Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 59

Friday 21 April 2017

Head Master's Notices   

I hope that you all enjoyed the Easter break.

I am delighted to report that all our Easter trips, which included visits to Rome, Venice, Toulouse, and Courmayeur were a great success and that our pupils were a pleasure to take away.

Sam Moore, our Head of Adventure Education, had a very busy holiday overseeing a ‘Trek to the Stones’ and a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition. He was also on hand over the Easter weekend to encourage our Devizes to Westminster crews: all completed this gruelling 125 mile race in great spirits. They took part in a very special event, overcame some real challenges along the way and raised an impressive sum for this year’s charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Meanwhile, as term started, the sun shone, and our classrooms and playing fields were re-populated, the Upper Sixth have been sitting their Mock Exams!

I look forward to seeing you over the course of this term.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Jolie Brise has set sail for Canada!

The Jolie Brise has kicked off her transatlantic race by participating in the Royal Greenwich Regatta. Here, she joined an international fleet of tall ships who took over the banks of the River Thames at Greenwich and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich for what is the first event of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. A group of Fourth Form pupils took part in the festivities and put Jolie Brise through her paces during the four-day Regatta which attracted millions of visitors.

Jolie Brise has now left Torbay, which is the official start point for the first race of the 7,000 nautical mile race which takes in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston, before reaching Quebec in Canada on 18 July. She will then race back across the Atlantic to arrive at Le Havre, France in September.

Her adventure coincides with being voted the “Gstaad Yacht Club Centenarian of the Year” in Classic Boat Magazine’s annual Awards.

Please use the fleet tracker online to keep an eye on Jolie Brise's progress. Here is the link.

Mercers' Lectures - Summer Term 2017
Jeremy Bowen: Reporting on Conflict

Tuesday 25 April

19:30 in the Memorial Hall

As the world faces seemingly ever more complex conflict and turmoil, the role of the journalist has never been so important in helping us to understand events as they unfold. Jeremy Bowen is a familiar face on our television screens, always providing balanced and insightful reporting. His talk will doubtless provide an engaging and illuminating insight into world affairs, delivered in his typically measured style.

This has been a very popular event and is now at full capacity, therefore we are unable to accommodate any further bookings. For those of you who have booked, we really look forward to seeing you there. Many thanks.

First Form Latin Event
Exploring Roman Life
Tuesday 25 April 13:15 – 14:30 in the Pavilion

Hold a Roman sword and try on armour as legionary soldier, and author Ben Kane returns to Dauntsey’s.


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

After a successful event last term, the DSPA will be running two sports and social mornings this term. The first will be on Saturday 13. 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 attend or take part then do please complete the form here. A list of sports options are shown on this link.

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

For the third year in a row, the DSPA will be hosting this event starting at 1900 in the Sports pavilion. Questions you would like to ask, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the school and / or listen to other questions posed. It is amazing what the school has to offer and great for the parents to hear and ask first hand. In order for us to plan and cater please can you complete the form in the link here.

DSPA Parent and Pupil Fly Fishing Event
Sunday 21 May

A fun Sunday morning around beautiful and peaceful lakes with the option of refreshments and snacks available. 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.

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.

Our official Facebook page 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 boys and girls have hit the ground running (literally for many of them!), and with the warmer/sunnier weather over the last few days, there have been plenty of activities taking place around the grounds and on the football pitch.

We will be having a team Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, followed by a film/treat night on Saturday and a trip into Devizes on Sunday.

Next week sees the next Third Form supper night with Mr and Mrs Hurst, and a number of our students will be going to watch the Jeremy Bowen Mercers' lecture on Tuesday.

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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