Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 18 October 2019

| 18 October 2019

Dear Parents

Giving tours to prospective parents has been one of the great joys of my role so far. A family this week commented on our wonderful facilities, and how lucky the children here are to have so much available to them - I could not agree more. I am always quick to add, however, that the wonderful learning environments we have mean little if we do not have the right people at the school: positive, caring staff, who believe in what we do and work hard together to ensure the happiness and growth of every pupil at the school. The staff team at Dumpton is a strong one. Watching them in action this week around the school has been a real pleasure.  Do click through to the School News section of the website to see all our latest photos from another busy week at Dumpton: https://www.dumpton.com/school-news

I continue to meet with many parents to discuss Future Schools, which is another enjoyable and very important aspect of my role. One parent asked me recently: 'when is the best time to come and have that conversation?'. It is very dependent on individual families and circumstances, but I would say that Year 5 is an excellent year to first touch base about this. I look forward to many more of these conversations over the coming months.

Pre-Prep News
Reception enjoyed their visit to Wimborne Library. The librarians informed the children about the variety of services the library has to offer and the wonderful activities available this half term; creation stations, treasure hunts and story times to mention but a few. The children also received their very own Book Trust pack this week - happy listening and reading!    Year 1 had a lovely outing to Wimborne Minster Church. They were lucky enough to be just in time to see the Quarterjack ring the hour.  Year 2 have been creating their own family shields this week in readiness for their trip to Wardour Castle next Tuesday.  We really hope that the weather will be kind.

Music News – from Mrs Watkiss
The Dumpton Steels will be playing the steel drums at the Wimborne Green Festival (a week of environmental activities) in the Minster on Saturday from 10.15am - 10.45am:  We are looking forward to it very much.  If you are in the area, we would love to see you if you are able to come along and support us.  We are also looking forward to the first Informal Lunchtime Concert of this academic year on Tuesday (22 October) at 1.30pm in the Recital Room.

Exciting New Events from FoDS
We have been busy organising behind the scenes and are very excited to bring you several fantastic events this winter.  Firstly, please join us for a social morning in the Dining Hall at school on Friday 8 November 8.30-10.00am.  Open to all as an opportunity to catch up with friends after a busy half term week and enjoy Steph’s wonderful cakes.  Cake & hot drink £3 - payable on the day.

Let’s talk Christmas! The stylish Southern African restaurant, ‘Zim Braai’ in Ashley Cross, will be hosting the Dumpton parents’ Christmas social on Thursday 21 November. They are putting together a ‘Steak and South African Wine Flight’ for us (35 day aged fillet steak, with fish or vegetarian/vegan options available too). Tickets are £55pp (including a £5 donation to charity).  We will circulate a booking form and poster next week.

We would also love you to join us for a ‘Christmas wreath workshop and brunch’ on Wednesday 4 December at the ‘Garden Room’, Cranborne Garden Centre. Tickets are £70 and include brunch, all materials, wreath tuition and of course your very own beautiful wreath to take home. Numbers are limited to 20 spaces. We will be hosting a raffle during the morning to raise money for Ronald McDonald House and have a wonderful selection of prizes to give away. The poster and booking form with payment details and the brunch menu are attached to this email. 

Confirmation of bookings for both of the Christmas events will follow once payment and booking forms have been received by FoDS (fods@dumpton.com).  Many thanks. 

And finally
Dumpton Dad, Josh Mitchell will be travelling to Ghana in November to volunteer at an orphanage (Virgin Kids Academy in Kaneshie-Accra).  He is raising money to help provide the children with some little things, which will make a big difference to their lives.   Josh has a Just Giving page – please see the link below.  He has set himself a huge target of £10,000 and any donations large or small would be very much appreciated.  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joshua-mitchell-ghana 

Best wishes,
Christian Saenger