Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 31 January 2020

| 03 February 2020

Dear Parents

The allotments are such a key part of Dumpton life, and I am so grateful to Mr Cox for his energy and enthusiasm in taking over the management of the allotments and our wider Outdoor Learning provision this year.  We look forward to welcoming some of our keenest gardeners and their families on Sunday from 11.00am for the 'Dumpton Dig'. It will be a lovely community event, with some hot drinks and cakes available. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

It is vital to have spaces like the allotments in a school. As some Dumpton parents raised with me in a meeting this week, children today seem to have so much more to worry about than they might have done in the past. School can sometimes bring its own pressures - so providing time and space in the school day for some freedom, pleasure, and relaxation is really important. For this reason, we look to give plenty of options during our breaktimes: whether it is playing on the astro, coding in the computer room, reading in the library, gardening in the allotments, or practising in the Music School, Dumpton pupils hopefully always have a really enjoyable way to spend that precious free time.

Cricket Clubs in the Sports Hall

A huge well done to our cricketing enthusiasts who took part in Monday's After School Cricket Clubs. Our coaches, Richard Scott and James Mitchell from the Dorset Cricket Board, had a brilliant session with our Pre-Prep pupils before a more extended session for our older pupils.  It was wonderful to see the Sports Hall and our indoor nets being used for cricket for the first time.  This term has already seen the Sports Hall host its first ever netball and indoor hockey matches – and it will see many, many more over the coming years!

Best of Luck to Our Scholars
Our older pupils are heading off for various Scholarship Days over the coming few days and weeks. Scholarships are available to Senior Schools in a range of areas such as Academic, Sport, Music, Drama, Art, DT, and All Rounder awards are also increasingly common. We wish all our pupils the very best of luck, and we have no doubt they will do Dumpton proud.

FoDS Quiz Night
Last call for tables for this event, which I am sure, will be a really enjoyable evening on Saturday 8 February. This fun and light-hearted evening is open to parents, staff and friends/family. Teams can be any size up to a maximum of 10 people and tickets are priced at £12 per head which will include a pizza dinner delivered to your table (bring your own drinks).  The Quizmaster has noticed that the Dumpton Catering Team, victorious last year, are already seeming quietly confident about their chances of repeating the feat this time round! Let's see if any of the parents' tables can knock them off their perch....

Sporting Success
As well as seeing virtually every Dumpton pupil play a fixture this week, it was particularly positive to hear of the successes of our top teams at various tournaments. The U10A Girls came 3rd in the Canford Netball Tournament, whilst our U13A Hockey Team came joint first in the Bryanston tournament for Dorset Schools, meaning they qualify for the West Regional In2 Hockey Tournament, where they will compete against the strongest schools in the area. Well done to them, and to all the pupils who proudly played for Dumpton this week.

News from the Pre-Prep
The Reception children have been finding out about different types of water transport.  In pairs, they planned and designed their own boat, which they constructed out of balsa wood. They are looking forward to exploring floating and sinking with their boats next week.

A Dumpton Year
We are delighted to be able to publish our review of 2018/19, and we will ensure every family receives a copy next week.  I would like to personally thank our Marketing Secretary, Caroline Dickson for all her work behind the scenes pulling this excellent record of the year together.  We hope you enjoy leafing through it at your leisure – it really does capture the range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom for our lucky pupils.

Yours sincerely
Christian Saenger