Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 11 December 2020

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| 11 December 2020

Dear Parents,

We have all, together, reached the end of an extraordinary term, which brings us close to the end too of an extraordinary year. We all hope that 2021 is far more ordinary! Christmas is a time for gratitude, and many 'thank yous' have already been sent in many directions over the last few days. We have over 150 messages of thanks from the Dumpton parents to our staff, and these are now up in our staffroom - a reminder to staff that their efforts have been appreciated this term. Thank you also to all the parents and pupils who have sent in Christmas cards and gifts too. 

I want to personally thank the whole Dumpton community for your support, for pulling together so well, and for getting through this trying year in such relatively good shape. Thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents for all the mutual support you have offered. As one parent said far better than I could: "Dumpton is so much more than a school: it's a community, it's support network, it's friendship." 

Awards

We had some lovely awards assemblies this week, in both the Pre-Prep and Prep School. I also particularly enjoyed seeing how happy our children were for other children who received awards, even if they have not been recognised themselves. The Generosity of Spirit and the Endeavour Awards are my personal favourites, and capture what really matters most at Dumpton - being kind and aiming high. 

Carol Service

I hope all parents enjoyed watching the wonderful Carol Service, which will remain available over the holidays should you have missed it. I am truly grateful to Mr Nye, Mr Moulton, and all the other staff involved in putting together that special service, despite not being able to use the wonderful Wimborne Minster this time round.

Nursery and Pre-Prep Christmas Shows

If you want to feel Christmassy, I can highly recommend watching these lovely recorded performances too, also in the Parents’ Area. A huge thank you to the staff for their work here, and also Mrs Dickson for supporting with the recording and editing. We are sorry that parents could not witness this in person of course - we hope that next year we can more than make up for it!

Covid-19 Contact Tracing Over the Holidays

I thought it important just to share the guidance on any positive cases over the coming days. 

Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school will assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school. School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching. 

Please direct any emails to j.perry@dumpton.com in the instance of a positive case. 

Best wishes to you all for a very well deserved Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 4 January 2021.

Kind regards,
Christian Saenger
Headmaster

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