June 11 2021 | Issue no. 203
Head Master's Notices
This half-term saw our first residential trips since Spring 2020, with 61 Second and Third Formers Dingy Sailing on the Isle of Wight and 53 pupils completing the Trek to the Stones, covering 50km over two days. My thanks go to all the staff who enabled these events to go ahead, both through behind the scenes planning and on the trips themselves.
For those not on our trips, I do hope that you had restful and restorative week and that all pupils are ready for a busy last few weeks of the academic year. The Post-GCSE Programme has been running with great success this week and has seen the Fifth Formers involved in a range of different activities, such as an RLSS Lifeguarding Course, Jurassic Adventure, Life Skills on the Jolie Brise and Art Applications.
The Lower Sixth and Third Form have been busy with exams this week and we wish the Fourth Form the best of luck with their exams which commence on Monday.
We have a full weekend of fixtures with tennis against Warminster and cricket against King Edward VI School, Southampton.
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
Whole School Notices and Reminders
Nightingales Children's Project
Each year Dauntsey’s School visit the Nightingales Children’s Project in Romania with a team of Lower Sixth pupils. Unfortunately, we were unable to visit last year, and it looks like it will be the same case this summer, but we are determined to continue to raise as much money as we can for the charity.
We have come together with Nightingales to put together a short charity single to give you some more information about what work the charity do, how Dauntsey’s support them, and how you can help. The film is available to view here.
We hope you enjoy the video and if you would like to make a donation please follow the link below, where 100% of all funds raised will go directly to Nightingales Children’s Project.
Thank you in advance,
Dauntsey’s to Romania Team 2021
Access to Firefly for Leavers
Please can all parents of pupils who are leaving Dauntsey's this summer take copies of your son’s or daughter’s school reports from your parent Firefly account before the end of the month. In the first week of July your child's details will be archived in the school system and you will no longer be able to access your parent account.
Lower Sixth Spanish Event
Wednesday 16 June, Tapas y Tertulia (tapas and discussion).
Lower Sixth are invited to come along to an event about the Spanish Civil War during prep (4.20pm) in preparation for the screening of El Silencio de Otros next Wednesday evening. This will take place in the Pavilion. Non-Spanish Lower Sixth pupils welcome.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
Please remember to register before you access any of the below, instructions and links for accessing the Wellbeing Hub are detailed here on Firefly.
June's Theme - Next Steps
Inspiring Futures Podcast
This week in Inspiring Futures, we talk to Laura Garcia Rodriguez about her role as a Foreign Rights Sales Assistant in the publishing industry. Listen to the podcast here
Register via the Hub Homepage
We are thrilled that we are once again able to meet up face-to-face and a number events have been organised for the different year groups. See below for further details.
First Form Parents' Drinks
Please join us in The Pavillion on Wednesday 30 June, see here for full details. Please note, at this time, no pupils or siblings may attend.
Third Form Parents' Summer Party
Please join us at Poppy's Field on 25 June, 7.30 - 9.00pm see here for full details.
Fourth Form Parents' Drinks and Nibbles
Please join us in The Pavillion on Thursday 24 June, 7.30 - 9.30pm see here for full details.
Lower Sixth Parents' Coffee Morning
Please join us at Mipo (The Old Potato Yard, Planks) on 14 June, from 10.30am see here for full details.
Unfortunately, Kate & Pam will be stepping down as Fifth Form Year Reps from the end of this term. They have been a strong & active part of the DSPA for five years & we will miss them dearly. This does now mean that we will be in need of Year Reps for the new Lower Sixth. If you are interested on taking on this role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining the DSPA
If you would like to sign up, in order to network & keep in touch with year groups, then please do so here, the year group reps would love to hear from you.
If you are not sure if you have already joined then please contact Pip Wall, Membership Rep at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow us on Twitter here @DauntseyDspa where we will keep you updated with news.
Lower School Notices and Reminders
Finally, it feels like summer has arrived! It has been so good to see our wonderful grounds being used and enjoyed. The First and Second Form have been enjoying their post exam freedom, while we have been encouraging the Third Form to break up their revision with time outside. Some have needed less encouragement than others!
We have 'Manor Assasins' and Elderflower cordial making this weekend, no doubt alongside some Euro football watching. I know many First and Second Form are going home to prepare for our Dorset trip next weekend, let's hope the weather holds.
The Veg Patch Club was very well attended this week. Pupils met (and named) 'Gerald', the friendly slow worm. The paths are almost complete, strawberries are ripening and weeding tasks are providing great distraction and mindful time. Plans are afoot for a formal opening of the Veg Patch by Mr McFarland soon.
Hope you all have a great weekend
Peter Guille, Housemaster