Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 73

Friday 29 September 2017

Head Master's Notices   

It was good to see so many parents join us for the Cross Country today on what has turned out to be a hugely fun and lively occasion. All the runners very much appreciated your enthusiastic support and I hope that those who took part in our parents and staff race are recovering!

Looking ahead to next week, our first formers leave for their overnight trip to Brenscombe on Monday, and the first of this year’s drama productions Betrayed runs from Monday to Wednesday in Annabel’s.

I hope you all enjoy the exeat weekend after a very busy, enjoyable, and superb start to term.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Absence from School owing to illness

If your son or daughter is ill and unable to attend School, please contact Reception: 01380 814500, by 8:30am that morning. The details will be taken and the message forwarded to the relevant House.

Many thanks.

Music School Notices

Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Tuesday 3 October
19:30 in the Old Hall

Guitar Recital
Friday 6 October
14:00 in the Old Hall

Drama Productions

Monday night tickets are still available for Les Misérables. All other nights are currently sold out.

The Manor pupils are attending the show on the Monday evening, so if any Manor parents would like to change their evening to the Monday could they contact Rikki directly and he will make the exchange and ensure your child is sat with you.

If you might have overbooked or have returns could you let Rikki Jackson know as soon as possible so that we can re-allocate to the waiting list

Betrayed is playing next week, please visit our Drama Production page here for booking forms to see this show.


Army Liaison Officer Visit
Tuesday 10 October from 11:00 in the Careers Room

Sian Thomas, our Army Liaison Officer, is visiting Dauntsey’s and would be very pleased to meet pupils who are considering a career in the Army. She can meet you individually or in small groups.

Please e-mail the Careers Dept, either Mr O’Hanlon or Mrs Watson, to make an appointment, or come and see us for more information. 

One Day PreMed Course

Please read the attached information on a one day PreMed course, ideal for anyone considering a career in Medicine. It will cover:

Med School applications and interviews
Med school curriculum and medical careers
Practical workshops eg suturing, x-rays and ECGs
Communication skills and Life support practice

It costs £99, including lunch, and is strongly recommended. Application is online.

Learn about the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Wednesday October 11
16:20 in the William Dauntsey Room

Please read the attached document for further information. Many thanks.

King Reynolds Charity High Tea
Wednesday 4 October
16:20 - 17:20

You are cordially invited to the ‘King Reynolds Charity High Tea’ on Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 16:20 to 17:20 in the foyer of the girls’ day house. 

 If you wish to purchase a ticket in advance at a cost of £3 then please email d.mcguffog@dauntseys.org or g.ward@dauntseys.org alternatively the cost is £5 on the door. All proceeds will go to the school charity. The KR girls will be serving teas/coffee and a selection of homemade scones/cakes alongside live music.

History Society Lecture
Monday 2 October
19:30 in the William Dauntsey Room

Prof. Michael Broers (LMH, Oxford) is here at Dauntsey's to give a lecture entitled: “Napoleon’s Empire and our Europe”. All are very welcome.

Physics Society Lecture
Friday 6 October 
19:30 - 20:30 in the Pavilion

We have all dreamed of flying, but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He has designed and built the world’s first jet-engine human suit called ‘Daedalus’. This suit leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Meet the man beneath the suit and learn more about his ambitions and the trial and error process behind his remarkable invention at the Physics society lecture on the 6 October.

It would be appreciated if you could email your intention to attend to James Johns, Head of Physics, at j.johns@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Parent Portal

For those parents who are new to the school and need some guidance on on how to use the Parent Portal for information, as well as sharing details and finding other parents details, please read our short guide here.

We also have a full user guide which can be read here.

Many thanks.

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

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

Last weekend saw the Manorites enjoy a trip to Salisbury; there was plenty of shopping, and the children really enjoyed exploring this beautiful city.

This week has been typically action-packed and full of fun. Many of the Manorites have been outside enjoying the Autumn sunshine, playing football and tennis. Our prefects came and played ‘The Chocolate Game’ one evening, and all of the Manor pupils were treated to supper at Pizza Express last night– many thanks indeed to the Headmaster and Miss Conidaris for organising this wonderful treat!

I has been good to see many of you at the cross country event today, and wish you all a happy and relaxing Exeat weekend.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

First Form Trip to Brenscombe

The First Form have their overnight Brenscombe trip this Monday 2 October. Please could all pupils in the First Form come to school on Monday in home clothes, and there are further details in the attached letter.

Many thanks.

Second Form Trips to Glastonbury

The Second Form will be visiting Glastonbury Abbey on three separate dates over the next two weeks, depending on their classes, as a part of the Religious Studies Department work on pilgrimage and vocation. These dates are:

2B & 2E on Tuesday 3 October
2A & 2D on Thursday 5 October
2C on Monday 9 October

We leave straight after morning registration and will be back in time for the buses. Full information is in the letter emailed to all Second Form parents, a copy of which you can find here.

Lower School Music Competition and House Singing
Thursday 19 October
18:30 in the Memorial Hall

Please read the attached letter for further information about this event. Many thanks.

Visiting Authors

Authors Rob Lloyd-Jones and Beverley Naidoo will be visiting Dauntsey’s next term to speak to the First and Second form respectively.

Rob will be talking about his latest novel, The Jake Atlas Treasury, to the first form, and Beverley will discuss The Other Side of the Truth. Pupils in either year will greatly benefit from reading these books in advance of the visit, and might want to explore other books by the same authors: Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd-Jones is highly recommended too.

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