Headmaster’s Assembly 


Headmaster’s Message to Parents 

 These will come as a separate mailing on Monday 15 June! Do please look out for them!


Lunchtime Music Concert 

Thursday 11 June 

 Another wonderful Musical Moment!


Shakespeare in Lockdown

Episode 2

The Dean Close Drama Department have undertaken an enormous lockdown project, with members of the Dean Close community recording all 154 sonnets of William Shakespeare. We are delighted to bring you the second episode, Shakespeare in Lockdown, Sonnets 31-60. 


Duke of Edinburgh 

Important Update – PLEASE READ 

As a result of not being able to run expeditions for the Bronze Award in the normal way but to allow recognition of the hard work that many participants have already put in towards completing the other sections of the Award, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have introduced a special accolade for this year which is their Certificate of Achievement. This will be awarded to participants who complete all the other sections of the Award but are unable to complete their Expedition.  

Now that DCS assessments are complete the remainder of term would be an ideal opportunity for this year’s 4th Form participants to complete their skill, physical activity and volunteering and submit evidence on their eDofE account to be approved. 

For the Gold Award candidates, please look out for an email from Mrs Beecham with further details about your expeditions. 

It is important for all Bronze and Gold candidates to read the ATTACHED INFORMATION! 


Friday Chapel 

Welcome to this week’s Chapel Service. All other broadcasts can be found on the Chaplaincy @Home page on the website.


Futures Programme 

Lower 6th 

Please take the opportunity to read the attached letter from Mr Mochan and Mr Suckle. This is a superb opportunity to give your future planning a real boost! The programme runs from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 June!


International Universities 

Webinar and Virtual University Fair 

Dean Close is pleased to offer two opportunities in the coming week to pupils who may be interested in applying to universities outside the UK.  Both are being provided by Mr David Hawkins (@UniGuyDavid on Twitter and at, an expert in this field and experienced counsellor who has already supported a number of Decanians with their applications. 

The first event is being hosted by Mr Suckle and Mrs Montgomery with Mr Hawkins and is a webinar on Tuesday 16 June, 2.30-3.30pm. Please encourage your son/daughter to sign up for this. We will also make the recording available to those who cannot attend.

The second event is a virtual university fair with universities from the US, Canada and Europe attending, free to pupils and parents to attend online, 4.30-7.00pm on Thursday 18 June. See the poster below as well as the signup details!

The confirmed attending universities are as follows: 

  • USA: The University of Chicago, NYU, Johns Hopkins, Carleton College, Loyola Marymount University, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Syracuse University, University of California Santa Barbara, Parson’s (Paris Campus). 
  • Canada: The University of Toronto, the Canadian High Commission, The University of British Columbia, McGill University, Bishop’s University, Queen’s University. 
  • Europe: Trinity College Dublin, Bocconi, IE University, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, Glion, Les Roches, The Central European University, Bard College Berlin 
  • The Netherlands: Leiden University, Utrecht University, University College Utrecht, University College Roosevelt 

Pupils and parents can pre-register, for free, at 


Survival Politics & Participation  

Thursday 18 June, 2.15-3.00pm 

Join OD Charlotte Ivers, political correspondent at talkRadio, Cambridge graduate, former Head of School, and someone with an insider’s knowledge of UK government, to discuss contemporary politics today and your role in shaping it. 


Children of Key Workers / Change of Scene 

We will continue to offer a provision for children of Key Workers in school but in addition, we are aware that a number of pupils are getting to the stage where they need a change of scenery and would find it helpful to work in school, either in the Library or a classroom environment. Please email Deputy Headmaster, Mr Andrew Hall on if you would like your son or daughter to take advantage of this opportunity. In order to provide lunch, we would need to know the evening before. 


Academic Enrichment 

We are pleased to let you know that we now have access to two fantastic Cambridge Core collections for the next 30 days. To explore, please go to (password: Flecker1886). eBook access includes ALL of the wonderful Cambridge Companions series as well as the Shakespeare Surveys, the annual publication on the Shakespearean world. 

Cambridge Companions are incredible anthologies for arts, humanities and social science subjects, written by some of the best academics and thinkers. They are a mainstay of university reading lists and could be excellent background reading for your A-levels. 


Job Opportunity  

Upper 6th Leavers 

Each year St John’s on the Hill, our Prep School in Chepstow appoint 3 Gap Assistants to support the school in their day to day operations. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a broad range of areas. If you are interested in applying for this role, please email Mr Jason Dobbie on expressing your interest.


Daily Exercise Diary 

We are very keen to ensure that all our pupils are maintaining a regular exercise programme, which is proven to be a great antidote for stress, and a enhances physical and mental well-being. As such, the Physical Education and Sports Department have created a daily exercise diary for the pupils to complete. It literally takes less than a minute to complete after an exercise session, but will give the PE Department and Houseparents a really good insight into the individual pupil’s activity levels. Pupils can follow this link to complete their diary for week beginning 15 June!


Engineering Experience 

For this summer, the Smallpiece Trust’s university-based residential courses are unable to go ahead due to social distancing restrictions.  However that isn’t stopping them running virtual engineering courses instead.

Follow this link for courses available for Years 9, 11 and 12 and to find out more and how to book. Courses are priced at £50 with limited availability, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.   


Co-Curricular Programme 

Trinity 2020 

Please keep an eye on the DCS @ Home page on the website for further details. If pupils have any ideas of clubs that they want to initiate, Mr Hall would love to hear from you about your ideas.  

This week’s Challenges: 

  • Photography:  Abstract
  • Lego Competition: Build a Working Vehicle
  • Cookery School Bake-Off: Savoury or Sweet Souffle
  • Art Challenges: Recreate a Masterpiece, Mural, and Portrait 

All entries for these challenges need to be in by Thursday 18 June at 4.00pm. 


School Shop – News 


School Calendar 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

For those parents who are wanting to upload the School Calendar to smart phones, google calendar or similar, you are able to use the following URL: