Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 17 November 2017

| 17 November 2017

Dear Parents

Children in Need
A huge well done to everyone involved in the Children in Need afternoon.  While Mr Moulton marshalled the troops, the whole event was driven by pupils from all levels in the school, putting their own ideas into practice. Thank you for providing the 50p, 20p and 10p pieces and more that fuelled the whole process.  

Many thanks should also go to Dumpton parent Sam Dean and her big team of parent helpers, who took on the recycled toy stall and were kept very busy throughout.   The overall total raised has been counted as £2600 including £550 from the recycled toy stall alone.  This is an amazing effort from everyone involved, parents, pupils and staff alike.  It breaks all records by some way so thank you all.

This brings the running total over the past 12 years to well over £20000 – an amazing achievement from an activity which is essentially pupil driven.  Mrs Dean and her team have now raised an impressive £4000+ with their stall.  Some items have been sold many times over!

Local Radio Star
Many of you may have heard the persuasive arguments of our young politician-in-waiting, Leo B (Yr8), on Radio Solent on Wednesday morning. Leo feels very strongly about lowering the voting age to 16 (ideally in time for the next election) and has campaigned in school, and now locally, with his interview on the Morning Show and a spot on the BBC Solent 9 o’clock Morning News.  Look out for the ‘Give us a Voice’ movement in a newspaper, on the radio and perhaps even the TV somewhere soon …

Sports Reports 
Another very busy week saw 20 or so Dumpton sides battling it out against a range of schools.  Special mention this week should go to the very successful U13 and U12 senior girls’ hockey sides who continued to impress with their wins against Salisbury Cathedral School.  I would also like to congratulate the senior rugby sides who had more fun in the mud versus Sandroyd, keeping their momentum going in their excellent seasons.

Music Concerts
Thank you to all those who supported the ‘Cello Assembly on Thursday morning and Singers’ Recital earlier today.  We enjoyed a range of vocal styles at lunchtime, with a mixture of solos and ensembles, supported by singing teacher Mrs Attfield, pianist Neil Sissons and Director of Music, Mrs Watkiss.  

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Attfield, who has been teaching singing at Dumpton for 15 years.  She has been a vital support to a long line of talented singers, building their technique and confidence to perform (apparently) nervelessly in public. Sadly, she will be retiring at the end-of-term, but we were able to celebrate her work, and present her with our thanks, and a big bunch of flowers, at the concert today.

We now look forward to the Drumming Concert which will be held in the Recital Room next Tuesday (21 November), and the Christmas Concerts beyond.

News from the Pre-Prep
All pupils in the Pre-Prep are now busily preparing for a range of Christmas productions and we would like to thank parents in advance for all the wonderful costumes that we are already hearing about.  Year 1 pupils and staff had a lovely day at Beaulieu last week, looking an absolute picture in their Victorian wear.  Thank you also to the Year 1 Parents who attended the Coffee Morning earlier today.  It was good to catch up. 

Dumpton on Facebook
For those parents and friends of the school who are on Facebook, we would be very grateful if you could start following Dumpton (you will notice a new icon on the school website). This is a new medium for us, showcasing the school via another form of social media, and we would be very grateful for your support. 

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning