Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 22 March 2019

| 22 March 2019

Dear Parents

Scholarship Successes …
……have continued with three more Scholarships, two Academic to Canford for Charlotte K and Lucy S, along with an All-Rounder Award from Millfield for Morgan B.  This brings the total number of awards this year to 30 – very well done to all staff and pupils involved.

House Singing Competition
Congratulations to Dorset on their victory at the House Singing Competition.  All pupils and staff entered into the spirit of the competition and impressed the judge, James Aiken, Assistant Director of Music at Canford School.  James was as encouraging as ever in his praise for the performers, and we were very grateful that he was able to adjudicate for us again this year.

 ‘Play in a Day’ 
Year 7 children will be doing a ‘Play in a Day’ next week, creating their own version of Beowulf. The performances, to which parents are invited, will begin at 4.45 pm on Monday 25 March (7C), and Tuesday 26 March (7P) in the Assembly Hall. As this will be scripted through work with the children, it won’t be quite as long as a National Theatre performance (!). Please could parents arrive from 4.30 pm, as the children will be working on the performance in the hall up to this point.

Well done to the Yr7/Yr8 Debating Team of Charlotte K, Lucy S and William V who attended the competition at Milton Abbey today.  

Pre-Prep News
Year 2 enjoyed their visit to Safewise with the children learning valuable life skills.  The children followed up their visit with a very informative assembly to the rest of the Pre-Prep.  Year 1 also had an enjoyable visit to Streets Meadow Residential Home where they entertained the residents with their lovely singing.  Reception had their annual outing to Farmer Palmer's yesterday, where they groomed a pony, bottle-fed lambs and watched a cow milking demonstration with Farmer Palmer himself!  Year 2 are now looking forward to their own visit to Streets Meadow next week on Monday (25 March).

Parents’ Evenings
A big thank you to Director of Studies, Kirsten Rielly, for organising her tenth (and final) Parents’ Evening of the academic year on Tuesday.  Once again, everything went to plan thanks to the huge clock on the wall, and both the Year 7 parents and staff keeping so well to time. Thank you also for your positive feedback. 

Wednesday Sports
The last busy sporting week of term had the usual array of 20+ fixtures, featuring Stroud and Walhampton.  The pupils finished the term in style, with a mixture of exciting wins and narrow defeats.  Well done to the 1st VII boys who completed their season with a convincing 4-0 win – and to the senior girls who impressed again on the Netball Court.

House Cross Country Competition
Next week, we are bracing ourselves for one of the most keenly fought house competitions of the year.  Everyone will run cross-country during games time on Wednesday (27 March).  The Dumpton Cross Country Course is currently not as muddy as it has been in the past, but older trainers might still be the order of the day rather than shiny new ones…  

FoDS Easter Lunch
A big thank you to all Dumpton parents who have supported the FoDS Lunch at Cranborne today.

Easter Egg Hunt 
Just a quick reminder that the Easter Egg Hunt will be starting from 10.15 am for Nursery children and parents next Friday.  Please come to the front of the main house from 10.00 am.  The rest of the Pre-Prep will be joining in at various stages, and we are hoping for a sunny spring day to finish our term!  

And finally ….
Dumpton Mum, Anna Gregory, will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April this year in support of the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.  Anna has been working (and training) hard to raise her target of £5000 for this important local charity.  She has organised a Table Top Sale to take place on Saturday 13 April from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm at St Nicholas Church in Corfe Mullen.  Any contributions – clothes, shoes, books, toys and bric-a-brac may be left in the Front Office.   We are joining with her as a school next Friday, on the last day of term, for a Mufti Day to help her on her way.  

Yours sincerely

Andrew Browning