May 14 2021 | Issue no. 200
Head Master's Notices
As we enter into the final week of GCSE and A Level assessments, I would like to commend the pupils for their continued focus and commitment. It has not been an easy year for them, but they have shown resilience and strength and should feel proud of their achievements. I hope that they will be starting to look forward to the post-GCSE and A-level programmes that will be starting after Half Term.
Aside from assessments it has been another busy week in School. As you may well be aware, this week marked Mental Health Awareness Week with a focus on nature. Our pupils are fortunate in the sense that they are presented with many opportunities to connect with nature throughout the days and weeks, and we are continually reinforcing the benefits of doing this. That said, the week presented an opportunity to reengage with pupils on this topic. Mr James, in his role of Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, held a number of events, one of which was a pupil forum, whereby pupils had the chance to offer their thoughts and views as how we can ensure positive mental health and overall well-being in our community. The Lower School enjoyed their ‘Fun Biathlons’ and I am just sorry that a number of fixtures were cancelled.
Weather permitting, we have a busy weekend of matches ahead with fixtures against Lord Wandsworth College, Godolphin, Warminster, Bradfield College, Dean Close and Marlborough College. We are hoping that restrictions around spectators will be lifted, but they do remain in place for the moment.
I wish you all a good weekend.
Whole School Notices and Reminders
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.
We are anticipating a return to the School’s normal uniform policy at the start of the next academic year. We would therefore encourage parents to visit the School Shop before the end of this term to purchase any additional or replacement items needed for September.
Mental Health Awareness Week
From the British Dyslexia Association
If you’d like to learn more about stress and anxiety in dyslexic children, we have a 1 hour free recorded webinar which is available for everyone to watch. In the video, we discuss what causes anxiety and stress within dyslexic children, signs to look out for at different ages and what you can do to help, as well as how to approach conversations and what you can do to support the building of resilience. Watch the webinar here.
There are also a number of free webinars for parents taking place over the course of the week, these are detailed below.
Free Webinars for Parents:
18 May 3.30pm- Childhood Trauma – Danny Wilsher
Click here to register
25 May 7pm – Transforming Anxiety – Elisha Goldstein
Click here to register
Remember that there are also lots of useful resources available on the TeenTips Wellbeing Hub.
Greg James, Mental Health & Wellbeing Coordinator
This Saturday we are looking forward to external cricket and tennis fixtures against Lord Wandsworth College, Bradfield College, Warminster School, Marlborough College, Godolphin School and Dean Close. All of the details are on the school website here. Team sheets will be published as always on Firefly here.
With fixtures now scheduled on a Saturday afternoon there will be no buses running on Saturday and pupils not involved in fixtures can be collected after lessons finish at 12.45pm.
Unfortunately, once again spectators are not allowed at home or away venues, we hope that restrictions may ease in the coming weeks and will keep you informed. Please can I once again ask that if you are collecting your son/daughter from Dauntsey’s or an away venue that you remain in your car.
Thanks once again for your support.
Marcus Olsen, Director of Sport
As we gradually emerge from the restrictions of the Pandemic, now would be an excellent time to start learning an instrument with face-to-face tuition. We have an outstanding team of instrumental teachers and all would love to help pupils to develop a lifelong love of making music. If your child is not sure which instrument, why not arrange a trial lesson, or they can speak with one of their music teachers for advice.
If they have gained a part in the show, they should be having singing lessons and be a member of one of the choirs. These experiences will enable them to be on top form for the performances in December.
To sign up for lessons, please complete the form using the link here or visit the parents page on the website.
Over 400 musical instrument lessons are currently scheduled each week on the full range of orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, classical guitar, electric guitars and singing.
Covid-19 Testing at Home
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 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.
Clubs and Activities Summer 2021
The 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.
Dauntsey's Hockey Summer Camp 2021
26 - 29 July
Again, this year we will be running a Summer Hockey Camp which will take place in the last week of July. The camp is split into two different sessions, depending on the age of the child, with each session lasting two days. This camp is open to both Dauntsey's pupils and the wider community. For further details on the camp and to reserve your place, please click here.
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.
Please remember to register before you access any of the below.
Eating Disorders Explained
Parent Webinar - Wednesday 26th May - 19:00
The past year has seen a significant increase in the number of young people presenting with eating disorders, and some of you have specifically mentioned the need for resources to help. This webinar is designed to give you an understanding of the types of eating disorders, why they develop, what to look out for, and when and how to act if you suspect your child is at risk. The webinar will run for 1 hour, including a live Q&A.
Members access the webinar here.
Non-members access the webinar here.
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.
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 where we will keep you updated with news. We hope to host some Zoom events until we can meet again and will share details here. We would really love you to share any photos of past DSPA events with us and tag us with the hashtag #dspafun.
Lower School Notices and Reminders
Mental Health Awareness week has provided tutors and pupils with some focus to discuss the important issues around it, and the need to be aware and supportive towards others in the community who might be struggling. The Manor was well represented at the Mental Health Forum this week and four out of the five winners/runners up in the Mental Health Awareness Poster Competition were from the Manor, including first place for Gigi and Isla.
Last weekend saw dry but windy conditions for the falconry display. Pupils learnt about falconry and each of the birds that came along. The star of the show was probably 'Boo', a massive Eagle Owl! But the Peregrine Falcon in flight was amazing, as was seeing a Harris Hawk contend with some Manor Jackdaws. The 'Eurohock' tournament was a back to basics hockey event that was a good leveller and enjoyed by all abilities.
We had great numbers at Veg Patch club this week with around a dozen helpers shovelling gravel for the paths, working on the new bug hotel and training the sweet peas.
This weekend we were unable to run the Manor Marathon due to COVID restrictions hampering logistics. Miss Seager has worked hard to organise a brilliant replacement trip to Aquaventure at Cotswold Water Park, let's hope the weather warms up a bit.
Peter Guille, House Master
Looking Ahead to Next Weekend
There is plenty planned to keep the Manorites busy next weekend. Full list of activities can be viewed here.
A thought for the week from the Headmaster...