May 7, 2020 | Issue no. 165

Head Master's Notices

Many thanks for taking the time to fill in the questionnaire that I sent out last week.  I have included the results for the questions that can be easily summarised in this bulletin.  As always, if you are happy or unhappy with our provision, please let me know directly on

In an attempt to maintain some sort of personal contact for everyone in the community, the short video below has been produced featuring a few people that are still at School.  I do hope that you enjoy it.  An assembly by Mark McFarland will also be sent out on Monday, following Ann Jackson’s one last week, and David Johnson has sent out an address today.

As we approach a special Bank Holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and anticipate some clarity from the Government on when schools will be allowed to re-open, I wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Parental and Pupil Survey on Remote Teaching and Learning

Many thanks again for taking the time to fill out our survey. The results from the multiple choice questions can be viewed here.



Update on Face Shield Production

Alun Pickford has been working hard in the DT workshop making face shields from shared CAD files using the laser cutters and 3D printers. So far we have given these out to over 40 different places, mostly local, through our immediate contacts.

You can see a table of distribution here.

If you, or any of your family or friends, need some of these face shields, or know of anyone who does - please do contact Alun Pickford on



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.

Visit Audible Here

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.



Fees in Advance Scheme

Dauntsey's operates a fees composition scheme in which parents or guardians may obtain a discount on the full fee payable, by paying one year's fees in full in advance by 5 June for the school year commencing in the following September.  Registration for the scheme should be made by emailing no later than Friday 15 May 2020.  Full details of the scheme are available on the School’s website here.



Dance Notices

Dance Clubs Timetable

Monday 11: 14:00-14:40 – Musical Theatre Class – Miss Wilkins will be teaching a fast paced routine from Aladdin.

Tuesday 12: 14:00-14:40 – Contemporary Class – Open to all pupils

Wednesday 13: 14:00-14:40 – Commercial Dance – Advanced, fast paced Commercial routine.

Thursday 14: 14:00-14:40 – Street Dance – Open to all pupils

This week’s Dance Challenge
Small Spaces

Choreograph a short routine in a small space around your house. This can be any style of dance and does not have to be very long. Try to be creative with the space around you.

Submit your videos to Miss Wilkins by Friday evening, either via the Dauntsey’s Dance Instagram account or by email.

Open Debate

Tuesday 12: 15:00-15:45 - Is this Dance? - An open debate with Miss Wilkins. This is open to all Upper School pupils. Please email Miss Wilkins to join the debate. 




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

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

Please follow us on Twitter here @DauntseyDspa



Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

This week’s Manor Moment included some interesting and surprising ‘reveals’ from the tutors following their challenge of ‘Two Truths and a Lie’, and many of our Lower School boarders were amused by the outcomes!   

Miss Seager has been busy updating the ‘Remote Manor’ page on the school intranet, and details of our weekly ‘Bake Off’ competition, as well as ‘Pupil News’, and the leader board for tutor group quizzes can all be found there; please do send any news and photos to Miss Seager so that she can update the page and share it with all of the Manorites.  This week’s challenge in the Bake Off was cookies, and the photos being sent in for judging are making the tutors very hungry indeed!  As the term progresses, it will be interesting to see who will win the coveted ‘Manor Bake Off’ apron.

The Manor grounds are looking stunning at the moment, thanks to some very hard work by our ground staff, and the resident tutors feel extremely fortunate to be living in such beautiful surroundings during lockdown; our appreciation is definitely tinged with sadness, as we all miss the noise and laughter of the Manorites playing outside on the waterslide, the football pitch, and the tennis courts, and many of our Lower School boarders are expressing how much they wish they could be enjoying ‘the best term’ at The Manor.  I very much hope that we can all be back together again soon.

As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches, I know that many of the Manorites are looking forward to a welcome break from their ‘remote learning’ and the opportunity to relax and enjoy some time with their families.  I hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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



Third Form Project Prize

Last call for Project Prize Entries!!
Names in by 12 May and entries to be submitted by Tuesday 19 May

The Third Form Project Prize has been running throughout the Easter break; its deadline of Tuesday 19 May is fast approaching. If any members of the Third Form would still like to take part, there is still - just - time to do so! It is worth noting that the weekend before the deadline is the VE Day exeat weekend.

Submissions this year will be via OneNote. It is essential, therefore, that all participants signify their intention to take part, in order for a folder to be prepared for their project.

If your Third Former intends to submit a project to this year's competition, please email their name to me, Mrs Hunter by Tuesday 12 May. Entrants will then be able to upload images, text or recordings to OneNote between Friday 15 May and the closing date of Tuesday 19 May.

I am very much looking forward to seeing a bumper crop of entries to the competition in this very unusual year and will make these available in an online gallery after half term. The winners will be announced at the end of the summer term.
Mrs Hunter

For more information please read the attached document. First prize is a choice of an iPad or Apple watch and the trophy.