Those who were lucky enough to get to the Bacon Theatre this week for the Drama Scholars’ production of And Then There Were None, were once again treated to another first class performance by our hugely dedicated and talented pupils. The gasps from the audience paid tribute to the build-up of tension delivered so believably by the characters.

Not to be outdone by the Drama Department, the Music Department stunned the audience at the Spring Concert at the Pittville Pump Room on Sunday night, with an extraordinary variety of soloists, orchestral pieces, and strings, as well as the Choral Society performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in a most flamboyant style.

The Hockey Club continues to produce superb results, with the U16 boys winning both their matches in the West Preliminary Finals on Tuesday, and in so doing, progress to the next round of the National Competition. The 1st and 2nd Netball teams recorded good wins against Bradfield this week, ending this half of term on a really positive note.

We wish everyone a very restful half term break and we look forward to welcoming the Boarders back from 6.00pm on Sunday 19 February, and the Day pupils at 8.15am on Monday 20 February.

Urgent: Examination Entries – 5th & 6th Form

This is a reminder to all 5th & 6th Form pupils and their parents, that the deadline for Examination Entries for the Summer Examinations is looming. All pupils have been issued with the latest draft of their entries and it is vital that the School (office@deanclose.org.uk) are notified of any errors or amendments by Monday 20 February at the very latest.

Leave of Absence Requests

Any request for Leave of Absence during term time needs to be submitted to the Deputy Headmaster (ashall@deanclose.org.uk) via the Housemaster at least a week in advance. Leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances as any absence from lessons, places additional pressure on the pupils to catch up on work that they have missed.

Netball Camp – Half Term

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

Friday 17 February

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

Easter Revision Courses

This is a reminder about the Dean Close Easter Revision Course 2017 from the 9th – 13th April. A Level, AS and GCSE courses available. For more information, please visit our website:www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or email Marie Carter on: mcarter@deanclose.org.uk for further details. You can download the 2017 Course Brochure on the website too.

School Disco: Saturday 25 February

On the first weekend back we will be having a School Disco with the theme Where’s Wally? It will start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. The entrance fee is £2 and the money will go directly to local charity HCPT. The venue is a secret at the moment but will be revealed very close to the event!

6th Form Black & White Party: Saturday 4 March

On Saturday 4 March the Sixth Form are invited to a Black and White “Shivoo” (an Australian word for ‘celebration’) in the Dining Room. For a £10 ticket they will have drinks, a 3 course meal and a DJ. All proceeds will go to the local charity HCPT. The event will begin at 7.15pm and finish at 11.00pm. Please click here for further details! Tickets are available from Mrs Kent at jdkent@deanclose.org.uk.

Charity Concert: Carducci Quartet on Thursday 9 March

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to see the Carducci Quartet playing, but also a great opportunity to support an incredibly worthwhile cause. Please follow this link to read the associated article: www.deanclose.org.uk/CARDUCCI-QUARTET-PLAY-FOR-CHARLIE

Info for event:

Carducci Quartet Concert

Thursday 9th March, 7.00pm

Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close Music School

FREE ADMISISION

Donations welcome in aid of RP Fighting Blindness

Fashion Show: Sunday 12 March 7.00pm

The Pole to Pole Fashion Show will take place on Sunday 12 March at 7.00pm in the Bacon Theatre. The pupils, and hopefully some parents, will be modelling clothes from Bodega Womenswear in Tivoli and Horace Barton in Regent Street. There will also be a dance troupe and other musical performances. The money raised will be split between our Link School in Uganda and the Pied Piper Appeal in Gloucestershire.

Tickets are available from Karen Evans in the Front office or from Julie Kent at jdkent@deanclose.org.uk

D of E: Bronze Award

Kit lists for the D of E training expeditions have been emailed to all pupils. They are reminded that route planning sessions will take place during the first week back after half term.

Uniform Exchange – 2nd Hand Uniform Shop

The Uniform Exchange is the School’s 2nd hand uniform provision, and is situated within the School Shop following its move last year from Turner Hall. It is available to parents and pupils during the School Shop’s term time opening hours and items can be purchased with either cash or cheque.

Anyone may bring in items of good quality to sell or donate. Bespoke items of Dean Close uniform are particularly needed and sell quickly. Discontinued, old and well-worn uniform, or any items the shop has an excess of, will be recycled.

The money from items sold on behalf of parents is split, with 50% going to the charity of the School’s choice and 50% going back to the parent. This process is now handled by the Bursary.

As there is a constant flow of new items coming into the Uniform Exchange, the Shop would welcome volunteers to help with the sorting and labelling of items. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help please contact the shop on 01242 258016 or email kwood@deanclose.org.uk.

The Week Ahead

Please see below for the details of the week commencing Monday 20 February.