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Dauntsey's Bulletin no. 83

Friday 15 December 2017

Head Master's Notices   

Well, we have reached our final bulletin of 2017. It has been a wonderful last week of term with inter-house matches, Christmas dinners, parties, and two glorious Carol Services. I was delighted to see the 1st XV rugby team win their national quarter-final match too, taking them through to the semi-finals at Saracens Ground, Allianz Park in March. I also enjoyed seeing so many Christmas jumpers on display during our mufti day on Wednesday.

The Religious Studies trip to India leaves this afternoon and I hope that they enjoy this fascinating country.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a relaxing break. Thank you for all your support this year and see you in 2018!

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Music School Notices

‘Verdi’s Rigoletto’ live Showing from the Royal Opera House
Wednesday 17 January
17:30 in Bradford on Avon

Any Scholars and Friends wishing to attend please can they email d.davey@dauntseys.org at the start of next term. The cost will be approximately £20 which will include an evening meal of Cod and Chips.

Music Department Parents’ Evening
Thursday 8 February
19:00 in the Memorial Hall

Please do ask your child to book an appointment for you with their instrumental teacher. This will then be sent home in a letter.


The Dauntseian

Our new 'Dauntseian' magazine for 2017 is now available to view online here.


Preparation Classes for Confirmation Service

Confirmation classes will be starting early next term in preparation for a Confirmation Service at Salisbury Cathedral at 18:30 on Saturday 19 May. Please read the attached letter for further information if you would like your son or daughter to be confirmed. Many thanks.


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


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.




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Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Disappointed not to wake up to the blanket of snow that seemed to be covering the rest of the nation, the Manorites spent much of last Sunday preparing for the Manor Advent Concert. Rehearsals ground to a halt mid-afternoon when some flakes finally fell, and the much loved ‘waterslide’ was temporarily turned into a ski-slope.

The wintery conditions set the scene perfectly for the evening’s concert – parents and children were entertained with festive songs, recitals and a nativity play; the sight of baby Jesus descending from the balcony will be remembered for some time!

During the interval, the Headmaster kindly judged the Christmas Cake Competition. The bakers had all worked very hard this year, and the standard of entry was exceptional, making judging very tricky. After much deliberation, Freddie and Harry were announced worthy winners, with Alex and Molly being awarded second and third place respectively.

The Manor Staff would like to thank you for all your support this term, and we wish you a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year.
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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