Headmaster's Letter, Friday 11 May

| 11 May 2018

11 May 2018

Dear Parents

The Friction of Distance

I am delighted to announce that some of the pupils’ sound recordings from the recent Iceland Trip have been included in the American avant-garde jazz ensemble Baker-Barganier Duo's new composition, Friction of Distance. While we may struggle to get to the world premiere, the piece will be available on their website very soon.  Well done to all the pupils who spoke with such confidence at the Iceland presentation this evening – there were some impressive projects on show.

Guitar Workshop and Concert

Such is the local popularity of Old Dumptonian Will McNicol, we had members of the public ringing in to see if they could attend our concert on Thursday afternoon.  As ever, Will put on a great show, inspiring the pupils of his ex-guitar teacher (Mr Albin) to produce some impressive responses to the challenges he set. It was then great to see the master and his one–time apprentice on stage together – the pupils were impressive too!

Scholarship Evening

A big thank you to all the parents who attended my talk on Tuesday evening.  As I said on the night, this was only the start of the process, and I would be very happy to make an appointment to see any parent to discuss future schools, pre-assessment, grammar school tests or scholarships.  My door is always open – via Lerryn on 01202-883818.

Sports results

At last the sun has shone on a Wednesday afternoon.  Congratulations to the boys’ 1st XI cricket side on an impressive win against Port Regis, with Jamie Elviss scoring his maiden fifty for the school.  Well done, similarly, to the girls’ 1st IX rounders team, on their 24-11 victory against Sherborne Prep – and thank you to all the pupils at all levels who represented the school with such good spirit.

Athletics Records

Meanwhile, on the same day, a team of athletes attended a local schools’ event with much success.  In particular, a number of Dumpton School Records were broken on the afternoon – including Massimo B (100m), Matilda A (200m), Iris C (1500m), Holly P (high jump) and William S (100m).  Given the high quality of athletes we have seen over past years, these are all very impressive achievements.

Year 4 - 6 Exams

The exam season is fast approaching but we will endeavour to make this as painless and productive as possible for the children.  If you are interested in examples of questions for the Junior Exams (Years 4 and 5) please do look at the information on the Parents' Area of the website.

The Life of a Vet

A big thank you to David Harding of Damory Veterinary Practice who gave a fascinating talk about the life and work of a vet to the Reception children on Tuesday – all part of their Careers Education!

Year 4 Camp 

Good luck to 4C who are camping in the grounds this evening.  The weather again looks set to be fair(ish) but I am sure that they will enjoy themselves regardless!

Whole School Photograph

Frasers will collect the photograph orders on Monday (14 May) – please remember to return your form if you would like to place an order.

Next week at a glance

As momentum grows towards the half-term, here is a brief summary of what lies ahead next week – please note a particularly busy Friday …

Monday (14 May)

  • Common Entrance Mathematics Aural (Year 8)
  • Lower School examinations this week (Year 4 and 5)

Tuesday (15 May)

  • Roman Day (Year 6)
  • Common Entrance French Listening (Year 8)

Wednesday (16 May)

  • Fixtures: Cricket v FSM/Clayesmore (10); Rounders v Port Regis (8) (Years 3-8)

Thursday (17 May)

  • Common Entrance French Speaking (Year 8) 
  • Port Regis Athletics Meeting (Years 6, 7 & 8)

Friday (18 May)

  • Common Entrance French Speaking (Year 8)
  • Pet Show (Reception)
  • Environmental Day (Year 2)
  • Overnight Camp (Year 4W)
  • Visit to Corfe Castle (Year 5)
  • Bryanston Sports Trip (Year 7)
  • Informal Lunchtime Concert (Years 5, 6, 7 and 8)

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning