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  • Legally Blonde's Huge Success

    Published 17/01/20

    The school production of Legally Blonde took place on the 16th, 17th and 18th December. Students performed to a packed audience every night and produced an incredibly professional performance.  The cast, crew and orchestra, also had matinee performances to members of the local community and to local primary schools which were also excellently received.

    Legally Blonde is a tricky musical to stage with complicated location changes, challenging music to play and lots of big song and dance numbers. Students had been rehearsing for the show since September. Hours were spent at lunchtime and after school, learning the songs, perfecting dance routines, rehearsing with the orchestra, painting set and developing characterisation.

    However students more than rose to this challenge, performing with energy, focus and outstanding commitment. Audience's responded brilliantly, eagerly watching Elle Wood's triumph at law school and her blossoming relationship with Emmett Forest. 

    The Expressive Arts faculty are really proud of all of the students involved and the hard work and dedication they put in. The success of the production was down to the efforts of a huge team; the students performing or helping backstage, the support and direction of Expressive Arts staff, parents who supported with costume and line learning and staff who came along to watch or who helped with the running of the show.

    Thank you to everyone who came along to see the production and a big well done to the students for making it such a success.

    Miss Currie,  Head of Expressive Arts

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  • French,Belgian & German Christmas Markets

    Published 19/12/19

    That time of year came around again quickly for the MFL department... Christmas Market Trip time!  On 6-8th December, Miss Wood & Miss Kaye had the great pleasure of organising and taking 46 pupils from Year 9, 10 & 12 who study French or German at GCSE/A-Level, along with Miss Abbotts & Mr Lamb, to French, Belgian and German Christmas markets.  What a treat!  En route, we visited firstly Namur in Belgium, followed by two Christmas markets in Aachen and Monschau, Germany, and finally en route back home, Lille in France.  Our youth hostel was in the cosy and picturesque little German town of Monschau with its authentic Christmas market which we enjoyed on our second evening.  All the markets were fantastic, but the highlights of the trip according to pupils were the big Ferris Wheel in Lille, enjoying hot chocolates with lots of cream in boot-shaped mugs in Aachen and feeling like locals in Monschau whilst enjoying the traditional atmosphere and munching on Bratwurst mit Pommes (sausage with fries) and crêpes in Monschau!  It was such a successful trip and we are already looking forward to next year's trip!

    Miss Wood

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  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

    Published 10/10/19
    Sixth Form Open Evening for entry in 2020-21 will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. 
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  • Official opening of school ecology garden

    Published 05/07/19

    On Wednesday, 26 June, Charles Darwin School and its voluntary fund raising arm 'The Friends of Charles Darwin' officially opened its ecology garden, a project which has been 18 months in the design and creation.

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award qualifying expedition

    Published 14/06/19

    On Thursday 6th  and Friday 7th June  the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award qualifying expedition.

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  • Kelsey Pullin Wins Silver Medal in Kent County Championship 300m Hurdles

    Published 20/05/19
    Congratulations to Kelsey Pullin from 10NKo, who won Silver after competing in the Kent County Athletics Championship  held at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, Kent on 11& 12 May. On the first day of the Championships Kelsey won Si
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  • Sharna placed 6th in the world for competitive cheerleading

    Published 16/05/19

    Congratulations to Sharna Alleyne  in 10NK0. Following her triumphant performance at the US International Open Level 5 USASF Cheerleading World Championships, Sharna Alleyne  who is a member of ICE 5 Cheerleading team has been placed 6th in the world, for competitive cheerleading.

    Sharna  started cheerleading in November 2015 and  trains twice a week. During the Championships her team was stronger than ever, having reached the finals for a second year in a row.  “When we competed in the semi-finals, our goal was to have zero deductions which we achieved, so to also be announced as finalists was just so exciting for us”, Sharna said, “at the finals the next day we again had a zero deductions routine and I couldn’t believe it when we were placed 6th in the world!! It is just an amazing feeling and one I’ll remember forever

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  • Charles Darwin Students Shine At Voluntary Police Cadets (VPC) Awards

    Published 14/03/19
    On Saturday, 2nd March Volunteer Police Cadets from across London gathered at an annual event held at Kensington Great Hall for the prestigious Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) Awards. Attending the event as Guests of Honour were the Assistant Commissio
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  • Charles Darwin School Raises Funds for Partnership School in Zanzibar with a 12 Mile Sponsored Walk

    Published 12/03/19

    On Sunday 10th March, Sixth Formers and teachers braved the heavy showers and strong winds to take part in a sponsored walk event from Bromley to the Tanzanian Embassy in Oxford Street to raise much needed funds for Charles Darwin School’s partnership school, Kojito Upele in Zanzibar  “Everyone did exceptionally well and we walked the 12 miles in 4 hours (including a lunch break),” said Miss Sales, “students are continuing to fundraise for their trip in the summer so please look out for more events.”

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  • Girls U14 Football Team Winners of Kent Cup Final 2019

    Published 08/03/19

    On Friday 1st March the U14 Girls Football team had their Kent Cup Final. The final this year was in the same venue and against the same team they played last year, Highworth Grammar.

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  • Twenty-second Annual dance competition showcases talent

    Published 25/02/19

    The final of Charles Darwin School’s twenty second annual Dance, Choreography and Performance Competition was held on Monday 11 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 Headteacher, 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 judge was Lucy Curran, one of our ex-A Level and GCSE Dance students. Lucy entered this competition every year she was here and showed a much appreciated commitment to Dance whilst at Charles Darwin School. Lucy has now returned to support our Year 11 GCSE dancers which we are very appreciative.

    “What is particularly inspiring is that the students organised all the music choreography and costumes by themselves and had clearly spent many hours rehearsing,” said Mrs Rees. “Many pupils had been working on their competition routines for months without teacher direction.”

    Whilst the judges conferred the audience was entertained by performances from local dance group PDM who performed a piece entitled ‘shots’, ex GCSE and A Level dance student Georgia Gallagher who performed a solo entitled ‘Feeling Good’ and Thrive, the School’s elite Dance Group who danced to a piece choreographed by Amy Robinson entitled ‘Suffrage’.

    “I started the competition 22 years ago to inspire students to express themselves through dance,” said Mrs Rees, “and it is particularly rewarding to see several ex pupils back here tonight to perform during the judges’ deliberations, either as individuals or as part of a group. It is the lasting legacy of this competition that many of the entrants study dance post 18 and continue to perform as young adults.”

     “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, Miss Gemma Currie for semi-final judging and  for lighting and Amy Eaton and Sara Gurung  for stage support. Most of all, a big thank you to the families in the audience who supported us on the night, funded or made costumes and created rehearsal space at home. We couldn’t do it without them,” concluded Mrs Rees.

    All money raised from ticket sales and the raffle will go back into developing dance further in the school.

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