them an extra boost with their preparation for the GCSE exams and this will take place during the Easter holidays and over the May half term.

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  • Twentieth Annual Dance Competition showcases talent

    Published 07/02/17

    The final of Charles Darwin School’s twentieth annual Dance, Choreography and Performance Competition was held on Monday 6 February in front of a capacity audience of 250 people. This year 14 different dance acts from Years 7 to 13 competed for the year group medals and the overall Key Stage 3 and combined Key Stage 4 and 5 trophies.

    Mrs Rees, Deputy Head, dance teacher, event organiser and one of the judges was joined on the panel by staff members Miss Abbotts, Head of Dance and Mrs Kearney, Assistant Headteacher and music teacher. This year’s guest judges were ex-student Emma Conington, who regularly competed as a student and ex Head of Expressive Arts and Head of Dance at the school, Mr Jewell, who is currently assistant choreographer for the touring musical Tommy.

    Whilst the judges deliberated the audience was entertained by performances from PDM, a local dance company led by ex-pupil Megan Regan, and X-Tol, the school’s more able dance group. X-Tol performed a piece entitled “The river returns with the rains”, which recently won the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 mixed London Youth Games Dance competition. X-Tol will be representing Bromley in the London finals at the Copper Box in March.

    “I am very grateful to the members of PDM and X-Tol for their outstanding performances at the show,” said Mrs Rees.

    Many pupils had been working on their competition routines for months without teacher direction, choosing their own music and designing their own costumes.

    “The judging really does get harder every year and this year the range of different dance styles was particularly impressive encompassing contemporary, tap and ballet as well as street dance,” continued Mrs Rees, “All those that bravely took part in the show should be congratulated. I really appreciate the time, effort and commitment that went into making the competition so close.”

    “The night really showcased the dancing talent that we have at Charles Darwin School. Thank you so much to those who supported us on the night; Mr Andy Chubb for photography, Mr Colin Andrews for music, Mr Dan Taylor for lighting and Anna Haskins and Allana Ludgrove for backstage support.

    Mostly, a big thanks to the families in the audience who supported us on the night, funded or made costumes and created rehearsal space in the lounge at home! We couldn’t do it without them.”




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  • X-Tol dance group to represent Bromley at London Youth Games 

    Published 30/01/17

    The Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Mixed London Youth Games Dance Competition for Bromley was held on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at Langley Park School for Boys. The competition was judged by experienced professional dancers against a range of key criteria: concept, soundtrack, choreography, floor use, performance skills and overall impact.

    Charles Darwin School’s dance group, X-Tol, were judged over-all winners for their piece entitled “The River Returns with the Rains”.

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  • Students excel at Science and Technology final

    Published 30/01/17

    On Friday 13th January 2017, Owen Cornelius-Rumsey and Daniel Mitsev, both in Year 10 competed in the Science and Technology Southern Challenge final at Queen Mary’s University, London.

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  • Feeding Britain's Future

    Published 30/01/17

    In January 20 of our more able Year 9 students took part in an IGD  Feeding Britain’s Future workshop led by five professionals from the food services industry.

    The Institute of Grocery Distribution [IGD] runs Feeding Britain’s Future, a nationwide schools programme that brings volunteers from across the food and grocery industry together to support young people at the very start of their career planning. The aim is to inspire and inform pupils, so they understand how to translate their education into skills for work while learning about the wide range of food and grocery careers available.

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  • School Council gets off to a good start

    Published 04/01/17

    A School Council is a representative group of pupils elected by their peers to represent students’ views and raise issues with the senior managers and governors of the school. Our School Council plays an active role in making the school an even better place and members develop active life skills through participating.

    Below Shahab Muhammad, the newly appointed Chief Publicity Officer, talks about the work undertaken so far this term.


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  • Boxing4schools fitness challenge

    Published 04/01/17

    On 5 December, seven Year 11 girls took part in a fitness and boxing skills challenge against four other local schools.  The team completed a number of fitness tests, boxing combinations, bag work and team sequences to score points.

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  • Jack Petchey winners attend local achievement awards 

    Published 04/01/17

    Our Jack Petchey Award winners recently attended the annual Jack Petchey Bromley School’s Achievement Awards Celebration for
    2015-16 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley accompanied by Mr Chotai, Mrs Rees and Mrs Stephens.

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  • TFL confirms new 684 bus service from Orpington

    Published 04/01/17

    From Wednesday 4 January 2017 TFL is introducing a new bus route 684 on schooldays between Orpington and Charles Darwin School. TFL has confirmed the details in the following letter.

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  • Sporting success celebrated

    Published 01/11/16

    Our annual sports awards on 6 October 2016 was a fantastic evening, when families and staff were able to come together and celebrate individual and team successes from the academic year 2015-16. Lots of sporting colours, medals and trophies were presented and collected over the course of the evening. 

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  • Open Morning fires the imagination

    Published 11/10/16

    Students and staff at Charles Darwin School received around 1,000 people from 340 families at the annual Open Morning on Saturday 1 October.

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  • Karate success

    Published 03/10/16

    Congratulations to Jamie Parker in 9GCu who attended the British Open Karate Championships earlier this month. The Championships feature all styles of karate and competitors from across Great Britain took part.

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