October 11, 2019 | Issue no. 144

Head Master's Notices

Our 1st XV rugby team performed very well yesterday in the second round of the Natwest U18 School’ Cup, but were unfortunately defeated by a penalty kick in the last seconds. It was an exciting match and the boys should be proud of their effort.

Tomorrow we are hosting our October Open Morning, and we have another busy afternoon of sport with the girls’ hockey teams playing Warminster and King’s Bruton, while the boys have fixtures with Sandroyd and Pangbourne College

I hope that you all have a great weekend.


Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Autumn Term 2019

Ian Robertson, Rugby commentator
Thursday 7 November 2019

Ian Robertson is a former BBC Rugby Commentator and Former Scotland International. He joined the BBC in 1972 and, after covering some of the greatest matches around the world for 47 years, finally hung up his microphone in 2018 and retired.

Some of Ian’s most iconic on-air moments include Scotland winning the Grand Slams in 1984, against France, and in 1990, against England, plus Jonny Wilkinson dropping the World Cup goal in 2003. He has appeared regularly on BBC TV and has been the Rugby Correspondent for The Sunday Times. He has also written 30 books including the autobiographies of Bill Beaumont, Andy Irvine and Gareth Edwards.

Please book online here.

Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke, Historians, author
Wednesday 20 November 2019

Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian in the United Kingdom. She has published twenty-three titles and sold more than 2.7 million books. She has written extensively about the Tudor period, focusing in particular on Henry VIII and the lives of his six wives.

For this event Alison will be joined by fellow historian, Siobhan Clarke, to present a lecture based on their book A Tudor Christmas. Siobhan is a Guide Lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces and her second book, The Tudors was published in 2019 by Carlton Books.

Please book online here.

Ant Middleton, former soldier, adventurer and TV presenter
***New Date*** Thursday 21 November

Ant Middleton is best known for his role as Chief Instructor on Channel 4’s hit TV show, SAS: Who Dares Wins. He has become a much-loved and admired master of survival and endurance on and off-screen, spurred by his formidable career in the UK’s elite forces, including the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron and SBS.

His book First Man In: Leading From The Front was published by HarperNonFiction and reached No. 1 on The Sunday Times Best Seller List. In 2018 Ant was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary climbing Mount Everest, an adventure which tested him further than ever before

Due to great demand this lecture is fully booked, and we have no additional space on the waiting list. Many thanks for your understanding.


Drama Programme - Autumn 2019

Living with Lady Macbeth: 19 - 21 November in Annabel’s

A surprising and interesting look at Shakespeare's classic character from a different perspective, by Rob John.

In the Heights: 3 – 7 December in the Memorial Hall

The December musical is always a much-anticipated highlight. From the writer of Hamilton and Disney's Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical tells the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighbourhood.

We now have an online ticket box office system which allows you to select your seats. You will be sent a digital ticket with confirmation of your seat number, via email.

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

Barron Prize Heats
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October

In the Old Hall at 14:00
The final is on Tuesday 5 November at 19:30 in the Old Hall

Lower School Music Competition Heats      
Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October

In the Old Hall at 2:00 pm
The final Soloists’ Competition and Concert  is on Tuesday 22 October at 18:30 in the Memorial Hall



Dauntsey’s Careers Fair
Friday 18 October, 13:15-16:00 in the Memorial Hall

13:15 - 14:45: Third, Fourth and Sixth Forms
14:45 - 16:00: Fifth Form Co-Curricular

Accountancy, Apprenticeships, Architecture, Armed Forces, Business, Cyber Security, Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, Event Management, Financial Services, Hotel & Hospitality, Legal, Management, Medicine, Police Force, Technology, Travel, Colleges, Universities

We have professionals from all these sectors attending the Careers Fair, so Third form upwards are expected to come along at some point in the afternoon. Be curious, be engaged and please make the most of this wonderful opportunity to chat to very friendly professionals from such a variety of career sectors.

For Further Information please see: James O’Hanlon & Carrie Watson, Careers

Investin Education Career Insight Programmes

We have become a ‘partner school’ of the Investin Education organisation which specialises in immersive career experiences for pupils aged 15-18 years. It offers one day insight programmes, generally in London, from November to January, including Investment Banker, Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Business Leader, Political Leader, Journalist, Computer Scientist, Architect and Psychologist. They also offer internships and multiple day programmes which take place next summer.

If you book, please use the discount code DauntseyPS19, which gives you 10% off any programmes (cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.) If a pupil has been booked on a course, please let us know, and we would be pleased to hear feedback following the course. We are unable to offer transport to the programmes.

They also offer a 2 day course for 12-14 year olds who want an insight weekend into medicine/law/engineering/investment banking. More detail here.



Computing Society Talk

Special Guest Keith Brady (OD)
Wednesday 16 October 14:00 - 14:40 in IT1

A talk on embedded system design focusing on mobile phone control. There will be an overview of the wide range of software engineering opportunities that exist in this industry, from hand-crafted assembler through to off-line data analysis tolling written in Python.

This talk is open to all interested pupils and the Upper School Computing Society.




Joining the DSPA

The DSPA has two main purposes: to raise money to provide equipment and activities for the pupils, outside of the budgeted curriculum; and to arrange social events for parents to meet and make new friendships. We strongly encourage parents to join the DSPA and become more involved with the Dauntsey's community - Year Representatives will then keep you informed of upcoming events and after joining you will be provided with a contact form for other parents in your child's year group. There is a one off charge of £25 per pupil. 

If you have not yet signed up to join the DSPA then please do so here.
If you are not sure if you have already joined then please contact Pip Wall, Membership Rep at pipsjwall@gmail.com

Please follow us on Twitter here @DauntseyDspa



Lower Sixth Trip to Nightingales Children's Project in Romania

Wednesday 16 October
19:00-20:00 in the William Dauntsey Room

Information evening for all Lower Sixth pupils, and parents, interested in applying for the Romania trip 2020. Please contact Emily Wilkins for more information.



Scholarships and Awards for Sixth Form and Third Form 2020

Closing date for entries: 21 October 2019 

A range of Scholarships and Awards are available for those entering the Third Form and Sixth Form in 2020. These include: Academic Scholarships, Performing Arts Awards, Sports Award, Boarding and Head Master's Awards. Day pupils considering a move to boarding for Sixth Form are encouraged to apply for a Sixth Form Boarding Award.

Those interested in applying for either a Scholarship or Award should first discuss the merits of an application with house staff, and/or relevant department heads.

The closing date for entries for Sixth Form Scholarships and Awards is 21 October. The Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are held on Wednesday 6 November and auditions/assessments for other awards during the week commencing 11 November.

The closing date for entries for Third Form Scholarships and Awards is 21 October. The Third Form Academic Scholarships are held on 20 November and auditions/assessments for other awards during the week commencing 18 November.

Further details and entry forms can be found on the website and the links are below. Entries should be returned to the Admissions office, together with the £100 entry fee.

Information on Third Form Scholarships and link to entry form here.
Information on Sixth Form Scholarships and link to entry form here.

Jo Sagers, Registrar 



Teacher Training Staff

We would like to welcome two new members of staff, who will be joining us until the end of term as part of their teacher training. They are William De Vial (Science) and Ria Macleod (MFL).

They may teach your son or daughter, working closely alongside the normal class teacher (who will be in every lesson to offer extra help and support). We look forward to the new ideas and approaches they will offer.



Dauntsey's Honey

The bees in the Manor woods have been busy, and we are selling our own Dauntsey's Honey in the Tuck shop and at Reception in School for £5.00 a pot.



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The rain held off for the Manorites as they enjoyed their Campfire Evening last Saturday. A brilliant wide game was played in the woods, and then pupils sat down to a hearty supper cooked by the campfire. Great fun was had by all, and the House smelt of the great outdoors and smoke from the fire for much of the remainder of the weekend!

On Sunday, one group of pupils made some delicious cookies, which were later devoured by everyone in House, while others walked to the local shop to stock up on tuck, or played football, or just chilled in their PJs.

This week has been a busy one so far – we are sounding ever more tuneful (hopefully!) as we practise our House Song for the Lower School Music Festival and our Upper Sixth Prefects came to the House last night for more baking, some fiercely competed table tennis, and a game of Twister!  Miss Hyman’s tutor group got together for some card games and home-made brownies, and we have also celebrated several birthdays in House this week, including our very own Mr Fulling’s… much cake has been shared and enjoyed!

This weekend, we are heading off to Freedog Trampolining Centre to burn off some more energy – this is always a very popular trip and the children are looking forward to it.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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