Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 76

Friday 20 October 2017

Head Master's Notices   

The Music and Drama departments have been busy this week. ‘Datum’, a compelling and thoughtful play about loss and loneliness, had a very successful three-day run, while the Lower School put on both a competition and a concert. I congratulate all the pupils who took part.

At this moment and over half-term, we have a number of trips taking place. Our Upper Sixth Physicists have departed for CERN in Geneva while a group of Fifth Form pupils set off first thing this morning for the World War One battlefields. Our Upper School Spanish pupils leave for Granada on Sunday and the Upper Sixth Geographers depart for Iceland next Saturday. I wish all a safe and rewarding journey.

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing break, after a fantastic first half of term, and thank you for your support.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Grades and Reports

Half-termly grades will be published on the School Portal today. Parents will receive an email once they are published.

Links to the School Portal can be found from the 'Parents' link on the School’s main website (www.dauntseys.org) or from the School’s intranet pages (www.dauntseys.net). Once logged into the School Portal, you will find a menu option along the top for ‘School Reports’.

If you have any trouble accessing your child’s grades, please email itsupport@dauntseys.org.

Dauntsey's 'In Focus'

This year we have stepped away from having a conventional prospectus for Dauntsey's and have instead created a 'coffee table' magazine which showcases the views and experiences of the people who make this School special – our pupils and staff. If you would like a copy of In Focus please feel free to pick one up from reception, or email us at info@dauntseys.org

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.

Music School Notice

Jazz Concert
Thursday 9 November
19:30 in the Pavilion

The price of the ticket is £5 per head (to go on to the school bill) which will include a light meal and a glass of Prosecco. The Pavilion Bar will be open to purchase drinks. Please contact Mrs D Davey on 01380 814546 or d.davey@dauntseys.org for tickets. Please note that this event is only available to pupils in the sixth form, along with any parents and staff.

Seating with be limited so please do book a ticket if you wish to attend as soon as possible.

Social Media Safety

Please find attached a summary document from the Parents' Talk on Social Media this week by Karl Hopwood. We hope that this is useful to you all.

Drama Productions

We are hoping to allocate waiting list tickets over the weekend for Les Misérables. Those people on the top of the waiting lists will receive an email in the next few days with the night they have been allocated. Many thanks.

Noughts and Crosses is playing from 21 - 23 November, please visit our Drama Production page here for booking forms to see this show.


International Higher Education Presentation
Friday 3 November
16:15 - 17:15 in the William Dauntsey Room

An in-depth insight into opportunities at international universities. Please read the attached document for more information.
Parents are very welcome to attend.

DSPA Notices

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

Digital Noticeboard and Market Place

An area that allows parents to advertise within the school Community. There is a small fee for the use of this service. We have new exciting adverts to view here

Equestrian News

Good luck to all those competing at the NSEA championships at Addington this weekend.

Staff and Parents Five-a-Side Football

There will be no staff and parents five-a-side football on Monday, it will re-commence on 6 November. Many thanks.

Spanish Department Trip to Granada

A reminder that the coach departs on Sunday 22 October at 02:30am.

CyberFirst Adventurers

Would you like an opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially enhance your career prospects? CyberFirst Adventurers are running a series of FREE one day events, aimed at students in First - Third Forms and their parents and guardians.

These events are all run on a first come, first served basis, and places are filling up, so applications need to be submitted as soon as possible. Please find a link here to course information.

Bookings are now open for autumn 2017 and early 2018. For all enquiries and course locations, please contact ‘Smallpeice’ on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

Please see the attached document for further information.

Macbeth: For Fifth Form Pupils

Parents of pupils in the fifth form will be interested to know that Macbeth, one of the GCSE set texts is being staged in Stratford-on-Avon this summer. Seeing the play on stage, perhaps over the Easter holidays, will be invaluable to pupils preparing for their exam. For more information, please visit, https://www.rsc.org.uk/macbeth/ . The production will also be broadcast in cinemas on 11 April 2018.

Please remember that Dauntsey's is on Twitter
Please follow us - Dauntsey's on Twitter

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 Sunday saw 35 Manorites flipping, twisting and somersaulting at Freedog Trampolining centre in Swindon; Miss Wilkins impressed all with her controlled back-flips! After a stop off, on the way back, in Marlborough for coffee and shopping, the Manorites returned having had a great day out.

This week we have enjoyed the first of our ‘Manor Legend Evenings’, and 15 ‘legends’ enjoyed pizza after Prep; the pupils are nominated for legend status by staff and pupils within the house and it is awarded to those considered to have been outstanding in any area of school/house life – sporting, academic, musical or dramatic; or for just being an all-round ‘good egg’!
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

The Manor Bonfire Night
Sunday 5 November, 18:00 - 20:00
Donation on Entry

Please join us on Sunday 5 November at the Manor for our fun-filled bonfire night. We will be selling hotdogs, soup, cakes, cookies and hot chocolate, and all proceeds will go towards our school charity, Malayaka House.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you.

Forbes House Trip for First and Second Form to 'Outburst'

Thursday 2 November 

I would like to take all the First and Second form members of Forbes out on a House trip on Thursday 2 November. I have booked ‘Outburst’ in Salisbury. This is a bowling and laser quest venue. It is run by the parents of a former pupil and we have the privilege of having the whole venue to ourselves: it will be closed to the public. Our session includes a laser quest game, and at least one game of bowling. It also includes supper and a drink. Please read the attached letter for further information and consent form, which I need returned to me by Friday 20 October. 

Many thanks,

Liz Gardiner - Forbes Housemistress.

First and Second Form Trip to the Rhineland

There are still a few places left on the First and Second Form Trip to the Rhineland during summer half-term. The trip is open to ALL First Formers and those Second Formers who do German. If you would like to book a place for your son/daughter then please return the form to Tory Wilks, together with a deposit for £100 and a photocopy of the information page of your child’s passport by Friday 3rd November. Please see the attached letter for further information. Many thanks.

Impero: Online Safety

Through comprehensive online safety monitoring, Dauntsey's School is complying with the recent changes to the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance

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