Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 21 September 2018

| 24 September 2018

Dear Parents

Autumn Stroll
I would like to start with a big ‘thank you’ to all parents and pupils for supporting this event at the weekend.  We had a delightful afternoon, and Steph’s cakes were, as ever, delicious.  Thank you also to the FoDS Committee for their hosting and organisation behind the scenes.

Future Schools
A big thank you also to all parents who supported the Future Schools Evening last night.  I hope this was a useful exercise - I am always happy to follow this up with as many individual meetings as are necessary during the school day.  Please contact Lerryn (01202-883818) to make an appointment if you feel this would be beneficial.

Common Entrance Pre-Tests
This term Canford and Bryanston continue with their Common Entrance Pre-Testing in Year 6 and 7 respectively.  Parents have been contacted and prep time sessions are all in place, giving pupils a chance to build momentum before the online assessments in November.  This is just a final call for last minute additions to the lists.

Harvest Festival
The Pre-Prep and Prep School will celebrate Harvest Festival, with the Assembly on Tuesday 25 September led by Year 2, as is our tradition.  Harvest gifts will be collected for the Wimborne Food Bank.  We are inviting each pupil in the Pre-Prep and Prep School to bring no more than one can of food or similar into school on Monday next week. 

The suggestions for donations on the website include tinned spaghetti, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, tinned potatoes, jam, coffee, pasta sauce, tinned carrots/peas, shampoo/conditioner, soap, and washing powder.  Strong plastic bags with reinforced handles are always needed. Any gift will be gratefully received, of course, and will be collected by the class or form teacher and taken down to the Assembly Hall.  This is an important local charity touching the lives of many.  In 2017 they fed 1198 people including around 529 children.

Year 5 Camp
The Year 5 children have had a lovely (if windy) time in, on or near the sea on the Purbecks over the past two days.  Today they have enjoyed bushcraft activities and climbing near the water's edge.  They will return to school at 11 am tomorrow, probably in need of a few extra hours sleep over the weekend….

Absence from School
To streamline the process of requesting absence from school we have loaded an ‘Absence Request’ form onto the Parents’ Area of the website.  This will allow parents to inform us of planned absence and then allow us to respond efficiently, copying information to all parties (Matron, Form Tutor etc) here at school.  It is up and running as I type …

News from the sportsfield
Once again Mr Randle has worked hard to get as many pupils as possible on the sportsfield this week, with nearly 200 selected to represent the school in 20 different teams.  Congratulations to all the footballers who attended the Moyles Court Tournament – this year the U13 side won the competition (for the third year in a row) and the U11 side were very worthy runners-up.  Well done also to the 1st VII girls hockey who continued their impressive start to the season by winning the prestigious U13 Canford Tournament.

FoDS Quiz Night
The FoDS Quiz Night is nearly upon us (Saturday 6 October).  Do come along and enjoy the fun, pitting your wits against the Headmaster and Deputy Head.  A flyer is again attached to this e-mail and a hard copy should be on its way home to you too.  If you would like to know more about the role of the Friends of Dumpton within the school or are interested in joining the committee please contact me, or send an email to fods@dumpton.com – we can promise you a very warm welcome.

Plastic Free Street Party
Mrs Gatward has asked me to highlight this weekend’s Wimborne Plastic Free Street Party (Saturday 22 September), 12-4pm. There will be live music, demonstrations and local businesses present.  Please find the attached flyer with more information from the Wimborne War on Waste campaign.

With best wishes

Andrew Browning

PS Good luck to all those pupils attending the Grammar School tests tomorrow …