Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 21 January 2022

| 24 January 2022
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 21 January 2022

Dear Parents

We have explored, celebrated and compared World Religions in assemblies and PSHE lessons this week, and it was all wrapped up beautifully by 3W in their Assembly this morning with their insightful presentation on David Livingstone. Well done to them! Each form in the Prep School at Dumpton will usually do two class assemblies each academic year - a brilliant chance for them to gain some more experience performing on a stage in front of an audience. Having the confidence to speak in public is a vital life skill, but not something all children (or adults!) find easy. As with anything in life, regular exposure to this and practice in our childhood helps immensely. It is always particularly heart-warming to see pupils who might usually lack confidence taking on this challenge and thriving, and the huge boost to their self-esteem that it can bring. We look forward to some more class assemblies over the coming weeks, and a reminder that whilst we will continue to broadcast these via Zoom, parents are most welcome to join us in person if your child is performing.

A Glowing Review - Muddy Stilettos
Whilst we wait for the report to arrive from our highly successful ISI Inspection last week, it was nice to receive a glowing review from Muddy Stilettos who visited us last year. It's posted on our social media, and do take a read here if you have yet to do so - we're very proud of it and we think it does a rather good job of capturing what we are all about. 

Biathlon Success
It was fantastic to celebrate the achievements of some Dumpton pupils who have qualified for the National Schools Biathlon finals: Georgie R, Elyssa S, Thomas F, Bella F, Issy B and Alice F. Attempting this entirely independently with the support of their families, these pupils have all shown a real 'aim high' attitude to take on this challenge and grasp this opportunity. We're really proud of them and wish them all the best for the Nationals which take place later this year.

Dumpton Talks: RULER - The Journey So Far 
I do hope as many parents as possible will join us on Thursday 27th January at 8pm for our first 'Dumpton Talks' of 2022. We're really looking forward to sharing our efforts to become a more emotionally intelligent school, and parents will be I am sure interested to hear about some of the successes we have had this year as we have rolled out RULER across the school. After this, Lulu will be giving her final parent talk on another tool for your parent toolkit - the Metamoment. We expect the whole Zoom event to last less than an hour, and we look forward to seeing lots of you there on our normal Zoom link. Details will be sent out next week.

Holiday Clubs
I am delighted to confirm that we will be running our very successful Easter and Summer Holiday Clubs again this year - in the first week of the Easter Holidays, and the first two weeks of the Summer Holidays. Madame Tulodziecki will be organising the Y1 to Y8 Holiday Club, and Miss Walker the Early Years Holiday Club, and they will be sending out some information and a chance to secure your place next week. 

Reception 2022 
It was a pleasure to see lots of our Pre-school parents at the coffee morning on Wednesday, where we shared information about how to secure Reception places for 2022. Places are filling up fast, especially as we remain committed to small class sizes here at Dumpton. Do contact Juliet (j.siggers@dumpton.com) if you'd like any more information on securing a place for your child. 

Maths Competencies (Reception to Y6)
Mr Morgan wrote to Y3-Y6 parents this week about a new initiative aimed at ensuring all pupils at Dumpton can practice and learn the key knowledge they need to give them the best chance of success in Maths. Mathematics, like anything else in life, is helped hugely by regular practice, and we hope these 'Maths Competencies' will help all children develop the firmest of foundations in Maths - essential when the more challenging mathematics arrives further down the line. Pre-Prep parents will receive more information on this later this term.

Bringing in Food from Home 
Having had to put a stop to this due to Covid-19 some time ago, we are happy again for food to be brought to school for special occasions at Dumpton (whether a birthday or another celebration). However, new regulations on food as a result of 'Nathasha's Law' mean that home cooked food can no longer be brought to school; all food brought to school must be shop bought, sealed, and contain no allergen warnings in order for us to comply with that law and ensure that any children or staff with allergies are as safe as possible. If you are in doubt at all, please do contact Steph who would be happy to clarify. 

Christian Saenger