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Autumn Term Update 2017

We look forward to working with you in the future and have been delighted to host visits from many of you over the academic year. I hope this update will keep you in touch with news and developments at Dauntsey's until you may be able to visit us in person.

Jo Sagers, Registrar
Admissions Office - +44 (0)1380 814500, admissions@dauntseys.org


Developments at Dauntsey's


The last twelve months has seen our £8.5 million Development Plan come to fruition. In January 2016, we took possession of a state of the art pavilion which has proven to be a superb addition to our campus. A new teaching facility was completed and handed over in June, and the temporary classrooms in the first floor extension to the Sports Centre have now been converted to provide a PE classroom, a focus for the Adventure Education department and a stunning new Dance Studio.

We also plan ahead to maintain our facilities to the best possible standard with a 10-year rolling maintenance programme. Headlines for 2016 include a complete makeover for the Senior Day Girls’ Houses, the redecoration and refurbishment of Evans House, and improvements to the landscaping around the Tuck Shop. In addition, the look and feel of the campus has been significantly enhanced by landscaping the Memorial Hall quad.

After three years of major construction works, we now plan to pause to review our infrastructure needs for the future, while enjoying our magnificent new surroundings.


Drama at Dauntsey's


Drama is thriving at Dauntsey's and the School has become well known for the high standard of its productions, all of which are open to the public. Most pupils get involved in drama and dance at some point, either on stage or behind the scenes. With six or seven productions each year, ranging from small studio pieces to full stage shows and musicals; we provide a variety of styles and plenty of choice.

The School’s December musical tradition began 20 years ago, and has included premières of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies, Miss Saigon, and Mamma Mia. Last year Dauntsey's put on an incredible production of Billy Elliot which was made up of pupils from years 7 to 13, with the challenging lead role being shared between two young Billys through the six performances. This hugely successful stage adaptation of one of Britain’s most popular films received standing ovations from over 600 people each night. Backstage, the School’s hi-tech sound and light system, worthy of a West End theatre, created a dramatic backdrop.

In this, twentieth year of Dauntsey’s Christmas Musicals we decided to make a documentary about the production, which can be viewed below.

Find out more - Drama and Dance News


Complementary Curriculum


At Dauntsey's we strive to promote and develop emotional literacy as well as the personal skills and attitudes that our pupils will need to lead happy and fulfilled lives. We have developed lessons that start in the First Form that draw on pupil's experiences and interests, and they are encouraged to take an active role in the lessons.

The First and Second Forms receive a double lesson per week. Personal and social education is where "the other 3R's" are explored. These are respect, responsibility and relationships. Pupils are helped to develop self-confidence, learn to take steps in enhancing mental well being, foster empathy and develop an appreciation of individual and collective rights and responsibilities. Complementary Curriculum is where critical thinking, life skills and broadening one’s horizons to consider current affairs are the focus. Outside speakers are invited to the school to talk to different year groups on a variety of topics.

In the Third Form  and Fourth Forms each pupil has one 35-minute team-taught lesson once a week throughout the academic year, and the Fifth Form have a double period once a week of Complementary Curriculum on topics ranging from Radicalisation, Gender and the Media to the Rule of Law. 

Lower Sixth Formers have no formal lessons, instead they are given the opportunity to attend seminars on varying topics from guest speakers and the General Studies program accommodates a range of pertinent topics.


Adventure


Rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, working with street children in Romania and taking part in expeditions from the Brecon Beacons to Glencoe in the middle of winter to Mount Kilimanjaro last summer – adventure is a key element of a Dauntsey’s education and encourages pupils to explore and push their boundaries.

A group of 18 pupils and three staff from Dauntsey’s spent two weeks before Christmas in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The group spent their time exploring the country's cultural heritage, meeting local people and trekking in the Bhutanese mountains.

This Summer the Jolie Brise, took part in the International Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting Portugal, Bermuda, America, Canada and France.

Find out more - Adventure News