Headmaster's Letter, Friday 16th March 2018

| 16 March 2018

Dear Parents

U12/U13 IAPS Nationals Netball

I would like to start this letter with a huge thank you to both the staff and parents who drove up to Basildon, Essex in support of our U12 and U13 Netball teams last Friday – particularly as the organisers announced that spectators could not be admitted to the site due to dangerous conditions underfoot.  Nonetheless, the girls did us proud with their battling displays, with the U12’s coming a very creditable 8th overall, against some of the top netball schools in the country. Very well done to all.

Scholarship Successes …

……have continued with three Academic Scholarships to Canford for Oscar B, Robbie H and Elliot H along with a Drama Scholarship for Esther B. This brings the total number of awards this year to 25 – very well done to all involved.

The Bloodhound Project

On Monday, as part of National Science and Engineering Week, we have a team from the Bloodhound Project coming to Dumpton.  Their car, the Bloodhound SSC, will be working towards a land speed record attempt on a dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2018 targeting 500 mph! After a Prep School Assembly, pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 will be shown the stages of design and testing, and we will be constructing our own mini versions to see who can build the fastest car. The winning group will have their group's name painted on the side of the actual car completing the record attempt.

National Science and Engineering Week

On Thursday we are very lucky to have recent Old Dumptonian Flora H coming into school to join her brother JJ (Year 8) in talking to Year 3 about their work on the farm, and in particular the orphan lambs who will be accompanying them.  The next day we will be welcoming Dr Mike Kearney, Head of Science at Bryanston, to talk to Years 4 and 5 about the ‘Physics of Flight’. 

Willy Wonka Workshop

A late addition to the Programme of Events: we will be taking all Year 4 pupils to Hampreston next Tuesday for a ‘Chocolate Making Workshop’ between 1.30pm – 3.00pm.  This is being hosted by Hampreston First School, our local partner state school.  Check the school bags for the fruits of your children’s labours next week, if they make it that far…

'Play in a Day'

Year 7 children will be doing a ‘Play in a Day’ next week, creating their own version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. The performance, to which parents are invited, will begin at 4.45pm on Thursday 22 March, in the Assembly Hall. As this will be scripted through work with the children, it won’t be quite as long as an RSC performance (!). Please could parents arrive from 4.30pm, as the children will be working on the performance in the hall up to this point.

Wednesday Sports

The last busy sporting week of term had the usual array of 20+ fixtures, featuring Port Regis and Salisbury Cathedral School.  The pupils finished the term in style, with a mixture of exciting wins and narrow defeats.  Well done to the 1st VII boys who completed an exceptional unbeaten season away at Port Regis with a 6-0 win - congratulations also to the U11 boys who battled hard at the Canford Hockey Tournament, winning through to the latter stages.  Both sides now head for the IAPS Nationals next week at Millfield (Tuesday) and Tonbridge (Wednesday) respectively.

School Allotments

As the weather changes back to the balmy Spring days that I had predicted at half-term, the pupils are starting to mass at the gates of the School Allotments at lunchtimes once again.  We are busy planting seeds and already have the Year 3 Potato Challenge in place.  We now welcome other pupil-initiated growing projects, whether individual or team based.  There are lots of recycled plastic raised beds and a polytunnel available – all we ask is that children bring a pair of wellington boots and some gardening gloves, if possible.

Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Decorating Competition

Just a quick reminder that the Easter Egg Hunt will be starting from 10.15am for Nursery children and parents next Friday.  Please come to the front of the main house from 10.00am.  The rest of the Pre-Prep will be joining in at various stages, and we are hoping for a sunny spring day to finish our term!  You will also have received information regarding the Reception, Year 1 and 2 Easter Egg decorating competition – the eggs will be on display in the Front Hall on the last day of term.

Yours sincerely


Andrew Browning


PS - Please check the Dumpton Facebook page to see all the fun they are having in Iceland!