Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 71

Friday 15 September 2017

Head Master's Notices   

With the term now in full swing everyone seems to be settling well into their daily routines.

This term we run a lot of activities to ensure that it is easy for everyone to make friends and I do hope that the Lower School enjoy their Funfair and BBQ this evening.

Last night we welcomed Alex Thomson, the fastest Britain to sail single handed, non-stop, around the globe. About 450 attendees were fascinated by his talk of his offshore adventures, and it was a wonderful opening for this year’s Mercers’ Lecture series.

Tomorrow afternoon we are hosting an exhibition of classic cars here at the school, which will form part of a bigger exhibition at our Art Department. Further details are below.

I am looking forward to getting out and about this weekend, meeting parents on the touch-lines, with fixtures taking place against Churcher’s College and Sherborne Girls. Please do come and say hello.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Art Notices

Art in Motion: the Car, Knowledge and Design
Private View Invitation
Saturday 16th September 13:00 - 15:00: The Gallery at Dauntsey’s

This exhibition will include a display of classic cars, vehicle designs from the Royal College of Art, sculpture by Angela Palmer, photography by Iain Kemp and student work from the Art Car competition.

If you have a car that you think might be of interest, that you are willing to exhibit on that day, please contact Victoria Rose - Director of Art v.rose@dauntseys.org

This event is in collaboration with Messums Gallery and Classic Car Safe.
Exhibition open: 16 September - 7 October 2017. The classic cars will only be on display on Saturday 16 September.

King Reynolds House Charity Event
Saturday 16 September 13:00 - 15:00

The King-Reynolds charity event this year is a ‘fun vehicle photo booth’ and a’ graffiti car’. For 50p the KR girls will take 3 photos on your phone, if you have one, otherwise we will the email the photos to you and 50p to autograph or sketch on the graffiti car.
All this will take place outside the art school during the Art in Motion Exhibition.
Please support your school charity.
Don’t worry, we will also be hosting our usual high tea charity event in October.

Music School Notices

Scholars/Exhibitioners’ Opera Night
Wednesday 20 September

For this year’s Music Scholars’ Night we are planning to take a trip to see a live stream from the royal opera house to a local cinema.
The opera is Mozart’s Magic Flute.
The cost is around £17 per head and will be added to the school bill. Food will be provided.
30 spaces are available. Please email Mrs Davey (d.davey@dauntseys.org) if you would like a ticket. We leave school at 17:00 and return around 23:00 after the performance finishes.

Music Scholars' Solo Recital Evenings

The first two solo recital evenings of the season are almost upon us:
Thursday 21 September at 19:30 in the Old Hall
Wednesday 27 September at 19:30 in the Old Hall

All music scholars and music award holders are expected to perform at these events. Sign up sheets will be displayed in the Music Department this week. Once you have added your name, please see Mr Irving to book rehearsal time.

The following two recitals are available to all musicians in the school as well as the scholars.
Tuesday 3 October at 19:30 in the Old Hall
Tuesday 10 October at 19:30 in the Old Hall

Drama Productions

Booking for all shows for this Autumn Term has now opened.

Please visit our Drama Production page here to find booking forms.

Currently Les Misérables is sold out for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We will add a waiting list form to the site next week if you would like to wait for returns to watch the show on one of these nights. All other nights currently still have available seats.

QR Code Treasure Hunt
Monday 18 September - Saturday 23 September

Please find attached information about the QR Code hunt that is open to the whole school. Many thanks.

Classics Lecture
Wednesday 20 September at 16:20 in Salisbury. 

Cambridge academic Dr Ingo Gildenhard will talk about the Aeneid, a foundational piece of Western literature
We will depart from school at 15:20 and return by 18:30.

Trip to India in December

A place has become available on the trip to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, this December 15 to 22. This trip is open to all pupils in Second to Fifth Form.

Please reply to Rev DR Johnson (d.johnson@dauntseys.org) as soon as possible if you would like to reserve this place or for more information about this trip.
Many thanks


Best of luck to our riding team who are at the CLC jumping competition this weekend.

Table Tennis News

The first session of the School’s table tennis club was well attended on Wednesday afternoon and it was good to welcome some new faces. This year Dauntsey’s has entered two teams in the Devizes & District League – one in the Premier Division and one in Division 1.

I would be pleased to hear from any parents who play table tennis to a good standard as we are always looking for new players. Please note that the annual Wiltshire Junior/Cadet ranking event is on Sunday October 1 2017.
Mark Neve m.neve@dauntseys.org

Inter-House Cross Country Competition
Friday 29 September

Please read the attached letter with further details about the Inter-House Cross Country Competition. Of particular note is the last race of the day which is our traditional parents and staff race.

Dauntsey's Gliding Club - Learn to Fly Solo in a Glider

Please find attached further information about this exciting opportunity for Dauntsey's pupils in third form and above to fly a glider and learn to fly solo.

DSPA Notices

If you are not yet a member of the DSPA, please do join up! There are so many advantages and you meet some great people. Sign up here.

Mercers' Lectures - Autumn Term 2017
Dr Bettany Hughes
11 October 2017 (Please note date change from original date of 12 October)
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in ancient and mediaeval history and culture. She has written and presented more than 50 TV and radio documentaries which have reached some 250 million people worldwide. ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’, which she co-presented with Michael Buerk, was a particular highlight. Her most recent book is ‘Istanbul, A Tale of Three Cities’ which has been critically acclaimed. Bettany has long drawn attention to women’s position in society both past and present. She was named one of the BBC’s 100 Global Woman and stands on the Women of the World Committee.

All welcome. Entry is free but please book online here

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Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Last weekend saw all 70 lower school boarders enjoy a fun-filled activity weekend. Mugs were painted, cookies were baked and trees were climbed up using ropes, and then descended down using a zip-wire. In addition, all of the Manorites were sent off around our beautiful grounds on a Scavenger Hunt - plenty of feathers, blackberries and golf balls were found on the Hunt!

There is certainly a happy ‘buzz’ in the house as all of our new boarders begin to feel at home in The Manor – friendships are being formed and our Lower Sixth Prefects held a basketball competition and made some delicious savoury bites with our younger pupils this week.

Several children went to the Mercers’ Lecture on Thursday evening and returned to the house full of resolve to achieve their dreams – everyone is certainly sleeping well after such a busy first week.

This afternoon we will all be heading to Main School for the Funfair and BBQ and then this weekend sees a quieter and relaxed weekend in the House, with a shopping trip to Devizes on Sunday morning and then an afternoon filled with card games and a table tennis tournament.

Please do follow us on Twitter @ManorDauntseys to keep up to date.

Lower School Funfair and BBQ
Friday 15 September, 17:30 - 20:00

Please find attached information for the Lower School Funfair and BBQ here.

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