February 28, 2020 | Issue no. 158

Head Master's Notices

I hope you all had a restful half-term break and look forward to seeing Third Form parents this evening. Reports and pictures suggest the trips to Naples, Paris and Sweden over half term were very much enjoyed by everyone.  Sadly, a very wet and windy week meant that the Waterside A Canoe Race was cancelled for our DW paddlers.

Next Monday, the Lower and Upper School Rockfests take place: please note that buses will be leaving from School later that day at 18:00 and more details can be found below. We also look forward to welcoming The Marian Consort, next Thursday evening, for their Mercers’ ‘Concert’.

This morning our runners departed for Paris to take part in the half marathon; I wish them all the best of luck. Back at home we have fixtures tomorrow against Kingswood, Marlborough College, Pangbourne, and Wells Cathedral School, while the Rifles Club are off to a practice shoot at Patterdown.

I wish you all 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.

There are still seats available, please 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.



Music School Notices

Monday 2 March in the Memorial Hall

14:00: Lower School
16:20: Upper School
(Rehearsals: Sunday 1 March from 11:00)

Online voting will commence after the event.  Please follow the link here. Voting closes at 17:00 on Wednesday 4 March.

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.

Post Dauntsey’s Planning
Saturday 7 March from 10:45 - 12:15 in the Memorial Hall

Post Dauntsey’s Planning for all Lower Sixth and their parents.
Coffee will be available from 10:30.

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




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

Please RSVP to Simone davissimone@hotmail.com 

Third Form Parent Coffee Morning
Friday 13th March from 10:30 at The Rowdey Cow Farm Shop.

Please RSVP to Anne amalcurry@yahoo.co.uk or Praji prajip@gmail.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 see the attached letter for further information.

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 19:00 - 22:00

Tables are still available to be purchased for £100 and seat up to 10 people. This includes a drink on arrival, food throughout the evening, a live band and a chance at winning some amazing prizes in the raffle and auction. Raffle tickets can be purchased in school from any of the Romania Team. For more information about the evening and charity, please email Emily Wilkins: e.wilkins@dauntseys.org


Dauntsey's Parent Boot Camp

Dauntsey's boot camp is now open to parents every Saturday until the end of term. It costs £10 per person for a session. The boot camp will take place on the athletics track and will run from 11:30-12:30.

Please contact Bex Milton for information bex@librafit.co.uk



King Reynolds House Dinner

Monday 2 March
18:45 - 21:30 in the Pavilion

Our House dinner is on Monday 2 March. Please note pick up time of 21:30 from the Pavilion. Many thanks.



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

It has been lovely to see the Manorites return looking relaxed and refreshed after their half-term holidays, and the House was very quickly filled with chatter and laughter on Sunday evening.

On Tuesday all of our Lower School boarders enjoyed celebrating Shrove Tuesday with the traditional tossing of pancakes. Most of the tossed pancakes returned safely to the frying pan, but a few inevitably ended up on the kitchen floor…along with an entire box of sugar that was dropped by a certain Manor tutor…the floor is still sticky and crunching 3 days later! 

This weekend we are looking forward to an afternoon of ice-skating in Swindon – this is always a popular outing, and hopefully the Manorites will all return unscathed to the House on Sunday evening.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



Second Form Parents' Evening

Friday 6 March, 18:30 - 20:30

The Second Form Parents’ Meeting takes place on Friday 6 March 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)



Third Form GCSE Options

A reminder to all Third Form pupils that your GCSE options are due in by this Wednesday 4 March. Many thanks.