Events planning for next term, Trinity Term 2021

Information for parents about the plans for next term’s main events, including Speech Day, the Senior Production and Sports Day, can be found in the attachment below. 

Covid-19 Home testing for pupils in Years 7 and 8

Following a further notification from the DfE and PHE, pupils are now asked to continue their LFD Testing in the holidays. Further information can be found in the letter from the DCF Health Centre attached and extra testing kits are being sent home with pupils in Years 7 and 8 today.

Further, please find a link below to a ‘How to LFT’ video created by the Health centre.

How to LFT

 Year 8 revision

Guidance for parents of pupils in Year 8 in regards to revision for next term’s assessments can be found in the letter attached from the Director of Studies, Mr Donnelly.

Activities for next term

At the beginning of Week 1 next term, pupils in all year groups will be given a list of activities to choose from. There will be a range of musical, sporting, cerebral and creative activities provided. All of these will be at 4pm on a Monday (CU and some sporting activities only), Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (some sporting activities only). Music ensembles will be at lunchtimes. Children will then choose an activity or activities during Week 1, before the official start of all activities in Week 2. However, please note that most Music activities will start in Week 1 and pupils should already know what they are involved in.

1-to-1 Device scheme for pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7 – Chromebook Update

It will very soon be the Trinity Term and our introduction of Chromebook devices for pupils in Years 5 – 7. Thank you to all parents who have managed to organise a device so far. We are excited about the new learning opportunities that these will bring.

  • If you have used the Edutech Portal:

The devices are due to be with us by the end of the Easter break. As long as this ETA is not delayed, the device will be issued to your child on day one of the Trinity Term.

  • If you purchased a device yourself:

In the final week of the Easter break, we will be offering a ‘while you wait’ service for the installation of the licence. You will need to bring the device to the Prep School front office. These install sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 7th April 9am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 13th April 9am – 4pm
  • Thursday 15th April 2 – 4 pm
  • Boarders on Tuesday 20th April, once pupils are in school

If this isn’t convenient, please do let us know and we will look at an alternative option. You can purchase a Google Device Management Licence through Eclipse Digital Media. When ordering, you need to choose the education version and specify the domain (deanclose.org.uk) in the ‘Additional Information’ window at checkout. If you have purchased a licence, please bring documentation/proof of purchase with you. 

  • If you have not yet organised a device for the Trinity term:

If you have not yet purchased a device, it isn’t too late. The device should be a Chromebook device. It should be capable of running the Chrome Device Management License. If you ask the retailer, they will hopefully be able to tell you about this or you can refer to this list (it isn’t exhaustive). If your child is unlikely to have a device at the start of the Trinity Term, please do let us know.

  • All Parents of pupils in Years 5 – 7:

Please take some time to read through and complete this Acceptable Usage Policy for the introduction of Chromebook Devices. https://forms.gle/fDHr733DH9WwhKhv8

Music Department

The deadline for NEW instrumental/singing lessons to start next term is today, Friday 26th March. If you would like your child to receive lessons, please could you fill in the following form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1og5ClND7OwNXeU7GjOOnc1snkTYx4HpIcgmfDDWmTx8/edit

Should you wish to ask a question regarding music tuition, please email: dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk

To stop music lessons at the end of the Trinity term, notice is due during the first week of term and this should also be communicated to: dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk

Mrs Opstad, Head of Brass, is inviting pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 to have a free 1:1 taster lesson on either the French Horn or Trombone next term. If you are interested in signing your child up, please email dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk

Parents Prayer Fellowship – a message from the School Chaplain, Rev’d John Ash

All parents are warmly invited to join us at our fortnightly parents’ prayer fellowship. We currently meet on Zoom to hear the needs of and to pray for our pupils, staff and families, with occasional opportunities to meet senior Foundation leaders. Parenting is a high calling at the very best of times, and we need one another to be the best parents we possibly can. Do please come and join us!

Parents’ Prayer Fellowship

Admissions – places now limited for 2021 and 2022 entry

The Admissions team have been very busy over the last 12months and, as a result, places are now limited for 2021 and 2022. If you are hoping for a sibling place at Dean Close Preparatory School in the next two years, to avoid disappointment, please contact the Admissions team as soon as possible: dcpsregistrar@deanclose.org.uk

Cricket Camps

Dean Close is proud to offer a range of 8 week Cricket Specialist Programmes on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings commencing 18 May 2021 run by our very own Director Cricket Mike Powell (ECB 4, former Glamorgan CCC and Kent CCC) in partnership with GECKO cricket.

The sessions are open to everyone aged 8-18, not just Dean Close pupils and all abilities are catered for.

You can book using the click through below or you can book in person by calling or emailing Ryan Higgins on 07969 997303ryan@geckocricket.com