April 30 2021 | Issue no. 198
Head Master's Notices
We took yet another step towards normal school life this week with a Sixth Form History of Art trip to Roche Court. From all accounts the trip went incredibly well and the group was thankful to be blessed with mostly dry weather. We look forward to more trips in the weeks and months to come. It was also a great pleasure to attend the final of The Gilliat Prize, for our best vocalists, and to hear live music in school once again. Meanwhile, Legally Blonde, the musical planned for December, attracted 200 pupils to the auditions and casting is going to be fiendishly difficult. The interest and enthusiasm for this show and performing arts here generally is fantastic, and the last week of this term will feature a whole host of performances, hopefully with audiences too.
Some of you will have received details earlier in the week regarding the GCSE and A-level Assessments, which start next week, and arrangements for our Fifth Form and Upper Sixth for the remainder of the term. Whilst the Grading Policy is still a draft and subject to approval from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), I do hope that this has provided those of you with children in the Fifth Form and Upper Sixth some clarity. I also wish all of our pupils the best of luck with their forthcoming assessments.
Lastly, I have written to all parents inviting you to sign up for a day sailing on the Jolie Brise in May – we have space for around 55 people so please check your inboxes if you haven’t seen this yet.
Exeat weekend starts tomorrow, following an internal programme of sport, and I wish you all an enjoyable Bank Holiday.
Whole School Notices and Reminders
Exeat Weekend - Saturday 1 May
The Exeat weekend will commence at 12:45 (after Saturday morning lessons) unless pupils are involved with sport (please see Mr Olsen’s notice below).
The Library will remain open until 15:45, at which point the buses will depart.
On Monday, boarders should return after 18:00 and before 20:30 (or by 08:15 on Tuesday). Supper will be served at 18:00 at both the Main School and The Manor.
Calendar of Events
The Summer Term 2021 calendar is now live and can be accessed on the right hand link of the Calendar page here.
Please note, however, that the calendar is subject to change.
Covid-19 Testing at Home
We have now been issued with our new batch of Covid-19 tests and they will be distributed to all pupils either today or tomorrow. This is an important step to help keep pupils and staff safe and we therefore strongly encourage all pupils to take part.
As before, we ask that pupils test twice a week and they (or their parents) report the results of their tests online (www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result) every time they take a test, even if the result was negative or void.
All test results must also be reported to the school as set out below:
- Pupils should report the results to the School by sending an email to the following address: email@example.com
- If the test is positive – Please type “Positive COVID test” in the email subject line and press send. Please also cc your House Master / Mistress and Mr McFarland on this email if the result is positive.
- If the test is negative – Please type “Negative COVID test” in the email subject line and press send.
- If the test if void – Please type “Void COVID test” in the email subject line and press send.
If the test is positive the pupil, and the household they are part of, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. They should also order a confirmatory PCR test. If this PCR test result is negative, then it overrides the result of the lateral flow test conducted at home. In addition, a negative lateral flow test result does not guarantee that pupils are not carrying the virus and so they should continue to follow social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission.
This coming Saturday (May 1) all our arranged external fixtures have been cancelled and therefore we are once again organising an Internal programme of sport for the First to Fourth Form pupils before the Bank Holiday weekend starts. With Upper School assessments commencing next week, the Fifth and Sixth Form will not be required in School, but the gym will be open for any pupils who wish to train in the afternoon. The tennis courts will also be available for boarders after 15.30pm. The rest of the programme is laid out below.
Once again I am sorry to say that spectators will not be allowed.
The sport will all finish by 15.30pm, and all the buses will depart from School at 15.45pm.
For many parents who are new to the School this academic year, last Saturday saw the very first set of external fixtures. Therefore I hope that it might help if I clarified a few points regarding what normally happens on Saturdays during the year. If there are external fixtures taking place, and prior to the recent pandemic it was very rare if this was not the case, we do not arrange buses home. This is simply because of the huge range of finish/return times for the various fixtures. If a day pupil is not selected for a team, they can be collected after lessons finish at 12.45pm. But if it is not possible for them to be collected, they are able to stay in school and a taxi can be booked for them at 16.30pm. The Sports Department do try and put on as many fixtures as possible for as many teams as possible, but this is often restricted by what other schools can offer and the obvious restraints of pitch space. However, we do also organise various Internal matches through the year so that we ensure that everyone who wishes to play sport on a Saturday afternoon can do so when possible.
As mentioned in last week’s email, we are trying as hard as possible to keep the School Calendar as up-to-date as possible regarding the cancellation of fixtures, and what is being planned, so that you can look ahead and make the necessary logistical arrangements. However as schools are starting to try and get back to normal, many of the decisions being made regarding fixtures are taking place at relatively short notice, and often quite close to the actual date of the fixture itself. If I could therefore please ask for your understanding as we work our way through the term; we will do everything that we can to alert you to any significant changes as far in advance as possible.
Athletics - 13.30 - 15.30
Lower School Open Meeting (open to all)
Boys’ Cricket 13.30 - 15.30
Pitch 1 – U15A & B (selected players)
Pitches 2 & 3 – Under 14s
Pitch 4 & Mercers 1 – Under 13s
Nets – Under 12s
13.30 - 14.30
Under 15s – Astro 1
Under 12s – Astro 2
14.30 - 15.30
Under 14s – Astro 1
Under 13s – Astro 2
Gym available to all Fifth & Sixth Form.
Tennis Courts available to boarders from 15.30pm.
Marcus Olsen, Director of Sport
History of Art Lecture
Wednesday 5 May at 16:10 in N9
Open to Art History students, G&T students and anyone else who is interested (Upper School only). The online lecture is entitled Black Art in Britain from 1980, by Helen Oakden (Head of History of Art at St Mary’s Ascot).
Our best of luck to all those competing at Rectory Farm show jumping this weekend.
Summer 2021 GCE & GCSE Grade Assessments
Fifth Form & Upper Sixth Pupils and Parents – Summer 2021 GCE & GCSE Grade Assessments
Please see the Guidance for Students and Parents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which is here for your information. It outlines the timelines, process for grading and appeals process. Full details will be made available over the Summer Term including the school’s policy for assessing grades.
All students have now received their timetables and also been invited to a briefing from Mr Tyler but if you have any queries please feel free to contact Mr Blumsom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01380 814677.
Clubs and Activities Summer 2021
The new timetable for the Clubs and Activities on offer during the Summer Term can be found here. This can also be found on the website and Firefly.
Middle School Music Competition
Seven Fourth and Fifth Form pupils took to the floor of the Old Hall at the end of the Spring Term to compete in this year’s Middle School Music Competition.
Congratulations must go to Ben M for his wonderful performance of Nocturne in G minor Fryderyk Chopin and Mambo Christopher Norton. Tim also wished to acknowledge the musicianship of two other performers, Theo and Rhys.
Teen Tips: Wellbeing Hub
Nurturing pupil's mental health and wellbeing.
Developed by child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing experts, the Wellbeing Hub is an interactive online portal, designed to help you guide your child as they grow up.
Instructions on how to register and links for accessing the Wellbeing Hub are detailed here on Firefly.
This Week In The Hub - Please remember to register before you access any of the below
Blog on Co-dependency
Relationships thrive when both parties give and take in equal measure, in a co-dependent relationship, there is an in-balance in this giving and taking - one partner gives so much that they often sacrifice their independence, their passions and their friendships. We discuss the tell-tale signs of a co-dependent relationship and how it can affect children and young people.
Access the Blog here
Careers Advice: New Webinar for Pupils
Interview Skills from WildHearts & Barclays
This Webinar has been created by our friends at WildHearts, in partnership with Barclays Lifeskills. It will teach your child interview skills from a world leading brand and how best to prepare them to unlock amazing career opportunities. This webinar is available for them to watch on the Careers Advice page in the pupil hub.
Inspiring Futures Podcast
This week in Inspiring Futures, we talk to James Honess about his role as a freelance filmmaker.
Access Inspiring Futures Podcasts here
Register via the Hub Homepage
In these times it is more important than ever for everyone to keep in touch. If you would like to sign up, in order to network & keep in touch with year groups, then the year group reps would love to hear from you.
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Lower School Notices and Reminders
The first two weeks of term have flown by. Last weekend saw some fantastic weather and over 60 pupils staying in. The Manor came alive with fun and laughter as the pupils enjoyed the zorbing and bungee run. An informal cricket match took place on Poppies, which saw Oscar impress the third form with his batting. Sunday afternoon was rounded off with the first outing of the famous Manor water slide. Special mentions to Darcy and Elsa for sliding for the longest time! Last weekend gave us all a glimpse of the fun and freedom the summer term has in store for us in the wonderful grounds of The Manor.
We also saw the much anticipated return of external cricket and tennis fixtures. Manor pupils returned from matches beaming with energy and excitement, no matter the results. I would like to thank Mr Olsen and his team on behalf of The Manor community, for all their efforts in arranging matches in such difficult circumstances.
The Veg patch continues to 'grow' with a hardened crew of pupils shovelling footpath gravel in the drizzle on Wednesday afternoon. Please see Mr Reynold's notice below regarding some extra plants that are looking for a new home.
This weekend's exeat will provide us all with a brief breather in what will be another busy term. I hope you all enjoy a safe and sunny few days off.
Peter Guille, House Master.
Please do follow us on Twitter @ManorDauntseys to keep up to date.
Project Manor Veg Patch
The Manor Veg patch is being created in the walled garden of the Manor. Pupils designed the layout and this week pupils and staff have been constructing a gravelled area around the raised beds.
Before Easter, Manor pupils planted seeds and these have been growing in the greenhouse. We find ourselves with an excess of tomato, broad bean, butternut squash and chilli plants. These will be left outside the Manor on Saturday and parents are invited to help themselves and to make a donation in the pot.
All proceeds will be reinvested in the Veg Patch. Please remember to bring some cash if you intend to take some plants.
On Wednesday 10 May, Second Form pupils will be receiving their HPV immunisations.
A consent link for the HPV immunisation has been sent out by email for all Second Form pupils, which will take place in May.
Any queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Form Project Prize - Last Call!
Entries to be submitted by Tuesday 18 May
This year's theme is PROGRESS
Being almost the end of the Spring Term, it is again time to launch the Third Form Project Prize. This is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their skills outside of the classroom in a discipline of their choice. The closing date for entries is May 18, but pupils who want to take part need to register with Mrs Hunter by the end of this term. We hope to see as wide a range of entries as last year, and those of an equally high standard.
First prize is a choice of an iPad or Apple watch and, of course, the trophy.
Any questions to c.hunter@dauntsey's.wilts.sch.uk
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