Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 13 March 2020

| 13 March 2020

Dear Parents,

I wrote earlier today with an update on the Covid-19 situation which I am sure is at the forefront of our minds. Managing the ever-changing situation will continue to be a priority for us at Dumpton. I have no doubt we will all pull together over the coming weeks, and I am grateful for your ongoing support.

The Journey Ahead
I shared a vision for Dumpton with around 130 current and prospective parents on Tuesday. Thank you to all those who attended. In summary, ‘Living our Values’, ‘Flourishing Character’ and ‘Academic Success for All’, will be our guiding priorities as we look to build on Dumpton’s strengths over the coming years. It goes without saying that we are excited about the work that lies ahead, and we hope parents will be very much part of that journey. For those that were unable to attend, please find attached an overview. Some short video clips will also be found on our Twitter feed, with one already uploaded today. Please click here to see more.

National Sporting Success
Dumpton has again had some wonderful success on the sports pitches this term. Our U13A Boys Hockey team headed off to the National Finals on Friday and performed admirably. It is worth saying that many of the Prep Schools are far bigger schools, and our pupils - and their coach Mrs Clemmitt - deserve huge credit for their performances. Promisingly, another very strong hockey team, the U11As, head to Rugby School next week for their own National Finals. They are undefeated in regular fixtures this year, and we wish them every success for the next stage. It has been a pleasure also to see the Girls' Netball this term - the progression has been clear to see, and the strength of our performances from the youngest in the school right to the oldest has been impressive. A huge thank you to all our coaches and dedicated staff here. It really is 'Sport for All' here at Dumpton.

Summer Term Clubs
We are hoping to announce some more Summer Term After School clubs for Pre-Prep next week, with both Cricket and Dance currently planned. In addition a Junior After School Cricket Club for boys and girls in Y3,Y4 and Y5 is also currently in the pipeline.

FoDS Purple Book
I am grateful to the FoDs who will be writing next week with some information on this excellent initiative. The Purple Book will offer advertising space for any Dumpton parents' businesses or services, with the money raised going towards supporting FoDs projects.

House Singing
Kent, Sussex, Hants and Dorset are this afternoon competing for the prized House Singing Cup. With a few classic songs from The Sound of Music, it is sure to be an enjoyable and fun event. We are grateful to Mr James Aitken from Canford for adjudicating for us again this year. 

Good luck to all our students taking LAMDA exams in either Verse and Prose or Acting over the past two days and at the weekend. We’re sure all of their great preparation will pay off and we look forward to receiving their results after Easter.

News from the Pre-Prep
Reception had a fantastic day at Farmer Palmers yesterday; they fed kid goats and piglets, groomed a pony, held a guinea pig and watched Mandy the cow being milked; amongst lots of play!  The Year 2 children had a wonderful time at Safewise at the beginning of the week learning about keeping themselves safe in their homes and also in the world around them. They were all beautifully behaved and fully engaged with the expert guides. Well done Year 2!

Scholarship Success
We have received four Academic Scholarships to Canford this year – the most academic awards we have received from Canford for a good number of years. A huge well done to George G, Serena G, Ralph A, and Adam D – a serious achievement given the levels of competition and range of subjects involved. A huge well done to Lucy C too, who joins Godolphin next year after winning a Sport’s Award, whilst Megan C was awarded a Sports Scholarship. 

With best wishes
Christian Saenger