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  • The Music Plays on at Dauntsey’s

    In spite of the restrictions imposed by Covid 19, music has continued to thrive at Dauntsey’s. Two on-line solo recital concerts took place in September and October, featuring GCSE and A Level students. A wide programme including Mozart, Chopin, Handel, as well as more recent musical theatre numbers, entertained viewers and provided valuable performance experience for the students. Just before half-term pupils took part in the heats of the Lower School Music Competition. The range of instruments, variety of styles,...

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  • King’s Ely teacher’s 100-mile challenge in aid of Armed Forces charity

    Helen Melville, a Geography Teacher at King’s Ely Senior, is challenging herself to run 100 miles throughout November to not only put her stamina to the test but also raise as much money as she can for the Royal British Legion, a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. Helen, who lives in Downham Market, Norfolk, said: “In what has been a very challenging year, all...

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  • King’s Ely designer through to finals of esteemed competition

    A CREATIVE King’s Ely student has reached the finals of a prestigious fashion design competition. Namo Sajarattanachote, who is in Year 13 at King’s Ely Sixth Form, has been named a finalist in this year’s RECO Young Designer Competition, hailed the largest upcycling fashion design contest in Thailand. Sponsored by Indorama Ventures PCL, the competition is organised to raise awareness about how polyester ‘waste’ can be used to create brilliant, inspiring designs. RECO also aims to demonstrate new skills, and...

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  • Dauntsey’s Dances On

    Covid 19 has inevitably impacted the way in which Dance is being taught at Dauntsey’s but the School has come up with some creative solutions to continue this very popular activity Classes are now non-contact and mixed age group dance clubs have been suspended, with single year group sessions replacing specialised groups. There has been a great uptake in Dance across the Lower School, leading many sessions to be held outside, making the most of the large campus setting the...

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  • Dauntsey’s has seen a strong uptake in rowing this term.

    Rowers have been out on the water in the autumn sunshine honing their skills and trying out different seating combinations. Rowing is an Upper School games option in the Autumn and Summer terms for Fifth Formers and above, with the students rowing with Bradford-upon-Avon rowing Club each week. Miss Pearson, one of the teachers responsible for the rowing programme at Dauntsey’s, said; “No experience is needed and almost all pupils are complete beginners with they start with us. Rowing is...

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  • King’s Ely teacher writes his thirtieth book

    A TEACHER at King’s Ely has written a new book all about the subject he loves. ‘Why Study Geography?’ is the thirtieth book that Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography at King’s Ely Junior, has written or co-written. Alan said: “Considering studying Geography at University? Wondering whether a Geography degree will get you a good job, and what you might earn? Want to know what it’s actually like to study Geography at A Level or even degree level? My new book...

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  • King’s Ely student to compete in prestigious maths contest

    A KING’S Ely student has been selected to represent the UK in an international mathematics competition. Eleanor MacGillivray, who is in Year 12 at King’s Ely Senior, is one of only six students from the UK who has been chosen to compete in the 2020 Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (BMO) – a 4.5 hour competition taking place in November. The BMO, now in its 37th year, was due to be held in Romania this year, however it will take place remotely...

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  • Dauntsey’s Training Hard for Gruelling DW Canoe Race

    Dauntsey’s Adventure team has had the largest ever number of applications to secure a place in the School’s team for the infamous Devizes to Westminster (DW) canoe race, known as ‘The Canoeist’s Everest’. Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education at Dauntsey’s, said: “Months of lockdown have certainly not diminished our Lower Sixth pupils’ appetite for adventure. We have had 43 students apply, many of whom have never paddled before. They have been making good progress in the canoes, practising their...

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  • Dauntsey’s will hold two Virtual Open Mornings in October

    Due to current restrictions, Dauntsey’s is unable to welcome visitors in person. Therefore, the school will hold two virtual Open Mornings: Lower School Virtual Open Morning: Saturday, October 10th from 10am For those considering entry into the Lower School (11+ day and boarding, and 13+ boarding) The Lower School Open Morning will include a Welcome from the Head Master, Mark Lascelles, followed by an Introduction to Life in the Lower School with Head of the Lower School, Eleni Conidaris and...

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  • Dauntsey’s Pupils Take to the High Seas

    The annual sail usually involves an overnight stay on Jolie Brise but, due to current Department of Education regulations, the trip was adapted to be just a full day of sailing with pupils remaining in their House ‘bubbles’, supported by a Skipper, First Mate and Bosun, all from the School’s Sailing Staff. On board, pupils took part in every aspect of sailing a Tall Ship. They also learnt about the incredible history of this world-famous boat. Toby Marris, Head of...

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