Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 52

Friday 3 February 2017

Head Master's Notices   

This term is flying past with just one week to go now until half term.

We have fixtures tomorrow against Chafyn Grove, Abingdon, Prior Park College, Prior Park Prep, and Sherborne - best of luck to all of our teams. Also, I do hope that our Sixth Form enjoy their Valentine’s Ball tomorrow evening.

Looking ahead, our Mercers’ Lecture series resumes next Tuesday with Mariella Frostrup coming in to talk about What you won’t find on Google. The Lower School have their Valentine’s Disco on Wednesday, and our 24 hour ‘Runathon’ in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts at 10.45am on Thursday morning. Please do support the runners and more information about this is detailed below.

With best wishes to you all for an enjoyable weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Billy Elliot at the Novello Theatre
Sunday 19 March

We have sold out of tickets. Everyone who applied within the booking time frame today has been successful and should expect to receive their tickets within the next few weeks. We anticipate that there will be some returns, so if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Rikki Jackson at r.jackson@dauntseys.org

Dauntsey's Official Facebook Page

We have 'softly' launched our official Facebook page today which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/DauntseysSchool/

Please do 'like' our page as it will be a friendly place to communicate and share information, activities, news, and events. Many thanks.

*Reminder* Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting 
Tonight, 18:30-20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the Lower Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place this evening. I hope you can make it.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academics)

Post GCSE Enrichment Programmes 2017

Fifth Form parents who haven’t already done so are asked to return their child’s three choices for the Post GCSE Enrichment programmes this year. The programmes are described here on the intranet

We ask each pupil for three choices, in order of preference, so that we can allocate places as fairly as possible. This normally happens after February half term. Although most years we manage to get 95% of pupils onto their first or second choice, inevitably a handful will be on their third so please ensure that they would be happy to do all three.

If we receive only one or two choices, our expectation is that pupils would prefer not to take part if they don’t get these choices.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 February 2017, after which we will let pupils know which programme they will be taking part in.

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.

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: What you won't find on Google
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

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.

Third Form Options Presentation
Friday 10 February at 12:00 in the Memorial Hall

Third Form pupils and parents are warmly invited to the GCSE Options Presentation on Friday 10 February. It begins at 12:00 in the Memorial Hall and the formal part of the event should finish in time for the start of half-term at 12:45. There will be a light lunch for parents and pupils after formal proceedings in the Memorial Hall.

I hope you can make it and I look forward to seeing you there.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academics)

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

Business and Economics Talk & Q&A
Matt Woodruffe, MD of TKC Sales
Friday 24th February 4.15-5.15pm William Dauntsey Room

www.tkcsales.co.uk is the leading UK distributor for best-in-class beach, street, bike, snow, mountain and outdoor sports brands. Matt will give you a whistle stop tour round his retail business: from skate boards to scooters, from air products and kites to fashion and outdoor products. He will talk about brand management, market dynamics & evolution, impact of on-line sales, product buying, company structure, financial management, & economics. There will be Q&A at the end.

He will give you the insight into how most people’s careers are a result of determination, talent and interests, combined with being in the right place, doing research and networking, spotting an opportunity, and being prepared to take the risk to go for it.

Please contact James O’Hanlon or Carrie Watson in Careers to reserve a place: c.watson@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

DSPA Notices

Third Form Gatherings

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

Wednesday 22 February
Third Form Supper
The Black Swan, Devizes 

Please RSVP to Annabel Weeden - annabel.weeden888@btinternet.com

2nd form coffee morning

Friday 10 February
Cafe Marlborough at 10:00

RSVP Simone Davis Wilmot on davissimone@hotmail.com if possible please


There are new adverts on the DSPA Notice Board – please view and support these businesses. Both are from parents at the school. 

If you would like to advertise then please follow the link. If you would like to advertise for free and share a percentage of your sale, then please contact the DSPA.

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 is  available on the noticeboard. 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

The Third Form Supper Carousel continued last night, with 6 students joining the Hursts for supper and included some interesting and entertaining conversation, as ever!

Treat night will take place again on Friday, with this week’s Lower Sixth Prefects giving their recommendations for who will earn their hot chocolate, popcorn and movie in the Hursts’ living room.

Many of our boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed the International Supper up at the main school on Wednesday, with Chinese food aplenty and a great firework display.

Pupils staying in for the weekend have a fun few days planned, with a movie and snacks on Saturday night, followed by ice skating and a brief shopping stop-off in Marlborough on Sunday.

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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