The week kicked off with some Rock n’ Roll on Sunday night, where the audience were treated to a range of music by Adele, George Michael, Rihanna, Beyonce and a host of other artists. What was so encouraging was the range of pupils performing across the year groups from 4th Form right the way through to the Upper 6th, on a stage which was spectacularly lit by the Bacon Theatre Technical Team. It was also good to have the Lenten Address team with us during the first half of this week, running the evening talks and activities.

Monday saw the U14 boys’ hockey team win the County Tournament, and the U16 boys followed suit on Tuesday. The Leiths students did their wine tasting course on Tuesday evening where they learnt how to match the wines with various foods, and on Thursday we welcomed Professor Timothy Bliss OD, who delivered an intriguing lecture on the mechanics of human memory.

The lead up to half term is an exciting one with Spring Concert at the Pittville Pump Room tomorrow evening, the Drama Scholars production on Wednesday and Thursday (please see below), and the West U16 Hockey Competition taking place here on Tuesday. We are also hosting the Prep Schools Sports Skills Day on Monday and we look forward to welcoming all those enthusiastic youngsters.

And Then There Were None: Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 February, Bacon Theatre

The Drama Scholars take to the stage to perform Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. This promises to be an exciting production.

Science Festivals Famelab Academy

At the end of the Michaelmas term, the 4th Form students were entered into the Cheltenham Science Festivals Famelab Academy competition. Each student had to prepare a 3 minute talk on a science topic of their choice, using only props to help them deliver it. In lessons they worked with their teachers to give them help on which topics to pick, where to locate information accurately, and how to present with confidence on stage.

Since returning to school at the beginning of the Lent term, there have been heats for each class, where three to four students from each class were picked to go through to the semi-finals which took place on Tuesday. The level of charisma and content delivered by the pupils was brilliant, and it was difficult to narrow the group down to the final ten who will compete in the final next Tuesday.

Ski Trip 2017

We are delighted to launch the Dean Close ski trip for 2017! We will be returning to Austria in the first week of the Christmas break to ski the stunning resort of Lungau with 147km of piste and endless mountain scenery. Please follow this link for further information.The deadline for deposits is Monday 20th February.

Drama Production: Wardrobe Assistance – URGENT APPEAL

The Drama Department are looking for costume items for next week’s production of And Then There Were None. They are looking for 2 sets of 1930s style Yellow Oilskins – long coats, trousers and sowesters. Ideally, they are needed for the dress rehearsal on SUNDAY 5 February. The performances are on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February. They would be returned for half-term.

Netball Camp – Half Term

We are excited to be holding another Netball Camp here at Dean Close during the February Half Term!

Friday 17February 2017

Year 4 – Year 6: 9.00am – 12 noon

Year 7 – Year 9: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Everyone is welcome. For further information, please visit our website: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or email us on: enquiries@deanclose.org.uk

Bacon Theatre

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

The Week Ahead

Please note that there are some additional fixtures and amendments in our latest version of the week ahead.