Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 58

Friday 24 March 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Following the wonderful success of Billy Elliot in London on Sunday evening, it has been a busy last week of term here at Dauntsey’s, and last night's tremendous Spring Concert was a fitting finale to the term.

As the holidays begin our pupils are heading off in all directions with the Art and Art History trip to Venice, and the RS trip to Rome already on their way. Tomorrow sees the departure of our Lower School Ski Trip to Courmayeur, and our Upper School French Language Trip to Toulouse departs on Sunday.

During the holiday break, on Friday 14 April, our DW team will begin paddling from Devizes to Westminster. The race starts at Devizes Wharf from 8am and finishes at Westminster Bridge very early on Easter Monday. Any support along the way would be welcome and greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone involved.

I wish you all a restful, and enjoyable Easter holiday and thank you for your support this term.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Exam Office Update

Gemma Ackerman is the new Examinations Officer taking over from Liz Dawe who has retired. Please do get in touch with the Exam Office with any queries or questions you may have over the Exam Season.

All students who are taking External Exams this Summer have been emailed a copy of their timetable. Paper copies have also been provided via the house staff. Where students have clashes they will have been emailed individually about clash arrangements unless it is GCSE Language or GCSE RS, where they will be sitting one exam straight after the other.

Upper School RS Trip to Rome
Friday 24 March - Monday 27 March

This morning, 16 members of the Upper School, accompanied by Mr Holland and Miss Conidaris, have travelled to Rome to spend three days exploring some of the holiest sites in Christendom. These include the Vatican and five of the seven pilgrim churches. There will also be time to visit the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona before returning on Monday 27 March.


Work Experience

The school is always very keen to hear from parents who may be able to offer work experience/shadowing opportunities or who are aware of work experience programs in the organisation they work for. The pupils gain a huge amount from the process and, in our experience, those involved on the employer side also find the process most worthwhile.
Placement duration tends to be between two and five days and arranging them is far simpler than many anticipate. If you would like to know more then do please contact either James O’Hanlon j.ohanlon@dauntseys.org or Carrie Watson c.watson@dauntseys.org in the Careers Department

For Parents of Lower Sixth pupils
Higher Education & Post Dauntsey’s Planning Conference
10 June 2017

Parents of pupils in the Lower Sixth will be given an insight into the options available to pupils on leaving school. University, both UK and abroad, Apprenticeships and Gap years will all be covered, as will the UCAS timetable.

University Open Days.

Many institutions hold Open Days in the summer term and for many of these it is perfectly acceptable to simply turn up on the day. However, pre booking for some is advised especially if you wish to access some of the lectures on offer. Individual University websites are the best source of information but a useful central list can be found at https://www.opendays.com/

DSPA Notices

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.

Dates for the Diary

DSPA Sports and Social
Saturday 13 May from 10:30 - 13:00

After a successful event this term, the DSPA will be running another sports and social morning. We hope that many parents will attend and enjoy meeting new parents or meeting up with old friends either over a cup of tea or coffee of playing a sport socially . If you would like to take part then do please complete the form here.

DSPA hosted Headmaster Question Time
Thursday 18 May
19:00 in the Pavilion.

Great opportunity to find out more and meet others. It is amazing what the school has to offer and great for the parents to hear and ask first hand.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter Break.

Sport Tours Brochure Advertising Space

In July 2017 we are taking 20 girls to Malaysia to play hockey, and 26 boys to Australia to play rugby. As part of our fundraising efforts we are producing a tour brochure. It will be a professionally produced A4 colour brochure. We aim to produce 1000 copies, as well as it being accessible on the school website. We will be selling advertising space in the brochure, and if you, or any businesses are interested in placing an advert, please do contact me.
All of the details and advertising costs are in the attached letter.
Many thanks, Marcus Olsen

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

Last Friday, the Manor boys and girls played ‘Hurst Hunt’ for the first time in 2017, dodging prefects and staff in the dark, whilst trying to get back to their ‘treasure’. Despite the wind and drizzle, it was a fun and frenzied evening outside!

Packing has gone very smoothly this week, and although a few dorms needed some light cajoling, the speed and stress levels were definitely much improved from last term.

As the Easter holidays beckon, I hope all of my boys and girls enjoy some rest and relaxation, some fun, read plenty, and return in a few weeks ready for an action-packed summer with exams, trips and lots of exciting activities to look forward to.

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

Third Form Project Prize

Third Form pupils are invited to prepare and present a project on the theme of Independence. For further information please read the attached hand-out. Many thanks.

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

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