Headmaster's Letter, Friday 27 April 2018

| 27 April 2018

Dear Parents
Five Star Kitchens
Congratulations to Steph (again) and her team for achieving another 5-star rating for her kitchens from the local food hygiene inspectors.  As you would expect, of course, but congratulations to the team nonetheless.
Visiting Author 
Ross Montgomery filled the younger children's imaginations with images of the tiny beings which star in his new story 'Max and the Millions'. In workshop sessions they generated ideas for 'Prince Luke's Exploration Diary', which many continued to talk about in subsequent English lessons - Ross is keen to hear any ideas the children come up with, so we'll be sending them onto him and may even feature in future stories or on his website! It was lovely to see such enthusiasm from a humorous and witty young writer - hopefully the children will be inspired to follow in his footsteps!
Senior School Scholarships
Thank you to all those who have expressed an interest in the Senior Schools Scholarship Meeting on Tuesday (8 May).  Drinks will be served in the Recital Room, prior to the meeting from 7.30pm.  Do please feel free to add your name to the list via Lerryn (01202 883818 or secretary@dumpton.com) – all are welcome.
In2 Hockey Championships
Well done (and bad luck) to the U13 boys’ hockey team who travelled to Millfield for the South-West In2 Hockey Championships. Winning their group comfortably, they were then eliminated on penalty-flicks in the quarter finals – a disappointing end to an outstanding season.  Very well done to all involved.
Sun and rain
There were some encouraging performances amidst the uncertain weather on Wednesday this week. Some games were abandoned due to rain, but the Year 5 boys battled on successfully through the showers at the U10 Canford Cricket tournament, winning three games against Sandroyd, FSM and Port Regis, and losing the fourth to Pilgrims by just one run.  An excellent start to their season.  Well done to all the rounders and cricket teams who played so positively in some close games.
ISA Skiing Championships
Good luck to the Dumpton ski teams heading up to Hemel Hempstead very early on Monday morning.  I will report back next week.
GB Baseball and South-West Football
Congratulations to Thomas N (Yr8) on his selection for the Great Britain U15 Baseball Squad, and also to Henry T (Yr8) on representing the South West of England team at the annual Independent Schools Football Association football tournament at Shrewsbury over Easter.
India Day - Friday 4 May
Just a reminder that the whole school will be involved in an Indian-themed Mufti Day next Friday, raising funds for the sponsorship of our pupil at Awake Mercy Children’s Home in Tamil Nadu.
Summer Club
Madame Tulodziecki’s Summer Club (week 1: Mon 9 July – Fri 13 July and Week 2: Mon 16 July – Fri 20 July) is filling up nicely.  This was a great success last summer, with many sessions oversubscribed, particularly in the first week. The combination of pizza making, mountain-biking, T-shirt design and swimming, amongst other things, seemed to capture the imagination of the children and we look forward to more of the same this year.  Do please click on the link in the Parents’ Area if you would like to book. 
Looking ahead

  • ISA Skiing @ Hemel Hempstead
  • Dinosaur and Fossil Talk – Reception


  • Junior (Year 5) Satips @ Bryanston (with concert for parents at 5pm)
  • Year 4 Athletics Training @ Castle Court (h)
  • Year 3 Rounders/Cricket v BCPS (h)


  • Prep School sports fixtures (18) v Millfield Prep, Walhampton, Salisbury Cathedral School, Durlston Court, Sandroyd, Talbot Heath    


  • Year 5 Science Trip: Dorset County Museum


  • India (Mufti) Day
  • Year 6 Residential Normandy Trip departs    
  • Year 2/Year 4 – Climbing Wall @Dumpton
  • Years 3, 4 and 5 – Informal Lunchtime Concert in the Recital Room
  • Year 7/Year 8 – Tennis v Castle Court (h)

And finally…
Mrs Sharp would like to let parents know that the Junior Examination timetables (Year 4 – 6) can be found on the Parents’ Area of the website under Academic Assessment.  

With best wishes

Andrew Browning