The U14 Boys’ Hockey Team got the week off to a flying start, scoring 10 goals in their two games in the West Preliminary Finals on Monday, securing a place in the West Finals. Tuesday saw the House Music Vocal Competition which wooed and wowed those who were fortunate to be there. The standard of singing across the age ranges was simply outstanding; a wonderful mix of Songs from the Shows and the more traditional pieces by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart.

On Wednesday, the Lower School year groups had an opportunity to listen to guest speakers from the Raising Awareness & Prevention Project (RAP), who gave them some very sound advice about the use of social media, sexting and consent. On Thursday we hosted Maitland Chambers from London, who delivered a fascinating talk on the recent Supreme Court ruling of the medium in which to trigger Article 50. And on Friday we hosted Beaudesert Park School, Richard Pate School and DCPS for a fun filled day of choral rehearsals, and Evensong with over 60 young singers joining the Dean Close Chapel Choir for this special occasion.

We wish the U18 Girls’ Hockey Team everything of the best at National Finals to be played in London at Lee Valley on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

MACBETH – Junior Play: Thursday 2 & Friday 3 March, Bacon Theatre, 7.15pm

‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘House of Cards’. The Drama Department is excited to invite you to the above event.

One of Shakespeare’s major tragedies, ‘Macbeth’ focuses on a ruthlessly ambitious couple in their quest for power. They will let nothing stand in their way – but their greatest victims may well be themselves.

Tickets are free, but must be booked via the Bacon Website. All are warmly welcome!

Mobile Phone Use

Following on from the success of Phone Free Friday at the beginning of term. We have taken the decision to introduce a Phone Free Time Zone from 8.30am to 4.00pm in the central public places in the school. This decision has been taken to serve the best interests of our Community, and we believe, the best interests of the individual.This does not mean that we are banning mobile phones, we are simply saying that we are trying to unlock our pupils from being trapped inside their mobile phones.

We do NOT expect to see mobile phones around the Quad, in the corridors, in the Lunch queues, in the Dining Hall, on the trays.

Pupils WILL be allowed to use them to take down prep details in the classroom, they will be allowed to make important phone calls or send important messages in private spaces.

Housemasters have the freedom to make their own policies about phone use in their dayrooms, but in public areas, we want our pupils to enjoy the FREEDOM of being phone free. We love to see our pupils engaging on a very personal level and we believe that this decision will allow them to do so.

We want the pupils to get their heads up, greet other members of our community, converse with each other on a personal level, and enjoy the face to face contact which has been lost a little in recent years.

Own Clothes Day (Mufti) – Friday 3 March

We will be holding a Mufti Day in aid of Sam’s Trust next Friday. There is no theme, just an opportunity for pupils to make a valuable contribution to a very worthwhile Charity.

Forthcoming Music Events

Parents and other supporters are very welcome to come to our concerts and competitions, as detailed below. Please note the details for obtaining tickets for Israel in Egypt; tickets are not needed for the other events.

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

Chamber Choir is singing with the choristers of Schola Cantorum and the Bristol Ensemble.

The soloists are all members of the current 6th form.

Tickets are at a premium for this concert and priority will be given to the parents of performers in the first instance and then on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Sylvia Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk) if you would like tickets.

Fridays at 6 – Recitals

3 March: Hattie Abbott & Lucy O’Rourke

24 March: Ashton Mackinnon & Tinwai Cheung

Thursday 23 March – Organ Recital: Peter Holder, Chapel, 7.30pm

Peter Holder is the Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday 29 March – Instrumental Music Competition, PMH

Junior, Intermediate and Senior classes start at 2.00pm

The Sherratt Cup Competition is at 7.00pm

The standard of this competition is always incredibly high and you are promised an evening to remember.

5th Form GCSE Art Coursework Exhibition

Please see below, the invitation to this year’s Exhibition. There is once again a stunning range of artwork to be viewed.

Venice Art Trip Information Evening

This is a reminder for all those for all those who have signed up for the Art Trip to Venice, and their parents, that the information evening takes place on Thursday 2 March at 6.30pm in the Prince Michael Hall.

Clay Pigeon Shooting 2017

Come and join Old Decanians, Current & Past Parents and Dean Close Staff at Ian Coley Sporting for a morning’s shooting and tuition on Friday 10 March. Suitable for beginners and advanced shots. £50.00 per person to include all catering, professional tuition, gun hire, cartridges, all safety equipment and a complimentary Ian Coley baseball cap!

If you are interested or have any questions, pleasecontact Connie at caparker@deanclose.org.uk or call 01242 267439.

The Week Ahead