Hermes

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Week 7: Monday 14th October

Below you will find further information on:

  • Effort Card Information (all parents)

  • Dropping pupils off at the start of the school day (all day parents)

  • Mobile Phone Policy (all parents)

  • Letter for parents of pupils in Year 4 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 4 parents)

  • Letter for parents of pupils in Year 5 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 5 parents)

  • Letter for parents of pupils in Year 6 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 6 parents)

  • Arrangements for the last day of this half term, Friday 18th October (all parents)

  • Dance at Teatime, Tuesday 15th October (all parents)

  • Parent Workshop, Tuesday 15th October (all parents)

  • Promises Auction, Friday 15th November (all parents)

  • Sip and Shop, Wednesday 4th December (all parents)

  • Choral Society (all parents)

  • Dean Close Hockey Camp (all parents)

  • Ultimate Activity Camps (all parents)

  • Match Fixtures week 7 (all parents)

General notices

Effort Card Information

Please click here to access information on the pupil Effort Cards. These are published at the start of half term.

Dropping pupils off at the start of the school day (all day parents)

To assist day parents who need to drop pupils off early, pupils may be dropped off from 7.45am. Pupils must then go to Oaksey House, where a member of house will supervise pupils until 8.00am when all other Day Houses open.

No pupil should arrive in school before 7.45am unless they are supervised by a parent, as we are unable to provide supervision before this time.

However, if pupils do arrive earlier than this they should go to dining room where they can be signed in and have breakfast, with the cost added to the bill.

Mobile Phone Policy (all parents)

As you are aware, the Parents’ Handbook highlights the aim to make DCPS a mobile ‘phone free zone for day pupils (Boarders have their own guidelines).

However, there are some exceptional circumstances when it is necessary for a child to bring a mobile into school. On these occasions the mobile phone must be handed in immediately the child arrives in school to the Houseparent for safe keeping during normal school hours, the phone must never be taken into the changing rooms and should only be used once the child has left the school grounds.

Recently, it has been noted that several children are bringing mobile phones into school and we therefore feel it necessary to remind you of the procedure regarding the granting of this special permission.

Pupils are only allowed mobile phones in school if they have had permission from the Deputy Head (Logistics and Compliance), Mr J Harris (jebharris@deanclose.org.uk)

If you have not done so already, then please contact him in writing requesting consent, if you consider it imperative that your son or daughter has a mobile phone in school. Permission is required for any time children want to bring their phones into school e.g. an occasional use or a one off occasion.

It should be noted that children can, with permission, use a House landline during the School day. In accordance with our School Policy there will be periodic checks to make sure that mobiles are not being kept in school bags or pockets.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Letter for parents of pupils in Year 4 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 4 parents)

Please click here to access a letter for parents of pupils in Year 4 regarding our PSHCE curriculum.

Letter for parents of pupils in Year 5 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 5 parents)

Please click here to access a letter for parents of pupils in Year 5 regarding our PSHCE curriculum.

Letter for parents of pupils in Year 6 in relation to our PSHCE Curriculum (Year 6 parents)

Please click here to access a letter for parents of pupils in Year 6 regarding our PSHCE curriculum.

Arrangements for the last day of this half term, Friday 18th October (all parents)

On Friday 18th October the school will close for half term after our annual House Cross-Country race at approximately12.40pm.

We would like to draw your attention to the following details:

  • All parents are warmly invited to attend our Chapel Service that begins at 10.30am in the School Chapel. Parents are requested to sit upstairs.
  • Parent(s),/Guardian(s) are then invited for coffee and pastries in the school dining room, whilst the pupils change for their Cross-Country races.
  • Boys should wear white shorts, white socks, House polo shirt and trainers.
  • Girls should wear blue shorts, white socks, House polo shirt and trainers.
  • 11.40am Junior Cross-Country Race: Years 3 and 4.
  • 11.55am Inter Cross-Country Race: Years 5 and 6.
  • 12.15pm Senior Cross-Country Race: Years 7 and 8.
  • Half Term begins at the end of the Senior Race at 12.40pm approximately and all pupils should ensure that they have signed out from their Houses.
  • If you are arriving before 12.00pm, it would be very helpful if you could park in the areas listed below to enable Pre-Prep pupils to be picked up safely.
  • All day pupils should take all their belongings home at the start of half term.
  • Please note that Day houses will close at 1.00pm on Friday 19th October.

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

  1. There is parking available on Humpty Dumpty, please click here to access a Google map.
  2. Sports Hall
  3. Shelburne Road and Hatherley Court Road (please be considerate to residents by not blocking driveways).

Dance at Teatime, Tuesday 15th October (all parents)

All parents are cordially invited to our first ‘Dance at Teatime’ concert in the Centenary Hall on Tuesday 15th October, from 4.30-5.30pm. Please come along to see the dancers in action, to listen to the ideas of the dance teachers and to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake beforehand. The idea behind this is to show parents what goes on in a dance class, so this is an informal event, not a polished concert.

As it is not possible to fit everyone in the time slot, not every pupil who dances is included in this particular event – there will be other opportunities in the future.

Parent Workshop, Tuesday 15th October (all parents)

All parents are welcome to the Michaelmas Parent Workshop on Tuesday 15th October, 6.00-7.30pm, in the Drama room. The topic this time is:

“How do we keep the channels of communication open with our children?”​ and will be led by Madeline Stanimeros, a local speaker, author, parenting guru AND mother of five!

In a response to previous events, a creche (for pupils at DCPS in Years 3-8) will be available for those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend due to issues with childcare arrangements at that time of the day. Supper at school will be provided and full supervision will continue afterwards, until the workshop finishes.

Please let Mrs Hunt (alhunt@deanclose.org.uk) know if you would like to attend and if you plan to leave your children in the pop-up creche. Please state how many children you will be leaving and their ages. All childcare requests must be received by Friday 11th October.

Promises Auction, Friday 15th November (all parents)

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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

Choral Society (all parents)

Parents, Staff, ODs, Friends, 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 & 26th November

14th, 21st, 28th January

4th February

Afternoon rehearsal on 9th February

Work:  Puccini’s Messa di Gloria

Performance:  Sunday 9th February in the Pittville Pump Room as part of the Senior School’s Spring Concert

Contact Sylvia Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk or 01242 258000 ext 272) if you would like further details.

Dean Close Hockey Camp (all parents)

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Dean Close Services 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 Monday 5th November. There is no discount code needed, it is already calculated in the overall price for 3 days.

If you want to include a sibling discount to your booking, you can work this out against the number of sessions you want to pay for. Sibling discount is 10% offset against child 1. For this, please select the ‘other discount’ option on the form and enter manually below.

Ultimate Activity Camps (all parents)

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Match Fixtures Week 7 (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 16th October

Hockey v Bromsgrove Preparatory School – 1st VII, 2nd VII, 3rd VII and 4th VII Home 2.00pm; U11A, U11B, U10A, U10B Home 3.00pm; 5th VII, 6th VII, 7th VII and 8th VII Away 2.00pm; U11C Away 3.00pm

Hockey v St John’s on-the-Hill School – U9A  and U9B Away 2.30pm

Rugby v Cheltenham College Preparatory School – U13B, U11A, U11B and U11C Home 2.30pm; U10A, U10B and U10C Away 2.30pm

Rugby – Festival at Cheltenham College Preparatory School U12A and U12B Away 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at Dean Close Preparatory School U9A and U9B Home 2.00pm

Foundation Rugby v Cheltenham College Preparatory School at Cheltenham Tigers RFC – U13A Away 6.00pm

Thursday 17th October

District Cross-Country Round 2 at St Edward’s Preparatory School  – U11 and U10 Away 3.45pm

Swimming Gala v Cheltenham College Preparatory School – Year 7 and Year 8 Away 4.45pm

Friday 18th October – Saturday 19th October

8.00am-6.00pm NSEA National Championships at Addington Manor