January 17, 2020 | Issue no. 153

Head Master's Notices

It has been a tough start to the term for our Fifth Form, as they have taken on the challenge of their mock exams and I hope that they enjoy a restful weekend at the end of it.  On the subject of exams, it is the First Form Entrance examinations and interviews next week, and I am pleased to report another large entry list.

Many congratulations to the 1st XI girls’ hockey team who recorded an excellent 3-1 win over Bromsgrove School and have now progressed to the regional final.  A win there will see them qualify for the national finals, at Lee Valley, and this would be a fitting reward for a very talented, well-motivated and tight knit squad.

I wish the best of luck to our cross country runners, who will be competing in the County Schools’ Cross Country event at Sheldon School, in what are sure to be muddy and testing conditions. I would also like to mention our Devizes to Westminster paddlers, as they have braved difficult, windy and wet training conditions, reportedly with excellent determination and good humour.  And, as always, I wish all our sports teams and our opponents the best of luck for the weekend fixtures.

Have a good 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.

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


Drama Programme - Spring 2020

Lower School Dance Show: 28-29 January

Be transported back in time as we celebrate dance through the decades from the early 1900s to the present day.
No tickets are required for this event.

Division: 11-13 February in Annabel's

What keeps us together and what tears us apart?  Continuing on from Dusk and Datum, Matthew Herring’s new play “Division” explores the break down of a family and the consequences therein.
Tickets can be booked online here

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: 18-20 March in Annabel's

The hilarious musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin
Tickets can be booked online here

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




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 Recital

21 January in the Old Hall at 19:30

Middle School Competition Heats

Wednesday 22 January in the Old Hall at 14:00 and 16:20
(Final: Wednesday 5 February Old Hall at 19:30)

Choral Concert

Friday 31 January in the Memorial Hall at 19:30

Any potential new brass players....?

We are recruiting new brass players and there is an opportunity for pupils to try out a brass instrument of their choice. If you are interested, please contact Mr Harris in the Music Department (g.harris@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk)


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.




First Form Drinks
Thursday 23 January from 19:30 at the Royal Oak, Easterton

We would like to invite all First Form parents to join us for drinks and nibbles at the Royal Oak in Easterton on Thursday 23 January from 19:30.

The cost will be £8.50 for a welcome drink and nibbles.

Please RSVP to Anna at annaandiain@btinternet.com or Claire at claireflocking@hotmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lower School Dance Show

There will be a DSPA Bar selling drinks & snacks at the Lower School Dance Show. This will be pre-show only as there will not be an interval. 

Well-Being Area

The DSPA well-being area on Mercers field is now taking shape and 60 trees were planted in December by pupils of all ages as well as parents and families who had donated trees. There is still an opportunity to sponsor a tree! Please read the attached letter for further information.

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 dspacontact@gmail.com

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



Fifth Form Parents' Evening

Thursday 23 January, 18:30 - 20:30

The Fifth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place on Thursday 23 January 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.
Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)



Family Photography Experience

As part of our fundraising for the girls’ hockey tour to Malaysia and the boys’ rugby tour to Portugal we are once again teaming up with Imagine Contemporary Portraits Ltd to offer you a ‘Family Photography Experience’ for £20. The experience normally costs £75. Should you wish to have this experience for just £20, Imagine Ltd will then donate £20 to the school for the tours.

The Family Photography Experience has a 6 month validity and includes a photo session, a viewing and a 10x8” print. At the viewing the family has the opportunity to buy other pictures if they’d like to, but there’s no pressure or obligation to do so. If you would like to purchase a voucher please e-mail me at m.olsen@dauntseys.org and the ‘Experience Pack' will be sent to you, it includes a voucher, letter and leaflet with information on how to book.

Many thanks for your support
Marcus Olsen, Director of Sport



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

There have been many frenzied battles at The Manor this week, as games of ‘Uno Attack’ and ‘Dobble’ were enjoyed by some of our younger boarders (and some of our competitive tutors!).  Stephen proved to be the undisputed ‘King of Dobble’, and Mrs Sampson enjoyed scooping the Uno crown!  The foul weather outside has meant that the table-tennis table is also proving popular again, and we are in the process of creating our new table-tennis ladder for this term.

Last weekend, many of the Manorites stayed in for the weekend and enjoyed a trip to Laserquest and the Bowling Alley; this popular outing was followed by a stop off at the outlet centre where the children were able to snap up some bargains in the sales, and stock up on goodies for the term ahead.

This weekend we are looking forward to an internationally themed supper with games and activities on Saturday night; on Sunday we will be having a quiet day in House before heading to School for Evening Prayer and supper.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



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.