Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 65

Friday 9 June 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Next week the Third Form are heading off to Wales early on Monday morning for their Moonrakers Camp, and I look forward to going as well and catching up with them later in the week. Our Second Form will be enjoying a co-curricular day on Tuesday, and I wish our Fourth Formers the best of luck for their examinations which take place throughout next week.

Tomorrow sees the start of post-Dauntsey’s planning for the Lower Sixth, who will be joined by their parents for a series of presentations from Higher Education representatives and James O’Hanlon (Head of Careers). Further presentations and support sessions have been arranged for Thursday and Friday next week.

We have fixtures tomorrow against Bradfield College, West Hill Park, Cranmore and Monkton Combe, and I also wish our Athletes luck at the County Championships.

Tomorrow evening, we are hosting our 1920’s themed Romania Trip Charity Auction, and on Sunday afternoon The Manor House is having their Charity Fête. Please do come along and support these events and have a great time too!

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 can be viewed here.

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

An Evening of Midsummer Music on the Plain

Chitterne village is hosting a concert in All Saints and St Mary’s Church together with Dauntsey’s Choral Society and students on Friday 23 June.

18:30: Garden Reception at The Grange, Chitterne

19:30: Concert at Chitterne All Saints’ & St. Mary’s Church

Tickets: £10.00 (Payable in advance)

For tickets: Please send a SAE, the number of tickets required, and a cheque made payable to Chitterne Church Account, to Murray Kent, Hunters Yard, Chitterne Farm, Warminster BA12 0LQ. Alternatively, you can pay by cash to be delivered by hand to the above address.

All proceeds in aid of Chitterne All Saints’ & St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund

Vocal and Instrumental Recital

Friday 16 June 2017 at 14:00 in the Old Hall. 

Please come and join us.

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)

Buskers corner is not just for musicians. If you have an entertaining act please do sign up ie juggling, unicycles etc.

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. 

Second Form Tapas Evening

Thursday 22 June
The 3 Daggers at 19:30

RSVP to Simone Davis Wilmot at davissimone@hotmail.com

First Form Coffee

Friday 23 June
From 11:00 at Woodborough Garden Centre near Pewsey

RSVP to Kate Smail at katesmail@btinternet.com

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.

Vaughan's Cookery School

Intensive Professional Cookery Qualification

Vaughan's Kitchen are currently recruiting for their Summer Intensive Course, which will run from 21 August to 8 September. This course is suitable for our Upper Sixth leavers, and will provide a qualification for gap year jobs such as working in a ski chalet, holiday villa or yacht crew etc. It also would gain you the knowledge and skills for further employment in the catering industry.

After Christmas Vaughan's will run another less intensive course on Mondays for 12 weeks. 

Please see the attached leaflet for further information.

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/

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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 a half term full of sunshine (where has it gone now?!), the Manor boys and girls have had a mixed week – the Third Formers have been knuckling down amidst their end of year exams, whilst the younger members of the House have understandably seemed more liberated and relaxed after the exams they sat before half term.

Mr Gordon organised a last minute ‘hustings’ on Wednesday night, in preparation for the forthcoming election. Third Form pupils presented on behalf of a respective party, and all of the House showed maturity, interest and enthusiasm in a lively debate/discussion before settling down for prep! Arguments and differences of opinion continue unabated…

Looking ahead, we have The Manor Charity Fete this coming Sunday, which will run from 12:00 - 16:00. Families and friends are all welcome to come along and support, and it should turn out to be another great day at The Manor, full of games, activities and challenges, and all for a good cause – bring your wallets/purses along and enjoy the occasion!

Next week the Third Form are away on their Moonrakers trip, before the First and Second Form head off to Rockley next weekend for their annual trip – lots to look forward to…

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

Lower School Ski Trip Reminder

Deposits (£75) are now due for the 2018 Lower School Ski Trip in March next year. Currently open to next year’s Second and Third form. 

Please contact Mr Butterworth on t.butterworth@dauntseys.org for more information

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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