Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 74

Friday 6 October 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Our First Formers had a wonderful overnight stay in Brenscombe at the start of this week. They undertook adventure and team building activities with blue skies above them. I do hope that the fledgling friendships and bonds from the first few weeks of term have now been cemented for their years to come here at Dauntsey’s.

Tomorrow we are hosting our October Open Morning and we have another busy afternoon of sport with the girls’ hockey teams playing Farleigh School and Bradfield College, whilst the boys have fixtures with Marlborough College and King Edward’s, Southampton.

Next week we look forward to welcoming Dr. Bettany Hughes on Wednesday evening for her Mercers’ Lecture, entitled How to make the Greatest City on Earth.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

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

Charity Update

We are delighted to announce that the new School Charity for this year is ‘Malayaka House’, a rather special orphanage in Uganda. 

The aim of Malayaka House is to provide the most vulnerable orphaned and abandoned Ugandan children with a safe and loving home, proper nutrition, a good education and vocational training so they may grow into self-reliant citizens whose lives are full of opportunity and promise.

Unlike many Ugandan orphanages, our end goal is not adoption, it is to provide our children with the skills and tools to reinvest in their Ugandan community and make a difference. The education of our children is our first priority. All of our children receive primary and secondary education.

Vocational training is also given as well as financial support for higher education. Some children came to us in their teenage years and these are the children who need to learn a different set of skills. They started learning sewing, jewellery-making, baking, cheese-making, secretarial work, food service, and housekeeping. Over the years we have developed a network of small businesses – all located within our compound – to provide our older kids with vocational training and to teach them how to manage personal finances once wages are earned.

Attached here is the first 'newsletter' sent round to the houses.

Music School Notice

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

Heats: Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October at 14:00 in the Old Hall
Please see your house staff or Mr Gordon to sign up.

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

Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Tuesday 10 October at 19:30

Scholarships for 2018
Closing Date for Entry: 16 October 2017

A range of Scholarships and Awards are available for those entering the Third Form and Sixth Form in 2018. Awards include; Academic Scholarships, Performing Arts Awards, Sports Award, Boarding and Head Master's Awards. Day pupils considering a move to boarding are encouraged to apply for either the Jolie Brise Boarding Award (13+), or Sixth Form Boarding Awards.

Those interested in applying for wither a Scholarship or Award should first discuss an application with house staff or the relevant department heads.

The links to the applications forms are below. Please contact Jo Sagers, the Registrar with any queries. The closing date for entries is 16 October 2017 and entries should be returned to the Admissions office, together with the £100 entry fee.

Information on Third Form Scholarships and link to entry form:
Third Form Scholarships information
Entry Form

Information on Sixth Form Scholarships and entry form:
Sixth Form Scholarships Information
Entry Form

Drama Productions

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

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

Datum is playing from 16 - 18 October, 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. 

Careers in Medicine and Healthcare
Friday 13 October
13:30 - 16:00 in the Pavilion

We have 16 professionals, from many varied branches of healthcare and medicine including doctors, nurses, vets, psychiatrists, armed forces doctor, midwife, physiotherapist, pharmacist, biochemist, and others coming to Dauntsey's to talk to pupils.  Please see attached for further information.

DSPA Notices

First Form DSPA Coffee / Tea Gathering
Saturday 14 October, 11:30 - 12:30

This is to be held in the Sports Pavilion and is a great time to meet other parents and make new friends. Everyone is welcome.

DSPA Bar at the Lower School Music Festival
Thursday 19 October

The DSPA will be running a bar at this event on a cash only basis. Drinks and snacks available. A reminder all funds raised go back to our children.

DSPA Sport and Social
Saturday 4 November, 10:30 - 12:45

Please put this date in your diary. Great opportunity to have some sporting fun or social cup of tea or coffee. Siblings are welcome to swim

Staff and Parents Five-a-Side Football

Every Monday 19:30 - 20:30. Starting next Monday (9 October). 

The Filling Station
Feeding the homeless on the streets of Swindon

Around the time of Harvest, for many years, the school has supported The Filling Station, which provides food and helps homeless people living in Swindon. During this year Rev David Johnson has been taking Upper School pupils on Thursday evenings to help give out food.

Please read the attached on how you can help by bringing in supplies to support the work of the charity.

Many thanks.

Sports Lecture
Thursday 12 October
19:00 in the William Dauntsey Room

This term we are very lucky to welcome Abdul Buhari to Dauntsey’s for our first Sports Lecture of the term. Abdul was born on 26 June 1982 and experienced his first Olympic memory watching Linford Christie in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He competed for Newham and Essex Beagles and balanced training for London 2012 with working for global investment bank Credit Suisse. He finished 29th at the London Olympics and retired from sport in January 2014.

The Sports Lecture will take place in the William Dauntsey room on Thursday 12 October at 19:00 and finish no later than 20:30. There will be an opportunity for you to ask Abdul questions following his presentation which I am sure you will find interesting and thought provoking. Those wishing to attend the lecture, please could I ask that you contact me on k.bradley@dauntseys.org to reserve your place as we have limited seating.

Upper Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting

A reminder that the Upper Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place next week, on Friday 13 October from 18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall. I hope you can make it and please do see me if I can help with anything.

Jon Tyler

Deputy Head (Academic)

Art History Lecture
Monday 16 October
Bethany Pleydell: 'Clothes Make the Man: Fashion and Identity in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries'
19:30 in the William Dauntsey Room

All welcome.

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

The Manorites and tutors all seem to have returned from the Exeat Weekend feeling relaxed and refreshed! 

This week, the children have been making good use of our new table tennis table – competition is fierce amongst the pupils, and the staff are a fairly competitive bunch too! Many thanks indeed to the DSPA for providing the grant for the table; it is a very welcome addition to the entertainment in House. 

Our weekly fun swim session at the pool takes place tomorrow evening and we are hoping for fine weather on Saturday for our Campfire Evening.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

Lower School Ski Trip
March 24 - April 1, 2018

There are a few places left on the trip for anyone who missed the letter which went out in May. Last chance for this year’s trip! Please e-mail t.butterworth@dauntseys.org for a copy of the letter and all other information. For those in First form, you should have received a letter recently. Anyone wishing to reserve a place please send deposit money and paperwork in asap. It will be on a first come, first served basis.

Final deadline for deposits is Saturday 14 October

First Form Table Tennis Ranking Tournament
Wednesday 11 October

Pupils involved have been emailed further details. Many thanks.

Junior Scholars

Please find attached letter sent to all pupils in the Lower School today in regards to applying to be part of the Junior Scholars at Dauntsey's.

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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