Week 7: Beginning Monday 24th February

Below you will find further information on:

  • Coronavirus / Covid-19 (all parents)

  • Parents watching School Activities (all parents)

  • Alex Hibbert Talks@, Tuesday 25th February 4.30-5.15pm (all parents)

  • Oaksey Charity Event, Thursday 27th February (all parents)

  • Dance at Teatime, Thursday 27th February (all parents)

  • Chapel Arts Concert, Friday 28th February (Music Scholars’ parents)

  • Open Morning, Saturday 29th February (all parents)

  • Starting and Stopping Music Lessons (all parents)

  • Dean Close Community Clay Pigeon Shooting, 6th March (all parents)

  • Dean Close Community Golf Day, 23rd March (all parents)

  • Parents’ Activities (all parents)

  • Social Media (all parents)

  • Prayer Fellowship Dates (all parents)

  • Ultimate Activity Camps (all parents)

  • My Stage School (all parents)

  • Cars on the School Site (all parents)

  • Match fixtures week 7 (all parents)

General notices

Coronavirus / Covid-19 (all parents)

Please click here to access the letter from the Headmaster, included in last week’s Half Term Mailing.

Parents watching School Activities (all parents)

Please can we remind parents that they are welcome to come and watch any events in the calendar highlighted in bold. Activities such as Gymnastics, Junior Swim, Dance Lessons, Play Rehearsals and Fencing etc. are not open for parents to watch.

Alex Hibbert Talks@, Tuesday 25th February 4.30-5.15pm (all parents)

Alex Hibbert, will be joining us on Tuesday 25th February to talk about his polar adventures. He is a British Polar Expedition leader, public speaker, author and photographer. In 2008 he broke the world record, along with teammate George Bullard, for the longest unsupported Polar journey in history. Please click here to access further details.

Oaksey Charity Event, Thursday 27th February (all parents)

Feeling tired?     A little low?    No energy?

Let OAKSEY give you a boost

From 8.00-8.30am on Thursday 27th February Oaksey will be selling SMOOTHIES, FRUIT AND ENERGY BARS in the Rickerby corridor. Please come and support our stall. Pupils, please bring £1 to spend. Parents, please bring your cheque books! Better still, if you felt that you could donate something (please remember – no nuts or sesame seeds) we would be so grateful. Thank you!

Dance at Teatime, Thursday 27th February (all parents)

Dance at Teatime Concert takes place in the Centenary Hall on Thursday 27th at 4.30pm. Parents are welcome to join us for a cup of tea and to support the dancers. Parents of pupils who are dancing will be contacted during the week.

Open Morning, Saturday 29th February (all parents)

The whole school open morning will be taking place on Saturday 29th February from 8.40- 11.00am. Visits are available for the Pre-Preparatory School, Preparatory School and Senior School. Please contact the admissions department to book a visit at klwells@deanclose.org.uk.

Please click here for further information.

Chapel Arts Concert, Friday 28th February (Music Scholars’ parents)

As per the letter you have already received regarding this concert, just a reminder that the Chapel Arts Concert will take place on Friday 28th February at 1.00pm.  Pupils will be provided with a packed lunch (already chosen and ordered) and will travel to the venue in Knapp Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3QQ by school minibus.  No tickets are required for this concert, which is expected to last approximately 40-45 minutes.  It would be lovely if you could join us for what promises to be a wonderful concert in a fabulous setting.

Starting and Stopping Music Lessons (all parents)

Please can we remind parents that the deadline for signing up for music lessons starting in the Trinity term is Friday 27th March, 2020.  To stop lessons requires a whole terms notice.  If you wish your child to stop lessons at the end of the Trinity term, you must inform us at the beginning of the Trinity term in April 2020.  Music tuition is currently £245 per term (based on 10 lessons), together with £40 to hire an instrument, should this be necessary.

If you wish to start or stop an instrument, or for any other inquiries of a musical nature, please email Mr McVittie or Mrs Godley at dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk

Dean Close Community Clay Pigeon Shooting, 6th March (all parents)

Please click here to access further information.  Join Old Decanians, Staff, Current and Past Parents at Ian Coley Sporting for a morning’s shooting and tuition.  Suitable for beginners and advanced shots.  Limited spaces available.

Dean Close Community Golf Day, 23rd March (all parents)

Please click here to access further information.

Parents’ Activities (all parents)

Do you fancy a hit around each week?  Join us on court!  We would like to promote the availability in the Beginner’s Group, which runs weekly in term time on Mondays, from 8.30am to 9.30am with Tom Harris.  If you haven’t picked up a racket before and would like to give Tennis a try, or if you are a little rusty and want to ease back into your game, they why not come along to the sessions after half term.

We also run Cardio Tennis each Wednesday during term time, from 9.00am to 9.45am which you can just come along to each week with either Jason Poole or Tom Harris.

All sessions take on the Shelburne courts near the School Sports Hall.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Lydia Day on 01242 267431 or lday@deanclose.org.uk

Social Media (all parents)

If you don’t 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.

We also have #DeanFlix on YouTube, you can follow us on Twitter @DeanCloseSchool, or even Instagram @deanclose_prepschool

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 Dean Close House, for coffee followed by prayer.  Lent Term Dates:  Friday 6th and Friday 20th March.

Ultimate Activity Camps (all parents)

Ultimate Activity Camps will again be running their fun and engaging holiday programmes for children aged 4 to 14m at Dean Close School during the Easter and summer holidays as well as October half term.  Ultimate Activity Camps work with some of the best independent schools in the country and have a strong reputation for quality holiday programmes.  Days run from 8.30am until 5.15pm.

Easter Holiday dates:              6th – 9th April and 14th -17th April

Summer Holiday dates:           13th July – 21st August

October Half Term dates:      26th – 30th October

Book before 10th March to take advantage of their early booking offer.  See their website for full details of their activities and offers www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call their friendly and helpful customer service team on 0330 111 7077. Please click here for further information.

My Stage School (all parents)

My Stage School are delighted to be holding their Easter and Summer Schools at Dean Close Prep School in our fabulous Centenary Hall.

Children of all abilities aged 4 – 18 are welcome, as we work towards a large scale, professional production, with full lighting and sound, on the last day in full costume.  All children have an equal part in the show.

Please click here for more information including details of the theme of shows and contact details.

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.

Match Fixtures week 7 (all parents)

We are only sending match details in our weekly clarion. Team sheets, pitch location and further information can be accessed using the password DCPSsport2019 on the sports section of the School website http://www.deancloseprepsport.org.uk/

Wednesday 26th February

Netball v Beaudesert Park Preparatory School – U13A, U13B, U12A, U12B Home 2.15pm; U13D Home 3.15pm; U11A, U11B, U11C Away 2.15pm; U10B Away 3.00pm

Netball Severnside Tournaments – U10A and U9A at Clifton College Preparatory School 2.00pm

Boys Hockey v The Downs Malvern College – 1st and 2nd VII Home 2.30pm; 3rd VII Away 3.15pm; 4th VII Away 2.30pm

Boys’ Hockey v The Dragon School – U11A, U11C, Home 2.00pm; U11B, U11D Home 2.00pm

Boys’ Hockey v Hatherop Castle School – U9 Away 2.30pm

Thursday 27th February

Netball IAPS regionals – U11A at Millfield 10.00am

District Cross Country Race 3 at St Edward’s Preparatory School – U11 and U10 Away 3.45pm

Friday 28th February

Netball IAPS regionals – U13A and U12A at Millfield 10.00am

Saturday 29th February

Primary Cross Country Finals at Katharine Lady Berkeley School

Netball v Kingswood – U13B, U13C, U13D Away 2.00pm; U12B, U12C, U12D Away 3.00pm

Netball v The Downs Preparatory School, Wraxall – U10A, U9A Away 10.00am; U10B, U9B Away 10.30am; U11A Home 12.40pm

Boys’ Hockey – Millfield Tournament U10A, U10B Away 9.00am

Boys’ Hockey v The Beacon School – 1st VII Home 12.40pm

Boys’ Hockey v The Downs Preparatory School, Wraxall – U8’s, U9A, U9B Home 10.00am; 2nd, 3rd, 4th VII Home 12.30pm; U11A, U11C Away 1.45pm; U11B Away 2.30pm