Highlights of the Week 

  • Seeing the smiles on the faces of the 5th Form as they finished their Maths trial exam this afternoon.
  • Oscar’s Friday @6 musical performance last Friday. 
  • The 4th Form D of E and Adventure weekend. 
  • The English National Orchestra and Voces8 workshop on Tuesday, which saw 5 state school partners join us for the afternoon. 
  • This week we had a visit from the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) who are working with the Department for Education to assess quarantine arrangements and communication documentation relating to the pandemic. We are one of the very first schoolto be selected as part of this brand-new process. It was a positive day and the findings have now been passed to the Department for Education.  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

This is a reminder that we are expecting all pupils and staff to use their home testing kits twice a week as part of the National asymptomatic testing programme for school pupils. We would be really grateful if parents and guardians could support us in this process by reminding pupils to continue testingAll pupils have been issued with a set of tests. See below for details of how to perform the tests. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide  

Home Testing Video 

 

Lower 6th Futures Presentation 

Please find attached a copy of the presentation given to the Lower 6th on Wednesday 28 April. Below is also a YouTube copy of the Assembly in which this was presented. It is essential watching for all Lower 6th. 

https://youtu.be/JBmetC7HlCw 

 

Return to Sports Fixtures 

Saturday 8 May 

We are delighted to announce that we are in the process of planning for a return to inter-school matches starting on Saturday 8 May. Please look out for specific details in next week’s mailing. The Sports Department have put in place a comprehensive plan to ensure that matches are carried out in a safe manner. I know that the pupils are really looking forward to the opportunity to compete against other schools. Next week’s fixtures include: 

Cricket v RGS Worcester 

Tennis v Bloxham 

 

Wearing of Masks 

We are hoping that on the 17th of May, the Government will lift the restriction of having to wear masks in the classroom, but until then we need to comply with that guidance. From Tuesday 4th May we are however making an adjustment to our mask wearing policy, which still adheres to Government guidelines. 

When moving around the school site outside, pupils and staff may remove their masks. Whilst standing still or queueing, masks must be worn. It is really important that pupils and staff seek to maintain their 2 metres of distance from one another. Examples: 

Mask Up 

Queueing in the quad for Science lessons 

Queueing for lunch outside the Dining Hall 

Waiting for your teacher outside the MFL Classrooms 

Inside School Buildings – except your own Boarding House

Mask Down 

Walking from Geography to MFL 

Walking from MFL to the Sports Hall 

Walking from the Day Village to Maths, etc. 

AS SOON AS YOU ENTER A BUILDING OR ARE STANDING STILL IN A QUEUE – MASK UP! 

This is very challenging to ‘police’and as such we are relying on all members of the school community to be responsible in playing their part. If this doesn’t work, and these guidelines are ignored we will simply need to revert to previous guidance. 

 

Angus Caton Memorial Bench 

After a heroic fight against brain and later spinal cancer, Angus died aged 14 1/4yrs on 28th June 2020. His family are raising funds to commission a metal bench to be made by a local blacksmith and placed outside Dale House in the Senior School. Angus loved Dale and Dean Close but his strength, resilience, and indomitable humour was also a huge inspiration to all who knew him. The bench will provide a special place where pupils can congregate, relax and remember the gift and joy of life.  

Further information and the donation page can be found here: 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/angus-caton-dean-close-memorial-bench?qid=516d567c441c2336f796757055e6d134 

 

Cricket Coaching 

Dean Close is proud to offer a range of 8 week Cricket Specialist Programmes on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings commencing 18 May 2021 run by our very own Director Cricket Mike Powell (ECB 4, former Glamorgan CCC and Kent CCC) in partnership with GECKO cricket.  

The sessions are open to everyone aged 8-18, not just Dean Close pupils and all abilities are catered for.  

You can book using the click through below or you can book in person by calling or emailing Ryan Higgins on 07969 997303: ryan@geckocricket.com 

The link to book – https://geckocricket.com/product/specialist-cricket-camps/ 

 

DCS Library Online 

Access a wide range of resources from home with https://dcslibrary.com/. Reminder: for our Online Research Kit @Home go to https://dcslibrary.com/orkathome and use the password:”Flecker1886” to access login details for our many research databases. 

 

Cricket, Tennis, Strength & Conditioning 1:1s  

We are delighted to be able to resume our sports 1:1s when we return in the Trinity Term. Please do contact Mrs Gore in the Sports Department if you have any queries or would like to enquire about 1:1s. 

ajgore@deanclose.org.uk 

 

Online Summer School for Remove Pupils 

University of Gloucestershire  

Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 August

Experience a taste of university life and learning online with current student ambassadors and academic staff. With interactive subject tasters, societies, and activities. See here for more details (also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKc6U9p_ZJU) and go to http://bit.ly/Y10Summer to apply. Deadline for Applications: Monday 3rd May 2021 by midnight. 

 

Dean Close Services: Parents Tennis Programme 

At the start of this Trinity term, we were delighted that we could restart our Parents Tennis programme and it has been a pleasure to see parents back on court playing together in the spring sunshine – roll on more of this!  

We have spaces available in our Wednesday Cardio, Thursday Intermediate and Friday Advanced lessons and would love to welcome lots of newcomers to any of these sessions.  

Tennis sessions take place each week in term time, at the following times:  

Wednesday Cardio Tennis: 8.45am-9.30am 

Thursday Intermediate Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

Friday Advanced Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

We are looking at bringing back Monday Beginners Tennis, so if you are new and/or wanting to give Tennis a go, please get in touch!  

If you are interested in any of the above sessions, please register your interest with Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk 

 

Ultimate Activity Camps  

UAC will be back at Dean Close School during the Summer Holidays, and they have an Early Booking Offer in place until Tuesday 4th May and we suggest that you book early to avoid disappointment (dates can be changed free of charge up to 14 days before your first day on camp). 

 🌞 Summer Early Booking Offer 🌞 

£182 a week – saving £40 from our Standard Rate of £222 

£43/day – saving £6 from our Standard Rate of £49  

Please see online for dates and activities www.ultimateactivity.co.uk  or call our very friendly and helpful team on 0330 111 7077. 

 

The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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