Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 26 April 2019

| 26 April 2019

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term.  I hope you have all found some sun and that your children are rested and ready for a very busy term.

Dig for Dumpton
The allotments are already back in full swing.  Some children have asked if they might come in over the weekend to keep digging their patch – I will be present tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 – 12 noon pottering around in the greenhouse if parents would like to support this.

Music Results
Many congratulations to the Dumpton musicians who produced a very impressive set of Associated Board and Trinity results last term.  All pupils passed with something to spare, and particular congratulations should go to Mrs Gray who was awarded her Grade 8 singing! Well done to all the musicians and peripatetic teachers involved.

Senior School Scholarships Meeting For Parents
There will be a meeting aimed at Year 7 parents at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 7 May in the Recital Room to discuss scholarship applications to senior schools next year.  However, parents from other year groups are also welcome if they would like to plan further ahead.  Please contact Lerryn if you would like to attend (secretary@dumpton.com). 

Sunhats for All
Given the potential for hot weather this term, please could I ask you to ensure that children have their own school baseball caps or sunhats for games sessions and break times in the summer months.  They should also use sunscreen before coming to school in the morning, if appropriate, and keep spare sunscreen in their games bags.  Could I also ask you please to check that the sunscreen does not contain any type of nut oil (coconut is not counted as a nut).  Thank you.

IAPS Swimming results
Congratulations to our Year 8 swimmers who have qualified for the IAPS National Championships, to be held at the London Aquatics Centre.  Iris C, Amelia C and Grace C have all qualified for their individual events, and, along with Annabel C, will be racing in two relay events too.  An excellent achievement – well done to all.

Exams and Assessments – Summer Term
Mrs Rielly has written to all parents separately with further information.  The Friday Lunchtime Prep Club will continue this term where Verbal Reasoning practice will be offered for those thinking about grammar school or ISEB Pre-Test preparation.

Reading abroad
Well done to Dumpton mum, Leanne James, who has organised a collection of books for a school community in Canouan, in the Caribbean. The school has 200 pupils, but up until now very few books.  Thanks to the generosity of Year 4 and Year 5 Dumpton children and parents, 325 books and magazines were donated, and delivered by Mr James when he flew in this week.  They now form part of a new school library.  Leanne would like to say a big thank you to all those involved on behalf of the Canouan children. 

Message from the FoDS Committee
We are holding a silent auction in aid of Awake Mercy at the Summer Farewell Ball.  This charity looks after a large group of destitute and orphaned children in southern India, providing a safe home, care and education.  Offers of auction lots would be most appreciated to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.  Mr Browning has very kindly kicked off the proceedings by offering a 5 hour course of private tuition.  Hampers to holiday homes, all offers would be amazing!  Please email fods@dumpton.com if you are able to help.   

Interschools Ski Race – Sunday 12 May
If there are any children in Year 3 and above that are interested in skiing on Sunday 12 May in Southampton please could they contact n.williams@dumpton.com by Monday. They need to be able to use the lift and ski in control through poles from the top of the slope.

Saving the Oceans
A very big well done to Year 4 pupil, Violet R.  Eager to spread awareness of ocean pollution, she spent the whole of Easter Monday (which was also Earth Day 2019) baking and selling Easter Bunny cookies to raise money for the 4ocean charity – and collected over £50 in the process. Outstanding!

And finally …
Good luck to Dumpton mum Anna Gregory who runs in the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of her charity, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.  We will all be hoping for perfect conditions for her.  There is still time to make a donation if you would like to do so: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/annagregory1

With best wishes
Andrew Browning