Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 15 June

| 15 June 2018

Dear Parents

National Champion – for the third time!

We took a strong team to the IAPS National Swimming Championships at the Olympic Pool on Saturday. Many congratulations to Robbie H (Year 8) who was crowned IAPS National Swimming Champion for the third year running, again in the 25m butterfly.  An amazing achievement.  In addition our girls’ relay team of Amelia C, Grace C, Iris C and Maya D came 5th in the Medley and 6th in the freestyle, and Iris came 7th in the individual 50m backstroke, Grace 9th in the 50m breaststroke and Amelia 11th in the 50m freestyle - all swimming against the best swimmers in 600+ IAPS Prep Schools.  Well done to them all.  We have just found out that Robbie has qualified for English Nationals 100m Backstroke (ranked 1st). In addition, he has also qualified for British Summer Champs (top 24) in 50m & 200m Backstroke. Onwards and upwards!

Ken Burton

It was an honour to have international music star Ken Burton with us in school on Tuesday. Ken has played to a live audience of 70,000 and a TV audience of 200 million – while we were nearer 60-80 for each of our two concerts in the Recital Room, the Year 4 and Year 5 pupils did us proud with their renditions of some gospel classics. Thank you to all the parents and pupils who attended and joined in with the fun.

Junior and Senior Wessex Athletics

Many congratulations to the Prep School children who competed at Senior Wessex and those who have reached the qualifying standard for the IAPS National Championships at Birmingham on Monday 2 July.  At Senior Wessex there are 24 schools taking part, so any top three finish is very impressive.  There were a total of 12 performances (marked *) reaching national qualifying standard.  Very well done to all involved.

This year, medal winners included Morgan B (2nd Hurdles*, 2nd Long Jump*, 1st High Jump*), Iris C (2nd 1500m*), Holly P (3rd  High Jump), Dominic H (1st 800m*), Will S (2nd Hurdles*), Ollie S (3rd Triple Jump), Henry W (3rd Shot Putt), Robbie H (2nd Discus), Esther B (3rd  800m*, 2nd Triple Jump*) Alex S (2nd Hurdles*), Daisy B (1st  Shot *, 1st Discus *) and Niamh T (2nd Javelin*)

In addition, we had notable successes at the County Schools’ Athletics Championship, with Morgan B 1st in the Hurdles and 2nd in the Long Jump, and Daisy B 1st in the Shot and 2nd in the Discus.

Meanwhile, Year 3-5 battled hard at the Junior Wessex Athletics meeting last Saturday, with medal winners including Harrison B (1st High Jump) Gracie T (1st Long Jump) Phoenix W (2nd 800m, 2nd High Jump) Isobel J (2nd Hurdles) and Theo G (2nd 200m).  Well done.

Pre-Prep News

We all enjoyed the Year 1 and Year 2 Summer Concert today, with some engaging individual and group performances from the children.  We are now keeping our fingers crossed for a warm, dry afternoon for the Nursery and Reception Sports Day on Friday (22 June) from 2.15 pm.  Please could parents ensure that all children have a cap or sun hat in school as it doesn’t seem to be getting any cooler at present.

Staff and Seniors Summer Serenade – Tuesday 19 June

The Summer Serenade has been a great success over the past years as a showcase for the talents of the senior pupils, along with Mrs Watkiss, Mr Nye, the peripatetic music teachers and some of the less well-known musicians on the staff.  Light refreshments will be provided and the evening will run from 6 pm.  Pupils, parents and staff are all welcome. 

The Pirates of the Curry Bean

Year 6 have been working hard on their latest production, which they are looking forward to sharing, for one night only, on Thursday (28 June) at 5 pm.  Miss Anson has already written to Year 6 parents under separate cover.  

Sports Day – Wednesday 20 June

Another sunny day will soon be with us, we hope, as 220 pupils in the Prep School compete in three events each on the Prep School Sports Day.  Mr Randle is in the process of preparing his biggest spreadsheet of the year accommodating all those taking part.  Please do let Matron know if you are unable to attend matron@dumpton.com as this will simplify his task a little.

Next week at a glance

Monday         Year 4 Activity Day @Dumpton

                      Year 8 Play in a Day (with performance at 4.45 pm)

Tuesday        Year 1 visit Compton Acres – please remember suncream!

                      Year 5 and Year 6 Swimming Gala at Canford

                      Year 8 Play in a Day (with performance at 4.45 pm)

                      Staff and Seniors Summer Serenade

Wednesday   Prep School Sports Day from 1 pm – please remember suncream!

Friday            Year 4-8 New Parents’ Meeting

                      Nursery and Reception Sports Day – please remember suncream!

Summer Club

Madame Tulodziecki has advised that the first week is now fully booked but she is still taking bookings for the second week of the Summer holidays (16 July – 20 July). There will be the usual diet of bike riding, pizza making, tie-dye T-shirts, racquet sports, swimming, campcraft and sublimation printing, plus many other activities, new and old. The booking form can be found on the Parents’ Area of the website for those interested.

Best wishes

Andrew Browning

PS The whole school photographs have now arrived and are ready for collection from the Front Office.