Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 78

Friday 10 November 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Steve Backshall’s Mercers’ Lecture on Tuesday night was inspiring, fascinating and very funny for all those present. Almost 1800 people were packed into the Memorial Hall over two lecture times and were asked to look after our planet, be unafraid to take on challenges of any size, and to believe in themselves.

Our Remembrance Day Service takes place at 10.45 on Sunday and the speaker is Brigadier R V Walton-Knight, CBE. All members of the congregation are invited for coffee and drinks in the dining hall immediately after the service and parents currently serving in the Armed Forces are warmly invited to wear uniform, if they so wish. Please note that all boarding pupils are expected to attend.

I also remind you that we have the First Form Parents' Evening in the Memorial Hall tonight and a reception for Parents of Second and Third Form pupils on Saturday at 12:00 in the Pavilion.

I hope that many of you will join us for the Autumn Concert, featuring many of the School’s major ensembles, next Thursday.

Finally, well done to our sports teams who have been in action this week, and good luck for the fixtures against Wellington College and Bishop Wordsworth’s School tomorrow.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Music School Notices

Autumn Concert
Thursday 16 November
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The rehearsal schedule on the day is as follows:
Long Break
13:55 Show Choir
14:20 Junior Orchestra
16:20 Men@ Dauntseys
16:30 DFV
16:40 Orchestra
17:00 Chamber Orchestra
17:20 Choral Soc, Senior Choir and Orchestra
18:10 Concert Band
18:30 Dance Band

Supper provided on a rolling basis from 17:30
Concert starts at 19:30
Dress: All black and DJ (If you don’t have a DJ, then white shirt and bow tie)

Gilliat Singing Prize
Heats - Friday 18 November at 13:50 and 16:20

Entrants need to make sure they have signed up with the details of their pieces and arranged a rehearsal prior to the day.

Art School News

Russell Cobb, Illustrator and Photographer
Exhibition at The Gallery at Dauntsey's
November 8 - 29, 2017

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.

Drama Productions

Les Misérables tickets will be posted out towards the end of next week, after which they will then become non-refundable. 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.

DSPA Notices

Les Misérables

The DSPA will be running a Bar and French theme café during the interval of each Les Misérables performance which will be located in the Dining room. All pre-orders will be laid out alphabetically on the tables with your food and drinks orders. This will allow people to enjoy their food and drink immediately.

To order food and drinks on line in advance please follow this link

To help the DSPA run the event with short shifts and times of your choice, please click here to find further information and to sign up. Many thanks. 

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

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2017
Nigel Owens
6 February 2018
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Nigel Owens MBE is recognised as one of the world’s best rugby referees. Born and bred in Mynyddcerrig, he first picked up the referee whistle aged 16. Nigel officiated his first international game in 2005 between Ireland and Japan in Osaka and made his World Cup debut in 2007 refereeing the Argentina versus Georgia game in Lyon. He is the first openly gay man to referee at the highest level.

Currently booking is suspended due to the high numbers already reserved for this lecture. We will reopen booking spaces to parents and pupils only in January, before reopening to the public. An announcement will be made at the beginning of the Spring Term. Many thanks.

Operation Christmas Child

We have not organised a collection of Christmas gift shoeboxes through school houses this year but if any pupils have prepared a box we would be happy to collect them in the Glass House area. The final date for them to be taken to a centralised collection point is 18 November. Please could any boxes be brought into school by next Wednesday (15 November) at the latest.

More information and labels can be found at www.samaritans-purse.org.uk

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

Staff, parents, pupils, and friends were all treated to a spectacular display at the Manor Bonfire and Fireworks night last Sunday. Preparations for the evening took place over the weekend and the Manorites had a lot of fun carving the scariest pumpkin faces that they could. The kitchen was also a hive of activity as cookies, cakes and toffee apples were prepared under the watchful eye of Miss Wilkins and Mr Gordon, and they both picked up some handy cooking tips from the pupils in the process! Overall, a magnificent sum of £1179.69 was raised for the School Charity, Malayaka House.

This weekend we are looking forward to table tennis on Saturday evening, and a trip to watch ‘Paddington 2’ after the Remembrance Service on Sunday.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

*Reminder* First Form Parents' Evening
18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall today

A reminder that the First Form Parents’ Meeting takes place this evening 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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