Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 1 April 2022

| 04 April 2022
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 1 April 2022

Dear Parents

It was a pleasure to give out awards to both the Pre-Prep and Prep pupils today. As well as recognising individual success in areas like sport, performing arts, and academic progress, many of our regular awards focus on our school values of Be Kind (Generosity of Spirit) and Aim High (Endeavour). Celebrating the pupils who uphold and truly 'live' our values is a really important way to encourage and grow those behaviours in the school - well done to all the children recognised today for their exploits, and to those that weren't, next term is a new term, and another chance to be recognised. As I said to the pupils today, if everyone got to win an award every time, they wouldn't feel quite as special as they do...

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the whole Dumpton staff team. This term has been a very demanding one for them, especially as they have covered for some fairly unprecedented levels of staff absence - but as ever they have pulled together and put the children first, and it has been a most wonderful term because of their efforts and dedication. I suspect some of them are fairly exhausted today, so I am sure you will join me in wishing them all a very peaceful and relaxing Easter Holiday. 

Mr Smith's Charity Challenge
We are all wishing Mr Smith the best of luck for his incredible 24 challenge here at Dumpton tomorrow. A huge thank you again to the Y6 parents who have so generously given their time to help raise more money, and thank you to everyone who has helped this event - I know Mr Smith is really touched by your support.

FoDS - Coffee Morning and AGM
Thank you to the FoDS for organising a great Easter Egg Hunt this morning for Pre-Prep. We are looking forward to welcoming as many parents as possible to a Friends of Dumpton coffee morning and AGM on Tuesday 3rd May - do put that date in your diary.

There will be a chance to talk through some exciting plans for the future of the Friends at Dumpton, and I know the Friends of Dumpton Committee are keen to see as many parents from different areas of the school to get involved if possible.

House X-Country
This is always a favourite event of the year, and Wednesday did not disappoint. With all the Prep School pupils challenging themselves against the course, there was great determination on show, and no little camaraderie too. It was so lovely to have parents on site to watch too, and my huge thanks to Mr Randle and Mr Loe for organising such a superb event.

Biathlon Success
Earlier this year we reported that a number of Y5 and Y6 pupils had qualified for the British Biathlon National Championships. Elyssa S, Georgie R, Thomas F, Izzy B, Alice F and Bella F all competed in the National last month, and did amazingly well competing against children from around the country. We're really proud of their efforts, and they received Headmaster's commendations today for their achievement.

Y6 Trip to Skern Lodge
With foreign trips still very tricky, Y6 will have their usual Normandy Trip replaced with a trip to Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre in North Devon. Parents should have received a letter today, and I know Y6 are already very excited about spending three nights away together - a chance to bond, to experience new things, and to challenge themselves in nature and the great outdoors.

Following the huge success of our first Earthshot Day, pupils presented ideas in the Earthshot Dragon's Den and the panel have some exciting initiatives to consider!  All the other ideas from pupils have been collated into a set of Planet Pledges that we will be following to enable us to 'act locally' to tackle the 5 Earthshot goals.  We will share these with the Dumpton community in due course but the pupils are keener than ever to make a positive and sustained difference - they have already planted over 400 trees on the school site, made bee hotels and sustainable bird feeders to support biodiversity and looked into new ways for us to become a truly Plastic Free School.  We'll keep you posted as these projects unfold and do support them wherever you can with changes they might like to make at home too!

Thank you to Mrs Siggers for her organisation here and to all the staff offering such exciting hobbies next term - we have nearly 30 on offer each week! With Yoga added to the list for Pre-Prep, Volleyball and Photography for DECA, and Skateboarding and American Football for Prep School Hobbies, there's something exciting for everyone, and I do hope children take up the opportunity to try new activities. Mrs Siggers sent the forms yesterday -  a reminder to fill them in by Monday at the latest.

With best wishes for a lovely Easter.

Christian Saenger