Hermes

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Week 9: Beginning Monday 9th March

Below you will find further information on:

  • Covid-19 Update, Friday 6th March 2020 (all parents)

  • Timetable Restructuring FAQs (all parents)

  • Flexi-boarding FAQs (all parents)

  • A letter from Mr J. Gould (Academic Director) explaining Target Reports (all parents)

  • Instructions for parents on how to access Target Reports through the Parent Portal and how to set up the iSAMS Parent App (all parents)

  • Information from Mr J. Gould (Academic Director) explaining Years 3-5 Parents’ Evenings (Years 3-5 parents)

  • Tickets for the Junior Production ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (all parents)

  • A letter regarding the PHSCE Curriculum for Year 7 (Year 7 parents)

  • Music Notice (Oaksey parents)

  • HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 pupils (Year 8 parents)

  • Prep School Choral Day Information, Friday 13th March (parents of pupils in Chamber Choir and Schola Cantorum)

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

  • Parents’ Activities (all parents)

  • Easter Revision Courses 2020 (parents of pupils studying GCSE and A Levels)

  • Ultimate Activity Camps (all parents)

  • Dean Close Performing Arts Summer School 2020 – Dates for your diary Monday 24th August – Saturday 29th August 2020 (all parents)

  • Match fixtures week 9 (all parents)

General notices

Covid-19 Update, Friday 6th March (all parents)

Please click here to access a letter from the Headmaster, Friday 6th March.

Timetable Restructuring FAQs (all parents)

Please click here to access further details.

Flexi-boarding FAQs (all parents)

Please click here to access further details.

A letter from Mr J. Gould (Academic Director) explaining Target Reports (all parents)

Please click here to access a letter for all parents explaining the Target reports that will be sent out next week.

Instructions for parents on how to access Target Reports through the Parent Portal and how to set up the iSAMS Parent App (all parents)

The second Target Report is now available for all pupils in Years 3-7 (the Year 8 Target Reports will be published next week). It can be accessed either through the Parent Portal or the iSAMS Parent App.

Please click here to access a document explaining how parents can download the iSAMS Parent App and how to access the Parent Portal.

Information from Mr K. Donnelly (Director of Studies) explaining Years 3-5 Parents’ Evenings (Years 3-5 parents)

These are taking place from 4.30-6.00pm on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March. They provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s Target Report and hear how they getting on in general. Please sign up on the blue boards in the Rickerby foyer.

Tickets for the Junior Production ‘Alice in Wonderland (all parents)

Tickets (free of charge) for our Junior Forms’ production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are now available online via the Bacon Theatre website www.bacontheatre.co.uk

This is a polite request that you only order the number of tickets you will use, and that any unwanted tickets are returned as soon as possible to the DCPS front office so they can be re-issued.

A letter regarding the PHSCE Curriculum for Year 7 (Year 7 parents)

Please click here to access a letter from Mrs S. Davies (Head of PHSCE)

Music Notice (Oaksey parents)

There will be a Teatime Concert in Oaksey House on Tuesday 10th March, starting at 4.35pm Pupils have already signed themselves up on the list in Oaksey if they wish to perform at this informal concert – the concert is now full! Please chat to your children and ask them if they are playing and do come along to support, have a chat and some delicious food! We look forward to seeing lots of you there, at what promises to be a fabulous concert.

HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 pupils (Year 8 parents)

On Wednesday 11th March there is a vaccination clinic for all pupils in Year 8. Forms have been sent to all parents. If you would like your son/daughter to receive this vaccination, please complete the information and consent forms sent by Mrs R. Smith (Treatment Room Supervisor). If there any questions please email Mrs R. Smith (rasmith@deanclose.org.uk)

Prep School Choral Day Information, Friday 13th March (parents of pupils in Chamber Choir and Schola Cantorum)

Please click here to access further information.

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

Easter Revision Courses 2020 (parents of pupils studying GCSE and A Levels)

The Easter Revision Course 2020 dates are: Wednesday 15th April – Sunday 19th April (with residential students arriving on the evening of Tuesday 14th April).

All subjects are organised and taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced tutors, to maximise students’ performance in their summer examinations. With small class sizes, quality time is guaranteed for each student.

Places are available on a residential or non-residential basis and alongside their intensive study programmes, Easter revision students have access to the school’s sporting facilities. Residential students will be accommodated in one of our School Boarding Houses.

*Dean Close Offering*

For residential Dean Close students, we are offering an extra nights accommodation on the course on Sunday 19th April. This means that students can stay at Dean Close between the end of the course and the start of the Trinity Term on 20th April.

If you would like to register a place for your child on the course, please click here.

For further information, you can download our 2020 Course Brochure

If you would like to discuss the course in more detail, please contact Lydia Day, Commercial Operations Manager on:

enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk

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.

Dean Close Performing Arts Summer School 2020 – Dates for your diary Monday 24th August – Saturday 29th August 2020 (all parents)

Please note:  ‘My Stage School’ Summer Course mentioned in previous weekly clarions is not connected with Dean Close School in any way.

Dean Close School is delighted to announce its Summer School in August 2020 which will take place in the Centenary Hall and Drama Suite at Dean Close Preparatory School.

Director of Drama, Lynne Lawrence, and DCPS Singing Teacher and Cheltenham Youth Choir Director, Rachel Bowen, will head this new venture, along with a dedicated team of Drama, Dance and Music specialist teachers, and technical support from the Bacon Theatre.

The week will conclude with a production of the musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

All children from 6 – 17 years (School Years 2-11 inclusive), irrespective of ability and experience, are welcome on the course. The focus will be on having fun while developing acting, singing and dancing skills.

Details of the cost and booking information will be available shortly.

Match Fixtures week 9 (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/

The swimming pool has now re-opened, so please be aware that all swimming events, including Early Morning Swim Training are now back on.

Wednesday 11th March

Netball v Cheltenham College Preparatory School– U13A, U13B, U13C, U12A, U12B, U12C Away 2.30pm; U11A, U10A, U10B, U9 Home 2.30pm; U11C, U11B Home 3.15pm; U8 Home 3.40pm

Boys Hockey v Bromsgrove Preparatory School– U10A, U10B, U10C Home 2.00pm; 5th, 6th VII Away 2.00pm; U11A, U11B, U11C, U11D Home 3.00pm; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th VII Away 3.00pm

Boys’ Hockey v St Johns on-the-Hill Preparatory School – U9

Friday 13th March

Boys’ Hockey – U12 and U11 County Hockey Finals at Dean Close 10.00am

Saturday 14th March

Boys’ Hockey – U9 Festival at Dean Close 10.00am