March 27, 2020 | Issue no. 162
Head Master's Notices
Last Friday was a very sad afternoon, as the School closed and the grounds have been eerily quiet this week. It was not the end to term that any of us envisaged and I hope that the transition to remote learning has gone well. I also thank you for your understanding and hope that we will be back together before too long.
I wish you the very best for the Easter holidays and hope that you all stay safe and healthy.
Whole School Notices and Reminders
Remote Learning Update
I would just like to thank you for all of the support that we have received as we have entered this new world of remote learning.
Pupils have been wonderful and have adjusted to everything with real maturity. It has been heartening to see how they have continued to commit to their studies, helped each other out in lessons, and been understanding when the technology hasn't quite worked. They deserve great credit and I know that their efforts have been truly appreciated by our staff.
We're also very grateful for all of your support as parents. We know how difficult it can be to look after young people in these circumstances, especially when they might need help with things or encouragement to keep working hard. Thank you for all that you're doing.
If I could make just one plea for further help, it would be to encourage your son/daughter to resist the lure of their mobile phones during 'Teams' meetings. We recognise that some pupils will need their phones for their studies (for example, to access 'Teams'), but we would otherwise discourage their use during lessons please so that they can benefit as fully as possible from the learning experience without any distractions.
If you have any feedback about how the past week has gone then please don't be afraid to get in touch.
Deputy Head (Academic)
It is most likely that the Drama Department will need to reschedule our upcoming Lower School production of Treasure Island.
Therefore, we would kindly ask that pupils in the cast pause the learning of their lines for the time being. We hope to be able to offer a rescheduled performance and rehearsal timetable very soon.
We would like to make it clear to parents and pupils that currently the performance is not cancelled and that we still plan on going ahead with the show (in some format) in the near future. Mr Walker would like the thank the whole cast for their commitment up to this point, their wonderful auditions and positive attitudes.
With regret, we would also like to confirm that our scheduled production of Hansel & Gretel, which has not yet been cast or begun rehearsal, will be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Chris Walker, Director of Drama
Summer Term Programme
The Careers department is adapting the Summer Term programme of events so they can run remotely. They are also planning to add a variety of activities and events designed to support pupil's exploration of possible career paths and skill development.
We continue to encourage parents to register for the Mentor Network, details of which can be found here.
Should you have any questions please do email Head of Careers, James O'Hanlon at email@example.com
Free Audible Books
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open to children to access books for free. Books are also available in six languages so pupils could practice their language listening skills as well.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Creativity in Captivity
The Art Department is launching a creative initiative called Creativity in Captivity.
This week we have been thoroughly impressed with our pupils and how they have continued to work from home on their art and photography projects.
Many have set up their own studio space at home in which to continue creating artwork. From garden sheds to green-screens – we have been impressed!
So today we would like to raise a ‘call for entries’. We invite everyone in the school community to get creative in this time of being captive at home!
We would like you to record yourself in your working space or take a picture of something you have created and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be posted on the school website.
From drawing to dancing, painting to potting pansies - anything goes! Get your entries in!
You are welcome to send new images over the next couple of months as you create new things and your working space evolves!
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 email@example.com
Please follow us on Twitter here @DauntseyDspa
Lower School Notices and Reminders
The Manor has felt very quiet this week, and my tutors and I are really missing the noise, excitement, cameraderie and the sound of constant bouncing of footballs/basketballs/tennis balls around the House. I know that many of the Manorites have enjoyed catching up with their friends and tutors in tutor Teams meetings, and I hope that the week of ‘online learning’ has gone smoothly for you all.
A copy of the Charlie Mackesy book, ‘The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse’ normally sits on my desk in the office at The Manor and I know that many of our younger boarders have spent time looking at his wonderful illustrations and wise words. Today, I’d like you to consider the words in this image and try to make the very best of the unusual situation that we find ourselves in. Remember how important it is to be kind to everyone, and try to find the small positives in every single day.
Thank you for your continued support and, as always, please remember that my tutors and I are here to help. I hope that you and your families can enjoy a restful break over the holidays.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.
Please do follow us on Twitter @ManorDauntseys to keep up to date.
First Form Shakespeare Cup Winners
On Friday, 20 March, our English department undertook the very hard task of judging the fantastic entries to our First Form Shakespeare Cup.
Pupils were challenged to make anything - written, baked or modelled that was clearly inspired by Shakespeare.
Our First Form pupils put in an incredible amount of effort in their creations.
The overall Winner was Carenza, followed by Emily and then Nancy.
The full list of winners can be seen here.
Third Form Project Prize
Entries to be submitted by Tuesday 19 May
This is an opportunity for Third Form to showcase their Independent learning skills. For more information please read the attached document. First prize is a choice of an iPad or Apple watch and the trophy.