Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 27 September 2019

| 27 September 2019

Dear Parents

It has been a wonderfully busy week at Dumpton on many different fronts. Our theme for the week was ’Celebrating other Cultures’, and we have seen pupils of all ages exploring this over the last few days.  Year 2 performed their Harvest Assembly admirably on Tuesday with some lovely speaking and singing, and on Thursday our top choir ‘Voces’ performed hits from the musical ‘Joseph’ with real panache, complete with steel pans and African drumming. Today saw our bilingual pupils presenting to us about European Day of Languages – in their own languages of course! It has been a true celebration of diversity.

On a personal note, it has been good to talk to plenty of pupils and parents on the gate at drop-off and pick-up. It is a lovely opportunity to get to know many of you, and a chance to quickly touch base about anything school related. Do feel free to stop and say hello, and if there is anything I am unable to help with I am sure I will be able to point you in the right direction. I should also add that I am very grateful for your patience as I try to learn all your names!

Pre-Prep News – From Miss Monaghan and Miss Goodhew
The Nursery children had lots of fun exploring the woods this week during their first Forest School session.  They talked about nocturnal animals – suggestions included an owl, a bat, a badger, a fox and a dinosaur!  Reception have been bringing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears to life. The story has been acted out in the Three Bears Cottage and Forest School, porridge has been made, letters have been written to Goldilocks and Mr Martin has even captured an image of Goldilocks on CCTV! We are waiting to hear her reasons for her behaviour!  Year 2 are looking forward to performing their Harvest Assembly again, this time to parents on Monday morning in the Recital Room (30 September).

Sport For All
I very much enjoyed supporting from the sidelines on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with nearly every pupil in Year 3 to Year 8 playing a match – our ‘Sport for All’ ethos goes from strength to strength, and Mr Randle’s work here is much appreciated. There were some excellent results, but most importantly, I saw a real sense of pupils working together as a team and enjoying their sport.  Parents may or may not be aware that I read out the highlights from match reports each Thursday morning assembly so we can celebrate and share our successes. These match reports are all available to you on the Dumpton Sport website, usually on the same day of the match. I am grateful to the staff for providing these each week, and for all their commitment in general to making Dumpton sport such a special, inclusive offering.

Dreamcoat in a Day – From Mrs Watkiss, Director of Music
Twenty members of Voces (Year 4 to Year 7) took part in a day’s workshop alongside other prep schools at Milton Abbey on Monday.  This culminated in a performance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s ‘Joseph’.  We sang a great rendition of Benjamin Calypso with steel and conga drums. Well done to all of our performers.  

Individual School Photographs
The proofs should have now arrived home with the children.  Please can all orders be placed by the end of next week (Friday 4 October).  This will ensure that the photographs are delivered to school without incurring postage and packing costs.

Next Week
I am very much looking forward to next Thursday (6 October), as I will be accompanying the Year 6 Geography Trip to Lulworth and Durdle Door.  Also on Thursday Reception will visit Streets Meadow Residential Home to present Harvest Assembly to the residents.  We will also be hosting a Prospective Parents’ Open Morning on Friday (4 October), with lots of families booked in to visit.  Please do tell any friends that may be interested in coming along.

School Policies
As part of our school regulatory requirements I am required to tell all parents annually that all school policies are available for inspection at any time and can be requested from the School Office. In addition, the Safeguarding Policy and School Ethos (Parents’ Booklet)  is published on the front page of the School Website and the following are available on request and also on the Parents’ Area of the School Website under School Policies: policy and arrangements for admissions, misbehaviour and exclusions, education and welfare provision for pupils with statements and pupils for whom English is an additional language, curriculum policy, policy to promote good behaviour and set out sanctions to be adopted in the event of pupil misbehaviour, anti-bullying arrangements, health and safety policy, first aid policy, health and safety on educational visits (including EYFS), the complaints procedure (including the number of complaints made under the formal procedures in the previous school year) and a copy of the most recent ISI inspection report.  There is also a list of all staff and their qualifications in the Parents’ Area, and academic performance and examination results are outlined each year on the website.  It is also my duty to inform you that the Chair of Governors, Hugh Cocke, can be contacted at the school’s address (Dumpton School, Deans Grove, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7AF) at any time.  

Best wishes,

Christian Saenger