The first block of Sports Fixtures of the new year went off smoothly with a great deal of success on the Rugby Pitch against RGS Worcester, and the 1st XV followed up that victory with a resounding win over Magdalen College School, Oxford on Thursday. The U16s and U15s are also going well and we look forward to following their progress throughout the term. The girls played some hard fought matches against Millfield and there were some superb results, especially the U15b team who battled it out for a 1-1 draw.

Our Music lessons are well under way and the Drama Department had an active evening on Tuesday as they engaged in a Stage Fighting Workshop, which was not only informative but thoroughly entertaining as the pupils put their skills to the test towards the end of the session.

Guide to Parents’ Receptions

The very first parents’ meeting of term is on Friday 22 September takes place at 4.00pm in the Dining Hall and provides an opportunity for parents of new pupils to meet the teachers of their son or daughter and ‘put a face to a name’. The pupils will have made an initial impression upon their teachers, and this provides an opportunity for parents to find out how their son or daughter has settled in. Pupils are encouraged to attend alongside their parents and should be in school uniform.

We operate a queuing system and most appointments take around five minutes. If a longer time is needed, then a follow up can always be arranged.

There will often be a Grade Card assessment in advance of the meeting; this will be available in the foyer, as you enter the Dining Hall. The first assessment of the academic year indicates whether the initial effort in class and in preps has been satisfactory; whereas subsequent assessments will also record attainment.

Please see the attached document for forthcoming dates.

Allergy Notification & Awareness

Dean Close School is a NUT FREE site! And as such our catering suppliers, Palmer & Howells, operate a nut free policy. This means that our chocolate spread, and all other condiments and foods supplied here on site are nut free. Please be aware that we do have pupils with nut allergies and that no food containing nuts can be brought onto site, as this may put pupils at risk. If you have any questions or concerns on this matter, do please contact our caterers on catering@deanclose.org.uk or our Health Centre on medical@deanclose.org.uk.

Choral Society

Please accept this as a personal invitation to join the Dean Close Choral Society! There are no auditions and everyone from the wider Dean Close Community is very welcome to come along – our members currently range from the Chair of Governors, staff of all the Cheltenham schools, to parents of current and ex-pupils. Members of the DCS Chapel Choir and, sometimes a DCPS choir, join for a few rehearsals near to the concert date and for the concert itself, so it really is an all-encompassing membership. An ability to read music is hugely helpful but not necessarily essential.

This year, the Society is performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Chapel during the Lent Term towards the end of January, with the precise date still to be confirmed. Rehearsals start on Tuesday 19 September at 7.00pm in the Prince Michael Hall (PMH) which is in the Senior School’s Music Department building, for an hour. Please do come along, or contact Sylvia Klemz on shklemz@deanclose.org.uk if you would like further information.

Sport Physiotherapy at School

This year, we are once again, delighted to be able to offer Sports Specific Physiotherapy on site on Tuesday evenings between the hours of 5.00pm and 8.00pm. This is in partnership with Pro-Performance and Gloucester Rugby allowing us to access some of the best support around. This provision will commence Tuesday 19 September. Please see the attached document for extra details, or email nbaker@deanclose.org.uk if you have any queries.

Join the Business Club at the next networking Breakfast: Friday 29 September

Sports Pavilion, Big Field from 8am

Old Decanian James Moos will be explaining why cyber security is becoming so important for businesses, and give us an understanding of how we can incorporate cyber security into our businesses, regardless of size. The presentation addresses key areas that we should all consider and can help us look to reduce the risks our businesses face.

James is the Technical Security Group Lead for C3IA Solutions – a consultancy that is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre. C3IA has worked with government, military and commercial customers, providing a range of services from Risk Management through to technical services such as Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing.

By attending this session, you’ll walk away armed with the knowledge you need to incorporate or improve your cyber security. The morning will also provide the opportunity to introduce yourself to other members of the Dean Close Business Club, share your contact details and establish links to facilitate doing more, and better, business.

To register please visit www.deanclose.org.uk/Business-Club

The Week Ahead

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