One of the many highlights of the past week has been the stunning dramatization of a play written by Lower Sixth Form pupil Gabriella Sills in which she handled some clearly sensitive and sometimes disturbing material with incredible skill, whilst exploring the relationship between Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Gabriella also took the leading role, playing Zelda, in this Premiere of her work entitled Beautiful Little Fool.

The audience at last night’s Friday at 6 were treated to some wonderful vocals from Matthew Welch and Salim Jaffar, and the Fawley Soiree also played host to a wealth of talented musicians.We wish the U14 and U16 Boys’ Hockey Teams well as they participate in the County Rounds of their competitions next week.

Headmaster’s Blog Post: Phone Free Friday

Please see theHeadmaster’s blog about the School’s ‘Phone Free Friday’.

Roc Soc: Sunday 29 January, Bacon Theatre

Dean Close ‘Rocks’ this Sunday with great tributes to George Michael, Prince and many more. The event starts at 7.00 pm in the Bacon Theatre and will finish by 8.45 pm. Everybody is most welcome to attend!

Spring Concert: Sunday 5 February, 7.00pm

We are delighted that this concert taking place at the Pittville Pump Room is a sell-out! If anyone has tickets that they no longer need, please could they be returned to Sylvia Klemz as there is a waiting list of parents who would like to attend.

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

The Chamber Choir is joining forces with the Choristers of Schola Cantorum and the Bristol Ensemble to sing this oratorio in the Pittville Pump Room. All six soloists are in the current Upper Sixth. Tickets are still available, but any parents or members of Common Room wanting to attend are urged to contact Sylvia Klemz ( as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Sixth Form Trials

Lower Sixth – Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 February

Upper Sixth – Monday 20 – Saturday 25 February

Sixth Form students will be coming out of lessons to sit A-level trials in the Old Gym. During this period, they will be on a study leave: Day Pupils only need to be in for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses. Meanwhile, all students in Sports teams are expected to fulfil games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials. Exam entries are available on Pupil and Parent Portals, under School Report Internal Exams, while the master timetable can be found under School Information Documents & Files School Information DCS School Information.

Any student who will miss trials (e.g. for interviews) should contact Dr Bradley at as soon as possible in order to reschedule the papers.

The Brain and Memory – Reminder

Old Decanian Tim Bliss (Gate, 1958) joins the Senior School for the Douglas Graham lecture in The Bacon Theatreon Thursday 2nd February at 4pm.

Professor Bliss was one of the winners of the 2016 Brain Prize, awarded for his outstanding contribution to neuroscience. For more information, click here.

If you have a particular interest in medicine, neuroscience or allied fields, a limited number of seats are available for parents. If you would like to join us please email

Drama Production of Macbeth: Wardrobe Assistance

The Drama Department are looking for costume items for ‘Macbeth’, which is to be staged later this term, and would be most grateful to borrow OR be donated any of the following items:

  • T-shirts, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, long-sleeve T-shirts, big cable-knit sweaters (grey, brown, black)
  • Leather boots
  • Any leather / suede / wool clothing (fringing is fine)
  • Anything made of / with fur
  • Sheepskin
  • Blankets
  • Old white sheets

If there are things you don’t want back and we can therefore cut them up, please let us know and we can accept them from now on. If you have items we can borrow but you would like back, please can you bring them in after half-term and makeit clear that you would like the item(s) returned. Items can be dropped off either in Miss Hildick-Smith’s classroom or with Sheila Charania in the Atrium. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

D of E – Bronze Award

Please could parents remind your children to read their emails and communicate with you.

Removes will be on Bronze practice training 4 – 5 March or 12 -13 March.

The Assessment expedition will be in the Trinity term.

(GCSE PE candidates will have the option to camp for 2 nights for their assessment)

News from the School Shop

As the cold snap continues we’d like to remind you that hot drinks are available for purchase from the School Shop. To stay warm the shop also has a range of hats, scarfs and gloves as well as blankets from the Heritage Range. A selection of Heritage Clothing items have also been reduced for a quick sale to make room for new items.

The Week Ahead

Please find below the latest version of the week ahead.