Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 16 October 2020

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Dear Parents

I have been busy in recent weeks touring prospective parents around the school. It is always a pleasure to show off our facilities, and to walk through the beautiful environment. However, more often than not, it is our pupils who stand out. Courteous and well mannered, engaged in their learning, quietly confident, and always smiling and purposeful, they are a wonderful advert for the school - and all the parents who I toured the school with over the last few weeks have said as much. I have felt extremely proud of them all on more than one occasion!

I would also say the same about our staff. They continue to work harder than ever, providing extra supervision and duties, moving between classrooms to teach different bubbles, delivering learning to pupils in the class and at home, and still ensuring that they maintain the high standards in the classroom that the children deserve. Much of the teaching that I have witnessed on my walks around the school has been first class. We are all truly grateful I am sure for their ongoing efforts.

Sport in the Pre-Prep

We have an exciting addition to the Pre-Prep timetable after half term. Mr Will Grogan, our Prep School Games coach, will be running two lunchtime Games sessions (Y1 on Tuesdays and Y2 on Thursdays). His focus will be on understanding the basics in team sports and starting to introduce the importance of teamwork. We're also delighted that swimming will recommence for Y1 and Y2 each Friday. Finally, Miss Nichols also returns on a Wednesday afternoon to deliver a dance session for each class from Nursery up to Year 2. I am delighted to see so much physical development on offer for our youngest pupils.

Hobbies

My letter yesterday outlined some exciting new hobbies choices for next half term - including LAMDA and the Winter Cricket Clinic. We will send out a Google Form for hobbies choices later - please ensure you complete this over the weekend to let us know which hobbies your child would like to do.

Sport

Mr Randle wrote to the Prep School this morning with some key information on our sporting offering after half term. I would just like to convey my thanks to him and his team for putting on such a wholesome sporting programme, despite the great number of restrictions in place. From what I have seen, the Dumpton sports offering has been as positive and enjoyable as ever. Some of the competitive football I saw this week, involving both the boys and the girls, was superb. I am only sorry that parents are unable to come on site to spectate at present.

Y7 and Y8 Exams

Mrs Rielly has now made the Y7 and Y8 revision lists available on the Parents’ Area. We hope all the pupils will get a healthy balance over the half term holidays of some relaxation, alongside some revision for their upcoming exams. Learning how to revise is a very important skill - all Y7 and Y8 will have a study skills session before half term to go over some of the key elements of revision, and to share a revision guide we have produced for them.

Face Coverings

Thank you to all parents for your support with face coverings this week, and for your ongoing consideration of the more vulnerable members of our school community. We will continue to keep precautionary measures like this under review to ensure they are appropriate and proportionate to the risks. I would also like to thank all the pupils wearing face coverings on the minibus each morning and evening.

Foodbank

Dumpton pupils fed back a host of ideas to our School Council about charities we would like to support this year. There are more ideas in the pipeline, but the Council unanimously voted for a collection for the Wimborne Food Bank. Please could all pupils bring a non-perishable donation to their form room next week. The items currently in most need are tinned custard, sugar, dried spaghetti, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrushes, long life fruit juice and bottles of squash. Any donation will of course be gratefully received. We will store them safely in school and then ensure they are delivered to the Food Bank in due course. Thank you for your support.

Charity Challenge Update

After the summer break in Calais, Fraser has been working hard on his return swim from France in aid of Forest Holme Hospice Charity. With only a few hundred lengths to go, Fraser is trying to achieve his £10,000 target! Please sponsor if you can - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fraser-burnet

Finally, good luck to the pupils in Y6 who are sitting the 11+ tests this weekend - we wish you all the best. A reminder also that our half term begins next Wednesday afternoon. We hope all our Dumpton families enjoy a wonderful half term.

Christian Saenger
Head

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