Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 53

Friday 10 February 2017

Head Master's Notices   

It is often said that the weeks rush by in schools, but it is hard to believe that we have reached half-term and the mid-point of the academic year already. I am delighted to say that it has been smooth sailing so far and I couldn’t be happier with the way that the year is progressing.

A particular highlight of this week was our latest Mercers’ Lecture by Mariella Frostrup. She was both empowering and entertaining, and delivered a powerful message about self-belief. It was a real privilege to sit amongst the packed audience.

I would also like to thank and congratulate the pupils who participated in the 24 hour ‘Runathon’. It was great to see so many involved and raising money for this year’s school charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

I wish everyone a happy and restful half-term break and hope that our Upper Sixth historians enjoy Paris.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Travel Arrangements for Billy Elliot at the Novello Theatre
Sunday 19 March

Dauntsey’s travel arrangements are currently being finalized and coaches confirmed for the transport of ticket holders to Billy Elliot. If you do require coach transport but have not yet booked, or if you need to cancel your coach tickets please forward your requirements to Mary Connor at m.connor@dauntseys.org
The final date for transport tickets/cancellations is Friday 24 February at 12:00. After this time coaches will be booked and no changes can be made.

Many thanks.

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.

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2017
Sir John Sawers: Order and Disorder - a Group-Political Outlook
Thursday 23 February
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Sir John Sawers GCMG is the former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6). During his tenure, he modernised the Service and led it through major changes in operations, technology, and public accountability. The first outsider to be appointed to SIS in decades, he draws from his experience in managing the most challenging foreign and security policy issues of the last 20 years, including the rise of China, the evolution of Russia, the threat of terrorism and cyber attack, the changes in the Middle East, and the nuclear negotiations in Iran.

All welcome. Entry is free but please book online here

Music Events

Middle School Music Competition

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

Barron Prize

Friday 24 February
13.30 and 16.20 in the Old Hall

Pupils need to sign up in the music department

This prize will be awarded annually to the Sixth Form pupil giving the best performance on any (classical) musical instrument at a specially arranged public concert.

Final Concert
Tuesday 28 February
19.30 in the Old Hall

Barnardo’s National Choral Competition Final

Friday 17 March at the Festival Hall, London

Please read the attached letter for more information about the competition, travel arrangements and tickets. Many thanks.

Third Form Parents’ Evening  
Friday 24 February
18:30-20:30 in the Memorial Hall

The Third Form Parents’ Evening takes place on Friday 24 February. I hope you can make it.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academics)

Notices from the Careers Department

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 Gathering

Wednesday 22 February
Third Form Supper
The Black Swan, Devizes 

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


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.

Lower School Trip to India

Just a follow up to the letter about this trip sent out a few weeks ago to parents of pupils who are First Form or Second Form at the moment. Please email me (d.johnson@dauntseys.org) by Monday, 20 February (the end of half term) if you would like to express interest in this trip for your daughter or son.

If you would like to see a video of our last trip please follow this link.

Rev David Johnson

Fourth Form Gathering
Kaffee and Kuchen
Costa Coffee, Devizes
Tuesday 21 February from 10:00 to 12:00

The Fourth Form request the pleasure of your company for Kaffee und Kuchen!
At Costa Coffee, 27 The Market Place, Devizes.

R.S.V.P Juliet Fooks: wjfooks@btinternet.com ~ 07734 102277

Rockfest 2017

We have over 25 acts signed up and so Rockfest 2017 will be at both 14.00 and 16.15 on Monday 27 February.

Because of the numbers of pupils taking part the concerts will not have a Lower School / Upper School split. Each act will play one or two songs and be limited overall to a maximum of 7 minutes.
To resolve any technical considerations the Sunday rehearsal schedule and two concert programmes will be planned over half term. Please remind all pupils taking part to check the notice board outside the music studio straight after half term.
If any pupils have specific time requests for the Sunday rehearsals please email me and I will do my best to accommodate them.

Many thanks
Mr Sims

Drama at Dauntsey's

12th Night
Wednesday 1 March - Friday 3 March in Annabel's 

In the modern day streets of London, Viola, washed ashore having fled her war-torn home, disguises herself as a man determined to survive on her own. So begins a story of mistaken identity and unanswered questions.Where nobody is quite who they seem to be, anything could happen.

Please follow the link to access the booking form on the School Intranet. Tickets are free but seats need to be reserved. Many thanks.

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.

Please remember that Dauntsey's is on Twitter
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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.

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

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

Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

As half term gets under way, all of our boys and girls have had an action-packed first half of term, despite some chilly weather, and are looking forward to a well-earned rest!

This week, many of The Manor boys and girls enjoyed the Mercer’s Lecture on Tuesday, and then the Lower School Valentine’s Disco on Wednesday, where some serious shapes were thrown and a everyone had a lot of fun.

The Manor Twitter account will be up and running after the half term break, and we will look forward to another instalment of trips and activities, culminating on the last weekend of term with the spectacle that is: The Manor’s Got Talent!

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

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