January 10, 2020 | Issue no. 152

Head Master's Notices

A Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year break.  It was great to see everyone in the first assembly of term and, as we start a new decade, I asked them all to think about where they want to be at the start of the next one - there were some very interesting answers, from the staff in particular!

The first week of term has seen the Fifth Form jump straight into their mock examinations and I wish them the best of luck.

Our hockey and netball teams have fixtures tomorrow against King’s Bruton, Bradfield College and Pangbourne, while the DSPA are running a parents’ boot camp, on the athletics track at 11.30pm. More details below.

I look forward to catching up with you all in 2020.



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.

Bookings for this lecture are now closed due to high demand. Many thanks.



Apprenticeship Insight Event at Siemens Mobility
20 and 21 January

Siemens Mobility are hosting an exclusive careers open evening for young people and their parents
at their Chippenham facility. Siemens Mobility is a division of the multibillion dollar Siemens engineering company. They offer a range of apprenticeships including ones at degree level.
Dates: 20 & 21 January 2020
Time: 17:00
Location: Siemens Mobility – Rail Infrastructure, Langley Business Park, Pew Hill, Chippenham, SN15 1GE.

To book a place please follow this link.



Music School Notices

Music Department Parents’ Evening
Thursday 6 February
In the Memorial Hall from 19:00-20:30 

Please do arrange an appointment with the Music Teachers via your son/daughter



Dance Notices

Richard Alston Dance Company Workshop and Performance

Workshop: Sunday 19 January, 11:00 - 16:00
Theatre Trip: Friday 31 January, 19:30 at the Theatre Royal Bath

Richard Alston Dance Company started in 1994 and on their final ever tour they have offered a full day workshop, followed by tickets to watch the company perform in Bath. The workshop is aimed at our current Dance Scholars, alongside the Upper School Dauntsey’s Dance Company.

Lower School Dance Show
Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January at 19:00 in the Memorial Hall

Information regarding the Lower School Dance Show has been emailed out to all parents, this includes a costume list for all First and Second Form classes. Friends and family are all welcome to come and watch but there will be no tickets issued this year. The DSPA will be offering refreshments before the show begins.

Please contact Emily Wilkins if you have any questions.




*Reminder* 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 bex@librafit.co.uk or call 07754 077512



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The peace and quiet that descended on The Manor over the Christmas holiday was very quickly replaced with noise and laughter on Monday evening, as our younger boarders returned to the House, and it was lovely to see so many of the children so happy to be reunited with their friends!

As we settle back into the routines of school life, we look forward to a busy term ahead with plenty of fun activities planned; details for the activities can be found in the School Calendar, which you should have received at the end of last term.  This weekend the Manorites will be battling it out at Laserquest, or honing their skills in the Bowling Alley, and a brief shopping stop on the way back to The Manor will enable the children to stock up on ‘essentials’.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



Lower School Disco

*Reminder* Tonight from 18:00 - 20:00 in the Pavilion

Tonight, there will be a Lower School Disco in the Pavilion. All proceeds will go towards raising money for Romania.

£4.00 entry per person and please bring some extra cash for side events and competitions.
Please eat before coming, and you will receive one free drink on arrival. We look forward to seeing you there!



Upcoming Year 9 Immunisations 

22 January 2020

As per the letter sent out before Christmas, Third Form pupils are now due routine vaccinations Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY).  The aim is to deliver these vaccinations to children during their school day, however, if they are not present on the day community clinics will be offered by the Virgin Care team to ensure your child/ren receive these important vaccinations. 

To consent for your child to have this vaccination please follow the link below, please read the consent form carefully to ensure you have completed this as accurately as possible.  This link also contains a frequently asked questions element, please take time to read this and also discuss the vaccinations with your child to ensure fully informed consent.  If you have any problems or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on: 0300 247 0082.




Lower School Ski Trip Information Evening

Thursday 6 February, 18:00 in the Pavilion

For any parents of those pupils going on this year’s trip, you are welcome to attend an information evening which will take place at 18:00 on 6 February in the Pavilion. It will last about 45 minutes; there will be a presentation about the trip, an opportunity to meet accompanying staff, and ask any questions you may have. Pupils and parents are welcome, and any pupils attending should go to the Pavilion from 17:30. Boarders will have transport arranged back to the Manor afterwards.

If you are interested in hiring ski clothing from Interski , there will be a chance to try it on for size. If you do so, the kit will be ready to collect in resort.

If you are unable to attend the information evening, full written details and joining instructions will be emailed soon after half term, when we will also have specific timings for departure and return.

Please do note the kit list, previously circulated. Skis, boots and poles are provided, but a helmet is not, and this is an essential part of the kit required. Please either bring one, or hire one!

For any particular questions, please contact t.butterworth@dauntseys.org



Lower School Parent/Pupil Clay Pigeon Shooting Trip

Barbury Shooting School, Wroughton 
Sunday, 2 February 2018

Please find attached letter with further information on the clay pigeon shooting trip. If you and/or your son or daughter would like to attend this trip, please could you kindly confirm this via email e.conidaris@dauntseys.org by Friday, 24 January. Many thanks.