Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 54
Friday 24 February 2017
Head Master's Notices
I hope you all had a restful half-term break.
Our Mercers’ Lecture delivered last night by Sir John Sawers was both extremely interesting and enlightening. His talk was entitled Order and Disorder – A Group-Political Outlook; a very topical and hard-hitting subject right now, and it was wonderful to see so many pupils in the audience taking an avid interest, as well as so many of our parents and neighbours.
We have a busy weekend planned. Good luck to our first netball team who will be competing at the Bradfield College tournament tomorrow, we also have fixtures against Downside, Pangbourne College and Dean Close. I also hope that final rehearsals for ‘Rockfest’ go well on Sunday.
I look forward to seeing Third Form parents this evening, and wish you all a good weekend.
Whole School Notices and Reminders
Billy Elliot at the Novello Theatre
Sunday 19 March
Theatre and coach tickets will be posted out at the end of next week (Friday 3 March). Details of the arrangements for the event will be included with these.
For those who have booked transport, coaches will depart from School and Salisbury at 15:00 and 15.15 from Marlborough. It is anticipated that we should arrive in London around 17.30, dropping off on the Kingsway near the Novello Theatre. Doors will open at 19:00 for the performance at 19:30.
*Reminder* Third Form Parents’ Evening
Tonight at 18:30-20:30 in the Memorial Hall
The Third Form Parents’ Evening takes place this evening. I hope you can make it.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)
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.
Monday 27 February
We have over 25 acts signed up and so Rockfest 2017 will be at both 14.00 and 16.15.
Please note! Buses will not depart school until 18:00 on Monday 27 February.
A Reminder that GCSE options for Third Formers are due in to tutors next Wednesday 1 March please.
World Book Day
Thursday 2 March
Next Thursday, 2 March, is World Book Day. We are holding a readathon in the Library. All First and Second Form classes will have some lesson time reading quietly in the Library.
We would like to have readers in the Library all through the day. To encourage pupils to come and read during long break and prep, we are offering them a choice of a free book if they read for 20 minutes during those times. Please encourage your children to bring their private reading book to school next Thursday and to come along and join in.
Third Form Latin trip
Thursday 2 March
08:30 - 14:30
A chance to explore the Romanisation of Britain through the Baths. We will depart at 08.30 and return by 14.30. Please can pupils wear smart mufti and bring a small bag to hold a packed lunch. Pupils may wish to bring a small amount of money. Many thanks.
Fourth Form Parents' Meeting
Friday 3 March
18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall
A reminder that the Fourth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place
next week on Friday at 6.30-8.30pm in the Memorial Hall. I hope you can
make it and please see me if I can help with anything.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)
Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2017
Professor AC Grayling: The Ethics of War
Thursday 9 March
19:30 in the Memorial Hall
One of the UK’s most prolific public intellectuals and commentators on politics and ethics, AC Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Anthony Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
All welcome. Entry is free but please book online here
Tuesday 28 February
19.30 in the Old Hall
Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Friday 3 March
14:00 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.
Immunisation Consent Forms for Year Three and Year Five pupils
Please can all immunisation consent forms be returned to the Medical Centre. Many thanks.
Fifth and Sixth Form Examination Leave 2017
Please read the attached for information on study leave arrangements.
Notices from the Careers Department
Gap Year Fair for Fifth and Sixth Forms
Wednesday 8 March
12:00 - 14:45 in the Memorial Hall
Whether you are considering taking a Gap Year, or just want some ideas for projects and travel during your Summer holidays, come along and meet some of our organisations. We will have over 20 representatives from Gap year companies who can discuss travel, volunteering, training, internship, conservation, cookery and skiing options, to name just a few! Parents are welcome as well.
Support the Dauntsey’s’ family, see the DSPA adverts.
We have new adverts up right now.
If you wish to advertise then follow the link for the information and contacts.
Thursday 23 March
The DSPA will be supporting the music department selling drinks and snacks. Please support us on the night.
DSPA Easter Tea / Coffee Gathering
Friday 24 March
The DSPA will be hosting a tea / coffee gathering on the last day of term. We hope that many parents will attend and enjoy meeting new parents or meeting up with old friends over a cup of tea or coffee. This is also a wonderful opportunity for boarding parents to meet and socialise. This event will be held in the Pavilion from 10:30 to 13:00.
To help us know numbers for catering, please could you complete the form here
Support for our 2017 Sport Tours from Imagine Studios
Imagine, the independent portrait studio based just outside Marlborough, are supporting our upcoming girls' Hockey tour to Malaysia and boys' Rugby tour to Australia. They are offering a free 60-minute photo session for a family, private viewing, plus two matching 10 x 8" prints of your choice - please see letter for further details.
West Wilts Show Jumping qualifier
Good luck to our Equestrian Team who are competing at the West Wilts Show Jumping qualifier this Saturday.
Drama at Dauntsey's
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.
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.
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
The Manor boys and girls enjoyed the Mercer’s lecture this week, with a large number heading up to main school to enjoy the talk by Sir John Sawers.
The plans for this weekend are set, with ‘best dorms’ treat night on Friday as usual, a ‘night hike’ with Mr Moore on Saturday evening (followed by hot chocolate as a reward!), and then a shopping trip to Salisbury on Sunday.
Adam Hurst, House Master - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lower School Wide Game and BBQ
Tuesday 7 March
17:30 - 20:00 at The Manor
Please read the attached letter for further information.
Lower School Trip to India
There are a few extra places available on the India Trip planned for December 2017. It was primarily opened to pupils who are in the First Form or Second Form at the moment but we would like to open up the remaining places to pupils who are currently in the Third Form (and who will be in the Fourth Form by December).
Please email me (email@example.com) by Friday 3 March 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
Forbes Third Form
Movie and Pizza Evening
Wednesday 1 March
Please read the attached letter for further information and consent form.
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
School News reports are published every week. Please follow link to read the latest reports.
Please follow link to go to >> parents' home page
Please send any comments or suggestions to Mary Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links and passwords
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