December 6, 2019 | Issue no. 150

Head Master's Notices

Many congratulations to Mr Walker, Mr Harris, Miss Wilkins, Mr Herring and the cast and crew of In the Heights.  In a brilliant run of performances, 160 pupils on stage have been supported by over thirty behind it and I cannot thank them all enough for their hard work over the last few weeks.  Wonderful individual performances, great dance numbers, an extraordinarily challenging musical score for the band, and a set built and managed by our amazing technical crew, made for the most memorable of weeks.  I wish the cast and crew well for tonight and tomorrow and I hope that they enjoy the end of show party on Monday.

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. Our Fencers are also in action at Abingdon School and I hope they do well, having worked hard and improved steadily over the last few weeks. With it being the last Saturday afternoon of the term, I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank Mel and the catering team in the pavilion for looking after everyone so well, most days of the week, since the beginning of September.

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 best Christmas attire! We have a number of Inter-House sporting events, and the Carol Services on Thursday and Friday will round off the Autumn term, which officially ends at 16.00 on Friday 13 December.



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.

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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



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.



Absence from School owing to Illness

If your son or daughter is ill and unable to attend School, please telephone or email Reception by 8.30am that morning and every day for a continued absence.  If you choose to email house staff direct please can you ensure you copy Reception on the email so our registration database can be updated.  Similarly if your son or daughter has a medical appointment and needs to arrive/depart school outside the normal registration times they must sign in/out at Reception and it is important for an email to be sent notifying house staff and Reception of the times your child will be absent.

The switchboard is manned Mon-Fri 08.00-17.30 and Sat 08.00-16.30 but you can also leave a message or send an email outside of these times.  Tel: 01380 814500 or Email:




DSPA Well-Being Area

We will be planting the first few trees for the DSPA Well-being Area on Wednesday 11 December from 11:00 until 15:00; weather permitting!

All parents are welcome to get involved. Please dress for the weather! Wellies, warm clothes and perhaps a change of clothes if it's muddy. If parents can see Sam Smith on arrival, they can then be pointed in the right direction.
Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

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
Food 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



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



Spring Term Calendar

The Spring Term Calendar is now available to view online here.




Examination Notices

GCE and GCSE Timetables Summers 2020

It may seem a little early but the timetables for next summer are now available. Please follow the link here

The only remaining dates  to be agreed are those for language oral exams and some practical exams. Once these are agreed with visiting examiners, students will be advised.

During March next year, once the Upper Sixth Mocks have completed, all Fifth Form and Upper Sixth students will be sent a personal timetable for the summer. This will detail exam dates, times and locations for each pupil. In the meantime you can access more exams information via the school intranet site here.

Fifth Form Mock Exams in January 2020

Students have now been sent their individual timetables for January. The Mock exams will run from Weds 8th January until Thursday 16 January. The timetable can be found here

More information will follow, early next term,  about the Upper Sixth Mock exams which run from Monday 24th February until Friday 28 February.

Any queries at any time, feel free to contact myself or Mrs Jones at the exams office on 01380 814677.
Best Regards
William Blumsom


Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The Manorites enjoyed a quiet (ish) weekend in House last weekend, and on Sunday, our enormous Christmas tree was decorated in style…with LOTS of baubles!  Some of the children baked some delicious cookies, whilst others battled it out on the table tennis table.  There was also a more sombre moment during the weekend, as sadly we had to bury the house hamster, Houdini.  As his name suggests, Houdini led an exciting life, and Miss Seager is certainly grateful that she no longer has to tempt him out from behind the skirting boards following one of his disappearing acts!

On Monday we all watched the first performance of ‘In The Heights’, and it was wonderful to see some of our own pupils performing in this fantastic show.  The rest of the week has been spent putting the finishing touches onto Christmas Cakes, and preparing for the Advent Concert on Sunday evening; this annual event takes place at The Manor at 19:00 and all parents and families are warmly invited to join us to enjoy an evening of festive treats.

The last few tutor group evenings are taking place this week and next, and Mr Kersley’s tutor group enjoyed delicious pizza whilst watching a film on Wednesday night.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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Manor Advent Concert

Sunday December 8 at 19:00

The Manor Staff and Pupils warmly invite you to the Manor advent concert.
Please join us for an evening of:
Christmas Festivities
Mulled Wine
Mince Pies
Christmas Cake Judging

We look forward to seeing you and wish you all a very Happy Christmas