Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 60

Friday 28 April 2017

Head Master's Notices   

On Tuesday evening we welcomed Jeremy Bowen to the school for the last in this year’s Mercers’ Lecture series. He gave a candid and very entertaining account of his life as the Middle East correspondent for the BBC. The hall was packed and it was an excellent finale to a fantastic line-up of speakers. Elsewhere oral and practical examinations are well underway and stress levels seem to be gently on the incline.

I wish our athletes, competing in the Lutra Shield at the Yeovil Arena, and our cricket and tennis teams the best of luck tomorrow.

Please can I also remind you that this term’s Exeat weekend includes the Bank Holiday Monday. It starts after sporting commitments have been fulfilled on Saturday afternoon.

The Jolie Brise has just come 1st overall and 1st in class for the first leg of the 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic Rendez Vous 2017 Tall Ships race. You can follow her on her journey using this fleet tracker here. She is currently in Sines, Portugal which is where the next leg of the race will start. Please do have a look as this lovely video shot of the Jolie Brise, from the start of the race out of Torbay.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Charity Update from Scott House

Scott house are selling raffle tickets in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The tickets are 50p each or 3 for £1 – CASH ONLY
Tickets are available from any of the Scotties or Tuck Shop or any Scott Tutor
The prizes are:
4th and 5th places: Massive Chocolate Hamper
3rd Place: 4pm - Special Tea Time Treat for your class
2nd Place: Mufti for the day for your class
1st Place: Be Head Master for the day!!!!

Thank you for supporting the School Charity

First Form Language Options

A reminder that First Form language options are due in to House staff on Wednesday 3 May please. Many thanks.


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.

Open Morning
Saturday 6 May at 10:00

Visitors are invited to arrive from 10:00 for coffee in advance of the Head Master's welcome address at 10:20.

Tours of the School follow for those considering entry as a day pupil at 11+ and for those interested in boarding at 11+ or 13+, tours of the Junior boarding house, The Manor, are offered, followed by a tour of the main School site.

Those considering entry into our Sixth Form are invited to a presentation by Jon Tyler, our Deputy Head Academic, followed by tours of the School with current Sixth Form pupils.

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

A number of Manor pupils have volunteered to compete in the ‘lip-sync’ battles that will take place this afternoon. Good luck to Emmanuel, Ed, Emily and Violet as they take to the stage with Miss Coni.

Another ‘Third Form Dinner with the Hursts’ will take place next week, so some of our boys and girls (and Mr Hurst) can look forward to a culinary treat!

Next week sees the Lower School Dance Show, which all of our First and Second Form pupils are looking forward to; this is always a great spectacle for parents and staff to enjoy.

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

Lower School Dance Show
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May
In the Memorial Hall at 19:00

The Drama department at Dauntsey’s will be putting on the Lower School Dance Show on 4 and 5 May. The show will showcase the many dance classes that take place throughout the school, during and outside of curriculum lessons.

The Dance Show will take place in the Memorial Hall, all performances will be free of charge and no tickets will be issued. Doors will open at 18:45 for a 19:00 start and the DSPA will be providing a bar for interval drinks.

An early supper will be provided on the Thursday and Friday for pupils taking part in the show. The show will finish at around 20:30, so day pupils can be collected at 20:45.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Wilkins – e.wilkins@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.

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