January 24, 2020 | Issue no. 154

Head Master's Notices

The First Form entrance examinations and interviews for 2020 have taken place this week. The candidates were well looked after by our Third Form pupils who were once again wonderful hosts.

Congratulations to our U14A hockey team who were crowned county champions on Wednesday; they now move forward to the regional championships. I would also like to congratulate Upper Sixth Form pupil Femi who became South West Under 20 200m indoor champion last weekend.

On the music front, I am delighted that our Female Voices Choir has once again made it through to the finals of the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition. There was also an excellent Soloists’ Recital on Tuesday evening.

Looking ahead, next week will be a busy one. Our Lower School Dance Show is on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, our Mercers' Lecture series resumes on Thursday, with Michael Portillo visiting, and we look forward to the Choral Concert on Friday night.

I hope that you have a restful and relaxing Exeat 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. If any parent or pupil would still like a ticket, please contact Jo Sagers, Registrar. Many thanks.

The Marian Consort, award winning vocal ensemble
Thursday 5 March 2020

The Marian Consort is a Gramophone Award-nominated vocal ensemble, recognised for its innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. Led by founder and director, Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort performs across the UK, Europe and North America, and features regularly on BBC Radio 3.

The Marian Consort’s repertoire encompasses music from the fifteenth century to the present day, with a particular focus on exploring lesser-known works. The group is committed to creating new music, and has commissioned leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gabriel Jackson, Cecilia McDowall, and Matthew Martin.

You can book online here.



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.



Music School Notices

Choral Concert

Friday 31 January in the Memorial Hall at 19:30
Music performed by the Senior Choir and Choral Society

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

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

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.




Lower School Dance Show

There will be a DSPA Bar selling drinks & snacks at the Lower School Dance Show on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January. This will be pre-show only as there will not be an interval. 

Choral Concert

There will be a DSPA Bar selling drinks & snacks prior to the Choral Concert on Friday 31 January.

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



24 Hour Runathon: Please support our runners and donate!

13 - 14 February

Our annual Runathon will start at 11:00 on Thursday 13 February, continue throughout the day, into the night, and finish at 11:00 on Friday 14 February.

Runners can run the course alone or in pairs and we aim to have at least one pupil running at any time on a 1km loop around the school grounds. Last year, we raised over £1000 altogether, so this year we hope to run further and raise even more money!

In the spirit of community and camaraderie, we hope that our pupils enjoy the event and that our supporters donate generously to our School charity, The Virunga National Park, via our Virgin Money Giving Webpage here.



Fifth Form Options Forms

A reminder that all Fifth Form A level options forms are due in this Monday 27 January. Please pass them on to your Tutor or Housemaster/mistress. Thank you.



Bushfire Fundraiser

Next Saturday, 1 February, during home games there will be a barbeque fundraiser to support the bushfire crisis in Australia. It will be held on the deck of the Pavilion (underneath the Pavilion if the weather is bad). On this day there will be no hot match tea for pupils; however, there will be the normal tea, coffee, cake and soup. Sausages and vegetarian options will all be available for £1.00 and cans of drink for £1.50. All money raised will go to support Wildlife Victoria with their ongoing care of animals injured in the fires.



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



Jolie Brise Summer Sailing Programme

This year’s summer programme is really varied. Starting down in Southern Spain with some racing and cruising, heading all the way back to Normandy and France and then some slightly gentler cruises in our home waters and the West Country. There is something for every student.

Full information about this years' Summer Sailing Programme can be found on Firefly here.



Cricket Season 2020

During the close season, we have been working hard on plans for the summer. 2019 was a fantastic year of Cricket, and I am hoping to build on the national and international interest here at Dauntsey’s. There are a number of projects in the pipeline, and I thought it would be useful to give you some information on the season ahead.  For many of these events, further details will follow; please read the attached letter which maps out the season in general and identifies some key dates for the diary.  I hope you find it useful. 
Tim Butterworth, Master i/c Cricket



Equestrian News

Good luck to all those competing at NSEA Arena Eventing at West Wilts EC this weekend.




Confirmation at Salisbury Cathedral

Confirmation is the next important step for Christians and a chance to make a commitment to Christianity.  For some people Confirmation can also include Baptism and both of these can take place at the same service.

I am beginning a Confirmation Group next week on Thursday 30 January meeting at 16:15 and continuing through this term and just into the Summer Term. 

For the Confirmation Service we will, as in previous years, join with others at Salisbury Cathedral.  The service this year will be at 18:30 on Saturday 16 May.

Please would ask you daughter or son to contact me if they would like to be part of the Confirmation Group and to come along to the meeting next week.
Rev David Johnson



Swap Shop

10-14 February sees this year’s ECO WEEK! During this week there will be events run by the BGT (Big Green Thing) to raise awareness of Climate Change as well as promoting sustainable living.

We will be running a ‘Swap Shop’ for the Lower and Upper School and we need your help. It is really simple, if you would like to donate items to our ‘Swap Shop’ please bring these in to school in a bag and leave them in the donation boxes in the Glass House. If you would rather bring clothes to swap on the day, then that is also fab!

Entry is £1.00. If you swap an item it is free, but if you do not bring something to swap, each item will cost £2.00.

We ask that all clothes/items are clean, undamaged and have any personal name tags removed to avoid confusion.

No swimwear, pyjamas or underwear please.

The Lower School ‘Swap Shop’ will take place on Monday February 10 during long break in the William Dauntsey Room, and the Upper School ‘Swap Shop’ will take place on Wednesday February 12 during long break in the William Dauntsey Room.

Any items left over will be sent to a company who recycle unwanted clothing and donate money to our chosen charity.

All proceeds go to this year’s School Charity, The Virunga National Park.

Any questions, please email Miss Seager: a.seager2@dauntseys.org or Daisy Maunder: d.maunder@dauntseys.org



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

Last weekend the Manorites enjoyed a quiet weekend of chilling, shopping, table tennis and board games. In addition, we held our annual ‘International Supper’ on Saturday, and this year the theme was Indian. The evening started with mocktails and samosas in the Main Hall; we then moved into the Library, where the tables had been laid and delicious food was served. It was wonderful to see the children trying new foods, chatting, and having a little more time than usual to enjoy their dinner. After dinner, the fun continued as some of our braver Manorites had a go at Bollywood style dancing!

This week we have enjoyed many more card games, and it has been great to see the children heading outside as the evenings become, very slowly, ever lighter. Last night our fantastic Lower Sixth prefects, Alex and Maria, organised a ‘Pamper Evening’ for our Lower School boarders, and the children went to bed feeling very calm, relaxed, and ready for their Exeat weekend.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



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 end of play today. Many thanks.