February 14, 2020 | Issue no. 157

Head Master's Notices

So, the mid-point of the academic year has arrived, with the last week including the Valentine’s Ball for the Sixth Form, the fascinating production of ‘Division’ and a brilliant Gilliat Prize Final, for our top singers. The first half of term has seen some excellent sport, not just for our major games but also in sports as diverse as fencing, shooting, table tennis, and equestrianism. There have been some superb results, fine individual efforts and great team work too.

I would like to congratulate  and thank all our pupils who participated in the 24 hour ‘Runathon’. It was good to see so many involved and raising money for this year’s school charity, the Virunga National Park. Through this event, and a number of other initiatives, I am hopeful that the final sum raised will be impressive.

Three groups of pupils have headed out on trips early this morning; our Upper Sixth historians to Paris, classicists to Naples and a group of Second Formers to the Arctic. I hope that all of the trips are successful and rewarding for both pupils and staff.  I also wish our kayakers the best of luck for the Waterside A Race, as they intensify preparations for the Devizes to Westminster Race over Easter weekend.

I wish you all a very happy half-term break.



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

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.



Examination Leave

Please read the attached letter detailing Examination Leave times and guidelines for Fifth Form and Upper Sixth.

Many thanks.



Music School Notices

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)Please note! Buses will not depart school until 18:00 on Monday 2 March.



Global Careers Festival of Modern Languages
Friday 6 March 

Speakers will be coming from a broad range of sectors including the UN, EU, Journalism, Law, Retail, Hospitality, IT, PR, Marketing and Translation, all with backgrounds in language including Spanish, German, Dutch, French, Arabic, Italian, Igbo, Latin, Portuguese and Japanese.

The event is open to the Third Form and above and will run during long break, prep and conclude in the evening with a selection of keynote speakers (light refreshments will be available for the evening session).

If you are interested please contact a member of Modern Languages or the Careers department.

Dauntsey’s Mentor Network

Dauntsey’s Mentor Network (DMN) was established in 2014 and is populated by parents of pupils, Old Dauntseians and friends of the school. It provides a human resource of individuals from a wide range of professions and industries, who are keen to share their knowledge and the journey they have taken to reach their career goals. There is no fixed expectation, or time commitment, of what a Mentor will undertake to provide for current and past pupils, it merely allows the Careers Department to invite them to take part in specific events that are run from time to time by the school. Through the Careers Programme of events, in particular the Sixth Form Speed Networking held in June, pupils benefit in career choice, improvement of soft skills, university applications and employability.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please complete this brief form here.  We look forward to hearing from you!  The Careers Department



Third Form Parents' Evening

Friday 28 February, 18:30 - 20:30

The Third Form Parents’ Meeting takes place on Friday 28 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)




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

Please RSVP to Simone davissimone@hotmail.com 

DJ & Prom Dress Sale
Saturday 14 March 13:00 - 15:00

Any parent that would like to sell an item, either a DJ, trousers or dress can email dspacontact@gmail.com to register, and then an invoice will be sent to them for £5, payable by PayPal prior to Saturday March 14
Parent seller details & prices must be included with the item, and please can items can be brought to the Pavilion at 12:45 & collected at 15:00. Many thanks!

DSPA Fly Fishing 
Sunday 31 May from 09:00 - 13:00

Please email Juliet Fooks for further details or to book: Wjfooks@btinternet.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



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 22 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 13:00 on 27 March 2020 - then end of this Spring Term. Shortly after the start of the Summer Term 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.



Auction and Dinner in support of the Nightingales Children's Project

Saturday 14 March from 19:30

Our major fundraising event in support of the forthcoming trip to the Nightingales Children’s Project in Romania is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 14 March 2020 between 7.30pm and 10pm.  It will take the form of a dinner and an auction. Please read the attached letter for more information, and we really hope that you are able to attend. 

Please read here for more information about the Nightingales Children's Project



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



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

Last weekend’s Night Hike took place in windy conditions on Salisbury Plain as Storm Ciara started to blow!  Fortunately, all of the Manorites were wrapped up warm and they all enjoyed a very cheery walk by moonlight.  A brief stop for chocolate kept spirits high, and our Lower School boarders returned to the House full of tales and with fairly muddy boots!  They then enjoyed hotdogs and hot chocolate before happily heading off to rest their weary limbs.

On Sunday, we were hit by the full brunt of the storm and the Manorites enjoyed watching the trees being battered, while they sat in the warmth and comfort beside the roaring fire. Cookies were baked, table-tennis was played, and many card games were battled over; all in all, it was a very peaceful and relaxed day in House and was just what the children needed.

Last night we held our Annual Pub Quiz, and teams of Manorites fiercely competed to be crowned the winners.  Questions ranged from Literature to Medical Matters and from Film to Sport; one of the most popular (and amusing) rounds was the ‘People at The Manor’ Dingbats round – well done to Mr Fulling for coming up with such great ideas!

I hope that you all enjoy a super half-term holiday and look forward to seeing you on Sunday 23 February; return time is from 18:00, and supper will be served at 18:30 that day.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



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