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Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 82

Friday 8 December 2017

Head Master's Notices   

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable week with the wonderful Les Misérables playing to packed houses and over 3000 people in its six night run. I wish the cast and crew well for their last performance tomorrow night and I hope that they enjoy the end of show party on Monday – they have certainly earned it after all their hard work over the last few weeks and months.

I wish our sports teams tomorrow the best of luck, with fixtures against Bristol Grammar School, Warminster, and Lord Wandsworth College.

Looking ahead to next week, we have a Mufti day on Wednesday in aid of our school charity – I look forward to seeing everyone in their finest Christmas jumpers! The Carol Services on Thursday and Friday will then round off our Autumn term which will officially end at 16.00 on Friday 15 December.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Les Misérables on DVD

Unusually, Dauntsey's has been granted a recording license for our production of Les Misérables. Therefore a DVD will be available to buy for £10 from the end of next week.

Please can you email order requests to Rikki Jackson at r.jackson@dauntseys.org


The Dauntsey Diary

The Dauntsey Diary is a magazine written by Lower Sixth Form pupils as part of their General Studies programme. We produce four editions of 'The Diary' each year.

The magazine can sometimes be irreverent, tongue-in-cheek and funny, but it is always written to be interesting and entertaining. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Our special thanks this term goes to Andy Lam for all the formatting and design.

Link to the new Dauntsey Diary here


Music School Notices

Live Stream from the Royal Opera House of Verdi’s Opera Rigoletto.
At the Wiltshire Music Centre
January 17 2018

The total cost will be around £20 to include a ticket and food before the performance. We will leave school at approximately 17:00 to travel to Bradford on Avon for food.
The performance starts at 19:15 and will finish at approximately 22:30.
We will return to Dauntsey’s at approximately 23:15.

Please email Mrs Davey on d.davey@dauntseys.org by the end of term to express your interest.


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


Sixth Form Trip to Krakow and Auschwitz
23 - 25 March 2018

The Religious Studies and History departments are delighted to offer a Sixth Form trip to Krakow and Auschwitz to take place at the start of Easter holidays. The deadline for replying is very tight (15 January) in order to get the flights we want. Please see the attached letter for further details. Any other Sixth Former who has a genuine interest in exploring the history of the Jewish community in Krakow and paying respect to the victims of the Holocaust is welcome as well.
If you have any questions, please email me on j.holland@dauntseys.org


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.


New Safety App for Teenagers

We have been informed of and thought that we should share the information of a new app which has been developed by Gloucester Police and the Hollie Gazzard Trust. It is a free app for all forms of smartphone which turns your device into a personal safety device, in part specifically aimed at teenagers.

For more information please view the web page with all the details: www.hollieguard.com


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

Despite the end of term approaching and tiredness beginning to creep in, the Manorites kept themselves very busy last weekend and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Craft Day. Many of the pupils made wooden trays with Mr Gibson, whilst Mrs Gibson lead the way with felt stocking decorations; many thanks indeed to them both for so kindly bringing their artistic skills to The Manor for the day!

Pupils also spent many hours arranging, and re-arranging the decorations on the tree – Christmas songs accompanied them while they worked and the House looked beautiful when the clearing up had been done!

This week saw us all watching the opening night performance of Les Misérables, and preparations are in full swing for our Advent Concert on Sunday. 
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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


CyberFirst Girls Competition 2018

What is it? A fun way to learn about cybersecurity and practice skills in a simulated real-world environment.

Who can compete? Open to all Second Form girls
Maximum of four girls per team

When is it? Registration opens 16 January
Round 1: 29 January – 5 February 2018

Want to find out more? Visit the website here

Please contact Mr Fraser by Monday 15 January if you are interested in competing. m.fraser@dauntseys.org


Stocking Fillers for the First and Second Forms.

Parents of pupils in the first and second forms are reminded that we have two authors visiting school in the New Year. Rob Lloyd-Jones will be talking to the first form, and Beverley Naidoo will be working with the second form. Pupils who have read the books before the talks will enjoy them all the more.

Impero: Online Safety

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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