Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 13 December 2019

| 13 December 2019

Dear Parents

It is my final newsletter of an immensely enjoyable first term at Dumpton: a heartful thank you to the whole school community - pupils, parents and staff - for making us feel so welcome. It has been wonderful to get to know everyone this term, and we all now feel like fully fledged members of the Dumpton community. 

Thank you to all those parents who follow and engage with us on Social Media channels like Twitter and Facebook. It is a lovely way for you to get a great sense of what is going on at Dumpton each day, and we enjoy knowing that you are sharing these moments too. I would encourage you to dip in if you have yet to do so! We have had a slight re-jig of the school website, and all the latest Social Media posts can be found on the front page on the tile entitled Social@Dumpton, or via the following link: https://www.dumpton.com/school-news.aspx  

Hansel and Gretel 
Congratulations to all Year 3 for this terrific performance. As I said to parents, I was blown away by the quality of the acting, dancing and singing: a real ensemble effort. A huge thank you to the staff involved for helping Year 3 hit those lofty heights. Do have a look at our social media for some photos and videos if you missed it.

Carol Service
We are all really looking forward to the Carol Service this afternoon, and I would like to thank all the staff, and particularly Mrs Watkiss, for their hard work preparing pupils for this. It will be a lovely way to end the term, and I look forward to seeing many of you there. Having heard a few snippets during the week, I can promise you we are all in for a treat.

Cricket Club
We had an overwhelming response to the After School Cricket Club next term, both for Y1 and Y2, and also the Prep School, and we're very sorry that not every pupil made it onto the list. We're excited to be able to make such excellent use of the Sports Hall next term, and also to get the expertise of Richard Scott, the current Dorset Cricket Pathways Manager running those sessions. Hopefully lots more opportunities like this in the future.

End of Term Reports
We are sending out Autumn Reports for Y1 to Y8 very soon. Nursery and Reception parents do not receive written reports this term as they have EYFS Meetings with teachers in the run up to Christmas.

Merry Christmas from Food Tech
The Food Tech kitchen has been a hive of activity over the last few days  - Christmas Cake, Christmas Granola, Sausage Rolls, Cheese Straws and Christmas Chutney have all been produced by children over the last few days.  Year 8 also made Gingerbread Biscuits and sold them at break time to raise over £120 which will be shared between Julia’s House and Shelter.  A big thank you to the wonderful Mrs Brown for her excellent work here.

The Mountains are Calling, and We Must Go!
I am delighted that Mr Loe has launched a new residential trip for our current Y7, who will venture up to North West Scotland at the very beginning of Year 8 to the Ridgway Adventure School, one of the most renowned Outdoor Learning centres in the country. This trip will be hugely beneficial for the pupils in a host of ways - and is sure to be an incredibly memorable and meaningful experience. Do see the video below if you are interested. https://vimeo.com/58880225  

We will be making the Spring Term's Calendar 'live' on the website next week once we have given it a final check. We hope parents will find it useful to be able to plan ahead before the beginning of term.  

We have sent an electronic Christmas card from everyone at Dumpton.  The money saved by sending this e-card will be donated to Ronald McDonald House charity. Merry Christmas to you all, and best wishes for the holiday period.  

Yours sincerely,

Christian Saenger