Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 13 October

| 13 October 2017

Dear Parents

Parents’ Evenings
Next term in the Prep School there will be a full Parents’ Evening for all pupils and all subjects.  In the meantime, we will be running interim meetings for Year 3 and Year 4 Parents next week, focussing on English and Mathematics.  Mrs Sharp has invited Year 3 and Year 4 parents to book into the system, via our website, ready for the Year 4 Meeting on Tuesday (17 October) from 4.00 pm, and the Year 3 Meeting on Thursday (19 October) from 4.00 pm (with an alternative date for Mr Smith’s Mathematics appointments).

Prep School Attainment and Attitude to Learning Grades: Message from Mrs Sharp
Your child’s grades for the first few weeks of term have been e-mailed to you today.  Each pupil will have met with their tutor this afternoon to see how everything is going.  They have also stuck a copy of the grades in their planner.

Christmas Party - Saturday 2 December 
A reminder that the Christmas Party will take place in the Hytes Suite at the Harbour Heights Hotel. Tickets are £42.50 and include a delicious 3 course meal, followed by coffee and mince pies.  The Information Sheet and Booking Form are attached to this letter again.  Please complete the booking form with your group, or clearly specify who you wish to sit with and FoDs will do the rest.  As the number of guests is limited to 100 please get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.

FoDS Committee:  Message from the outgoing Chair
We are in the process of building a new FoDS Committee for the coming year.  It is hoped that there will be representation from all levels in the school, and that one parent per class will become involved.  We understand if your busy lives prevent attendance at frequent meetings, but we have resolved to streamline the organisation of FoDS events, to make involvement less onerous and more fun!  Each year group might be involved in the organisation of just one event, for example – and please be reassured, there will be a separate Summer Ball Committee for 2019!  Please do drop us a line at fods@dumpton.com – without obligation.  In the meantime, we may approach you in the car park…

FoDS Quiz Night
Thank you in advance for supporting the FoDs Quiz Night tomorrow – we are expecting around 80 parents and the usual friendly competition.  Thank you to all parents on the FoDs Committee, and to all those who have stepped forward for the coming year.  Results of the Quiz will follow next week…

Children in Need
Thank you for your continuing contributions to the annual Second Hand Toy Sale.  Boxes and bags are still arriving daily, ready for a big stall on Thursday 16 November.  We are grateful once again to Sam Dean for all her hard work in organising, pricing and supervising on the day.  Do please keep the toys coming.

Prep School Hobbies
We will be starting new hobbies after half-term, and the new choices will soon be available for selection on the Parents' Area of the website.  A range of indoor options are already planned, such as Chess, Funtime Science, Christmas Cookery and Film Making but there will also be the option of some outdoor sport for the more hardy amongst us.  

Wednesday Sport
There was another busy afternoon of football and hockey on Wednesday with lots of competitive matches through the school.  Well done to the senior football teams who have continued on their impressive way, with both the 1st XI and 2nd XI completing unbeaten seasons with 10-1 and 8-0 wins against Durlston Court. 

Next week
We look forward to an Informal Music Concert at 1.30 pm in the Recital Room on Friday 20 October.  Later that day we have the much anticipated Inter-House Boys’ and Girls’ Football Competition.  As this is an internal event, with all staff occupied, it is not possible to entertain parents on the day.

Christmas Club
Mrs Tulodziecki is looking into the feasibility of running a Christmas Club this year.  This would run for the first week of the Christmas holiday (Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December inclusive).  The sessions would be open to pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 and would include an exciting mix of arts and crafts, cooking and fun on the astro.  Mrs Tulodziecki would like to gauge parental interest before making a final decision.  Please e-mail h.tulodziecki@dumpton.com by next Friday (20 October) if this is something that you may be interested in.

With best wishes


Andrew Browning