Highlights of the Week 

  • The Dean Close Show Jumping Event which took place at Rectory Farm on Sunday in glorious sunshine. 
  • Futures Programme provided a valuable opportunity for the Lower 6th to start thinking about their future in earnest. 
  • Uganda Week has allowed us to stop and think about our partner school in Nyakatukura. Thank you to Maddie, Jess, Bella and Fia for their organisation this week and if you want any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on Instagram (@dcsugandalink) and don’t forget to support us HERE!  
  • Upper 6th Prepare Week has seen numerous seminars, lectures, talks, professional development workshops, career insight web meets, and wellbeing activities, to support our Leavers in their transition from school. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

PLEASE REMEMBER – HANDS, FACE, SPACE 

  • Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and sanitise when you enter and leave a classroom, dining hall, house room (day or boarding) 
  • It is really important that pupils and staff seek to maintain their 2m distance from anyone outside of their bubble at all times, especially when not wearing a mask.  
  • Each pupil should have a supply of their own masks. 

We are still 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 testing. See below for details of how to perform the tests.

In the event of a COVID case in school, Government advice is that any close contact of a PCR positive case will be asked to take a PCR test to assist in containing the spread of COVID beyond the original setting.  If this affects your family you can book a PCR test through the NHS Portal 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

It is important to note that anyone identified as a close contact who takes a PCR test, must continue with self-isolation even if they receive a negative result.  If they test positive with no symptoms, their 10-day isolation would commence again from the date of that test and their whole household must go into self-isolation. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Video 

 

Returning Overseas Boarders 

Quarantine Courses 

We will once again be offering Quarantine Courses for pupils arriving from International destinations ahead of the new academic year as follows: 

Red List Countries – Tuesday 24 August 

Amber List Countries – Thursday 26 August 

Please read this important Letter for further details!

Current Department for Education Guidance can be seen HERE! 

 

Travel Advice – Summer 2021 

Families who are considering a trip abroad or foreign holiday this summer and anticipate that pupils may need to quarantine ahead of their return to school should feel free to contact us at quarantine@deanclose.org.uk if they require any advice or information about the programme we are running for pupils in August. 

 

Drama Productions 

TUCKWELL THEATRE (Bacon Theatre if inclement) 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  

by Oscar Wilde 

21 and 22 June, 7.30pm 

The most sparkling comedy ever written in the English language. 

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” 

Come and wear your green carnations and see accomplished and stylish actors Ethan, Matt, Grace, Lily, Sydney, Beth, Tom and Georgie give their farewell performances in the stunning sylvan setting of the Tuckwell Theatre. 

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  

by William Shakespeare 

23 and 24 June, 8.00pm  

The L6 Theatre Studies set, with a little help from 4ths and Removes, are presenting Shakespeare’s romp as a Glastonbury Rock re-write: come and see these loonies fall in and out of love (one with a donkey…), while some naughty supernaturals cause havoc in the woods, and a group of useless actors try to put on the worst play ever. 

**Please contact the Bacon Theatre for ticketing information for both of these shows: team@bacontheatre.co.uk 

 

Speech Day Weekend 

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday that the lifting of lockdown has been delayed by 4 weeks, current guidelines only enable us to host 50% of our normal capacity at an outdoor event. We have therefore had to take some very difficult decisions to reduce numbers.  

We feel that it is right to ensure that our Upper 6th pupils and parents are prioritised for their end of year celebrations. 

It is with regret therefore that only Upper 6th Parents are being invited on site on Saturday 26 June, along with all the other Dean Close pupils.  

We will be streaming the event live for those who are unable to attend, and whilst we acknowledge that this is far from ideal, we do hope that you will get a sense of the occasion from wherever you are watching. 

Below are the proposed timings for Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June.  

If there are any Upper 6th parents who would like to attend but have not yet completed the online form, please can you email Deputy Head, Andrew Hall ashall@deanclose.org.uk detailing how many people would like to attend along with names of each individual. 

Friday 25 June   

7.00pm Summer Music Concert: Bacon Theatre (Ticketed Event – see below) 

9.00pm Jazz in the House: Bacon Theatre (Ticketed Event – see below) 

Saturday 26 June 

11.00am Art Display Opens: Bon Bernard Gallery (One Way System in Place) 

12.00noon U6th Leavers’ Photograph: Chapel Close 

12.30pm Leavers’ Service: Tuckwell Theatre 

1.15pm Buffet Lunch & Picnics  

2.15pm Roll Call for all pupils in Houses 

3.00pm Speeches: Marquee 

4.30pm Refreshments 

7.00pm Leavers’ Drinks 

7.30pm Leavers’ Ball 

Please note: This event is still subject to change in line with government guidelines. We will communicate further details on Tuesday 22 June. 

Key Points: 

All Upper 6th due on site by 11.45am (Parking on Railway Courts) 

All Day Pupils due on site at 2.15pm (Roll Call in Houses) 

All pupils will attend the Speeches scheduled for 3.00pm 

Day Pupils to be picked up from 4.30pm (Music School)  

 

Summer Concert 

Our Summer Concert (formerly Commem Concert) takes place on Friday 25 June at 7.00pm in the Bacon Theatre and we are very pleased to be able to invite an audience, albeit small and socially distanced – tickets will be necessary.  The formal concert is followed by the customary informality of Jazz which will also take place in the Theatre.  

Under current restrictions, we can accommodate up to a maximum of 150 people inside the Theatre in groups of 2 to 4; we will be recording the concert and will make this available soon afterwards.   

Please would you fill in the form on this link as an expression of interest in tickets (up to a maximum of 2 per family) https://forms.office.com/r/MXVHekPsKS; do not include performers in your numbers.  We doubt that it will be possible to accommodate everyone who wants to come, and we ask for your understanding. 

 

Apprenticeships & Degree Apprenticeships  

Parents’ Webinar 

Apprenticeships offer some powerful incentives and attractive options for school leavers, though the terminology and variance can be confusing. As part of our Futures Programme, we hosted an informative workshop for L6 pupils on Higher & Degree Apprenticeships delivered by the Apprenticeships Support & Knowledge Project. The session’s aim was to focus in on this pathway, demystify some of the confusion, look at the opportunities and offer expert advice on next steps. 

We wanted parents and guardians to also have the chance to explore this area and have some of their questions answered. We are thus hosting a second session on Wednesday 23 June, 6.00pm for parents and guardians (though your young people are welcome to attend as well). 

If you would be interested in attending, please send a brief confirmation to dcscareers@deanclose.org.uk and we will send you the Zoom invite. 

 

Archive Competition 

Memories of Covid 

Please CLICK HERE, to see how to enter the competition being run by our School Archivist. Entries will be kept in the Archive Collection permanently and used by the school in its work, by researchers in the future and any other purposes the school feels appropriate. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to these terms.  

Please send your entry to Grace Pritchard-Woods, Archivist  pritchardwoodsg@deanclose.org.uk 

 

Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

The CEP is offering a Sustainable Fashion project, which might be of interest. This would be good for GCSE pupils perhaps, but others may be interested too. 

 

The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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