Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 77

Friday 3 November 2017

Head Master's Notices   

I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing half-term break.

The first week back has seen our delegates depart for the Model United Nations in The Hague. For three days the participants of ‘MUNISH’, numbering over 1,000 last year, join to debate, discuss and consider issues that influence the world today. I hope that they enjoy a conference to remember.

Next week Steve Backshall, the television presenter, author and wildlife expert, visits on Tuesday 7 November for our next Mercers’ Lecture. As a result of huge interest, he will now deliver his lecture twice, once at 5.30pm and then again at 7.30pm. Please contact Reception if you would like tickets, but have not already booked online as a few seats remain. Also next week we have our First Form Parents' Evening on Friday.

Looking further ahead, I would like to invite parents, pupils and friends of the School to our Remembrance Day Service, on Sunday 12 November at 10.45. Coffee and drinks will be served in the Dining Hall immediately after the service.

Tomorrow there is hockey against Churcher's College and rugby against Prior Park College.

I look forward to seeing Fifth Form parents at the Sixth Form presentation this evening. It takes place in the Memorial Hall and supper will be served in the Dining Hall afterwards for everyone. I hope that you all have a good weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Autumn Term 2017
Steve Backshall
7 November 2017
17:30 and 19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Steve Backshall is one of TV’s busiest presenters and a BAFTA award-winning wildlife expert, known to many for BBC TV's ‘Deadly 60’. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’, ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’ and ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’. He has worked for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel and has published three novels for children and several non-fiction works. He is married to Helen Glover, the Olympic champion rower. In 2017, they completed the Devizes to Westminster canoe race together to raise funds to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

Due to a huge amount of interest, Steve Backshall has very kindly offered to give two lectures, one at 5:30pm, and one at 7:30pm. Any parent who has not already booked online is most welcome to contact reception if they would like to come as a few seats are available at both times, which we have reserved for parents. Interested pupils have already been allocated places through their Houses, and day pupils wishing to stay for supper are asked to let House staff know as soon as possible.
Please direct any further queries to Jo Sagers, Registrar at j.sagers@dauntseys.org

All welcome. Entry is free but please book online here

*Reminder* Sixth Form Presentation
19:00 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the Sixth Form presentation for Fifth Form parents is this evening. It takes place in the Memorial Hall and supper will be served in the Dining Hall afterwards for everyone.
Many thanks.

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. Tickets are currently nearly sold out. The Pavilion Bar will be open to purchase drinks. Please contact Mrs D Davey at 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.

Jazz Workshop for Pupils with Oli Rockberger
Thursday 9 November
14:00 in the Pavilion

Pupils can come along to jam and get advice regarding improvisation

Rock Band Workshop for Pupils with Oli Rockberger
Thursday 9 November
16:20 in the Pavilion

Chamber Recital
Friday 10 November
14:00 in The Old Hall

Small ensembles will perform at a very informal concert. All Welcome

Art School News

Russell Cobb, Illustrator and Photographer
Exhibition and Private View

You are invited to attend the opening night of Russel Cobb’s illustration and photography exhibition at The Gallery at Dauntsey’s.

Russell Cobb is a leading artist Illustrator in the UK. He has received many industry awards including D&AD Silver, 5 Association of Illustrators Best of British Gold awards and Best in Book in Creative Review's Illustration Annual, 2011. In 2003 the Independent UK national newspaper voted him one of Britain's top ten Illustrators. His work has featured in 3X3 magazine New York, Tecknaren Stockholm and Illusive, Contemporary Illustration Berlin.

Russell served as Chairman of the Association of Illustrators 2005-09 and as an honorary member of the Society of Illustrators New York 2005. He has lectured at many leading establishments including Central Saint Martins School of Art London, Grafill Oslo and the Association of Dutch Designers Amsterdam.

Russell Cobb – The Brush & The Lens
Wednesday 8 November 18:00 - 20:30
The Gallery at Dauntsey’s

An exhibition of illustration and photography. Russell will be delivering an informal lecture about his work at 17:30 in the Art School prior to the start of the private view. All welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.
RSVP: v.rose@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Exhibition Open: 8 November - 29 November 2017

Drama Productions

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

DSPA Notices

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

We hope that many of you will attend making the most of the schools facilities and enjoy meeting new parents or meeting up with old friends either over a cup of tea or coffee or playing a sport socially. Both swimming and table tennis will be running. On the swimming there will be both lanes set up and a social swim area. Younger siblings are invited to use the pool with their parents. In order for us to cater and plan, please kindly complete the form here.

First Form Countryside Walk
Saturday 18 November at 10:30

The First Form have arranged a social walk for the First Form parents, if you are interested please e-mail Philippa Wall - pipsjwall@gmail.com

Sale of Gently Used Prom Dresses and DJ's

We have set up an area on the Intranet for parents to advertise gently used prom dresses or DJ's that their daughters and sons do not need anymore. You can advertise for a nominal fee, as well as browse listings if you are interested in purchasing. Please follow the link to see what's on offer, or to advertise. Many thanks.

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

Friday-networking; get the word out within the Dauntsey’s community and see what is available. To advertise on the notice-board, please send an email to s.smith@nascorporation.biz & dspacontact@gmail.com

Staff and Parents Five-a-Side Football

There will be five-a-side football this Monday 19:30 - 20:30. We hope to see you there.

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
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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 returned from their half term holiday, on Tuesday evening, full of excitement and very happy to see each other. We shared some Halloween chocolates and enjoyed welcoming our two new second form ‘boarding award’ pupils, Kristyna and Humphrey. In addition, the Manor Menagerie continues to expand as two hamsters, Eric and Bumble, also joined our boarding community after the holiday!

We are all very much looking forward to The Manor Bonfire and Fireworks Night on Sunday, starting at 18:00, and will be spending much of the weekend preparing pumpkins, toffee apples and cookies…. there may be the occasional taste test too! All families are warmly welcome at the event – a donation is requested for entry and there will be food and drink for sale. All monies raised will go towards this year’s school charity, Malayaka House.
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.

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 Wednesday 8 November. Please see the attached letter for further information. Many thanks.

First Form Parents' Evening
Friday 10 November
18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the First Form Parents’ Meeting takes place next week, on Friday 10 November 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. Many thanks.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)

Second and Third Form Parents’ Reception
Saturday 11 November 2017
12:00 - 13:00 in the Pavilion

You are welcome to attend the Second and Third Form Parents’ Reception on Saturday, 11 November. There will be an opportunity to meet with House staff and other parents. Lunch will be provided. Many thanks.

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