September 14, 2018 | Issue no. 106

Head Master's Notices

I hope that your sons and daughters have enjoyed a good start to the term and have adjusted to the daily routine after the long summer holidays.  Our new pupils seem to have settled quickly and easily and the Lower School Funfair and BBQ this evening is an opportunity to widen friendship groups further.  It is a good opportunity for parents to meet new people too!

This weekend sees fixtures against Churcher’s College, Sherborne Girls and Devizes Hockey Club. I hope to see many of you on the touchlines and do please come and say hello.

Looking to next week, our whole school photograph takes place on Monday morning and the first Mercers’ Lecture is on Thursday 20 September, when Monty Halls will kick off this year’s programme.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.


Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Autumn Term 2018

Monty Halls

20 September 2018
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

A former Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early 1990’s, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and marine biology. He has since lead teams in some of the most challenging environments on earth, presented numerous award-winning documentaries, launched his own production company and become a renowned inspirational speaker and writer.

He is best known for his three BBC2 series ‘Great Escapes’, where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series ‘Great Barrier Reef’. His last series on Channel Four – ‘WWII’s Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails: broadcast to critical acclaim in 2017. His next Channel four series – ‘My Family and the Galapagos’ airs this summer and features the whole Halls family in a poignant conservation mission to the Galapagos.

Please make sure that you have reserved your seats online here.

Whole School Photograph

The whole School photograph takes place next Monday morning, 17 September.  All pupils are required to wear a blazer/jacket that day

Details of how the picture can be ordered will be forwarded to all parents as soon as it is available.


Inter-House Cross Country Competition and Minor Sports Festival

Friday 28 September

Please find attached information about this year's Inter-House Cross Country Competition and Minor Sports Festival.


School Bus Route Temporary Changes

For those pupils on the Marlborough Bus route (as a result of the road works in Devizes)

AM Pick Up.  It is now confirmed that the driver will pick up at all stops in the morning and when they reach West Overton the driver will examine the Sat Nav traffic information system and make a decision on whether to continue through Devizes or go through East Kennett. At this stage we will keep to the published timings and will monitor the arrival times of the bus on a daily basis. Should it be necessary to bring forward the times I will advise you accordingly.

PM Drop Off. The bus will go through Devizes unless there is an incident that would preclude that from happening and you will, of course, be notified as usual by Clarion Call.


Drama Programme - Autumn 2018

We have four productions in the pipeline this term which offers a large variety for everyone to get involved with, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Medicine Cabinet: 25 - 27 September in V2 (Please note date change)

A new play written and directed by an Upper Sixth pupil

The Fall of the House of Usher: 17 – 19 October in Annabel’s

A production of Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story

The Virtuous Burglar: 19-21 November in Annabel’s

A farcical comedy by the Italian actor-playwright, Dario Fo

Our House: 4 – 8 December in the Memorial Hall

The December musical is always a much-anticipated highlight and we hope the energetic choreography and colourful staging of ‘Our House’ will be a popular and feel good choice – for pupils and audience alike.

Attached is a copy of our Drama Programme for the full year which includes more detail on each production.

Tickets for all productions can be booked here


Music School Notices

Scholars and Exhibitioners' Music Recital: Tuesday 18 September at 19:30

Reminder, the first scholars' soloists recital is on 18 September. Please sign up with details of your piece and if you need an accompanist. If you are new and unsure where to go, please come to the Music Department and a member of staff will show you where to sign up.



Study Abroad Road Show: 3 October
In the Memorial Hall, 12:30 - 14:00

Open to 4th form pupils and above, and parents are very welcome.

Come along and find out a bit more about the opportunities available, you can drop in for 10 minutes, just to look at a few options & speak to some experts. Universities from Canada, the USA and Europe will be there to chat to you and answer any questions you may have about studying abroad. They will tell you what it’s like to study in their country, what courses are available, what are the associated costs and how to apply. Some will offer undergraduate study, some postgraduate. Please see poster attached to see which Universities are attending.

USA College Day 2018: 28 and 29 September, London

USA College Day is held annually to help anyone interested in American Universities. It is the largest US university fair in Europe. The 41st year of College Day will see over 150 US universities exhibit at this free-to-attend event for prospective undergraduates, parents and teachers. The fair will take place in central London over a day and a half and is expected to bring in 4,000+ visitors from across the UK. Attendance to the fair is free, but you must register in advance here.

Canadian Universities: EduCanada UK Fair 2018, London

Organized and hosted by The High Commission of Canada, the EduCanada UK Fair on Saturday 6 October is an excellent opportunity for students (and their parents) to find out more about undergraduate higher education opportunities in Canada by attending seminars and speaking with representatives of Canadian universities. 

More information here

Do come and see us in the Careers Dept if you have any questions.



Third Form Coffee Morning: 28 September, 09:30 - 11:00

Please join us in the Pavilion before the School Cross Country Event. Bring some biscuits or a cake, come along for a coffee and a chat!

DSPA Helpers List.

We need your help to continue providing drinks and snacks at the various functions. Please sign up if you are able to help at the occasional function.Please sign up here.

DSPA Digital Noticeboard

Sharing opportunities from within the Dauntsey’s family. Have a look at what is on offer here.


Clubs and Societies

Our clubs and societies programme offers pupils a huge range of activities including trampolining, debating, street dance, fencing, ancient Greek, triathlon, archery and robotics – and these are just a few of the options on offer.

For a closer look at what is on offer please see our Clubs and Societies brochure here.



HPV Vaccination

All Second Form girls are offered the opportunity to have the HPV vaccinations in school. The course comprises of two vaccinations, first dose given on Tuesday 25 September 2018

Parents of all Second Form girls have been emailed a link to the consent form. Please can this be filled out as soon as possible. Many thanks.


Dauntsey's Christian Union

For many years Dauntsey’s has had a Christian Union (called DCU) for pupils to meet and discuss Christianity, to study the Bible and sometimes to also organise events such as the Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) shoebox present collection.  The group has been student led although I have been available to contribute any support or help as needed.

The Christian Union has always been open to people of faith and also those who wish to enquire and learn more and I am sending this message just to ask for pupils to contact me if they would like to be part of a new Christian Union group to start this year.  DCU has usually been for Upper School pupils but if there is interest from Lower School pupils I am sure we could organise something that would work well for everyone.

If your son or daughter would like to know more please would you encourage them to contact me, or reply to the email I have sent, and I will organise a meeting and hope to make some plans for this year.

With good wishes,
Rev Johnson


King Reynolds House Event

A reminder that the King-Reynolds House event is next Friday 21 September from 17:15 - 20:45. Many thanks, Gillian Ward.



Examination Post Results Services

Please note that the final date for requesting a review of marking is Thursday 20 September. Please contact Mr Blumsom at, or call on 01380 814677, if you have any queries about results.

Pupils can visit the office, if they wish to discuss their results between 08:30 and 17:30 Monday to Friday.


CAAT Admissions Testing: For Upper Sixth Pupils

Please find attached information for CAAT Admissions Tests.




Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The start of the academic year has been a hectic and fun-filled one for the Manorites.  With 46 new pupils joining the house, many new friendships are being made, and the children are settling well into their new ‘home’.

Saturday night was ‘Film & Popcorn’ Night, and all of the Manorites relaxed in their PJs and enjoyed a great film; popcorn and snacks were served half way through the film and then everyone settled down for a good sleep in preparation for a busy day on Sunday.

Our Activity Day on Sunday was a great success and the children took part in a Scavenger Hunt and Challenge Games outside, before using their creative skills to decorate mugs and design tie-dye t-shirts.  With breaks for drinks and snacks, and a wonderful BBQ lunch, the day passed very quickly and, following the Church Service and supper, the children (and Tutors!) were definitely ready for bed! 

This week the Manorites have been settling into the routine of school and it has been super hearing their excitement at the end of the day when they return with news of their favourite lesson, their new best friend, or a new activity that they have tried out and enjoyed.   

We are all looking forward to the Lower School Fun Fair and BBQ this evening and our plans are a little quieter this weekend - the children will have the opportunity to relax at The Manor, and a short shopping trip to Devizes on Sunday will allow them to stock up on essentials (and tuck!).
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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


Lower School Funfair and BBQ

This evening: 17:30 - 20:00

A reminder that the Lower School Funfair and BBQ is today. Please find attached information here.




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