Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 49

Friday 13 January 2017

Head Master's Notices   

A Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and the break. It is certainly good to be back and I wish you all a happy and successful 2017.

Our Fifth Formers have started their mock examinations and I wish them continued luck into next week.

Our hockey and netball teams have fixtures tomorrow against Warminster, Farleigh, King’s Bruton, and Bradfield College. Good luck also to our cross country team who are at taking part at the County Schools’ Cross Country event at Sheldon School tomorrow.

Finally, I hope that everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing weekend after this busy first week of school.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Invitation to Parents and Pupils for Mental Health Awareness Event.

As Theresa May has been discussing recently, mental health does not always receive the attention it should. Therefore Dauntsey’s School Listening Service is running a Mental Health Awareness Week. As part of this week, on Thursday 19 January at 19:30 there will a discussion panel which will comprise of four short speeches from guest speakers on the topic of mental health, followed by a question and answer session. This event is aimed at parents, staff and pupils and hopes to explore issues such as identifying, approaching and dealing with a range of mental health issues. It will be a very valuable event for all parents and pupils to attend.

 If you wish to attend please contact reception to allow for seating arrangements.

Fifth Form Options Fair

A reminder that the Fifth Form Options Fair takes place on Friday 20 January at 16:15. This is a great chance for pupils to find out more about subjects they are interested in studying at A-level. The event is designed for pupils only, ahead of the Parents’ Evening for parents and pupils on Thursday 26 January.

Jolie Brise – Summer Programme 2017

This year we are taking part in the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Race Regatta as part of the summer sailing programme, which will include destinations such Gaspé, Quebec, Halifax and Lé Havre.

Along with information about our Easter cruises, the full programme and application form is available on the Intranet here.

Fifth Form Mocks and Public Examination Timetables

Please note that exam timetables are now available in the Examinations area on the School Intranet. Personal Timetables for public examinations will come in during the second half of this term.

Music Events

Music Tuition Parents Evening
Thursday 9 February
19:00 in the Memorial Hall

Please note the Music Tuition Parents’ Evening, for instrumental and vocal tuition, this year is as detailed above. The instrumental teachers will arrange an appointment time for you. Your son/daughter will bring this home in a letter. If any teachers are unable to be present on the night, they will contact you individually and arrange another convenient time for you to meet with them or have a telephone conversation.

Barnardo's National Choral Competition
Friday 17 March
Royal Festival Hall, London

Congratulations to our Female Voices Choir who have been selected as one of only six schools to sing in the final of the Barnardo's National Choral Competition. They will perform in the Festival Hall on 17 March.
Tickets for the National Choral competition will be available from the Royal Festival Hall Box office. Tickets go on sale 23 January.
Www.southbankcentre.co.uk or 0207 960 4200.

DSPA Notices

DSPA Sports and Social
Saturday 21 January

The DSPA will be running a sports and social morning. The idea is to get as many parents together as possible and enjoy the schools facilities. Whether you wish to meet others socialising over a cup of tea or coffee or are more energetic and would like to be involved in various sports options.

Tea and Coffee available from 0930 to 1200 in the Pavilion.
Sports facilities available from 0830 to 11.00. These include Swimming / athletics / walking / tennis / squash and table tennis from 10 to 11.30.
In order for us to cater and plan, please kindly complete the form here.

Please can everyone sign in at the Sports pavilion / swimming pool foyer when arriving. Members of the DSPA committee will be there to direct and assist you.
We look forward to welcoming you all on Saturday.

DSPA Committee meeting

The DSPA will be holding the committee meeting for this term in The William Dauntsey’s room on Tuesday 17 January at 19:30. If you would like to become involved then do please join us.


We all want to spread the word about our businesses and what we can offer. For a fee of just £10.00 for two months you can advertise on the school Intranet. Please note that page is open to the public. The school family is a great place to advertise as a huge community. If you would like to advertise then please follow the link.

Dauntsey's Calendar 2017

We have a few of our beautiful calendars left. As we are now into the new year we are selling them for £5.00 each.
Please contact Jane Hubbard directly at j.hubbard@dauntseys.org if you would like to order one.

Click here for a preview of all the Calendar images.

From the Chaplain

Confirmation classes are starting this term in preparation for a Confirmation Service at Salisbury Cathedral at 18:30 on Saturday 13 May. This is an important step in faith for those who have been baptised (or who wish to be baptised at the Confirmation Service itself). Please contact me by email d.johnson@dauntseys.org if you would like your son or daughter to be confirmed this year.
Rev DR Johnson

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2017
Mariella Frostrup
Tuesday 7 February
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Mariella Frostrup is a writer and broadcaster, firmly established as an intelligent and accessible commentator in a wide range of programmes and publications. She is currently best known as presenter of Radio 4’s long running weekly programme Open Book, and until recently presenter of Sky Arts “Mariella’s Book Show”.

All welcome. Entry is free but please book online here

Please remember that Dauntsey's is on Twitter
Please follow us - Dauntsey's on Twitter

We are 'tweeting' about a broad selection of activities and this is a great way to keep in touch with what is going on at School on a daily basis.

Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Welcome back to Manor pupils for this Spring term 2017, we are looking forward to a fantastic term.

Tonight we have a Manor Dorms of the Week treat night as well as some ‘’Friends on Friday” guests. Tomorrow evening we will all enjoy a film and popcorn night followed Mrs Hurst’s Treasure Hunt around The Manor grounds on Sunday.

Adam Hurst, House Master - a.hurst@dauntseys.org

Lower School Paintballing Trip
Sunday, 22 January
Delta Force, Southampton

Please read the attached letter for full information about this trip. Many thanks.

Impero: Online Safety

Through comprehensive online safety monitoring, Dauntsey's School is complying with the recent changes to the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance

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