Hermes

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End of term Clarion: Michaelmas 2018

Below you will find further information on:

  • Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey, Saturday 15th December

  • Charity Update (all parents)

  • 2019 Lent Term Calendar (all parents)

  • Term Dates (all parents)

  • Poetry Competition 2019 (all parents)

  • Year 7 ‘Book Hooked’ on The Bookbuzz Scheme (Year 7 parents)

  • The Junior Play (parents of pupils in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5)

  • LAMDA Examinations (all parents of pupils having Speech and Drama lessons)

  • House Music Competition 2019 (all parents)

  • Starting and Stopping Music Lessons (all parents)

  • Extra-Curricular Activities Lent Term 2019 (all parents)

  • Prayer Fellowship Dates (all parents)

  • Internet safety (all parents)

  • Personal Items Brought into School (all parents)

  • Cars on the School Site (all parents)

  • Dean Close on the Internet (all parents)

  • Database Updates (all parents)

  • Medical Matters (all parents)

  • Message from the Bursary (all parents)

  • Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey, Saturday 15th December

  • Dean Close Hockey Camp (all parents)

  • Group Fitness at Dean Close (all parents)

  • Dean Close Community Clay Pigeon Shooting (all parents)

  • Dean Close Community Golf Day (all parents)

Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey, Saturday 15th December

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Charity Update (all parents)

There has been a remarkable response to our charity events of this term. Thank you to everyone for the huge effort that has been made with the Charity Fair and last week, with the Christmas Jumper Appeal. The combined total collected from the Charity Fair and the retiring collection after ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ was £4344, all of which will go to ‘Family Space’. We have also been able to give them over 100 gift sets of ladies toiletries and 60 Christmas gift bags with a mixture of products inside! Thank you once again for your support and it just goes to show, when everyone plays the small part, GREAT things can be achieved!

2019 Lent Term Calendar (all parents)

Please click here to access the 2019 Lent term Calendar. There are hard copies available in the Front Office and the day and boarding houses.

Term Dates (all parents)

Please click here to access term dates for the rest of the academic year 2018-2019.

Poetry Competition 2019 (all parents)

Please click here to access a letter from Mr R. Shelley explaining the Poetry Competition.

Year 7 ‘Book Hooked’ on The Bookbuzz Scheme (Year 7 parents)

Please click here to access a letter from Mr R. Shelley for Year 7 parents explaining The Bookbuzz Scheme.

The Junior Play (parents of pupils in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5)

We are very excited to announce that we will be producing ‘Shakespeare on Trial’, a BBC play written for Key Stage 2. Is Shakespeare boring?  The Court and the Groundlings decide.  Let’s wait and see…!

All pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 will take to the stage and auditions will be held in class drama lessons at the beginning of the new term. Rehearsals will take place in School time in the weeks prior to the performances.

The performance dates are Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2019, at 7.00pm in the Centenary Hall, with a running time of 1 hour.  As usual, tickets (free of charge) will be made available via the Bacon Theatre website www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

LAMDA Examinations (all parents of pupils having Speech and Drama lessons)

All pupils who take extracurricular Speech and Drama lessons have been entered and these examinations will take place at School on Tuesday 29th January 2019.

It is vital that all pupils have typed up their pieces and have thoroughly memorised all their lines in preparation for their lesson in the first week back after the Christmas holiday.

House Music Competition 2019 (all parents)

We are pleased to announce that the opening audition rounds of the House Music Competition will take place during class music lessons over several weeks, beginning on the first day of the Lent Term, Tuesday 8th January.  Please can you support and encourage your children to prepare a piece to perform on every instrument that they learn, and we look forward to hearing all the wonderful entries next term.

The finals, which take place on Tuesday 5th February, will be adjudicated by an accomplished musician from outside Dean Close. This will be an excellent opportunity for pupils to experience playing to an audience and also to develop their performance skills and celebrate the wonderful achievements that Mr McVittie and I are privileged to hear on a daily basis.

Starting and Stopping Music Lessons (all parents)

Please can we remind parents that the deadline for signing up for music lessons starting in the Lent Term, is Friday 14th December 2018.  To stop lessons requires a whole term’s notice.  If you wish for your child to stop lessons at the end of the Lent Term, you must inform us by the end of the first week of the Lent Term.

Any queries, or if you wish to start or stop an instrument, please email Mr McVittie or Mrs Godley at dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk.

Extra-Curricular Activities Lent Term 2019 (all parents)

Please click here to access a list of Extra-Curricular activities on offer next term.

Prayer Fellowship Dates (all parents)

At Dean Close we believe in the importance of prayer in underpinning all that we are and do as a school. The Prayer Fellowship is therefore seen as an essential part of supporting and upholding the school.

The Prayer Fellowship is an informal gathering of parents from the Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Senior schools, who meet over coffee to pray for the whole School. Everyone is welcome to come along.

We meet from 8.30-9.30am at Bayley House, the home of the School Chaplain, for coffee followed by prayer.

Lent Term dates:

Friday 18th January

Friday 1st February

Friday 15th February

Friday 1st March

Friday 15th March

Internet safety (all parents)

Dean Close Preparatory School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise particular issues that are of concern.

Technology is continually evolving and keeping up with the pace of these changes can be very hard. A very useful site parents can access is https://www.internetmatters.org .This has advice on how to learn about the Internet, protecting your child and many other very useful resources. One are that is of particular interest, due to increasing research is the amount of time that all of us are spending on screens.

Primarily, these occurrences and reported incidents of misuse of social media sites happen at home, after school hours, when children have access to web sites that are blocked in school. With this in mind, and in response to concerned parents who have asked for advice regarding internet safety, we feel it important to point out to parents the risks of unregulated use of such sites. This may help you to make informed decisions as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not and when and how to monitor their use, particularly at night time.

This year all our boarding houses have introduced two Tech free days each week on a Tuesday and Thursday. The basic rules are are no phones or tablets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Caldecote and Fortfield, except for contacting home. They are encouraged to participate in other, more communal activities.

For your information, our policy in the boarding houses is for all electrical items to be handed in before pupils go to bed.

  • Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 stop using electrical items by 7.15pm.
  • Year 6 stop using electrical items by 8.00pm.
  • Year 7 stop using electrical items by 8.20pm.
  • Year 8 stop using electrical items by 8.40pm.

Although we cannot govern matters occurring out of school hours which is parental responsibility, we will take action if a problem comes to our attention that involves the safety or wellbeing of any of our pupils, including reporting the use of inappropriate images of young people to the police, as this is a legal matter.

Should you decide to allow your child to have an online profile we strongly advise you to make sure your son/daughter understands the following rules:

    • Always keep your profile private.
    • Never accept a friend who you do not know in real life.
    • Never post anything which could reveal your identity including photographs wearing school uniform where possible
    • Never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents or teachers to see.
    • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult.
    • Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you.

 

We recommend that all parents visit the CEOP Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online and the NSPCC website Net-Aware: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ ; https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Personal Items Brought into School (all parents)

All Houses are fully resourced with games for pupils to play and there are also numerous soft balls provided for pupils to play with at break-times and lunchtimes. We actively encourage pupils to play with these resources, but recognise that some pupils prefer to play quieter and less active games. Therefore, Match Attack / Pokemon cards (and similar type cards), and any other toys brought into school from home have historically provided an alternative source of entertainment.

We constantly reiterate to pupils that they have to be prepared for the possibility that their cards or toys may, in certain circumstances, become mislaid or damaged. The School will not take responsibility for these circumstances but will assist, when time allows, in resolving any potential conflict situations. If any toys or cards are found in lessons and become a hindrance to teaching and learning, they will be confiscated immediately.

In certain situations, it is appropriate for a very small minority of children to have an object to hold that helps them to concentrate if it has been specifically suggested by the Learning Support Department.

Cars on the School Site (all parents)

Thank you for your care in dropping off your child at the start of the school day.

We would like to remind you of the following:

  • Please use the drop off area outside the Centenary Hall where a member of staff will be happy to help your child out of the vehicle.
  • Please refrain from parking your vehicle on the road outside the Fortfield boarding house as this causes vehicles to back up onto the Lansdown Road and also means that others find it difficult to park in the spaces opposite.
  • The speed limit in the school grounds is five miles per hour to ensure the safety of all of our community.
  • The safety of everyone on our site is of paramount importance. Therefore, the School asks that no one parks on the grass verge of the public highway outside the School drive or within 15 feet of a junction. Vehicles, so parked, can create other driver blind spots which could lead to an accident. This especially applies to the school exit onto Lansdown Road, the site of several previous collisions.
  • Please could all members of the school community be aware that there are marked disabled parking spaces at the front of the School. It is important that these are only used by registered disabled badge holders. It is most inconvenient if these spaces are blocked by other cars at any time.
  • Please take care when exiting the school gates as pedestrians may be walking on the path.

Dean Close on the Internet (all parents)

If you do not currently follow Dean Close on Facebook, we strongly encourage you to visit our page where we post lots of news, photos, videos and details of upcoming events. The page link is https://www.facebook.com/DeanCloseSchool

Alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter: @DeanClose School or even Instagram: @deanclose_prepschool

Database Updates (all parents)

The School Office needs to ensure that all details held on the database are up-to-date and comprehensive. The information is held confidentially within School so that we can contact you quickly if there is ever an emergency and to comply with our legal obligations. Please click here to access a form.

Please advise of any amendments or additions, including any other information you feel is important to share with the School’s staff (e.g. serious allergies, etc.). Please check mobile telephone numbers and email addresses as these can change more frequently than other contact details.  If you live overseas, we also need the details of your child’s UK guardian.  Please hand in this sheet to the School Office as soon as possible, or email Mrs Smith at dcpsoffice@deanclose.org.uk.

Medical Matters (all parents)

Nut and Seed Allergies

Please be aware that some pupils have serious nut and seed allergies. We would therefore ask that no food is brought into school or the boarding houses that contains nuts or seeds.

Medical Information

If your child’s medical or dietary needs have changed since entering the School please email the medical centre medical@deanclose.org.uk so that our records can be kept up-to-date.

Asthma

Pupils with asthma must carry their own inhaler at all times. We also ask that a spare inhaler, which can be kept at School, is handed into the School Office on the first day of term.

Message from the Bursary (all parents)

Parents and pupils are reminded that the school premises are closed during the holidays. For the sake of residents and paying customers, and to avoid liablility issues, permission will not normally be given for use of facilities.

If you need access to the School, for example to collect something that has been left behind, please contact the Estates Department on 01242 258050 so that arrangements can be made.

Dean Close Hockey Camp (all parents)

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Group Fitness at Dean Close (all parents)

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Dean Close Community Clay Pigeon Shooting (all parents)

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Dean Close Community Golf Day (all parents)

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