Hermes

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Week 12: Beginning Monday 2nd December 2019

Below you will find further information on:

  • Contact with DCPS Front Office if your child is ill (all day parents)

  • Information about Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 Parents’ Evenings (parents in Year 6, Year and Year 8)

  • Details of events, logistics for the last 2 weeks of term (all parents)

  • Parent Hub (all parents)

  • DCPS Values Survey for Parents (all parents)

  • Christmas Jumper Day (all parents)

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

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

  • Dean Close Choral Society (all parents)

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

  • Shelburne House Christmas Fair, Thursday 5th December (all parents)

  • Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols (all parents)

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

  • Dean Close Christmas Hockey Camp (all parents)

  • Match Fixtures (all parents)

General notices

Contact with DCPS Front Office if your child is ill (all day parents)

If your child is absent for any reasons please could you send an email to DCPS Front Office dcpsoffice@deanclose.org.uk to let them know as well as the day houses.

Information about Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 Parents’ Evenings (parents in Year 6, Year and Year 8)

Please click here to access a letter for Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 parents explaining the format of Parents’ Evenings.

Details of events, logistics for the last 2 weeks of term (all parents)

Please click here to access information for all the events in the last 2 weeks of term.

Parent Hub (all parents)

We are pleased to launch a brand new Parent Hub: https://www.deanclose.org.uk/dc-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.

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

Please click here for further information.

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

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

These are free courses from the NCSC/Cyberfirst.

Please click here to access further information.

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.

Shelburne House Christmas Fair, Thursday 5th December (all parents)

Please click here for further 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.

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/

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 U9A and U9B Away 10.00am; U8s Away 10.45am; U11A, U11B and U11C Home 12.40pm

Rugby – Senior House Rugby 1.00pm

Wednesday 4th December

Rugby – Junior House Matches 2.00pm

Hockey – Senior and Junior House Matches 2.15pm

Friday 6th December

Boys change from Rugby to Hockey (mouth guards, named shin pads and hockey sticks needed) and girls change to Netball

Saturday 7th December

12.30pm-2.00pm Boys’ Hockey Practice Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8