Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 51

Friday 27 January 2017

Head Master's Notices   

This week has seen the First Form entrance examinations and interviews for 2017. Over a hundred and sixty candidates were superbly looked after by our Third Form pupils, who were wonderful ambassadors for the School.

We have been working hard on the arrangements for Billy Elliot in the West End, which will be on Sunday 19 March at the Novello Theatre. The application form will be live on our website on Friday 3 February and, as demand for tickets is expected to be high, there will be a very limited time frame to book tickets - do please read the information below.

I hope you all have a restful and relaxing Exeat weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Billy Elliot hits the West End

The attached document outlines the process for applying for tickets to go and see Billy Elliot at the Novello Theatre in London on Sunday 19 March. Please do take the time to read through the document thoroughly, as there are different options available for tickets and transport. The application form will be live on our website on Friday 3 February at 11.00 for one hour only.

A-Level Options

A reminder that A-level options for Fifth Formers are due in to tutors on Monday please. 
If I can help at all then please do get in touch.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academics)

Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting 
Friday 3 February
18:30-20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the Lower Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place next week, on Friday 3 February. I hope you can make it.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academics)

Post GCSE Enrichment Programmes 2017

Please could parents of the Fifth Form read the attached letter which includes information about our post GCSE enrichment programmes and how to apply. Many thanks.

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.

Lower School Ski Trip Parents’ Information Meeting
Thursday 2 February at 18:00 in the Pavilion

Information meeting for parents of pupils going on this years' Ski Trip.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Art History Lecture
Lavinia Harrington: The City as a work of art: myths and masterminds of Renaissance Venice
Monday 6 February at 19:30 in the Pavilion

Venice during the 15th and 16th century was one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities on earth. This talk will explore the context, artworks and writings of fascinating artists and social commentators of this resplendent Republic. Artists covered will include Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, Titian and the famous cartographer Jacopo de' Barbari.

Lavinia Harrington studied History of Art at Oxford University and completed an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art before specialising in the Renaissance and 20th century French art. Lavinia has since taught Art History in London, Italy and France and is currently Director of Studies for Art History Abroad and Creative Associate for The Bigger Picture. She further has experience working in galleries and has contributed research for BBC and Channel 4 art documentaries.

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

Music Events

Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Tuesday 31 January
19:30 in the Old Hall, Music Department

Chamber Music Recital
Friday 3 February 2017
14:00 in the Old Hall, Music Department

Middle School Music Competition

Heats: Wednesday 8 February at 13:30 and 16:20
Pupils wishing to take part in this competition should sign up on the sheets in the music corridor

Final Concert: Wednesday 22 February at 19:30 in the Old Hall, Music Department

Music Tuition Parents’ Evening:
Thursday 9 February at 19.00 in the Memorial Hall

Please note the Music Department Parents’ Evening, for instrumental and vocal tuition, this year is as detailed above and will take place in the Memorial Hall. If you are planning to attend the evening please do let your child know and then the instrumental teachers will arrange an appointment time for you.  Your son/daughter will bring this home in a letter. 
Refreshments will be provided.

Lower School Valentine’s Disco
Wednesday 8 February from 18.00 - 20.30 in the Memorial Hall

Please read the attached letter for further information.

Notices from the Careers Department

Sixth Form London Careers Trip and Reception in Mercers’ Hall
Wednesday 8 February

Visiting the Houses of Parliament, the Law Courts, or a City Bank, this is an excellent day for those considering careers in Politics, Law, Financial Services, Accountancy, Insurance, Management Consultancy etc, particularly those studying Economists and Business Studies. However, if you are also considering other careers we suggest this could be a great day to open your mind to other options, and find out about other jobs in our great Capital City.

In the evening we are holding a networking Reception at the Mercers’ Hall, by kind permission of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, attended by Mentors with careers as varied as law, advertising, banking, pharmaceuticals, consultancy and drone mapping. We have 2 pupil spaces left – please get in touch with James O’Hanlon or Carrie Watson in the Careers Dept. if you would like to book a space for your child.  j.ohanlon@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk, c.watson@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

3 day INSPIRE (Fifth Form) or HEADSTART (Lower Sixth) courses

Students who have a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are strongly recommended to consider applying for one of the 3 day INSPIRE (5th form) or HEADSTART (Lower 6th) courses at leading UK Universities. They have broad-based engineering courses and a wide range of specialist courses.
As part of their determination to encourage girls to study engineering, the majority of 5th form courses are for girls.
Some are residential, some non-residential, and costs vary.
The Application deadline of January 31 is fast approaching, so if you would like your child to join one of these courses please submit your application now. Apply Here.

DSPA Notices

Third Form Gatherings

Tuesday 7 February
Third Form Coffee & Cake
The Three Daggers Farm Shop, Edington 11:00 for a coffee

Wednesday 22 February
Third Form Supper
The Black Swan, Devizes 
A lovely quirky pub right in the centre of Devizes has agreed to host us for a very easy, light-hearted Supper. They will do a simple main course and pudding supper for around £15 dependent on numbers. Beer/wine- we'll have to purchase on top of that.
It's a great chance to get together after half term and before Parents Evening.
Please RSVP to Annabel Weeden - annabel.weeden888@btinternet.com


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.

The Richard Sandbrook Award
Closing Date for Bids: Friday 24 March 2017

Applications are now invited from this year’s Upper Sixth who would like to submit an entry to this year’s Richard Sandbrook Award. More details can be found here.

Dauntsey's 24 Hour Runathon
10:45 on Thursday 9 February - 10:45 on Friday 10 February

If you are in the Fifth or Sixth Form and fancy taking part in a fun, challenging fundraiser, sign up to Dauntsey’s 24 Runathon.
Sign up for one (or more) half-hour slot in The Glasshouse.
You pay £10 to enter and encourage family and friends to sponsor for the whole event via our Virgin Giving Webpage.
All money raised goes directly to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Rockfest 2017

The sign-up sheet for Rockfest 2017 will be available on the noticeboard outside the music studio after Exeat. Please encourage your children to sign up for a sound check and rehearsal slot on Sunday 26 February. The start times on this sheet and the length of the rehearsals will be approximate until we know how many pupils wish to perform.

Mr Sims

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Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Last Friday G3, G2, B4 and B9 enjoyed treat night with the Hursts!

Many of The Manor boys and girls had a great day out on the Lower School paintball trip on Sunday.

The main event this week was The Manor Pub Quiz on Wednesday, organised again this year by Mrs Hurst. Ten teams competed, with ‘The Manor Spicy Sportsmen’ emerging as the eventual winners on 46 points after 6 gruelling rounds. ‘Manor House Hippies’ were close on their heels with 45.5

Everyone is heading off for a few days to catch up on some rest over Exeat, and then we have a couple of action-packed weeks ahead, before half term, including an ice skating trip, a shopping trip to Salisbury, a night hike, Lower School clay pigeon shooting trip and the usual treat nights and fun and games at The Manor!

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

*Reminder* Lower School Parent/Pupil Clay Pigeon Shooting Trip
Barbury Shooting School, Wroughton on Sunday, 5 February

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

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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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