Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 55

Friday 3 March 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Rockfest this week was a fantastic success with the Memorial Hall packed with parents and supporters from all year groups. It was great to get so many bands and soloists on stage and the results from the online vote can be found below.

Good luck and bon voyage to our Sixth Form pupils heading to Paris today, to run in the Paris Half-Marathon on Sunday. Also, our hockey, football and netball teams have fixtures tomorrow against Bristol Grammar School, Hampshire Collegiate School, and Kingswood.

I should also point out that next Saturday 11 March brings Commemoration Day, a celebration of the 475th anniversary of the founding of the school. All parents are welcome to attend.

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Billy Elliot at the Novello Theatre
Sunday 19 March

We have some returned tickets available for purchase. If anyone would like any then please do contact Rikki Jackson at r.jackson@dauntseys.org.

Those who have purchased tickets and transport should receive their theatre and coach tickets by the end of next week. Please check them carefully and if you have any further questions please contact Rikki.

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* Fourth Form Parents’ Meeting 
Tonight at 18:30-20:30 in the Memorial Hall

The Fourth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place this evening. I hope you can make it.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)

Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations Conference

This weekend (3 - 5 March), 11 pupils from the Fourth Form to the Lower Sixth will be attending the Bath International Schools’ Model United Nations conference to be held at Kingswood School.

This is a new and exciting venture for Dauntseians and this conference is the first of many to which our talented pupils will travel over the coming years. This weekend, we will be representing the interests of Latvia and Yemen in a series of debates on issues such as Human Rights, Cyber-Terrorism, Human Trafficking and the Situation in the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea. Split into different committees, our delegates have the responsibility to echo the diplomatic efforts of the real UN and try to find consensus and avoid conflict. The skills of negotiation and finding common ground gained at MUN conferences are transferable to the wider life of school and careers beyond.

Pancakes for sale
Saturday 4 March during match fixtures

Missed out on pancake day? Don't worry.
A crepe and hot chocolate sale will be on this Saturday outside the Pavilion throughout the fixtures in aid of our Romania Trip.
Please bring cash, as we will not be able to put this on the school bill. Many thanks.

Rockfest 2017

Rockfest was once again a superb success this year. Please follow the link for full story, picture gallery, and results.

Notices from the Careers Department

Gap Year Fair for Fifth and Sixth Forms
Wednesday 8 March
Drop in any time from 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.

Any information, please contact Careers:
James O’Hanlon 01380 814 539 j.ohanlon@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk
Carrie Watson 01380 814 540 c.watson@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

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

Second Form Parents' Evening
Friday 10 March
18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the Second Form Parents’ Evening 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)

Sixth Form Physics Lecture
Monday 13 March
Prof Giles Harrison (University of Reading) – ‘The 2015 Solar Eclipse: a natural meteorological experiment’

The sun drives the atmospheric circulation on Earth. This means that, during a solar eclipse when there is a predictable and well-characterised interruption to the incoming solar radiation, the atmosphere will respond. Eclipses such as the one which occurred over the UK on 20th March 2015 therefore present a natural meteorological experiment. Through detailed measurements made at the surface, in the atmosphere using balloons and above the atmosphere using satellites, the atmospheric response to an eclipse can be quantified and effects on the weather identified. The results are useful for refining weather forecasting models and to help in planning electricity generation from renewable sources when wind and solar generation undergo other natural fluctuations.

This Lecture will be in the William Dauntsey Room at 16:20

Physics Society Lecture
Monday 13 March
Prof Giles Harrison (University of Reading) – ‘1816, The Year without a Summer’

The eruption of the Indonesian volcano, Tambora, in April 1815 led to immediate local destruction and loss of life from pyroclastic flows, tsunamis and whirlwinds, but its influence on the atmosphere became much more widespread because volcanic material, particularly sulphur dioxide, was injected high into the atmosphere. The stratospheric winds caused the fine particles formed to be distributed globally, which acted as a veil to reduce the amount of sunlight entering the atmosphere. Such stratospheric particles typically persist for 1 to 2 years, and can act to modify the usual weather patterns. Through using modern computer models of the atmospheric circulation, which are configured to simulate the effect of Tambora, insights into the likely effects of the eruption can be generated. Although some summers of the early 1800s were cold, the measurements of the time indicate that, in some regions at least, the weather systems during 1816 were highly unusual.

This Lecture will be in the William Dauntsey Room at 19:30
All welcome. It would be appreciated if you could email your intention to attend to Robert Lewis on r.lewis@dauntseys.org

Music Events

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.
Many thanks.

DSPA Notices

2nd form parents evening meal
Wednesday 15 March
Rick Stein Marlborough.

Please e-mail second form DSPA year rep Simone Davis Wilmot davissimone@hotmail.com

First Form parents coffee morning
Thursday 16 March
Three Daggers Farm Shop, Edington at 11:00

Please e-mail First form DSPA year rep Kate Smail katesmail@btinternet.com

Spring Concert
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 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.

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.

Ballet Classes

New Ballet classes starting in the Summer Term with Miss Wilkins in the evenings, ballet gradings are available with the BBO syllabus. Beginner and advance classes available. Please contact Miss Wilkins e.wilkins@dauntseys.org for details on times and prices.

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.

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

Manor Matters

‘Pancake evening’ was as popular as ever last Tuesday, with Mrs Sampson and Miss McNichol leading the way!

Treat Night takes place again this coming Friday, and we have 5 ‘Friends on Friday’ joining us in the House for the night.

On Saturday night, Miss Leman and Mr Braby are hosting the Manor International Supper, which has a Spanish theme this year – they have been ably supported by a number of our boys and girls, who have helped them plan...and spend money on the fun activities (and treats) on offer! It was a lovely event last year, and is always a lively (and loud!) affair, with music, games and fun for everyone.

Adam Hurst, House Master - a.hurst@dauntseys.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.
Many thanks.

Third Form Moonrakers Camp Consent Forms

During the course of the Summer Term all Third Form pupils will take part in a residential adventure camp as part of their Moonrakers programme. The dates are the 12 - 17 June inclusive. The camp will be based at ‘Outward Bound Wales’ in Aberdovey, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the mid-Wales coast.

For both safety and educational reasons, Outward Bound are very particular about the information they require from participants before their programmes. Could all parents of the Third Form please download and return the Moonrakers Camp Consent Form

The first three pages are required and cover medical, dietary issues and consent. The fourth is optional and but is very helpful for the Outward Bound staff as they look to develop your child.

In addition, there are five supplementary forms that may need to be completed if your child suffers from any allergies, asthma or other lung conditions, diabetes, epilepsy or head injuries, or heart conditions.

I would be grateful if you could complete the above mentioned Outward Bound Enrolment Forms and return them to Mrs Rita Gulliver (r.gulliver@dauntseys.org) at Dauntsey’s by Friday 17 March 2017 at the very latest.

Sam Moore
Head of Adventure Education

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