Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 11 March 2022

| 14 March 2022
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 11 March 2022

Dear Parents

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." What is the purpose of education? Amongst a whole host of other things, I think a key aim of any school should be to help produce young people who will make a positive impact on society: children who will go on to leave the people they meet and the places they go better than they found them. With everything going on in the world at the moment, it feels more important than ever that the pupils from Dumpton have a sense of 'global citizenship'. Dumpton Earthshot and the Model United Nations activities (more below) are just some of the ways we are trying to facilitate this at Dumpton. In many ways however, it can all be drawn back to that 'Be Kind' ethos - be kind to your friends and family, be kind to those you don't know, be kind to those less fortunate than us, be kind to our planet and our environment. It has been rather special today to see how all the Dumpton pupils have embraced this notion - their empathy, their passion, their creativity, their selflessness, and their determination. During what may feel like quite a gloomy and unsettling time globally, it should give us all great hope and optimism for the future.

I would also like to mention that we are conducting a parents survey at present - more information at the bottom of this letter. I do hope as many of you as possible can take a few minutes to complete it for us.

Dumpton Earthshot
A huge thank you to Mrs Cox, Mrs Catton, Mrs Murfin, and all the other staff involved in this incredible day. With a host of workshops and activities, the children have been inspired to 'Think Globally, Act Locally' and suggest some creative and innovative solutions that we could put into action here at Dumpton. We've all been blown away, and there has been a genuine buzz of excitement and positivity around the school, despite the miserable weather! The best suggestions from today will be taken to the Dumpton Earthsoft Panel in a couple of weeks time, before the winners are decided. Mrs Cox will keep us updated I am sure.

Traffic Survey - Thank you! 
Although the evidence is not reliable due to many factors, not least the weather and COVID, there was a marked reduction in cars coming into Dumpton today. There were more full cars and two brave families (The Humphries and Roberts) braved the elements and walked to school! Other families stopped to say the weather had put them off which is completely understandable! Well done all, however it was achieved, there were 46 fewer cars arriving at Dumpton today. 

Model United Nations
We have launched Model United Nations lessons on the curriculum for Y6 and Y7 this year - a brilliant way to introduce public speaking and debating skills, whilst also exploring and learning about important global issues. In addition, twelve lucky Y6 and Y7 pupils visited Bryanston for their Model United Nations day on Tuesday. We represented the countries of Ireland and Gabon, and all the children should be very proud of how well they spoke on issues like protecting children in Afghanistan, and vaccine nationalism.

Olympic Visit
We were so grateful to Hannah Mills for joining our Assembly yesterday. Not only is Hannah the most successful female Olympic sailor ever, but she has also started her own charity, the Big Plastic Pledge - which aims to reduce single use plastic in sport. The children asked some brilliant questions, both about Hannah's sailing career, and her charity - and it was lovely too that everyone got a chance to hold one of her Olympic medals! It was an inspiring assembly, and a fitting introduction to Dumpton Earthshot.

From the Y2 Parents - Dumpton Coffee Morning in aid of Ukraine  πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
With the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Dumpton is planning our next effort to support those affected. A group of Year 2 parents are helping to run a coffee morning and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. It will take place on Thursday 17th March in the Dining Room from 8.15 to 10am for a £5 donation. There will be hot drinks and pastries kindly provided by Steph and her team.

In the meantime we would love to collect items for a raffle. Wine, chocolates, local business gift vouchers, new toys/arts and crafts would be hugely appreciated. Please contact Kate Boxer Missen at kateboxer@hotmail.co.uk or call/message 07970 807 224 or leave your donated items at Reception. Raffle tickets will go on sale next week.  We will also be in touch next week with an up to date list of items that are still needed for donation and we will have a collection at the coffee morning.  Many thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing you there.

Comic Relief - Mufti Day
Friday (18th March) will see the whole school have a mufti day in aid of comic relief. We would ask that all pupils bring a £1 donation on the day to support a variety of excellent causes.

Baby News from Mrs B!
We are delighted to announce the birth of Henry Stephen Julian Boughton, born 22-2-22 by emergency Caesarean Section and weighing in just under 9lbs! Mum, Dad and Henry are all doing fine and Dad is taking extra paternity leave to look after his family.  Hannah also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for your kind words and gifts. 

Spring Extravaganza
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our Prep School Performing Arts event, ‘Spring Spectacular’, on Tuesday 22nd March, and preparations are going well. Please note all prep school pupils will be performing, so do note the times of their performances, as follows: Juniors (Yr 3,4,5) concert 2.30pm, Year 7 & 8 Shakespeare promenade 4pm, Seniors and ensembles concert 4.45pm. Pupils will be free to go home after their last performance of the day; please note that Juniors who are also in the orchestra, violin group or clarinet group will be needed for the Seniors and ensembles concert which will finish by 5.45pm. Both concerts will take place in the Assembly Hall and the Shakespeare promenade will take place around the school so do dress for the climate!

Reception Trip to Moors Valley
My thanks to the staff team who took Reception for a brilliant day out at Moors Valley. There was nature galore, and plenty of train riding, climbing, scrambling, exploring and sliding. The Reception children were superb - we really hope they enjoyed their day.

Zoolab Visit to Nursery
The Nursery had a visit from Zoolab on Wednesday - snakes, cockroaches, gerbils and plenty of other exciting little pets came to say hello. All the children were so brave and got to hold and touch these fantastic new creatures. What a brilliant experience for them all.

Covid-19 - Staff Absence
I wanted to make parents aware that we currently have a number of staff off with Covid-19. We wish them all a speedy recovery. The remaining staff have been absolutely superb at covering and supporting so that the children's experience at school is not affected - but please do be understanding if staff are not as quick to respond to emails as we might usually be. Given the number of cases amongst the staff at the moment, and to protect more staff and children from being affected, I will be asking for all adults to wear masks in communal areas next week and we will limit large gatherings, just while things settle down again. 

Year 5 Winchester Science trip - Postponed
Due to the staff absence previously mentioned, we have taken the decision to postpone this trip. It will take place later in the year.

Parent Survey
Your views on Dumpton are really important to us. As we emerge from the Covid-19 period with plenty of determination and ambition, we'd really appreciate if as many of you as possible completed our survey:  https://forms.gle/jY3A8ZCSgWHthPAF6 We will share the key headlines from the survey with you all in the Summer Term - thank you so much for giving up some time to complete it and to help shape our plans for the future.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Christian Saenger