Headmaster's Newsletter, 10 November 2017

| 10 November 2017

Dear Parents

Remembrance Day
After a very informative assembly on one hundred years of the War Graves Commission from 7P on Tuesday, Year 8 pupils led our Remembrance Day Service today at 10.45 am. The Senior Choir sang a beautiful anthem in assembly and we then observed two minutes’ silence at 11 am, when pupils in the Prep School and the Pre-Prep placed wreaths of poppies by the War Memorial.  Niamh T (Yr8) played the Last Post and Reveille – a very moving experience for all.

Noah @ TEDx Talks
Congratulations to Noah D (Yr6) who applied independently to TEDx Talks to speak as a young innovator at a TEDx event.  He travelled to London last week to perform in front of a live audience of 200+ people – quite an achievement for a ten year-old.  His talk will be posted in due course. The topic? Watch this space!

Music Concerts
We now look forward to the following concerts in the Recital Room over the coming weeks.
1.30 pm Friday 17 November – Singers’ Recital
1.30 pm Tuesday 21 November – Drummers’ Extravaganza
4.45 pm Friday 24 November – Junior Gala Concert (Yr4-Yr5)
2.30 pm Thursday 30 November – Year 2 Instrumental Concert
4.45 pm Friday 1 December – Senior Gala Concert (Yr6-Yr8)
There will also be much singing in the four Christmas productions in the Nursery, Reception, Yr1/Yr2 and Yr3, and at
2.30 pm Friday 15 December – Carol Service in Wimborne Minster (Yr2-Yr8)

U13 Girls IAPS National Hockey 
The senior girls’ hockey team travelled to Millfield on Monday, for the South-West U13 IAPS Hockey Championships.  The girls battled hard against some very strong opposition, recording some impressive results. Very well done to everyone involved, and a big thank you to parents for travelling such a long way to support. 

Cross Country
We took a big team of 32 runners to the PEDSSA race at Canford yesterday in almost perfect cross country conditions. Everyone ran and supported each other in typical Dumpton style, giving their all out on the course and enthusiastically cheering people over the line. Individual highlights are Maya D finishing 4th, Amelia C 5th, Oliver S 8th, George G 9th plus Esther B and Iris C both finishing 10th in their races.  The Year 7 girls team of Amelia, Charlotte, Dominique, Grace, Iris and Maya did incredibly well with five of them finishing in the top 20 runners.

Other Sporting News 
There were some encouraging results elsewhere on the sports field this week, with Steph feeding 200+ children and 100+ parents here at Dumpton alone.  Congratulations to the U13 and U12 rugby teams who have won all eight of their matches so far, and also to the U12 girls hockey side which is putting together a fine run on their way to the IAPS Nationals Finals at Ipswich at the end of the month.  Well done also to the U11 girls’ hockey team and U11 boys’ rugby team who were mentioned in dispatches from their tournaments at Bryanston and Canford respectively. 

Rotarian Shoeboxes
Thank you, once again, to everyone who contributed to this initiative.  There was an impressive pile of 67 boxes in the Front Hall that have now been collected and are winging their way to orphanages in distant lands.

Children in Need
Once again, we are bracing ourselves for all the fun of Children in Need.  Thanks should go, in advance, to Mr Moulton (i/c organisation here at school) and Dumpton mum Sam Dean who has spent countless hours sorting and pricing toys for the Pre-Prep Second Hand Toy Sale. We will see you all there next Thursday!  Thank you in advance for your contributions to the children’s stalls, and also for all the 50p, 20p and 10p coins which drive the process.

Parents’ Lunch
Thank you to the parents who accepted Steph’s invitation to lunch on Thursday this week.  The lunch was delicious, as always, and an enjoyable time was had by all.

Early Mornings in the Prep School…
Just a reminder that doors to the main Prep School teaching block open at 8.00am.  If children arrive at school before this time, please direct them to the Dining Hall where we will keep them warm until teachers arrive in their classrooms.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning