December 17, 2018

The year ahead, letter from the Principal.

Dear Parent/Carer

I am delighted to welcome your daughter back to DSTC after the summer break. I hope this holiday was a time for family, relaxation and recharging.

You will be pleased to know of our examination success for DSTC Post 16 and Year 11 cohorts this summer. We are happy that so many achieved beyond their expectations and have progressed to the next phase of education, employment or training.

The staff at DSTC are determined that all girls, at all levels make above expected progress and we will work hard to go above and beyond this year to ensure they have every chance of success. I ask that you continue to support us in these aims. The school vision can be found on the website http://www.dstc.kent.sch.uk/

As well as welcoming your daughter back, I am writing to update you regarding the following:

New Staff

There have been a few staffing changes at DSTC over the past year and so I thought it best to sum these up in my first letter to you.

Firstly the newly reformed Senior Leadership Team is as follows:

  • Mrs D. Ellis – Vice Principal – Pastoral, Safeguarding, Inclusion, KS3
  • Mrs K. Lea – Vice Principal – Curriculum, Pupil Premium, Homework, KS4
  • Mr S. Christopher – Associate Vice Principal – Data, Careers, Exams and KS5.
  • Mrs K. Cooper – Assistant VP – Teaching and Learning and Year 11
  • Mrs J. Donegan – Assistant VP – STEM, Academically Most Able, Student Voice and Year 8
  • Mrs L. McIntosh – Business Manager and lead for all support staff.

Additionally we have the following new Directors of Learning:

DOL SEND (SENCO) is Mrs D. Garrett

DOL for Languages is Mrs Y. Saenz Carrero

DOL for Science is Mrs C. Fletcher

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Save the Date

We will shortly be letting you know details of our annual Science Lecture; this will be presented by Dr Emily Grossman (a renowned TV personality) and will be held on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 6.45pm. It will be based on strange but true science facts and will be jam-packed with fun, educational and surprising information, this event is guaranteed to amuse and amaze, whether you’re 7 or 70! Details on how to book will be sent out shortly.

Attendance and punctuality

Attendance at school is vital for success, it is no surprise that students whose attendance is over 95% do best in examinations. Please ensure your child is only absent when absolutely necessary and or contagious. It would also help if all medical appointments could be made for after 3pm.

Punctuality is a very important skill for life and this is the case for attendance at school. The traffic in Dartford is notorious; some journeys can take 10 minutes on one day and 30 minutes on another.  Please ensure your daughter leaves for school in plenty of time so that she is ready for learning at 8.40am everyday. My suggestion is for her to aim for 8.30am so that there is time to visit lockers, use the facilities and catch up with friends. Girls can enter the site and use the canteen from 8am every day.

October Break

This year sees the first 2-week break during the autumn term. Please don’t be caught out by this. The last day at school will be Friday 19th October 2018 and they return on Monday 5th November 2018.

Asthma

I have been asked to share the following with you for parents whose children have asthma. They should be reminded to use their inhalers regularly before returning to school to help prevent a spike in September hospital admissions, says the Royal College of Nursing. Asthma-related hospital admissions have increased significantly in school-age children in September in recent years. The RCN says a lack of regular routine over the school holidays means many youngsters forget to use their inhaler.

Nut and aerosol free school

Due to serious allergy issues of some of our community we are a nut and aerosol free zone. Please ensure your daughter does not bring nut products or nuts themselves to school and that any perfume/deodorants are non aerosol.

Raising Money for DSTC

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that we have a textiles bank as you enter the site and any clothes, shoes, bags or other textiles that you no longer want can be deposited. So far, with your donations, DSTC have raised over £1,300 and used this money to buy outdoor seating and benches for your daughters. We still have a lot more to buy and would like to try and raise double this amount over the coming year.

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Finally, I look forward to seeing your daughter looking smart in full uniform and well prepared to start the term with the correct equipment.

With kind regards

Mrs A Davis

Principal