Highlights of the Week 

  • Walking around the campus and seeing girls and boys engaged in competition against other schools. 
  • Win for the 1st XI Hockey v Millfield. 
  • Resounding victory for the 1st XV Rugby v King’s Gloucester. 
  • Lower 6th Art trip to Gloucester Cathedral. 
  • Celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival with our international pupils. 
  • Drama trip to see Comedy of Errors at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. 
  • The Cheltenham Educational Partnership Manifesto for Change event on Wednesday. 
  • The unveiling of Angus’ bench (see below). 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

Letter from the Headmaster

 

A Service of Thanksgiving for Angus Caton 

Wednesday 22 September 

A short service to recognise the life of Angus Caton took place in the Dean Close School Chapel on Wednesday at 4.50pm. Angus died at the age of 14 on 28th June 2020 after a 7 year battle with multiple brain tumours. Due to the pandemic, this is the first time that we have been able to formally recognise this wonderful young man’s life as a school community. 

It was a privilege to welcome the Caton family together with family and friends to give thanks for his life and officially ‘open’ Angus’ Bench outside Dale House. 

Do take a moment to read these touching words delivered by Angus’ dad, Alistair.

 

 

COVID Vaccinations 

The UK Government has announced that all 12 to 15 year olds will be offered one dose of a COVID vaccination in the coming weeks, as part of a programme that will be operated through schools. Dean Close has yet to receive any official details of this. Once we have been informed of the process, we will inform all relevant parents and pupils, including how to give or withhold consent. Pupils aged 16 – 18 are also eligible for vaccine which can be organised through their GP or via a walk-in clinic. 

 

Field Day 

Tuesday 28 September 

Field Day takes place on Tuesday 28 September, and provides us with an opportunity for our pupils to expand their horizons a little bit and do something slightly different. Please see below, the plan for the day.  

4th Form

Personal Development: Outdoor Pursuits Training  

See further details HERE!

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Academic Lessons Period 1 to 4 / CCF Competition 

Dress Code: School Uniform 

Change to Games Kit/CCF Uniform at Lunchtime 

5th Form

Academic Lessons Period 1 to 4 / Voluntary CCF / Activities 

Dress Code: School Uniform 

Change to Games Kit/CCF Uniform at Lunchtime 

Lower 6th

Academic Lessons Period 1 to 4 / CCF for NCOs / Enrichment 

Dress Code: School Uniform 

Change to Games Kit/CCF Uniform at Lunchtime 

Upper 6th 

Academic Lessons Period 1 to 4 / CCF for NCOs / UCAS & Futures 

Dress Code: School Uniform 

End of the School day is as normal at 5.15pm or at 4.15pm by arrangement with the Housmaster / Housemistress. 

 

Flu Vaccines 

The Gloucestershire Immunisation Team will be offering flu vaccines to all DCS pupils in Year 11 and below, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October. These will be done by nasal spray and will not require a needle. 

We request that all parents with children in these year groups return the completed form to us even if they do not wish their child to have the vaccine. If you do not consent to the vaccine you can also confirm this via email. 

Please see attached for an information letter from the Immunisation Team and for the Consent Form. 

Important: The nurses are not able to accept photographs of the consent forms; only scans and print copies will be accepted. The form must be signed by someone with legal parental authority for the child. 

Completed forms should be sent as soon as possible to vaccines@deanclose.org.uk, or by Monday 27th September at the latest. 

 

All 4th Form Girls 

Engineering 

Discover where engineering can take you, from the comfort of your own home, on an RAF online engineering supported course based on true to life humanitarian type missions undertaken by RAF personnel – for current Year 9s. 

There are FREE places available on the RAF supported Humanitarian Engineering online course taking place from 26 – 29 October 2021. 

The course attracts a British Science Association Bronze CREST Award and an Industrial Cadet Bronze Award on successful completion. 

Applications close on Sunday 26 September 2021. To find out more and how to book, please click this link. 

 

NEW MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE 

8 October 2021 

On Friday 8 October we will be holding our annual showcase for musical pupils who have recently joined the school. The event will take place at 6pm in the Helen Porter Hall in the Music Department, and we anticipate finishing by around 7pm. 

The evening is a relaxed and informal occasion where new students may perform a short piece on any instrument or voice and meet like-minded peers. All students in the 4th Form and new Lower 6th joiners are invited to perform – they can do this via their music teacher, or by emailing the Music Administrator, Mrs Klemz at shklemz@deanclose.org.uk 

Parents and guardians are also warmly welcome. Refreshments will be served upon arrival and music staff will be on hand to answer any questions. We will contact parents of those performing to invite you to attend around a week before the event. 

We look forward to meeting you at the showcase and, in the meantime, please do encourage your musical children to get involved! 

 

Disguised Decanian 

On November the 20th, Dean Close will be holding its very own charity event in the Bacon theatre to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and Blue Skye Thinking. Following the two tragic losses the Dean Close Community has experienced in the last year due to brain tumours, as a school we wanted to help fund vital research into both adult and child brain tumours through these two charities.  

The Disguised Decanian is a singing event where 16 disguised performers will sing in a head-to-head, knock out style performance where ultimately 1 performer will be revealed as THE Disguised Decanian. Tickets will be available soon through the Bacon theatre website, so save the date!! 

 

Allergies 

It is very important to note that Dean Close School is a NUT and Sesame Free School. Our catering staff stick fastidiously to very strict guidelines, which can be compromised when pupils bring nut products onto the school site. If you have any queries in this regard please do not hesitate to contact the Health Centre on health@deanclose.org.uk. 

 

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, well 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.  

 

Specialist Cricket Coaching 

Gecko at Dean Close 

Dates and Times 

Tuesdays 6.30pm-8.00pm (12, 19 October; 9, 16, 23, 30 November; 7, 14 December) 

Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm (14, 21 October; 11, 18, 25 November; 2, 9, 16 December) 

Age Groups  

U11 | U13 | U15 | U17 | Open 

Website/bookings  

https://geckocricket.com/product/specialist-cricket-camps/ 

Skills  

Batting Programme 

Fast Bowling Programme 

Spin Bowling Programme 

Wicket Keeping Programme 

 

Bacon Theatre 

We are fortunate to welcome some hugely entertaining shows to the Bacon Theatre during the course of the year. Below, please see some of the highlights taking place this month. 

Saturday 25 September 

Purple Zeppelin at 7.30pm
‘The Ultimate Rock Tribute Show’ playing tribute to Deep Purple & Led Zeppelin: https://bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873609797 

Sunday 26 September 

An Evening with Merrill Osmond at 7.30pm
Merrill will be performing all the big hits from The Osmond’s plus talking about his experiences of growing up within one of the world’s biggest bands: https://bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610045 

 Please remember to follow us on social media and like our posts, we really appreciate your support! @bacontheatre (Insta & Twitter) @thebacontheatre (Facebook) 

 

Ultimate Activity Camps 

 

The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

PRINTABLE VERSION – WEEK Ahead Commencing 25 September 2021

If you have any queries or comments, please contact rerichards@deanclose.org.uk.