Sport and Adventure
Sport plays an important role in the School curriculum and Sixth Form pupils are expected, and encouraged, to take an active part.
There are many team and individual activities available, from recreational to competitive levels. Along with members of the Upper Sixth, you will have games on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. In addition there is an extensive programme of sporting fixtures; these take place mainly on Saturdays. The team games are: rugby, hockey (girls and boys), netball, basketball, football, cricket, athletics and tennis.
The major team sports take priority, but if you are not required for the major game of that term, you will be released into the options system. There is a wide choice of options available - see list below.
Included in this options programme is the opportunity to take part in voluntary work in the local community (VSU) or to take an active role in the production of The Dauntseian magazine.
Taking an active part in sports and/or the options programme provides extra, and valuable, information for your university application form.
Adventure is a key part of life at Dauntsey’s and as you enter the Sixth Form there are many opportunities to develop yourself through challenge. A willingness to have a go defines a Dauntsey’s student.
We have ten behaviours that all our adventures encourage, such as being able to learn from experiences, whether successful or not and being organised but flexible. These behaviours, developed through your adventures and experiences, will transfer directly back to your academic work and your day to day School life.
Sixth formers are also invited to join our Assistant Instructors scheme where they work alongside members of staff to deliver adventures for the Lower School, gaining valuable experience as they shoulder responsibility for making programmes happen.
Adventures available to you in the Sixth Form include:-
- Brecons Challenge - Our own adventure race that has pairs of pupils running, mountain biking and kayaking across nearly 50km of the Brecon Beacons.
- Climbing Club - Access to the School climbing wall during weekly sessions and trips out to venues around the South.
- Winter Mountaineering - A week in the mountains of Scotland learning to use axes, crampons and to manage yourself in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold - Enrol in the world’s most famous youth development scheme, taking on Volunteering, Physical, Skill sections and Expedition, by foot, canoe or sailing boat.
- Jolie Brise - Join the Sailing Club and have access to our very own tall ship. More than one hundred years old, sailed, owned and maintained by you, the Jolie Brise has a full cruise schedule at half terms, Easter and summer breaks.
- House Adventures - Many houses have adventures planned for their Sixth Form groups, from ropes course challenges, to canoe trips to campfires in the grounds of the Manor.
- Devizes to Westminster - For forty years Dauntsey’s pupils have been taking part in the toughest canoe race in the UK. Taking place over Easter weekend you will paddle 125 miles, camping and cooking for yourself and find toughness and resilience you didn’t know you had.
- Overseas trips - Varying from year to year, these trips will take you to the far corners of the globe to have adventures. Past trips have been to the Alps, Romania, India and Bhutan.
Sailing is also popular and Dauntsey’s sails, and maintains, the world-famous 1913 gaff-rigged pilot cutter Jolie Brise. All new Sixth Formers joining the School will get the opportunity to sail on board Jolie Brise on specially organised day trips, usually in the first half of the Autumn Term.