Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 56

Friday 10 March 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Tomorrow brings Commemoration Day, a celebration of the 475th anniversary of the founding of the school. We are very pleased to welcome, as the preacher for the service, The Venerable Alan Jeans. All parents are welcome to attend.

I am happy to report that our Sixth Form runners had a very successful, if rather wet, weekend in Paris. This coming weekend training continues in earnest for the DW team who are out on the Thames, camping overnight on Saturday. Apparently their fundraising for Wiltshire Air Ambulance is going well. They are hoping to exceed their target before the end of term and would appreciate everyone’s support.

Yesterday evening, we welcomed Professor A.C. Grayling for his bold Mercers’ Lecture entitled The Ethics of War. It was a thought-provoking and insightful talk for our pupils and guests.

I wish our sports teams tomorrow the best of luck, with Lord Wandsworth, Clayesmore and Kingswood our visitors.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

*Reminder* Second Form Parents' Evening
This evening at 18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the Second Form Parents’ Evening takes place this evening at 18:30-20:30 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)

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  at the very latest.

Sam Moore
Head of Adventure Education

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

Second Form Pupil Language Options

Second Form pupils are asked to hand in their language options for the Third Form by Wednesday 15 March please. Many thanks.

Important Music Rehearsals and Concert Information. Please Read Carefully

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March - Billy Band

Dress Rehearsals 16:00 - 19:00

Friday 17 March - Female Voices Choir Final Arrangements for Barnardos Competition:

Choir meet at 08:15 on Friday for a quick warm-up and to collect your dress.
At the end of period 1, quickly get changed and come up to the Old Hall.
The coach departs just before 10:00.
Arrive in London for lunch then into the competition at 15:15
Massed rehearsal at 17:15, then tea followed by the concert starting at 18:30.
The concert is due to finish by 21:30. Return to Dauntsey's is scheduled for around 12.30am.

Sunday 19th March – Billy Band

Arrive 06:30 at Dauntsey’s for breakfast.
Coach departs 06:50.
Band members check your email for final confirmation details.
Bring some fluids and snacks. Food will be provided during the day.
Clothing – it will be hot in the room, so something cool. T-shirt and jeans is fine as long as they are tidy clothes.

Spring Concert Rehearsals

To provide a small break between Billy and the concert on Thursday 23 March, there will be no rehearsals on Monday 20 March. Instead, rehearsals will happen on Tuesday 21 March as follows:

Tuesday 21 March
Long Break

Junior Concert Band – Old Hall – Compulsory full attendance
Senior Concert Band – Farmer Room – Compulsory full attendance
Prep time until 7pm
16:20 Prokofiev - Orchestra – compulsory full attendance
16:30 Bruch - Orchestra– compulsory full attendance
17:00 - 19:00 -  Orchestra, Senior Choir, Choral Society, Faure and Pastime With Good Company – compulsory full attendance

Wednesday 22nd March
Long Break

Dance Band in the Farmer Room
Prep time
Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 23rd March – Spring Concert Day

Ensembles performing – Orchestra, Senior Concert Band, Junior Concert Band, Dance Band, Show Choir, Senior Choir, Chamber Orchestra,
Rehearsals during the day in breaks. More details to follow.
Concert 19:30 - 21:30 in the Memorial Hall Dress Code: All Black / DJ

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

DSPA Parent and Pupil Fly Fishing Event
Sunday 21 May

Please see attached letter for information and booking link. Note that there are three options depending on the number of people fishing. Many thanks.


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
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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

The Manor students thoroughly enjoyed hosting and participating in the Lower School ‘Wide Game’ on Tuesday this week.

A number of our Third Form boys and girls did a fantastic job as guides for a large number of prospective parents and pupils on Monday.

This week saw the second heat of The Manor’s Got Talent bonanza on Thursday evening, hosted by Miss Leman, and we all got to witness some more great acts. Finalists who have made it through to the grand finale on Saturday 18 March will be announced in the next few days….

This Sunday sees the ‘Manor Cookery Day’ which Miss Seager has put together, and she and Mrs Hurst will be trying to manage! The boys and girls who are in for the weekend have chosen three courses to make and prepare on Sunday, which we will enjoy eating on the Sunday night. I am going to be confident and say how much I am looking forward to the treat of being cooked for!

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

Manor Boarding Award

The Award is open to current First Form day pupils who would like to experience boarding at The Manor for half a term during the academic year 2017/18, i.e. their Second Form year. The Award offers full boarding at no additional charge to the day fee and day pupils can apply by completing an application form and having an interview with the Head of the Lower School, Eleni Conidaris and Housemaster of the Manor, Adam Hurst.

An email with all details will be sent out to all First Form day pupils next week and those who are interested should come along to the Manor Tea Party on Friday 17 March at 16:00; invitations are being sent out today.

Entries must be submitted by Friday 14 April 2017 to Eleni Conidaris, and interviews will be held Wednesday 3 May. Awards will be announced by May half-term.

For more information on how to apply please see our application form.

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