Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 18 February 2022

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Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 18 February 2022

Dear Parents

Well I don't think any of us expected to end our half term quite like that! I do hope everyone came through today unscathed. The Dumpton site is certainly littered with debris from trees, but fingers crossed, not too much in terms of damage. We very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to a far less blustery, and hopefully far tidier site after half term!

Michael Tomlinson MP Visit
We were so grateful to Michael Tomlinson who visited on Wednesday morning and held the Prep School children captive during an assembly. Michael had joined us after being written to by Alexander G who has been researching plastic waste in the environment as part of his Y7 Independent Project Qualification (more on that below!). The children were brilliantly engaged, and I received a lovely email afterward to say just how impressed Michael had been by our pupils. I don't think however he had expected to be asked so many incisive and well researched questions!

FoDS Purple Book
My huge thanks to the FoDs team who have produced an excellent 'Purple Book' which captures an array of local businesses from the Dumpton community. Alas, they had been due to go out with children today - but we will ensure they are sent home straight after half term for you to enjoy. 

Castle Court Sports Fixtures
We had a superb block fixture against our friends from Castle Court this week. It was wonderful to see our Netballers and Hockey players putting on such a show, with goals galore throughout the year groups. I was also delighted to hear from Mr Randle that we had nearly 200 pupils playing in a match this week - every available child in the Prep School.

Sports Scholars Success
I am delighted to announce that some of our Y8s have been awarded Sports Scholarships to both Canford and Bryanston this week. Phoenix W and Tom D have been awarded Sports Scholarships to Canford. Teddy G and Tom D have been awarded Sports Sports Scholarships to Bryanston, whilst Elsa C (Netball Award) was also successful in this process. We are really proud of all the pupils who went for a Sports Scholarship, whether they secured one or not.

Performing Arts Newsletter
Thank you to Mrs Mudd who shared exciting plans for the Performing Arts Faculty with Prep School parents in her newsletter today. We have a new Spring Extravaganza, a new House Music Competition, and also a Y5/Y6 Production of Oliver! to look forward to in the next few months, and much much more. It is so exciting to see the amount of excitement and energy emanating from the Performing Arts Centre at the moment - I think we are all in for a treat. Senior parents and pupils should also note the change in Senior Choir, which will now take place on Tuesday lunchtimes.

Mr Smith's Charity Challenge: Y6 Parent Stalls
The Y6 Parents have rallied round and are keen to support Mr Smith's inspiring fundraising efforts. They are going to be setting up some stalls to raise money from Friday 4th March to Monday 7th March, and would be very grateful for support with any donations of second hand books or tombola/raffle prizes. If parents wished to drop off any books/prizes, there will be a table in the front hall after half term. All donations must be in by Wednesday 2nd March, and if you have any questions or would like to offer your support, please get in touch with Jessica McArdle (07912 285000) or Kay Ward (07985 165313). Thank you in advance for your support! 

Y7 Independent Projects
Over the last two terms, Y7 have been working, mainly in their free time, on their Independent Projects. With some help from Miss Anson and a supportive framework to guide their research, each pupil has chosen a topic of interest to them, and undertaken a range of research before pulling this together into a final presentation. They have the half term to finish things off, and the most impressive projects will be presented here at school at an event next month.

Model United Nations
Mrs Shaw met a team of 12 Y6 and Y7 pupils who have been chosen to represent Dumpton at the Model United Nations competition at Bryanston next month. We will be representing Ireland and Gabon, and our delegation will be on committees debating and discussing issues like protecting children in Afghanistan, vaccine nationalism, and the treatment of women during the Covid-19 pandemic. It promises to be a very informative and inspiring event for the pupils involved.

Leo Burnet - UK Youth Parliament Election
Old Dumptonian and current Canford pupil Leo is standing for election for the BCP - UK Youth Parliament.  We are so proud of Leo and his exploits in politics. For anyone interested, Leo's manifesto can be found via his Instagram: @burnet4bcp or Twitter: @Burnet4b  If any 11-18 year olds living in BCP wanted to vote in this Youth Election they can by emailing: Rebecca.mcdade@bcpcouncil.gov.uk with their Name, Date of Birth,  Name of School and Postcode - she in turn will provide a voting code and a link to vote.

World Book Day
We are looking forward to World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. This year, the English Department has challenged every pupil to dress up and become a character from a book. Please put any finishing touches to your costumes over half term and be ready to show them off on the first Thursday back. There will also be a ‘Guess the Reading Teacher/Staff member’ competition.  Details will be announced at the beginning of Book Week.  All week, pupils will be exposed to an even wider range of reading than usual. 

Mr Nick Price
Mr Price will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Mr Price has been an incredibly committed member of the Dumpton staff team, and had made a significant contribution, not only as an inspirational Head of History, but also as a brilliant form tutor and sports coach. We will be so sad to see Mr Price go, and I know the children particularly will miss his passion for history, his storytelling, and his excellent sense of humour. We will all have a chance to say some proper goodbyes and thank yous to Mr Price at the end of the year I am sure.

Vacancies at Dumpton
We are currently looking for some new members of staff to join us for September 2022. As well as a new Head of History, we are hoping to employ a new Pre-Prep teacher for our growing Pre-prep department. Both adverts are live on our website, alongside adverts for Student Teaching Assistants and an Accounts Assistant in our Finance Team: https://www.dumpton.com/Vacancies as ever, do share with anyone who you feel may be interested. 

With very best wishes for the half term break.

Christian Saenger