November 15, 2019 | Issue no. 147

Head Master's Notices

Last night saw an excellent Autumn Concert that followed the theme of ‘Women in Music’.  It featured all the major ensembles, as well as readings and poetry from the History and English departments.  The quality of music, variety of pieces and inclusion of so many musicians and singers, delighted the audience and I thank and congratulate all involved.

Next week we look forward to welcoming historians Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke for their Mercers’ Lecture on Wednesday, as well as adventurer Ant Middleton for his lecture on Thursday.  There is also ‘Living with Lady Macbeth’, a play that portrays Shakespeare’s character from a different perspective, which will be performed in Annabel’s studio on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I wish the cast and crew the best of luck.

The First Form Parents' Evening takes place this evening and tomorrow there is a reception for parents of Second and Third Form pupils in the Pavilion at 12:00.

Good luck to our teams for their fixtures against Kingswood and Bryanston tomorrow, and to our rifles team who are taking part in the English Schools’ Small Bore Shooting Long Range Challenge at Bisley.

Have a good weekend.



Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Autumn Term 2019

'A Tudor Christmas'
Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke
Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Best-selling historian, Alison Weir and Senior Guide Lecturer at Historic Royal Palaces, Siobhan Clarke will give the next Mercers’ Lecture on the subject of, “A Tudor Christmas”. Further details are given below:

We might assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke will reveal, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further. Carol-singing, present-giving, mulled wine and mince pies were all just as popular in Tudor times, and even Father Christmas and roast turkey dinners have their origins in this period. The Tudor Christmas was a time of feasting, revelry and merrymaking, a twelve-day-long festival, over which the Lord of Misrule held sway, and convention was thrown to the winds. Christmas was so beloved by English people that its traditions survived remarkably unchanged in the Tudor age of tumultuous religious upheaval.

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.

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 earlier this year by Carlton Books.

There will be refreshments following the lecture when Alison and Siobhan will sign copies of their books and Devizes Books will run a book stall selling the authors’ recent publications at stocking filler prices.

Please book online here.


Ant Middleton, former soldier, adventurer and TV presenter
Thursday 21 November (Fully Booked)




Remembrance Sunday Address

Last Sunday we held a very moving Remembrance Service at School and Lieutenant Rosie Wild (OD 2010) gave a very inspirational address.

For those interested in reading her address please click here.




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.

Some seats still remain! Be quick and please book online here.

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. Friday and Saturday evening showings are almost sold out, and there is some good availability still for the earlier shows.  Please book online here

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



Music School Notices

Jazz Night
Monday 18 November in the Pavilion at 19:30

Featuring National Youth Jazz Orchestra along with Dauntsey’s Dance Band and Soloists
Free Tickets available from, 01380 814 546
The bar will be open to purchase drinks

Trinity Music Examinations
Thursday 21 November from 09:00 – 14:00 

Please see individual timings on the schedule in music department.




'Well-Being' Area on Mercers Fields

Please find attached letter about the new ‘well being’ area on Mercers fields, and how to register your interest in donating a tree, bench or picnic table complete with plaques to add
to the area, as a legacy for your children’s time at school.

First Form DSPA event
Coffee & cake at Planks Farm Shop
Friday 22 November at 10:00

Please email Anna Wilson or Claire Locking for further details.

Lower School Potluck Supper
Wednesday 11 December from 17:30 - 20:30 in the Pavilion

Whilst our children are enjoying the Bath Christmas Market, please do come along for a potluck supper. Bring a plate of food and/or some drink to share. We look forward to seeing you.

DSPA Noticeboard

Please have a look at our digital noticeboard here. It is our own online community to connect Dauntsey's parents and businesses in order to buy, sell and advertise to each other in one trusted place. If you'd like to place an advert here, please email

In The Heights

Ticket sales for the show are going fast, which means there will be lots of drinks to pour. We need your help please!
If you would like to help (short shifts and a great way to meet other parents) please sign up to help with the DSPA bar for In the Heights here

Our online shop will be open for pre orders soon!

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

Please follow us on Twitter here @DauntseyDspa



Supporting the Filling Station 

Please could you help and encourage your son or daughter to bring in tinned food to help us continue to support the work of the Filling Station charity in Swindon.  We particularly need: tinned fruit, meat based meals in a tin, rice pudding, corned beef or ham, soup, tins of spaghetti or ravioli.

The read the attached letter for more information.

With many thanks
Rev Johnson



King Reynolds Christmas Hamper Raffle

This is a call for assistance from the King Reynolds House charity representative. King Reynolds is currently collecting gifts for a Christmas hamper raffle, so if you have any old presents that have been hanging around after Great Aunt Moira gave them to you last year, don’t leave them in the cupboard under the stairs, re-gift them to us! Donate them to charity by bringing them in to Mrs Ward’s office in King Reynold’s House. Thank you
Kiera, KR Charity Rep



Equestrian News

Good luck to all those competing at Dauntsey's Inter-Schools' Equestrian Competition this Sunday at the West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre.




Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

It was wonderful for so many of the Manorites to be a part of the School Remembrance Service last Sunday and, in our tutor group meetings this week, we considered what Rosie Wild had spoken about in her Address during the Service.  The children were asked to consider what they could do, whilst the ‘sun was shining on them’ at Dauntsey’s, to ensure that they left the School in a better place for future generations.  There were some lovely suggestions from the Manorites, including: be kind to someone every day, plant some trees, pick up a piece of litter every day, and be a good role model to younger pupils.  We will continue to think about these over the next year, and the children will be encouraged to reflect on whether they have achieved their aims.

Christmas has been very much in the air this week and the sound of festive songs, and the scent of cakes baking, have filled the House! We look forward to ‘marzipanning’ and decorating the cakes over the next few weeks before the Headmaster judges the Christmas Cake Competition at our Advent Concert on December 8th.

Many of the Manorites enjoyed a great evening of fun and entertainment with our U6th Prefects on Wednesday – ‘Let’s Dance’ proved to be very popular, and then some quieter games were enjoyed before bedtime.

This weekend we are all looking forward to a cinema trip on Sunday and will be continuing the festive feel as we watch ‘Last Christmas’. 
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



*Reminder* First Form Parents' Evening

Tonight at 18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall

A reminder that the First Form Parents’ Meeting takes place this evening from 18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall. I hope you can make it and please do see me if I can help with anything. Many thanks. 
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)



*Reminder* Second and Third Form Parents' Reception

Saturday 16 November in the Pavilion from 12:00 - 13:00

Please find attached a letter, emailed on behalf of Eleni Conidaris, Head of Lower School, inviting you to the Second and Third Form Parents' Reception on Saturday, 16 November taking place in the Pavilion from 12:00 - 13:00



Lower School Ski Trip Reminder

Ski trip paperwork is flooding in, but if anyone hasn’t returned the forms, please do so asap!

The balance payment (£900) will be added to your school bill unless you pay through bacs prior to the start of next week.  

Please contact Mr T Butterworth at with any queries.