Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 17 May 2019

| 17 May 2019

Dear Parents

Open Day
This week’s letter will concentrate mainly on the Open Afternoon scheduled for next Friday (24 May).  The start time is staggered to avoid gridlock in the Colehill area. For the Prep School, Open Afternoon starts at 2pm, the Year 2 parents are expected at 2.30pm and for Year 1, Reception and the Nursery parents, the start time is 3pm. This will hopefully give everyone the opportunity to walk around the school informally with their children, enjoying the displays and meeting the staff.  Parking will be on all spaces available so please look out for signs.

Please complete the proforma (which is being sent as an attachment with this letter) to let us know whether you are coming to Open Afternoon and, if not, who will be collecting, and taking your child home.  Hard copies of the proforma will be sent home with the children this afternoon.

The 1st XI v Fathers’ Cricket Match begins at 2.00pm across the road and the Year 8 girls v Mothers’ Rounders Match at 2.15pm on the lower field.  Thank you to the parents who have organised these teams.  The Parent and Child Tennis Tournament will also be taking place and booking for this is via an online form which will be available on the Parents’ Area of the website.  This will go live on Monday (20 May) and places will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.  Finally, there will be a Dumpton Tea served from 3.30pm.  Children may depart from 4.15pm.  I should remind everyone that school buses will not be running that evening (as stated on the calendar).

While we are crossing our fingers for sunshine on Open Afternoon, in the event of wet weather, please do still come to the school to look at the children’s displays and, above all, eat the tea – Steph’s cakes must not go to waste!  The only change to the plan above will be no cricket, rounders or tennis, then tea at 3.00pm in the Dining Hall/Recital Room and departure from 4pm.

Academic Matters
Congratulations to Charlotte K (Yr8), who won through to the second stage of the prestigious Townsend-Warner History Competition as one of the top 200 of the 2000 or so entrants in this national competition.  Well done also to George G (Yr7) who has qualified for the final of the Dauntsey’s Dodecahedron, one of the top 40 from 1000 or so aspiring mathematicians in the south-west of England.

Pre-Prep News
The Reception Pet Show took place this afternoon, with a nervous Headmaster, judging various categories such as behaviour and personality, trying not to upset the children (or the parents).  We now look forward to watching our stars of the future at the Year 2 Swimming Gala next Monday (20 May). Thank you in advance to Mrs Hudson for her energy and enthusiasm for this annual event.

Prep School News
Year 5 had a delightful cross-curricular adventure at Corfe yesterday, studying History, Geography and Religious Studies on the same day.  Meanwhile, Year 6 had a wonderful time in their togas on Tuesday, enjoying another eclectic Roman Day. Special thanks to Mrs Anna Berry, Head of Classics at Canford School who led a workshop on Roman magic and beliefs.  Year 7 enjoyed an interesting morning at the Bryanston Sports Centre today, looking at their Performance Sport Programme and the science behind musculo-skeletal development.  Finally, a big thank you to parents for their support for the delightful Cello Concert at lunchtime and the Mufti Day today.

Just to highlight three dates that are now fast approaching in the Athletics season.  Junior Wessex takes place on Saturday 8 June at Walhampton followed by Senior Wessex on Wednesday 12 June which this year takes place at a different venue in Aldershot (GU11 2JL).  Finally, we are all looking forward to the Prep School Sports Day on Wednesday 19 June.

Skiers and sailors
Well done to Tom W, Olivia S and Jessica B who skied so well for the school on Sunday at Southampton.  Congratulations also to Alex P who has been selected for the National Topper (Sailing) Squad and will be competing at the Topper World Championships in Medemblik, Holland in the National Squad and at the Topper Nationals in Largs, Scotland this summer.

Year 4 Camp 
Good luck to Year 4 who will be camping overnight this evening. A big thank you, in advance, to Mrs Welch, Mr Cox, Miss de Rosa, Miss Lawton and Mr Shuttleworth who will be overseeing the evening. We trust the weather will be kind, and we look forward to handing back the children at 9am on Saturday morning, hopefully having had some sleep!  Due to a shortage of suitable tents, I will be sleeping at Mission Control (the Headmaster’s Office) should I be needed …

Yours sincerely  
Andrew Browning