After the Christmas break it has been good to see the pupils back with smiles on their faces and ready to take on the challenges of the new term. The 5th Form appear to have settled well into their Trial Exam routine and the rest of the school has been actively engaged in lessons.

The Lower School girls have looked very smart in their jackets this week and we all(most) enjoyed our ‘Phone Free Friday’. Thank you for your all your positive comments on this particular initiative. On Saturday next week, we welcome back Thomas Scrase OD, as our guest speaker at the Francis Bacon Society Dinner. Thomas is currently working for Facebook in San Francisco, so this will no doubt prove to be an interesting evening.

Headmaster’s Coffee Morning

The first of these informal meetings will take place on 21 January at 8.30am for any parents wishing to share views, suggest ideas and or ask questions. In order that these gatherings give those attending the opportunity to speak in a small, relaxed group we limit numbers so anyone wishing to attend should book a place through the Headmaster’s PA (jfpriest@deanclose.org.uk). There are other coffee morning dates booked throughout the year which will be flagged in advance in the weekly bulletin.

Confirmation Classes

We are excited to announce that we have booked the new Bishop of Tewkesbury to come and preside at a Confirmation Service in the School Chapel at 6.00pm on Thursday 4 May. This will be a superb chance for those pupils who wish to publically own their Christian faith in front of friends, family and well-wishers; services like this are often very special occasions.

Those who are interested in being confirmed will need to attend the confirmation classes which to be held in Tuesday lunchbreaks beginning on 28 February. Of course it is quite possible, and no problem at all, for some pupils to begin attending the classes who decide as a matter of conscience that the step of Confirmation is not for them at the present time; in this sense the classes are ‘a toe in the water’ rather than an irreversible step! Please could all interested parties email the School Chaplain (jcash@deanclose.org.uk) by Saturday 4 February.

Classics Trip to Greece – Easter 2017

There are a number of places still available on the Classics Trip to Greece. This is a fantastic opportunity for your son/daughter to visit a land of outstanding beauty, one which is steeped in history and culture. We will visit Athens, Apollo’s oracle at Delphi, ancient Mycenae, Corinth, Olympia, home of the Olympic Games, as well as a host of other fascinating archaeological sites. At £835 per person, it represents outstandingly good value but hurry – we are closing the trip on Wednesday 25 January. Please peruse the attached itinerary andcontact the Head of Classics, Mr Allen (j.allen@deanclose.org.uk) as soon as possible, if you are interested.

ROAD SAFETY AND PARKING AT DEAN CLOSE

We would like to remind all parents of the need to be especially careful and considerate when dropping off/picking up pupils on Shelburne Road and when parking vehicles at Dean Close. Given the early morning traffic congestion and very limited parking, it would be really helpful if you could observe the following arrangements which are aimed at maintaining road safety around Dean Close.

When dropping off or picking up, please only use: the Big Field side of Shelburne Road where safe and legal; Estates Drive – using the Coach Park to turn around; and Sports Hall Drive. Please note that the Sports Hall Drive has double yellow lines and as such this can be used for drop off, but cars should not be parked and left unattended.

Please do not stop on the white zig-zag warning markings adjacent to the pedestrian crossing on Shelburne Road – this is dangerous and can constitute an offence of causing an obstruction.

Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Spring Concert – Sunday 5 February, 7.00pm, Pittville Pump Room

Tickets (which are free) are available from Mrs Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk); priority will be given to the parents of performers until 17 January and then on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The concert will include items by the school’s Orchestra and the Choral Society’s performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Handel: Israel in Egypt – Sunday 5 March, 7.00pm, Pittville Pump Room

The Chamber Choir will be joined by the choristers of Schola Cantorum to sing Handel’s Israel in Egypt, accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble. Tickets for this concert are also available from Mrs Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk).

Close Community Events Brochure

Hard copies have now been posted to all current parents based in the UK. If you are yet to receive yours, please let us know by emailing development@deanclose.org.uk so that we can check your details on the database. Please click on the image to view this term’s Events Brochure!

The Dean Bean

The Dean Bean is BACK in business after the Christmas break and now has a new home next to the astro turfs.

The opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday: 7.30am – 9.30am / 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday: 7.30am – 9.30am / 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.00pm

We will be serving tea, coffee and freshly baked pastries, so please do drop by and see us!

The Week Ahead

Please find below the latest version of the week ahead. Please note that the Quarshie Club event has moved from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 January.