Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 63

Friday 19 May 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Thank you to everyone who attended the Head Master’s Question Time last night. It was a lovely opportunity for me to interact and share opinions with you all.

The Fifth Form are now on study leave and I look forward to celebrating with the Upper Sixth at their Leavers’ BBQ next Friday. I hope they all enjoy the occasion with House suppers the night before and a special Leavers’ Breakfast on Friday morning.

Our First and Second Forms undertake their internal examinations next week. I wish them all the best of luck.

Tomorrow, our cricket teams take on Hampshire Collegiate School and Sandroyd Prep, whilst the tennis teams play Godolphin and Kingswood. Have a good weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Farmer House Charity Boules Competition

Farmer House will be running a Charity Boules Competition in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

The event will run from Monday 22 May to Thursday 25 May. Teams should consist of 4 players. Matches will be best of 3 legs – closest to the jack wins. Entry fee - £1 per player.

Matches will take place during morning and long breaks on the Quad. Teams will be emailed a match time in advance.

Please fill in the entry form and return to Will Everett (FA, U6) or Mr Whyte by Friday 19 May.

Thank you for your support.
Will Everett
Farmer House Charity Rep

FREE CyberFirst Courses for students aged 14 - 17yrs

The National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ), the Smallpeice Trust and QA are jointly running a series of Free CyberFirst courses throughout the Summer Holidays.

The courses represent a great opportunity to build on your existing cyber skills and interests. The courses are free with the aim of encouraging participation from as wide a section of society as possible. Running throughout the courses is a strong emphasis on the ethics and legalities of ‘messing around’ with computers and the internet.

Please follow the link for more information.


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

Engineering Work Experience
10-14 July

Now in its third year; Dauntsey’s pupils will have the opportunity to undertake a week of work experience at MOD Lyneham. Primarily aimed at potential engineers (16 years old and above), the week will give an overview of helicopter, wheeled and armoured vehicle maintenance training. It will encompass classroom, hangar and outdoor activities. The week should provide a valuable insight to working life outside the school environment. Limited to 10 places.
Please contact Mr James O’Hanlon, Dauntsey’s career advisor.

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/

1920’s Charity Auction - In aid of Nightingales Children’s Project, Romania

The major fundraising event in support of our forthcoming trip to the Nightingales orphanage in Romania is being held on Saturday 10th June 2017 in the Memorial Hall, with guests arriving at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

The highlight of the event will be the charity auction where you will be able to bid for some amazing items, including a signed Bath Rugby shirt, a year’s supply of dog treats and a 1 week stay in an apartment in Val d’Isere!

Please see the attached letter for more information and details on how to obtain tickets.

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

Music School Notices

Leavers' Recital
Tonight at 19:30 in the Old Hall

The sign up sheets for the Summer Festival are now on the noticeboard in the music department. 

These include:

  • Buskers’ Corner (All Week)
  • Rock and Acoustic (Monday)
  • Opera Solos and Choruses (Wednesday)
  • Songs from the Shows (Thursday)

There is limited space for the Songs for the Shows Concert, so please do not be disappointed if you are not asked to sing this year.

Please note that priority will be given to ensemble performances (duets etc.) and 6th Form. There will be no songs from Les Misérables.

DSPA Notices

Second Form Coffee Morning
Friday 26 May from 10.30
The 3 Daggers.

RSVP to Simone Davis Wilmot - davissimone@hotmail.com

DSPA Sports and Social
Saturday 10 June, 10:30 - 13:00

Tennis, Table Tennis, walking and swimming have been arranged. If you would like to attend or take part then do please complete the form here. 

Third Form Parents Event
Parents Bring a Dish Evening
Friday 30 June
19:00 - 21:30 in the Cricket Pavilion

Come along to the next Third Form DSPA Event, Parents Bring a Dish Evening in The Cricket Pavilion. This event is on the same evening of the Third Form Manor Ball, and parents can come along after they have had a drink with the pupils at the Manor!
RSVP please to assist with planning 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.

Team Photos Spring Term 2017

Team photos for the Spring Term are now available on the Intranet to view and request copies.

Please follow the link to view the images, you will need to input your Intranet username and password. Many thank

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

After the serious exercise taken last weekend for the Manor Marathon, our boys and girls will be having a quieter weekend. Miss Seager and Mr Gordon have a screening of La La Land planned for Saturday night, with interval treats.

First and Second Form exams take place next week, so some revision sessions have been pencilled in for Sunday, and possibly a quick trip to Devizes for some retail therapy!

Lots of our Third Form boys and girls are heading up to the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night to watch the Rugby Championship play-off between London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

And then it is half term! Third Form exams take place immediately after the break, and then we have a whole host of activities, trips and outings to look forward to…

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

Notice for Forbes House parents

A last minute request to send in toppings for our waffle selling next week starting on Monday. We need squirty cream, jam, nutella and sprinkles. The money raised from selling the waffles at break time will go to the school charity. Many thanks! 

Second Form Trip
Head 4 Heights
Tuesday 20 June

Please read the attached letter for further details about this Second Form Trip, and attendance confirmation details. Many thanks.

Scott House Third Form BBQ and Rounders Match
Wednesday 21 June at 17:30

Please find attached further information and reply slip for the Scott House Third Form BBQ and Rounders Match. Many thanks.

Third Form Summer Ball
Friday 30 June
18:30 - 21:30 at the Manor

Please see the attached letter for details about the Third Form Summer Ball.

Summer Rugby Camp
16 - 18 August

Please see the attached flyer for details about a Summer Rugby Camp that will be held at Dauntsey's from 16-18 August.

Dauntsey's Summer Hockey Camp
21 - 23 August

Please see attached flyer for details about a Summer Hockey Camp at Dauntsey's from 21 - 23 August. To book your spot, please visit our booking page here.

Bank Holiday Monday Fun!

This looks like a fun day out during half term for our younger families.

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