Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 28 February 2020

| 02 March 2020

Dear Parents

I am delighted to be able to announce this week that the Governing Board recently appointed Justin Perry to be the next Bursar of Dumpton School. From a large field of nearly 50 candidates, and after two rounds of interviews, Justin came through strongly as the ideal successor to Richard Martin. Hailing from Shaftesbury and now happily ensconced in Iwerne Minster, Justin has three children with wife, Louise, a teacher at Bryanston. An old Canfordian himself, Justin is well versed in school life, having spent many happy years living at Bryanston as Deputy Finance Bursar and hockey coach, supporting Louise in her role as Housemistress. As a trained accountant, a move to Knighton House and subsequent stint at Farleigh have afforded him the chance to roll up his sleeves and find out what makes prep schools tick. Now training for his 13th marathon, Justin is looking forward to taking up the reins at Dumpton School, where he hopes he will be just as familiar a face as hockey coach as he is Bursar.

Ridgway Adventure Presentation
This September, next year's Y8 will head up to the far Northwest of Scotland for a week of survival skills, mountain climbing, fishing, sea-kayaking and much more. It promises to be a remarkable adventure. We are very excited to host Mark and Rebecca from Ridgway Adventure on Tuesday (3 March) evening at 4.45pm to give a presentation to Y7 parents and pupils. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Coronavirus Update
I wanted to thank parents for their understanding and support thus far. As I mentioned in my communication earlier this week, we will continue to ensure we stay up to date with the latest advice in this ever-changing situation, and do our best to take a cautious but proportionate response to any risks. Please do contact me directly if you have any concerns - and I will be in touch ahead of the Easter holidays I am sure to update you on the latest advice regarding travel.

Dumpton Parliament - Charity Support 
I had a most enjoyable session with the Dumpton Parliament this week, where we narrowed down a list of charities suggested by the whole school community to just three: the WWF, Cancer Research UK, and the Louis Ross Foundation. We look forward to involving all the pupils in finding out a little more about each charity and making some final decisions about how we might support each one.

The highlights of another busy week at Dumpton can always be found on our Social Media channels. Nursery charging across the lawn for their Pancake Day race, Y1 undergoing their 'astronaut training' during Space Day, Y5 cooking sausage rolls during DECA, and some wonderful Y7 English projects. Please Click here

Book Fair
From Monday, we have the Book Fair in the Library for the whole of the week.  Miss Fox has sent home a letter with details of when your child will be visiting the fair and how to purchase books.  As usual, various book-related activities and competitions will be taking place across the week, including an author visit on World Book Day itself.  As previously outlined, children's author Martin Maudsley has visited the school today. He brilliantly entertained the children in Year 3, Year 4 and across the Pre-Prep with riddles and a stream of stories - the children were captivated. We now look forward to a special week of celebrating reading, great books, brilliant authors and the art of story-telling!

Music at Dumpton
A big thank you to Canford School for hosting the Year 4 Singing today - a very enjoyable afternoon for everyone involved.  We are all looking forward to our next Informal Lunchtime Concert which will be for our woodwind pupils on Friday 6 March at 1.30 pm. 

Mobile phones and access to social media at Dumpton
May I just remind pupils and parents that mobile phones are not allowed on-site or on the minibuses.  We would be grateful if this could be reinforced at home.  Also, just to reassure you, there is no access to YouTube or social media for the children through the Dumpton network and any unsuitable websites are filtered out by Smoothwall. 

Message from FoDS
FoDS are very grateful to those Year 7 and Year 8 pupils that helped with this morning’s Cookery Experience.  The group of enthusiastic bakers made cinnamon buns and rosemary and garlic bread - the aromas coming from the Food Tech Room were very enticing! 

Fairtrade Fortnight – from Mrs Cox
We are currently halfway through Fairtrade Fortnight.  Year 4 have been learning all about what Fairtrade does in their Geography lessons.   Year 8 have also supported Fairtrade Fortnight in their Food Technology lesson today by making chocolate chip cookies with Fairtrade ingredients, which they then sold at break time.  Year 7 pupils will be holding a bake sale next Tuesday break time and have been asked to make some Fairtrade (nut-free) treats at home in readiness.  Please can pupils remember some money if they would like to attend the sale.  The children are all so very enthusiastic and we are hoping that the school community can swap one item on their shopping list for a Fairtrade variety e.g. coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate - a permanent change would be great!

With best wishes for the weekend,

Christian Saenger