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Week 11: Beginning Monday 25th November 2019

Below you will find further information on:

  • Information for DCPS Senior Production of ‘Annie‘ (all parents)

  • Parent Hub (all parents)

  • DCPS Values Survey for Parents (all parents)

  • Uniform Check (all day parents)

  • Cyberfirst Event, Saturday 25th January (Year 8 parents)

  • Christmas Appeal for ‘Family Space’ (all parents)

  • Christmas Jumper Day (all parents)

  • Private View of GCSE Art and Design Work at Dean Close School, Monday 25th November (all parents)

  • Sip and Shop, 6.30-8.30pm Wednesday 4th December (all parents)

  • Dean Close Choral Society (all parents)

  • Exclusive Shopping for the Dean Close Foundation at John Lewis Cheltenham, Tuesday 3rd December (all parents)

  • Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols (all parents)

  • Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey (all parents)

  • Private View of GCSE Art and Design Work at Dean Close School, Monday 25th November (all parents)

  • Dean Close Christmas Hockey Camp (all parents)

  • Match Fixtures (all parents)

General notices

Information for DCPS Senior Production of ‘Annie‘ (all parents)

Any pupils coming to watch the play should be wearing school uniform.

Please could all unused/surplus tickets be returned to the Front Office. On each night we will be operating a first come first served waiting list for anyone who has been unable to get tickets.

Wednesday 27th November 7.00pm School Play – ‘Annie’. Ticket only – Doors open at 6.45pm. Sold Out!

5.00pm School tea provided for all cast members

The cast and crew can be collected from the Centenary Hall Foyer at approximately 9.15pm.

Thursday 28th November 7.00pm – ‘Annie’. Ticket only – Doors open at 6.45pm. Sold Out!

5.00pm School tea provided for all cast members

The cast and crew can be collected from the Centenary Hall Foyer at approximately 9.15pm.

Friday 29th November 7.00pm School Play – ‘Annie’. Ticket only – Doors open at 6.45pm. Sold Out!

5.00pm School tea provided for all cast members

The cast and crew can be collected from the Centenary Hall Foyer at approximately 9.40pm when the after-show party is over, to which family and guests of the cast and crew are welcome.

Parent Hub (all parents)

We are pleased to launch a brand new Parent Hub

Please click here to access the Parent Hub.

All of the links you are used to are still available, in an updated format that we hope is more user friendly.

You will also now be able to view the weekly sports fixtures photographs from this platform.

DCPS Values Survey for Parents (all parents)

As you know, Dean Close Preparatory School takes its ethos very seriously and places it at the heart of everything we do. As mentioned to parents at the start of the school year, we are currently reviewing which specific values we should be placing front and centre of the work we do to create citizens for the next century.

As a parent you will have seen the school in action and have valuable perspectives on the life of the school. Therefore, we invite you to take this short, 3 minute survey to share your opinions on the values you think we should be focusing on. Please click here to access the survey.

The school would welcome any other feedback on values, so if you have more to say but cannot easily fit in here, feel free to email Mr Kevin Donnelly, Director of Studies (kdonnelly@deanclose.org.uk) who is overseeing this research.

Uniform Check (all day parents)

As the end of term approaches it would very helpful if all parents could ensure that all pupils’ games kit/uniform is brought home on the weekend and if any pupils have taken home someone else’s  games kit/uniform that it is returned to the correct day house at the start of the week.

Cyberfirst Event, Saturday 25th January (Year 8 parents)

A local opportunity has become available for Year 8 pupils interested in Computer Science. Please click here to find out more. The Cheltenham event takes place on Saturday 25th January (EXEAT Weekend)

These are free courses from the NCSC/Cyberfirst.

Christmas Jumper Day (all parents)

On Friday 6th December everyone in the Prep School is invited to wear a Christmas jumper in support of our nominated charity ‘Family Space’. Pupils will be asked to bring in a donation of £1.00 for this event.

Sip and Shop, 6.30-8.30pm Wednesday 4th December (all parents)

All members of the Dean Close Community and their friends and family (adults only preferred please) are welcome to gather at Centenary Hall at DCPS for a pre-holiday shopping event!

On sale will be items made and sold by members of the Dean Close community, parents and relatives.  This is a great way to support small businesses and get stocking stuffers, staff and teacher gifts, have a glass of wine and socialise before the Christmas break is upon us.

Jewellery, accessories, clothing, gift baskets, personalised items, essential oils, packaged food gifts, toys, and many more offerings will be available for purchase.

For booth enquiry please contact Mrs Victoria Robb at 077412022662 or email vrobbdesigns@gmail.com

Dean Close Choral Society (all parents)

Parents, Staff, ODs, Friends, and Neighbours – all are welcome to join the Dean Close Choral Society; an ability to read music at some level is helpful.  Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7.00pm for an hour in the music department at the Senior School.  The rehearsal dates for our next concert are:  5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November, 14th, 21st, 28th January, 4th February and an afternoon rehearsal on 9th February.

We will be performing Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria’ on Sunday 9th February in the Pittville Pump Room as part of the Senior School’s Spring Concert

Contact Sylvia Klemz

Exclusive Shopping for the Dean Close Foundation at John Lewis Cheltenham, Tuesday 3rd December (all parents)

Please click here for further information.

Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey (all parents)

Join us on Saturday 14th December at 7.00pm in Tewkesbury Abbey.  Tickets are available from Ticketsource or from The Abbey Shop, 01684 856148.  Click here for more information.

Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols (all parents)

The whole Dean Close Community are warmly invited to the candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols in Dean Close Chapel on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm.  This is a lovely festive event and is followed by mulled wine & mince pies in the Dean Close Dining Hall.  Click here for more information.

Private View of GCSE Art and Design Work at Dean Close School, Monday 25th November (all parents)

You are warmly invited to a Private View of GCSE Art & Design Work on Monday 25th November from 4.15pm until 6.30pm in the Art School.  Visitors will see a large range of Year 10 GCSE artwork which will include examples of drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture, digital photography and print-making.  In addition, the Sixth Form will be working in their studios and will be happy to show you their A level work and discuss their experiences of Art at this level.  Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. We very much hope that you will be able to join us and would welcome any other friends or family you would like to bring along.

Please click here to access further information on this event.

Dean Close Christmas Hockey Camp (all parents)

This December, we are running a Christmas Hockey Camp here at Dean Close and as always, it is open to all girls and boys. We are offering an EARLY BIRD discount of 10% if you book your son/daughter onto the camp for the full 3 days only. Early bird discount will end on Tuesday 5th November. There is no discount code needed, it is already calculated in the overall price for 3 days.

Dates: Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December

Ages and times:  7-11 years:  9.00am – 12 noon; 12+ years:  1.00pm – 4.00pm

Click here for more information.  To register and pay for the camp, you can visit the website: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or alternatively call Lydia Day on 01242 267431 or email enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk

Match Fixtures (all parents)

We are only sending match details in our weekly clarion. Team sheets, pitch location and further information can be accessed using the password DCPSsport2019 on the sports section of the School website http://www.deancloseprepsport.org.uk/

Wednesday 27th November

Hockey v St John’s on-the-Hill School – 2nd VII Home 2.15pm; 6th VII and U11A Home 3.00pm; U9B Away 2.30pm; U10B Away 2.45pm

Hockey v Abberley Hall School – 3rd VII, 5th VII and 7th VII Home 2.15pm

Hockey v Hatherop Castle School – U10A Away 2.15pm; U11B Away 3.00pm, U9A and U8 Home 3.30pm

Rugby – Festival at Dean Close Preparatory School U11A, U11B and U11C Home 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at Clifton College Preparatory School U10A Away 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at Cricklade Manor Preparatory School U10B Away 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at St John’s on-the Hill School U9A Away 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at Cheltenham College Preparatory School U13B Away 2.00pm

Rugby v Bredon Hill Middle School – U13A and U12A Away 2.30pm

Thursday 28th November

Swimming Gala v Cheltenham College Preparatory School – Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 Home 4.45pm

Friday 29th November

Hockey – U11 In2Schools County Tournament Home 10.00am

Saturday 30th November

Hockey v Royal Grammar School Worcester – 1st XI Away 1.45pm; 2nd XI Away 2.45pm

Hockey v Cheltenham College Preparatory School – U10A, U10B and U8 Home 10.00am; U9A and U9B Away 10.00am; U11A, U11B and U11C Away 12.45pm

Rugby – Senior House Rugby 1.00pm