November 29, 2019 | Issue no. 149

Head Master's Notices

The huge cast and gifted technical crews have been busy over the last few weeks preparing for In the Heights and the rehearsals promise a real treat.  It is certainly a different Christmas show and I hope that you enjoy it next week.  The seating has arrived and the set looks magnificent.

Meanwhile, Christmas trees have been popping up around the School and the term is racing to a conclusion.  There are matches against King Edward VI, Southampton, Canford and Downside this weekend, while our rifles teams are off to compete at Bisley.  There is also a Primary Schools’ hockey tournament on Saturday morning.

Have a great weekend.



Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2020

Michael Portillo, journalist, broadcaster, former cabinet minister
Thursday 30 January 2020

Michael Portillo worked for the Conservative Party between 1976 and 1983 and entered the House of Commons in 1984. He was a minister for eleven years and had three positions in the Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence.

He lost his seat at the 1997 election and began to develop a career in the media. He returned to the Commons between 2000 and 2005, during which time he was shadow Chancellor, and unsuccessfully contested the leadership of the party in 2001. Since leaving politics, Michael has devoted himself to
writing and broadcasting.

For the next week, booking for Michael Portillo's lecture is open exclusively for parents, pupils and staff members. We anticipate a high demand for this lecture so please do book early! Book online here



Drama Programme - Autumn 2019

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.

Wednesday to Saturday productions are almost sold out. There is some good availability still for the Tuesday night show.  Please book online here

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

Food and Drink Pre-Orders: In the Heights

Please pre-order your food and drinks here
Food is pre-order ONLY
Save queuing and have your food and drinks waiting for you.


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 12th and 13th December




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.

In the Heights

DSPA Bar: In the Heights

We will be selling snacks and drinks in the Memorial Hall Foyer prior to the show and the in the Dining Hall during the interval.

Pre-Orders: In the Heights

Please pre-order your food and drinks here
Foor is pre-order ONLY
Save queuing and have your food and drinks waiting for you.

DSPA Bootcamp
Dauntsey’s Athletics Track on Saturday 11 January from 11:30-12:30

Kickstart 2020 with a new fitness regime by joining our outdoor bootcamp for parents. 
All abilities welcome!
Places are limited. First come, first served. To book, please email or call 07754 077512



Dauntsey's Christmas Market

Saturday December 7 from 13:00 - 16:00 in the Pavilion

Please do join us at School as our Business and DT pupils are hosting a Christmas Market on December 7 from 13:00 - 16:00.

Find great gifts for friends and family whilst supporting the School Charity; The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The Manor is looking (and sounding) very Christmassy, as the tree was delivered this week and decorations were hung in the Main Hall and many of the dorms.  Christmas Cake decorating is reaching its final stages and some of the design plans would impress the judges of Bake Off!

Mrs Sampson and Miss Major took their tutor groups on a Laserquest and Bowling Evening, and great fun was had by all – Sophie proved to be the best shot with both the laser gun and the bowling ball, and impressed even the staff at the centre by winning both competitions.  

Miss Hyman took advantage of the tapas theme at supper on Thursday, and enjoyed speaking Spanish to the Manorites during their meal – the food was delicious, although some of the pupil’s Spanish was apparently rather questionable!

This weekend sees the pupils decorating the Christmas Tree and then baking some Christmas Cookies – we all look forward to sampling the finished products.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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