Headmaster's Newsletter, Friday 4 March 2022

| 07 March 2022
Headmasters Newsletter, Friday 4 March 2022

Dear all,

I was delighted to share the publication of our recent Inspection report with the whole school community this week, including the outcome that our quality of our education was judged as Excellent in all areas, the highest rating a school can achieve. I have always thought Dumpton is a rather wonderful school, but I do admit to some bias there! It is lovely to have that confirmed by independent experts, and there are so many elements of that report about which we are extremely proud. 

As proud as we are, this is no time to rest on our laurels: in keeping with our core value of 'Aim High', we are always looking at how we can become an even better school. Tomorrow, the Senior Management Team and I will be having an 'Away Day' (kindly hosted by Canford School) where we will be discussing fulfilling our vision and our strategy moving forwards for the school. In the Summer Term we hope to be in the position to update you all about our direction and any exciting plans for the future.

Book Week
We've had assemblies, competitions, a book fair, reading discussions, and of course - some wonderful dressing up. Thank you to everyone involved in making this week so vibrant and fun. Of course, the most important thing is that this week has inspired children to read regularly, with all the benefits that this brings. As I said at the end of 6C's fantastic assembly this morning, I hope every child is inspired to get stuck into some reading this weekend, and build that positive habit of regular reading that makes such a difference.

Canford Assessments - 100% Success
A huge congratulations to all the Y6 and Y7 pupils who received offers of places at Canford this week. After sitting the ISEB Pre-test, and then spending a day of interviews, assessments and activities at Canford, we are very proud that every single child was offered a place this year. Given how competitive places are at Canford, this is a significant achievement for them all - and the best outcomes we have achieved as a school in recent years.

IAPS Hockey Nationals 
Our U13A Boys Hockey team went to the IAPS National Finals today at Haileybury School, Hertfordshire, where the top 20 teams from the country were competing. They started the day brilliantly, topping their group, playing some outstanding hockey and beating Eagle House, Bromsgrove and Felsted on the way. Through to the Quarter Finals, they unfortunately lost 0-1 to King's College. I know they were devastated to lose, but they should be very proud of all they have achieved. Thank you to Mrs Clemmitt and Mr Grogan, and also the host of parents who went in support today.

Ukraine Donations 
We were overwhelmed with responses to Mrs Shaw's request for donations - thank you for your generosity. Two full minibuses have already dropped everything off today, and we very much hope those donations will soon be on the way to Easter Europe.

Mr Smith's Challenge - Postponed until April 2nd
A big thank you to all the pupils and parents who have rallied round to support Mr Smith with his Charity Challenge. Due to Mr Smith now self-isolating for Covid, please note the change of date for this event. The Y6 parents will be setting up stalls, including a second-hand book sale, raffle and tombola too - thank you to everyone who has donated.

Cross Country at Sandroyd - From Mr Loe
On the best and purest cross country course on the circuit and in near perfect conditions our team ran superbly. Our U11 boys: Marni, Indi, Nathan and Zac finished in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th to comprehensively win their team race.  This is quite an achievement. Our U11 girls team also won their team race with Georgina in 3rd, Maxie (running two years up) in 4th, Alice in 7th, Izzy in 11th and Sofie in 18th. The U13 boys were 4th out of 7 teams with Harry F in 16th being our first runner home. The U 13 girls were 5th of 8 teams with Seni once again winning with no one in sight of her. It is so lovely to be able to say everyone gave it their all out on the course, but even better in some ways to say what a fantastic team they are becoming and how well they support each other.

Dumpton Earthshot Day
Friday March 11th, is Dumpton Earthshot Day. The whole school will be focussed on how we can reduce our impact on the environment, and there will be a range of exciting speakers, workshops, and activities going on throughout the day. Our children at Dumpton are so passionate about the environment, and we hope to use that day to show them that collectively, when we all put our minds to it, there are so many ways we can all choose to make a small difference to our planet.

With this in mind, we would like you all to reconsider your journey to and from school on Earthshot Day. We appreciate that it is not always convenient, desirable, safe or possible to share lifts or travel to school in an eco-friendly way but we hope, as a school community, we may be able to make a small difference next Friday.  You may have noticed Mrs Murfin and a helper at the entrance of the school this morning, she was conducting a traffic survey to see how many cars arrived. The idea is to compare the number of cars from today to the number of cars next Friday to see if we can reduce the number of cars on the road during Dumpton Earthshot Day. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Christian Saenger