Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 29 November 2019

| 29 November 2019

Dear Parents

Our theme for the week has been resilience. As well as sharing some famous examples, I explained to the children a favourite quote of mine: 'resilience is like a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger you get'. Being resilient takes practice! We must, therefore, seek out challenges in school, not shy away from them. This struck me as I watched some of the events of this week: Y2 pupils performing musical instruments after just six weeks of practice, some very competitive girls' hockey and boys' rugby matches, IAPS swim training, Y4 Self Defence classes in DECA, Nursery children outside in the rain, Y7 and Y8s receiving their exam results. Not all of these activities go smoothly, nor are they all easy, and some of them involve difficulty or disappointment. But in the safe, supportive environment of Dumpton we must not shield children from this - in fact, we must embrace it. Life is not easy! Exposing children to suitable challenges and obstacles in their childhood, supporting them when required, will help ensure that when they meet the challenges of life, they will thrive. The breadth of opportunities at Dumpton, our nurturing staff team, and the range of meaningful out of classroom experiences for children will, we hope, allow just that.

The Run up to Christmas
The Christmas trees and decorations are now up at school, and things are beginning to feel rather Christmassy! There are, as you will know, a number of exciting events and performances in the run up to the end of term. Please click through to our Online Calendar where all the key information is listed www.dumptoncalendar.com  If you have any questions at all about any of the events, please do just ring the school office who will be happy to help.  Mr Nye will write separately early next week with details of the last day of term and the Carol Service.  

Parent Survey
A huge thank you for the positive response to the Parent Survey. We had nearly 200 responses, meaning that the majority of Dumpton families have taken part. It is wonderful to have such a broad sample of views, both positive and constructive.

New Bursar
As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, our search for a new Bursar is well underway. It is an exciting opportunity, and we do hope to attract a strong field for this. More details can be found on the Vacancies section on the school website: https://www.dumpton.com/Vacancies.aspx  

Car Park Safety
I am very grateful to parents for taking great care with their driving and parking in the school car park. Keeping this as safe as possible is obviously of huge importance. I am out most mornings, and staff are always present at pick up too - do not hesitate to speak to one of us if you have any concerns.

Poetry Competition 
We entered some poems by Year 5 and 6 children into a competition run by Sustainable Dorset and I am delighted to announce that Violet R has won 3rd prize (out of 165 entries) with Rebecca AS and Oliver L being 'Highly Commended'. They have been invited to an awards ceremony in Poole Library this Saturday afternoon, where they will read their poems aloud and be awarded certificates and in Violet's case, a book token.   We also had 6 other children shortlisted - they are Pippa R, Jon A, Mairi S, Jasper B, Will C and George L.  Very well done to all.

Dumpton Ducklings
Hattie has asked me to highlight that next Thursday (5 December) will be the last Ducklings of this term.  The first session of the Spring Term will be Thursday 16 January 2020.  New Ducklings are always welcome!

News from the Pre-Prep
Reception very much enjoyed their dress rehearsal of the ‘The Landlord’s Cat and Year 1 and Year 2 very much enjoyed being their audience.  All of Pre-Prep are looking forward to performing to their families next week.

With best wishes
Christian Saenger