As we near the end of term, we are conscious that the Dean Close Community is as busy as ever. Last night’s Junior Public Speaking Competition demonstrated the range of issues that our pupils think about, or indeed are wrestling with on a daily basis. The speakers performed with such confidence, eloquence and sincerity.

Our 1st XI hockey competed against Repton for a place in the National Semi-Finals on Tuesday, but unfortunately even the elements were against them as they battled through a sleet and hail storm which forced them off the pitch for 45 minutes. The Golf team recorded a good win against Marlborough College and the Rosslyn Park Sevens saw some terrific rugby being played by all the boys involved.

As we head inexorably towards the end of term, we look forward to the House Hockey and the Sherratt Music Prize Competitions next week, as well as the Lower and Upper 6th Parents’ Evenings.

Dean Close Interschools Show Jumping Competition

Once again, Dean Close is host to its own NSEA Show Jumping Competition at Rectory Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Nr Cirencester on Sunday, June 11th, 2017. We have 5 Classes, of which 3 are national qualifiers for both teams and individuals at 90cms, 1m and 1,10m, while the 70cms and 80cms classes will, for the first time, count towards the Regional Points League Competition for Schools.

It is an extremely popular show attracting many competitors from other schools. Last year we had over 200 competitors. Being so well attended, this is an excellent showcase for sponsors to get their business promoted on the schedule, in the programme, on the rosettes and trophies.

We have already had some very generous offers of sponsorship for which we are hugely grateful, but there are still some opportunities to be had. Please see the attached letter for further details.

Term Dates

This is notification that our Term Dates are published on the School’s Website and can be found by following this link. We have 18 weeks of scheduled holiday during the School academic year, and we ask parents to be mindful of term dates when booking family holidays.

Gold D of E Hiking: Training Expedition to Yorkshire Dales

Leave DCS Friday 31 March at 2:00pm

Return DCS by 6:00pm on Tuesday 4 April

If you have any questions you can contact Miss Hatchell on 07929 326960 or by email on cehatchell@deanclose.org.uk.

Guardianship

If you are interested in being a Guardian for International pupils, please read the attached document for further details of how you can assist international pupils, who find themselves miles away from their own homes.

Ride for Ryder heads back to Dean Close

A charity cycle sportive will be riding back into the School on Sunday 25 June 2017 to help raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, starting and finishing from our Shelburne Road Sports Complex site.

We are pleased to be able to offer our support and facilities for the second year running, and we are encouraging as many students, parents and staff to take part as possible, to help raise funds for the hospice, which is home to the only inpatient unit in Gloucestershire, giving 24/7 specialist hospice care, alongside its day services and hospice at home team.

With a beginner 35km route, intermediate 90km and experienced 130km route through glorious Cotswold countryside, the hospice is offering a special discounted early bird offer if you sign up before the 17th April. All those signing up online in advance will receive a free hot meal voucher post race, and if you raise over £100 in fundraising you will receive a limited edition Sue Ryder cycling jersey too.

You can sign up online now atwww.sueryder.org/rideforrydersportive

Please note the age restriction for riders is 14 years plus, and all children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 years or over.

Easter Revision Courses

Dean Close are running an Easter Revision Course for A Level, AS and GCSE pupils from 9-13 April 2017. If you would be interested in booking a place on our course, please visit www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or alternatively get in touch to Marie Carter: mcarter@deanclose.org.uk or 01242 258023 for further details. Despite the closing date, we are accepting late bookings so please do get in touch if you would like to register onto the course.

Bacon Theatre

Please see below for another exciting range of events taking place in the Bacon Theatre during the Summer Term.

The Week Ahead

Please see below for the details of the week commencing Sunday 26 March.