It was great to start the second half of term with a big Community Event! The fireworks on Sunday night lit up the Cheltenham night sky in spectacular fashion. On Tuesday the U14 girls’ hockey team were in action at the Regional Finals and played some superb hockey losing 2-1 in the semi-finals.

This week has also seen the continuation of the Senior House Quiz Competition, the Strings’ Day and the incredible performances by our Seniors in the House Public Speaking Competition, who tackled topics including ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’, ‘Wonder Women’, ‘Legalising Prostitution’, ‘Religion’s Special Status’ and a host of other thought provoking subjects. The confidence and eloquence of all the speakers was truly impressive.

Remembrance Sunday – 13 November

This serves as both a reminder and as an invitation for all parents and guardians. Due to the fact that we are unable to accommodate parents in Chapel, we are providing tea, coffee, pastries and newspapers in the Dining Hall during the Service, so do feel free to pop along to the Dining Hall when you bring your children to School. Please ensure that you have your sons and daughters at School by 10.30am and the Remembrance Service will be finished by 12 noon.Attendance is compulsory unless prior permission for absence has been sought and granted.

SUNG Eucharist at Tewkesbury Abbey

In addition to the Remembrance Service, our Chamber Choir will be singing the Eucharist at Tewkesbury Abbey on Sunday 13 November at 5.00pm. Members of the Dean Close Community are very welcome to attend.

Test Week – 4th Form & Remove

From Monday 14 to Friday 18 November the whole 4th Form and Remove Year Groups will be engaged in Test Week. This is a really important opportunity for the pupils and teachers to gauge the pupil’s level of understanding at this stage of the year. We have been encouraging pupils to revise thoroughly and embrace this assessment opportunity.

Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral – Monday 28 November

On Monday 28 November, the Chapel Choir are going to be singing Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Evensong starts at 5.00pm and afterwards, the Old Decanian Society are hosting Drinks at The Happenstance, Ludgate Hill from 6.00pm onwards. Please see below for further details.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh programme provides a superb opportunity for pupils to learn a new skill, engage with the Community and provide mental and physical challenge.

Good questions to ask your child about D of E:

Have you checked and replied to any D of E emails?

Have you signed onto your edofe account online?

Do you need to go and talk to Miss Hatchell at the D of E drop in sessions on a Tuesday 5.15-6.15pm or Thursday 1.30-5.00pm?

Dean Bean

We hope you are excited to have seen the Dean Bean back in action this term! With Winter drawing nearer, we are serving hot drinks and freshly baked pastries to keep you going! We have new opening times, as of next week, leading up to Christmas and we hope to see you next to the Pavilion!

Wednesday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday: 7.30am – 9.30am / 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday: 7.30am – 9.30am / 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday: 8.30am – 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Pupils Driving Into School – 6th Form Only

In order for us to ensure the safety of all our pupils, it is essential that we obtain certain details. If your son or daughter currently drives to School, or intends to drive to School in the near future, we would be grateful if you could carefully read the attached letter and then complete and return the proforma provided at your earliest convenience. We really appreciate your assistance in this regard.

GCSE Art & Design Exhibition

On Wednesday 23 November from 4.30-6.30pm there will be a Private View of GCSE Art & Design Work in the School’s BonBernard Gallery. The exhibition of the Remove (Year 10) GCSE Artwork will include examples ofdrawing, painting, ceramic sculpture, digital photography and print-making. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening and our Remove and 5th Form Art Scholars will be on hand to guide you around the Department and talk to you about their GCSE course. Please see the attached invitation for full details of the event.