HALF TERM MAILING TRINITY TERM 2018 - Dean Close School
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HEADMISTRESS: DR CAROLYN SHELLEY B.ED (HONS) PHD DIRECT LINE: 01242 258079 EMAIL: email@example.com 25th May 2018 Dear Parents, It has been wonderful to have some lovely summer weather recently and to see the children getting out and about during the first half of this term – exploring our grounds, making the most of Forest School, playing sports on the playing fields and, of course, carrying out activities in the playgrounds. I am always excited to see children being inspired and challenged to learn both outside and inside the classroom and love it when they come to tell me all about it. Recently we have had some excellent examples of this, for example during our Maths morning – with Reception children busy measuring and weighing outside, and with Kindergarten busy finding numbers in Forest School! Year One and Two had a very exciting relay this year - with the winning team coming first by only one point, and a tie-break for the bronze medals! Some children have also already been on their topic-related visit, which has brought their learning to life and produced excellent work and discussion as a result. We have had Year Two out and about in Cheltenham, finding out some very interesting facts, and Year One and Two enjoying wonderful Science visits to Sandfield Farm. Year One had an inspiring visit to the Birmingham sea-life centre, and after half-term Kindergarten will also have a special farm visit whilst Reception will enjoy meeting animals at the ‘Cotswold Wildlife Park’! We always find that these educational visits are so valuable, and always stimulate further research and deeper learning. Before half-term starts, we are still looking forward to some other special events: the Dance Show on Thursday and the Year One and Two Biathlon (running and swimming). Once again, we were very pleased to have wonderful results from the Cheltenham Festival - for our Singing Squirrels, the Squirrel Strings and the Year Two Choral Speaking Group. We were delighted with the performances and were so proud of the children – they represented the school superbly, demonstrating real confidence, enjoyment and enthusiasm. We were thrilled to come first and win two lovely trophies for our Squirrel Strings and Choral Speaking and although we didn’t manage to win the cup for singing this year, the children sang brilliantly and were a credit to the school, gaining a very high mark with ‘Honours’. Well done to all the children involved and to all the teachers for working so hard!
One important event just after half-term to add to your calendar is our annual ‘Parents’ Charity Fair’. This year we are supporting the ‘Pied Piper Appeal’ and I do hope you will be able to join us on Friday June 8th during the afternoon, to have fun and support the school in raising money for this worthwhile charity. I have already sent out a letter containing details - please do come and help if you are able (even if you just have half an hour) as there are still stalls which need parent volunteers if they are to run. Thank you once again to all the parent reps who have already put in a lot of thought and work into making the event a success, creating activities and stalls for us to enjoy. I would also like to mention a new exciting social event - our special ‘Ladies Shopping Night’ on Thursday June 14th, called ’Sip and Shop’ Several of our parents will be showcasing their businesses and parents will be able to buy on the night, for example jewellery, clothing, essential oils. At the end of term, we will be sad that Mrs Jane Holyfield will be semi-retiring and although she will no longer be working full-time, we are very glad that she will be staying and working with us for 2 days a week. Mrs Holyfield has been with us at the Pre-Prep for 20 years and many children have benefitted from her excellent care, teaching and support - I know that pupils and parents as well as the staff will want to say a special thank you! As a result we will be appointing a new Teaching Assistant after half-term and I will let you know of the successful candidate in due course. Shortly after our return from half-term, I will be writing to let you know class teachers for next year. As most of you know, class groups remain the same, except for Nursery which will become two Kindergarten classes. When considering next year, we look carefully at the children in the class and the best teacher for each group. Classes will go to their new teachers on ‘Move-up’ morning, Friday 22nd June, and spend the morning with their new teachers getting ready for an exciting new class in September. Finally, with only four weeks, the next half of term will be action-packed – we are looking forward to many wonderful events, including Forest School Fun Day, our summer performance, ‘Underwater Adventure’ and Sports Day! If the weather continues to be sunny after half-term, please don’t forget to apply a long-lasting, high factor sun screen before children arrive at school and to send in their named school uniform sun hat! I hope you have a very happy and relaxing half-term and I look forward to seeing you all at our many exciting events after half-term. With best wishes Dr Carolyn Shelley Headmistress
Key Dates for the Second Half of Trinity Term 2018 JUNE Monday 4th Term Recommences. Crèche from 8.15am. ‘Fun in the Forest’ for Kindergarten, Reception, Year One and Year Two. (All part-time Kindergarten children who Tuesday 5th do not normally come into School are invited to attend. Collection time 11.45am.) Year One Trip on the Environment to Sandfield Farm. Thursday 7th 8.30am - 10.30am. Parent and Toddler Stay and Play Session for 0 - 3 year olds in the Pre-Prep Hall. 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Tennis Fun for ALL Reception. Friday 8th 3.00pm - 5.00pm. Pre-Prep Parents’ Charity Fair. Monday 11th Class Councils this week. 8.30am. Year Two to DCPS Assembly in the Centenary Hall. Year Two Pupils to be in by 8.15am please. Tuesday 12th Reception Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Tennis Fun for ALL Year Two. am. Year Two Trip to ‘The Wilson’ for a Workshop on ‘The Wednesday 13th History of Cheltenham’. Kindergarten Trip to Sandfield Farm. (All part-time children who do not normally come into School are invited to attend. Collection time 3.30pm.) Thursday 14th 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Tennis Fun for ALL Year One. 7.00pm - 9.00pm. ‘Sip and Shop’, Ladies Shopping Night with Wine and Nibbles. 2.00pm. Sports’ Day followed by Tea on Hardy Lawn. (All part-time children who do not normally come into Friday 15th School are included. Please come in for 1.30pm.) 6.00pm. Cross School Dance Show at The Bacon Theatre. 10.15am. School Council Meeting. Monday 18th 12.30pm - 2.00pm. Tennis Tournament.
8.30am - 10.30am. Parent and Toddler Stay and Play Session for 0 - 3 year olds in the Pre-Prep Hall. Thursday 21st 1.20pm - 1.50pm. Informal Music Concert for Instrumentalists. 8.00pm. Staff End of School Year Evening. ‘Moving On’ Morning (Year Two Pupils to the Prep Friday 22nd School). End of Year Reports sent out to Parents. 9.30am. Dress Rehearsal for Summer Performance. (All Tuesday 26th part-time children who do not normally come into School are included. Collection time 10.45am.) 9.30am and 2.00pm. Summer Performance Wednesday 27th ‘Underwater Adventure’ in the Pre-Prep Hall. 9.30am. Summer Performance ‘Underwater Thursday 28th Adventure’ in the Pre-Prep Hall. 11.30am. End of Year Celebration Assembly in the Friday 29th Marquee. All Parents Invited. 12 noon. End of Term. No Crèche. Saturday 30th Preparatory School Speech Day. SEPTEMBER 3.00pm - 3.45pm. New Parents’ Reception in the Pre-Prep Hall. (This Reception is only for new parents Monday 3rd and children who are joining Dean Close for the Michaelmas 2018 Term.) Children do not need to wear school uniform. Tuesday 4th Start of Michaelmas Term. Crèche from 8.15am. 7.15pm - 8.30pm. Parents’ Curriculum Evening in the Pre-Prep Hall. (Year group teachers will explain the Thursday 6th curriculum and procedures and routines in their classes.) Parents are invited to all events in BOLD Important Message from the Bursary Parents and scholars are reminded that the School premises are closed during the holidays. For the sake of residents and paying customers and to avoid liability issues, permission will not normally be given for use of facilities. If you need access to the School, for example, to collect something that has been left behind, please contact the Estates Department on 01242 258050 so that arrangements can be made to give you access.
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School Term Dates 2018/2019 MICHAELMAS 2018 Tuesday 4th September - Thursday 13th December (3.30pm, no Crèche) Half Term Friday 19th October - Monday 5th November (12 noon, no Crèche) Exeats (DCPS) Friday 21st September - Monday 24th September (Crèche until 5.00pm) Friday 23rd November - Monday 26th November (Crèche until 5.00pm) LENT 2019 Tuesday 8th January - Friday 29th March (12 noon, no Crèche) Half Term Friday 15th February - Monday 25th February (Crèche until 5.00pm) Exeats (DCPS) Friday 25th January - Monday 28th January (Crèche until 5.00pm) Friday 8th March - Monday 11th March (Crèche until 5.00pm) TRINITY 2019 Wednesday 24th April - Friday 28th June (12 noon, no Crèche) Half Term Friday 24th May - Monday 3rd June (Crèche until 5.00pm) Exeat (DCPS) Friday 3rd May - Tuesday 7th May (Crèche until 5.00pm)
25th May 2018 Dear Year One Parents The Year One children will be visiting Sandfield Farm on Thursday 7th June to experience a local environment as part of our Science work on plants and food sources. We will leave school at 9.00am and will be back by 3.30pm. We will be travelling by coach which will be fitted with appropriate safety restraints. The children will need to come to school wearing their school tracksuit, white t-shirt, school coat and trainers and bring their Wellington boots in a named carrier bag. Please ensure that your child brings their water bottle and sun hat into school. School will provide a packed lunch and drinks so children do not need to bring any additional food or sweets. Your child will need to bring a small rucksack in which to carry their lunch. If your son or daughter needs any precautionary medicine, e.g. an inhaler, please inform staff. If your child suffers from travel sickness, please take any precautions prior to coming to school. Please apply all-day sunscreen, if necessary, before bringing your child to school. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year One staff. Yours sincerely Dr Mark Collier Miss Lorraine Scull
25th May 2018 Dear Reception Parents On Tuesday 12th June the Reception children are going on a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. We will be travelling by coach, which will be fitted with appropriate safety restraints, leaving School by 9.15am and returning by 3.00pm. Children should come to School in their tracksuits and bring their School coat or sunhat depending on the weather. School will provide a packed lunch and drinks so children do not need to bring any additional food, drinks or sweets. Your child will not need to bring any money for this trip. If your son or daughter needs any precautionary medicine, e.g. an inhaler, please inform staff. If your child suffers from travel sickness, please take any precautions prior to coming to School. Please apply all-day sunscreen before bringing your child to School. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception staff. Yours sincerely Miss Vicky Walker Miss Anna Moorhouse
25th May 2018 Dear Year Two Parents On Wednesday 13th June, as part of our topic work, Year Two will be going on an educational visit to ‘The Wilson’ in Cheltenham for a History of Cheltenham Workshop. The children will need to come to school wearing their school tracksuits and bring a named rucksack and water bottle. Children may take a camera on the trip but please ensure that your child knows it is their responsibility to look after it and that it is secured to a lanyard. If your son or daughter needs any precautionary medicine, e.g. an inhaler, please inform staff. Please ensure children who suffer from travel sickness have taken appropriate medication prior to coming to school. We will be travelling by school minibuses which are fitted with appropriate safety restraints. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year Two staff. Yours sincerely Mr James Cowling Mrs Leila Trant
25th May 2018 Dear Kindergarten Parents On Thursday 14th June Kindergarten are going on a trip to Sandfield Farm. We will be travelling by coach which will be fitted with the appropriate safety restraints. We will be leaving School by 9.30am and returning by 3.30pm. The children should wear their school tracksuit and white t-shirt for this trip, they also need their school coat and sunhat. School will provide a packed lunch and drinks so children do not need to bring any additional food or sweets. If your son or daughter needs any precautionary medicine, e.g. an inhaler, please inform staff. If your child suffers from travel sickness, please take any precautions prior to coming to school. Please apply all-day sunscreen, if necessary, before bringing your child to school. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Kindergarten staff. Yours sincerely Mrs Debbie Atwick Mrs Jo Hypher
Dean Close Pre-Prep School FUN IN THE FOREST for Kindergarten, Reception, Year One and Year Two Tuesday 5th June 2018 All part-time Kindergarten children who are not normally in School are invited to attend. Collection time 11.45am.
‘Acorns’ Parent and Toddler Group at Dean Close Pre-Prep School for Parents and 0 to 3 Year Olds. We will be holding sessions on the following Thursdays during the Trinity Term: 7th June 21st June The session will start with coffee and refreshments from 8.30am and activities from 9.00am. The craft activities are aimed at toddlers, but we have lots of toys and activities for babies too! 8.30am Welcome, refreshments and free play with toys. 9.00am Circle Time – Mrs Johnston will read a story and lead a song related to the theme. Play time and craft activity, linked to the day’s theme. 10.00am Song time with instruments. 10.15am - 10.30am Home time. We look forward to welcoming you!
Friday 8th June 12.30pm – 1.30pm Tennis Fun for ALL Year Reception Tuesday 12th June 12.30pm – 1.30pm Tennis Fun for ALL Year Two Thursday 14th June 12.30pm – 1.30pm Tennis Fun for ALL Year One Tennis Tournament Monday 18th June 12.30pm – 2.00pm For children in Year Two who do extra tennis
Dean Close Pre-Prep School Parents’ Charity Fair Friday 8th June 3pm – 5pm in the Caldecote Playground supporting the Pied Piper Charity Books Toys Cakes Craft Luxury Raffle Games Tombola Hook a Duck Face Painting Target Ball Bean Bag Throw Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar Guess the Weight of the Cake Tea, Coffee and Ice Cream and Lots More! Buy your raffle tickets now from the Pre-Prep Office!
Ladies’ ‘Sip and Shop’ Evening Pre-Prep Mums will be hosting a ladies shopping evening with drinks and nibbles in the Pre-Prep Hall Thursday 14th June 2018 7.00pm - 9.00pm Women’s clothing, jewellery, nail polish, girls’ hair accessories, essential oils… and MORE! If you sell items and would like to arrange a table please contact: Mrs Victoria Robb 07412 022662 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Close Pre-Prep School Sports’ Day Friday 15th June 2018 at 2.00pm Followed by Tea on Hardy Lawn All part-time children who are not normally in school are included. Please come in for 1.30pm.
‘Moving On’ Morning Friday 22nd June including Year Two Pupils to the Prep School
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School Invite Parents and Families to their Summer Performance ‘Underwater Adventure’ on Wednesday 27th June at 9.30am or 2.00pm or Thursday 28th June at 9.30am in the Pre-Prep Hall
Useful Names and Numbers 01242 258079 Headmistress Dr Carolyn Shelley email@example.com Pre-Prep Registrar Lady Lesley Miller 01242 258079 Headmistress’ PA (Monday - Thursday firstname.lastname@example.org Office Manager 10.00am - 4.00pm) 01242 258059 Ms Katie Administrator email@example.com Miller Greatbatch After School Crèche 07935 481612 3.30pm - 5.00pm Mobile telephone (Please use this number to only monitored Duty Staff contact duty staff if you are delayed for afternoon between pick up) 3.30pm – 5.00pm Bursar 01242 258086 Mr Adrian Bowcher Bursary 01242 258042 Mrs Kay Hodges (Fee Enquiries) firstname.lastname@example.org 01242 258016 School Shop Ms Kate Wood email@example.com Shelburne Road 3578 Gate Code This is a reminder not to bring snacks from home into School for your child or other children. This is an important school policy as we have several children with severe food allergies or special diets and we wish to ensure that every child is safe and healthy at school. As you know, you may bring birthday cake into school, which we will wrap up and let children take home with them at the end of the day, to be eaten at home. Many thanks for your co-operation!
Contact Details If you move house, change your email address, home, mobile or work telephone numbers please inform Lesley Miller or Katie Miller Greatbatch in the Pre-Prep Office as soon as possible. It is essential that we have your current contact details so we can contact you without delay in cases of child illness or emergencies. These details are also required as we frequently send out Clarioncall messages by text and email. In addition, the Pre-Prep School Calendar, Half Term and End of Term Mailings are sent by email via the Clarioncall Messaging System which is linked to the School database. Medical Records If there are any changes in your child’s medical health, especially allergies or food restrictions, please contact Lesley Miller or Katie Miller Greatbatch in the Pre-Prep Office to update his/her medical records. 01242 258079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents’ Network The Dean Close Parents’ Network provides parents with an opportunity to be in better contact with their own year group. It helps parents to meet with other parents, become better acquainted with their child’s year group and be better informed about the sporting and social activities which are available at Dean Close. Most importantly the Parents’ Network hopes to help make your experience of being a Dean Close School parent a sociable and enjoyable experience. Each year group has a closed group on Facebook which is administered by the Parent Representative. Please do contact your Parent Representative if you would like to join the Facebook group and to make contact with other parents in your child’s year group. The Pre-Prep School Parent Representatives are as follows: Squirrel Kittens Carys Naylor email@example.com 07799 067298 Sunny Sanghera firstname.lastname@example.org 07525 434857 Nursery Amie Dew email@example.com 07581 192087 Kindergarten Liz Keveren firstname.lastname@example.org 07853 252137 Reception Katy Calderwood email@example.com 07887 931201 Year One Fiona Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 141686 Year Two Rachel email@example.com 07852 220040 Brierley-Jones
PARENTS’ PRAYER FELLOWSHIP Dear Parents At Dean Close we believe in the importance of prayer in underpinning all that we are and do as a School. The Prayer Fellowship is, therefore, a key part of supporting and upholding the School. The Prayer Fellowship is an informal gathering of parents from the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools who meet over coffee to pray for the whole School. All are welcome to join us. We meet fortnightly on a Friday in Bayley House (the home of John Ash). Our parent representative is Lindsay Jack; if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Reverend John Ash at email@example.com. The timings are in the schedule below. All are welcome to join us for a short Communion service at 8.25am in the Chapel before walking over to Bayley House. We always aim to wrap things up by 9.30am. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Date Time Location Friday 15th June 8.30am - 9.30am Bayley House Please be aware that parking at the front of School may be awkward at this time so you may need to make alternative arrangements
The School Shop and Uniform Exchange Kate Wood: 01242 258016 Mobile: 07999 718666 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The School Shop offers a personalised uniform fitting service to those joining the school, as well as a wide selection of sports equipment, stationery and toiletries. To find out more information such as uniform lists, opening times and price lists please go to the School website. There are always a large number of new pupils joining the school each September and, as you will appreciate, a uniform fitting can take some time to complete. We would therefore urge you to contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment for your child’s fitting. For the September 2018 intake these appointments are from Monday 18th June until Friday 29th June There can be considerable congestion in the shop during August and September as there are always a number of overseas students who are unable to come at any other time. In order to ease the pressure a little, it would be greatly appreciated if as many new pupils as possible could arrange their appointments for before the summer holiday. This may seem early considering the term does not begin until September but we will of course make an allowance for growth and items can be changed or refunded if necessary. The School Shop is located in the Sports Hall off Shelburne Road. The entrance is opposite to the Main Gate of Dean Close Senior School. Please contact the shop 01242 258016 in the first instance to book your appointment. HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS Tuesday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th July 10.30am - 2.30pm Thursday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th July 10.30am - 2.30pm Thursday 23rd Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Friday 24th Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Saturday 25th Aug 9.30am – 2.00pm Appointments Only Sunday 26th Aug CLOSED Monday 27th Aug CLOSED Bank Holiday Tuesday 28th Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Wednesday 29th Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Thursday 30th Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Overseas Friday 31st Aug 9.30am – 5.00pm Appointments Only Saturday 1st Sep 9.30am – 5.00pm First Come First Served Sunday 2nd Sep CLOSED Monday 3rd Sep 10.30am – 7.00pm First Come First Served Tuesday 4th Sep Normal Opening Hours
The School Shop and Uniform Exchange Term Time Opening Hours (The shops are closed during exeats, half terms and holidays) MORNING AFTERNOON MONDAY 8.00am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 4.00pm TUESDAY 9.30am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 6.00pm WEDNESDAY 9.30am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 6.00pm THURSDAY 9.30am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 6.00pm FRIDAY 8.00am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 4.00pm SATURDAY 10.00am – 12 noon 12.30pm – 3.00pm
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Dean Close School Pool (Hatherley Road Entrance) Summer Holiday Swimming 2018 Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August Lessons at 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am and 10.30am (finishing 11.00am) Cost - £45.00 per week (½ hour session each day) or £75.00 per week (1 hour session each day) (Flexible on days if you cannot attend all week, call to discuss) All classes involve stroke improvement but are directed towards ASA Badges Classes taught by qualified and experienced ASA teachers Learn to Swim 1 and 2 ASA Stage Awards 3 - 7 The classes below usually require 1 hour each day to complete tests: Bronze, Silver, Gold Challenge, Honours Aquasplash Swim School focus on important concepts such as Enjoyment Excitement Progress Success For more information contact: Karen: 07810 email@example.com Marian: 01242 238745 or 07887 422232 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name of Child ………………………………………………. DOB…………………….…………………………….…….. Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Telephone Number …………………………………………. Course Required: Summer 2018 Email ………………………………………………………….. Time(s) Preferred…………………………………………. Last Badge Gained …………………………….…………… Week ………………………………………………..……… Any Medical Conditions……………………………………………………………………………………………………….… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….......... Please return form with fee asap (preferred BACS 09-01-29 22438887 Aquasplash Swim) (cash, or cheques payable to Aquasplash Swim School) to: Aquasplash Swim School, 3 Church Road, St Marks, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 7AL. Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts. We will only contact you if we cannot accommodate your first choice class or time.
The Staff of Dean Close Pre-Prep School wish you all an enjoyable Half Term break and we look forward to welcoming the children back to School on Monday 4th June 2018
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School Lansdown Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 6QS Telephone: 01242 258079 firstname.lastname@example.org www.deanclose.org.uk L Miller
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