Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 81

Friday 1 December 2017

Head Master's Notices   

We are all eagerly anticipating next week’s production of Les Misérables. The seating has arrived, the set is looking impressive and the cast and crew are very busy with their final rehearsals. I hope that everyone involved in the production enjoys the experience and has a fantastic week.

I also hope that we enjoy success on the sports fields this weekend, with the girls playing King Edward VI, Southampton whilst the boys are up against Bryanston.

The Christmas trees have arrived, the decorations are up, and it is beginning to feel very festive at Dauntsey’s. It is certainly cold enough to be Christmas

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Wessex Water have notified the School of this traffic notice

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.

All of our products will make excellent stocking fillers or gifts and all profits will be going to the school charity.

DSPA Notices

Les Misérables - STILL TIME TO ORDER

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.

We need additional helpers please. 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. 

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

Summer Term Sports Team Pictures

Sports Team pictures from the Summer Term are now available to view and order on the Intranet 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.

Fifth Form Mock Examinations

The Fifth Form Mock examinations will be taking place from the first week of school next term. Mock exams commence upon Wednesday, 10 January and complete at lunchtime on Thursday, 18 January. A detailed timetable will be available from Monday 4 December on the school intranet and examinations noticeboard. If you have any queries regarding the mocks please speak to Bill Blumsom, Examinations Officer or e-mail examsmanager@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Carol Services
Thursday 14 December (Upper School)
Friday 15 December (Lower School)
14.45 – 16.00 in the Memorial Hall

The School choirs will perform on both days. Coffee and mince pies will be served after the service.

If you would like to attend one, or both, of the Carol Services, please contact Reception either by e-mail at reception@dauntseys.org or on 01380 814500, stating clearly the number of tickets required and the day; please do NOT include your children in your overall number since they will be included in their House numbers. Actual tickets will not be issued but registration of your wish to attend, as explained above, will ensure that the right number of chairs are put out each day.

Please note that School transport will depart at 16.30 on both the 14th and 15th December

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.

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Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The Manorites have continued to enjoy preparing for Christmas – the tree is up, the stockings are filled and the Secret Santa gifts are wrapped! The table-tennis competition is in full swing, with Mr Fulling taking a surprise victory over Humphrey and every evening seeing much excitement around the new table. In addition, the second week of ballroom dancing club saw a dozen of our pupils waltzing around the Main Hall!

This weekend is a fairly quiet one at The Manor, and Christmas remains the central theme. We will be decorating our tree on Saturday, and making felt stockings and wooden trays during our Christmas Craft Activity Day on Sunday.

Swimmers will be enjoying their hour of fun on Friday, cakes will continue to be decorated and we have several ‘Friends on Friday’ joining us too.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

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