Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 3 May 2019

| 03 May 2019

Dear Parents

Senior School Scholarships
Thank you to all those who have expressed an interest in the Senior Schools Scholarship Meeting next Tuesday (7 May).  Drinks will be served in the Recital Room, prior to the meeting from 7.30pm.  Do please feel free to add your name to the list via Lerryn (01202 883818 or secretary@dumpton.com) – all are welcome.

Year 6 visit France
A large group of Year 6 pupils left very early this morning in good time for their early sailing, accompanied by Madame Tulodziecki, Mr Price, Mr Moulton, Miss de Rosa and Miss Barman.  They have an exciting itinerary ahead, including visits to the Bayeux tapestry, the World War 2 site at La Pointe du Hoc and a French market to buy lunch.  They will also enjoy a guided walk across the bay from the famous Mont St Michel. 

Science Poster Success
We were delighted to see our pupils entering recent poster competition and very pleased that their hard work was recognised.  Well done to Kiana M and Megan P who were two of five runners-up in the recent Bryanston Science Poster competition. Belated congratulations also to Emily W and Rebecca A whose posters won awards at the recent World Veterinary Service (WVS) evening just before the Easter break.

West of England Hockey
Well done to the senior girls who travelled down to Millfield on Tuesday for the In2 Hockey West of England Finals.  They played some superb hockey throughout the day as they battled their way through the group stage, narrowly missed out on going through to the semi-finals, by one point. They were an absolute pleasure to be with and a credit to Dumpton, on and off the pitch. 

Cricket for All
I was delighted to see sixteen cricket fixtures on the calendar this week, 8 for the boys and 8 for the girls. Well done to all who took part in some close and exciting matches. Congratulations both to the 1st XI boys’ side who have started the season with two convincing wins over Bournemouth School and Walhampton, and to the U10s who impressed with three wins out of three at the Canford Tournament on Wednesday.

A week in the life …
This week the Reception children had a fascinating talk about Dinosaurs and Fossils from staff at the Etchells Museum.  There was more exciting science for a group of Year 6 pupils who attended a Prep School Science Day at Bryanston where they had an interesting lecture about the moon.  In the afternoon they had to carry out a crime scene investigation in each of the different sciences to find out who stole the Nobel Prize!   

Meanwhile, pupils in Year 8 were going for gold in the UK Maths Challenge.  Year 4 had a very busy Tuesday, spending the morning exploring Launceston Farm as part of their Science curriculum, and the afternoon in the sun competing in an Athletics Training session with Castle Court. 

Finally, Reception, Year 2 and Year 4 had great fun on the Climbing Wall today, while a Year 7/8 Tennis team had some exciting matches against Castle Court.  Prep School Hobbies began on Thursday afternoon, with the usual array of outdoor activities, including golf, allotments, volleyball, tennis, woodland games, outdoor art and photography – along with some creative design technology and computing indoors.

Other activities next week at a glance
Monday (6 May)             BANK HOLIDAY – No school
Tuesday (7 May)            Junior Satips (Prep Schools Make Music) @Bryanston    
                                       7.30 pm Senior Schools Scholarship Meeting for Parents    
Wednesday (8 May)       Fixtures: Cricket (10 matches); Rounders (4 matches)
                                       Athletics: Years 5-8 @ Clayesmore
Thursday (9 May)           Year 3 Visit to Kimmeridge
                                       Year 4 Geography Trip to the New Forest
                                       Year 6/7/8 Tennis v Stroud
Friday    (10 May)           Year 2 Orienteering Day
Athletics:                         Year 3 Girls/Boys v Castle Court    
                                        Year 5/6 Tennis v Castle Court
Sunday (12 May)            Interschools Ski Race @ Southampton

Best wishes for the Bank Holiday weekend

Andrew Browning