Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 80

Friday 24 November 2017

Head Master's Notices   

With only ten days to go until the opening of this year’s December musical, Les Misérables, we are anticipating a week ahead of numerous rehearsals and maybe a few nerves!

Next week our Lower School take a trip into Bath to shop at the Christmas Market, and we are holding our ABRSM music examinations on Tuesday. Good luck to all pupils involved.

Details of the arrangements for the Upper School and Lower School Carol Services at the end of term will follow after the exeat weekend.

I hope that everyone has a very relaxing and restful weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Wessex Water have notified the School of these two traffic notices:

West Lavington: Monday 27 November - Friday 1 December

Four-way Traffic lights will in operation at Church Street and Duck Street which will affect traffic entering and leaving the village on the A360. It is anticipated that severe delays will be incurred which will impact on both the Salisbury and Amesbury bus timings.

Easterton - Monday 4 December to Friday 7 December

Easterton High Street will be closed to traffic during the above period to allow for essential drainage works to be undertaken. The road is expected to re- open on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December when a four- way traffic light system will be in operation. As a result of this planned road closure the following buses will be re-routed via Devizes for the period 4 - 6 December: Hungerford, Andover, Pewsey and Etchilhampton routes. In the case of the Etchilhampton service this route will be reversed and the revised timings are as follows:

Urchfont, Stonepit corner     
All Cannings                              
Stanton St Bernard                  
Horton (2nd bus shelter)             

It is anticipated that in addition to the above mentioned routes that all existing bus services travelling through Devizes will be severely disrupted owing to the increase in the volume of traffic. Therefore, it is also likely that the Marlborough, Royal Wooton Bassestt,, Swindon and Cherhill bus timings will also be affected during the period of the road works.
N J Barnes, Assistant Bursar

Lower Sixth DT: Product Design
‘Made here’ Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, 2 December, 13:00 - 17:00 in the Pavilion

For the past 4 weeks the Lower Sixth DT pupils have been designing products to be sold at a pop-up shop, during match teas in the Pavilion, on Saturday 2 December. Pupils started investigating the design challenge individually, before they formed groups of three to discuss their ideas and select a shortlist to take forward. Every pupil then developed one design each, continually gaining third party feedback to help refine their designs. Last week the designs were presented to peers and teachers and four have been selected for production. The groups are now busy in the workshop (not unlike Santa’s elves!) preparing a batch of their products to sell next Saturday.

Details of the products available for sale will be released next week. All will make excellent stocking fillers or gifts and all profits will be going to the school charity.

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.

The Interval is only 20 minutes and rather than queue, I am sure you would all like to enjoy your food and drink in the short time.
To order food and drinks on line in advance please follow this link
Please ensure you choose the correct performance / night for each order / item to avoid any confusion.

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

Digital Noticeboard and Market Place

Need ideas for Christmas, have a look at what the Dauntsey’s community can offer, as well as all the other adverts. We have new exciting adverts to view here


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.

History Lecture: Professor James Clark (University of Exeter)
Monday, 27 November
19:30 in the William Dauntsey Room

“Re-thinking the Dissolution of the Monasteries”. All are welcome to attend.

Equestrian News

A big thank you to all who were involved with the Dauntsey’s show. It was a wonderful day, and full results can be viewed here.

Absence from School owing to illness, and notice from the Medical Centre

If your son or daughter is ill and unable to attend School, please contact Reception (01380 814500) by 8.30am that morning. The details will be taken and the message forwarded to the relevant House.

If you child is unwell with Vomiting or Diarrhoea , they need to stay at home for 48 hours following the last episode, and they should not return to school during this time to avoid infecting others. This is the recommendation from Public Health England as well as the school’s.

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

Let's Talk Teens Parenting Workshop
26 January 2018

Please read the attached letter for more information about this workshop with Alicia Drummond, and directions on how to reserve your place. Many thanks.

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.

Please remember that Dauntsey's is on Twitter
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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

Another busy, fun-filled week for the Manorites began on Sunday with a trip to Splashdown Waterpark in Poole. Many brave swimmers descended near vertical slides in darkness, whilst others preferred to gently float in the ‘relaxing’ rapids; a quick stop off, on the way home, for some shopping in Salisbury completed a fun day out!

We welcomed Miss Quinlan and Mrs Oades to The Manor on Tuesday evening for the first session of the ‘Manor Ballroom Dancing Club’ – many children enjoyed dancing along to some upbeat tunes, and we are all looking forward to seeing the progress of our dancers over the next few weeks.

The Christmas cakes received their first layer of icing this week; Pinatas have been made; the first form enjoyed their bowling trip, and there was much laughter during a fun game of ‘Sardines’ with our Upper Sixth Prefects…. there is never a dull moment at the Manor!
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

Lower School Ski Trip

Please remember to return the admin forms for all those going on the trip. These are due by the return after exeat.  
The outstanding balance of £824 will added to the school bill in December, unless you choose to pay direct. If this is the case, please do so over the weekend.

Please contact t.butterworth@dauntseys.org with any queries. Many thanks.

Lower School Trip to Bath Christmas Market
Wednesday 29 November

Please find attached further information, and confirmation details for our trip to the beautiful Bath Christmas Market.

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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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