December 7, 2018 | Issue no. 116

Head Master's Notices

On the one hand, I find it hard to believe that Christmas is approaching while, on the other, there is no doubt that there are an awful lot of tired pupils and staff around. Fortunately, just as spirits were beginning to sag, the brilliant run of Our House began and it has been a wonderful week. 165 on stage, supported by 30 behind it, have brought energy, fun and laughter to the entire school community. I wish the cast and crew well for their last performance tomorrow night and I hope that they enjoy the end of show cast party on Monday – they have certainly earned it after all their hard work over the last few weeks and months.

It has also been a superb week for the 1st XV, who defeated The Oratory School in a tight quarter final yesterday, to earn their place in the National Schools' Vase Competition semi-finals in March. They have enjoyed an outstanding season and their team spirit and willingness to work for each other has stood out.  I also congratulate the 1st XI hockey team; they lost to King’s Bruton in their cup, also yesterday, but the girls have been exceptional this season. Again, team spirit and unselfishness have been key features and they have been a joy to watch.

I wish our sports teams tomorrow the best of luck, with the last round of fixtures of the term against Bristol Grammar School and Lord Wandsworth College. And I would like to thank the catering team in the pavilion who have looked after everyone so well this term.

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 the Autumn term, which officially ends at 16.00 on Friday 14 December.

Our Manor pupils have been busy putting together, in various stages over the last few months, a new film about Boarding at the Manor. They enjoyed their own premier this week, and we would love you to view the new film below.



Boarding at The Manor

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Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2019

Frank Gardner OBE – BBC Security Correspondent
Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 19: 30 in the Memorial Hall

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s security correspondent reporting for TV and radio on issues of both domestic and international importance. A fluent Arabist with a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Exeter University, Frank spent nine years as an investment banker before switching to journalism and becoming the BBC’s Middle East correspondent based in Cairo.

In 2004, while reporting in Saudi Arabia, he was shot and left partly paralysed in an attack by al-Qaeda terrorists. Now dependent on a wheelchair, he has relearned to ski using a bob ski and is currently President of the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Due to very popular demand, we have had to close all bookings to this lecture. Many thanks for your support, and if you have any enquiries please contact Amanda Gaylard on

Alison Mitchell – Award-winning sports broadcaster
Thursday 7 March 2019

Alison Mitchell is a leading sports commentator and the first woman to commentate regularly on the BBC’s Test Match Special. She has now toured to every Test playing nation in order to cover the England team. She has a breadth of sports broadcasting experience having covered cricket World Cups, the Ashes, Wimbledon, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the World Snooker Championships, the Open golf, international hockey and artistic gymnastics.

As well as cricket, Alison has commentated on and presented live from Wimbledon and the Australian Open tennis, the Open golf, international hockey and artistic gymnastics.

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

Summer Term 2019

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards
Thursday 25 April 2019

We will be opening the bookings for this lecture in January 2019. We expect it to be very popular so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment. 
Many thanks, Jo Sagers, Registrar



School Carol Services

Please find attached a letter giving details of the Carol Services taking place in December.

If you would like to attend one, or both, of the Carol Services, please contact Reception either by e-mail at 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. Many thanks.

Please note that School transport will depart at 16.30 on both the 13th and 14th December



Lower Sixth DT: Product Design 

‘Made here’ Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, 8 December, 13:30 - 16:30 in the Pavilion

For the past few 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 8 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.

There will be a total of 12 different products for sale this year. All will make excellent stocking fillers or gifts and all profits will be going to the school charity.




Visit by Royal Navy / Royal Marines School Liaison Officer
Wednesday 12 December from 12.30 in the Careers Room (in the Library)

Please let us know if you would like to meet the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Liaison Officer when he visits. He can meet pupils individually or in small groups.

They have 5 services that you can join: Branches include warfare, medical, engineering, logistics, aviation, chaplaincy, Royal Marine Band, catering, and Royal Marines and Navy Reserves, thus a huge range of possibilities.

The Royal Navy is made up of five arms: the might of ships in the Surface Fleet, the aerial strength that is the Fleet Air Arm, the covert Submarine Service, the elite and amphibious Royal Marines, and the civilian fleet central to their effectiveness, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Royal Marines

The Royal Marines are the amphibious troops of the Royal Navy, acknowledged as one of the world's elite commando forces. Held at a very high readiness they can respond quickly to events anywhere around the globe.

Any queries, please come and see Mr O’Hanlon or Mrs Watson in Careers.




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.



Exam Timetables

Fifth Form Mock Exams Timetables

 The Fifth Form Mock exams start on Wednesday 9 January, 2019. The final timetable can be found by clicking on this link which takes you to the examinations section of the firefly site. The second page of the timetable lists those students in Art Groups 1 & 2 and RS Groups 1 & 2. All Fifth Form pupils will be sent a copy of the timetable via school e-mail.

If you have any exam related questions, please contact the exams office on 01380 814667 or e-mail Mr Blumsom on

GCE & GCSE Summer 2019 Timetables

These can be found at the GCE & GCSE Timetables section of the exams area of Firefly. We have now broken the timetables down into three, combined GCE & GCSE, GCE Only and GCSE only. Click here to be taken to the specific timetable page for next summer’s exams.

Please note that the 26 June must be kept available as this is the emergency back-up day for all exams, as set by the Exam Boards. If for any reason an exam cannot go ahead on the scheduled date, the 26 June will be the reserve date.

As always, if you have any exam related questions, please contact the exams office on 01380 814667 or e-mail Mr Blumsom on



Dauntsey's Charity Christmas Cards

Our pupil designed Christmas Cards are for sale in the School Shop and in the School Reception area. Each mixed pack of 6 cards costs £5, or you can buy 3 packs for £10, and all proceeds go to our School Charity. Many thanks.

Card designs can be viewed here.



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Last weekend The Manor was filled with the delicious smell of gingerbread and cookies, as our Lower School Boarders set about baking treats to fill Christmas Gift Bags. At the end of the afternoon on Sunday, every surface in the kitchen was sticky and many of the children were too!

Our ‘Tutor Group Treats’ have continued this week and Miss Seager’s group enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Longleat Festival of Lights, while another two groups had their turn ice-skating at Whitehall Garden Centre; the Manorites returned a little bruised but, fortunately, not broken. The whole House went to see the fantastic performance of ‘Our House’ at School on Tuesday night, and the Manorites involved in the production are returning to The Manor each evening, thrilled at having had the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful production. 

This weekend we will be busy preparing for the Manor Advent Concert on Sunday evening – this informal event starts at 19:00 and all families are warmly invited to join us for this beautiful, festive start to the last week of term. Christmas Cake decorating will also be completed on Sunday, and the Headmaster will have the tricky task of choosing the winning cake.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



Lego Masters

Do you or does someone in your house eat, sleep and breathe the little plastic bricks? Is the LEGO MASTERS build room with over 1 million bricks your idea of heaven?

The producers of the popular Channel 4 series Lego Masters are looking for a new bunch of imaginative building pairs to take part in a third series of the bold brick-building competition.

If you think you, a family member or a friend have the creativity, skill and imagination to be crowned Britain’s best amateur building team then please email

Applicants must be aged 9+ by 03/02/2019 in order to take part.



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