Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 10 January 2020

| 10 January 2020

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new term at Dumpton - a very busy, varied, and happy term for all of us I hope. 

I used my first Assembly of the year to the Prep School to discuss 'decision-making'. What decisions can we make this term? And what might the consequences of those decisions be?  One of the decisions pupils might be faced with this term is whether or not to take up a new opportunity. A visit from Old Dumptonian Adam Phillips yesterday illustrated this brilliantly. He discovered, fairly late on in his time at Dumpton that he could sing. He made the decision to join a choir. He then made the brave choice to audition for a solo in Year 8 at the Minster. Fast forward 5 years, and this year he played one of the lead roles in Canford's production of Chicago. We were all blown away by the confidence and quality of his performance - a star in the making! Adam's story was a perfect example for pupils: the decisions you make now could have a very exciting impact on your future.  A short clip of Adam’s performance can be found here https://www.dumpton.com/school-news.aspx along with other recent photos and news.  

We hope all parents have had a chance to check through the online calendar. We have made a few late additions, including this term's Prep School Form Assemblies (4A, 6A, 5S, 5C, 5P, 3W), and also the September 2020 Ridgway Adventure Trip Presentation for current Y7 pupils and their parents on Tuesday 3 March (4.45pm).

Science Clinics
Mrs Heffer and Mrs Catton are running weekly lunchtime clinics on Thursday this term for pupils in Y4 to Y8. I am delighted that pupils will have the option of getting a boost with their Science if they wish to. 

The Dumpton Dig Off
The allotments are such an important part of life at Dumpton. Now under the stewardship of Mr Cox, we have some exciting plans for how to make even better use of this area, and we would love your help! On Sunday 2 February at 12pm we will be holding the 'Dumpton Dig Off' - a chance for pupils, parents, grandparents and friends of Dumpton to come to school, don our wellies, pick up spades and work together to prepare the allotments for the growing season. We think it will be a wonderful community occasion, and we are very grateful to the FoDs who will be offering their support to the event. Please put the date in your diary, and Mr Cox will be in touch closer to the time with some more details.

FoDS Events
A huge thank you to FoDs for running another successful coffee morning this week.  A reminder that the Quiz Night is fast approaching on Saturday 8 February. The new quizmaster is already preparing!

Prep School Hobbies
As indicated in the email earlier in the week, the form to make choices for this term's hobbies is on the parents' area of the website. As usual, there is a great choice available, including badminton, Radio Dumpton, Dance, Music Tech, Calligraphy, Easter Crafts, Movie Making and many more. If your child has not already made their choice, please help them to do so over the weekend.

News from the Pre-Prep
The Reception classes have enjoyed their first week back; they have made individual New Year resolutions, commenced their new topic ‘water water everywhere’ and are looking forward to returning to school on Monday to see how many centimetres of rain their newly made rain gauges may be holding.

Parents’ Evenings
Once again, Prep School Parents’ Evenings will be using an appointment system this term to try to minimise queuing.  Mrs Rielly will be overseeing the paper-free online booking system.  Parents will be able to book slots for teachers they would like to meet, on a first come, first served basis.   Forms 5C and 5P should have already received a separate e-mail with more information on how to use the system. Further details for the other evenings will follow in due course.

Generally, meetings will begin at 4.30 pm, allowing some parents to attend while their children are still at school, making for a neater end to their day.   In some cases, to accommodate all parents, meetings may continue through to 8 pm.   We are able to look after a small number of children in the Green Room after school should you need to bring them.  

Looking Ahead
We have a busy week in store with Pre-Prep and Year 3 children attending the Life Caravan here at school (please see email from Mr Moulton for details).  On Thursday, we have a team at the Dorset Schools’ Cross Country Championships at King’s Park, Bournemouth in the afternoon.  Finally, we have a team attending the Bryanston Year 6 Maths Challenge on Friday afternoon.  Mock Senior School Scholarship exams will soon be upon us in the following week.

With best wishes

Christian Saenger