March 2, 2018 | Issue no. 90

Head Master's Notices

The second half of this week has been dominated by the ‘Beast from the East’ and we have lost two days of school, as a result of snow, for the first time since 2013. Many thanks for your patience, as we have wrestled with travel arrangements, and I hope that you have at least enjoyed some aspects of the white out. There is no school on Saturday, as the bus companies won’t run, but we hope to be back to normal on Monday. Please keep an eye on the website though.

Rockfest, earlier this week, was a fantastic success with the Memorial Hall packed with parents and supporters from all year groups. It was great to get so many bands and soloists on stage and the results from the online vote can be found below. I also very much enjoyed the excellent ‘Black Comedy’, which will now have its final performance on Monday evening at 6pm.

Wrap up warm and have a good weekend.

Whole School Notices and Reminders

Mercers' Lectures - Spring Term 2017

Jo Fairley: 'The rollercoaster story of Green and Black's (and lessons learned along the way)'

8 March 2018
19:30 in the Memorial Hall

Jo Fairley co-founded Green & Black’s Chocolate in 1991. Dreamt up on a rainy night on London’s Portobello Road, Green & Black’s has grown into a $100 million worldwide brand. ‘Green’, because it was organic and ‘Black’ because it was the darkest chocolate on the market. The company established a pioneering fair trade ethos, and although now owned by Cadbury, Jo continues to champion its worldwide success. She has become an established entrepreneur; she co-wrote a series of Beauty Bible Books, and in 2014 launched the Perfume Society.

Jo will be bringing an exciting prize consisting of...a large quantity of chocolate (surprise!), for the 'best question' during her Q&A after the lecture.

Please make sure that you have reserved your seats online here.

Rockfest 2018

Many thanks to all pupils and staff who took part in Rockfest. It was a wonderful afternoon of music. Please find attached the full results from the afternoon.

Drama Productions

The Railway Children

Tickets are available to book for The Railway Children online. Please follow the link to our Drama Productions booking page.

Due to the weather the final showing of 'Black Comedy' has been rescheduled for Monday 5 March at 18:00.

Dauntsey's Biathlon

Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions, we have had to cancel the Biathlon that was scheduled for this Sunday 4 March. Many thanks for your understanding.

U18 Rugby Semi-Final

Again, because of the current weather conditions, the 1st XV's match in the U18 Semi-Final tomorrow has been postponed.

Many thanks for your understanding.

King Reynolds House Dinner

Wednesday 7 March

The Annual King Reynolds House Dinner is taking place on Wednesday 7 March from 18:30 - approx. 21:00. Your daughters will receive an invitation from Rini, our Head of House, this week. Please note the finish time in order to make arrangements for collection. Many thanks.

Fitzmaurice House Annual Pub Quiz

Saturday 17 March
19:00 in the Pavilion

The Fitzmaurice House Annual Pub Quiz is taking place on Saturday 17 March at 19:00 in the Pavilion. Please register using our online form here. You will need to enter with a team of up to four players, and the cost to enter is £10 per team. Drinks and Nibbles will be on sale as well.

Paris Half Marathon

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our trip to Paris for the Half Marathon this weekend due to the adverse weather. Our pupils are disappointed and have worked hard to raise money for the School charity, Malayaka House.

Should anyone wish to still support the runners, who have all trained hard, please follow the link to our Just Giving page here. Thank you.

Second Form Parents' Evening

Friday 9 March, 18:30 - 20:30

The Second Form Parents’ Evening takes place on Friday 9 March from 18:30 - 20:30 in the Memorial Hall. I hope you can make it and please do see me if I can help with anything. Jon Tyler, Deputy Head (Academic)


Pot Luck Supper for all Lower School Parents’ in the School Pavilion
Wednesday 7 March, 18:00 - 20:00

Please bring a plate of food to share – Sweet or Savoury! Water will be provided but feel free to bring other drinks along!

First Form Parents Countryside Walk
Saturday 28 April

First form parents countryside walk, exact details to be confirmed. It will start and finish within 5 miles of school, and we are planning to be back at school for pick up / matches.

Selling your Prom dresses and DJ's

A reminder that you can now sell your unwanted prom dresses and DJ's on the School Intranet. For a small payment of £4.00 to the DSPA your item will be marketed for sale for four months. You can also purchase items here. Please follow this link to access this area of the Intranet.


Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship

Please see the attached poster for more information on this opportunity. Pupils can also look on the website, or come and see us in the careers dept. Many thanks.

Music School Notices

Middle School Music Competition Final
Tuesday 6 March

19:30 in the Old Hall

Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Friday 9 March

14:00 in the Old Hall

Mid Somerset Festival Chamber Music Competition
Tuesday 13 March

Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, String Quartet, Wind Quintet and Chamber Orchestra are competing.

The coach will leave School at 15:45, going to Bath Salvation Army Citadel to arrive by 17:15 and return from there at 20:15.

Mid Somerset Festival Choir Competition
Wednesday 14 March

Female Voices Choir are competing. The coach will leave School at 11:45, going to Bath Pavilion, to arrive there by 13:00. We will return at 17:30.

Staff and Parents Five-a-Side Football

Weather permitting, there will be five-a-side football this Monday 19:30 - 20:30. We hope to see you there.

Teen Parenting Workshop

Due to the recent success of Alicia Drummond’s Teen Parenting Workshop, Alicia has kindly agreed to run another on Saturday 5 May from 08:30 to 13:00.

Please read the attached document for further information.

Lower School Notices and Reminders

Manor Matters

The Manorites (and Buttons!) enjoyed a fantastic Night Hike last Saturday – clear skies meant that we were able to spot many constellations, and the chocolate break en route was very much appreciated. On Sunday the kitchen was a hive of activity as the pupils prepared their own supper; apparently, the Lasagne was the ‘best ever’!

Snow on Thursday created huge excitement in the House and the children have been thoroughly enjoying their ‘snow day’ today. Snowman competitions, sledging races and skiing on the golf course have all taken place, and the pupils will be baking and playing table tennis this afternoon…. when their toes have defrosted.
Anne Sampson, House Mistress.

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

Lower School Wide Game and BBQ

Wednesday 7 March

Please find attached a letter containing further detail of this event and how to confirm attendance. Many thanks.

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