Headmaster's Letter, Friday 6 October 2017

| 06 October 2017

Dear Parents

Parents’ Seminar – Attitude to Learning

Attitude to Learning grades will be awarded in the Prep School in the week before half-term.  In preparation for this, there will be a Parents’ Seminar presented by Director of Studies, Mrs Sharp, Deputy Head, Mr Nye and both Senior Tutors, Mr Moulton and Mrs Rielly next Tuesday 10 October from 5 pm in the Recital Room. They will explain both the benefits and the implementation of the new system.  We hope many of you will be able to attend.

Dumpton Lunch – by appointment …

Over the coming terms, Steph will be saving a table at normal school lunchtimes on certain days, bookable by parents in any year group.  The first date for your diary is Thursday 9 November 2017.  She can be contacted at stephthechef@dumpton.com if you would like to book your places.  There will be eight places each time, bookable on a first come first served basis.  Arrival in the Front Hall from 12.30 pm, lunch from 12.45 pm and coffee served in the Headmaster’s Study from 1.30 pm.

News from the Prep School

Congratulations to the Senior SATIPS musicians who performed so well at Bryanston earlier in the week.  All pupils surpassed themselves and were a credit to the school on a long, but rewarding day. We were then all relieved that the weather held for the very successful Year 6 trip to Lulworth on Thursday.  Hopefully the Year 3 trip to Cranborne Technology Centre next Tuesday (10 October) will be similarly blessed.

Wednesday Sports 

There were fixtures at all levels in the Prep School again this week.  I would like to congratulate the 1st XI football side on their 4-0 victory at Castle Court, the 1st VII girls on coming third at the West Hill Park Tournament and all the other teams on an excellent set of results on a very busy day.  

Kit Amnesty

While on the subject of sports, to support our regular kit inspections, we would be grateful if parents could take a few minutes this weekend just to check the labels on their children’s clothing to ensure that they are clearly labelled and that they don’t have other belongings muddled with their own.  Any returns will be much appreciated, particularly by the Matrons! 

News from the Pre-Prep

Years 1 & 2 will be holding informal Open Afternoons in the week beginning Monday 9 October from 3.40 pm.  These are opportunities for children to show parents their work so far this term.  Further details have already been sent to parents in a separate letter.  Next week we have a visit to Wimborne Minster for Year 1 on Tuesday (10 October).  

Christmas Shoeboxes 

Dumpton pupils have always enjoyed making up Christmas shoeboxes of presents for children who, otherwise, would receive little.  This year we will be sending the boxes to The Rotary Club, who will be forwarding them overseas to children in need.  If you would like to participate, please could you deliver your boxes, wrapped in Christmas paper to the Front Hall after half-term. There is a flyer containing further information attached to this letter and a leaflet was sent home with the pupils last night.  Thank you. 

News from FoDS

FoDS Quiz Night – 7.45 pm Saturday 14 October, Assembly Hall

The questions are written, the pizzas have been ordered …. and there is now only one table remaining for the quiz night - please feel free to book as individuals or a group. Bookings will remain open until the last table is filled!

Christmas Party – 7 pm Saturday 2 December, Harbour Heights

The information leaflet and booking form for the Christmas party are attached.  You are welcome to book as individuals or as a table. Tables accommodate 10, although there are a couple of twelves available on request. Tickets are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

With best wishes

Andrew Browning


PS Fraser Portraits will be collecting the Pupil Photograph orders on Monday 9 October.