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Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 79

Friday 17 November 2017

Head Master's Notices   

The Autumn Concert on Thursday evening featured all the School’s major ensembles and some stunning individual performances. I hope that those who were there enjoyed the evening.

‘Noughts and Crosses’, which is a stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman's best-selling novel, is a modern-day tale of star-crossed lovers, race and violence. It will be performed from Tuesday to Thursday in Annabel’s, and I would like to wish the cast and crew the best of luck.

On the sports front, we take on Kingswood and Bryanston tomorrow – the only way is up, after last weekend.

I wish you all an enjoyable and restful weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Music School Notices

Pre ABRSM Exam Recital
Monday 20 November at 14:00
In the Old Hall

Gilliat Music Prize Final
Wednesday 22 November at 19:30
In The Old Hall


Drama Productions

Les Misérables tickets have all been sent out now. Please can you check them and contact Rikki Jackson at r.jackson@dauntseys.org if there are any issues. 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. 

DSPA Lower School Parents' Dinner
Wednesday 29 November 17:30 - 20:30
Bring a Dish and BYO Drinks
In the Pavilion

First Form a starter RSVP to pipsjwall@gmail.com & prajip@gmail.com
Second Form a main RSVP to katesmail@btinternet.com & pam.clover@me.com
Third Form a dessert RSVP to davissimone@hotmail.com

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

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.


Equestrian News

Good luck to all our pupils and parents for the Dauntsey’s Show at West Wilts Equestrian Centre this Sunday. Jumping times for each class can be viewed here.


Hemens and Farmer 
Fourth Form Wide Game and Barbecue
Tuesday 21 November at 17:30

Please reply to Tory Wilks (v.wilks@dauntseys.org) to confirm whether or not your son will be taking part. Pick up is at 19:30. Many thanks.


Swimming News

Dauntsey’s School now has a Swim England Affiliated Swimming Club.

We have now set up a swimming club at Dauntsey’s which is affiliated to Swim England, the governing body for swimming in the UK (formally the ASA). This means that swimmers who are members of “Dauntsey’s Swimming Club” are able to enter swimming competitions other than our normal school fixtures. This could also then lead to qualification for County and Regional events etc.

There is a membership fee per swimmer, which would need to be covered by each individual, however for swimmers at Dauntsey’s who are members of another swimming club already this fee would not apply.

If you are interested in your son or daughter becoming a member of Dauntsey’s Swimming Club, or you would like further information, please contact Rebecca Squire at r.squire@dauntseys.org
Many thanks.

1 to 1 Swimming Lessons

We are pleased to say that  1-2-1 Saturday swimming lessons at Dauntsey's have now been approved and can start in the Spring Term. (January 13th 2018). This will be suitable for younger children, such as siblings of Dauntsey's pupils. Lessons adhere to the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, and are suitable to children from stages 1 - 7.

To avoid disappointment, I would recommend booking early as there is a high demand for places.
Lessons will commence in term time only; the block bookings will carry over to the following term.

30 minutes 1-2-1 Lessons = £18.00
Spring Term: 7 lessons
Summer Term: 8 lessons

If interested, please either contact Shannon Cooke on: s.cooke2@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk or the Sports Centre on 01380 814568


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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

Christmas is in the air at The Manor and plans are very much under way to decorate everything in the House – Christmas songs can be heard everywhere and we are well and truly feeling the festive spirit already!

Last weekend was a busy one and finished off with our trip to see Paddington 2. All agreed that it was a great film and some of our hardier third formers even shed a silent tear at points!

The Headmaster dropped into the House this week and challenged Monty to a quick game of table tennis, and there is much anticipation surrounding the draw for our table tennis competition! In addition, eight third formers enjoyed a ‘home-cooked supper’ with Mrs Sampson, Mr Fulling and Mr Gordon and there was much discussion around the merits (or not) of siblings!

This weekend we are looking forward to a trip to Splashdown in Poole and a stop-off in Salisbury for some shopping on our way home.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

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