Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 64

Friday 26 May 2017

Head Master's Notices   

It has been a busy and productive first half of term, with revision dominating for the top three years (and for our Fourth Form Mathematicians). I have been hugely impressed with how these examination years have gone about their business and I hope that the examinations themselves are kind to them. They certainly deserve to do well and I wish them the best of luck with their revision next week.

A group of Fourth Formers set off today on their Geography fieldtrip to Barcelona and next week some Second and Third Formers are heading off to Madrid on a Spanish trip. Elsewhere, some of the Fourth Form are joining our ‘Trek to the Stones’ expedition, which involves walking between 30 and 50 kilometres from Dauntsey’s to Avebury, camping for one night en route.

One of the features of this year has been the wide range of fund raising events for this year’s charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Farmer have surely stolen the award for the best event of this type for their boules competition, which attracted great interest and huge crowds. Sadly, the Senior Management Team went out in the preliminary round and even worse was to come when the PE Department swept to victory: the silver lining though, is that it is now clear what they do with their spare time.

After a fun leavers' breakfast this morning I am looking forward to seeing the Upper Sixth and their parents at the leavers' BBQ this afternoon.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing half-term.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Summer Festival 2017
Monday 3 July - Thursday 6 July

This years' Summer Festival is taking place from Monday 3 July - Thursday 6 July, and will include a excellent selection of events to come and see. This includes our Summer Art Exhibition, as well as Drama, Music, Dance, Sports and Academic events.

The full programme and booking details for each event will be published on our website on Friday 9 June.

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.

Please see attached brochure detailing all the wonderful lots to bid on and their descriptions.

Silent Auction

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 have compiled some fantastic lots to bid on as a Silent Auction; from a 6 Magnum Case of Quality Bordeaux Red Wine to a 5% Racehorse Syndicate Share!

Please follow the link to view our full brochure of lots and gain access to the bidding page. Good Luck!

Library Notice for Parents of School Leavers

Please note that the last day for school leavers to return all their library loans is Friday 30 June. Charges will be raised for any items not returned by this date.

All students can log in to their library account, in school or at home, either via the school intranet or by downloading the iMLS app. Details are on the library’s intranet home page. Many thanks.

Music School Notices

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

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.

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/

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 thanks

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

On the last night before half-term, all of the Manor boys and girls had a great evening. It kicked off with the Manor Charity Duck Race in the stream – the boys and girls had a great time in the water/mud – before an outside tea on the lawn. Then it was all-go on the infamous water slide for an hour of slipping and sliding! The First Formers then had ice cream as a treat from their tutors, before everyone headed to bed, exhausted but very happy!

I hope you all enjoy a happy and relaxing half term break!

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

Manor Fete
Sunday June 11
12:00 - 16:00 at Manor House

This year’s Manor House Charity Fete, in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, is happening on Sunday 11 June and preparations are well under way. With last year’s fete raising over £1000, we want this year to be even bigger and better...so we need your help! We are looking for a few things to aid the smooth running of our event:

  • Pop up gazebos or small marquees
  • Hay bales (roughly 8 to create a seating area for our performance stage)
  • Cakes to be sold
  • Jam jars filled with sweets or toys for our Jam Jar Tombola
  • Bunting to decorate our gorgeous surroundings
  • Old bed sheets to be made in to sacks for the sack race (adult, pupil, children and staff races throughout the day!)

We are also collecting raffle prizes – big or small. So far we have a ‘One night stay at The Peppermill Devizes B&B’; an hour of Clay Pigeon Shooting at Barbury Shooting School; a riding lesson at Pewsey Vale Riding School...and much more. Any donations, big or small, would be gratefully received.

If you have any of the above, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Anais Seager at a.seager@dauntseys.org

Please feel free to join us for what should be another great day and all for a good cause - it is suitable for all ages! We look forward to welcoming you to The Manor on Sunday 11 June from 12:00 until 16:00.

Adam Hurst - Manor Housemaster

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.

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