Hermes

Please click here to access this week’s Hermes.

Week 3: Beginning Monday 17th September 2018

Below you will find further information on:

  • Curriculum Booklet for all Years
  • Information on ‘Year 7 and 9 Curriculum’ for current Year 6 and Year 7
  • AS Tracking information
  • Meningitis leaflet
  • Dean Close Remembers Sunday 16th September at the Bacon Theatre
  • New Dean Close website
  • Sports Hall drive car parking restrictions
  • Year 3 Swimming Saturday mornings
  • Swimming notice regarding pupils’ equipment
  • Year 7 Trip to Snowdon – A letter from Mr. S Cahill
  • Year 4 – History Trip to Chedworth Roman Villa, Monday 17th September
  • Year 5 – History Trip to Mary Arden’s Farm, Thursday 20th September
  • Prefects – TISCA Training Day, Thursday 20th September
  • Scholarship Information Evening – 7.30pm Thursday 20th September
  • Harvest Chapel Service Friday 21st September
  • Exeat arrangements
  • Parents’ Society Talk – James Shone, ‘I Am I Can’

 

General notices

Curriculum Booklet for all Years

After the meetings that were held this week, please click here to access the document. If there are any questions in regards to the document please email the Deputy Head, Academic Mr M. Walters at mjwalters@deanclose.org.uk

Information on ‘Year 7 to 9 Curriculum’ for current Year 6 and Year 7

After the meetings that were held this week for Year 6 and Year 7, please click here to access the ‘Year 7-9 Curriculum’ document. If there are any questions in regards to the document please email the Deputy Head, Academic Mr M. Walters at mjwalters@deanclose.org.uk

AS Tracking

Further information on AS Tracking can be found on the following websites: The ‘AS Tracking’ website: https://steer.global/ and on the ‘Steering Parents’ website: http://www.steeringparents.org.

Meningitis leaflet

A short guide to Meningitis, please click here to access the document. Provided to us by St. John’s Ambulance after our recent First aid Training for staff.

Dean Close Remembers Sunday 16th September at the Bacon Theatre

Our community gathered on September 14th 2014 to mark the one hundred years that had passed, to the day, since Lieutenant George Birch died aged 19. He was the first Old Decanian to die in WW1.

On September 16th 2018 we will revisit this commemorative event and mark the sacrifices made by our Dean Close forebears. Old and current Decanians will take to the Bacon Theatre stage to remember those who gave their lives in WWI in what promises to be a moving and truly one-of-a-kind performance. You are invited to join us at an event to mark the Centenary of the end of WWI and the part that Dean Close pupils and masters played in the conflict.

Matinee performance at 3.00pm

Gala evening performance at 7.00pm (black tie and decorations).

Refreshments will be served and there will be a ‘pop-up’ museum in operation an hour prior to the performances.

The event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available from the Bacon Theatre website by clicking here.

New Dean Close website

There is a new Dean Close website which we hope offers improved information, navigation and functionality. The website is a key communication tool for both current and prospective parents and is therefore an ongoing link that we are constantly looking to enhance and improve, whilst utilising the very best in online technology. Therefore we very much welcome parent feedback. If you have any thoughts or comments you would like to share, please email Katie Wells at klwells@deanclose.org.uk

The parent hub, where you can see policies, calendars, term dates, news and mailings relevant to your own child’s school, can be accessed via the following link: https://www.deanclose.org.uk/parent-hub/

Sports Hall drive car parking restrictions

Please be aware that from Wednesday 19th September until Monday 24th September at certain times the Sports Hall drive will have to be closed to all vehicle access to allow deliveries and there will be no parking at all during this period outside the Sports Hall and School Shop.

Year 3 Swimming Saturday mornings

We will be offering swimming lessons to all pupils in Year 3 on a Saturday morning.  These will run from 8.30am-9.00am and from 9.00am- 9.30am.  Parents must remain with their child as the changing rooms will not be supervised by staff.  Please can you email Mr Sutherland at jasutherland@deanclose.org.uk  to let him know which sessions you would like your child to attend.  If pupils are required for Saturday morning matches these will take precedence over the swimming sessions.  The first session will begin on Saturday 29th September’

 Swimming notice

Please could all swimmers have the correct swimming kit for their swimming lessons: black swimming costume/shorts, goggles and a swim hat.

Year 7 – Trip to Snowdon

Please click here to access a letter for Year 7 parents.

Year 4 – History Trip to Chedworth Roman Villa, Monday 17th September

Please click here to access a letter for Year 4 parents.

Year 5 – History Trip to Mary Arden’s Farm, Thursday 20th September

Please click here to access a letter for Year 5 parents.

Prefects – TISCA Training Day, Thursday 20th September

Please click here to access a letter for parents of prefects in Year 8.

 Scholarship Information Evening – 7.30pm Thursday 20th September

11+ and 13+ Scholarships are available in Academics, Music, Art, Sport, Product Design Technology, Drama, Choral and an all-round Foundation Scholarship. The information evening will take place in the Centenary Hall. Parents will be able to meet key members of staff to find out about the opportunities available as well as discuss the application process with the Admissions team.

Harvest Chapel Service Friday 21st September

In preparation for our Harvest Chapel service on Friday 21st of September we will be making a collection throughout next week. All donations are to be brought into Houses during the week beginning 17th September (Week 3). We will be supporting Cheltenham Food Bank, an organisation that supports vulnerable families in the local area.

Suggested imperishable items can be found on https://cheltenham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ .

We would also like to personally invite you to join us for our Harvest Chapel Service. The service will start at 2.50pm and finishing around 3.40pm

Exeat arrangements

Exeat begins after Chapel All parents are warmly invited to attend our Chapel Service that begins at 2.50pm in the School Chapel. Pupils may leave for Exeat straight after Chapel which should be from 3.40pm.

In order to ease congestion at the front of school any pupils along with their siblings may be picked from the Chapel. Pupils should be signed out from house staff who will outside Chapel. Pupils being picked up from here will have been asked to take all their belongings to which will be stored until pick up. If you are using the option of picking up after Chapel please could you inform the Day/Boarding Houses.

All other pupils will be taken back to DCPS and can be signed out from houses from 3.55pm. On Exeat weekends we ask that all pupils be picked up by 5.00pm.

To help with parking we would also like to suggest the following options:

  1. If collecting from DCS straight after Chapel there is parking available on the tennis courts by the Bacon Theatre and by the astro turf pitches.
  2. Sports Hall
  3. Shelburne Road and Hatherley Court Road (please be considerate to residents by not blocking driveways).

Parents’ Society Talk – James Shone, ‘I Am I Can’

As members of the Parents’ Society, you are warmly invited to a talk by inspirational speaker and ‘I Can I Am’ Founder, James Shone on Wednesday 10th October 2019 at 19:00 in the Bacon Theatre with refreshments available in the Orangery from 6.30-7.00pm.

‘I Can I Am’ is a charity founded three years ago by ex-teacher James Shone. Following a 16 year teaching career, James was appointed as a headmaster in 2012. During a medical assessment, a brain tumour was discovered. Over the coming months James underwent two massive operations spending eleven weeks in hospital. The operations ultimately saved his life, but took away most of his sight. James had to relinquish a dream job, undergo radiotherapy and set off on his future with no job, no sight and diminished hope.  James’ story is one of determination, courage and positivity.  James will be speaking to pupils earlier in the day but also has a tailored message for our parents followed by a question and answer session.

James is a friend of Dean Close School and an inspiring speaker who I would warmly recommend to you.  If you would be interested in joining other members of the Parents’ Society for what is set to be an excellent evening, could I ask you to please contact my PA Sara (slclark@deanclose.org.uk)