Headmaster’s Newsletter, Friday 18 May 2018

| 19 May 2018

Dear Parents

Open Day

This week’s letter will concentrate mainly on the Open Afternoon scheduled for next Friday (25 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 on Monday.

The 1st XI v Fathers’ Cricket Match begins at 2.00pm across the road and the 1st IX 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 (21 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 in the Programme of Events).

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.

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)! Meanwhile, Year 2 pupils were enjoying their Environmental Day around the allotments, campsite, woodlands and ponds of Dumpton. We now look forward to watching our stars of the future at the Year 2 Swimming Gala next Monday (21 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 today, 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 and Mr John Smith who shared his expertise on the Roman Army. 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. All very high tech!

Southampton Skiers

Well done to Tom W and Jessica B who skied so well for the school on Sunday at Southampton, and to Niamh T, who came an impressive 2nd in the U14 girls’ category.

Message from FoDS

FoDS are seeking new members. Can you spare a few hours or less a month to assist the FoDS Committee in providing enjoyable social engagements? FoDS is a small committee of willing parents that come together on an informal basis twice a year to plan and organise events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Quiz Night, End of Year Picnic, and both Christmas and Summer Parties. It is a committee run by the Parents for the Parents. If you are interested in knowing more please email fods@dumpton.com or speak to a current FODS member. We need your support!

Year 4 Camp –Take 2

Good luck to 4W who will be camping overnight this evening. A big thank you to the staff who will be overseeing the evening. I hope they have as much fun as their 4C counterparts – but perhaps get a little more sleep ....

Yours sincerely 

Andrew Browning