January 31, 2020 | Issue no. 155

Head Master's Notices

It has been a jam-packed week at School.  Our Lower School pupils all worked extremely hard to produce an excellent Dance Show on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; my thanks to Emily Wilkins and the dance scholars for their dedication and help in putting this show together.  Yesterday evening saw Michael Portillo entertain a very large audience with his lecture entitled ‘Life – A Game of Two Halves’, and this evening we look forward to the Choral Concert.

We have hockey and netball fixtures tomorrow against Sherborne Girls and Prior Park College, our fencers face Abingdon, and the rifles team are up against Marlborough and Wellington. I wish everyone the very best of luck.  And, on the sports front, I am pleased to report that the planning application for the athletics track was approved yesterday.

Have a good weekend.



Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2020

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

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

Middle School Music Competition FINAL
Wednesday 5 February

In the Old Hall at 19:30

Music Department Parents’ Evening
Thursday 6 February

In the Memorial Hall at 19:00 - 20:30 
*Please do arrange an appointment with the instrumental teachers via your son/daughter

Valentine’s Ball
Saturday 8 February

In the Memorial Hall at 19:30

Gilliat Final
Wednesday 12 February

In the Old Hall at 19:30
(Heats: Friday 7 February Old Hall at 14:00)

Monday 2 March

In the Memorial Hall
14:00: Lower School
16:20: Upper School
*Pupils to sign up in the music department 
(Rehearsals: Sunday 1 March from 11:00)



Lower Sixth Form Parents' Evening

Friday 7 February, 18:30 - 20:30

The Lower Sixth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place on Friday 7 February 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)




Choral Concert

There will be a DSPA Bar selling drinks & snacks prior to the Choral Concert this evening.

Fifth Form Coffee Morning 
Tuesday 10 March from 10:00 at Mipo-Plank's 

Please RSVP to Simone davissimone@hotmail.com 

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



Dance Notices

GCSE and Dance Scholar Showcase
Monday 10 February at 16:20 - 17:20 in the Dance Studio

Showing a selection of the Fourth and Fifth Form GCSE exam performances alongside some of our Upper School Dance Scholars.

All parents are welcome to come and support, there will be no tickets issued. Any Third Form pupils considering GCSE Dance are encouraged to come and watch the show.

Any enquiries please contact Emily Wilkins e.wilkins@dauntseys.org



Fifth Form Post GCSE Programme

Parents of the Fifth Form are reminded that we are offering a similar selection of Post GCSE opportunities this year. These will take place during the week commencing Monday 24 June which is the week after most of the GCSE examinations finish.

You should have received an email with details but if not you can see the options on the intranet here.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 Thursday 25 April 2019, just after the start of next term. Shortly after which we will let pupils know which programme they will be taking part in. If we receive any applications after that date, we will do our best to accommodate them, but it is unlikely there will be spaces on every programme.

Please select the three in which they would most like to participate, in order of preference, by completing the online form on the School intranet which you can find here.

To complete the form, you will need to log in as usual. If for any reason you cannot do so, you can email your selections to s.moore@dauntseys.org

Many thanks.



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.



Bushfire Fundraiser

A reminder that tomorrow, 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). Match tea for pupils will still be available, but we would love to encourage you to buy from our barbeque. 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.



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



Upper Sixth Leavers' Hoodies.

Each year the Upper Sixth organise Dauntsey’s leavers’ hoodies. This year, after surveying the year group, it has been decided that they will be available as a sweatshirt (crew neck) or a hoodie in either navy blue or black.

Please read the attached letter for more information, this also includes the reply form to be filled out. Many thanks.



Swimming Lessons at Dauntsey's

We are now offering after school swimming lessons for children aged 3-11 here at Dauntsey's on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (term time only). Lessons will take place between 17:15 – 18:45, with group sizes not exceeding 3 swimmers. Please note that swimmers will be grouped with those of a similar ability by reference to the Swim England/ASA levels (Stages 1-7).

Lessons will cost £15 per lesson.

To book, or for more information, please contact Shannon at s.cooke2@dauntseys.org



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

It has been a very busy week for the Manorites following the Exeat weekend, and many of our younger boarders have enjoyed the activities that have been organised for them. On Tuesday evening, the whole House went to watch the Lower School Dance Show, in which all of our First and Second Form pupils took part; everyone was impressed by the performances, and the dancers came back to House full of excitement following their moment on the stage. 

On Wednesday evening, while the younger pupils were putting on their second performance of the Dance Show, our Upper Sixth Prefects came to The Manor to organise a game of Assassin. All of the Third Form pupils joined in the game and had a great time hunting around for their friends in the darkness of The Manor (I can vouch that it is EXTREMELY dark in the House when the lights are all turned off!). Monty was eventually crowned the Assassin, and was rewarded for his stealthy skills with a chocolate bar. Last night, several of the boarders were entertained by Michael Portillo at the Mercers’ Lecture, and we have two ‘Friends on Friday’ visitors in the House tonight. 

This weekend sees a return of our popular trip to Splashdown in Poole, and I am sure that we will see some weary but happy children returning from the trip on Sunday afternoon.
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



*Reminder* 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.



A notice to all Third Form Parents: Moonrakers Camp Forms

Please could you ensure that you return your son or daughters' Outward Bound Moonrakers Camp form to Mrs Tatiana Geen at Dauntsey’s: t.geen@dauntseys.org

If you need a spare copy you can find it on the Intranet here