Week 8: Beginning Monday 4th November 2019

Below you will find further information on:

  • Remembrance Service, Friday 8th November (all parents)

  • Year 8 Parents’ Coffee Morning, Saturday 9th November (Year 8 parents)

  • Anti-Bullying Week (all parents)

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

  • Charity Fair (all parents)

  • Christmas Jumper Day (all parents)

  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (all parents)

  • Dean Close Choral Society (all parents)

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

  • Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols (all parents)

  • Dean Close Christmas Hockey Camp (all parents)

  • Term Dates 2020-2021 (all parents)

  • Match Fixtures (all parents)

General notices

Remembrance Service, Friday 8th November (all parents)

All parents and guardians are warmly invited to our annual Remembrance Service on Friday 8th November, at which the Headmaster of Dean Close School, Mr B Salisbury, will be speaking. We would ask that all guests are seated by 2.35pm so that the service can start on time.

Year 8 Parents’ Coffee Morning, Saturday 9th November (Year 8 parents)

Please click here to access further information.

Anti-Bullying Week (all parents)

During the week commencing Monday 11th November we will be taking part in the National Anti-Bullying Week.  The pupils will take part in some break time activities on Tuesday and Thursday, and will be offered the chance to wear odd socks on Tuesday the 12th, the brighter the better!  All pupils will also be given a Dean Close Anti-Bullying wristband to wear during the week.  The theme is ‘Change Starts With Us’, emphasising the need for a community drive on inclusivity and widening our friendship circles to include people we do not usually talk to.  The pupils will also complete a survey on bullying so we can check on how safe they feel at school. This is done every year around this time and has resulted in changes to break time supervision and a friendship bench too.

I am sure you will all want to support this critical initiative but if you have any questions, please email Mrs Sarah Davies, Head of PSHCE and Wellbeing on sadavies@deanclose.org.uk.

Christmas Appeal for ‘Family Space’ (all parents)

All pupils will be given a full tube of Smarties after House Cross Country, kindly donated by Family Space. Our Christmas charity appeal this year starts with eating the Smarties and then filling the tube with coins, preferably 20ps.  Please return the full tubes after half term to Houses.  It would be wonderful to have a really positive response to this appeal and half term may provide good opportunities for pupils to do some useful jobs to earn the money to fill the tube.

Charity Fair (all parents)

All parents, family and friends are invited to the Dean Close Preparatory School Charity Fair, starting at 2.30pm on Friday 22nd November.  Our nominated charity for the second year is ‘Family Space’ – a local charity supporting families as they manage the ups and downs of family life.

Children may come to School in home clothes on the day, but we would be grateful for a £1.00 donation for the privilege.  Children may bring up to £5.00 in small change (in a purse or wallet) to the Fair. For parents there is no limit!  As usual, there will be lots of stalls devised and set up by the children themselves.

If you have anything we could auction, please contact Mrs Hunt: alhunt@deanclose.org.uk

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.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (all parents)

After half term children are now welcome to bring in some money to make a donation for poppies in Houses.

We also have a selection of alternative items, which have proved very popular in previous years. Pupils are welcome to call into the School Office at morning break from Monday 4th November to make a suggested donation and choose a gift.

If the correct money can be sent in, it would be appreciated. Thank you.

Dean Close 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 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 (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk or 01242 258000 ext 272) if you would like further details.

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.

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

Term Dates 2020-2021 (all parents)

Please click here to access further information on the Term Dates for 2020-2021.

Match Fixtures (all parents)

Wednesday 6th November

Hockey v Clifton College Preparatory School – 1st VII, 2nd VII, 3rd VII and 4th VII Home 2.15pm; 5th VII, 6th VII, 7th VII and 8th VII Home 3.15pm; U11A, U11B, U10A, U10B, U9A and U9B Away 2.30pm

Rugby – Severnside Rugby 7s at Dean Close U13A and U13B Home 1.00pm

Rugby – Severnside Rugby 7s at Cheltenham College U12A and U12B Away 1.00pm

Rugby – Festival at Beaudesert Park Preparatory School U11A, U11B and U11C Away 2.00pm

Rugby – Festival at The Downs Wraxall U10A, U10B and U10C Away 2.00pm

Thursday 7th November

Swimming Gala v Beaudesert Park Preparatory School – Year 7 and Year 8 Home 4.45pm

Saturday 9th November

Rugby – Triangular at St John’s on-the-Hill School U10A and U10B Away 10.00am

Rugby – Triangular at Dean Close Preparatory School U9A and U9B Home 10.00am

Rugby – Festival at The Downs Wraxall Preparatory School U8 Away 10.00am