Headmaster's News Letter - Friday 7 September

| 07 October 2022
Headmasters News Letter - Friday 7 September

Dear Parents

It has been the most brilliantly busy week here at Dumpton. The staff and I often talk to the children about living our values – and this week has seen so many examples of just that.


Our weekly theme of ‘Charity Matters’ has allowed the children to reflect on what it means to Be Kind: putting ourselves in other people’s shoes, taking care of those less fortunate, and trying to be true ‘global citizens’ who do things for the betterment of our planet and all who live here. Thank you to Y2 for their Harvest Assembly, and 4A for their assembly this morning who both touched on this theme, and how fantastic to see all the children bringing so much produce in today for Wimborne Foodbank. I’m delighted that it wasn’t just children living our values this week but parents too – the Dumpton Friends Bake Sale for Macmillan Cancer Support was such a success – thank you to all the parents involved for being such good role models to our pupils. 

But this week has also seen pupils Aim High in so many ways, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones by taking up opportunities to do fantastic things: our Y7 team won the Canford Geography Quiz handsomely; a select team of Y5s worked superbly at the Sherborne ‘Cracking the Code’ event; our top girls’ hockey team competed so valiantly at the IAPS Regionals at Clifton College; and our stunning singers and Senior Choir wowed the audience at the Performance Assembly on Thursday. 

It is always lovely to see those values permeating through every element of Dumpton life – thank you to all the staff who put so much effort in to make sure that this happens. 

Sport vs Castle Court 
Huge congratulations to our hockey and football teams who put on a great show against our local friends and rivals from Castle Court. Whilst we could celebrate wins across lots of the matches, what was most pleasing was seeing the progress the children are making, both in terms of their skill and tactics, as well as their exemplary attitudes and sporting behaviour.  

Y2 Trip to Highcliffe Castle – from Mrs Morton 
Y2 visited Highcliffe Castle on Tuesday as part of their topic Knights and Castles. Lots of history learning about life in a castle, clothing, shields and stained-glasswindows. They knighted each other, decorated crowns and enjoyed playing in the castle grounds. A great time was had by all. 

Y7 and Y8 Trip to Marwell – from Mrs Catton 
Y7 and Y8 were superb on the Marwell trip, and enjoyed their Educational HUB talks around the Zoo. They learned about conservation efforts, both at Marwell and in the wild. The biodiverse Tropical House was a highlight, and we were lucky enough to see Santos the sloth. Marwell is leading the way with sustainability too, it was fascinating for the pupils to learn that the Tropical House was being heated solely with zoo poo, a world first. An inspiring and educational day, and I was very proud of how well the pupils behaved on the day.  

Dumpton Friends – Bake Sale 
There was a wonderful array of cakes, cookies and fudge on display at the Bake Sale on Wednesday both at the beginning and end of the school day. An impressive £541 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.  Huge thanks to Dumpton Friends for organisingthis so brilliantly and to everyone who took the time to bake. It was a great success! 

Dumpton Friends have also asked me to remind you about the following upcoming events: The Quiz Night is next Thursday (13 October) – there are some tickets remaining, please book via Classlist.  A Christmas Party has been booked for Thursday 8 December – please save the date. More information on Classlist next week! 

Cracking The Code at Sherborne School - from Mrs Sowden 
A small group of Y5 pupils went to Sherborne for a day of Cracking the Code. Emeli H, Harry C, Martha A-I, Jacob W, Felix S-V and Flynn B all took part in a variety of activities such as, extracting DNA from kiwi fruit, unpicking languages from Africa and cracking codes in maths. It was a lovely opportunity to spend time and work collaboratively with peers from different schools.  

Join the Nurdle Hunt - Sunday 9 October @ Kimmeridge Bay– from Mrs Cox 
Make a genuinely positive difference to the health of our beautiful coastline and marine world and help Dumpton achieve plastic-free school status by giving up a couple of hours of your time to join the free nurdle hunt at Kimmeridge bay from 2-3.30pm on Sunday 9th October.  Nurdles are tiny particles of plastic that make their way into the marine environment, absorbing harmful chemicals like toxic sponges and ending up on beaches and in our food chain.  Support Dorset Wildlife Trust and enjoy some valuable family time in the fresh air by participating in the hunt.  Further details can be found via the links below. 


Individual School Photos   
A reminder that the deadline for ordering photographs is this Monday (10 October) this will ensure that orders are returned to school and save postage and packing charges. 

Swimming Kit 
It has been lovely to see the swimming pool back action again this week - a reminder that pupils should have their swimming kit in school at all times please.  

Useful Reminders
Music Timetable
Apply to start Instrumental/Vocal Lessons
Apply to start LAMDA Lessons (spaces currently available for pupils in Yr 6-8)

The Sports Website may be found via www.dumptonsport.com (the password is deansgrove22). 

Key Events Next Week (please see sports site and calendar for all fixtures) 

Week B 
Week 6: Theme of the Week Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 

Monday 10 October 
16:30 Y4 Online Parents’ Evening (English & Maths teachers) 

Tuesday 11 October  
8.30 Prep School Assembly (7TR – Black History Month) 

Wednesday 12 October 
9.15 Reception Visit to Wimborne Library 
16.30 Y3 Online Parents’ Evening (form tutors only) 

Thursday 13 October 
8:30 Prep School Assembly – Performing Arts & Sports Reports 
14.30 Y6 Science Magic at Canford 
15.15 Reception Classes – Harvest Assembly (Assembly Hall) 
19.00 Dumpton Friends – Quiz Night (The Old Thatch)

Friday 14 October 
Y3 Visit to the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne
8.30 Prep School Juniors Assembly (4C)

With best wishes for the weekend.

Christian Saenger