Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 10 May 2019

| 10 May 2019

Dear Parents

Scholarship Evening
A big thank you to all the parents who attended my talk on Tuesday evening.  As I said on the night, this was only the start of the process, and I would be very happy to make an appointment to see any parent to discuss future schools, ISEB pre-assessment, grammar school tests or scholarships.  My door is always open – via Lerryn on 01202-883818.

Junior SATIPS (Prep Schools Make Music)
A big thank you to all the children (and parents) who supported the Junior SATIPS Day at Bryanston this week.  Mrs Watkiss was extremely impressed with the contribution of the 21 Dumpton musicians who were a credit to the school.  

LAMDA results
Many congratulations to all 28 of the LAMDA entrants last term.  Their results have arrived, with an impressive 20 distinctions and 8 merits – outstanding!  We hope to see many of these pupils on stage again in the Recitation Competition later in the term.

Normandy 2019
Thank you also to Mme Tulodziecki and her team who led a very successful visit to France over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Once again the children returned on Sunday evening with big smiles on their faces, and hopefully a little more fluent in French.

Year 4 - 6 Exams
The exam season is fast approaching but we will endeavour to make this as painless and productive as possible for the children.  The Year 4 exams will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.  Year 5 will sit their exams on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  The Year 6 exam timetable may be found on the Parents’ Area of the website.

Educational visits
Year 2 have had a lovely time today in the sun (and woods, and fields, and Adventure Playground) developing their map skills on their Orienteering Day.  Similarly, Year 3 had a very interesting day studying fossils and marine life at Kimmeridge yesterday, while Year 4 headed in the other direction to learn about the subtleties of New Forest life, including a visit to the Verderers’ Court.  Year 5 now head for a Humanities Day at Corfe Castle next week, studying the village, the church and the castle on the same day, while Year 6 stay at home for their Roman Day, baking Roman Honey Cake, creating mosaics and learning about life as a legionnaire. Thank you, in advance to Anna Berry, Head of Classical Civilisation at Canford School who will be supporting the day.  Finally, Year 7 visit the Bryanston Sports Department next Friday to look at their Performance Sport Programme and the science behind musculo-skeletal development. All very high tech!

Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS)
A big thank you to Nicky Cook who came to talk in School Assembly on Tuesday to talk about the work of this local animal welfare charity.  Many of our pupils have been involved with their holiday activities, and our link to the school in India, which focusses on animal well-being.  We will be sharing next week’s India Day mufti collection between WVS and the Awake Mercy Children’s Home, in Tamil Nadu.

Next week at a glance
As momentum grows towards the half-term, here is a brief summary of what lies ahead next week – please note a particularly busy Friday …

Monday (13 May)         Common Entrance Mathematics Aural (Year 8)
                                     Lower School examinations this week (Year 4 and 5)
                                     Fixtures: Tennis v Talbot Heath (Year 5 and Year 6)
Tuesday (14 May)        Roman Day (Year 6)
                                     Common Entrance French Listening (Year 8)    
                                     Veterinary Clinic Talk (Reception)        
Wednesday (15 May)   Fixtures: Cricket v FSM/Durlston (12); Rounders v Port Regis (7) (Years 3-8)
Thursday (16 May)       Common Entrance French Speaking (Year 8) 
                                     Visit to Corfe Castle (Year 5)
                                     Port Regis Athletics Meeting (Years 6, 7 and 8)
Friday (17 May)            India Day (Mufti Day – all year groups)
                                     Common Entrance French Speaking (Year 8)
                                     Pet Show (Reception)
                                     Overnight Camp (Year 4)
                                     Sports Science visit to Bryanston (Year 7)
                                     Lunchtime ‘Cello Concert (Years 5, 6, 7 and 8)
Yours sincerely
Andrew Browning