Headmaster's Letter, Friday 9 March 2018

| 09 March 2018

Dear Parents
Unseasonal Snow 
Thank you all for your patience with the school closure last week.  I was delighted to see the children and staff hit the ground running on Monday – they have achieved a great deal this week to make up for lost time.  As a result the end of week letter is a little longer than usual…
Scholarship News 
I am delighted to update you on our scholarship news. Firstly from Talbot Heath where Daisy D won a Music Scholarship and Niamh T and Emily N both won All-Rounder Scholarships - Niamh then went on to win separate Academic, Sport and Music Scholarships to Hampshire Collegiate..  Meanwhile at Clayesmore, Sofia C was offered both Sport and All-Rounder Scholarships and Will L a Music Exhibition - then Howard G, Ollie S Will S and Tom S all won Sports Scholarships. Finally, Georgina E won an Academic Scholarship to Milton Abbey This brings our running total so far this year to 21, with many decisions still pending. Very well done to all.  
Book Week 
After an unavoidably disrupted Book Week, the Book Fair and competitions have drawn to a close.  We had 43 amazing Book in a Box entrants this year, so competition was fierce.  The boxes are now on display in the library when they are creating a great amount of interest.  Winners for the Book in a Box Competition are; Evie O, Sabela S, Alice F, Amelie H, Zac J, Zoe H and Harry P.  We also had some lovely photos both adventurous and cosy, sent in for the Photo Competition – the winners are as follows: Austin R, Gabriel D, Pippa R, Lucy S and Lily V.  The winners from both competitions have now chosen their prize – a book from the Book Fair.  Well done to everyone who entered.
Bryanston Science Essay Competition
There were many entries this year from a range of local prep schools, with essays written around the theme ‘The Science of Baking’.  I am delighted to announce some excellent results for our Year 6 and 7 pupils this year.  Congratulations to Olivia S who was first in the Biology section, Morgan B who came a very creditable second and Alana F who received a commendation. In the Chemistry section, there were commendations for Amelia S, Annabel C, Charlotte K, Iris C, Lucy S and Toby M. Many congratulations to all.
Model United Nations
Congratulations to our team of Jessica B, William C, Jorgia H, Harvey H and Lucy S, who represented Dumpton (and the Yemen) at this annual event.  Well done also to Jessica and William who were awarded special commendations by the judges.
Samuel the Inventor
Recently, Samuel M (Yr 5) entered a competition, via MakerClub, to invent a new sports related machine.  Out of the 1000’s of entries Samuel’s design for a Giant Dodge Ball Machine won – with the prize being that the team at ‘Kidz Invent Stuff’ build the invention!  The full story is available on YouTube over a series of videos, the last of which shows the machine in full operation – well done Samuel, keep those ideas coming …
Dumpton Music
A big thank you to Canford School for hosting the Year 4 Singing afternoon before the snow came – a very enjoyable afternoon for everyone involved.  Thank you to all the parents who supported our delightful Woodwind Concert at lunchtime today, celebrating the talents of many of Mrs Bolter’s saxophone, clarinet and flute pupils, and showcasing some lovely work in the Pre-Prep.  Well done to all the musicians and teachers involved.  We now look forward to the House Singing Competition next Thursday during prep time – sadly there will only be room for the participants and staff as usual.  
County Netball Champions and IAPS National Qualifiers
Well done to the U12 and U13 netball sides which came first and second respectively in the County Championships on Wednesday.  Many congratulations again to the U12 girls who then had an exceptional day at IAPS Regional Tournament at King’s Bruton the next day, winning all of their matches and the South West title.  Similarly, the U13 netball team impressed us all, battling to third place and also qualifying for the nationals.  Both sides are currently battling it out at the IAPS National Championships at Basildon Sports Centre today. Quite a week of netball …
Sports Round-up
There was the usual array of fixtures on the past two Wednesday afternoons, with highlights including the 1st VII boys’ hockey winning the King Edward VII, Southampton tournament, with the 2nd VII coming an impressive 4th. All the senior teams, including the impressive 3rd and 4th VII’s won their games against Castle Court and Chafyn Grove, continuing their outstanding seasons.  Well done also to the U9 boys who won the Salisbury Cathedral School Hockey Tournament.
IAPS Swimmers and National Cross Country runners
We took a big team of swimmers to the IAPS Regional Gala at Clayesmore last week, and posted some impressive times in the various individual and relay events.  We now wait to see who has qualified to swim at the IAPS Nationals in the Olympic Pool after Easter.  Well done also to Dominic H and Iris C (Dorset) and Ollie and Will S (Wiltshire) who will be running at Loughborough in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships this weekend. 
A Message from FoDS
Children in the Pre-Prep will have come home today with a flyer containing details of a Decorated Easter Egg Competition.  We had some amazing entries last year so are looking forward to seeing more fantastic creations this year.  On the last day of term (Friday 23 March), the Pre-Prep will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. Ducklings and Nursery parents are invited to school at 10am to join in the fun with their children.  This will take place in the Adventure Playground and will be followed by hot cross buns and coffee.  Children are welcome to bring their own bunny ears, tails and basket!
Iceland calling … and other events next week
On Tuesday Year 5 will be heading for Safewise, as part of their PSHE studies, and the successful pupils from Yr 6-7 will be attending the Bryanston Science Essay Prize Giving later that day.  Then on Wednesday Mrs Sharp, Mr Nye and Miss Tucker will be leading a party of 23 pupils from Yr 6-8 to Iceland. On Thursday, Yr 1 will be visiting the Streets Meadow Residential Home to perform to the residents. Finally, we look forward to the visit of Noah and the Yr 2 Drumming Day on Friday.
Best wishes
Andrew Browning