Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 15 March 2019

| 15 March 2019

Dear Parents

Dumpton Music
We were all treated to a woodwind bonanza this week at school, with Mrs Bolter’s saxophonists entertaining us royally in School Assembly on Thursday and 21 other performances following at the Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Concert on Friday lunchtime. This was a delightful cultural oasis in our busy week, confirming the array of musical talent through the school. 

House Singing Festival
The Houses are currently rehearsing keenly for the House Singing Festival that will take place next Thursday (21 March) from 4.45-5.45 pm.  Sadly due to the number of staff and pupils and paraphernalia of instruments and costumes, there will be no room for an extended audience at this event.  Hopefully, you will hear good things on the way home!

Science news
Last Friday Year 6 welcomed Julie Cheshire, from the Wimborne War On Waste campaign into their Science lesson. Julie spoke to them about what changes they could make to their plastic use and many came up with some lovely examples of what they are already doing at home. She presented Dumpton with a Plastic-Free Champion sticker for us to display to show our support for the campaign.  Today we welcomed local astronomer Bob Mizon’s Inflatable Planetarium.  Junior year groups took it in turns to crawl into this clever space and marvel at the starry skies above.

Wednesday Sports
Another busy sporting week of term had the usual array of 20+ fixtures, featuring Port Regis and Salisbury Cathedral School.  Well done to the U11 boys who returned from the Canford Tournament with the trophy and gold medals, beating Castle Court 3-1 in the semi-final and Durlston Court 3-1 in the final - an excellent achievement.  

Dorset Netball Championships
Well done to the senior girls’ netball teams who represented Dumpton at the Dorset Schools’ Netball Championships this week.  Qualification for the last twelve is an achievement in itself, and the U12 side battled hard against some strong teams, playing some impressive netball on the day.  The U13 girls got off to a flying start, winning every game in their group, against some big schools with 180+ girls.  They then beat Hanford 8-0 in the semi-final and St Edward’s (7-4) in the final to bring home the trophy.  Very well done to all involved.

School Allotments
As the weather changes back to the balmy Spring days that I had predicted at half-term, the pupils are starting to mass at the gates of the School Allotments at lunchtimes once again.  We are busy planting seeds and already have the Year 3 Potato Challenge raring to go.  We now welcome other pupil-initiated growing projects, whether individual or team based.  There are lots of recycled plastic raised beds and a poly-tunnel available – all we ask is that children bring in a pair of wellington boots and some gardening gloves, if possible.

A Message from FoDS
On the last day of term (Friday 29 March), the Pre-Prep will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. Ducklings and Nursery parents are invited to school at 10 am to join in the fun with their children.  This will take place in the Adventure Playground and will be followed by hot cross buns and coffee.  Children are welcome to bring their own bunny ears, tails and basket!

Good luck to the 28 pupils who are taking LAMDA examinations today and over the weekend, and thank you to Miss Anson and the team of tutors who have prepared the children so carefully.

Music Examinations
Looking ahead, the musicians will be taking their ABRSM Music Examinations on the last Monday and Tuesday (25/26 March) of term – keep practising …! 
Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning

PS We now wish Iris C the very best of luck as she competes for Dorset at the English Schools' Cross Country Championship in Leeds tomorrow.