Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 28 May 2021

| 07 June 2021
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 28 June 2021

Dear Parents

This last week has been rather wonderful. It may only be a small thing, but welcoming parents to watch fixtures - both here and at Clayesmore - was meaningful in so many ways. Whilst pupils and staff have managed to achieve some kind of normality this academic year, parents, such a crucial part of our school community, have had to stay at arm's length for so long now. We have really missed you all. Quite apart from being able to support us from the sideline, we know how much you enjoyed having the chance to talk with one another and catch up with other Dumpton families, pupils and staff members. Small talk has never seemed so welcome! I am especially thinking of all the new Dumpton families who have joined us during these strange times. What a different experience you have all had of life at Dumpton so far - we really hope you will now begin to feel more welcomed into the fold.

After half term promises to build on this, and be full of celebratory events and opportunities to come together as a school community. My thanks to the staff who continue to work so hard behind the scenes here. The big events of Sports Day, the FoDs Picnic, and Speech Day all promise to be rather special this year - so let's all keep our fingers crossed that this good weather is here to stay.

Mrs Olivia Brass - New Y3 Teacher
I am delighted to announce that Mrs Olivia Brass will join us next year from Leweston Prep School. Olivia went to Sherborne Girls and then Stowe School for Sixth Form, and following a few years making a living as a professional snowboarder, she had a successful career in Recruitment in London. After having three children and moving back to Dorset, Olivia decided a career change was in order and she began as a teaching assistant at Leweston, before completing her teacher training there. As well as taking one of our two Y3 classes alongside Mrs Williams next year, as a passionate sports' lover, Olivia will throw herself into games coaching too. We look forward to you all getting the chance to meet her towards the end of this term. As I announced to Pre-Prep parents this week, after his promotion to Curriculum Coordinator Y1-4, Mr Clark returns to Y2 next year.

Face Coverings After Half Term
We are slightly relaxing a few of our control measures at school after half term as we aim to match the wider society in easing back closer to normality. You have all been hugely supportive in wearing face coverings at pick-up, but we would only suggest from now on to wear them indoors in communal areas, or outdoors if social distancing is not possible.

Pre-Prep Hobbies
It was wonderful to see Y1 visited by some friendly sheep and lambs on the front lawn on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Browne and Mrs Hudson and also Tristan B-M and his family for making it possible. I am also delighted to announce that we are partnering up with Bournemouth AFC's Pathway Development Centre to offer an after-school football club next term for Y1 and Y2 pupils. More information to follow on this, and some other exciting Pre-Prep after-school hobbies in due course.

Assessments and Exams
Well done Y6 - you have tackled your first formal set of assessments with great positivity this week. Y7 and Y8 - best of luck for your revision over half term, and a reminder that revision materials and activities are available on Teams. Do make sure you get the balance right and enjoy the sunshine at half term too though please - that is an order from the Headmaster!

Change to Calendar Y1 Concert
We have made a change to a planned event in the calendar - the Y1 Summer Concert will now take place at the earlier time of 10.00am on Monday 21 June. There are a few more events to take note of so do have a good look through the online calendar.

Y3 Trip to Kimmeridge Bay and Museum
The Y3's were blessed with a beautifully sunny day for their first trip of the year down to Kimmeridge Bay and Museum. They had a tour of the museum's fossils and impressed the guide with their knowledge from their learning in school. They even got to meet Steve Etches, the paleontologist who discovered all of the amazing finds from the Dorset coastline and see him at work carefully cleaning rock to unearth what's inside. The children also completed a range of activities from matching fossils to the animals they once were, to a 'design-o-saur' competition. They then got kitted up in hard hats and high-vis jackets for a lovely walk down to the bay, where they could go in search of fossils themselves. The children were really engaged with finding lots of ammonite imprints amongst the rock. A wonderful day was had by all and the children were well-behaved, representing the school wonderfully. Do check out our social media feeds for pictures of this, and lots of other activities from Dumpton this week: school-news

21 pupils had their ABRSM music exams on Thursday. Well done to all involved - by all accounts you did a superb job. Our weekly Performance Assembly this week was also a memorable one, with Hugo M on the drums, Cammy C on the violin, and Oscar G on the piano all playing wonderfully well. At lunchtime today I also very much enjoyed listening to our Y7 band rehearsing a few numbers. Music and the performing arts is certainly in rude health.

Y8 Role Models
Y8 pupils have been planning and delivering a variety of geography lessons this week as part of their Dumpton Certificate. Eleven pupils have experienced life from the other side of the desk researching and preparing lesson plans and resources to team teach a Map Reading Treasure Hunt for Y3 and lessons on Climate Change and Shanty Towns for Y4 and Y5. The pupils (and Mrs Cox) were so impressed that they can't wait for Y8 to teach them again! A huge well done to all involved - you are a brave bunch Y8!

Christian Saenger